Need by Sherri Hayes - Book 2
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Grr on the cliffhanger! Another year is too long to wait :)
As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs?
Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?
The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other
Loved this series though - I read Slave and Need back to back. I really loved how the books flow together.
In Slave we learn about Brianna’s past year and how Stephan helped her overcome her fears.
This book is more of the same, only on a more intimate level.
Stephan's feelings for Brianna blossom, and Brianna starts feeling things for Stephan she just can't figure out.
She is learning more of what is to be expected of her from Stephan, but still scared that she can't be "MORE" for him. Or what he wants her to be, as a sub.
For every step they take forward, something seems to take her a couple steps back. She is getting better at voicing her opinion and dealing with her surroundings,
And when she's attacked at the Fundraiser, and saved by an old family friend of her father's, she starts to look at Cal as a friend, even though he and Stephan clearly don't get along.
I really love the deep emotions that this book stirs up. I kept thinking "Poor Stephan" every night, but he seems like the perfect Dom. Helping her in every way, and being as patient as he is.
I know they'll get though whatever is going to happen in the next book - just wish I could read it and find out sooner rather than later :)
Brianna was severely broken, body mind and soul. Need takes you on a journey of how Stephen, an amazing man who has the patience of a saint, took all his time and energy to slowly bring Brianna back to herself.
Stephen didn’t want her to burrow into her shell so he would take her out in public as much as possible. There were some incidents that could have been prevented but those moments showed Stephen what really happened to Brianna during her time with Ian. Ian was truly an evil man.
Stephen knows it’s not going to happen overnight but with every kiss and every touch, small or big, brings Brianna back to who she was before she was taken.
I can’t really say there were fireworks when they finally came together because really their love making was way more than that. It was more than beautiful, it went beyond that.
I was pleasantly surprised by the end. I didn’t think there was going to be another book. I can’t wait to find out more about Brianna and her past.