Title: What You Need
Author: Lorelei James
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Need You #1
Main Characters: Brady and Lennox
Release Date: January 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
As the CFO of Lund Industries, Brady Lund is the poster child for responsibility. But eighty hour work weeks leave him little time for a life outside his corner office. His brothers stage an intervention and drag him to a seedy night club...where he sees her, the buttoned up blonde from the secretarial pool who's starred in his fantasies for months.
Lennox Greene is a woman with a rebellious past—which she carefully conceals beneath her conservative clothes. She knows flirting with her sexy, but aloof boss during working hours is a bad idea. So when Brady shows up at her favorite dive bar, sans his usual snappy suit, and catches her cutting loose, she throws caution aside and dares him to do the same.
After sparks fly, Brady finds keeping his hands off Lennox during office hours is harder than expected. While she makes him feel alive for the first time in years, a part of him wonders if she’s just using him to get ahead. And Lennox must figure out if Brady wants her for the accomplished woman she is—or the bad girl she was.
I've read a couple of Lorelei James' western stories, but she's never been one of my auto-buy authors. Well, with this new contemporary romance series, that just changed. I loved this book and the Lund family. I cannot wait for more (come on, August)...
But first, let's talk about this book. Lennox is a floater at Lund Industries. That means she's part of the secretarial pool and fills in where needed throughout the company. She loves her job and works hard to be as proficient as possible at it...which means hiding her true, tattooed, pierced identity under her buttoned up professional persona. She's been crushing on the CFO of the company ever since she came to work there, but has never really spoken to him until the story starts.
Brady is the CFO of the family company, a job title that he earned two years ago, but still works 80 hours a week to make sure that he continues to earn it. Brady was always the studious, quiet, nerdy oldest son of the Lund clan. He learned at an early age that he didn't quite fit in and although he's developed into a gorgeous specimen of man, he's never been comfortable with women. Usually they only want one of two things from him...hot sex or his family connections. So he doesn't do relationships.
From the moment Brady and Lennox met, sparks flew off the page with their chemistry. I love that she challenges him at every turn and pushes him outside his comfort zone. But I also love how much security he gives to this girl who's never had any of that in her life. They are simply put...incredible together and that made this such a fun book to read. But there's so much more to the book than just the developing relationship between the two and that's what really set this book apart.
Lund Industries is a huge company that employs over 5000 people and the entire family is involved in the running of it (besides brother Walker who's the black sheep of the family because he owns his own construction company.) As a result, this is a family that's very close. They are all very much in each other's business. I loved it when the gossip would start especially when Brady got to going with his assistant Jenna and what she'd heard from the other assistants within the company. Early in the book, the Lund men stage an intervention for Brady because he is such a workaholic. That just happens to coincide with him running into the wild-child version of Lennox at the bar. (I love how turned on he is by her tats and piercings.)
There are great scenes both at work, at the football field (one of the brothers plays for the MN Vikings so they have a skybox...of course), and in the other luxurious locales. The visuals for this book were stunning from the family cabin to Brady's amazing converted warehouse building (I really, really loved that one). But there were more real moments too, with Lennox's family issues and the kids that her roommate Kiley works with.
It was simply put...a great book, and I really loved reading it. I HIGHLY recommend it and cannot wait to read more from the Lund family.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I after I finished it I pre-ordered a copy of it for my keeper shelf.