Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone or Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: July 25, 2017
POV: Dual first person POV
Rating: 4.5 STARS
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Guys, I have just found us a FANTASTIC book. I know some of you have already been familiar with this series but just in case you haven’t yet, please grab this book as soon as possible! This is my first by this author. Why I haven’t read her books before is still a mystery to me. I had been missing out a fantastic author! I loved this book very much. When I Need You is the fourth book in the Need You series written beautifully by Lorelei James. Although it is part of a series, it can be read as a complete standalone.
Jensen Lund or The Rocket is a pro football player who’s recently had an injury which has forced him off the field for some time. After getting several surgeries and physical therapies and facing a possibly life-changing event that almost cost his entire career, he wants a change in his life—no more casual, meaningless relationships and all the bachelor lifestyle he used to love. He wants something different and meaningful. He wants more.
The first time he meets his new neighbor, Rowan, something happens to him that he has never felt before. However, pursuing something serious with her will violate his three rules he has kept for years: No single mothers, no cheerleaders, and no medical personnel.
Rowan Michaels is a single mother to a six-year-old boy and has to raise her son alone since the father refuses to have any responsibilities. Since having to balance her career as a cheerleader, other part time job and a full-time mother are not easy, she has her own rules she has kept that has worked for her: her son is her number one priority and her career comes in second. When it comes to dating she has one strict rule: no dating sport-players.
I loved the main characters and their slow-burn romance.
Jensen is the kind of hero that everyone will fall in love with. He is a loving, selfless man that wants to grow up. I loved seeing him taking the part of “growing up” very seriously. He didn’t do hookups, wild parties, and anything a single, extremely rich, popular football player usually does. He’s focused on getting back to the game and spent time with his family and close friends whenever he had a free time. He had his eyes in the future and started to think of what he would do if he needed a change in his career. His old lifestyle had been put completely behind. Moreover, I loved the way he treated Rowan and her son. His understanding, patience, and persistence are so fascinating. Everything about him was swoon worthy.
Rowan is the kind of heroine you would love as well. Her overprotectiveness when it comes to her son and her strict rules were understandable for me given her situation as a single mother. I loved her sense of humor and reactions. Her hesitation, fears, and worries were something which could happen to every woman in her shoes, so I felt related to her. The connection I had with her was strong. I grew to love her even more toward the end. You would never find her annoying whatsoever. This woman is amazing!
Their relationship perfectly progressed. It started with them being friends, getting to know each other, sorting out their feelings, deciding what they want in life together, and taking actions to what is important for them. Each stage showed their progress with fun, humor, and deep dialogs that made me connect with them as a couple. There weren’t unnecessary drama or angst that usually takes me away from the story, which I LOVED. However, it doesn’t mean it was a mediocre romance; it was far from it in fact. You would never have to worry about getting bored with Miss James’s writing style. She has the magic that will glue you to the story. I loved it and I believe you would too.
I loved getting to know the entire casts, especially Jensen’s family. Each one of them was awesome. I was glad that they weren’t portrayed as rich, mean people as we are used to seeing. They were fun, loving and overall good people even though they all came with money. The closeness they showed as a family was fantastic. I loved the fact that there weren’t any two-dimensional characters in this story; everyone has a background story that supports his or her action.
If you are a fan of football players, single mothers, friends-to-lovers, and awesome slow-burn romance without too much angst, When I Need You is for you. I highly recommend it and hope you would give it a try as soon as possible. Trust me; you would not regret it. I need to check out the prior books in this series. Lorelei James is AWESOME!
She needed more time. I could give her that. For her, I’d learned patience. Because I knew she was worth the wait.