In Whatever You Need by Barbara Longley, Wyatt Haney wants nothing more than to settle down and start a family. Unfortunately, Wyatt is an extremely shy introvert, who can barely say hello to a stranger, much less ask a woman out on a date. Kayla Malone is hopefully finally getting her life on track. The young widow and mother recently moved to Minnesota to attend school. When a fire breaks out in Kayla’s apartment, Wyatt’s construction company wins the bid for the repairs. Wyatt force’s himself to talk to his pretty neighbor and even works up the courage to ask her out. Kayla isn’t ready to date though and she crushes Wyatt’s hopes. Fortunately, Wyatt doesn’t give up and he sets out to be the best male friend Kayla had in hopes she will want more.
Wyatt is one of those characters that you enjoy reading about from the moment he is introduced. He is smart, sexy, good with kids, and an all around nice guy. I found myself being extremely protective of him when Kayla put him in the friend zone.
Even though Kayla made me mad when she turned Wyatt down, I did understand where she was coming from. Kayla was pressured into marrying at a young age when she got pregnant. Her jerk of a husband made no secret that he was resentful of his situation and ignored his wife and child as much as possible. Kayla felt like she needed to live her life a bit before she started a new relationship with anyone.
Kayla and Wyatt actually don’t sleep with each other until the book is almost over. For most romances that would be unthinkable. In this book though it works out nicely as Longley is able to ramp up the tension between the two and show how they are taking things slow.
Whatever You Need by Barbara Longley is the second book in The Haneys series but it can be read as a standalone. Longley has created an endearing hero in Wyatt, whom readers will love from the first word. The story is realistic and very engrossing. Anyone who loves a contemporary romance would enjoy this book.
Title: Whatever You Need
Author: Barbara Longley
Category: Contemporary Romance