Tell Me You Need Me, Joya Ryan
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I’ve loved some of Joya’s novels but this one just didn’t work for me. Having an ARC of this info re length wasn’t available and I didn’t know that it’s a novella at just under 2200 kindle locations. Sadly for me novella’s rarely work. If I know in advance I try to avoid them but this time I didn’t 😦
Chloe came over as a bit brash and in-your-face to me. I’ve no issues about someone knowing what they want and going for it, but her reasons for avoiding romance seemed just weird, and I didn’t really understand them. Likewise her compulsion to make her mum’s cafe/restaurant a sucess as it was when mum ran it – why? Maybe if the book had been longer I’d have more background and understood her and her motives better. I felt the same about Gage – his intransigence about his job, his refusal to consider that maybe if he could persuade Chloe into a romance, a relationship – which was what he wanted, she’d want more than to be just waiting around for when he decided to return, and be happy when he was off for weeks at a time again was to me just plain selfish.
When they are together there are some very erotically charged sex scenes, but to me that’s it, just lust, and I never felt more emotionally between them. Sex is fine in a story – in fact in a good romance I enjoy it, but here I felt it was All the story, that for me there was little else except some hot and sensual sex scenes, and I need a solid story backing them up to enjoy them. I actually skipped many of them, looking for more between Chloe and Gage, looking for some kind of connection, some indications of more.
Its a short novel anyway, timewise as well as length, only covering a few weeks so I guess that’s again why I didn’t really have the chance to get to know them and what made them the characters they are. Sadly its a book that’s a pass for me, will still look out for more of Joya’s excellent stories but this one hasn’t hit the spot.
Stars: Two, hot sex but not much else for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
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