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Why I Need You

(Why I #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  39 reviews
The truth can break them…
...but so can the lies.

Fin has put his life on hold to raise his little sister.
Following the death of their parents, he’s convinced her well-being is all that matters, even if it’s at his expense.

Noah has been living a lie for years.
After being publicly outed and kicked out from home, he’s ready to let go of his anger and finally be free.

A chan
Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Smudged Ink Press
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Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
RTC after I'm done with babysitting duties (not that I finished this while babysitting, I'm actually going to babysit in minutes, so you know I'm not irresponsible and clueless).

****A small eternity later...****

In short, I loved this. This was a sort of ode to what today's society understand as "Relationship Goals" but also, in the individual aspect of the characters, it's just so, incredibly, relatable. These characters are written with so much heart, and the author is so obviously aware of eve
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

I preferred this one over book one because, while it still dealt with serious issues and there was still a ginormous lack of communication, these two didn't mask over things with sex.

Both Noah and Fin are dealing with grief and both have huge hang ups over what they think the other person is feeling or likely to do if they reveal the truth.

Their fears were completely believable and quite realistic, but I just got a bit fed up by the push/pull over each of them opening up about what was going
Joyfully Jay
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars

I grabbed Why I Need You after reading the blurb because I consider stories like this to be comfort reads. I love when an MC is taking care of a younger sibling, and I also love when an MC overcomes a major life issue and is able to fly. Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me and left me disappointed.

Let me start out by saying I felt the writing style was relatively smooth. The story is written in the third person with alternating chapters between Fin and Noah
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet love story that will touch your heart and make you smile. Really good character development, i felt i understood what the characters were thinking and why they made the choices they did. The plot was a slow build and gentle ride to a lovely romance.

Both men have a challenging situations, Fin losing his family to an accident and raising his sister and Noah losing his family to prejudice and homophobia. i found both characters kinda sweet and innocent. I did find the scene where they were f
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-read, m-m
This is a new to me author, and I chose this story because a prior book appeared well received. This story however, was not good for me. The pacing was glacially slow, with little forward movement in the 200+ pages of this character driven plot. Noah’s situation did a disservice to the plight of so many LGBTQ youth thrown out of their homes. He lands at his wealthy friend’s house with plenty of leisure time to improve his education and date while being unemployed. There’s barely a hint of how fo ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
With two main characters who have such big issues in their lives, Why I Need You is a story that is high on the angst and emotion—and Noah and Fin both contribute to the drawn-out pace of the development of their relationship.

The outright rejection Noah receives from his family is heartbreaking and had me incensed over his situation. Noah is beyond lucky to have his friend Martin (loved him!) to help him out, so while his family may have turned their backs on him, his circumstances are at least
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful story by Colette Davison. I already loved her first book Why I Left you, and I was anxious to read this one. And she didn’t disappoint at all. She is definitely not a nine-day wonder, but an extremely talented author.
The writing is wonderful and grabbed me from the start. Fin and Noah both have baggage, that they are hesitant to share out of fear to jeopardize their budding relationship. Keeping secrets from one another is never a good thing, but understandable. It is so easy t
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

4 Stars

My heart absolutely broke for Fin at the end of Why I Left You. To not only lose your parents, but to suddenly, at just 20 years-old, become responsible for raising your seven year-old sister, too, It all felt heartbreaking and a bit overwhelming, but I have to say, although Fin’s love life has fallen to the wayside, he’s doing a fabulous job raising his sister, Olivia, who I absolutely adored. She was sweet and I loved that even at 8 years-old, she and Fin were a great team.

Noah has gro
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story!!

Colette has an amazing talent for writing about controversial and difficult issues which unfortunately, are still very relevant today. I got invested in the characters from page one and felt every ounce of their heartbreak, sadness, grief, love and happiness. My heart went out to Noah and Ruth, and Fin and Olivia for their own individual reasons, but then my heart was refilled by the love they all gave and received! I cried quite a lot reading this story, but one scene in
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-bi-pan, romantic, arc
Fin and Noah are both men who are missing out on life. While Noah hiding from one, Fin is nearly buried under the responsibility in his. When they meet it's under less-than awesome circumstances but it opens Noah up to something more and Fin might just have a chance with to find his ideal partner.

