As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs?
Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?
The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.
In Slave we watched Brianna begin to learn how to trust again. She thought Stephan had purchased her in order to keep her as his slave... but at the end of Slave she finds out that is not his intentions. He does want her to stay with him but he wants her to stay as his submissive. Unfortunately, Stephan didn't let Brianna in on his feelings for her and how deep they are so she's got a lot of thinking to do... which leads us into the beginning of Need.
The struggles that Brianna has with herself on whether or not she should continue to stay with Stephan is heartbreaking. He makes her feel safe and he is good to her.... she doesn't quite understand her feelings but as a reader it's very easy to see how she loves him. But with that, it's almost like you can't help but wonder is she suffering from some sort of hero adoration? Could it be Stockholm Syndrome?... and those thoughts are hard to chase out of your head because Brianna is still pretty much in survival mode. BUT... then you see the things that Stephan does for her, and then you read Stephan's POV and those thoughts fly right out of your head.
Stephan is.... sigh... just as, if not more, amazing in Need as he is in Slave. He's patient, understanding, extremely loving, caring, and very observant... which is kind of important when it comes to Brianna. He's still afraid that she is going to decide to leave him because he has fallen hopelessly in love with her... but he is also notably proud of the progress Brianna is not only making emotionally... but also the progress they are making together physically. I, personally, have fallen head over heels for Stephan... I couldn't have thought up a better man to care for this sweet, but overly broken girl.
As progress is made, they keep running into obstacles... but as weird as this may sound even though they are running into these obstacles... Brianna is still making progress when it comes to trusting Stephan. It breaks Stephan's heart to see Brianna go into a panic attack so he makes sure, that if she needs him, he will be there no matter what.... and he proves that, quite a bit.
Brianna and Stephan are both so special... both in different ways... but they really do have more in common than you'd think, but yet so different. They almost balance each other out. Granted Stephan does give more in the relationship but Brianna still finds ways to give as well... she even gives when she doesn't realizing that's what she's doing. I absolutely love these two together, I want them both to have the world together, they both deserve all the love and happiness in the world, and most of all they deserve a real chance together.
Need (Finding Anna #2) by Sherri Hayes is another amazing book... it's a beautiful addition to the Finding Anna series and I am anxious to read more. Sherri has this amazing ability to suck you right into her characters and their emotional story while showing their strengths. Her writing is believable, heartbreaking, beautiful, and leaves you wanting more. I look forward to reading more Sherri Hayes and more about Stephan and Brianna!