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All I Need Is You
Loving You #2
by Wendy S. Marcus
Perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Robyn Carr, this sexy yet sweet military romance reunites a headstrong dancer and a rugged army soldier after one steamy encounter tears them apart.
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.
I really liked Rory. Have to chuckle just a bit, I thought his height was a typo when I first read it. My ARC says he's 5'4" and I thought: What? Because aren't all of our heroes TALL and handsome? His height doesn't bother Rory, and it didn't bother me, either. Neve is just 5' tall and I kept picturing them together...and they were a cute couple.
Rory and Neve meet when they are connected through a pen-pal program. He really lucked out as she sent several "read when you are alone" letters. Wowza...and they were hot.
When Rory is home on leave, Neve makes a surprise visit to see him at his family's pub. They are caught in the storeroom by a girl who says she's his betrothed. Neve is appalled, shocked, and pissed...and leaves before Rory can explain.
Now we jump forward to when this book starts and Rory is back home for good, but first he's tracked Neve down and he's going to make her listen to his explanation. Before he can get his explanation out, Neve has to be rushed to the hospital. She's fighting an infection from a bone marrow donation to her young bio-brother. Rory volunteers to help her out as she recuperates and prepares for a huge audition for Cirque du Soleil. They get to know each other...and support each other through her illness and his PTSD.
Neve made some really bad decisions in the past several years. She decides she really needs to change her life, and dancing with CdS seems like the way to go. But her bad decisions keep knocking on her door...and leaving her boxes of chocolates and making snide remarks when they run into her in public.
I had a couple issues with this book. Neve wasn't all that likable. She's very brash and very "black and white". And Rory? Well, he thinks Neve is good for "right now" but maybe not for "forever". What would his Mama think? I did enjoy how he grew...I do love a hero that can LEARN!
There was also a rape scene (not with Rory) that I thought went too far for a romance novel. While I think it would be okay in an erotica, I thought it was too much for a romance. Might be a trigger for some, although no other reviews have mentioned it. It was just one line, and it didn't really add anything to the story in my opinion.
Another small issue for me was Neve's dance partner. I think he let her down a LOT and that wasn't really addressed.
Those issues aside, I liked how they both grew to a greater understanding for what they both wanted and what they both needed. They worked at it, too. The side stories of his family and her bio family added a nice backdrop for them. I really did love Rory's mom! And his dad was a riot.
I will definitely read more from this author.
Thank you, Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book
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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