Review: Where I Need To Be (Book #3: McKenna Series) by Jamie Hollins

Where I Need to BeWhen heroin stole James Foley’s wife and destroyed his marriage, he poured all his energy into raising his young son and running his auto garage. There’s no room in his life for anything else until Megan McKenna walks into his shop. He finds it impossible to resist the sexy school teacher.

After an ugly divorce, Megan lost her home, her job, and a big chunk of her self-respect. With her posh lifestyle now a memory, she starts over by indulging in an unexpected fling with a hard-bodied mechanic.

What begins as something casual turns into something meaningful. But how can their relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths?

James and Megan soon discover that being honest with themselves is just as important as being honest with each other. Only then will their relationship fire on all cylinders.

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Source: Netgalley          My Rating: 5/5 star

James Foley has had enough of women!  His ex-wife is a drug addict who has only ever brought pain and chaos to his life.  What’s more, every time she shows up, she upsets their young son and James has had enough.  His life and heart just don’t have the time or energy for the pain and disruptions so it’s simply best to fly solo.

Megan McKenna may no longer have the high-rise apartment, top of the line everything, and social standing, but she has her freedom.  For nearly a decade, Megan had every material thing a girl could want, but she didn’t have a true partner.  What she did have was a cold, unfeeling, a$$hole of a husband who was far more concerned with appearances than an actual loving and committed marriage.  Yeah, Megan absolutely came out on top in the end and though she has far less than she used to, she wouldn’t trade it for the world!

A part of Megan’s new life is a super crappy car that needs an incredible number of repairs to keep it moderately safe and drivable.  As she pulls into the repair shop, Megan’s only intention is getting her car fixed.  Fresh off her ugly divorce, she has no interest in a relationship, but the hot repair man might be worth considering for a little no-strings dalliance.  Trouble is, Megan has never been a no-strings kind of girl.  But, James . . . . .  Oh, is that man every lickably fine!

For James, Megan is a wake-up call to all he has been missing as a part of his self-imposed isolation.  She’s smart, funny, sexy as hell, and, thanks to her super crappy car has ample reason to keep returning to his world.  James definitely wants to have sex with Megan, but every time he thinks about something beyond the physical, he damn-near breaks out into hives.  To say James is skittish doesn’t even come close and rather than explain his hesitance toward becoming truly involved to Megan, he often simply behaves badly or inexplicably which only causes more confusion for everyone. 

In the times they are together, Megan adores James and his attention.  Under the skittish exterior is a good man who wants a long-term committed relationship.  Breaking through his crusty exterior takes some serious effort, but the payoff is so worth the work.  Once Megan understands James better and the situation he and his son have survived, she’s better able to understand his behavior and work with it.  All she has to do now is drum up the courage to tell her family about James and the life they are building together.  If she can overcome her own fears and reveal her monumental secret, there may just be a future for the princess and the mechanic 😊

The Bottom Line:  I LOVED this book!!  It’s the print version of Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl!!  What’s not to love??  Megan is an easy character to root for and the more of her story that comes out, the more likeable she really is.  James is a bit harder to like (because of his somewhat rude behavior) but his backstory and experiences certainly help explain his surliness.  It’s clear from the beginning how perfect Megan and James are for one another and quite funny how each refuses to see the perfection of their union until there is nothing left to do, but accept the obvious.  While I generally enjoyed the whole story, the epilogue was my absolute favorite part of the book.  I love a good epilogue and this one had a little bit of everything including updates on all three couples from the McKenna series.  If the series is over, and I think it is, the epilogue in this book is a pretty perfect ending!

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