Welcome to the Need Blog Tour!
FYI, This series is an adult series and can contain strong sexual content!
I want to take this time to review both books in the series!
Published July 28th 2011 by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
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Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.
As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Darren, leads him to buying a slave.
Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.
Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.
Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?
Stephan is a sweet heart and I really enjoyed his POV. It was nice to see that he was rough and tough on the outside, but, really a teddy bear on the inside. I liked that he could have turned a blind eye on Bri, but decided that she needed help.
I felt so bad for Bri. It was a little rough to read specifics about what had happened to her. I was almost brought to tears quite a few times. It is hard to see her so tormented and the reader wanders what she may have been like prior to becoming involved in this lifestyle?
I have not read many books about subs/doms, but this one is actually one of my favorites even though there is no sex. This book is classified as erotica, but, there is absolutely no sex. It is hinted at and there are some explanations as to what had happened with Bri, but, not many.
At first i was really turned off by the fact that the lead female was 18. i like my couple to be age appropriate 25-40 ish range. but the more i read the more i enjoyed it. It was so much more than about sex, which there isnt any but more about healing and love and acceptance.
very pleasantly surprised for sure. The ending was very abrupt and finding out that theres a book 2 made me understand the ending or lack there of a bit better.
Published July 26th 2012 by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
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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.
I was pleasantly surprised by the little added bonus of some sexual content in this book. I enjoyed all the interactions between Bri and Stephan.
Stephan is trying to be all that Bri needs and his feelings seem to be getting a jumbled mess. Bri is still working on how to act and the two keep working on their emotional relationship as well as the sexual one.
Stephan was very gentle with Bri in this book and I love all the gentleness between the two, but really want to see some sweaty passion! LOL
With the cliffhanger ending, I am sure that the third book in the series is going to be full of twists and turns!
Brianna was severely broken, body mind and soul. Need takes you on a journey of how Stephen, an amazing man who has the patience of a saint, took all his time and energy to slowly bring Brianna back to herself.
Stephen didn’t want her to burrow into her shell so he would take her out in public as much as possible. There were some incidents that could have been prevented but those moments showed Stephen what really happened to Brianna during her time with Ian. Ian was truly an evil man.
Stephen knows it’s not going to happen overnight but with every kiss and every touch, small or big, brings Brianna back to who she was before she was taken.
I can’t really say there were fireworks when they finally came together because really their love making was way more than that. It was more than beautiful, it went beyond that.
I was pleasantly surprised by the end. I didn’t think there was going to be another book. I can’t wait to find out more about Brianna and her past.
10 favorite things about being an author
by Sherri Hayes
1. Not being considered crazy for having stories floating around in my head.
2. Being able to create characters and stories that I love.
3. Interacting and meeting my readers.
4. Brainstorming ideas with my beta and editor.
5. Meeting fellow authors and discovering even more books I need to read.
6. Being able to say ‘I’m an author’ when someone asks what I do for a living.
7. Hearing someone list my book as one of the best BDSM book they’ve read.
8. Having my editor send me a note in the middle of reading one of my manuscripts saying how much she’s loving my new story.
9. Holding my book in my hands for the first time.
10. Being able to share the stories I love with others.
Thanks to Sherri and to The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House for allowing us to participate in this tour.
*Juls is a guest contributor to NightlyReading.