All I Need Is You: A Novel

All I Need Is You: A Novel

by Wendy S. Marcus

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Hailed by Jennifer Probst as a “sexy, heartfelt story,” this sweet military romance reunites a headstrong dancer and a rugged army soldier after one steamy encounter tears them apart.

As a dancer who creates mesmerizing visions onstage, Neve James is looking for the same kind of stability in her love life. Her pen pal, Rory McRoy, is on leave from deployment in Afghanistan, so she heads to Boston to surprise him. After corresponding for months as part of a “Support Our Troops” initiative—and exchanging dozens of “Read When You’re Alone” letters—Neve knows what Rory likes, and she intends to fulfill his every fantasy. But all they get are a few blissful moments together before they’re interrupted by a woman claiming to be Rory’s fiancée.

Rory has fallen hard for Neve’s letters. When he finally meets her in person, he has to have her, right then and there—until Neve takes off in a fit of anger. Forced to return to Afghanistan before he can fix things between them, Rory waits four agonizing months to prove that he’s not the man Neve thinks he is. But by the time he arrives in New York, she’s already made up her mind. Luckily, Rory never backs down from a challenge, and he’s prepared to put everything on the line for love.

Praise for All I Need Is You

“Wendy S. Marcus delivers again with All I Need Is You, a sexy, heartfelt story that I loved!”New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst

“Marcus has delivered a delightfully witty, funny, and sexy romance that melts your heart and makes you believe in happily ever after again. All I Need Is You kept me hooked from page one to the very end—and I enjoyed every second of it!”New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti

“Marcus has penned a perfect romance in All I Need Is You, with a sexy dancer heroine, a hot military hero with a sense of humor, and a story you won’t want to end.”New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor

“Wendy S. Marcus does it again! She brings all the feels in this funny, warm, and wise read. Do yourself a favor and let All I Need Is You sweep you away.”USA Today bestselling author Amy Andrews

All I Need Is You is my kind of book: sexy, sweet, and a great look at what it means to fight the good fight and keep your heart open to love.”—Serena Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Hold on Tight

All I Need Is You is an emotionally gripping story of second chances and two flawed characters who are perfect to heal each other. I couldn’t put it down!”—Katie Rose, author of The Heat of the Moment

“This is one series that turns the usual romance trope completely on end in the best possible way.”FicCentral

“I really enioyed both characters in this book. They both brought problems and issues with them but were able to find a way to overcome them. This couple finds their happiness through struggle, tears and pain to the HEA.”—Majorly Delicious

“If you are looking for a page-turning contemporary romance that will have you feeling many phases of emotions throughout the story, I highly recommend you give All I Need Is You a try.”—So Many Reads

“Anyone who enjoys romance novels between complicated people . . . make sure to pick this one up!”—Romance & Smut

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101884928
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Loving You Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 712,533
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a master’s of science in health care administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good, as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives, creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog, Buddy, and blogging, emailing, tweeting, and Facebooking with her online friends.

