Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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"It's just a job, how hard can it be?” I was hired by his father to become his live-in caregiver. It sounded like an easy job. But the day I arrived at his broken-down Scottish castle I started to realize it might not be as easy as I thought. I was not told that I'd be looking after a dark, brooding, rich man mired in a world of pain. I was not told that this man would push all my buttons and test even my strongest limits. I was not told that he was devastatingly gorgeous with a wickedly, sinful mouth. I was definitely not told that what I'd end up feeling and what he would propose would drive me wild. But I'm Annie and this is my new job. And damn it, I'm not going to let anything, even him, that gorgeous, sinful, delicious man, stand in my way. You believe me? Don't you?
All I Need: Ian & Annie by Callie Harper combines a beauty and the beast story with scotch, two of my favorite things (coffee also makes it’s existence known, so really three things). Ian Douglas lost a lot at a young age due to an accident and now nearing 30 he has holed up in the family’s run down Scottish castle. Annie Mitchell had given up a lot in her 25 years, being a second parent to her younger sisters and brother with Down’s syndrome. While she has not begrudged taking care of her family, being hired by Ian’s father to be his caretaker for 6 months, with exorbitant pay, gives her a way to make the money she needs to support her family and get her own life started in Edinburgh.
In classic beauty and the beast fashion, Ian is a grouch and he starts off on the wrong foot with Annie. Through various threats Ian’s father convinces him to invite Annie back. I liked how it takes time for their relationship to progress, it is a serious case of fits and starts with one step forward two steps back being the norm. Annie’s curiosity, forthrightness and innocence break through Ian’s guard and draws him in more than other women, family or friends have been able to. It was also somewhat refreshing that the story veered from the classic beauty and beast story and Ian really does have to hit rock bottom to be redeemed, this was not a case of Annie coming back to him but of him fighting for both himself and for her.
All I Need provides a blend of great characters, passion, and eroticism that is very well balanced by the love between Ian and Annie. I liked that it wasn’t easy, but also that the characters were willing to understand each other and give that chance for redemption.
In the end, All I Need by Callie Harper, was a fun passionate, dynamic story with characters you really care about. I very much recommend.