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Title: Need You for Always
Author: Marina Adair
Series: Heroes of St. Helena #2
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Emerson “Emi” Blake dropped out of culinary school to care for her ailing mother, but she has bigger dreams than running St. Helena’s most popular pita cart. First on the menu: upgrade to a gourmet food truck. A new part-time job as a personal chef will definitely provide the funds, but it also forces her into close contact with her one and only one-night stand, Dax Baudouin, who’s daring her to try a second taste.
Former army Ranger Dax has a clear mission: come home, get healed, and get gone. Yet Emi’s tough-girl exterior and hidden soft side are even harder to resist than her mouthwatering baklava. After years of battles, he knows better than to try and rescue anyone—not that she’ll let him get close enough to try. Truth is, Dax is starting to think that Emi’s the one person who can save him…if he can just persuade her to give him another shot.
Source: e-book from publisher
This is my honest review
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent
The Baudouin brothers are addicting too!
I’ve been a fan of Marina Adair’s St. Helena series from the beginning. I adored the St. Helena Vineyard series, which focused on the lives of the DeLuca family. The more recent Heroes of St. Helena series are all about the yummy Baudouin brothers, and they’re addicting to read about, too…especially Dax Baudouin!
Dax and Emerson had a steamy one-night only fling 5 months ago before continuing on to their separate lives. Now Dax is back in St. Helena temporarily to recover from injuries, and he’s crossing paths with Emerson like no one’s business. Emi just wants to focus on her goal on getting her food truck, but having Dax back in town is one huge distraction.
These two were a really fun pairing! Emerson had to put her dreams on hold to come back to St. Helena to take care of her family. She’s been the selfless nurturer while working hard towards making her dreams come true. There were scenes that brought some serious tears to my eyes, because Emerson misses the connection with her mom so much. Her heart is very tender and guarded at the moment. She knows that Dax is home a short time only, so why even bother to open her heart? There’s a reason Dax’s stay in St. Helena is temporary, and he struggles with his issues all throughout the story. He’s certainly irresistible, and if you like the tortured ex-military man, then Dax is your type of hero. I thought the funny parts were well done. All I’ll say is that they were the “Loveliest” and made for delightful situations for Dax and Emi to be together.
It always feels good to read one of Adair’s St. Helena books. She does small town romances so well. Need You for Always had a great balance of humor, steamy romance and deep emotion. Since Emi is a chef, this book also made me hungry for Greek food. I’ve never craved for a baklava so much in my life! Up next in this series is Adam Baudouin, and his pairing with another St. Helena resident should be very delicious!