REVIEW – WHAT I NEED (Alabama Summer #4) by J. Daniels



From New York Times bestselling author, J. Daniels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.

Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.

At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer―a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.

Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.

Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?

Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.

Not with him sleeping down the hall…

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I know he said we could never be friends again, but I still kind of feel like we are. Just more. We’re lovers who became friends who became…everything.


Every now and then I love reading a book with a sexy, swoony Southern alpha male who knows how to please a woman in every way. It didn’t take long for me to fall under the spell of Officer CJ Tully. From the moment he drawls out a ”Darlin”, I melted like butter. I never read anything by J. Daniels before but you better believe I’m going to be getting to her other books as soon as possible!!

Riley Tennyson shows up late to her brother’s wedding rehearsal dinner after having a huge fight and break up with her boyfriend. He wasn’t invited to the wedding since her brother can’t stand him and the fact that she was still going to the wedding, really pissed her boyfriend off. When she arrives at the dinner, she spots a familiar sexy cop who she has seen around town but they’ve never been introduced. CJ instantly hones in on Riley and is completely mesmerized. After they share some conversation and a few shots of tequila at the bar, one thing leads to another and the couple ends up sharing one hell of a steamy time between the sheets that weekend. They keep this a secret from everyone since Riley’s brother is a bit overprotective of her and she’d like to avoid unnecessary drama. The two plan to meet up again but things go South quickly when Riley goes back to her ex’s apartment to pack up her stuff only to be faced with a remorseful man who swears they were just having an argument and he never considered them to be broken up! YIKES!!!


Riley, being the sweet and terribly naïve woman that she is, decides that she made a terrible mistake and calls things off with CJ, but quickly places him in the ”friend zone”. CJ is beyond bummed by the turn of events but he’s so smitten with Riley, that he’ll take her whatever way he can get her. This is where I am just SMH more towards Riley! She’s young so I get that she’s not wise enough to know when she’s making a poor life decision. Anyhow, soon the douchey boyfriend will show his true colors and we don’t have to worry about his presence causing any further interference between CJ and Riley. Oh, but there’s still more drama to build up extra angst, like the crazy over-protective older brother that Riley still wishes to keep in the dark about her relationship with CJ.

Every time it looks like these two are finally going to get it right, something surfaces that threatens to tear them apart. I have to say that I didn’t mind the added angst because it kept me fully engaged with the story. It felt like no time had passed at all when I got to the end of the story, and in my eyes, that means it was a winner!!


If you love a story with a sexy as hell alpha male who knows how to take care of his woman and you don’t mind a bit of angst, you are definitely going to want to read this book!

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*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 My Lady Stars!


Riley Tennyson is a gorgeous, southern 22 yr. old woman from a small town in Alabama called Ruxton. Her brother Reed can’t stand her boyfriend Richard. Reed is getting married soon, & she’s got quite the dilemma because her boyfriend isn’t invited to the wedding. Riley is, of course, part of the wedding party & has to be there. When her boyfriend expects her to choose between him & her family, things get heated and they break up.


Riley arrives at her brother’s beach wedding newly single and angry. She has too much tequila & ends up getting cozy with a friend of Reed’s named CJ Tully. CJ is a police officer in Ruxton & is delicious. He flirts, and she can’t help but accept everything this sexy man has to offer. They spend an incredible evening together & then soon return home to reality. Riley goes home with plans to move out of the place she shares with her ex. She soon learns Richard thinks they just had a fight & doesn’t think they’re broken up at all. Guilt has her calling CJ & asking him to keep what happened between them a secret. CJ respects her decision & agrees to be her friend, or at least give it a try, but he clearly wants more & doesn’t think they were a mistake.


-I want her. God… fuck, I want her. All the time. That hasn’t changed.

-I care too much about her to fuck this up. Christ. I care so fucking much about her already. More than she knows. Riley Tennyson got under my skin at that wedding and fucking stayed there.

-“I never waited for anything like I waited for you.”

-“And I would’ve kept waiting, babe.”


I really enjoyed this book. It was my first in this series, and now I can’t wait to read the others. Being that I’m an Alabama girl, I can especially appreciate a chivalrous Bama man. I adored everything about CJ Tully. He is 100% alpha but has the kindest most loving heart. Every time he called her Darlin’ I melted. This man was absolutely irresistible, hilarious & everything I love in a book boyfriend.


-I want him. I want this man more than I’ve ever wanted anyone. It’s beyond desire at this point. It’s beyond anything I’ve ever felt.

-“I’m your lady.”

-“Fuck yeah, you are. Always were.”

-I’m his world. This beautiful, sweet man. I’m his.

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