BLOG TOUR w/ REVIEW: What I Need by J. Daniels

Alabama Summer Book Five; Standalone

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Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.

At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer―a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.

Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.

Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?

Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.

Not with him sleeping down the hall…

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What I Need is the fifth standalone in the Alabama Summer series. I originally fell in love with J. Daniels’ writing from her Dirty Deeds series and this is my first foray into this particular series. Her easy-going and fun writing style is present in the novel and make it easy to jump right into the flow of things, and she doesn’t waste any time at all throwing us right into the story with our two main characters.

I think the main draw for most, even if you haven’t read this series, is CJ Tully. He’s the kind of guy whose mere presence draws you in like a fly to honey. His looks, his charming nature, and his alluring words are all his weapons in drawing his prey in, and all of us are his willing victims. But he’s sweet, too. All of that and he’s sweet. That simple little thing made this entire book what it was. His draw made this book sexy and irresistible.

One thing that kept me from 5-starring this book was Riley, our heroine. Her naivete and lack of conviction, at times, really made falling into her head difficult. Certainly this is my feeling toward her and I don’t suspect everyone will have a hard time connecting with her. She’s young and been taught to accept what she’s handed out from her long-time boyfriend, but I couldn’t help but want more fight from her. I wanted CJ’s pull to be stronger than anything that had been forcefully fed into her mind. But sometimes the most inspiring heroines are the ones we want to shake quite a damn bit.

What I Need had one of my favorite tropes (friend’s little sister) and a fiery instant-romance between two characters who never thought they’d cross paths. Daniels’ writes an addictive hero and entices our hearts to fall for him. I loved him and everything he represented for Riley. It was easy to enjoy every secondary character, ones from prior books, and understand what the draw of the ‘Bama Boys is all about. I really enjoyed their story and I look forward to going to read the rest of the series. I know readers will absolutely love this intimately angst-y and sexy love story.



J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series and the Alabama Summer series. She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never read. Daniels grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.

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