All He Needs - Ace & Stephanie

All He Needs - Ace & Stephanie

by Melanie Shawn

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Stand-alone Crossroads romance, complete with HEA--and plenty of heat and heart along the way!

Sexy, newly single, former Marine Andrew Charles Elliot IV, aka Ace, was ready for a life with no drama and no one to answer to. After a broken engagement and twelve years in the Corps he hoped his fresh start in Harper's Crossing would be just what he needed. But after laying eyes on his new neighbor, he knew all he really needed was her...

Stephanie Holland excelled at taking care of others both at work as a nurse and as an incredible big sister to her twin siblings. The gorgeous redhead had no room to think of anyone else...that is until he moved next door...

After years of putting the needs of others before her own, would she be able to surrender to the idea of someone taking care of her? Would Ace be able to convince her that he wanted to be there for her--mind, body and soul? Could he make her see that she was All He Needs?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157139674
Publisher: Red Hot Reads Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2016
Series: Melanie Shawn's Crossroads Series , #10
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 131,495
File size: 961 KB

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All He Needs - Ace & Stephanie 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
All He Needs is an awesome contemporary romance by Malanie Shawn. Ms. Shawn has provided readers with a well-written book loaded with outstanding characters. Stephanie is an overworked nurse that has raised her younger brother and sister. Her brother has emotional and medical challenges, so she still has his care to deal with. Ace is former military and now works for a security/protection type firm and recently became Stephanie's neighbor. Ace and Stephanie's story is packed with drama, humor and sizzle. I enjoyed every word of this book and look forward to reading more from Melanie Shawn in the future. All He Needs is book 20 of the Crossroads Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Fantastic read. I enjoyed this story. The hero and heroine were both very likeable and they had terrific chemistry. I loved that this heroine was capable AND beautiful. And don't get me started on this hero. Yowza, he was hot. Perfection personified. Once he saw the heroine, he was all in and I love that. She had a lot of family drama, but he took that on as well. There really wasn't a conflict between h/h (only with family), hence the one star deduction. However, it was still a beautiful story that's worth your time and ? money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner always love her books
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I have a confession, I somehow missed that this came out. I got notifed that the next book was coming out and thats when I went back to read this book and wow I am so happy I did. It really is an amazing story. This story features Stephanie. She is a 26 year old mother of twins, one of who is in college and the other is at a home where they take care of mentally ill patients. When she was barely 18 her mom took off and her dad had been missing for years. So at 19 Steph became a mom to her brother and his twin. In the years she has really lived for her family an not herself. Ace, is new in town and he works for the security agency the other Crossroads characters do. He is also opening a club in town. Ace is very attractive an women keep flirting but the only woman to catch his eye is Steph who is his neighbor. On ethe night before he leaves town he hangs out with Stephanie and well its a really cool night for them both. (No spoilers here) That starts a really beautiful relationship. I hated that Ace went away but I loved how great every scene was with him when gets back. This book will make you smile, laugh an lust to have an Ace in your life. This story ends so beautifully that I just sighed.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Wow. I have read all the books the author duo Melanie Shawn has published, and after each book, I am still in a state of awe with the freshness of the tales, the deep complex emotions they create, and the sensual scenes they draw on the pages. The feeling of falling in love is so complex and the thoughts, doubts, desires, and joy of falling, tumbling into love are not easy to capture adequately, and then comes All He Needs, and in nearly poetic matter, the hesitation, disbelief, fear, glee, and jubilee, the desire and devotion it is all there and it was so beautiful, so elegant, I just wanted to inhale it, and then hold my breath from there on, to keep all that beauty in me. I am just finished with the book and I want to read it again to hold on to that magic Stephanie and Ace have. The sensual, delightful, deeply emotional sex scenes are vivid yet so delegate, so outright delicious, I must have blushed like Stephanie. There are conflicts, it is not all just an alluring love fest. The family drama, from both of their families, had enough issues to suffocate