- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1300 KB
- Print Length: 249 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (6 Oct. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S3RK7NW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All I Need Is You Kindle Edition
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As this is book 2 in the series, I was already a little in love with the characters. The premise of the story is perfect, with Rory and Neve becoming inadvertent pen pals whilst Rory serves in the army. The letters are bold, honest and as steamy as hell. Not a problem when they don't intend to meet. That is until Rory comes home. And that is one meet that doesn't quite go as planned, or hoped.
Now, amongst the humour, the conflict, and every reason why Neve and Rory shouldn't work, are a lot of serious issues that the author tackles boldly, but thoughtfully. Wendy S. Marcus always seems to add something a little different and Neve's life is certainly that. Not forgetting that the author offers something I haven't yet read before - a hero who isn't stretched! Yes, Rory is a guy who would be deemed as 'normal' height in the real world, and it works! And why shouldn't it? We are expected to accept heroines who aren't quite 'perfect', who have their insecurities that the hero usually adores. So bravo Wendy S. Marcus for providing a shorter guy who doesn't care about those kind of inches at all. Rory and petite dancer, Neve, fit perfectly.
It's not simply the big issues that make this story a page turning pleasure, but it's the added finer details that make this story a brilliant one.
My perfect match will be: Honest, trusting, hardworking, patient, tolerant, understanding and forgiving."
Starting with their budding friendship via letter whilst he was deployed in Afghanistan, the story grabbed. Rory is a complete sweetheart, I very much liked him but part of me didn't think Neve deserved him. She ran hot and cold and I spent a large proportion of the book frustrated with her; I have no issue with her choosing to sleep with numerous men, good for her and she owned it, but some of her thoughts and opinions did not sit well with me. She wasn't particularly someone I would likely be friends with.
"You understand why this has to be the end of us, don't you?"
But there were some lovely moments; Neve's support of Rory's struggle with PTSD following his deployment was at times very touching and brought emotion to the story and heading toward the end, I did finally warm to her. It was just a little too late for this to garner a higher rating from me.
And, despite All I Need Is You not completely working out for me, I am hoping Wendy brings us Nate's story.
Copy received courtesy of Loveswept via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
All I need Is You is the first book I have read by Wendy S. Marcus, and the second book in the Loving You series. It was a quick, easy read, and grabbed me at the start with the letters between Neve and Rory being the introduction to the story, but it wasn’t without its issues, and for me they detracted a bit from my overall enjoyment.
I liked Rory, back from a year serving in Afghanistan, he has returned with more than a few bad memories, and I liked the way he tried to work through the PTSD without involving Neve. And although I loved the way Neve helped Rory with his demons, and the bond that formed between them due to the mutual care taking, I really struggled to find much else about her that I liked for the rest of the book.
I have no issue with the fact that prior to Rory entering her life, she was happy to go out and take exactly what she wanted from a man, and then leave in the morning with no regrets, but the authors portrayal of this and the recurring incidences of her past ‘one and dones’ continually popping up just went a little too far for me. Her internal monologue and reactions to things at points just had me thinking ’bitch’ and added to her overall up and down mood swings it just got a little tiresome.
There are a lot of secondary characters in this one too, Rory’s family, Nate (Neve’s brother) as well as many more, and to be honest at points everything that was going on felt a little too busy, and erroneous to the actual focus of the story.
This wasn’t a bad book, and I would certainly think about reading more from the author in the future, it just didn’t tick all of my boxes on this occasion. Although book two in the series, I believe it can absolutely be read as a standalone as I didn’t feel I was missing out on anything having not read Loving You Is Easy.
ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.