All I Need Is You
Loving You #2
By: Wendy S. Marcus
Releasing October 6, 2015
Perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Robyn Carr, this sexy yet sweet military romance reunites a headstrong dancer and a rugged army soldier after one steamy encounter tears them apart.
As a dancer who creates mesmerizing visions onstage, Neve James is looking for the same kind of stability in her love life. Her pen pal, Rory McRoy, is on leave from deployment in Afghanistan, so she heads to Boston to surprise him. After corresponding for months as part of a “Support Our Troops” initiative—and exchanging dozens of “Read When You’re Alone” letters—Neve knows what Rory likes, and she intends to fulfill his every fantasy. But all they get are a few blissful moments together before they’re interrupted by a woman claiming to be Rory’s fiancée.
Rory has fallen hard for Neve’s letters. When he finally meets her in person, he has to have her, right then and there—until Neve takes off in a fit of anger. Forced to return to Afghanistan before he can fix things between them, Rory waits four agonizing months to prove that he’s not the man Neve thinks he is. But by the time he arrives in New York, she’s already made up her mind. Luckily, Rory never backs down from a challenge, and he’s prepared to put everything on the line for love.
Often a romance novels follow a formula: the couple meets, they get to know each other, there might be a conflict that tests their relationship, and after that is resolved, they get their happily ever after. Well, Rory and Neve's story starts from the conflict, the relationship is explosive and stormy from the beginning, big emotions, healing of both body and mind, and a lot of growing up, figuring out life, before they are ready to consider a more stable and solid relationship.
I have always said you get to know the other person better, if at some point in your relationship, you are forced to have a long distance connection, and letters are exchanged. Because it is so much easier to put in writing some things, than to say it to a person's face. Rory and Neve truly get to share their lives with each other, while writing letters and emails, while Rory is in Afghanistan. They become friends, confidants, a person to trust with their deepest thoughts, fears, and desires. And all of it is put to test, when they finally meet face to face.
Neve has believed, since she was thirteen years old, that she is a burden, unwanted, and costly adoptive child. The hurt and pain, insecurity that crew in her mind from the words not meant for her ears, have shaped her young life. For years she was acting up, looking for acceptance and love from the last places and people it to be found.
All that starts to slowly change when she meets Rory through letters. With him she wants to be the best version of herself, leaving all the past behind.
But it isn't easy, it is raw, rough, and hurtful. Neve has to learn that trust is to be earned, not demanded blindly. She has to learn to compromise, take her responsibility of her own actions, and own her past, accept it, to be able to leave it behind.
With Neve's issues with her past, her getting sick, Rory's PSTD, and Neve's overprotective brother, the road to relationship is an uphill battle, filled with therapeutic sex, long talks, laughter and tears.
This story got me, deep. Both Rory and Neve are so real, easy to like and relate to, the relationship is lifelike, it is hard work, and even the best moments can turn totally upside down. But they are doing the work, because the fact that they care for each other is obvious, that they are perfect for each other is evident, that together on their worst day, is better than the best day apart. I laughed with them, and I was in tears. The secondary characters peeked my interest, and I have the desire to know more about them. I absolutely loved being in this world during the story, and wasn't quite ready to depart it yet.
Heartache and tears, utter joy and laughter, this story touched my heart, mind, emotions, cause this is what life is all about
~ Five Spoons
Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/ emailing/ tweeting/ facebooking with her online friends.
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MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved, and want to read again.
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story
3 Spoons - Good story, but not much that stood out
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me
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