a weaker person. But the trust, connection, feeling of being safe within each other help Stephanie and Ace to open up and share the burdens, heal the wounds, and stand up to those needing to back off. Their budding feelings are tested not only by the drama in their families but also with health issues, their careers, responsibilities and life in general. I absolutely loved the advice from Ace's grandmother regarding relationships, I think there's something there for everyone to take under consideration, maybe make this a must-read book for those still trying to find their way in the jungle of love and commitment. Like said, I am in awe with this beautiful tale I just inhaled. It is one of those you want to read in one sitting and might bite a head off if disturbed while reading. It is filled with life, both the raw side of it as well as the lyrical beauty of it. I just want to stand up and shout "absolutely splendid tale!" ~ Five Spoons!
Staci70 More than 1 year ago
Andrew Charles Elliot, or Ace to his friends, is a civilian after twelve years in the military. Stephanie Holland is used to taking care of other people, especially her twin siblings after their mother walked out on them years ago. Stephanie thinks her new neighbor is seriously hot, but also seriously annoying when he works on his motorcycle while she's trying to sleep after her crazy shifts as a nurse. Ace also thinks Stephanie is seriously hot. He wants nothing more than to take care of her. She isn't so sure about that because used to taking care of others, not worrying about people putting her first. Her brother has several disabilities that lead to him being in a facility to help deal with those disabilities. The moment Ace meets her brother is so heart warming. It made me completely fall in love with him. It was very well written. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Molly_76 More than 1 year ago
All He Needs is the 10th book in the Crossroad Series. The fact that Melanie and Shawna can create 10 books in this series and keep it fresh, sweet, sexy and filled with so many likable characters deserves a standing ovation. In this book we meet Stephanie who is the most giving and nurturing person not only with her job as a nurse but with her friends and especially her family. Stephanie at an early age has stepped to the plate and taken care of her twins siblings and her mom. She does this expecting nothing in return but for the love of her family. She truly deserves a happy ending and romance. Her new neighbor has to be Ace who is an ex military, sexy and has drop dead looks. Not to mention his southern charm. For some reason I picture him with a hint a Georgian southern accent. He is not only sexy but he is down right a good guy who has the hots for very single Stephanie and is doing everything he can to prove to her that he is totally worth her time. I loved this book because there seemed to be a realness between the two main characters and the way loved bloomed between they gives you hope. This is another great edition to the series and I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Amazing and fun read, loved every moment of the growing Connection between Stephanie and Ace as their story unfolded. Ace is so sweet and sexy, Alpha male with a huge heart. Stephanie is so strong and delicate all at the same time crazy balance but she pulls it off. These two have just found the second chance at forever love that they both were trying to avoid for different yet the same reasons. Visiting Harper’s Crossing is always a pleasure and this visit sure does not disappoint. Great getting to read this heartwarming and entertaining story. Looking forwarding to visiting again soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.** I just love the Crossroads series. Every story that is written is just completely it's own, yet just feels so familiar and just sucks you in right from the beginning. The characters in this book were so well written and made you feel all the emotions the whole way through. Stephanie is such a strong person and overcame ever obstacle in her way. It makes you feel good to see someone go through so much and work so hard and finally get to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Ace is just every women's dream. The perfect mix protector with a sensitive side. You saw him fall in love with her, not in spite her obstacles, but because of them. Once I got to the end, I found myself wishing there were another 300 pages in it.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
