What I Need by J. Daniels ~ Live & Review!

What I Need by J. Daniels ~ Live & Review!What I Need (Alabama Summer, #5) by J Daniels
Published by Indie on March 5, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 306
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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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I love this series and I’m pretty sure I will never get enough. While I was excited to get CJ’s story, I was truly unprepared for how much he stole my heart. I didn’t think it could happen but I dare say that he might be my new favorite Bama Boy. (Sorry, Ben)

This isn’t the first time we’ve met CJ, if you have followed this series. He’s the one that we’ve all really wanted to have his own story and pretty much did some kind of freak out dance when we discovered that he was getting one. Wait, that was just me? No one else did a freak out dance? Is that not normal? Anyway, I digress… I really enjoyed that he fell in love with Riley, Reed’s sister.

Riley was in a pretty crappy relationship, even though she wasn’t fully aware of that, when she went to her brother’s wedding. Thinking that she is broken up, her eyes lock on CJ and it’s on from there. The two of them can’t take their eyes off of each other and thanks to tequila, they can’t keep their hands off each other. CJ makes it clear he wants to keep this going after the weekend but Riley discovers that she has more at home waiting for her than she thought, forcing her to ask CJ just to be friends. We then embark on a journey where it is very clear they were destined to be way more than friends.

One of my favorite things about CJ is how up front and honest he is. He lays his cards on the table and makes sure that Riley knows what he is thinking from the start. He’s also one of the sweetest guys ever. He makes sure that he let’s Riley know how beautiful she is and how much he appreciates her. Pure Southern Gentleman. He swooned his way into my heart and I don’t think he will ever let go. Plus, he had a bit of a rough dialogue that was just sexy. I will admit that in the beginning, the excessive use of “babe” made me think of Deuce West and I was almost turned off but then it just because a part of CJ and I didn’t even think about the comparison anymore. It just turned into CJ and CJ only.

I also enjoyed the banter between CJ and Riley. They were fun, sexy, flirty and hilarious at times. They have one of those best friends/lovers relationship that can keep you on your toes.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a hot sexy cop who speaks his mind, goes after what he wants and is the epitome of a Southern Gentleman, then this is the book for you. You do not want to miss CJ’s story! Well done, J. Daniels. You alway keep me wanting more and I can’t wait for Jake’s story next.





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About J Daniels

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.

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