Nov 12 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Joya Ryan’s Tell Me You Need Me (November 16, 2015)

Tell Me You Need Me by Joya Ryan

Joya Ryan
Tell Me You Need Me (Search and Seduce #1)
Entangled / November 16, 2015 / $2.99 digital

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

Playing dirty can be the best kind of fun…

Chloe Franklin wouldn't call herself a commitment-phobe, so much as she's allergic to anything long term. She loves the sexy, sweaty and intensely hot hours of the night that come before the sun rises, though. Especially when those nights are spent with Search-and-Rescuer Gage McGraw...

Gage loves his job, but there is one thing he's starting to like more than the rush of a mission—a stacked blonde with a mouth that haunts his dreams. Every time he steps foot in the sleepy town of Beaufort, he hooks up with Chloe. But he's tired of hooks-ups. He wants more.

Just the sight of Gage gets Chloe's blood going. Hot, bothered, and finally naked, she's ready for their night to start. But before he takes her, he whispers what his intentions really are…and then the games really begin.

Joya Ryan has put a delightful twist on the friends-to-lovers trope in her latest Tell Me You Need Me. Chloe and Gage have known each other for a couple years. They aren’t a couple, but they can’t wait to see each other each time Gage, a search and rescue man, comes to town.

This is a fuck buddies-to-lovers story. One could argue that the former term and the latter are the same, but any romance reader knows otherwise. Chloe craves a no-strings-attached relationship, and Gage has been happy to oblige for two years. He’d blow into town, they’d indulge in each other and all their fantasies, and then he’d be gone by the end of the weekend. The perfect arrangement for Chloe.

Gage, though, wants more. After a close call on a mission, he knows Chloe is the one for him. He wants a commitment to her, but not to staying in town. He wants romance and dating and to know her better. That’d all be wonderful if Chloe didn’t abhor the thought. She watched her mother—who passed away just before she met Gage—pine for her father, wait for him to return to her. Chloe has no interest in falling into the trap of waiting and worrying about a man. However, she really wants to have sex with Gage.

Neither of them sleep with other people during their two-year “we’re totally just sex partners” arrangement. They think about one another, miss each other, and aren’t supposed to admit that. Gage is ready to change that, and is ready to play dirty to get some sweetness from Chloe. This means a battle of wills with plenty of compromises in regards to what counts as a dinner date in exchange for some bedroom time.

When together, though, the banter is wonderful, and it’s refreshing to see the heroine be the one who aces dirty talk. She baits Gage with filthy images that lead us to an alpha male taking control. It’s a win-win.

The crux of the conflict, though, isn’t just Chloe not willing to admit she wants his man as more than a weekend activity. Gage needs to realize he can’t ask for her trust without taking some scary leaps, too.

Tell Me You Need Me plays with commitment phobia in a new way, and brings together a caring alpha hero with a determined heroine. While the couple does go to bed without having sex on more than one occasion, they also have a filthy romp on the grass in the rain. Basically, Tell Me You Need Me balances sweet and dirty across the board.


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Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club and writes SF/F novels. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.


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