May 24, 2013

Review: NEED by Stephanie Lawton (Blog Tour)

Published May 17th 2013 by Inkspell Publishing


Isaac Laroche is cursed. All he wants to do is hide out and feel sorry for himself. Never mind that he got caught sleeping with his seventeen-year-old piano student, or that he abandoned her when the truth was exposed.

Isaac’s feisty high school sweetheart has different plans. Heather Swann has returned to their hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to regroup after breaking up with her troll of a fiancé. She’s restless and looking for a diversion, but she bites off more than she can chew when she sets her sights on rehabilitating Isaac with her unorthodox sexual, mental, and physical plans.

The two quickly reconnect, but their happiness is threatened by family secrets, old vendettas and the death of a beloved father-figure.

Can Heather handle Isaac’s baggage, or will her own come back to haunt them both?

NEED has a beautiful cover that will definitely pull readers. It’s a contemporary romance filled with some intense and disturbing issues.

When I jumped into NEED I was expecting a story that somehow had to do with music and love. Maybe a musician who falls in love, or is away at a music school and falls in love, I don’t know, but definitely wasn’t what I got. It has music background to it and moments where Isaac plays the piano, but it’s not the main focus. In the author’s defense, I did not read the blurb. I read it based on the cover. Yes, I am one of those. LOL!

This story was just okay for me. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t blow me away. I finished reading it and was intrigued throughout the whole story and curious as to what exactly happened to Isaac, and why he was so depressed and hard on himself.

I was so into it, but I felt somewhere in the middle the story took a turn into a whole different world. It was intense at times, and then a little weird. I say this in a good way, though. I’ve never read a story like NEED, and I say this because of the situations Isaac found himself in. I was taken by surprise by a lot of moments in this book making it enjoyable. At first, I cannot lie, I was a little upset that it wasn’t what I was expecting, but then found myself immediately pulled back into the story.

Isaac lived through a very hard time. Or rather, is living through a hard time. He is being accused of one of the worse things ever, and is being shut out by his closest friends and family. Ready to move on and just let it all go he meets Heather. Heather was something else let me tell you. I did not know which way was up or down with her. She was a unique character. One second I really disliked her, the next I saw why Isaac fell in love with her. I still don’t know where I stand with Heather’s character. I think this was the author’s intention. She was broken and had some issues to work through. They were perfect for each other. I will say one thing that bugged me most about their relationship, though, was how fast it moved. I would have liked a little more in-betweens and getting to know each other between the two.

As you can tell from my review this book left me with so many different emotions and I am all over the place. I am still trying to get over some of the twist and turns that take place. This is a good thing because I am going to be thinking about this book for days! LOL!

NEED is for ages 18 and up. It has some hot sexy scenes in it. I recommend NEED and would love to know what you think of it. I haven’t read the first in the series, WANT, but I really want to now after reading NEED. I don’t think you have to read the books in order. I wasn’t lost at all while reading NEED.

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

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