Need You Now by Molly O’Keefe– Unless you’re new here, (which if you are, welcome) you know that I am a O’Keefe fan girl. When I saw Need You Now, I knew I needed it. It is part of The Debt series. I think I’ve read most of this series. It’s kind of dark y’all. The heroine spends time in a juvenile detention program that puts her in the home of an abuser. If that is a trigger, please do not read this book. It is probably better if you have read at least the first two books in the series to really have a feel for everything. O’Keefe rehashes a lot of the previous books so I guess it could be a stand alone.
This book is gritty. CW: Teen pregnancy, abuse (physical abuse to main character, sexual assault to secondary character), racist/Nazi parent, character in jail.
Rosa and Marco are a relationship that is beyond broken. But it is a product of their circumstances. They need to find their way back to each other and learn to trust each other. There is some angry sex thrown in for good measure. And kind and deeply emotional sex as well.
It was quite the journey. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it. It felt like the first half was really heavy in the past. Which I think was necessary, But the back half didn’t have quite enough of them together and working on things. I wanted to see a tiny bit more of them as a functioning couple.
For readers of this series- Bates’s book is next and we do learn something about him that is pretty big. Or at least I think we learn. Molly kind of threw a little nugget in there that I think is a breadcrumb to Bates’ history. (DM if you want to know more) I am definitely intrigued and want that story ASAP.
She’s Got Game by Laura Heffernan– I really wanted to like this book. It has a cute premise, the heroine is a travel blogger and a competitive board gamer. She meets her number one game rival and he’s handsome and attracted to her. She’s got some mommy issues and general commitment issues that cause her to be mean to the hero and reject his advances. It got to 50% and had to give up. I could not find anything likable about the heroine and it made me wonder why the hero would like her. Gwen is so afraid of love and losing love that she is paralyzed by it and refuses (at least by the 50% mark) to give Cody the benefit of the doubt about ANYTHING. It got old and annoying.
The best part of the book was the hints at the love match for book two, which seems to be Gwen’s best friend and Gwen’s father.