When I Need You by Lorelei James
Series: Need You #4
on July 25, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Rules are tossed aside when a pro football player join forces with a spitfire cheerleading coach in New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James’s brand-new romance…
Heir to Lund Enterprises and ladies’ man Jensen “The Rocket” Lund has three conditions when it comes to dating:
1) No single mothers
2) No cheerleaders
3) No medical personnel
So it makes no sense that he’s wildly attracted to Rowan Michaels, who breaks all three.
Rowan Michaels didn’t pass the rigorous requirements to become an athletic trainer and Vikings cheerleader in the hopes of landing a pro athlete: been there, done that, and she has a young son as proof that football players and fidelity don’t go hand in hand. When Rowan learns her new neighbor is Jensen Lund, the smoking-hot tight end who takes being neighborly to a whole new level, she’s grateful for the team’s strict “no fraternization” policy because the sexy man defines temptation.
But Jensen is intent on rushing straight to the goal line to prove to Rowan he’s much more than just a player…on and off the field.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Years ago, I went on a Lorelei James kick and absolutely devoured her Rough Riders series. I don’t recall the individual book details, but what I do remember was they were straight up contemporary romances and they were freaking hot. When I saw an arc available for When I Need You, I nabbed it thinking that it might be fun to rediscover Ms. James. Unfortunately, this was a friends-to-lovers slow burn romance, and when I say slow, I mean it. At times it felt like we were moving at glacial speeds.
Jensen is a pro football player who had been on injured reserve for over a year while he battled his way back from a major injury. It’s still up in the air whether he has recovered enough to play. While he’s been sidelined, he’s had to do some serious soul searching about what he will do if his football days are over.
Rowan is a pro-cheerleader for Jensen’s team and a cheer coach for the college. She’s also a single parent of an adorable 6-year-old boy named Calder. Rowan was singularly focused on being a Mom and was wary of getting in a relationship with anyone, much less a football player.
Jensen and Rowan get off to a seriously rocky start in more ways than one. Rowan sublets her brother’s apartment which just happens to be across the hall from Jensen’s. For a brief time, they didn’t even like one another. Then, quickly they morph into a great friendship. The chemistry between the two is palpable, but they both resist. These two have loads of obstacles to get through, not only the professional aspect seeing as they both are working for the same team but also personal ones.
I enjoyed the banter between the two which kept me from getting too frustrated at the super slow pace of the romance. There were times I wanted to knock their heads together since they both had boneheaded moments. My main frustration was the slow pace of not only the romance but the story too. I found myself putting the book down a lot to do other things. The story just didn’t completely grab me.
It wasn’t until I was writing this review that I realized I had actually read the first book in this series last year and from the review I wrote, although it was okay, like this one it didn’t wow me. I actually didn’t even recognize Brady and Lennox, the main characters from it and they had a lot of page time. Unfortunately, I think When I Need You Is about the same as the first one, a decent read but not one that’s going to stick with me.
3 Glacially Slow Stars
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