Need Me: Broke and Beautiful #2 by Tessa Bailey

Need Me: Broke and Beautiful #2 by Tessa Bailey

Welcome to my review of  the second book in her Broke and Beautiful New Adult series by Tessa Bailey.  For fans of this series, Make Me, book 3 in the series, releases today – and i’m participating in a tour for that title here on the 20th of the month. .

Need Me

The first I have read by this author, Need Me is the ‘forbidden’ romance in the series, college student and her professor.  I didn’t have difficulty in understanding the connections in this story, and the writing kept me engaged and involved.

Honey is a small town girl in the big city: she wants change, she craves it and excitement. A pre-med student, we are repeatedly told she is a bright and clever student, with a promising future. And then she meets Ben, a friend of her best friend’s boyfriend and a play on the 5 minutes in the closet game and we are off on hormone central.

Ben is a professor, a YOUNG professor of literature, and aware that his age puts him on the administration’s radar: worried about the potential of student teacher relationships, he really needs to watch his behavior.  He keeps a remove from his students, but one student’s writing has him determined to know more.

This was an interesting story: the heat was incredibly well written, but the back and forth and bad choices, the lack of correlation between us being TOLD Honey is smart and her wholly immature and often senseless choices where Ben is concerned were frustrating. I get it – she’s young and a bit innocent…. but OMG….  And Ben, misguided needs a pan to the side of his head Ben: dropping her under the bus and saving your own arse while constantly NOT being clear? You could have (and should have) waited for the term to end…

But then, Tessa Bailey writes steam and dirty talk better than anyone I have encountered. Yes, there is plenty of steam, and Ben is quite creative in his speech. The lightness of their relationship, the all in you are my soulmate rapidity kept me from buying in to them as a solid couple, but even that didn’t take away the need for an icy cold drink.

Like many NA stories, I’m more frustrated with the character’s immaturity than I ever am with the instant connections: you are supposed to love quick, hard and often until you have a real sense of self and what you need and deserve at that age- make those mistakes and learn from them.  What I didn’t see here was much learning from bad acts, or the self-confidence from Honey to demand a long, slow grovel from Ben. For he had many moments he should have been crawling. On his knees. Over hot coals. With a weight on his back. I can’t wait for the next.

Need Me: Broke and Beautiful #2 by Tessa Bailey

Title: Need Me
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful #2
Also in this series: Make Me
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062369083
Published on: 21 April, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 288
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey is completely focused on her medical degree … until she sees newly minted professor Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous young English professor and vows to find a crack in his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.

At an off-campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding Southern belle … and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can't stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden … yet no matter how hard he tries, Ben can't stay away from Honey.

And when his attempt to fight their attraction nearly ruins the best thing that ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.


About Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband of seven years and three-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.