Today's Author Spotlight is on Jane Lark. She's a contemporary, new adult, and historical romance writer. I Need You is my first read from her and though it was new adult I did find it rather enjoyable and easy to read. I definitely had to get my Lindy and Billy fix every few hours so I could find out what happened! Read on for my review!
Lusting after his best friend’s girlfriend is a cliché Billy knows well – it’s the tightrope he’s walked for years.
But now Jason and Lindy have broken up and Billy can’t help but be there for the girl he’s loved from afar for so long. She’s hurting.
Fighting to find a road to the future, Lindy’s heart hurts. She’s trying to escape the truth, but Billy keeps making her face it – and it’s ugly. How can she keep living when everything is made of glass and it keeps shattering?
Her one constant is Billy. Only, rebound isn’t his style and when Lindy starts to see him in a different light, he just can’t trust her. He’s no one’s second best.
Then there was Billy. Billy had carried a torch for Lindy for a thousand years, from the time they were in high school, through college when she was with Jason and then through her breakup with Jason. Billy was persistent, if nothing else, though sometimes I thought he was just Lindy's punching bag. He took the hit though and taught her the things she needed to learn in order to survive in this cruel world.
As the story progresses the author lets you in on the rest of Lindy's life in bits and pieces until you suddenly see the whole picture and understand why Lindy is like she is and at the same time why Billy is so enamored with her. There is something about her that only Billy can understand, calm down and at the same time bring out the best in her. He has a way of making her see herself in a different way than Jason or anyone else ever could. Dare you say that is why he is her soulmate.
I loved this story for the determination of Billy and the perseverance of Lindy. The supporting cast of characters made the story that much more intriguing and enticing. I gave this book five stars because all in all it was a five star read, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the extensive amount of sex in it. Though some of it was necessary for Lindy to understand that she wasn't undesirable it did become distracting after awhile. I know that is the new adult genre, however, so I let it go. Also, while this story took place in the US all the lingo and terminology was from the UK and many parts of the story left you wondering just exactly where the story was taking place because those of us in the States wouldn't use those terms or speak that way. Those were the only two things I found that just didn't fit into the feel of the story, but felt it was necessary to mention them for those who are hung up by that.
I loved Lindy and Billy's story and didn't need to read the first book, I Found You, to follow it, though I will be going back and reading that one now to better understand Lindy and Jason's story. If you're looking for a well written, gritty, emotional new adult romance then I Need You is going to keep you sucked in and reading late into the night.
I give I Need You..... 5 cups of very hot 'I want you" coffee!
About The Author
She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.
Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others' imaginations at last.
You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane's favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was 'Katherine' a story crafted from reality.
Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.
'Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it's wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.'
Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life