Monday, August 4, 2014

His Every Need by Terri Austin

The Basics:
His Every Need by Terri Austin
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Book One in the Beauty and the Brit series
Published August 5, 2014
Source: Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Why I picked up this book:
I like it when heroines surprise heroes, so I hoped this would break out of the innocent-contracted-by-billionaire type mold this seemed to be positioned in....


How far will she go to hold on to her family home?

When Allie Campbell's father loses their home to British tycoon Trevor Blake, she pleads for more time to pay off the loan. But Trevor refuses to acknowledge his own family, so he's completely unconcerned with hers. Allie impulsively offers to do anything to keep the house, so he teasingly tells her to move in with him and cater to his every need. To his amazement, she agrees..

My thoughts:

Oh my, this book was *exactly* what I needed to read when I read it.

His Every Need fulfills every expectation I have for the erotica genre, and then some. It's sexy, sweet, passionate and full of heart.

Allie and Trevor come together in one of those eyebrow-raising ways. He agrees to forgive the debt her father owes him, allowing her family to keep its small home, in exchange for two months of access to her... well, her everything. This premise sounds like a Dominant gone arrogantly wrong, to be honest, throwing his weight around with little regard for the little people. But wow, was this book so much more than that.

Trevor manages to be both an arrogant jerk and a sweetly tender gentleman. He's far from perfect, but that's okay because if he was, this book would have very little viable dramatic tension. Tons of sexual tension still, but, you know, not a lot to hinge it all on. Trevor's bluntness also really gave some colour this book, I thought. He doesn't talk around things, and Allie picks up on that and embraces blunter language as well, which I liked.

Allie is the good girl - she left college to take care of her family when her mother was in treatment for and then passed away from breast cancer. She's got her head down, focused on tackling each of her family's problems one at a time, without thinking about living her life for herself.

I loved the way that Trevor wanted to 'do the right thing', but constantly gave in to temptation. That he couldn't resist Allie, and the ways in which that surfaced really got to me. I loved it!  For her part, Allie is a sweetheart, and she deserved to be cherished and cared for by someone focused on her needs for once.

As erotica, this book delivers with some very sexy sex scenes. Though Trevor is bossy in bed, I love that he was never obnoxious about it. I liked the talking in bed, the breast play - it managed to all feel fairly fresh without introducing anything unusual, I thought.

I also really liked the way that the two families interacted amongst themselves and with each other. There was so much baggage here, as all families have, as well as so much need to form or repair deeper and more lasting connections. All in all, this book was really well written.

Bottom line:

I loved this book. It made me grin. The sex was hot, and there was a begrudging sweetness to it all. Usually couples who argue instead of dealing with each other drive me nuts, but this couple was just... fantastic. Erotic *AND* romantic. Strongly recommended for fans of erotica and erotic romance.

5 stars
For fans of erotica, erotic romance, contemporary romance

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