When I Need You by Lorelei James Release Date: July 25, 2017 Publisher: Berkley Books Book #4 in the Need You series Number of pages: 368 Kindle Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/sports M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 11/4/17 to 11/5/17
Another homerun…or should I say touchdown. This series is just so forking great!
The chemistry and sexual tension between Rowan and Jensen leaps off the pages. Since they both have a set of rules for possible relationships and they both break all the rules of the other’s list they start off as friends. Or at least saying they’ll just be friends. Plus, Rowan being a single mom adds another element that means things can’t be taken too quickly. So the slow burn really goes on longer than it would in many other romance books, building on the sexual tension until it’s all pulled so taut I’m surprised nobody spontaneously combusted.
Jensen somehow understands Rowan on a level that Rowan doesn’t even understand herself. They both have great reasons for their rules but Jensen understands that some things are bigger than rules and regulations. Some things are worth risks. Rowan is slower on the uptake, but it’s understandable after years of raising her son on her own and having to keep him protected.
I was happy that Mama Lund, although she did make an appearance, wasn’t as overbearing as she was in other stories. I also enjoy that, although Jensen’s other siblings got their books and their HEAs, the previous stories in this series aren’t over. We still see all of the characters on more than a peripheral level. There’s a touching scene between Jenson and Brady where Brady doesn’t just help Jensen, but also needs advice himself. I love that the author hasn’t forgotten the other characters and understands that her audience wants to still get the scoop on them.
I am truly invested in the whole Lund family and wait impatiently for each new story to come out. Since I cannot, at this time, find information on whose story is next I’m even more impatient. I am so intrigued by Dallas and whatever happened with Igor (this book making me think even more that the odd offshoot story in All You Need I mentioned in that review has something to do with Igor). But I’m also itching for Jax’s story to be told and to see him finish his recover and growth.