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All I Need Is You 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you have to lose it all to rediscover who you are. In All I Need Is You, Wendy S. Marcus has once again written an emotional story with likeable characters, who fight for the chance to become the people they want to be and for the love they ultimately want. Ever since I read the first book in the Loving You Series, Loving You Is Easy, I’ve been patiently waiting on the story of Rory and Neve. I knew going in something was really up between these two. I just had no idea how their story would play out. If you haven’t read Loving You Is Easy, don’t worry. Rory and Neve stand on their own. As I’ve mentioned, All I Need Is You is emotional, but it’s also steamy (without being XXX rated) and for me, it did not disappoint. In fact, it was more than I expected it to be. Rory McRoy, a twenty-three-year-old Boston Southie is on his final tour of duty in Afghanistan. Six weeks into a year long stent, he becomes pen pals with Neve James. Neve is a twenty-four-year-old gymnastics instructor/adagio performer. Their letters and emails are hot and fantasy filled. Rory isn't what you usually look for or dream about in a romance book hero, at least not physically. But if you get over yourself and truly look at who he is on the inside (which is what love is all about) he's amazing. Rory is a really good guy who would do anything to protect Neve and make her happy. Make no mistake, I’m a fan of Rory and I have been since I first heard about him. However, for me, All I Need Is You is all about Neve. Neve was very surprising, to say the least. I knew she was a “fun” girl. I just didn't realize how much she liked to party or the reasons behind her destructive ways. And when I say destructive, that’s probably an understatement. Sometimes you have to lose it all to rediscover who you are. Rory and Neve fell for each other through letters and online communication. When things for these two go south, it's the back to basics approach that reconnects them. While this is a happy ever after story, it does contain a situation that has the potential to turn dark. Wendy handled the situation perfectly, to show the person Neve use to be, versus the person she’s trying to become. There are a couple of secondary characters in this book that I’m hoping to have stories written about. Thus, I have my fingers crossed. **Received a copy from Random House - Loveswept in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so slow and boring I could not finish it.
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
There is so much that I love about this book! I'm sure I won't be able to list them all but here's a start - Neve (our heroine) is NOT a good girl. Not a good girl in the common definition we usually know. She has been promiscuous, has made poor choices and has ENJOYED some of those choices. As well as regretting some. I love Neve as our heroine! Rory is not our typical 6'2" alpha. But he IS an alpha hero, through & through. Instead standing at 5'4" - and solid hotness from the description. I love these contradictions of the traditional and typical romance. But have no fear, there IS plenty of romance, love and what really seems to be real life situations. Neve's attempt to do something good sort of backfires. (Who hasn't felt that way at some point?) Rory & Neve know each other from a penpal situation, but getting to know each other in person is very different. I loved this story and how it gets to the happily ever after! This is my first Wendy S. Marcus book, and definitely NOT my last!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Neve wrote SPC McRoy as a pen pal in a Support The Troops effort. Rory is in Afghanistan. Neve was 24 and single, a gymnastics instructor and has an older brother named Nate who is a cop. Once Roy came home, he came to see her. This book was so good, I couldn't set it down. The twists and turns that Neve and Rory both overcame were awesome. The plot and story were excellent. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
A complicated romance between pen pals during wartime. I enjoyed the opening series of letters, but unfortunately as the story continued it fell apart for me. I didn't enjoy how the main characters split after Rory is home on leave. I hoped for a happily ever after and was left wanted for Neve and Rory. I was given a free copy for an honest review by
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn’t like a sexy pen pal? Because of a mix up, Neve becomes the pen pal to Rory, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. Even with the first letter she wrote, you can feel her naughty, sexy, flirty side. When Rory comes home for leave, Neve decides to treat him to one of his fantasies he wrote about in his letters. They have one hot tryst in his parent’s storeroom. Unfortunately, it is interrupted by Mary, his “fiancée” …or is she. Needless to say Neve is angry. In her first letter to Rory, before she decided to get naughty, she asked him if he was one of those “amoral dog types” who would cheat on his girl. Fast forward a year. After their encounter, Rory hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her so after getting out of the Army, he unexpectedly shows up on her door step. When Neve becomes ill, she reluctantly lets Rory stay to take care of her. She knows she has to get her strength back as she has an audition for Cirque de Soleil. This has been her dream. Of course they both have some issues to resolve. Roy has issues with PTSD and Neve has feelings of abandonment by her mother. But together, they help each other work on healing. This is the sort of love story you don’t see too much of today. They actually get to know each other through their letters before engaging in a physical relationship. Nor are they described as this tall, hot, steamy male, nor this curvy, tall, blond bombshell. If fact you feel like they are just normal everyday folks. Overall, this was a sold book, good story-line. Both characters were strong and well developed. It has humor interspersed throughout the book, especially the interaction in the parking lot (no spoilers). I like that there is not a lot of inner turmoil that takes away from the story. This makes the book easy to read and flow quickly and easily. The sex scenes are not that descriptive. I thought the ending was well done. I hope we get stories about Nate and the other McRoy brothers.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
