Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Tour for Something I Need by Lena Lowe (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Fans of romances set in the music world will find this an immensely satisfying addition to the genre as a young woman from the other side of the world tries to find fame while being rescued by a slightly bruised white knight.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Something I Need 
by Lena Lowe, along with my impressions of it, then learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in the xoxo Nashville series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a 2-$10 Amazon GCs too!

Jonte Williamson has a dream: become Nashville's next big star. Finding herself unexpectedly homeless hot off the plane wasn't part of her grand plan.
Cash Bellini is a simple man: he loves his twin sister, Dolly, hates country music, and stays far away from anything more complicated than that.
When Jonte stumbles into Cash’s bar, helping out the homeless country music wannabe is the last thing on his agenda. Pity someone forgot to send the memo to his too-big heart and meddling twin. Throw in a pair of baby blue cowboy boots, a pool table and a splash of tequila, and these two are set to ignite in a hot sexy mess! Will either of their hearts survive the tug-o-war between what they want and what they need?




As a reader who enjoys romances set in the music world there was much about this book that I found charming.  From the memorable secondary characters to a deliciously damaged hero I was quickly consumed with their lives and personal struggles that all took a back seat to a heroine who left me conflicted.

Jonte was a colorful character with an Aussie accent, a desire to be famous as a singer, and extremely lucky in finding saviors when she arrives in Nashville after losing her apartment.  She's a young and carefree young woman who easily attracts people wanting to help her and before she knows it she has a newfound set of friends and two men panting after her.  There are times I enjoyed her naivete balanced with seductress and other times I found her a bit self-involved. She never asked about her new friend's pasts nor did she ask Cash about his emotional issues when things got rocky between them.  Instead, she just moved on with someone new, someone who was clearly going to get hurt.  Jonte wasn't all bad though as she was strong-willed and fought for the right to pursue her dreams.  She was focused on her plan to gain fame and took every chance offered to her which made her someone to admire.

While Jonte left me a bit cold at times, Cash definitely steamed up the pages with numerous scorching interludes early on in the story between him and Jonte.  He had a rough childhood of loss though and is scared of losing the joy he feels with her which throws his mind into chaos the closer they get.  They have a crackling connection, one of him acting the white knight despite his trying to keep things casual between them but fate had other ideas.  Cash is a loyal friend to Tanner and a loving brother to Dolly which endeared him to me and had me rooting for him to put his past behind him to grasp the HEA he's long denied himself.

Along with a drool-worthy hero came the entertaining secondary characters of Tanner, Dolly, and Dean.  Dolly's an exhuberant young woman, bold and colorful, who's desperate to see her brother happy and goes out of her way to bring Cash and Jonte together.  She lives life to the fullest and is misunderstood by many but I enjoyed her energy that jumped off the pages.  Tanner's known Cash and Dolly since they were kids and it's a tight bond between this trio.  He and Dolly seem to have a particularly tight bond, one teeming with sexual tension that I hope to see explored as he cast numerous longing glances her way.  Dean's a complex character I hope we get to see more of as he's a loyal friend to Jonte, always letting her be the focus of their time together.  He's got family issues of his own and seems to be conflicted when it comes to becoming famous.  These subtle instances have me longing for more, intriguing me wholeheartedly.  This story dug deep into the city of Nashville, vividly taking readers on a trip to all the hot spots.  On the romance side a nice bit of time is spent with Cash and Jonte as a couple in sweet and sexy scenes, but just as much time is spent with them apart with her trying to find love elsewhere.  It might've made for a more emotional story but it dimmed my happiness a bit as I enjoyed Cash and Jonte together and her being with someone else tarnished her a bit in my eyes.  On a whole though this is an entertaining start to a new series that has crafted a cast of secondary characters readers will definitely want to see more of in future installments.

My rating for this is a B-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Lena lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three daughters.  She completed a MA in Writing in 2013 and has been working on a New Adult series based in Nashville.  The first book in the series, Something I Need, was a 2014 RWA Contemporary Romance Stiletto finalist in the New Adult category.
In early 2015, Lena and her family spent 5 weeks road tripping across the US. It was an amazing once in a lifetime family holiday and research for her debut series all rolled into one!
Lena is an avid reader, especially in the New Adult genre.  She is a mad Colleen Hoover, Samantha Young and KA Tucker fan, and is more than a little bit in love with Becca and Krista Richie’s Addicted series, Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series and Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series.


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  1. Replies
    1. Always a pleasure to see you, Mary! And yes, Cash was an immensely appealing hero that was a pleasant part of a few of my dreams this week! 😉 LOL!

      The Scarf Princess

  2. Great review, Jody! This sounds like a fun read! :)

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    1. It was a good debut work that shows a lot of promise in Ms. Lowe. I'm very excited for the next installment featuring Tanner & Dolly & a connection that formed as children from opposite sides of the tracks.

      The Scarf Princess

  4. Enjoyed reading the post for this book! And I had to 1-click it :)

  5. This looks like a great book & I love the cover.