If you want to read an outstanding example of love at first sight then you must read All He Needs by Melanie Shawn. This is book 10 of The Crossroads Series, which is located in Harper’s Crossing, and a standalone story,. Stephanie Holland was the responsible one. She excelled at taking care of others at work as a nurse. She also was an amazing big sister to her twin siblings after her mom checked out of parenting. Andrew Charles Elliot, aka Ace, a former marine and is given a fresh start on life after a broken engagement, which didn’t break him up. After Ace sees Stephanie, he next door neighbor, he knew all he really needed was her. Once Ace moves in next door, Stephanie can’t think of anyone else but him despite thinking he is trouble. After years of putting the needs of everyone else before her, is Stephanie ready to give in to the idea of someone else taking care of her? My favorite part of the book is Ace reflecting on relationship advice his Grandma Lulu gave him. “If you want a good relationship you gotta have the four Ls: love. lust, laughter, and loyalty. And if you’re lucky enough to find that, then you gotta have the four Cs to build on that foundation: communication, compromise, compatibility, and conflict.” I enjoyed All He Needs and was delighted with the way Melanie Shawn allowed Stephanie and Ace to discover each other as well as learn to trust one another. The characters were well written, authentic and complex. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend this book to other readers. I am looking forward to reading the next installment of the Crossroad Series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
kmichels More than 1 year ago
More fabulousness from the Crossroads series by Melanie Shawn! Ace was amazing with Stephanie his perfect match! I had no problem devouring this book quickly. I loved the interactions with Stephanie's twin siblings. Then I wanted to smack her mother repeatedly. Such an awesome story. Don't hesitate to pick this up.
booknerd81 More than 1 year ago
Ace is so yummy you will want to eat him up with a spoon! Ace has been burned by love and isn’t willing to partake in anything remotely resembling a relationship. So he can’t explain why one look at the pretty girl next door has him wanting to get to know her better. Stephanie has had to be an adult from a very young age. When her mom left her to care for her twin siblings she as carried the weight of the world on her solders. Stephanie cannot afford any sort of distractions the first being the sexy guy next door who has bad news written all over him. Ace and Stephanie are the cutest couple in Harper’s Crossing! Watching Ace fall head over heels for Stephanie was the sweetest hottest story I have read in a while. I loved how from the very beginning Ace could see that Stephanie needed someone to count on and to share her burden with. I loved watching Stephanie realize that she didn’t have to do everything alone and that letting her sexy next door neighbor not only help her out but be the emotional support she so desperately needed was so heartwarming. I love all the books in the Crossroads series but this one really got my heart. I couldn’t put this book down and read the whole thing in a day! If you haven’t read this series yet start with this one and get good and hooked then go back to the beginning and read all of the books from the start. You will not be sorry!
LizD_NAD More than 1 year ago
Stephanie has taken care of her siblings since she was little. Ace just moved to Harper's Crossing. What do they have in common? They are neighbors and are very attracted to each other. I love Melanie Shawn's books and this is not any different. I read this book in one sitting. It was great to be back at Harper's Crossing and I truly enjoyed seeing the family dynamics between Stephanie and her siblings and Ace and Stephanie. *I received an ARC for an honest review.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
OMG, I loved this book! I read 3-4 books a week and rarely does a book cause me to experience so many emotions. I absolutely fell in love with Ace, a single ex-Marine who at the moment is working for a security company owned by a fellow Marine. He strives for little drama but once he sets his eyes on Stephanie, life as he knew it, is no longer an option. I wanted to hug Stephanie and tell her what an awesome individual she was. She was forced to raise her younger siblings without the help of her parents. One left when she was 5 and the other one dumped her with responsibilities. Her sister, is self-centered and her brother, has special needs and is truly a special individual. Stephanie lives for her siblings and has never had her own life and fun. Ace’s goal is to make her happy. Needless to say, the drama is endless, and the characters well developed. Makes you realize that even when life is messy , there is a silver lining somewhere . Especially if you have someone special that loves you , is committed and loyal. I promise you will laugh, cry, sigh and just feel about every emotion possible. Know that if like me, you have not read the previous books in the series, you will have no problems following the story . It is truly a stand alone. All I want now is go back and read all the books. So join me for a wonderful ride . I was gifted this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Crystal_Singer0305 More than 1 year ago
Melanie Shawn manages to write a fantastic book EVERY SINGLE TIME! This writing duo never disappoints. I adored this story. I loved sexy, swoony, southern accent Ace and the way he fell head over heels for Stephanie. Stephanie is probably my favorite woman in the series. She is simply incredible. Strong, resilient, focused, loyal, caring, the list goes on and on. She is someone to admire! These two were beyond perfect for each other. I loved how they complimented each other in just about every way. I loved that Ace didn't see Stephanie's loyalty of caring for her siblings as a burden, but as another reason to love her more. What a sexy, fun, perfect read!!!!!!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
