All I Ever Needed is the third book in Jo Goodman's Compass Quartet. Lord Eastlyn finds himself embroiled in rumors that he is engaged to Lady Sophia. To right the wrongs that have been done to this young woman, he decides to meet with her at her Uncle's estate to discuss how the matter should be resolved. When Sophie refuses to listen to good sense and declares he has nothing to feel responsible for, Eastlyn finds himself proposing to Sophie even though it was his intention to avoid marriage from the beginning of this meeting. He finds Sophie's rejection of him intriguing and challenging. He is determined to change her mind for he fears she might be in danger.
It's true that there is treachery amidst Sophie's life. Her Uncle and Cousin are up to no good. It takes Eastlyn a while to gain Sophie's trust and pry the details out of her. I enjoyed All I Ever Needed a little more than I did Everything I Ever Wanted. I found Sophie and Eastlyn to have a more humorous relationship. Although, keep in mind with Goodman's writing style the humor is very subtle and dry. Again Goodman sets up the mood very well leaving this miasma of darkness surrounding Eastlyn and Sophie. Eventually, Goodman gets around to unraveling all the strands in this dark web she weaves.
I admit that it is not a good idea to read all of the Compass Club books back to back like I have done. They all start to blend in together too well. There are a lot of similarities to the style of each book which by the third one makes it somewhat predictable. I still am enjoying Goodman's writing as she is a master storyteller. I will wait a few months before I tackle the final book in the series.
Third of the Compass Club books. Gabriel (East) meets Lady Sophia Colley, who is imprisoned in hor house by cousins who watn her to marry them to gain her wealth. East comes to rescue her by proposing marriage himself--and she turns him down. Much seduction and mystery detection ensues
No one writes romance like Jo Goodman, especially with her magnificent quartet featuring the irresistible men of the Compass Club. In her third installment she holds readers spellbound as Gabriel Whitney, known as East to his friends, enters the life of a woman disinclined let him into her housemuch less into her heart
Lady Sophia Colley, daughter of the late Earl of Tremont, finds herself imprisoned in her own home by mercenary cousins who want her to marry the money her poor father failed to leave them. When the Marquess of Eastlyn arrives to rectify the false rumor that he and Sophie are engaged, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by her honey-hued eyes. East proposes on the spot, only to have Sophie turn him down flat.
But Sophies rejection of East is far from personal. In fact, its all she can do to resist his charmsand her willpower is put to the ultimate test when he returns. The desire between them is impossible to deny, but deny it she must in order to protect East from a past intrigue that is about to place them both in very present danger. Now, they must work together in very close quarters, for only after they unravel a treacherous mystery will they be free to pursue the love of a lifetime
I love this series. It has a little bit of everything: intrigue, suspense, romance, some humor. It is not a fast read. There is a lot of dialog between the characters. Normally, this would be filler that I would skip. However, all of the conversations contain information that moves the story forward. It is really interesting how Ms. Goodman overlays the time period from book to book. It gave me a reminder of how the previous story fit into the next one. Recommend!