Author: JP Bowie
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
All Edward Conway needs is someone to love, and in sexy Puerto Rican Alex Martinez, he may have found that someone—until a wild party threatens to take everything from him.
When Edward Conway came out to his family he never imagined their reaction would be to shut him out of their lives. Searching for acceptance he leaves his hometown hoping to find a new life in Los Angeles. Finally daring to enter a gay bar by himself, he meets Alex Martinez, a celebrities publicity agent, and the two men connect on all kinds of levels. Despite the pressure of Alex’s job, which takes him out of town soon after he and Edward connect, Edward feels he may just have met the man who can give him something to live for.
Things look good until Edward’s wild roommate Troy, needs a lift to a party where ‘sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’ are the order of the day. Reluctantly Edward agrees to drive Troy to the party, but before he can leave he becomes the victim of a vicious incident that could shatter the hopes he had for the future.
Alex is there to lend support but he is haunted by a tragic past, and in the present is torn between an old loyalty and the wish to make Edward a lasting part of his life.
I have read a smattering of JP Bowie titles in the past. They have never been a must-read for me, but I have enjoyed them well enough. All I’ll Ever Need intrigued me from the time I read the blurb, so I decided to give it a chance.
I don’t know that this title is going to go into my re-read pile, but I enjoyed it for the couple of hours it took to read. Bowie was able to transport me to Edward and Alex’s world. I was able to love with them, hurt with them, and hope with them. I was frightened for Edward when Alex couldn’t reach him. I was uncomfortable with Edward when he was deciding to enter the club.
There are details that I felt were glossed over that could have been expanded a bit. Most notably is the aftermath of the attack. Edward has zero emotional response to his ordeal. I found that to be a little unrealistic. I would like have seen that handled rather than ignored in favor of moving the relationship forward.
While I appreciated how Alex was immediately there for Edward, I felt his response to the entire attack was a little too reserved and lackadaisical. There is a difference between characters with strength and characters who aren’t fully developed.
In All I’ll Ever Need, the roommates played an important role. I found it interesting how their appearances and their ultimate roles in Edward’s life don’t line up. Though All I’ll Ever Need is not billed as the first of a series, I am hoping we will be getting Troy’s story in the near future.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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