Everything You Need to Know

Everything You Need to Know

by HelenKay Dimon

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Overview

Welcome to Need to Know—Because a Woman Can’t Be Too Informed

Dating in D.C. is like navigating an apocalyptic wasteland populated by men in expensive suits with zero mating potential. Need to Know provides all the information a savvy single woman like you needs to avoid dating disasters.

By night, Jordan McAdam is the proprietor of a popular website that rates D.C.’s hottest bachelors—everything from how quick they are to email you back, to their skills in the sack. She’s been burned once too often to accept any man at face value. By day, her job as an office temp puts her in the perfect position to do a little fact-checking on her rich and powerful subjects. When her latest assignment brings her face-to-face with the sexy but mysterious Forest Redder, Jordan decides to do a little "hands-on" research of her own. To Jordan, he seems like the perfect man—but she knows there is no such thing. Moreover, there’s a big problem: Forest knows Jordan’s the woman behind the scandalous site—and Jordan knows he knows. Will he expose her secret—or find his own posted on Need to Know?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460342862
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 483,719
File size: 216 KB

About the Author

Award-winning author HelenKay Dimon spent twelve years in the most unromantic career ever - divorce lawyer. After dedicating all of that effort to helping people terminate relationships, she is thrilled to deal in happy endings and write romance novels for a living.  Her books have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and E! Online.  HelenKay loves hearing from readers, so stop by her website at www.helenkaydimon.com and say hello.

