Today we’re delighted to be on tour with Shanora Williams’ epic conclusion in the Ward Duet, THE MAN I NEED
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There are things that women want, and things that women need.
I know deep down, with every fiber in my body, that I need Mr. Ward.
He started out as my landscape designer, but became so much more.
Now, my life is on the line while living with the devil himself. I have been torn down and broken, and I don’t think I can take anymore.
The man I need was never the one I married.
No, the man I need is the one I was never supposed to have. He’s the one who showed me gentleness, kindness, and true love.
Ward would put up a fight for me at any cost.
I know for a fact, I could be so much happier with him…
But when I come face-to-face with reality, I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to risk it all for someone I’ve just met, even if it seems like Mr. Ward and I are a match made in heaven.
Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KFF
The continuation of this very intense story begins with a prologue I’d kind of figured out to a certain degree in The Man I Want. When I turned the page to chapter one in The Man I Need, it starts off where events finished for poor Gabby Moore. Her life has been broken into tiny pieces and she isn’t sure how she’ll possibly carry on. She lives with a devil personified and deep down all she can think about is Mr Ward who could be her saviour, the man that she needs. But it’s complicated because he isn’t her husband. The scenes in the first part are so shocking my heart broke for Gabby and the horrid situation she found herself in. As I read on, I urged her to make a run for it and be strong. The first book was slow burn; this one packs a punch and goes straight for the jugular. My heart beat hard at the thought of what Gabby goes through.
Marcel Ward is like a knight in shining armour and Gabby needs him more than ever. However, it’s a woven web of drama, angst and overwhelming emotions in their plight. There’s a lot of content from domestic violence to adultery and rape. Many will say Gabby was wrong for getting involved with Marcel. I understood where she was coming from. He gave her courage and warmth, not to mention they’d had more formidable chemistry than she’d ever experienced with Kyle. I wanted him to get his comeuppance because he was a nasty control freak and quite frankly, didn’t deserve the love of his beautiful talented wife. Marcel isn’t without his baggage but oh boy, was he a great support network and his actions and words towards Gabby swoon-worthy.
Yet again Ms Williams gives a thrilling story and the Ward Duets’ epic conclusion was eventually how I’d hoped it would be. Did she put me through the wringer before I got to the outcome though! Anybody who hasn’t read this series is fortunate to have the follow up to dive straight into because the first one left me thirsty for more and will never be forgotten. I’ve never been through what Gabby had but to think about how this happens in the real world is harrowing. Bravo Ms Williams on writing something so real and hard-hitting, but also with romance and love.
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Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive husband, and is a sister to eleven.
When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.