Need You There by Lorelei James (Need You #1)

What You Need by Lorelei JamesAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Signet

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

As the CFO of Lund Industries, Brady Lund is the poster child for responsibility. But eighty hour work weeks leave him little time for a life outside his corner office. His brothers stage an intervention and drag him to a seedy night club…where he sees her, the buttoned up blonde from the secretarial pool who’s starred in his fantasies for months.

Lennox Greene is a woman with a rebellious past—which she carefully conceals beneath her conservative clothes. She knows flirting with her sexy, but aloof boss during working hours is a bad idea. So when Brady shows up at her favorite dive bar, sans his usual snappy suit, and catches her cutting loose, she throws caution aside and dares him to do the same.

After sparks fly, Brady finds keeping his hands off Lennox during office hours is harder than expected. While she makes him feel alive for the first time in years, a part of him wonders if she’s just using him to get ahead. And Lennox must figure out if Brady wants her for the accomplished woman she is—or the bad girl she was.

Reformed bad girl Lennox is finally on the career path she’s always wanted. She may have to conform a bit by taking out her lip ring and covering her tattoos but she loves her job and the security it gives her. Starting a relationship with the CFO of Lund Industries isn’t the smartest move she could make but the way Brady Lund wears his suit and the brilliant mind he encompasses is quickly wearing her down.

Constant workaholic Brady knows he needs to work on his lack of a personal life. Numbers he can handle with ease but dating isn’t something that comes easily to him. Meeting someone at work isn’t exactly against the rules, especially since he can make them as he goes. Lennox is unlike any woman he’s ever met and that thrills him. She’s exactly what he needs to unleash his inner bad boy. But Lennox is more prim and proper now than bad girl so can she be what Brady needs?

This was a slightly different book from Lorelei James than I was expecting. Not in a bad way just in a different way. What You Need was more of a slow heat type of book. Meaning the characters of Brady and Lennox don’t actually have sex until about 3/4 of the way through the book. This was more of a sensual book than an erotic book.

I do enjoy a brainiac hero and Brady definitely had that aspect down. He was smart but insecure with his personal life and I found it incredibly adorable. Plus, he filled out a suit like WOAH and that always helps too. Though he was rich and worked for family, he didn’t fall back on his surname unless doing it for a good cause, like helping out in a charity. Hard and demanding at work while easy going in what little off time he had was a combination for a hero worth reading.

Lennox came from a less than stellar upbringing but had managed to forego her party days to secure a steady job and become a woman she was proud of. Her buttoned up personality was a far cry from the tattooed, lip pierced woman she could easily transform back into with a snap of her fingers. Knowing Brady is trying to loosen the reigns on himself and unleash his inner wild man gives her permission to do the same, for a while. She spends a great deal of time running from Brady and from herself because she doesn’t know how to meet in the middle of the two sides of her personality, or even if she wants to.

I enjoyed What You Need, its steady burn, excellent dialogue and character building. I wish Brady and Lennox had gotten together sooner than they did but the pace was good and the background for future stories was laid and well done. This is definitely a family I will eagerly return to.

I give What You Need by Lorelei James 3.75 stars!

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