Review: All He Needs (All or Nothing #2) by CC Gibbs

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Title:  All He Needs
Author:  C.C. Gibbs
Publisher/Year:  Grand Central Publishing. 12/17/13
Length:  432 Pages
Series: All or Nothing #2

Overview

Brilliant. Wealthy. Powerful. Dominic Knight is one of the hottest tech developers in the world—and the most demanding lover Kate Hart has ever known. Whether in the boardroom or the bedroom, he is always in charge. But there is one thing he cannot control: Kate’s fiery heart…

As a master in her field, talented Kate surpassed Dominic’s wildest expectations. As a woman of uncommon intelligence and beauty, she unlocked something deep within him. Yet since their professional relationship—and erotically charged affair—came to an end, the fire in him has only grown stronger.

Now, the man who has everything will do whatever it takes to reclaim the woman he lost. From Boston and Paris to Singapore and San Francisco, he will lure Kate back into his elite world of privilege and passion. Together, they will test the limits of desire and the boundaries of discipline. For both, this is uncharted territory—naked, reckless, and uninhibited. But when Dominic’s deadliest enemies target Kate, he must face his darkest fears…and admit to himself that she is all he needs.

My Thoughts

After book 1 left off, the biggest question for me was how long they were going to stay apart and what was Dominic going to do to get Kate back.  The lucky thing here is that while it’s the core to the beginning of the story, there’s so much more.  What i’ve come to love and expect about this genre is that you not only get a passionate love story, but you also get one riddled with anxiety since someone is always being ‘hunted’ so to speak, either kidnapped or there’s a hit on them.  This story is no different.

We join the duo when Kate’s trying to find her legs again after learning too much about Dominic and walking away – while he kind of walked away all the same (literally – flying in the middle of the night i believe).  So Kate’s trying to figure out what her next steps are in her life when an AMAZING offer comes in for a job in Singapore that she just can’t pass up.  We know that ‘Nick’ has helped make this happen, but she doesn’t.  The question is for a smart girl, how long is it going to take for her to realize it.  It’s not until he shows up at her hotel there one night that she begins to put the pieces together.

From there on, there’s a fast romance and re-introduction to the passion that they’ve shared.  That first night together turns not only into a reunion, but into a flight in the middle of the night because of intel that Dominic has learned of that may put Kate’s life in danger.

Where this story takes us from there is the journey that they have in getting back together, avoiding conflict and fear of Gora – the man who’s out to do harm to Kate we think because she found the money that he had tried to steal from Dominic’s company….and then a big twist in the end.

C.C. Gibbs does a great job of keeping us really interested in the heat and passion that this relationship has – i mean they can hardly keep their hands to themselves.  I enjoy that the scenes are well written, make you blush, but aren’t over the top.  There’s also a fair share of emotional connection being built here which is nice since we often don’t see that this early in a trilogy.

I have to say that i was a little bit surprised by one of the forks in the road here, in what the negotiating point was that Gora had, and whether Dominic would take it or not.  The other twist is not so much of a surprise, given that I’ve read quite a few books in this genre and know where stories tend to take us.

Regardless, i’m semi-bummed that i’m not in the UK to get the ARC of book 3, but i’m happily waiting to see how things resolve since i have a feeling that we still have quite a roller coaster to overcome.  I mean really – when do things ever work out in the timing that you want in these stories.   I hope you enjoy it and welcome your thoughts and opinions.  Enjoy!

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