The Man I Need (Ward Duet #2) by Shanora Williams
Release Date: June 13th
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There are things that women want, and things that women need.
I know deep down, with every fiber in my body, that I need Mr. Ward.
He started out as my landscape designer, but became so much more.
Now, my life is on the line while living with the devil himself. I have been torn down and broken, and I don’t think I can take anymore.
The man I need was never the one I married.
No, the man I need is the one I was never supposed to have. He’s the one who showed me gentleness, kindness, and true love.
Ward would put up a fight for me at any cost.
I know for a fact, I could be so much happier with him…
But when I come face-to-face with reality, I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to risk it all for someone I’ve just met, even if it seems like Mr. Ward and I are a match made in heaven.
When I hear a door slam upstairs, I weakly push up to a stand. I sniffle loudly as I clean up the broken shards from the glass, careful not to cut myself with any of it. I wipe up the water and spaghetti next, leaving the stained red rag in the sink.
Turning toward the double doors, I draw in a shaky breath and push them open. I walk out, crossing the patio to get to the gate that leads to the beach.
I don’t know why, but I feel numb now. My mind is reeling, but my body moves, doing its own thing.
Wrapping my arms around myself as soon as my feet hit the sand, I walk close to the shoreline and finally, my mind syncs with my body.
I break down, knees hitting the gravelly sand as my face lands in my hands.
I’m not sure how long I cry, sob after sob taking over me, but when I stop, the sunset that was just ahead of me is barely visible now.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
The Man I Need is the second book in a duet, and picks up right where The Man I Can’t Have left off with a shocking cliffhanger. So stop right now, and go read that book first.
Poor Gabby has been through so much. And despite everything working against them, Marcel is so patient and kind and supportive. The man she needs is the man she shouldn’t have. Cheating is usually a non-starter for me, but that is such a part of Gabby and Marcel’s forbidden story that I just had to accept it and move on. The cheating does not happen just for the sake of cheating, because Gabby’s story as a victim of domestic abuse is so much more intense than that.
This book definitely has some triggers, but the story is beautifully written and intense and raw and extremely emotional.
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
About the Author:
Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.
She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive husband, and is a sister to eleven.
When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.
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