Title: The Need to Touch
Author Name: Brooke Johnson and Natalya Parks
Publication Date & Length: March 12, 2014 – 220 pgs
*Warning: Mature content*
You can only win someone’s heart once you’ve captured it.
Nineteen year old Ryder Harrison grew up on the outskirts of a small town in Montana. He was working on the family’s ranch and in love with his best friend, Landon Pennington–and as happy as a pig in shit. That was until his grandfather ships him off to ‘the big city’ in California, to attend a college he had no desire of going to. Regretfully Ryder promised his mother before her passing that he’d finish his education. Staying true to his word, he packs up his shit kickers and heads out. With the mindset that every dreadful thing he could think of was bound to happen to him, he faced the new challenges, Hook-Line-and Sinker! However, the one thing he didn’t plan on was hooking the biggest catch of his life, Bentley Carter!
Twenty year old Bentley Carter has more emotional issues than the Diagnostic Manual for Mental Disorders has treatments. Living through an abusive childhood, he made a personal promise to always stay true to himself. He promised himself that never again would he let emotions over rule his common sense. Satisfied with his current ‘friend with benefits’ he was ready to chase his new college roommate away. The only thing he didn’t expect was to literally chase Ryder back to Montana. Ryder is everything Ben didn’t want, yet can’t live without.
As young adults living in a cruel and unforgiving world, they are devoted to unmasking the truths about falling in love…
Readers should be forewarned that the book ends with a cliffhanger. I personally like books that end that way; it makes me look forward to whatever comes next. In this case particularly, I expect the authors will grow as writers. But some people may be disappointed that the story isn’t sufficiently wrapped up at the end.
I give it 3.5 stars.
Ryder and Bentley (Ben) are great characters who learn to come in to their own throughout this story. It was a refreshing read with true life complications, past hurts that both characters have to come to terms with and a few past lovers who may or may not have created jealousy amongst Ryder and Ben. However, in the end, each character learns something new about themselves.
I enjoyed the relationships throughout the book that were outside of Ryder and Ben’s – I thought that it helped in the character development of each individual character and then helped in their relationship with each other as well. With Ryder’s reluctance to leave his home in Montana and Ben’s reluctance to devlope more than a simple friendly connection – they each take a journey that will break down what they think they want and rebuild them into who they were always been meant to be.
I enjoyed the relationship between Ryder and Pop a lot – I thought it went a long way for Ryder to be able to leave MT even though he might not have wanted to – It was at Pop’s insistance that Ryder attend school and even though Pop is slightly rough around the edges, I couldn’t help but love Pop’s support of Ryder.
Ethan was another character that I learned to really like – despite his somewhat odd relationship with Ben, I came to realize that even though Ben would never love Ethan the way that he loved Ryder, Ethan was an important support for both characters in the end.
I wish I would have known this book ended with a slight cliff hanger – now I want to know what is going to happen in the future!
There were a few different formatting issues, but I loved the nail polish spacers.
Brooke Johnson lives in Louisiana with her husband, five children and their many pets. When she’s not working on her novels, she can be found hunting, fishing, and playing games with her family.