So... Neve. She was a handful in Loving You is Easy and I was so glad her spunkiness didn't change in this story. She is beauty in motion when she dances, and that beauty is intensified by the fierce loyalty and intense feelings she harbors. She doesn't do anything by half, throwing herself heart and soul into whatever she applies herself to. Which is why her relationship with Rory was so much. She got to know him through letters. Now she has a chance to know him in person. Except their meeting turned into one humongous misunderstanding. To be fair, the appearance of Rory's "fiancee" threw me. By all accounts, he was all about Neve so this other woman... Where the hell'd she come from? That answer came as the story progressed. I was glad to know the other woman wasn't his fiancee but a girl he'd known most of his life. Their relationship was platonic, at least to Rory, until he spoke words to her when she was younger and she took them seriously. Her outburst during his and Neve's time together was understandable given what she believed. Rory handled it because he knew he'd have to if he was going to win Neve back. Except, for Neve, she was already in the process of moving on. Not with another man but with life in general. She was leaving, moving on to someplace where she could start over. But sometimes starting over someplace completely new doesn't bring about the happiness one really wants. Sometimes it's found with the one person who knows you inside and out and loves you despite what they know. Rory and Neve had to work (really hard) to get their happy ending. Of all the issues this couple faced, it was Neve's desire for a fresh start, her past, and her future as a dancer that created the biggest roadblocks. She was, honestly, her own worst enemy. Her time to herself did two things: put her future in perspective (it was a million times better with Rory in it), and allowed her to reconcile her past. Be forewarned: there is a lot going on in this story. I had to read it more than once just to make sure I understood what the hell was going on. A first read through left me confused as hell and I wasn't actually clear about anything until the third time through. If you're looking for a quick "makes sense" story, this isn't it. You will need time and you will need patience. The story comes together at the end and makes every battle this couple faced worth it. They were better together, stronger together, and ready for whatever the future brought their way. (Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Often a romance novels follow a formula: the couple meets, they get to know each other, there might be a conflict that tests their relationship, and after that is resolved, they get their happily ever after. Well, Rory and Neve's story starts from the conflict, the relationship is explosive and stormy from the beginning, big emotions, healing of both body and mind, and a lot of growing up, figuring out life, before they are ready to consider a more stable and solid relationship. I have always said you get to know the other person better, if at some point in your relationship, you are forced to have a long distance connection, and letters are exchanged. Because it is so much easier to put in writing some things, than to say it to a person's face. Rory and Neve truly get to share their lives with each other, while writing letters and emails, while Rory is in Afghanistan. They become friends, confidants, a person to trust with their deepest thoughts, fears, and desires. And all of it is put to test, when they finally meet face to face. Neve has believed, since she was thirteen years old, that she is a burden, unwanted, and costly adoptive child. The hurt and pain, insecurity that crew in her mind from the words not meant for her ears, have shaped her young life. For years she was acting up, looking for acceptance and love from the last places and people it to be found. All that starts to slowly change when she meets Rory through letters. With him she wants to be the best version of herself, leaving all the past behind. But it isn't easy, it is raw, rough, and hurtful. Neve has to learn that trust is to be earned, not demanded blindly. She has to learn to compromise, take her responsibility of her own actions, and own her past, accept it, to be able to leave it behind. With Neve's issues with her past, her getting sick, Rory's PSTD, and Neve's overprotective brother, the road to relationship is an uphill battle, filled with therapeutic sex, long talks, laughter and tears. This story got me, deep. Both Rory and Neve are so real, easy to like and relate to, the relationship is lifelike, it is hard work, and even the best moments can turn totally upside down. But they are doing the work, because the fact that they care for each other is obvious, that they are perfect for each other is evident, that together on their worst day, is better than the best day apart. I laughed with them, and I was in tears. The secondary characters peeked my interest, and I have the desire to know more about them. I absolutely loved being in this world during the story, and wasn't quite ready to depart it yet. Heartache and tears, utter joy and laughter, this story touched my heart, mind, emotions, cause this is what life is all about ~ Five Spoons
