Monday, July 01, 2013

Review: Need by Stephanie Lawton

Title: Need
Author: Stephanie Lawton
Series: Want #2
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
ISBN13: 9781939590077
Format: Paperback, 328 pages
Genre: NA, contemporary, romance
Source: blog tour
Isaac Laroche is cursed. All he wants to do is hide out and feel sorry for himself. Never mind that he got caught sleeping with his seventeen-year-old piano student, or that he abandoned her when the truth was exposed.

Isaac’s feisty high school sweetheart has different plans. Heather Swann has returned to their hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to regroup after breaking up with her troll of a fiancĂ©. She’s restless and looking for a diversion, but she bites off more than she can chew when she sets her sights on rehabilitating Isaac with her unorthodox sexual, mental, and physical plans.

The two quickly reconnect, but their happiness is threatened by family secrets, old vendettas and the death of a beloved father-figure.

Can Heather handle Isaac’s baggage, or will her own come back to haunt them both?
Warning: This book is not intended for younger audiences. It contains many mature elements and subjects that is not suitable for certain audiences.

Another Warning: This review contains spoilers of Want, the predecessor to Need. Read at your own risk.

I, ever since I saw the cover of Want, wanted to read Stephanie Lawton's work. I mean, it's just gorgeous. Unfortunately, that was put off until even after I saw Need drifting around the blogosphere and Goodreads. My first impression of Need? I really didn't want to read it, not because the cover was ugly or anything, but because all I felt inside was a mass of disapproval towards Issac and how he just left Julianne. But until I finished Want, I didn't realize exactly how much information was packed into the story, which would make Need very difficult to read without knowing what happened in the first book. Unexpectedly, though I didn't particularly enjoy Want, Need was far more entertaining of a story.

While Want was from the PoV of Julianne, the young student of Issac, Need tells the story from Issac's PoV. Personally, I enjoyed Issac's narration much more than I did Julianne's. Firstly, he was so much more realistic, and frankly, with a less flightier mind. In comparison, Julianne sounded extremely immature and self-indulgent. Secondly, he wasn't as pampered and protected as Julianne was. This was not just because of Issac's age, but also the many experiences he went through to carve him into an adult instead of a teenager with a crush on her music teacher. That's not to say that there weren't times when I disapproved of his actions, but Issac definitely made Need much more enjoyable compared to Want.

In the end, I did enjoy reading Need, though some parts made me raise my eyebrow to the extent that my forehead ached. Interest new info on our previous leading man, and a somewhat darker storyline.
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