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Obsessed #3

Needing Him

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This is not just a love story, it's an obsession...


The same week every year he comes to my little resort in Maine for five days, then disappears. His darkness, his demons, intrigue me and I need to know his story.

I hope he shows up again this year, because I’m determined to talk to him, make him see me and not look through me like I don’t exist. Make him realize I’m not just some anonymous person who hands him a key.

No, this year will be different.

I haven’t gotten laid in a long time. So, tag, he’s it.


For the past three years, I’ve come up to this remote area to forget, to bury my grief. But this year, I don’t need a trip to this run-down resort, this little cabin on the lake, to survive this week. However, there’s one thing I’ve left behind each year when I head back to reality…


I’ve found the right woman who’ll fill the emptiness deep inside of me, the hole that’s lurked there for years. I can’t get her out of my head. Funny thing is, I don’t even know her name. I never asked.

This year that’s going to change. And I hope she’s willing because I’m taking complete control.

Note: All books in the Obsessed series are standalone novellas. They are intended for audiences over 18 years of age since they include explicit sexual situations, including BDSM.

101 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 2, 2018

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Jeanne St. James

102 books2,140 followers
JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today and international bestselling romance author who loves an alpha male (or two). She writes steamy contemporary M/F and M/M romance, as well as M/M/F ménages, and has published over 60 books (so far). She also writes M/M paranormal romance under the name: J.J. Masters. Some of her books have been translated into French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

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Profile Image for Whitley Cox.
Author 64 books780 followers
June 17, 2017
I'm a sucker for kinky sex, what can I say? And Jeanne St. James knows how to tell a story with plenty of play, debauchery, and good old-fashioned naughtiness. I didn't even know what a tawse was before I read this book, and now all I can think about is buying my own and testing it out. The sex is HOT, the need, the craving is raw and full of passion and the hero, well... I'd let him do whatever he wanted to me too, just saying. Nick... what can I say about Nick? The man has demons, big, dark, horrible demons that no man (person) should ever have to face, and when he finally tears down his walls and invites Grace in I got a little misty-eyed. The man has been through a lot, and I'm happy he's finally finding some peace. And Grace, well she's a little spit-fire who I could totally see myself being friends with and getting up to no-good after a couple of bottles of pinot noir and an extra-large pizza. I liked her. She was real, she was funny, she was cute. You have to go into these novellas with the understanding that they are going to be short and sweet. Yes, there is a butt-load of sex (see what I did there?), but there are complex characters and a sweet story too.
Jeanne St. James knows how to story tell, and she knows how to do it in under 25K words! LOVED IT!

***I was given an advanced copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion***
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Author 27 books244 followers
July 14, 2017
I absolutely love the Obsessed series! Its a series full of fun, crazy sexy, hot novellas.

Grace owns a little resort, and every year Nick comes up for a week. He doesn't really speak with her, just gets his keys and goes to his cabin.

This year, however, she's ready to give into her lust and see if she can tempt him into a delicious time. Little does she know his plans are very similar...

Pick this up and enjoy!!
798 reviews9 followers
July 31, 2017
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

This is a very fast paced intensely sexual BDSM novella. If you have any triggers please be cautious.

Grace owns a small resort in Maine. Her parents started this resort when they were younger, when her mother died her father kept it up now he’s gone and she feels she needs to keep it open to keep their memory alive.

Grace has a lot of feisty inner dialogue. She has Maggie her dog for companionship but that can only go so far to make a woman feel alive. She only has one guest during most of the winter. He has been coming here for the past three years and he has intrigued her. She knows he’s fighting some inner demons as his trash contains a lot of liquor bottles when he checks out.

Nick is from the city and comes up to be by himself for five days every year for the last three years. He finally feels like he has gotten his demons under control and now he feels ready to face the person that has filled his mind since his last visit.

Both Grace and Nick have an agenda. Grace’s is to get laid and Nick’s to see if Grace is willing to play his sexual games, mutual benefit for all may be had.

We get light back story on both characters a little more would have been nice, doesn’t take too much away from the characters. In the middle of all of the sexual escapades we see that Grace is a bit angry and resentful that she feels she must stay to run her resort. However she feels that she may not have enough training and skills to make it elsewhere.

Nick is recovering from a devastating loss and is finally ready to take the next step on the road to starting a new direction in his life. He thought he would be ready to move on after his five days with Grace and he’s now realizing that may not be as easy as he originally thought.

Quick sexually charged reading.
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2,249 reviews5 followers
October 23, 2019
Wonderful Story & Audible Listen🎧 Sweet & Spicy🔥Hot!

