Needing to Love You (Houston's Finest #2)

*I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

Synopsis | Goodreads

Carlos Ramirez has always prided himself on two things: being damn good at his job on the Houston police force and being able to land any woman he wants. When a devastating car accident leaves him crippled and in excruciating pain, he begins to rely too heavily on his prescription painkillers. The only person who can help him heal is the only woman who has ever rejected him—and on more than one occasion. Living with Kelsey while he works through physical therapy wasn’t anything he ever expected to happen, but it might just be what he needs. After a divorce that left her doubting her ability to love, Kelsey Byrne wants nothing to do with relationships. Unfortunately for her, the only man she could see herself loving needs a place to live and help while he recovers. She had a hard time pushing him away after a one-night stand, so how can she possibly keep him at arm’s length when he’s in her house every day, playing with her son, cooking her meals, and leaving her cute notes every morning? Carlos may be working his way into her heart one sweet gesture at a time, but can she give him everything knowing that she’s more than a little broken inside?

Review | Rating: 4 stars

I enjoyed Needing to Love You a lot. Kelsey had me wanting to bang my head against a wall for most of the book with her stubbornness and the reasons she used to keep Carlos at bay. Needing to Love You was more angsty than the first book and dealt with some deep issues for both characters. I found myself relating to parts of Carlos and Kelsey's characters. I have experience with some of the things they have so I was able to connect with both of them as I was reading and was drawn into the book instantly. I liked both Kelsey and Carlos in Hating to Love You so I was excited to see their story. I loved how Erin made it all work. Even though this one was more angsty I still laughed a lot and there was plenty of steam in this one. The book had good pacing and nothing really happened too fast. Kelsey did not immediately fold on her stance just because Carlos was living with her. Carlos wasn't just okay after the accident he was in. It took a long while for him to recover and I loved seeing the issues he went through to get there. I loved their relationship and James was so adorable. He made this story so much more than it was. I loved seeing more of Rafe, Sophie, and Becky and meeting baby Ella. I also liked meeting Reese who seemed to fit in with Rafe and Carlos just fine. I cannot wait for Wanting to Love You (Reese and Becky's story)! I love Erin's writing style and the stories she weaves are masterful.

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