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Neve James has made a few decisions in her life that she regrets and is on a journey to transform her life and make better choices. As part of her life improvement plan, she signs up to be a military pen-pal and get assigned Rory McRoy as her pal. Their letters are in turn naughty and thoughtful and they are open and honest with each other, sharing a lot about themselves with each other than they had ever done with anyone else and the result is that they develop a solid friendship. However, a misunderstanding leads to things going south very quickly. ALL I NEED IS YOU is quite the complicated story. Between Neve's self-perception issues, Rory's PTSD and their complex family dynamics, there is a lot going on here. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about the characters. Both Rory and Neve were messed up and in need of profession help to address their issues. For Neve, everything goes back to the revelations about the circumstances of her birth, something that rocked her world in a major way and caused her to act out. I love that she lived her life the way she wanted, to the fullest but I didn't like that she was quick to jump to conclusions. She was her own worst enemy and harshest critic. Rory grew up in an Irish Catholic family where his mother ruled with an iron fist and his background was obviously the force behind his views on marriage and family. He dropped the ball a few times, but I like that he was patient and protective of Neve and was there for her when she needed him. Somehow, they it was easy for them to communicate when they wrote each other but not when they were face to face. Their friendship helped them get through all the issues that came up between them, but their volatile relationship can be summed up in a few words - lack of communication. But their story is not all bad. They had some great and funny moments and Neve's daring and fun-loving side made an appearance a few times. My favorite character is actually Neve's brother Nate and my favorite part of the story is the letters. Once again, Ms. Marcus writes a story that deals with difficult issues and her characters are everyday people who, while not perfect, make the best of the hand life deals them. In the end, it's all about finding that one person who will have your back through good and bad and I love that Neve and Roy got there in spite of the overwhelming odds against them. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
bookworm66SW More than 1 year ago
A wonderful returning soldier story! This book had some great elements. A strong feisty heroine, a loyal returning soldier, and just enough angst to keep it interesting. Neve and Rory "meet" unconventionally while becoming pen pals. Rory is serving in the Army in Afghanistan when Neve becomes his sexy pen pal. They meet in person with Neve, an Adagio dancer, trying to bring to life Rory's sexual fantasies in the back room of his family's pub in Boston. They are interrupted and Neve flees in disgrace. They meet again later after Rory is home from the war. Rory slowly winds his way into her heart with Neve trying to fight her growing attraction for him. This is a sweet sexy story of how one man's determination to win the girl he loves leads them on a path that neither was expecting. Loved Rory's never say die approach to getting Neve to trust and start to open her heart to him. A great sweet and sensual read!
Jamibee More than 1 year ago
All I Need Is You by Wendy Marcus was a great read. What first starts out as a “Support Our Troops” pen pal relationship between Neve James and Soldier Rory McRoy, turns into something more over the year of Rory’s deployment. I loved that they could be open and honest with each other on paper and by email. But it’s once Rory gets a short leave and he goes home to his family, where the story really gets good. What should have been a great surprise trip to see him, ends with a misunderstanding and hurt feelings. Unfortunately, Rory has to go back to finish his tour before he can try to explain to Neve. Four months later, Rory’s back home for good, but it’s going to take a lot of groveling, openness and sweet talk to get back in Neve’s life. But can she trust what he has to say? This book was sexy, sweet, had a great sense of humor and a hot Boston accent…
Teresa-Appyt More than 1 year ago
Our main characters, Neve and Rory, get to know each other via pen pal letters. Rory is deployed in Afghanistan and looks forward to the spicy letters Neve sends him. When he comes home on leave he is surprised by a visit from Neve at his family owned bar. Unfortunately a young woman breaks in on their "getting to know each other moment" with the announcement that she is his fiancee. Neve takes off. Rory returns to duty. Once home for good he looks her up to settle the issue. And so it begins. Wendy Marcus has written a nice, steamy, funny and quirky story of 2 people discovering an attraction that is growing into more. All I Need is You was a good read. I enjoyed it and am planning to read more of her work. “I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review”.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, lies, betrayal, misunderstandings, pain, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Loving You Is Easy (Loving You, #1) This is Neve and Rory’s story. Rory and Neve were pen pals. Once Rory came stateside Neve decided on a visit. They had a naughty time in the closet at Rory’s family’s bar only to be caught by Rory’s childhood friend. That friend stated she was his fiancé and ruined the moment. Neve fled and would not talk to Rory again. Now months later, Rory is once again stateside and determined to get Neve to listen to him about the misunderstanding. Will Neve give Rory a chance to explain? With all the misunderstanding between these two can they make it work? What happens when Rory does not trust Neve and misunderstands a situation. Will it be the end of them or will they be able to work there way back to each other? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this pen pals to lovers story and I loved Rory and Neve! Rory is a soldier serving his last overseas tour. Neve is a dancer/gymnast. When the book begins we find out there had been an incident with them while he was home on leave several months earlier. The book goes between past and present until the full story is revealed. They had many humorous exchanges, but were both dealing with difficult issues and had to learn how to trust each other. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the author's 'Loving You' series which I hope will be about Neve's brother. ;-)
