What I Need (Alabama Summer, #5) by J. Daniels Blog Tour: Sarah's 2¢


  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…


Where do I even begin with my love for What I Need?  It's book five in J. Daniels' Alabama Summer Series.  If you've been living under a rock and haven't yet read the others, What I Need is a standalone, but you REALLY need to read the other books to appreciate the greatness of our friends in Ruxton, Alabama.

After a horrible fight with her boyfriend Richard (Dick), Riley makes her way to her brother Reed's wedding.  It gives her time to get away from the monotony of nursing school and her failed relationship.  What Riley doesn't anticipate is being paired up with one of Reed's friends.  

"My breath catches the tiniest bit as I instantly recognize CJ Tully, another member of the Ruxton Police Department.  We've never met.  Not officially, anyway."

CJ is the bachelor of the group.  He's a little bit older, not much wiser, but definitely just as hot as our favorite guys Ben, Luke and Reed.  He's a fun loving guy but has the sweetest side to him.  It was fantastic to get to know him and his #TullyCharm.

"Come on, darlin'.  Go somewhere with me."

After a series of events, Riley comes to be CJ's roommate and they're officially in the friend-zone.  Things may have happened at the wedding, but their attraction is off-limits...until they both come to their senses and realize that it's inevitable.  Riley and CJ belong together and nothing stands in their way...except a few little white lies here and there.  

Once again, J. Daniels gets it right with What I Need.  Super hot in the beginning with awesome build-up and banter throughout the story.  You can't help but fall in love with our friends in Ruxton.  This series may not be super heavy or emotional, but J. knows how to write on all levels and you find yourself laughing out loud on one page, almost tearing up on the next and swooning throughout.  

"I am not forgetting you.  I got a taste of something I want more of and a taste like that, babe, there's no forgetting."

We've waited almost two years for new characters from our beloved Alabama Summer Series and let me tell you, the wait was worth it.  It's like coming home after being away for a while, everyone is the same but a little different, maybe more mature, but your friendship is still there to stand the test of time.  Instead of a typical "years later" epilogue, J. set us up for Jake's (CJ's little brother) story.  I can already tell this is going to be angsty and emotional and I cannot wait!


J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.

She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read. Her husband and children are her greatest loves, with cupcakes coming in at a close second.

J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.

http://authorjdaniels.com/newsletter/ Twitter | Instagram | Website | Facebook | Amazon Author Page |Goodreads | Reader’s Group    

No comments

Back to Top