I will admit that I had a bit of trouble with All the Reasons I Need by Jaime Clevenger, mainly during the first half of the book. I had difficulty connecting with Kate, one of the two main characters. I kept reading, though, because despite my problem with that character, I could tell this is a well-written story with an interesting premise, and I wanted to give it every chance. I’m really glad I did, because the more I read, the more hooked I became.
This is a friends-to-lovers tale. Kate and Mo have been best friends since their college days, and both secretly have been in love with the other almost as long. Both, however, were afraid that if they shared their feelings with the other, it could end up destroying their friendship, a common theme in this type of story. Added to this, however, are Kate’s secrets that she has never revealed to any of her friends, especially Mo. These secrets drive her actions with Mo for most of the story. They are also the root cause of most of the angst that runs through this novel.
Ms. Clevenger has created a beautiful romance with complicated and intriguing characters. The story is charming with a heartwarming and satisfying conclusion.
I realized after part way through the tale that I was reading a sequel to the book Three Reasons to Say Yes which has Kate and Mo as secondary characters. This could be one of the reasons that I had trouble getting into this book at the beginning. It is quite possible I missed something from the first book that I needed to connect with Kate in this one. This means that I am going to suggest you read both books in order. I know I ended up very happy I read this novel, and I will be looking to read the first as well.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.