The Wife He Needs by Brenda Jackson (Review)
THE WIFE HE NEEDS
Brenda Jackson returns with the first book in the Westmoreland Legacy: The Outlaws series.
THE WIFE HE NEEDS is the first book in the Westmoreland Legacy: The Outlaws series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Jackson. Though the story does take place within the larger Westmoreland series by the author, it can be read and thoroughly enjoyed as a standalone book. The author relays information to readers in a way that allows them to know what happened before, but not how it happened. This leaves room for the reader to go back and read the previous Westmoreland series of books if they so choose, without spoiling anything those characters experienced on their journey to happily ever after.
One reason I chose to read this book, and to review it for the blog, is because Brenda Jackson wrote it and therefore, it promises to be an amazing read. The other reason is it ties into the first episode of Harlequin Books and Cooks. Brenda Jackson was the YouTube program’s first guest, and in it they discussed her latest book and current series while they made White Chicken Chili. Which made me realize I needed to read the book and share my thoughts on it since I already made the dish and shared my adventure with that–spoiler alert, it’s amazing, too.
So, that’s what I’m doing today, diving into THE WIFE HE NEEDS and sharing my reading adventure with all of you. Now, let’s get started.
THE WIFE HE NEEDS
Right off the bat, Jackson introduces us to our hero, Garth Outlaw, his four brothers, Jess, Sloan, Cash, and Maverick, and his one sister, Charm. Then we get a sense of what the story—and the larger series—is going to be about. And it’s done in such a way, it makes readers want to know more about the characters and their adventures to come. Really well done opening, and hero introduction.
Next, the author introduces us to Garth’s love interest, Regan Fairchild, and we get a sense that things are about to go way, way wrong for our hero. But in the best possible way. In fact, readers start to get the impression that this story is going to be a fun, fast-paced read with a cast of really great, highly motivated, and emotionally compelling characters. And I am totally, one hundred percent here for all of it.
“Are you ready for me, Garth?”
Garth Outlaw is a brilliant, charismatic CEO, and a prime example of a man who thinks he wants one thing, but in reality, he wants something else entirely. Something he doesn’t feel he can allow himself to have.
Regan Fairchild is an idealistic pilot who keeps her feelings close to her chest and does her best to pretend she doesn’t want the things she wants. And that includes wanting Garth Outlaw, her current boss and longtime family friend.
“There is no other woman I’d rather
be here with than you, Regan.”
Garth and Regan had amazing chemistry between them. Even when they were denying their attraction to each other and trying to pretend they were nothing more than boss/employee or just friends, their desire for one another still bubbled beneath the surface. Every scene held a measure of attraction or pull toward something more and it made the book such a joy to read because the characters were so alive on the page. Their wants, desires, needs, fears, and wounds all worked in tandem to create two wonderful characters and a truly terrific love story.
The love scenes were hot, but more than that, the emotion between Garth and Regan was clear and vibrant. They were a great pairing, and absolutely cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
If you’re like me and looking for a new series to dive into, definitely give this book and this series a try. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. Which is how I know what a great read this was for me. I devoured it, and I cannot wait to read the next Outlaw book!
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THE WIFE HE NEEDS
BY Brenda Jackson
Will this billionaire bachelor say “I do” to love?
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Desire
SERIES: Westmoreland Legacy: The Outlaws
AVAILABLE IN: Digital, Paperback
PUBLISHED: December 2020
He desires her more than any other woman. But falling in love isn’t part of the plan.
The arrangement is simple: a two-week getaway, then a marriage of convenience. Until Garth Outlaw’s potential bride is a no-show. Now family pilot Regan Fairchild is sharing his bed—and he can’t get enough…even though he’s vowed never to love again. Can Regan convince him the wife he needs and the woman he desires are one and the same?
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