Book Review

REVIEW: Where I Need to Be by Jamie Hollins

How can their relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths? 


McKenna Series #3
Jamie Hollins
My Rating: 4 Stars
Releasing July 18, 2017


When heroin stole James Foley’s wife and destroyed his marriage, he poured all his energy into raising his young son and running his auto garage. There’s no room in his life for anything else until Megan McKenna walks into his shop. He finds it impossible to resist the sexy school teacher.
After an ugly divorce, Megan lost her home, her job, and a big chunk of her self-respect. With her posh lifestyle now a memory, she starts over by indulging in an unexpected fling with a hard-bodied mechanic.
What begins as something casual turns into something meaningful. But how can their
relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths? 
James and Megan soon discover that being honest with themselves is just as important as
being honest with each other. Only then will their relationship fire on all cylinders.


This was my first read by Jamie Hollins; so that being said I do not think you have to read the first two books in this series in order to follow the third.  I have a slight issue with reading book #3 before #1 & #2 but that’s just my personal, somewhat OCD preference.  If you had read the first two books you would be able to reconnect with the McKennas from the previous reads.

This book follows Megan McKenna who just recently went through a divorce and had to start over in life.  She meets James Foley, who is also divorced and just trying to do what is best for his son.  They continually get thrown together in different situations and each time they do their connection deepens.  Once their relationship begins, it quickly turns serious. James tells her upfront that trust & honesty are important to him – that without them he cannot be with her; she must decide if she’s ready to divulge all her secrets to her family, or if James is just a passing fling.

These characters are relatable & realistic to the point where I kept having to remind myself that I was reading a book.  The chemistry between James & Megan is intense and it’s amazing that they withstand the temptation of being together as long as they did.  The pacing of the story is a bit fast – but that might have been just because once I started reading I couldn’t put the book down. I managed to finish it in one day and I enjoyed every minute of it. The story mainly focused on the relationship building between these two so we don’t spend too much time with the other McKennas but we do briefly spend some time with Megan’s family, so this can definitely be read as a standalone. If you haven’t read one of Jamie Hollins’ books, then I would suggest you check out this series. The romance is definitely dirty, but then again most good romances are. And there’s some serious moments to offset the dirty scenes; whether you’re a lover of dirty romances or not, I think you will enjoy this book.



Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio.  After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters.  When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing.  Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog, Winston.



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