Needing Him
An Obsessed Novella, Book 3
By: Jeanne St. James
Narrated by: Ava Lucas, Aaron Shedlock

I enjoyed everything about this wonderful story, Jeanne St. James is a gifted author, she fit a lot of story into this novella sized book, the storylines she created are interesting and captivated me from start to end. I adored these two characters, they are realistic and easily relatable. Grace runs a resort in Maine, it is off season but she is expecting who has been renting one of her cabins for the past three years. He comes and hides himself away, does not talk or socialize with her or anyone. Grace has been lonely, she has been running the resort since her parents dies and does not have much of a social life. She has been expecting Nick and has plans for him. Little does she know he has plans for her as well including some play with toys. I loved how it all played out. From the hot scenes, to the romance and them getting to know each other better and their heartfelt moments. Thank you Jeanne St. James for this wonderful story.

I listened to the Audible edition, Ava Lucas and Aaron Shedlock are wonderful narrators and voice artists. They bring these characters to life, give them their own voice and personality. They do a great job capturing the mood& heat of the story and projecting the emotions of the characters into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another wonderful listen🎧
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3,809 reviews25 followers
September 28, 2019
Obsession. Need. This is what both Grace and Nick have, but for several years have not acted on it. Nick comes to her cabins to stay for a week once a year, and now it's the 3rd year, and she has plans for him. He hasn't spoken to her, but there is something that draws her to him. Nick is looking for the quiet that the cabin brings him, and while not the ideal spot this year in his mind, he has to go back to see her. So this story starts. These two are destined for steamy passion, but Jeanne St James gives us so much more than that! This story has a basis that is unexpected, learning to deal with loss, guilt, grief, and new beginnings. It's sexy and an absolutely wonderful novella. I can't wait to see what is in store next.

This steamy story has incredible narration. Ava Lucas and Aaron Shedlock bring it all to life. Lucas just finds her place in her characters, and gives it all. As Grace, she has that firey need and determination. She dials in and finds her different sides as she gets to know Nick better, and Lucas adapts to each one. Shedlock is the perfect voice for Nick. He can bring that alpha quality out in his narrations, and then in a heartbeat, show that vulnerable side. Together they are on fire with this book!

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1,777 reviews8 followers
August 4, 2017
This is one sexy as all get out novella that brings to mind caramel and hot fudge dripping decadently over a plate of rich chocolate ice cream that you just want to devour one lick at a time until you can go back for seconds or thirds. Grace is an only child who was left a series of cabins in nowhere Maine by her deceased father. Due to the off the grid location, she does not get very many people visiting. However for the past few years, there has been one man, Nick, who has been coming regularly over the same week every year to escape from his past. Nick has never really paid any attention to Grace but this year something changed….and neither one will be the same.
Jeanne St. James has combined so many elements into this story that make it engrossing from beginning to end. She has developed likeable characters that make the reader yearn for more. If you are looking for that one quick read to get your engines revving then this is the one to one click.
I volunteered to read an arc for a review.
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458 reviews
August 4, 2017
These Obsessed novellas are quick and extremely hot reads! Ms. St. James can write some hot scenes!

This story is about Nick and Grace. Nick has a dark past and Grace is bored with her life in a small town. Nick has been coming to Grace's cabins every year for the last 3 years. He made reservations on his last visit for this year and Grace has just been waiting to see if he shows up. In past years, Nick has been quiet, brooding and keeps to himself. Grace thinks Nick is hot and hopes that this is the year that she gets lucky with him and breaks her sex dry spell that has lasted over a year. Nick feels that he has finally been able to get over his darkness and feels that this year, he needs to go to Grace's cabins for Grace.

Nick and Grace want each other and their chemistry is HOT, HOT, HOT! The physical attraction morphs into something more personal and serious even though the sex is HOT and at times, hilarious! And the things that Nick packs in his suitcase are very interesting!

This novella is funny and HOT at the same time and full of surprises! A must read!
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538 reviews15 followers
August 4, 2017
Jeanne St. James has a hit with Needing Him. This was a compulsive read that I couldn't put down. In fact I read it from front to back in a single sitting, way past my bedtime. But it was totally worth it!

I love St. James' characters. Grace is looking for something, but she's not quite sure what. She knows something's missing, but she has her little resort in Maine and Maggie, so that enough right? Then he starts showing up every year for the same week. It's the off-season, so she's glad for the income. But he's got demons. As the story develops, you learn more and more about Grace. At first, it's just about ending a dry spell. Is still just that by the end?