Fin struggles with the grief he's never truly allowed himself to feel. He's raising his little sister, Olivia, and is trying to give her the best life he can. His own life is kind of on pause, especiall
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars so rounding up to 4

This book is a follow-up to Why I Left You but can be read as a standalone. Fin is introduced in that book and we see the main couple from that book here but there is no confusion or missing content if you don’t read that one first. However, I did like the previous book a little better than this one.
I had a few issues but will start with the things I liked about this book.

Fin and Noah are good for each other. Fin needs Noah to help him deal with his grief and guilt f
Josh Dale
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, struggles, family
Why I need you is such a heart warming story of two guys with huge baggage they are carrying. We were introduced to Fin in book one (Why I left you). Fin’s parents were killed in a car accident and he left to go home.
We pick up Fin’s story where he has settled into a routine of bringing up his 8-year-old sister Olivia, Working and studying. He has no time for fun or meeting anyone else and has convinced himself that all he wants out of life is to Bring up Olivia the best way he can. That is unti
Maria Vickers
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading Why I Left You by Colette Davison, I knew I'd read more of this author's work, once again she delivered an amazing story that pulled at the heart strings and put you in the character's shoes. I will also say that this one was as difficult for me to read as the first simply based on the subject matter. That said, I just want to slap some people in Why I Need You, book two of this series.

Before you start worrying about this being a book two, while it is part of a series, it can be r
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Self discovery, les-gay romance, lbgt
Recommended to Molly by: Axpreaderland, Bookbub, Amazon
To paraphrase Robert Frost, Home is the place where when you go, they have to take you in.

In this instance, for Noah, Home in deed becomes the place he shouldn't have to deserve.

I was honored to read an advance copy of this book.

Publicly outed by his twin's fiancé, Noah finds great love and pain as he tries to accept and live as his true self.

It costs him some home and family, but wins him friendship, closer ties to other family, and a chance at romantic love he'll only have if he can let go
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Fin parents passed away and he is now in charge of taking care of his little sister, Olivia. Fin takes his responsibility seriously and gives 100% to his sister and her happiness. He puts his life on hold in order to be there for her.
Fin takes a job as a waiter and when he gets called into work as an emergency, he meets Noah.
Now all I can say in the beginning of this story is poor Noah. He works for his father and has to stay in the closet or he knows he will lose everything. So he just tries
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was a little off-putting at first. Noah, who works for his father and lives at home, has conservative parents who will obviously have a problem with him being gay, still wants to please them. But when his twin sister (who he's very close to) fiance' outs him to his parents when he catches Noah checking out Fin, their waiter, Noah admits that he was gay. His parents walk out, including his sister, and Noah then goes to the bar and proceeds to get drunk.

Fin was obviously irritated with No
Susan Anne
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Why I Need You by Colette Davison is a wonderful follow-on to Why I Left You. It is the story of Fin, who we met in the first book. He has left the university to take care of his young sister by working as a waiter when he meets Noah at his public outing. Both have issues they need to resolve before they can have a serious relationship. Fin and Noah are very likable since both love their families, regardless of what happens. It was fun watching them find common interests and encourage each other ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

For the full review, visit on 1/25

From that review: " Colette Davison continues her wonderful Why I Left You series with Why I Need You.  In the first story, we were there as we learned that Fin's parents were killed by a drunk driver.  Why I Need You picks up that story after that fact. Fin has assumed sole guardianship of his  8 year old sister and is working as a waiter, having left the college after t
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the sweet love story of Fin and Noah. The two young men are each grieving for their own reasons, and their relationship helps them begin healing. I dislike the lack of communication, but I do love both men. I also like their sisters and friends. I enjoyed this story, and I loved watching Noah become more confident and Fin begin to let go of the past. I do want to know what job Noah ends up with, since I don't think he'll ever be an undertaker again. I'd also like to see Fin as a teacher. ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, romance, lgbt, series
This is such a beautiful, poignant story... Colette Davison proves with this book that 'Why I Left You' wasn't a once-time thing, but the announcement of a wonderful new voice.

