Review – What I Need by J. Daniels

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What I Need by J. Daniels

My rating: 6 of 5 stars


God. Is there anything hotter than the way he says that one word? All smooth, southern drawl and sweet to my ears.

Maybe it’s because I’m a Southern gal.

Maybe it’s because I love country music where Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line, and others sing to my Southern soul.

Maybe it’s because the word, darlin,’ does things to me like make turn into mush and is my favorite Southern term of endearment…my kryptonite.

Maybe it’s because of J. Daniel’s words catapult themselves into my heart and mind with a force I’m powerless to stop.

Maybe it’s all of these things.

Actually, there is no maybe because I have to scream, YES!!! YES to What I Need by J. Daniels, YES to this Southern story that made me feel my roots, YES to all of my love for CJ and Ry, YES to this romance that made my heart dance, and YES to all of J. Daniels achingly-addictive words!

When you sport a sappy GRIN nearly the whole time where you’re swimming so deep in the land of swoon, you know the story is a keeper. I conquered What I Need by J. Daniels with a BIG SAPPY SMILE on my face, swimming so deep in the land of swoon, swooning all the way to Cloud Nine. This story SPARKED TO LIFE, and oh did I feel every flame…every tremor…every word…EVERYTHING. CJ and Ry together were EVERYTHING. What I Need by J. Daniels was EVERYTHING!!!

What I Need held my heart soon after I turned the first page, and it never let go…I never let go. What I Need sparked to life as magic poured from the pages, melting every part of me. Oh that SPARK! What I Need had ALL OF THE SPARK…ALL OF HEART…ALL OF THE SOUL. All of MY heart. All of MY soul.

This story from the start was my addiction…my angst…my ache…my ALL! What I Need is a whole lot of sweet sprinkled with a little bit of sorrow and angst. What I Need quickly became what I needed because I NEEDED THESE WORDS…these intense, intoxicating, thrilling and tender words were ones I needed like air to breathe. Oh did I breathe this book, every breath was for What I Need, and every heart beat was for this book.

Beautiful, blonde, and blue-eyed Riley ‘Ry’ Tennyson is done with men.

Ry arrives at her brother’s wedding steamed and newly single, drowning her sorrows in tequila until the charming CJ Tully makes her an offer she can’t refuse…one hot, no-strings attached night. Oh YESSSSS!

CJ with his golden-kissed auburn hair, blue eyes, huge muscles (hello biceps!), and tall and inked body is sex on a stick…an Adonis.

The night may get complicated if this passionate-powered and soul-searing kiss is any indication.

It’s the hardest, deepest, most incredible kiss of my life, and I just want time to stop right now or the world to end so this is the last kiss I’ll ever feel.

This kiss was EVERYTHING!!! I felt it surge to my soul through the pages, the passion penetrating my heart. 

And if it’s possible to look inside another person’s soul, I swear CJ doesn’t just peer at mine. He stares and studies it like I mean something to him. Like this is important.

These words…they SANG TO MY SOUL, a sweet melody that MELTED ME. My heart was…IS…SO FULL. Butterflies danced inside me where I felt as if I were walking on air. At not even ten percent in, this story stole ever part of me. I was powerless to the passion…the intensity of the words that intoxicated me…overcame me…became me…ALL OF ME!!! What I Need had my heart…my soul…MY ALL!!! THIS BOOK BLED INTO ME EVERYWHERE…OWNING ME. 

“Tell me a secret, babe.”

“I like you.”

“I like you, too darlin’.”

BEAUTY IN WORDS, OH HOW THEE SLAY ME! Oh beautiful is this man from inside out, CJ grabbed my heart that he’s still holding. This amazing alpha MELTED ME from inside out! I LOVED CJ SOOO MUCH! He can utter ‘darlin’ all day to me and I would likely have a wordgasm or ten. Tully totaled me…RUINING ME! I’m his forever!!!

Darlin’…that word…so sweet…so sensual…so Southern is my KRYPTONITE!!! I’m SLAYED…my soul IS SLAYED!!! I don’t know how much harder I can SWOON, as these words touched me…blazed me…burned me…lighting every part of me with love and life. 

“Just remember, you wanted this. So when the Tully charm doesn’t wash off, I don’t’ want to hear s**t about it.”

That no-strings night? Not that easy. Sometimes strings have loose ends or knots, and you can’t help but get attached. Oh did I get attached to What I Need.

CJ had me at darlin,’ a Southern gal’s kryptonite, and I never stopped loving this hero with a huge heart and delicious mouth. That Tully charm is twisted around me and I’m not ready to let it go; I doubt if I’ll ever be ready to relinquish this soul-searing and swoon-filled story.

This is only the second book I’ve read by J. Daniels aside from the last story before this one, Hit the Spot, and I’m embarrassed to call my hoarding self out now but will do so. I bought the first Bama book in this series way back in June 2014, almost three years ago, and REGRET NOT READING IT RIGHT AWAY!!! J. Daniels, you can bless my heart for that…I deserve it…I do!!! I swear…mark my words…I will make this series my priority, despite an ARC avalanche, and read these books soon because I NEED MORE BAMA!!! I need to ride this Tully train again too, but the right way this time: from the beginning like I almost always do with a series…start to finish.

I’m still lost in J. Daniel’s wondrous words, my head and heart still stuck in this story, my soul still swooning. I want more…need more…ache for more. I knew from the start that this story was SIX STARS because of my steady smiling and swooning. How could it be less when it made me this happy?!?

What I Need was my sweet…my smolder…my swoon…my soul…MY KRYPTONITE! This story has THE CLICK, that perfect match where everything feels SO RIGHT. The chemistry-clad characters with all the charisma, the sweetness, the swoon, the angst, the Southern setting, the endearing Southern words…I WAS UTTERLY ENTHRALLED WITH IT ALL! What I Need has all of the elements of a romance match made in heaven! This story is sooo SPECIAL, one I still feel deep in my soul.

Sweet, sexy, and swoon-filled sprinkled with angst, this story is HEART HEAVEN. What I Need is what just what I needed. I’m still basking on Cloud Nine, on board that Tully train, hearing ‘darlin’ in that Southern drawl, humming Sweet Home Alabama, and there is no sweeter or better place right now to be: a Bama girl for life.


Just darlin’. That’s it. And I realize that is all I wanted and needed him to say.

6 darlin’ hearts (because CJ)


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From New York Times bestselling author, J. Daniels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.

Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.

At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer―a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.

Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.

Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?

Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.

Not with him sleeping down the hall…


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