sharonc06 More than 1 year ago
Neve is a dancer who starts a pen pal relationship Roy who is overseas in Afghanistan. When Roy return back from Afghanistan the first place Roy heads before going home is to see his pen pal Neve. In the very first chapter you learn a little bit of back ground about these two pen pals. This where you find out where their pen pal relationship has led them. I was hook on this story from the beginning to end! I found a few surprise twists along. I love Neve. She wants to be strong all the time but there are time she need to be able to lean on someone. Roy is not without his own issue. Together you can see why they do so well together. This book had my up all night to finish. As I turned each page I wanted more. I love the Wendy S. Marcus writes an awesome story! This five stars! It is a must read!!! storyline. Two pen pal who find each other when they need each other most!
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
A entertaining and quick reads about two lost sous who find love when they least expect it. Neve James who is a dancer, acrobat and gymnastics teacher who is trying to change who old wild ways. When a friend ask her to be a pen pal to a soldier if Afghanistan Neve figures it will be a good way to past the time. What she did not count on was how close the two would become and how she liberated she would feel to share her story with a complete stranger. What starts out as funand friendly gesture turns into a steaming hot "read in private" letters between the two. Rory McRoy was just trying to get through his last tour and make it home in one piece. Out of the blue he gets this unconventional pen pal letter for Neve and Rory finds himself falling hard for Neve. On a short leave home Neve decides to surprise Rory at his families pub and recreate one of his fantasies only to be interrupted by his fiance'. Hurt and confuseed Neve flees and tells Rory she never wants to see or speak to him again. After his stint in the Army Rory heads to New York hopes of seeing Neve again and repIring the damage done and seeing where this "friendship" my lead. I really enioyed both characters in this book. They both brought problems and issues with them but were able to find a way to overcome them. This couple finds their happiness through struggle, and tears and pain to the HEA. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review and opinion. All rating and opinions stated are my own.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I was captivated by the seductive and witty letters that Neve and Rory exchanged as pen pals while Rory was stationed in Afghanistan. After Rory returned home, he and Neve faced many challenges, but I enjoyed every second of their emotional journey. I would definitely recommend All I Need Is You! ** I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. **
TheAvidBookNerd More than 1 year ago
I’m a sucker for military romances simply because I grew up in a military household. I saw the love that held couples together through constant change, forced separations and ever present worry of losing your loved one to war. The circumstances could create a steel bond between the couple or tear them apart. In “All I Need is You” by Wendy S. Marcus she shows phenomenal insight into the military mindset. I loved this book and managed to devour it in a day where I worked both of my jobs – that should tell you how good it is. *wink* It was my first introduction to Wendy S. Marcus and gotta tell you, it was a great one! The book opens with an introduction letter from Neve to Rory, offering to be his new pen pal while he serves overseas. She makes a very steamy offer to write sexy letters to help him – ahem- “pass the time.” Rory responds enthusiastically and offers some “get-to-know-me” information that’s cute and flirty. But then, one year later, we learn that they have had a falling out. Neve is very sick and grumpy (completely with her, being sick sucks) but Rory has shown up uninvited on her doorstep trying to get back in her good graces. She tries to have her big brother kick him out or arrest him but she faints before anything is done. Turns out Neve has a major infection from donating bone marrow and will need someone to be home with her to help with keeping the PICC (a special IV) clean and infection free. Since her parents are on a cruise and her brother is a cop who works nights, Rory offers to stay and help. He’s not all heart – he’s determined to explain what really happened when Neve surprised him in Boston and win her back. While Rory fights for Neve’s trust, Neve fights for her health and to be ready for her audtion for Cirque du Soleil. For three weeks Rory and Neve live together and learn more than they ever did in their letters. Neve is working on conquering the art of casual conversation and Rory is fighting his PTSD symptoms. When Neve realizes that she can help him (in the hottest way possible) they fall in bed together and learn about each other in a whole new way. But the demons won’t leave them alone and their road is still a hard one to travel. This book was a good read because of the issues it addressed. PTSD, self image