What the Body Needs by Laura Oliva

Publication Date: August 27, 2013


LO_What_Body_NeedsJak O’Mara suffered a terrifying night at the hands of the stalker five years before. Her assailant was never caught and when notes turn up implying that he has returned, Jak’s family hires Marcus Cutter to watch her back. Marcus is a down and out bodyguard who left his job with the San Jose Police Department in a blaze of glory after his little sister was murdered. Can Marcus protect Jak from a sadistic genius bent on catching the one victim who got away?




An advanced reader’s copy of this novel was provided to me by the author, Laura Oliva, in exchange for a review.

In the review of Oliva’s previous novel, All that Glitters, I lauded this author’s ability to inject danger into a story line. In [easyazon-link asin=”B00ETJ0IFK” locale=”us”]What The Body Needs[/easyazon-link], Oliva amplifies that capability and delivers a thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seat. Jak faces an ultimate sociopath, one the reader meets fairly early in the story line à la John Sandford. For the most part, his crimes have gone undiscovered and he longs for the ultimate perfection in Jak, his original redhead. The baddie has a need that he satiates with temporary replacements but the ultimate goal to take care of unfinished business in the one who got away. The only victim he hadn’t had the chance to sexually assault and, ultimately, to kill. Oliva is a point A to point Z writer but she never lets us forget that Jak is in danger and that Marcus, no matter their attraction, is there to do a job. A fire might burn brightly between these two damaged people, neither of whom believes that they will ever find anyone who sees them as anything but damaged.

[easyazon-link asin=”B00ETJ0IFK” locale=”us”]What The Body Needs[/easyazon-link] is a romance first and foremost. The characters grow to trust each other in a believable way while, perhaps, not trusting their own deep-seated emotions. As a reader who is well schooled in the romance genre, I appreciate that when those tender moments come, these characters haven’t swallowed a weepy word-a-day calendar. Their dialogue is broken and unsure and, ultimately, very real. Both of them are convinced sex with the other is a mistake but knowing it’s a mistake they desperately want to make.

Oliva touches on a number of worlds in [easyazon-link asin=”B00ETJ0IFK” locale=”us”]What The Body Needs[/easyazon-link] and seamlessly weaves them together. In contrast to “All that Glitters”, San Jose is a diverse world with a lot of potentials and Oliva takes full advantage creating characters who interact in a biker world and also at the symphony, with junkies and city officials. They all show within the narrative true depth in development.

[easyazon-link asin=”B00ETJ0IFK” locale=”us”]What The Body Needs[/easyazon-link] is a fabulous romantic thriller. If you love truly creepy baddies and edge-of-your-seat action, Laura Oliva’s novel is for you.

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Laura Oliva is based in northern California. Check out further reviews of her on this site: The Devil’s Playground (The Devil’s Playthings) (Volume 1) and All That Glitters.

For more information about Laura Oliva, visit her website. You can connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @writermama.

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