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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

#Review #Giveaway All I Need is You by @WendySMarcus @TastyBookTours

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Loving You #2
Wendy S. Marcus
Releasing Oct 6th, 2015

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 fiancĂ©e.

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.

Advance praise for All I Need Is You

“Wendy S. Marcus has penned a perfect romance in All I Need Is You, with a sexy dancer heroine, a hot military hero with a sense of humor, and a story you won’t want to end.” 
—New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor


4 Stars
I’ve enjoyed this series. There is absolutely no need at all to read these in order, however, it was fun to be slightly familiar with Neve as the book began. The author does a great job bringing the serious effects of war into a sexy romance. She gives the characters depth and realism by not treating them as though they can brush off the experiences of war and jump feet first into happiness.
            By a funny twist of fate, Neve and Rory end up pen pals. They spend months getting to know each other through letters, email, and even the occasional skype or phone call. In fact, they become best friends. Best friends with a raging attraction. When Rory comes home on leave, he is surprised by Neve who has arrived to bring his fantasy to life for one night. It’s Neve who ends up with the biggest shock when another girl from Rory’s life announces that they are engaged, after they light the back store room of Rory’s family bar on fire with their lust, of course.
            Rory eventually makes it back from the last of his tour and heads straight for Neve, wanting to clear up the misunderstanding and hopefully have a last fling with Neve before he moves on with his life.
            It certainly isn’t going to be an easy task. Neve is as stubborn and strong as they come, but he also sees beyond her exterior to the soft, sweet, and wounded woman beneath. When Neve becomes deathly ill, Rory demands to help her on her road to recovery and Neve is too tired to fight him on it. Their chemistry is no less potent, but due to her sickness, Neve and Rory are given the opportunity to spend time getting to know each other away from the bedroom.
            Unfortunately, their own stubborn ideas about life, and outside circumstances in the way, it doesn’t look like these two are destined to be together.
            Neve and Rory are really fun characters. I enjoyed their personalities and it gave a lighter side to a story that could have been a real downer. Neve’s stubborn attitude got on my nerves toward the end, but Rory’s stupidity gave her a tiny bit of justification.
            With Neve being sick, we spend a good portion of the story with just Neve and Rory in Neve’s home. However, the author does a great job keeping the readers interest and throws in enough interaction with great secondary characters to give the story some flavor.
            The story did drag just a hair for me. I felt a little like we were going in circles until they story finally moved beyond the “will we, won’t we” tug of war. However, it wasn’t so much as to turn me off of the book. I very much enjoyed it.
            This is a steamy, interesting story and I think it’s worth the read!
*Review by Elle C

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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/ emailing/ tweeting/ facebooking with her online friends.