and women’s rights were the heavier topics and I thought Wendy S. Marcus did a fantastic job of adding them to the story. Neve has always been a very sexual person, enjoying her life and body as she wanted. But because of her job and her body men have always thought she was an easy lay and not a person. After so many years of dealing with stupid men and their presumptions she has begun to believe it too. In “All I Need is You” the author shows how hard it can be for a woman to fight off the stigma of “slut” and I applaud her for it. And PTSD can never be over emphasized for it’s effect on our soldiers. Rory’s is not as dramatic as some books have it but that makes it realistic to me. It’s the little things that can affect a soldier and send him back to those awful war zones. And it’s also the little things like a caring person and loving companionship that can save them from it. Overall, this book was a fun and hot read. The “read when you’re alone” letters that both Rory and Neve remember steamed up my glasses a few times (as well as the comfort sessions that happened). The dialogue was snappy and hilarious, making me smile and giggle at times.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
Imperfect humans finding their way to being one half of a whole -- ** Provided by Publisher in Exchange for an Honest Review ** Judging a Book by it's Cover: Cover depicts a classic winter-y Christmas scene with horse-drawn sleigh, snow-covered cabin in the woods, and surrounding pines wrapped in lights. Synopsis sounds warm and filled with love, healing, and second-chances - a theme that Ms. Everett is well-versed in. Looking Deeper: Third person POV. For the past several years, Libby's been living a lie - or perhaps more like wistful thinking. But the daydreams and make-believe life is shattered when her boss commits her to a task that can expose her to all as a fraud. Given an ultimatum, present the perfect life she always writes about or lose your job and risk prison, how is she going to pull this off? Owen's broken, in more ways than one, and all he wants is to find his way home to his daughter and try to make her holidays something truly memorable and special, but will be able to connect to a child that knows he only plans on leaving her again? Ms. Everett never fails to infuse family values with hope and heart-warming second chances. The Hero and heroine in this story are both very well-written. There are a handful of secondary characters present or mentioned from previous installments of this series, and other tied-in series', however, this story can and does stand strongly on it's own. There are also a few new characters introduced into the mix, each providing another layer or filler to the plot. The chemistry between Libby and Owen is fantastic, even (or, maybe, especially) when Owen thought Libby was married to Nash - which provided a few smiles and giggles along the way. The interaction between the characters is authentic and the dialogue felt spot-on. There were several conflicts along the way, especially given the premise of the plot, that were handled in the best way they were able. The lies and secrets were getting a little tedious and thick however, seems everyone had something to hide, or at least omit. The plot is extremely well-written with an easy flow with characters that you feel like you truly are getting to know on a personal level. There were only a few small spots that I'd say predictability made itself present (the Christmas Present in the epilogue, for one). The conclusion felt solid and sturdy with an epilogue that covered all the key elements. Overall, HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was an endearing Holiday read. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Heat Level: 3 [PG-13] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful love story! I really enjoyed All I Need is You, nicely written by Wendy S. Marcus! It's her second book in the Loving You series. I loved her first story, Loving You is easy, so I was excited to read this one. She hasn't disappointed me! As Brooke and Shane's story, Neve and Rory's relationship started as they shared correspondence as pen pals while he was deployed in Afghanistan. Their love started online while they exchanged sweet and sexy letters. When they finally met in person, their passion was so strong, but twins and turns added complexity to their new relationship. All I Need is You, is a roller coaster ride of emotions! This is the perfect story of two persons who meet online and live happy ever after. Another beautiful story to enjoy from this author! I received an eARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
2.5 - ”Please don’t be a dream.” Stars. All I need Is You is the first book I have read by Wendy S. Marcus, and the second book in the Loving You series. It was a quick, easy read, and grabbed me at the start with the letters between Neve and Rory being the introduction to the story, but it wasn’t without its issues, and for me they detracted a bit from my overall enjoyment. I liked Rory, back from a year serving in Afghanistan, he has returned with more than a few bad memories, and I liked the way he tried to work through the PTSD without involving Neve. And although I loved the way Neve helped Rory with his demons, and the bond that formed between them due to the mutual care taking, I really struggled to find much else about her that I liked for the rest of the book. I have no issue with the fact that prior to Rory entering her life, she was happy to go out and take exactly what she wanted from a man, and then leave in the morning with no regrets, but the authors portrayal of this and the recurring incidences of her past ‘one and dones’ continually popping up just went a little too far for me. Her internal monologue and reactions to things at points just had me thinking ’bitch’ and added to her overall up and down mood swings it just got a little tiresome. There are a lot of secondary characters in this one too, Rory’s family, Nate (Neve’s brother) as well as many more, and to be honest at points everything that was going on felt a little too busy, and erroneous to the actual focus of the story. This wasn’t a bad book, and I would certainly think about reading more from the author in the future, it just didn’t tick all of my boxes on this occasion. Although book two in the series, I believe it can absolutely be read as a standalone as I didn’t feel I was missing out on anything having not read Loving You Is Easy. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
