Book Review: I Want You Back (Want You #1) by Lorelei James

I was thrilled to start this new series from Lorelei James. Since first meeting Jaxson and Lucy in the Need You series, I’ve been dying for their story. It was so worth the wait! I Want You Back is a fantastic second chance romance! 

On My Radar: I Want You Back (Want You #1) by Lorelei James | About That Story
I Want You Back (Want You #1) by Lorelei James

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?

4 out of 5 stars

This was a wonderful second chance romance. I really liked the ups and downs as Jaxson and Lucy come together and fall in love all over again. It was sweet and playful, emotional and intense. I enjoyed it all!

Since meeting Jaxson in the Need You series, I have wanted his and Lucy's story. I loved learning their history and how the story is set up between past and present, there were great building details. I like the attraction that Jaxson and Lucy still have, there’s a strong pull between them that’s magnetic. Learning about Jaxson and the things he'd done, I wanted to not like him but I loved seeing present-day Jax, trying to do better and learning from his past mistakes. By the end, I loved him.

Even though Jaxson and Lucy had major chemistry, I felt this was a slow burn romance. I loved the bond of intimacy they were forming throughout the story. There was a lot of openness and honesty happening, hard truths that had to be shared - not all of them pretty - some pretty darn uncomfortable actually. I thought the author did a great job sharing these raw and real things.

I liked the build, the characters, and details. I thought it was well written but some spots felt drawn out while other things felt glossed over so sometimes the pacing was off for me. Other than that, it was a pretty great read. I loved Jaxson's redemption and finally being the man he was meant to be. I loved Lucy's strength and forgiveness, and being able to move forward. Great start to a new series!

Complimentary copy received for honest review.

Book Review: I Want You Back by Lorelei James | About That Story

Book Review: I Want You Back (Want You #1) by Lorelei James | About That Story

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The Need You Series (4 Book Series) by  Lorelei James
Need You Series
What You Need (#1)Amazon | My Review
Just What I Needed (#2)Amazon | My Review
All You Need (#3)Amazon | My Review
When I Need You (#4)Amazon | My Review

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