Sunday, April 2, 2017

Book Review: All You Need by Lorelei James

All You Need (Need You #3)
By Lorelei James
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Source: Publisher
A hockey romance burns up the ice in the third sexy Need You novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mastered Series and the Blacktop Cowboys® Series.

PR agent Annika Lund can spin any disaster into a win. But revamping the reputation of a notorious Swedish hockey player will take every trick in her arsenal, especially when his agent insists that convincing everyone he’s no longer a playboy is top priority. And that it requires a sham relationship—with Annika playing the part of loving girlfriend.

On fire in the rink and in the bedroom, Axl Hammerquist couldn’t care less about being anyone’s golden boy. So when his agent forces him to play nice with a new publicist, he takes satisfaction in being as much of a pain as possible. But the more time he spends getting to know Annika, the more Axl starts to think that being Mr. Nice Guy might be worth it if it gets him the girl

While this is book three in the Need You series, the only other book I have read in this series is book two. I somehow skipped over book one, but I fell in love with the characters and their love story in Just What I Needed. When I saw the next book was going to be Annika and a hockey player, I knew I had to get my hands on it! 

Annika Lund is a PR agent and good at her job. She prides herself in making her way up in her family's company and works hard proving that she's worth it. But when her next client is Axl Hammerquist, notorious playboy and Swedish Hockey player, Annika wants nothing to do with him. Axl and Annika butt heads, so when Axl's agent insist they pretend to date to save Axl's image, Annika says no. But his agent gives her an offer she can't refuse and Annika finds herself spending more and more time with Axl. She learns that he may not be as bad as he seems... 

I absolutely love hate to lovers romances and this one was no exception. Axl and Annika's banter in the beginning was so entertaining and I loved how they both had serious misconceptions about each other. The more time they spent together, the more they realized they were judging one another on what they've heard, not what they actually knew. It was so fun watching them start to realize that they actually liked pretend dating and that they couldn't wait to see each other or spend more time together. 

I always talk about this when I review sports romances, but it's so important to me: the actual sport. I'm so happy that Lorelei James gave us lots of hockey and that Annika actually went and watched some of Axl's games. This makes the book so much more realistic and entertaining to me. Axl was very dedicated to his job and loved getting an inside look at his grueling practices and his banter with his teammates. Speaking of teammates, this book had so many amazing side characters and I could just see each of them getting their own books (at least I hope!). There was such a lovable cast of characters and I loved how they all interacted and had such strong connections. 

Overall, I absolutely adored this next addition to the Need You series. Annika and Axl were so fun and I loved how we got a sports romance out of their story! And that ending?! Definitely knocked it out of the park for me! If you want a fun romance with plenty of banter and hot chemistry, you definitely have to pick up All You Need!

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