Need is the second book in the Finding Anna Series. If you have not read Slave, the first book in the Finding Anna Series, please make sure to check out our review, Slave by Sherri Hayes.
Need picks up right where Slave left off. Brianna has to decide what she wants to do with herself. Stephen wants her to stay, but does not want her to feel obligated or forced to do so. Brianna has to deal with the realization that while she wants to stay with Stephen, she doesn’t know if she will ever be able to give him what he truly desires.
When I read Slave, I could not put it down. I loved everything about it. I loved that it was a story about BDSM and D/s that didn’t focus on sex in the slightest. It was about the dynamics between a submissive and a Dominant, but more than that it was about a broken person becoming whole thanks to the structure that a Dominant provided her. Sure, I got that little tingle when it became clear that love could be in the air, but I was just happy to read a compelling story that didn’t need to include a boner massage to get the point of BDSM across.
I was excited when I picked up Need. There were many questions to be answered. I knew Brianna wanted to be with Stephen and vice versa, but other than that there was a lot that could happen. I wanted Brianna to overcome her issues and live happily ever after. However, this is a series and there is more story to be told, so like the first book (though not nearly as intense) Need ends on a cliffhanger.
I was able to put this book down without much of a problem. Slave, you couldn’t have pried from my hands, but with Need, I could stop at an appropriate spot and skip a few days without much of a problem. To me, that signals a letdown. My biggest problem with Need is that the entire book felt unnecessary. I am not saying the story shouldn’t have been told because that isn’t true. What I am saying is that in terms of a series, Slave could have easily been made longer and part of Need could have been added to that book. Likewise, the rest of the important parts could have been added to the upcoming book in the series. This would have allowed for better storytelling. Instead, you end up with a book that is filled with repetition that leaves you wanting more and not quite getting it.
Sherri Hayes isn’t a bad writer. The Finding Anna Series is not a bad series. The second book just doesn’t match the storytelling of the first book. There are too many breakdowns and too many similarities. It leaves you feeling like you’ve read it all before. I was no longer shocked by any of Brianna’s thoughts or breakdowns, because she had so many that they became second nature. They were also easily fixed and we quickly were moved on to something else. It just felt like Hayes needed some things to fill the pages, so she added more breakdowns and proposed conflicts, but her work ended up leaving things stale.
I wanted to like Need, but instead, I was disappointed. I still like Brianna and Stephen enough to read the next book in the series when it comes out, but if this would have been the first book, I would’ve quit. If you’re going to read The Finding Anna series, the first book is amazing and the second will keep you interested but currently, the wow factor has sizzled down to nothing.