Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Need

Need by Sherri Hayes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GoodReads Synopsis: As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs?

Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?

The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.

My Thoughts: This book picked up right where “Slave” left off. So much so that I am convinced that “Need” was just broken off of “Slave” in order to sell more books. One of my pet peeves. “Need” actually has a cliffhanger ending where there was none with “Slave”. Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox.

I did like “Need” as much as “Slave”. Stephan continues to get to know Brianna and help her overcome her slavery to Ian. I really do love Brianna for all her strength. Yes she has what seem like insurmountable insecurities, but she does face them head-on and when she can’t she allows Stephan to help her face them. I think the hardest thing to do is ask for help, but Brianna has learned to do just that. Meanwhile Stephan is always true to his word…never lies, never omits information, and because of that Brianna knows she can trust him. It’s my favorite part of the story, how she is able to rely on him and be safe after her whole world was shattered.

I am looking forward to the third book in this series. I’m hoping Stephan can continue to help Brianna become whole again. I’m hoping we find out the story behind her being Ian’s sex slave. Of course, I am also hoping for a happy ending for Stephan and Brianna.

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