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 d*ck not to revolt against his head, which was screaming at him not to go gooey over some random guy.
With two main characters who have such big issues in their lives, Why I Need You is a story that is high on the angst and emotion—and Noah and Fin both contribute to the drawn-out pace of the development of their relationship.
The outright rejection Noah receives from his family is heartbreaking and had me incensed over his situation. Noah is beyond lucky to have his friend Martin (loved him!) to help him out, so while his family may have turned their backs on him, his circumstances are at least not as dire as what you usually see with other LGBT characters in a similar position. I did feel like his aversion to any kind of public touch was a bit extreme.
Though I try not to pick favorites with the main characters when I read, Fin was the one in this story for me. He’s so sweet, responsible, supportive, and he’s incredibly patient and giving when it comes to Noah. It did drive me nuts that he wasn’t telling Noah the whole truth of his own situation from the start, or even after them dating for a little while. It’s a pet peeve of mine since I don’t see the point of the secrecy—if someone is not going to accept your situation at all, better to find out up front and not waste your time.
The story did feel a bit long to me, with I attribute to the slow pace of the relationship development. I still really liked Noah and Fin together, and overall enjoyed the story. Fin’s sister Olivia is a great supporting character along with Martin; I wasn’t really a fan of Noah’s sister Ruth though.
Why I Need You was a 3.5-star read for me, and is a story meant for readers 18+. Though this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone and enjoyed on its own.
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