ALL I WANT by J. Daniels — Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

Two words… Luke Evans.

WHAT I RATED IT

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Luke Evans is a heartbreaker.
I didn’t want to give mine to him. Not when he kept me out.
He gave me enough, just enough to make me fall in love with him. I say this to convince myself. But I know the truth.
I would’ve fallen in love with him at a distance.
Handing my heart over to Luke was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I was naive when I wished for more, when I hoped he wanted the same things I did.
I try to hate him. I try to forget him.
But it’s not that easy.
Love is a ruthless bitch, and I’m her latest victim.
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Tessa Kelly is a man-eater.
When she sets her sights on you, she doesn’t just consume your heart, she goes for your soul.
What we had was perfect, real, and all I would ever want.
But she destroyed it.
She destroyed us.
I try to hate her. I try to forget her.
But it’s not that easy.
Love is for people who have hope, and I have none.

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JENN’S REVIEW

While each book is a standalone, you will get more background on Luke and Tessa’s relationship as it unfolded in the first book, Where I Belong. Though not necessary, I do recommend reading it first.

 Luke and Tessa had a hot and heavy relationship that came to a stop after a pregnancy scare. Luke couldn’t give Tessa what she wanted and Tessa refused to settle. But breaking up, didn’t sever their attraction to each other. If anything, it made it more pronounced. This was a classic, I hate you, but I love you more story that I just loved. It was a one-sitting read that I didn’t want to put down.

 Tessa is the bad-ass, kick-ass, take-no-prisoners kind of heroine that I really enjoy. When she runs into Luke at her brother’s wedding to her best friend, smack in the middle of getting it on with a random girl, she doesn’t run and hide. Not Tessa….

 “Oh, sweetie. You might want to go disinfect. He’s got the herp.”
“Oh my God. Are you serious? You have herpes?”
Luke’s wide eyes train on mine. “What? No I don’t!”
“He’s really sweet about it though,” I say, looking sympathetically at the blond. “He pays for my Valtrex every month.” I turn my eyes to Luke, letting out a swooning sigh. “So romantic.”

Luke wants nothing more than to move on from Tessa, but that is a lot easier wished for than done. His body craves her, and he’s fighting it.  He saw firsthand what happened when his father gave his all to a woman, only to lose her and the crash and burn that followed. That is not going to be Luke. He will be damned if he lets himself love someone. But Luke didn’t count on Tessa.

“I hate that I felt s*it for you I never wanted to feel for anyone. That you made me feel it, and you didn’t give me a f*cking choice.”

Luke and Tessa were able to avoid each other for a year, but that isn’t the case anymore. They continue to be thrown together and all it does is drive their thoughts to the other. When they are together, their chemistry explodes off the page, but Luke is not being as forthcoming as Tessa would like him to be. He is still holding back from her, and while the hate/angry sex is combustible, it’s not enough for Tessa.

I hate that you don’t talk to me. I want to know everything about you…I hate that I’ll always want more and I hate that you won’t give it to me.”

 With all that is swirling in the background, can Luke and Tessa be enough for each other, or give enough of themselves to the other? That is the question. All I Want is gritter than Where I Belong. Luke’s background is difficult and he is dealing with family issues that continue to come to the surface.  Can Tessa help Luke to see that he is enough for her? Or will she walk away for good?

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