3.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

I Just Want You by Kaylee Ryan

 

I Just Want You

By: Kaylee Ryan

Genre: Contemporary Romance / New Adult

Available March 28, 2017

 

“Go to college,” they said. “Get a good job,” they said. “It will be a piece of cake.” Well, whoever they are, they lied. Sure, college was a blast, but after college, not so much. The finding a job to go with my expensive education, that part was not so easy. At least not until I was offered a position at the new club in town.

Life is defined by the little moments that have the power to change it completely. I never thought getting a cup of coffee would change mine, but it did. She did. She’s one of those moments.

He’s my boss.

She’s my employee.

I want him.

I can’t resist her.


cropped-bookplusheartreviewicon.jpgIf you have read any of Kaylee Ryan’s books you may see a patterned of familiarity with her male characters. Majority of her men are jealous, possessive, and domineering. Now I am not talking Christian Grey type of domineering, more just wants to make sure they wear the pants in the relationship kind of guy. Now, I will say not all her male characters are like that; however, Crew falls perfectly into this category. In Kaylee Ryan’s debut novel  Anywhere With You (which is one of my favorites) her male protagonist, Liam, has many similarities to Crew.

Berklee and Crew are both in their early to mid-twenties. In the prologue of the story we find out that Crew was given an inheritance from a grandmother that he didn’t even know. A large inheritances. I mean in the millions. He took that money, paid things off, bought stuff for his folks, invested a chunk, and decided to start a business. He wanted to be able to create something that would make him money and be a smart investment.  The story then begins to unfold with alternating POV’s between Berklee and Crew.

Berklee is a college graduate with her degree in Business Administration. She is stuck working at the local coffee house because everywhere she applies to work will not hire her due to her lack of experience. She feels stuck in her situation. SO when the opportunity arises to work for the new club that will be opening down the street from her current job she jumps on that chance.

Neither Berklee nor Crew knew that their first few meetings would constitute in them working with each other. Crew just thought of Berklee was the sexy barista at the coffee shop he just randomly stopped by at. The girl he couldn’t get out of his mind or fantasies. Berklee knew that Mr. Super Sexy Beard guy that came in for a black coffee biggest cup she’s got, was having her count the minutes till she saw him again. Whether it be in real life or in her dreams.

By some random coincidence these two end up working with each other. Berklee becomes his manager of the club and working within such close proximity of her, keeps him on high alert to ever touch, every bump, and every caress. He tries to with stand the strong attraction he has towards her, but the more he fights it the more his desire for her bubbles beneath the surface. Eventually they both just explode towards one another like a volcano. It is hot, and heated, and O’ so satisfying. However, Berklee wants the relationship to be kept on the down low. She is convinced Crew will become tired of her and move on. She tries to keep her heart out of their physical relationship, but Crew makes it extremely difficult.

These two have intense chemistry that you can feel through the pages. It reminds me in many ways of Anywhere With You. The difference is these two characters are older and mature. The book also takes the steamy up a notch. They are not new to relationships or intimacy. These two are experienced adults and know exactly the type of relationship they are having.

I like that there is a miscommunication in the plot lines with Crew and Berklee. It shows that Crew has trouble believing and trusting people. He believes the worst of situations and not allow for others to explain the circumstances. I just don’t understand why he didn’t trust people? I don’t think that is explained enough of why? He is an only child and had a great life. They don’t go into great detail with the story, it kind of bugs me.

Anything thing that stood out to me (not sure if anyone else noticed). The time line seemed off at times. They say things are happening in a few weeks, but then they say that they have been doing stuff for a month or more together. I guess I need to go back through it to truly get the time frame of their relationship down.

Over all, Crew is your Alpha Male with sexy scruff and tattoos. Once Crew sets his mind towards something or someone he goes for it. Berklee is ambitious and goal orientated. She is an organizational freak and thrives on it. They are evenly matched. Berklee doesn’t let Crew walk all over her. She pushes his buttons and stands her ground. She realizes that some battles are not worth fighting (which happens in all relationships).

The story is a standalone and has alternating POV’s from bother characters. They are evening distributed through the story. 

3.5 Not my favorite story of Kaylee’s. I like Crew and Berklee, I just think there was not enough character development to understand why they would just jump into a ‘friends-with-benefits’ type of relationship, when they weren’t really friends as it was.

Enjoy the read.

Just because Crew isn’t my kind of alpha man, doesn’t mean he couldn’t be yours.

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Kaylee Ryan has had a passion for reading since she was a little girl. That passion has slowly led to spinning romantic tales, and a one-click addiction. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in her kindle or fingers glued to the keyboard, you can find Kaylee hanging out with friends and family. She loves all genres of music, and enjoys scrapbooking. She lives in Ohio with her husband (her real life happily ever after) and their rambunctious little boy.
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