WildHeartReviews More than 1 year ago
All I Need Is You, is the second book in the Loving You series by Wendy S. Marcus. It can most certainly be read as a standalone book and (thankfully) had no cliffhanger. For the most part, I really liked this book but there were a few things that set me off about it. (Skip toward the bottom for those, mind you they are also slightly spoilers.) Now these things weren't enough to make me set the book down, but they did bring me out of my reading euphoria and make me mentally twitch. This was one of those books where I didn't like the hero or heroine more than each other, it was pretty equal footing. In fact, if I'm very honest... I liked Neve's brother the best! But, I will try not to digress here and get onto the topic of Neve and Roy. Neve, it rhymes with leave, is a sexually confident sassy pants Adagio dancer and gymnast. She is a tiny little thing with a huge personality that packs a solid wallop. I fully admit to having a love/hate relationship with this character. There is absolutely so much that I love about her, but a few things I just want to box her ears for. She is all about breaking free and changing her life, being "different" then her past is letting her be. Cirque du Soleil has come calling and she is bound and determined to give the best audition of her life and leave her old life behind. However, life isn't always that easy and things happen when you least expect them to. Roy is just returning home from a tour in Afghanistan. He's a charming guy from a large Irish family in south Boston, or Southie. He has a case of PTSD but that doesn't keep this guy down, he's out to prove something. I never had any moments of wanting to box Roy's ears, thank goodness. He's a pretty solid character in that regard. Roy jumps in with both feet to help Neve when she needs it. Neve and Roy come back together four months after a big blow out between the pair of them. They'd been pen-pals for almost a year and Roy had assured Neve that he wasn't with anyone. She trusted and believed that... until his "fiancee" walks in on them in a compromising situation. Roy's back now to set the story straight, and prove that he really is trustworthy to Neve. They have a pretty rocky road, with all manner of things that go wrong, or due to their pasts or family members. Everything is pretty much stacked against these two, they both need to find themselves and sort things out before they can really -be- together... and then they still have to tackle the rest of the mess. Aside from my issues, or pet peeves if you will, I did like the story. I learned things that I didn’t know before. I had no clue what adagio was. I didn’t know about South Boston being called Southie, or that a lot of the Irish immigrants had moved there. The way those things were written was extremely well done, they touch up on them to explain them, but they don’t come across like a lecture. Which I loved. So, all and all, I would recommend this book, It had a great story to it. Full review with spoilers can be found at
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Wendy S. Marcus and I enjoyed reading it a lot. This book was a bit different than others I’ve read. The hero is only 5’4” tall; a bit unusual for a romance novel where most heroes seem to be tall and dashing. Rory’s size doesn’t in any way diminish his hero-worthiness. Neve (pronounced Neeve), the heroine, is also diminutive so they fit well together. Rory and Neve begin their relationship as pen-pals; her letters help Rory endure his tour in Afghanistan. A misunderstanding tears them apart and he is determined to repair the relationship. Neve has quite a past. She was a bad girl like a lot of romance books have a bad boy. She enjoys sex and has been with a lot of guys but now she wants to change her life and start over; she’s tired of being a bad girl. Rory is no angel; he’s not really interested in having a long-term relationship with Neve but neither does he want to use her like so many of the guys before him. There are a lot of ups and downs for this couple and there were a few times I kind of wanted to slap both of them upside their heads. The two of them have a real connection but both of them fail to realize it at times. There were several interesting secondary characters in this story; in particular I’d like to read a story for her brother, Nate. He’s been her champion since they were kids. He’s only 6 months older than Neve and finding out how that is the case was an interesting part of this book. In short, I enjoyed reading this and would read more books by this author. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Marie Rivera More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the author on Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This book was very entertaining; I found it very hard to put it down. Neve and Rory's story is sweet, sexy, funny and romantic. I would recommend this book to contemporary romance, and romance reader's. This book will not disappoint you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“All I Need Is You is an emotionally gripping story of second chances and two flawed characters who are perfect to heal each other. I couldn’t put it down!”—Katie Rose, author of The Heat of the Moment