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Book CoverVeena’s review of When I Need You (Need You Series, Book 4) by Lorelei James
Contemporary Romance published by Berkley 25 Jul 17

Dear Readers, what is your opinion about friendship between two gorgeous heterosexuals?  You’ll find Ms. James’ answer to that question in her latest contemporary romance in the Need You series.  To further make matters more interesting, the two in question also have some very specific qualifying rules on the people they will date. Needless to say, rules were meant to be broken, and so the story proceeds…

Jensen “The Rocket” Lund is a player on and off the football field.  Injured in the last book, he’s had a long grinding road back to health and fitness.  He’s not quite ready to go back to playing the field, but he is now ready to indulge in video games with his next door neighbor.  First he gets brained in the nuts by a young ninja warrior running down the hall in his apartment building and then his video game opponent has been replaced with a gorgeous woman and her young son.  Clearly Jensen is going to have to find a different game to play.

As it turns out, Rowan is not interested in football players, even though she’s a career cheerleader whom Jensen has been oblivious to in the past even – despite the fact all his siblings and cousins have definitely noticed her.  Given that they each definitely don’t meet each other’s dating criteria, a friendship is born, one that surprisingly includes Rowan’s son. Before long they are in and out of each other’s apartments, sharing meals, and other things.  Of course, friendship soon goes out the door as sexual lust gets the better of Rowan and Jensen.

When the special summer camp that Rowan has enrolled her son in suddenly closes its doors, Jensen mobilizes the Lund Family Charity organization and his name to set up an alternative.  Jensen’s mom adds a nice touch of humor with her deliberate misuse of grammar and words. It’s great to get caught up with the doings of all the siblings who are now married, having babies, and settling down in general as they all get involved in Jensen’s new project.

Rowan is a character to admire. Left pregnant and abandoned by her high school boyfriend, she has done a great job of raising her son and making a career for herself.  For so long Rowan has focused all her energies on raising her child with blinkers on to the outside world. It’s an interesting evolution for her as she deals with a relationship with Jensen and sets up an innovative approach to childcare and date nights for the entire apartment complex.

This is a feel-good book where both characters demonstrate a lot of growth in the relationship arena.  The author leaves us a bread trail featuring the seemingly unattached Lund cousins which should give rise to many more heartwarming tales in this series to come.  A great series that I highly recommend to readers of contemporary romance fiction.

Grade: A

See Sandy M’s review here.


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 Industries 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 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.

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