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Everything You Need to Know 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
3.5 *Book source ~ NetGalley Jordan McAdam owns the website Need to Know where women can get the 411 on the male dating pool in D.C. When women complain about the men they are dating Jordan does everything she can to verify the claims made against them. Her best source of information is the temp agency she uses to get close to the men in question. It’s through the temp agency she meets Forest Redder, the sexy, rich bachelor who’s not listed on her site. He’s the type of guy she hates, but there’s something about him that makes her hot, hot, hot. In any case, she has no intention of getting to know him better. Until he uses his pull to get her a temp job in his company because he wants to get to know her better. Forest typically gets what he wants, but he’s never met someone like Jordan. Who will win the battle of wills? This is a creative and decently written contemporary romance. The sexual tension builds quite nicely and when the sexy steaminess finally happens it’s woo doggy! Both Jordan and Forest have baggage they need to overcome and it’s done fairly well for how short the book is. I like Jordan, her friend Elle and Forest’s friend Wen, but it took me longer to warm up to Forest. Probably because I’m not big on the ultra alpha males. He does tone it down further into the story, so I ended up liking him quite a bit by the end. I’d like to see Elle and Wen get their HEA, maybe with each other? Hmmm…
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Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
I was curious about this novella simply because Jordan, the heroine, is an office temp like me. Unlike me, Jordan has an entrepreneurial spirit. After numerous bad, weird and downright frightening dates with many of DC's most eligible men, Jordan decides to start an anonymous online database called 'Need to Know' to help other single women navigate dating the business and political elite men in DC. She meets Forest on a temp assignment when he shows up for a meeting with her creeptastic boss, Ryan. That sets the ball in motion for Forest and Jordan to meet again, this time at Forest's company as a temp for his business partner Wen. Jordan and Wen eventually give in to their mutual attraction and have to work through an issue complicated by Jordan's new online service and by pesky Ryan's public campaign blaming said service and Forest for a business setback. It's a quick read of course, but there were several quotes that stuck with me. "Cheating isn't sacred. Any man who is stupid enough to do it should get caught..." says Forest to Wen, his business partner. Forest thinks to himself, 'No doubt she would be wild in the bed. He could sense it. He sure as hell had played a fictional movie of it in his head enough times over the past week. Those legs wrapped around his waist and -' "In other words, you wanted to see her naked, so you stuck her in my office space," Wen says to Forest. 'Forest almost jumped out of his chair when Wen's voice screeched through his thoughts.' (This had me chuckling!) 'Her thoughts raced back and forth from a common-sense-hands-off policy for Forest to a maybe-she-could-try-him-just-one-time insanity. No doubt about it. The man turned her mind to goop,' reflects Jordan. (Forest and Jordan are on the same lustful track, ha!) "The only worthwhile risks are the big ones," says Elle, Jordan's business partner and friend. (This applies to so many things in life!) 'She wrapped her arms around his neck.' "I'm definitely falling," admits Jordan to Forest. "Good, because I didn't want to jump alone," Forest responds. The complication is resolved rather nicely without too much prolonged drama. Jordan even gets a member request to confirm the rumor that Forest is seriously dating. 'Need to Know staff: Confirmed. He definitely is not available.'
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Sexy, Sassy, Funny Jordan McAdam doesn't know what "her type" of man is, quite, but she knows what it's NOT: the typical business and political elite of D.C., where little flaws like concealing current wives and fiancees, and continually "forgetting" a wallet are often discovered too far into the dating process. If only a single woman had a way of finding out what she needed to know before getting in too deep. Like the man they dubbed THE URINATOR, whose flaws include always speaking of himself in third person (confirmed), being a blowhard (confirmed), and pissing on his date's front porch after she refused to have sex with him on the first date. I received an advance copy of this novella from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. After the law firm she worked for folded following the financial collapse, Jordan is taking temporary assignments as a personal assistant, which just happens to put her into perfect position to observe and confirm reports for the new subscription-only website she's created, Need to Know. She's halfway to her goal of a thousand paid subscribers, only four months after setting it up with her neighbor and best friend, Elle. Hot, sexy alpha male Forest Redder is everything Jordan is wary of, and no one on Need to Know has filed any reports on him. Is it true what Elle says, he requires a confidentiality agreement from anyone he sees more than a few times? This is a terrific, funny novella; Forest is suitably hot and sexy, but is an alpha male who's not afraid of an alpha woman. Jordan is smart, sexy, and unafraid to pursue her dreams, though somewhat wary of bouncing from man to man, like her mother. Loved the "reports" and "replies" that are featured in each chapter. I don't think there is enough barrier here between Jordan and Forest that this would work as a full-length novel, but as a novella, it works beautifully.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Everything You Need To Know by Helenkay Dimon Publisher: Cosmo Red Hot Reads (from Harlequin) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Welcome to Need to Know—Because a Woman Can’t Be Too Informed Dating in D.C. is like navigating an apocalyptic wasteland populated by men in expensive suits with zero mating potential. Need to Know provides all the information a savvy single woman like you needs to avoid dating disasters. By night, Jordan McAdam is the proprietor of a popular website that rates D.C.’s hottest bachelors—everything from how quick they are email you back to their skills in the sack. She’s been burned once too often to accept any man at face value. By day, her job as an office temp puts her in the perfect position to do a little fact checking on her rich and powerful subjects. When her latest assignment brings her face to face with the sexy but mysterious Forest Redder, Jordan decides to do a little “hands on” research of her own. To Jordan, he seems like the perfect man – but she knows there is no such thing. Moreover, there’s a big problem: Forest knows Jordan’s the woman behind the scandalous site—and Jordan knows he knows. Will he expose her secret—or find his own posted on Need to Know? What I Liked: Well, it's been quite some time since I picked up a romance read! My last review posted on my site - of Spinning Gold by Vivi Andrews - was written months ago, as I read the book months ago. I've been reading a lot of Young Adult novels recently - and quite a few of them have been sequels, which is nice. But it was refreshing to pick a romance read, for a change! I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed them.  