Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WHEN I NEED YOU by Lorelei James

Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     July 25, 2017
ISBN:        978-0451477583
Genre:      Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


On the road to recovery after what could have been a career ending injury, Jensen Lund is back home and ready to fight for his job.  Happily ensconced in brother-in-law- Axl Hammersmith’s apartment he’s looking forward to hanging out with neighbors and getting on with his training.  What he doesn’t want is a relationship.   Especially one that would interfere with his three rules for dating – no single mom’s, no cheerleaders and on one affiliated with the medical profession.  The last thing he expects is to find is not only has his neighbor, Martin taken off with his girlfriend for an extended vacation, but his sister, a very attractive red head has moved in.  And to make matters worse, she breaks all his rules—she’s a single mom, a cheerleader and affiliated with medical personnel.  But rules are made to be broken, right?

Rowan Michael’s has two priorities in her life – her son Calder and her cheerleading career.  The last thing she wants in her life is a football player.  But when her big, blond and absolutely gorgeous neighbour comes calling, she can’t be rude, right?  Especially when he’s injured and her brother’s friend. 

I have totally enjoyed Lorelei James’ Need You Series and hope that WHEN I NEED YOU is not the last because there are several more intriguing cousins and siblings who I know how stories of their own to tell.  I knew after ALL YOU NEED James was going to have a long way to go to outdo herself.  WHEN I NEED YOU comes close, but it didn’t quite reach ALL YOU NEED.  That said, I really like the setup of Snow Village and wouldn’t have minded living there myself.  Rowan’s development as a character was really well done.  Watching her movement from an over-protective single mother to an independent woman who learns to trust another person was super to read.  While secondary characters, Astrid and Selka were among my favorites.  I really think Selka deserves a story in her own right. 

James puts in just the right amount of tease to keep you turning pages.  Each book in the series can stand on its own because James gives just enough back story to catch you up.  That said, you will want to read them all.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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