{Review} All I Need Is You by Wendy S. Marcus

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{Review} All I Need Is You by Wendy S. MarcusAll I Need Is You by Wendy S. Marcus
Series: Loving You #2
Publisher: Loveswept on October 6, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 249

Our Rating

4.5 Stars

As a dancer who creates mesmerizing visions onstage, Neve James is looking for the same kind of stability in her love life. Her pen pal, Rory McRoy, is on leave from deployment in Afghanistan, so she heads to Boston to surprise him. After corresponding for months as part of a “Support Our Troops” initiative—and exchanging dozens of “Read When You’re Alone” letters—Neve knows what Rory likes, and she intends to fulfill his every fantasy. But all they get are a few blissful moments together before they’re interrupted by a woman claiming to be Rory’s fiancée.

Rory has fallen hard for Neve’s letters. When he finally meets her in person, he has to have her, right then and there—until Neve takes off in a fit of anger. Forced to return to Afghanistan before he can fix things between them, Rory waits four agonizing months to prove that he’s not the man Neve thinks he is. But by the time he arrives in New York, she’s already made up her mind. Luckily, Rory never backs down from a challenge, and he’s prepared to put everything on the line for love.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

TheVerdictAfter Loving You is Easy, I didn’t hesitate to grab this next book, but what’s funny is I didn’t even realize they were part of the same series until I sat down to read it.  As in the previous book, Neve and Rory “meet” through a pen-pal program while he’s deployed, and their friendly letters quickly take a turn for steamy.  But things don’t go quite as planned when he’s home on leave, and he’s left with a lot of explaining to do.

The chemistry between these two is off the charts, so it kind of makes sense that they find themselves getting hot and heavy in a storeroom in the back of his family’s pub.  However, their tryst ends on an ugly note when a woman claiming to be Rory’s fiance catches them together, and Neve is completely mortified by the whole situation.  Not only did she get it on with him in a smelly old closet, but it looks like he’s been lying to her all along.

Fortunately, there’s a reasonable explanation for the whole mess, though Neve doesn’t make it easy on Rory.  He heads back off to war for a few more months while she stews in the aftermath of her “mistake,” but once he’s home for good, Rory wastes no time in trying to clear things up.  Neve’s situation by that point isn’t ideal, as she’s suffering from an infection after donating bone marrow, and she has little choice but to accept Rory’s help, much as she’d like to keep pushing him away.

The path of their relationship is intriguing, starting off too strong, falling apart, and then slowly building back up as they really get to know each other.  Neve’s got plenty of issues due to some reckless behavior and bad decisions in the past, and it colors her view of any future for herself.  On the straight and narrow now, she’s determined to take her dance career straight into Cirque du Soleil, but ugly pieces of her past keep showing up and breaking down her self-respect.

Rory, for being such a great guy, also has plenty going on with his PTSD, but he’s falling for Neve wholeheartedly, and the idea of her leaving to follow her dreams is the worst kind of quandary for him.  He doesn’t want to get in the way of her career, but he wants her to choose him.  The real issue, though, is simply Neve’s view of herself.

Like the book before it, All I Need is You was nothing like I expected, but the very flawed characters and totally human screw-ups were what made it so great.  Neve’s past isn’t pretty, but it’s also not unheard of.  And Rory can’t seem to keep his foot out of his mouth, even when all he wants to do is be the man Neve needs.  I also loved that he’s not exactly tall, dark, and handsome at 5’4″, though he’s definitely got the alpha & hot thing down.   This is one series that turns the usual romance trope completely on end in the best possible way.

 
The Breakdown
Cover Design
4 star rating
Plot & Pace
4 star rating
Characters
5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating
 

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About Wendy S. Marcus

Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting/facebooking with her online friends.

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