Jak O'Mara is a survivor.She's survived in her father's construction company. She's survived in the boxing ring. And she survived the brutal attack that left her permanently scarred.For the last five years, she's tried to convince everyone -including herself- she's no victim. But with the apparent return of her unknown assailant, the life she's rebuilt crumbles overnight.EJak O'Mara is a survivor.She's survived in her father's construction company. She's survived in the boxing ring. And she survived the brutal attack that left her permanently scarred.For the last five years, she's tried to convince everyone -including herself- she's no victim. But with the apparent return of her unknown assailant, the life she's rebuilt crumbles overnight.Ex-cop Marcus Cutter has his own scars, they just don't show. Following the violent death of his younger sister, he fled his old life in disgrace. After almost six years, "rock-bottom" feels a lot like home.As Jak's new bodyguard, Marcus is forced to return to the city -and the memories- he's tried to forget. All he wants is to do his job, but Jak isn't what he expects. When he's with her, he finally feels something besides pain.When the danger escalates, Jak decides it's time to take matters into her own hands. She's determined to find who's after her, no matter the cost. Marcus knows he has to protect the woman who's made his life mean something again. But how do you protect someone who's convinced they have nothing left to lose?...
|Title||:||What The Body Needs|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||294 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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What The Body Needs Reviews
Admittedly this isn’t a genre that I normally read, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I did have my issues with the main character, Jak, mostly I wanted to slap her, shake her, and ask her what the hell she was thinking, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It takes a lot for me to want to engage with a character when I don’t agree with their choices and in this book I seriously wanted to engage with her. I did however love Marcus, he is a great leading man.The setting is crystal clear, you get a sense you are standing on these streets, in these neighborhoods. It is a tactile experience, I could almost touch and smell the city around me as I was reading. Ms. Oliva has crafted the location with complete authenticity and as a reader that level of detail is appreciated.The characters all strike me as attempts at throwbacks to the old noir detective/private investigator films of the 1940’s. Where bad guys had street names, like Five Finger Freddy, that boarder on almost comical, men smoked cigarettes without care, and women could down a glass of whiskey just as quickly as their male counterparts and spoke in husky-seductive tones. Speaking of the street names, I did find myself thinking that a lot of people’s names reminded me of the Dick Tracy comic books and it did give me a little giggle or two. Given the tone of the story though, the names of certain characters didn’t pull me out of the tale too much to where I couldn’t enjoy it. It is that throwback feel and characters that build this story.The genre is Noir Romance. Go into it with this in mind. Just because it has that throwback feel, don’t expect to find any character in a long trench coat and a wide brimmed hat. This isn’t like film-noir of the golden age like High Sierra or The Maltese Falcon or the Frank Miller noir of today’s cinema like Sin City. This is set in the modern age with realistic characters. Think more like the noir genre of the 1980-90’s films. Things like Basic Instinct, neo-noir like Heat, and L.A. Confidential (comparing books to film isn’t fair, I know, but it’s the best way to explain it). The setting is vivid, the scenery is realistic, it's the characters that are dark in this story. They all have issues that they wear like tattered badges of courage. Never wanting anyone to dig too deep and expose their vulnerability, but in the end, it is exposed and gives you a great insight into why these flawed characters act the way they do.Of course I have to end this on the steamy parts… They are steamy, well written and when it happens they are executed brilliantly. Have I mentioned they are steamy? The language isn’t too graphic for those of you who don’t like the use of explicit language in sex scenes, but it is definitely enough to fog up your glasses as you read.
Meet Jak and Marcus, two survivors of their own hells, on a collision course with each other.Jak does not want to be touched. Not after what happened five years ago.Marcus cannot forgive himself. Not after what he allowed to happen to his sister.One night, slammed against the wall of a dark alley outside a bar changes everything for these two in ways they least expected. And begins the painful and beautiful story of their damaged souls.I must admit, I don't typically read romance novels as I'm a fantasy girl who loves her world full of dragons and demons, vampires and fae. And the more fantastical, the better. So curling up with the very real and very broken Jak and Marcus was hardly something I considered, much less believed would suck me in for a weekend. But it happened and my own writing deadlines be damned, I'm so glad it did.Laura Oliva's characters are multi-dimensional and complicated, her use of suspense adds bite to the genre, and damn if Oliva doesn't write some of the hottest sex scenes I've ever read. Trust me when I say, every woman should get pushed into the back of a GTO with a man like Marcus.Hot.And intertwined in all that wicked sexiness is some serious magic - Oliva has quite a way with words and I found myself highlighting passages throughout her story. Little pieces of perfection I wanted to hold onto for a bit longer."It wasn't like he had anything to offer in return. Just the way he breathed for her, bled for her. Existed for when she smiled at him, talked to him, for the way she said his name.""He could break her over and over and over. It wouldn't matter. Just as long as he stuck around to piece her back together again."So if you're looking for a hot read to get lost in as the temperatures drop outside, grab a copy of Oliva's WHAT THE BODY NEEDS and discover what I did: in the right hands, romance can be just as magical as the best fantasy.
