Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blog Tour: ARC Review: Need by Stephanie Lawton

Today Emily is happy to be a part of the Need Blog Tour
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Need by Stephanie Lawton
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Isaac Laroche is cursed. All he wants to do is hide out and feel sorry for himself. Never mind that he got caught sleeping with his seventeen-year-old piano student, or that he abandoned her when the truth was exposed.

Isaac's feisty high school sweetheart has different plans. Heather Swann has returned to their hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to regroup after breaking up with her troll of a fiancé. She's restless and looking for a diversion, but she bites off more than she can chew when she sets her sights on rehabilitating Isaac with her unorthodox sexual, mental and physical plans.

The two quickly reconnect, but their happiness is threatened by family secrets, old vendettas and the death of a beloved father-figure.

Can Heather handle Isaac's baggage, or will her own come back to haunt them both?

Need is not what I was expecting--in a good way! There is so much to the story that I don't even know where to begin this review! This hurt my heart, made me smile and left me feeling (almost) completely satisfied. Need is a wonderful ADULT companion to Want--this one has more angst and lots of naughtiness.

Look at this cover… The covers for these two companion novels are gorgeous! If I'm being honest, they are the reason that I took such a big interest in these books. The coloring is beautiful and they actually resemble the content of the novel. (I know, I was shocked, too.) Something about them just drew me in and I'm so glad they did because I really, really enjoyed Want and Need!

Isaac Laroche is in deep. Not only did he abandon the girl he loves when she needed him most, but his friends, family and neighbors have shunned him for his sins. Since he left Juli to deal with the aftermath of their publicized relationship, Isaac has become a shut-in. He finds an unlikely ally in his high school girlfriend, Heather Swann, who is also running from some familial issues herself. Just as Isaac and Heather embark on a relationship, the past threatens to tear it all down. They must face monster mothers, family secrets, death and past loves if they can ever hope to find happiness together.

Isaac isn't a bad guy; he's just been through the wringer more than once. Though I, as I'm sure all readers were, was disappointed in his actions at the end of Want, I was really hoping to see him redeem himself in Need and he did… for the most part. There were a few ends that I didn't feel had been completely tied. Heather is another key character in this novel. We were introduced to her in Want, but in Need, we get to know her very well. I, personally, liked her. She's a good match for Isaac--they have great chemistry and really care for each other. (Plus their naughty scenes are hawwwwt.) Isaac's uncle played a large role as well and he was probably my favorite character. He was charming and loving and had a great sense of humor. He was the perfect addition to the story. The antagonists in this book were nutcases and drove me crazy, but did the job they set out to do. I wish we had seen more of Juli and Dave, but even their minor cameo was great to see.

Stephanie Lawton writes another addictive story in Need. She has strong prose, and excellent storytelling skills. Though there were a few details that struck me as a bit too much, Need was an extremely realistic, and original contemporary. The plot moves pretty smoothly. The development is slow and sexy. That being said, there were some parts that moved a bit too slowly for my taste and a few issues that weren't expanded on enough, but I was so involved in the novel that I didn't realize anything was missing until the end. 

I would definitely consider Want a new adult novel and Need is ABSOLUTELY an adult novel. There's dirty words, dirty words and people doing the dirty. Tread with caution, but give these stories a chance for sure! You'll be hooked from the very first page.
I received an e-copy of this novel from the author for my honest opinion and review.


  1. I didn't read the first book, but I am now resigned to hate this Isaac person, so I think it's in my best interest if I don't read this series. :) I harbor grudges forEVER.

  2. Thanks so much for the awesome review and taking part in the tour! xoxo


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