With characters whose struggles are easy to understand and to relate to them, a storyline realistic, and a slow-burn romance that rings true with what we know from the characters background, this is a fantastic book. I enjoyed it intensely, and really hope there is more to come.
Esther Alayeto
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful and sweet love story. Good storyline with interesting characters. Noah and Fin have a strong attraction but they each have baggage that gets in the way. Secrets and lack of communication cause lots of angst as they work their way through to see that sharing your baggage with someone else is so much better than alone. Specially with love and trust.
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
I liked this more than Why I Left You.
I could totally cope with Noah. He and I have the same issues. Maybe not because how I've been brought up, but I'm not comfortable touching people either, not to that degree, I cant tolerate it, but don't like it. And to watch his struggles, and how he gets past them, it made me feel hopeful.

And I just looooved the slow-burn. :)
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very emotive story of two young men, Fin 21 years old and legal guardian to his 8 year old sister, and 24 year old Noah who has been pretending to be straight to his parents but ultimately loses everything when he is outed.
The two are both hiding secrets from each other for fear of the outcomes and have to learn to trust.
I enjoyed this read immensely. It was easy to follow and although at times I felt like banging their heads together, we did get the ending we wanted.
Dara Nelson
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-blog
The first book in this series was a difficult but ultimately beautiful book to read. This one didn't even come close to reaching me in the same way the first one did. Noah was frustrating and stubborn and sadly predictable. While Fin's lack of communication and his constantly making assumptions without ever asking Noah any questions. Both combined to make me feel like I was trying to swim upstream in molasses. It was exhausting, draining and unfulfilling. I hope the author can turn things around ...more
Feb 14, 2018 marked it as maybe
Shelves: lgbtqia, m-m, freebie
Karolina Cebula
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-english, lgbt
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja w języku angielskim i polskim

When his parents died, Fin's world broke into small pieces. He was forced to grow up quickly to be able to take care of his eight-year-old sister and rebuild their lives. Working, studying and taking care of Olivia, Finn doesn't have time or desire to look for some amorous conquests in clubs. However, when the opportunity to add a bit of happiness into his sad everyday life and to be romantically involved with someone arises,
Wendy Ballard
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good read
Fin is the only one who is family is left and has taken his little sister and does not have time to date while he take care of his sister, working and going to school
Noah is a very closed in closet about liking men until one day his twin sister outted him to his family and things goes down hill from there
Can Fin help Noah out and can Noah help Fin move past the death of his parents
Gemma Ironside
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

Why I need you is the second book in the Why I left you series by Colette Davison. Even though this book is the second in the series it can be read as a standalone.
This book begins with Noah being outted to his family about his sexual orientation at a packed out restaurant on his dad’s birthday.

Then there was Fin whose parents had recently died leaving him to look after his younger sister, Olivia. Fin was working in the restaurant the night Noah was outte
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why I Need You by Colette Davison is a novel about love and life for two gay men who are struggling with their past that has caused issues with their present.

Fin’s parents had died a year earlier. They were killed by a drunk driver while they were out for the evening celebrating their anniversary. Because of this, Fin put his life on hold to raise his eight year old sister, Oliva. Convincing himself that her well being is all that matters, he sacrifices his own in order to give her a good life.

Sarita Chapdelaine
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I was looking forward to reading this as I loved the first book in the series, Why I Left You. The premise is great and the story is well-written but I did not feel any connection to the characters. The best parts were Fin's sister Olivia and Noah's friend Martin. The secrets and lack of communication between Fin and Noah made it difficult for me to enjoy the story. I wanted more interaction between all of the characters, especially Fin and Noah, and it took me several days to read it as I kept ...more
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