How many times do I have to wish for half stars in reviews?! LOL I would definitely give this one 4.5 stars!Five years ago Jak O'Mara (and yes, that's our heroine...Jaklyn) was brutally attacked in her house. Leaving her with scars both physically and emotionally. Unfortunately, it seems that her attacker is back and on the prowl to finish what he started with her five years earlier. Her family feels that she needs protection....So they hire Marcus to be her bodyguard. Now, first let me say that I am not a fan of Jak's father. He's a selfish Ba.... yea ok I probably shouldn't finish that sentence :) He's looking out for himself, his own reputation and the reputation of his company. It's almost like he doesn't give 2 nickels about his daughter.Ok, so quick rundown....Jak and Marcus meet.... they don't know each other (oh crap, that might be a spoiler.... ok, so ignore it if you haven't read it). Jak doesn't want a bodyguard, doesn't think she needs one. She's been training as a boxer and feels like she can take care of herself (which she did a pretty dang good job against 3 bikers!). But her family is dead set on her having a body guard. There is some sexual tension between Jak and Marcus... he's torn between her being just another job and being someone he cares about. He has his own issues to deal with. Can he truly protect Jak? He's already let down someone he loved.... can he risk falling in love and have it happen again?Read the book and find out. The stalker/killer/crazy maniacal killer turns out to be someone I never expected it to be!! Yea, that one threw me for a loop! Kind of creepy, not in wow that was weird kind of way either.Read the book...find out "who done it" and find out if Jak and Marcus can overcome their own demons and pasts to get together.
Laura Oliva pens a captivating and fast-paced novel of romantic suspense in What the Body Needs.Five years ago, Jaklyn “Jak” O’Mara survived a brutal attack that has left her emotionally and physically scarred. Although still fearful, Jak turns to boxing to help her gain control of her life. An amazingly strong character, Jak finds her inner warrior instead of remaining a victim, which made me admire her. After Jak receives a threatening note, her family hires Marcus Cutter, a former policeman who has never emotionally recovered from his sister’s murder, to protect her. Neither Marcus nor Jak are prepared for the instant attraction explodes between them. Tension simmers as Marcus works to convince Jak that she really needs his help. When they finally succumb to their sexual desires, their intimate scenes are hot, sexy, and riveting. Best of all, Marcus treats Jak with complete reverence when seeing her scars for the first time, which made me fall in love with his character. Even though both of these characters have huge emotional scars, Marcus and Jak are the perfect couple because they complement each other so well.Perfectly blending suspense, romance, and stunning plot twists, What the Body Needs is a book you’ll have a hard time putting down.I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Jak O’Mara has done everything she can to put the past behind her. She doesn’t want any reminders of that horrific attack. Marcus Cutter still can’t forgive himself for the loss of his sister and he left everything behind to live a life he thinks he deserves. Now assigned as a bodyguard, the woman he is meant to protect is not what he expects. How will these two put their pasts behind them in order to save Jak’s life in the present?This story has an explosive and intriguing start that will hook readers right away. Chocked full of details, readers will be able to see and smell the Californian sites. Multiple points-of-view add to the intrigue, while each character’s back story gives more relatable vibes. This book is cruder and gruffer than the author’s previous story. There are some repetitious scenes and a few minor typos. However it is nice to see the once victimized female lead become a warrior. Overall the suspense will keep readers guessing until the very last page.Notes:The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Review website.
Laura Oliva has a wonderful way with words. Her new book is like watching a 1940's movie where the bedroom doors are open. You've got a beautiful, tough talking dame, a hard-bitten and disillusioned bodyguard who oozes sex appeal and an easy to read and follow plot all updated to the 21st century. Her dialog is realistic, her style succinct. Bogie and Bacall move over - Marcus and Jaklyn are here. Excellent job, Ms. Oliva!
Super fun read! It really got me at the end and I hope to see more of Jak and Marcus!! What can I say, I easily relate to a strong woman! Well done Laura Oliva!