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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: Tell Me You Need Me by Joya Ryan

Ready for some dirty fun? I tell you, Joya Ryan is climbing up my list of favorite authors! Have you read her books before?

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled - Brazen
Release Date: November 16, 2015

Playing dirty can be the best kind of fun…

Chloe Franklin wouldn't call herself a commitment-phobe, so much as she's allergic to anything long term. She loves the sexy, sweaty and intensely hot hours of the night that come before the sun rises, though. Especially when those nights are spent with Search-and-Rescuer Gage McGraw...

Gage loves his job, but there is one thing he's starting to like more than the rush of a mission--a stacked blonde with a mouth that haunts his dreams. Every time he steps foot in the sleepy town of Beaufort, he hooks up with Chloe. But he's tired of hooks-ups. He wants more.

Just the sight of Gage gets Chloe's blood going. Hot, bothered, and finally naked, she's ready for their night to start. But before he takes her, he whispers what his intentions really are…and then the games really begin.

In a nutshell, Tell Me You Need Me goes like this: Guy and Girl have a sex only relationship, both of them allergic to anything remotely resembling an emotional connection. Sex only relationship has been working well until Guy decides he wants to try something more with Girl. Girl freaks out and tries to step back from Guy only she can’t because he’s the only one who gets her motor running. Now Guy has to resort to sexual tricks and old fashioned charm to win Girl over. Oh and they heat up the sheets as often as possible.

The “beginning” of a relationship or the “first meeting” between characters isn’t always necessary in a story and Tell Me You Need Me proves it. Gage and Chloe already had their arrangement for some time and it worked for me because how they met and got into a sex only relationship isn’t really relevant to where they were or where they were going. It would have slowed down the entire story so I’m glad that was left out.

Instead, Joya Ryan focused on where Gage and Chloe’s relationship was in the present time and the obstacles they had to overcome to get to the happy ending.

Obviously for a sex only relationship to work there has to be some physical chemistry and these two had it in spades. They couldn’t keep their hands off of one another and Ryan capitalized on that to create some really tense, really sexy scenes between Gage and Chloe. They were so hot that it was almost too easy to overlook that they had more than just the physical between them. When Chloe let her guard down, she and Gage worked well together and had a nurturing nature.

Chloe was in denial for most of the book but she was already falling for Gage by the time he told her of his intentions. That might make her one of the most stubborn characters I’ve ever met but that stubbornness did come in handy when Gage tried to compartmentalize her presence in his life. Silly dude thought he could go out on dangerous rescues without a thought to how it would make Chloe feel and just swagger back into town and into Chloe’s life like if nothing. He wanted her to give up things in her life and get out of her comfort zone yet he wanted his life to remain virtually undisturbed. Uh uh buddy, I think not and Chloe was thankfully of the same mind. She held out for something better from him, something resembling a commitment and that’s what really made me like her. She wasn’t going to give something for nothing.

Tell Me You Need Me did a good job of transitioning Gabe and Chloe from a no strings fling to a relationship. There were plenty of bumps and bruises along the way but that’s what made it interesting. Chloe’s back story was a tragic one and I couldn’t blame her for struggling to hold on to what was familiar to her.

Final Verdict: Joya Ryan is still a new to me author, I’ve only read two other books in separate series but her style in each one has been so enjoyable. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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