I never get tired of my trips to Harper's Crossing and this one was no exception! Former Marine Andrew Charles Elliott IV, otherwise known as Ace, has recently moved to Harper's Crossing looking for a new start. After a broken engagement and many, many years in the service, he's looking for a new lease on life and when he lays eyes on his new neighbor, he thinks he might have found it in her even though they've never even met. Nurse Stephanie Holland has always looked out for everyone else. She's been raising her siblings since she was a child herself and she continues to make sure that those she cares about most have everything they need - often at the expense of her own needs. When Stephanie finally meets her new hunky neighbor, she decides that for once maybe she should take something she wants, even if it's just for one night. With Ace leaving for a job, he wants to wait until he comes back to take Stephanie on a proper date even though the sparks are flying. For once in her life, Stephanie isn't going to let her opportunity slip away and she goes to Ace asking for one night. But will one night be enough? And, with all of the baggage Stephanie comes with, will Ace embrace that or will it send him running? Melanie Shawn always has a way of writing a captivating, engaging story with interesting characters and a lot of wit, charm and love. I always cheer when I see a new offering from this duo because I know it's always going to be a great ride!
heavenlycirce More than 1 year ago
"All He Needs" is written by Melanie Shawn, and it is the 10th book in their Crossroads Book series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Ace Elliot and Stephanie Holland. There are just some stories where you can tell you're reading something special just after reading the first few pages. This is one of those stories. It's so beautifully well-written. Very heartwarming and touching. And I simply adored Ace and Stephanie! After being with the Marines for 12 years, Ace moves to Harper's Crossing for a new start. There's something about Stephanie, his neighbor, that catches his eye. If there's an excuse to come see her, he uses it. Stephanie is used to taking care of things on her own. She's not used to depending on anyone. At an early age, Stephanie has had to take care of her younger twin siblings, Simone and Scott. She is always there for them. But who is there for her? Ace knew there was something special about Stephanie right from the get-go. She's selfless. He wants to be there for her just like she is there for her siblings. Ace wants to woo her and take her out on a date. Sometimes, however, the dates get interrupted, and he understands that. Stephanie's brother, Scott, needs special care. She visits Scott at the facility where he is monitored. Ace doesn't want Stephanie to go alone, so he goes with her. "All He Needs" is just a beautiful story. Ace is every bit of the hero that you want. He's loving, protective, caring, and attentive. The list can go on and on to describe his attributes. And Stephanie is the same. She's strong, caring, selfless, loyal, loving, etc. Ace and Stephanie were just the perfect pair! I've read a lot of books from this sister duo of Melanie and Shawna, and I can honestly "All He Needs" ranks up there as one of my favorite books that I've read of theirs! If I could rate this higher than 5 stars, I would! That's how amazing this story was!
sferguson105 More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun, sexy, sweet read with a bit of mystery thrown in to it. Ace and Stephanie are seriously the perfect couple. Their personalities compliment each other so well, and Ace is the epitome of sexy with a huge side of protectiveness. Stephanie has been kinda stepped on all her life, and I love that it didn't affect her attitude towards life too much. The anxiety I felt towards the end of the book was crazy (and I couldn't figure out who I wanted to smack the most). The authors gave us a look in to what some parents/guardians deal with when it comes to disabilities, and I feel they nailed it. This book is definitely a must read!!
anapjm02 More than 1 year ago
Melanie Shawn never ceases to amaze me how can this due can write books with so much sincerity, love and above all they find good stories to tell. Ace and Stephanie's book is so well written and is about this gorgeous couple who sacrifice everything for the people they care. He is a ex-military with a complicated family and she is a nurse with a complicated family. They both care for people too much and their path is so beautiful to read.. There is even a tease for the next book in the Harper's Crossing series, which seems to be great! And we should congratulate Melanie Shawn for their 4th year Publiversary! May they continue to bring joy, good books and happiness for much more years!