Nick ended up in Maine to escape his demons. He just wanted a week away to forget and hide. Lick his wounds, so to speak. As he's finally working his way back, he realizes that he doesn't just keep going back because it's remote. He doesn't even know her name, but she's always in his mind. Now that he knows more than just her name, what will that mean at the end of the week?

I wouldn't recommend reading this in public, because it is HAWT! St. James knows how to create characters you care about, and then make you need a fan, glass of water and possibly a towel, before you're done.
1,695 reviews22 followers
August 4, 2017
voluntarily reviewed and advanced reader copy of this book. Wow, this is one smoking hot read. I absolutely loved it. Grace, who owns cabin in Maine left to her by father. Something’s been missing in her life and she’s determine to change it. She remembers the man who comes every year at the same time and hoping that he will again show up, little does she know that Nick is also thinking about her, he goes every year to leave his past and demons behind, but he’s starting to realize that it’s more than just that and has more to do with the woman who runs the cabins. No spoilers from me! Loved this book, Jeanne has quickly become one of my new favorite authors. Her Obsessed series are off the hook and this is my favorite so far. I highly recommend this book, go out and one-click it!!
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8,919 reviews53 followers
August 6, 2017
Grace’s parents have passed away so she operates the cabins in Maine that they owned. The location is beyond quiet as cell phone service is sparse and wifi nonexistent. Every year she looks forward to the annual visit of Nick who always comes for one week in the off season and hopes that this will be the year he notices her and take care of her sexual drought.

Nick has a tragedy in his past so he escapes every year to have this time to grieve. This year he is almost healed and the only reason that he is going is because of Grace and will this finally be the year that he is ready to move on?

Wow the fire between these two was intense and the humor a great touch! I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
1,707 reviews5 followers
August 5, 2017
For a short novella this one really packs a punch. In the beginning there were some laugh out loud moments. Towards the end there was a moment that brought tears to my eyes. The middle, however, had me reaching for the fan and putting it on full blast. Wow! There are quite a few really hot (and intense) sex scenes. I loved the end, both Grace and Nick getting what they needed, but I was also sad too. I wanted more of these two, and I wanted to know what their future holds. Guess I'll just have to make up their HEA in my own mind. Boy, the possibilities.... 😉
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest review.*
1,576 reviews10 followers
August 12, 2017
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Nick has been grieving and coming to Grace's cabin rental for three years but virtually not spoken to her. But he has noticed her and this year is going to be different. Grace is fed up with her life and has been attracted to nick all these years. She's hoping he will return this year. What they didn't expect was for them to be so perfect for one another. the chemistry is off the scales and they delve into the world of BDSM together! A well written book that is a real page turner and I definitely recommend it to you all.
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156 reviews29 followers
August 1, 2017
The story is all about the 4th time that Nick and Grace met then got together. This is just a short read so I won;t go into the spoilers. This is an okay read for me, though I must admit, I'm not much into BDSM stories, but this I believe is a nice romance - although for some I guess there is nothing nice about BDSM - especially for those who are into it. Nice plot and great character development for both characters. This is great for a short beach read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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97 reviews1 follower
August 4, 2017
Dark, hurt and lost soul. But there is faith and hope. Only her. Only me. If only for a moment, I feel whole again.

Beautiful novella and everything you need is to buy it, relax and enjoy it. Hot sex, desires, passion and emotions, perfect ride.
I absolutely and truly recommend this novella to every reader!!!

I love all Obsessed novellas and I become obsessed with them, waiting for the next one. And this is my favorite one so far.

Thank you Jeanne St. James for this awesome story!!!

I was given an advanced copy of this book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
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1,184 reviews4 followers
August 10, 2017
Headline: Wow. This story was wonderful.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
It had just the right amount of BDSM for me. It was able to have that taboo side while still saying sweet and romantic. Nick's story is heartbreaking, and Grace was just the thing he needed to heal himself. My only complaint is I didn’t want it to end. I want more. But I think that is more a compliment than a complaint. Very well written and I highly recommend to those who like BDSM romance. Happy reading!
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118 reviews4 followers
December 26, 2017
The Obsessed Novella Series by is so freaking dirty you guys! I give this series (books 1-4) a total of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars. Each book can be read as a standalone but they all have one thing in common and that is strong female characters who aren’t afraid of testing their limits. Each book surprised me in a great way and some left me needing more. I wish there was more romance and less erotica but I liked how each book took on a different insight into love, sex, chemistry, finding yourself and what it means to test your limits. I highly recommend this series if your into erotic romance🚨
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3,553 reviews151 followers
July 31, 2017
One woman's ultimate fantasy comes to life. Grace was determined to end the drought in her sex life with the man who comes to the cabins she runs every year for a week. This time Nick has left his demons behind and once the two come together the sex is out of this world. The dominant, alpha male and the sheltered homebody, make a great short story filled with passion, rules and sex toys. This was a great read.
1,598 reviews10 followers
August 2, 2017
Another great novella in the Obsessed books by Jeanne St James. This book is so very, very hot - it really should come with a warning label.
Nick and Grace have such great sexual chemistry together, and even though this is a quick read, Jeanne's writing took me right into the story. I really did need to fan myself at the end.
Cannot wait to read more by this great author.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.
329 reviews1 follower
August 4, 2017
Whew! Another hot and sexy novella from the Obsessed Series by Jeanne St. James. These are such great stories. Really easy to get engrossed in and lose track of time. Two amazing characters with such intense passion you can almost hear the sizzle! You can't go wrong with this series or this author!

