Book Title: Why I Need You
Author: Colette Davison
Publisher: Smudged Ink Press
Cover Artist: Charlotte L R Kane
Genre/s: LGBT contemporary romance
Length: Words: 83,000 No. of Pages: 312
Fin is a recurring character from Why I Left You, but it is a standalone story.
Following the death of their parents, Fin put his life on hold to raise his little sister. He’s convinced her well-being is all that matters, even if it’s at the expense of his own. A chance meeting with Noah opens his eyes to the possibility of happiness. A happiness that could shatter the moment Noah discovers Fin has an eight-year-old in tow.
Noah has been living a lie for years. When he gets publicly outed, he gets kicked out of his parents’ home and business. Although he’s angry at being disowned, Noah knows it means he’s finally free to love whomever he wants. But in order to have a fulfilling and lasting relationship, Noah has to get past his repressed upbringing and inhibitions, before Fin walks out of his life.
In order to stay together, Fin and Noah have to be brave enough to be honest with themselves and each other.
Contains adult language and scenes
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Noah glanced up as their waiter wandered over to the table. Without meaning to, Noah found himself staring. The waiter looked hot in his uniform. He was wearing a crisp white shirt and a jet-black waistcoat, which intensified the grey of his eyes. A black bowtie was an especially cute addition, which added to his boyish charm. But it was the waiter’s smile which really grabbed Noah’s attention. It was a wide, easy smile that literally lit up the restaurant.
“Are you ready to order?” the waiter asked, his voice smooth.
Noah forced himself to zoom out from the smile and the perfect teeth to take in the waiter’s whole face, grey eyes and dark, swept-back hair. He dropped his gaze to the waiter’s name badge, which read ‘Fin’, then he looked away, planting his gaze onto his menu. God forbid anyone in his family caught him staring at a guy. He didn’t register what anyone else ordered. It wasn’t until Ruth kicked him in the ankle that he even realised the waiter, Fin, was talking to him.
“What can I get for you?” Fin asked, probably repeating the question for the second time, or maybe the third.
Noah hoped it wasn’t the third. “Uh, the Hawaiian pizza,” he said, cursing himself for mumbling over the words.
Fin nodded thoughtfully as he noted down Noah’s order. “You’re one of those guys.”
Noah’s eyes widened involuntarily. What did the waiter mean, ‘one of those guys’? How could his choice of pizza tell Fin anything about him?
“Who likes pineapple on pizza,” Fin clarified, his smile becoming wider still, revealing adorable dimples that made Noah’s legs turn to jelly. “You’d be surprised how divisive a choice that can be.” Fin’s gaze lingered on Noah for a couple of seconds before he glanced round the whole table. “Can I get anyone any more drinks?”
“I’d like a martini,” Liam said. He grinned at Ruth before saying, “Shaken, not stirred,” in an appalling attempt at a Scottish accent.
“A pint of Stones, please,” Noah said, finding his voice again.
“Sure. I’ll be right back.”
Noah exhaled as Fin wandered away. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d gotten so flustered just because he liked the look of a guy. Then again, he couldn’t remember the last time he’d been around a truly attractive guy whilst sitting at a table with his ridiculously conservative parents. He grabbed the thick white linen napkin and flicked it out, laying it over his lap just in case. He couldn’t trust his dick not to revolt against his head, which was screaming at him not to go gooey over some random guy.
3.5 of 5 Stars
This book is a follow-up to Why I Left You but can be read as a standalone. Fin is introduced in that book and we see the main couple from that book here but there is no confusion or missing content if you don’t read that one first. However, I did like the previous book a little better than this one.
I had a few issues but will start with the things I liked about this book.
Fin and Noah are good for each other. Fin needs Noah to help him deal with his grief and guilt from the loss of his parents. Noah needs Fin to get past his parents’ repression and the damage they did to his psyche. They have an immediate connection and good chemistry. They are patient with each other. The development of their relationship is endearing and they are really cute together.
There are a couple of fantastic side characters, one of which I’m assuming we’ll see again. Eva is a great friend to Fin and I’m glad he has her in his life. Martin is absolutely outstanding and I hope he gets a book in the future. There was a bit of foreshadowing of an unlikeable character that I’m not sure how I feel about but think we might see again.
So now for the couple of things I didn’t care for…the book is loooonnnngggg. I found myself skimming at times. That may not bother everyone but I found myself just wanting the book to hurry up and finish. Noah’s coming out scene was a over the top and dramatic (and almost eye roll worthy) as was his dad’s reaction and him sobbing unexpectedly when he confronted his dad. I HATED what Liam did to Noah. That was awful and shouldn’t have happened. I also didn’t like that Ruth tried to make Noah feel guilty for not telling her. It’s not up to her when her brother comes out and she has no right to make him feel guilty for that.
For the most part, I enjoyed the story and will definitely read the next book…especially if it’s about Martin.
Previous Book – Why I Left You
Ever since Jamie left him, Brett has been running away from commitment. But when he meets Jamie again, he’s forced to re-examine every aspect of his life.
Brett and Jamie are drawn back together by an undeniable spark, but unless they can come to terms with the past, their relationship won’t survive the present.
Contains explicit language and scenes
About the Author
Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding. She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.
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