Tuesday, April 02, 2019


New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James kicks-off her Want You Series with a Lund family cousin hot enough to melt the ice and mend a broken heart.

Former NHL star Jaxson Lund has returned to the Twin Cities, but he's at loose ends, unsure if he belongs at Lund Industries, or where he stands with Lucy, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Mimi. Despite the signs she'd like to leave him in the penalty box, the attraction burning between them reinforces his determination to prove that he deserves a second chance...

Lucy Quade is in a good place with a steady job, a nice apartment, and a well-adjusted daughter, which is why she's hesitant when Jax insists on co-parenting. It's not that Lucy doesn't trust Jax...she's just unconvinced he can handle multiple responsibilities when he's been singularly focused on playing hockey. But when issues arise with Mimi, Lucy's shocked at how levelheaded and paternal he acts, giving her a glimpse of the Jax she used to know, the sexy, sweet man she fell for years ago.

Once Lucy lets her guard down, Jax goes all in to show her how good they are together, but will their past remain too large an obstacle to ever overcome?

Release Date: April 2, 2019
Berkley Books
Want You #1
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Nikki’s Review:

Lorelei James is my unicorn author. I devour her books and forget the world around me. I’ve struggled a bit to write this review. There’s stuff in this book that was different for me. And stuff that pushed me out of my comfort zone.

I went through so many emotions while reading this book. It’s almost difficult to pinpoint the one that got me in the heart the most. I can always count on Ms. James to tear me apart, but thoroughly put me back together again.

I fell hard and fast for Jax. And that’s not something I thought was possible given his past behaviour. But he charmed me from page one. One of the things I could sense through this whole story was the Jax’s vulnerability. He had so much weighing on his shoulders. The thing he wanted, and needed, the most to move forward in his healing process was Lucy.

Man, I absolutely love Lucy and her sassy mouth! She’s sarcastic and full of spunk. These two have so much chemistry. It was smoking hot from their very first meeting. But Jax hurt her. He broke her heart, and left her to do most of the child rearing to their precocious daughter, Mimi. Getting back into Lucy’s good graces was going to take a lot of patience on Jax’s part. 

Honestly, I’m not sure I could have done what Lucy did. She forgave Jax with her whole heart. I think she was incredibly strong to do that. At the end of this book I sat and pondered what I really thought about the story. Did I like it? Was it too much out of my comfort zone? And what I ended up with was yes, I liked the book. That’s putting it mildly...I loved it. There was a real human side to this novel. We all make mistakes, some are bigger than others, but we also have the capacity to forgive and to allow ourselves to love and be loved in return. You blew it out of the park with this one, Lorelei! 

Rating: 4 Stars (A)

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