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In the American Wild West the law is young, and men and women must make their own justice. Casey Stratton has left behind an unbearable situation at home and set off on her own, relying on her courage and inventiveness to survive where most women could not. Damien Rutledge III is a society man from New York, thrusting aside his life of refinement and sophistication in favor of a more basic need - revenge.

Their two worlds collide as Casey and the eastern gentleman chase the same outlaws, and when passion flares Damien is torn between avenging his father's death, and his love for the fiery Casey.

©1998 Johanna Lindsey (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Enjoyable...a flowing tale of strong wills and, of course, romance." ( Omaha World Herald)

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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 04-08-09

Cute Story

Pretty basic western romance. Good characters, a splash of humor - not a whole lot of steam in the romance department, but a good story nonetheless.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 03-14-09

All I Need Is You

This is a western romance the way it should be, and the narration couldn't have been more enjoyable.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Cindy
  • Florence, KY, USA
  • 05-18-09

Enjoyable Western

A western with a splash of romance. For the most part, I like this story. There were just a few things here and there that could have been done differently.

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If only she'd gotten the voices right...

What did you love best about All I Need Is You?

I like the non-nonsense and extremely capable Casey. She's a great character, though I wish the book was longer so her character could be fleshed out a bit more.

What other book might you compare All I Need Is You to and why?

This book reminds me another by Johnna Lindsey, Savage Thunder. Another instance of a taciturn western character coming in contact with someone with a bit more refinement, and still finding love.

Have you listened to any of Sandra Burr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard any of Sandra Burr's other performances But as usual, I wish the narrator would take cues from the book when deciding how to do someone's voice. If Casey is repeatedly supposed to show no emotion, and easily passes for a boy, why does the narrator make her sound girlish and full of emotion?

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Stratons' Story

If you could sum up All I Need Is You in three words, what would they be?

Missing the first book. We need the first Straton Story - A Heart So Wild - the parents' story on audio..

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 10-30-14

Narrator hurt the story.

Parts were fun, but I was annoyed with the no-one-says-how-they-feel-big-misunderstanding.

The first half was fun watching Casey, age 17, as a bounty hunter. Men think she’s a boy because she’s tall and wears men’s clothes. They call her Kid. She’s a fast draw. We don’t watch her hunt and catch outlaws, but we are told that she caught several. Most of the danger is when bad guys come to rob or kill her and she has to deal with them. And then the main part of the story is she and Damian travel together to find Henry who killed Damian’s father. During this journey they fall in love. But it lacked passion and chemistry.

I feel like the author was following a recipe. Put in a bunch of things that sounded good and called it done. There was no depth. Nothing special. But I enjoyed a lot of it. It was an ok way to pass time - until the separation. They both love each other, but each one thinks the other does not. No one says how they feel. They have sex twice, yet they each thinks the other doesn’t want them. There’s a lot of internal pondering and anguish about he/she doesn’t love me. They separate and are miserable.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Sandra Burr.
She reads like she’s in a hurry. She doesn’t pause when she should. The worst thing was her voice for Damian. She lowered her voice in a way that made him sound weird, wooden, and constipated – and the emotional interpretations were off. It did not feel like Damian had interest or desire for Casey. His voice was monotone. This was not a sexy sound. Some female narrators can do a sexy man, but not Ms. Burr.

Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: western historical romance.

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  • Ioana
  • 04-13-13

Entertaining

Johanna Lindsey is one of my favourite romance authors, and this book did not disappoint. Her writing is as good as always, with well-rounded characters, an interesting plot and plenty of funny and witty dialogs. Casey and Damien are perfect for each other and it’s refreshing to see that, for once, the male hero is the one in need of help. Of course, there are some small issues as well. One cannot help but wonder at the length of time it took for him to realise that Casey is, in fact, a woman. Also, the language is not necessarily in keeping with the times. But as I do not think this is meant to be historically accurate in the first place, I do not mind it. All in all, it’s a very enjoyable listen and I cannot wait for my new credits to arrive so I can purchase another of her books :)