Just What I Needed by Lorelei James
Series: Need You #2
Publisher: Penguin, Signet
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
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Trinity Carlson might be having the worst day ever. And that was before she started drinking in a dive bar, right across from her ex and his new girlfriend. So when she finally decides enough is enough, she grabs hold of a hot, blond stranger and gives him the kiss of his life.
Walker Lund never expected that a chance at love would hit him right on the mouth. Since the moment his brother decided to settle down, Walker has been dodging his family's hopes that he'll do the same. He's never been interested in following in anyone's footsteps. But when he discovers his sexy assailant has given him a fake name and number he suddenly finds himself in the mood for a little hot pursuit...
Trinity is a woman who is not having a good day. Not only did she have a crappy day but then when she went out to a bar with her friend Gen, Gen got picked up by a (and left with) a hot Irish rugby player. To top it all off her cheating ex-boyfriend comes over to “just say hi” with his new bimbo and bimbo ends up spilling that they’d been seeing each other for three months. Yeah, Trinity had only broken up with him 2 months ago. And the hits just keep on comin’. When two guys try to pick her up she gives them a fake name, tells them she’s waiting for her boyfriend and then tells them about two hot chicks back in the pool room.
Trinity is watching the front door when she sees Viking God from heaven walk in. He’s tall, built, has a beard she wants to run her fingers through and a man bun. Thinking about the lie she told the 2 guys, on top of the possibility that her ex is watching (and the fact that she really wants to kiss this guy) she heads over and plants an awesome kiss on his gorgeous mouth.
Walker really just came to the first bar he saw after a business meeting frustrated the hell out of him. He didn’t expect some random woman to kiss him but he loved it. He ends up sitting with her and they get along great. He’s digging this woman and wants to see her again. When he tries to call her the next day and finds out she gave him a fake name and a fake number he’s pissed but also upset because he really liked her. When Walker walks into the local theatre to work on sets and finds “Amelia” painting them he knows that fate is on his side.
Trinity is an artist trying to make a name for herself. She hasn’t lived in the Twin Cities very long so she’s not familiar with everything going on. She only has a few people she can call friends and her family is one that she broke from a long time ago. She really likes Walker but her insecurities start to get the better of her. She’s a bit neurotic and just assumes that he won’t want to experience her brand of crazy. She didn’t give Walker enough credit because he likes the woman she is – craziness and all.
Walker is thrilled that Trinity is oblivious as to who his family is. People who have lived in the Twin Cities for a while know who the Lund family is and woman tend to throw themselves at him because of his family name and the money he has. Walker is just a working man who owns a construction business and wants to be seen for who he really is – not his family and or their money. He loves that Trinity treats him like an everyday Joe and gets more attached to her the more time he spends with her. He knows that she’s the one but he needs to tread carefully so that he won’t scare her off.
This was such a cute book! I loved Trinity and Walker – both together and separately. While this was a pretty simple love story with not a lot of angst, the relationship between the H/h kept me reading as they were so adorable together.
Walker was one sexy man. The way he was described throughout the book made him better each time and I found myself wanting to run my hand through his beard and man bun myself! He was confident about who he was and wasn’t afraid to show it. He did have some issues with his family – who he was very close to. He loved his family to death but he was hurt and pissed off that they hadn’t been caring about him or his life at all (except his mother and father). Things did get worked out during the course of the book and was done in a way that was sweet and touching and pretty funny to boot.
Trinity, as I’ve said, was a bit neurotic. I think her childhood with her father and stepmother that made her more so than she would have been otherwise. She had some serious insecurities but the more time she spent with Walker the easier they became to live with. She was a fun-loving person and though she babbled sometimes Walker figured out that kissing her brought her back to reality. 🙂
The only stories that I’ve read of Lorelei James’ have all been cowboy romances. While those were good it was nice to read something from her that wasn’t cowboy related. I very much enjoyed this book and had a smile on my face for most of the time that I was reading. If you like read fun, light, romantic stories then this is one that you won’t want to miss.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5