Review: I Want You Back by Lorelei James

Posted April 2, 2019 by Jen in Contemporary Romance, Rating A, Reviews Tags: , , , ,

I Want You Back
Author:
Lorelei James
Reviewer:
Jen
Rating: A-

What I’m Talking About:

Lucy and Jax have a history, including a beautiful daughter they both love. When Jax was a professional hockey player in the NHL, he didn’t spend much time with his daughter and used her as a pawn in his limited dealings with Lucy. However, now Jax is sober, retired from the NHL, and living back in Minneapolis working for the family company. Meanwhile, Lucy has been with Lund Industries for a while and is doing well. She’s on good terms with Jax’s family, but is mostly alone, just Mimi and her. Now that Jax is back, he’s spending more and more time with Mimi… and Lucy, and those old feelings just won’t go away.

I am a big fan of Ms. James’s Need You series and am very excited that she’s continuing the Lund family romances with the Want You series. We met both Jax and Lucy in previous books, so I already know some about their custody issues over Mimi and problems from the past, but this is new romance. And I LOVE second chance romances, especially when the couple never truly moved on from their initial love for one another.

Lucy and Jax are given a special gift: the chance to start again. Jax has grown so much from his self-destructive days as an alcoholic professional athlete. I love how open he is about his past sins and his need to accept responsibility. How he has reprioritized his life. How he is still growing. But it takes a woman like Lucy and a strong initial love to make this work. Lucy is special. She has learned to let go of the hurt because she has such a huge heart. I like that we didn’t have to go through the horrible to get to the good… we got glimpses in previous books and via flashbacks, and now they are open and willing to work on things to be good co-parents to Mimi. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of work to trust again, but the worst is behind them by the start of this book. 

I appreciate that Ms. James gives us a fairytale romance, but rooted it in reality. This couple has been through a lot, and she doesn’t sugar coat some of the issues.
SPOILER ALERT:
During the course of reconciliation and as things begin to heat up, Jax reveals to Lucy that he has a life-long STD. I applaud Ms. James’s inclusion of this aspect for Jax. All too often the bad boy/playboy-turned-good-guy hero doesn’t have any lingering repercussions from his past, and STDs are a serious and real issue in our society. The fact that he shares the truth, lets Lucy decide how she wants to handle her own body, and we witness the pair talking over their concerns and fears, gives readers a healthy example of how to deal with the hard issues.
END SPOILER

In the end, I completely adored Jax, Lucy, and Mimi. They are a good team because they have found the keys to making it work. They know life is tough, but they both grew and learned to start again. While certainly a wonderful standalone romance, I loved having the background of the Lund family and several of the side characters, as well as already having met Lucy and Jax in the previous books.

My Rating:  A- Enjoyed A Lot
Jen

About the Book:

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
Publisher:
Berkley
Series:
Want You #1 (Need You #5)
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Format(s):
paperback (400 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley

Purchase Info:
Amazon

Reviews in the Series:
What You Need by Lorelei James (Need You #1)
Just What I Needed by Lorelei James (Need You #2)
All You Need by Lorelei James (Need You #3)
When I Need You by Lorelei James (Need You #4)