I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving this review. This is my honest opinion.
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283 reviews2 followers
August 6, 2017
This is a Hot Sizzling read!🔥
One woman's ultimate fantasy comes to life. Grace was determined to end the drought in her sex life with the man who comes to the cabins she runs every year for a week. This time Nick has left his demons behind and once the two come together the sex is out of this world. The dominant, alpha male and the sheltered homebody, make a great short story filled with passion, rules and sex toys. 💋
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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1,133 reviews2 followers
August 7, 2017
Grace is obsessed with her yearly customer Nick. He comes to stay for a week to her middle of nowhere resort. He's broody and likes to be left alone. This year the hotness is on! Grace needs to land Nick and boy does she ever! Or does he land her?? I really enjoyed that even if it seems a little too fast for love it does have long standing background and deep feelings. Perfect mix of naughty and nice :)
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71 reviews3 followers
August 9, 2017
Nick has Ben renting a cottage from Grace for the same week every year for the past three years. Whenever he comes, he jeeps to himself and doesn't talk to anyone, least of all her. That all changes this year when the becomes very personable with hgwer and even flirts! They embark on a BDSM style sexual relationship, but will out last longer than his one week visit? I read this book as can ARC and this is NY honest review.
1 review
August 14, 2017
A quick, sexy, kinky, read. This is the second book, I have read by JSJ, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the "voice" of Grace, it was genuine, honest, and funny. Nick has come once a year (for the past three years) to find solace, heal. This year both Grace, and Nick mean to further their association with each other. What results is more than sexual chemistry. I will be looking forward to JSJ's next creative endeavor.

48 reviews
August 4, 2017
I love these hot short stories

I have read everything she has written that I can get on Amazon. But the Obsessed Novellas are my favorite. They hit fast and hard with sex and feelings between the only characters in the story. I understand why they aren't longer, I just wished they were.....
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18.3k reviews3 followers
August 4, 2017
This wonderfully written story pulled me in from the very first page with the well laid out plot and the characters were so well fleshed out that Nick and Grace made me feel like I was sitting in their livingroom watching as their story unfolded! Another great read by Jeanne St. James!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
3,833 reviews26 followers
August 10, 2017
Grace hides away in a remote place, never imagining she'd meet someone like Nick. Nick has his own secrets, and needs his own method of escape. Together, they find something unexpected, and I loved how this sexy, steamy novella gave us a taste of them together. I really hope there will be more to their story! I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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931 reviews6 followers
August 12, 2017
A great entertaining short story from Jeanne St. James. This is a great story with great characters, their chemistry was steamy. This is an enjoyable book and is definitely worth your time. I would recommend this book to anyone. I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book Can't wait to read more from Jeanne St. James
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1,139 reviews82 followers
January 7, 2020
Ohhh...This one reminded me of a book I read a really long time ago about a guy who would stop at her hotel like every couple months and stuff and then they hook up. Similar plot in a KA book too, but heavier...this one is still a bit heavy on the reasons why he does what he does, but dang...the boy, I mean MAN can play!!!
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3,150 reviews97 followers
July 26, 2021
Ahh the power of healing, I don’t know what I was expecting for the third book in this particular series but I can say I wasn’t expecting that.
In all the good ways we get a story with the steamiest of steam but also we get the feels. I love when we get the feels makes me see the characters in a different light.
Loved the narration Aaron’s voice is perfection.
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2,194 reviews10 followers
August 4, 2017
A quick and steamy hot read about a man who is getting over his grief and the lady manager of the resort he comes to each year. But this year both have determined to be more agressive. Passionate, emotional and sexy.
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