I Need You, Jane Lark
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I’ve enjoyed several of Jane’s novels and was keen to get stuck into this one but…it didn’t really work for me. Just proves I guess that even if you enjoy the majority of an authors novels there can be some that don’t fit your tastes.
So, Lindy, she’s in a bad place, depressed by being dumped by her ex, who promptly married someone else and they’ve just had a baby. She’s lost the man who’s been the love of her life for years, the man she chose to be with instead of staying close to friends, the man whose father owned the shop she worked in. She feels she’s lost everything and she’s distraught…and takes an overdose. Jason and Billy are the ones to find her and get help.
To be honest put that way I sympathise with Lindy, and yet when we meet her I just didn’t like her, she’s very self centred it seems, and rebuffs Billy’s attempts to help in a very bitchy way. I just couldn’t get into her mind, she seems to blame everyone but herself, and she’s become isolated. Billy though won’t take no for an answer. He still loves her and is determined to take a chance to get closer. He’s held back for years, now he’s going an all or nothing approach. I loved Billy, he’s a genuinely caring man and does so much for Lindy, and yet she’s so rude to him, she seems to be a taker and suck all the life out of every situation. When we know a bit more about her though I understood her better. Billy was spot on in what he did, and he persuades her to look at herself differently. In one of their talks he discovers she’s very repressed sexually, and somehow he becomes a tutor to her and they soon are in some hot and steamy clinches. Billy was such a patient man, and did so much for her confidence, but he’s still uncertain of just what he means to her.
It kind of goes like that all the way through for me, with Billy being a real gem, so caring and full of love, and Lindy just so self absorbed. She does begin to realise her faults though, and makes a real effort to change and that’s when i began to like her more. Things had built up over a number of years, and there were problems no one knew about that contributed to her outlook. Its a bittersweet romance, and there was some heart-breaking moments for Billy. Overall though I enjoyed it its not one I’d re read, and it didn’t really move me emotionally.
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