This book is a novella, so it wasn't a full-length story between Jordan and Forest, but it was a great story nonetheless. Jordan with her Need To Know business, and Forest with his millionaire self - lovely combination. The "CEO" and "secretary" angle is a little overused in romance novels, but I don't read too many contemporary romance stories - and certainly not recently - so I was okay with that. The plot was pretty straightforward. We have the almost immediate chemistry between Jordan and Forest - upon sight, it seemed - and then we have Forest's business with Ryan Peterson, a former employer of Jordan (technically, he wasn't her employer, but whatever). Jordan is thrown into the mix because she owns Need To Know, a site where women post things about men that they have previously dated, or ask questions about men they want to date. Jordan put Ryan Peterson on the site, even though they didn't date. This is a big deal, because Forest recently backed out of a business deal with Ryan, right around the same time that Jordan stopped working as a temp for Ryan, and also, when she put information about him on Need To Know. I think we all know where this is heading - Jordan gets hired to work for Forest, Forest has no idea she runs Need To Know... exactly. This story is really cute, in my opinion. I loved watching Forest and Jordan fall (stumble?) in love. The chemistry between them is fiery hot, but sweet, at the same time. Jordan is so bold, but not in an aggressive way. Forest is definitely bold as well, but in an alpha male, manly, controlling way. Despite him being controlling, I really like how Dimon brings him across to readers. He's a genuinely good man, and of course, very yummy. But seriously - he's a good guy. Almost too good. The ending is as we expect most romance novels - it wraps up nicely, and perfectly, especially for the two protagonists. I'm not complaining - I expect this from romance novels. And I like the ending of this book. This book was worth the read! What I Did Not Like: There wasn't anything that really stuck out to me, that I didn't like. This story is condensed to a novella, so it is very short. A lot needs to happen in a novella, to build the world, the plot, the characters, and so on. I kind of wanted more from this story - more of a build-up of intensity between Forest and Jordan. I'm not saying that their relationship was rushed - it really wasn't - but as a reader, I would have loved to see/read more interactions between Jordan and Forest. Also, at times, Forest seemed a little *too* perfect. And the whole thing with him being a black sheep? Meh. It didn't really make me believe that he was a "bad boy" - the stereotypical alpha male with a tragic past. But that's okay. I liked him anyway. Would I Recommend It: If you're looking for a quick romance read, then I definitely would. It's really short, but a lot happens, and nothing felt rushed or instant. Fans of adult contemporary romance novels may enjoy this book - I know that I did! But then, I don't read too many adult contemporary romance novels though. But I still enjoyed this one! Rating: 4 stars. I think it's my adult-reads drought that I've recently experienced, but I really enjoyed this book! I'm happy I had the chance to read it, and that took that chance.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿¿ The dating scene in D.C. is a minefield for women. Having fallen victim to her own share of dating fails with a number of promising candidates who seemed to have potential, Jordan McAdam started up a website that allowed women to share information and compare notes on some of the city's most eligible bachelors. A website that has gained steady popularity. Jordan works through a tempt agency during the day, and with her various assignments, puts her into contact with a number of the target bachelors her website writes about. Close enough contact to be able to gather some information. This is how she meets Forest Redder, a successful and handsome bachelor, about whom very little is known, especially when it comes to his dating history. Forest is not Jordan's type...... or so she tells herself, but he is immediately drawn to her and makes sure that they will be in close proximity for the near future. Continuously pushing boundaries, Forest is finally able to get Jordan to let down her guard and let him in, but never all the way. She guards the secret of her involvement with the website Need to Know closely, even though Forest's company as well as Need to Know are being threatened by the same person.  Jordan's upbringing has made her very suspicious, no only of men's motivation, but also her own and therefore she questions everything and trusts nothing. She knows she should tell Forest about Need to Know, but waits until it is almost too late.  **** Wow! What a great little book!! I love HelenKay Dimon...... love how, even in a short like this, she can cram a complete character development with the appropriate context and all!! Not to mention a hot as hell love story, with some angsty moments and a carry-on of baggage; A powerful, somewhat intimidating and gorgeous leading man with a hint of vulnerability and an unintimidated, independent, yet insecure, feisty and beautiful heroine. Both main characters have allowed themselves to be tainted by their upbringing, their parents and their negative experiences, no longer trusting their own instincts or feelings. They each have devised a set of rules they feel safe with, that is.......until they meet each other, and then all bets are off. The rules are broken, the feelings come out, the insecurities are tested and tried and all the baggage is exposed. And for once each of them is fully exposed. So much so tightly packed in this novella, you feel you've had the full content of a novel. No wasted words here! I loved it, would love to have read more...... ¿This compact, taut and sexy tale packs quite the punch!!¿ **ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Harlequin in return for an honest review.**