ARC Review of I Want You Back by Lorelei James


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Wow! This is my first book by the talented Lorelei James and I was blown away! I Want You Back is book one in her new Want You series.

The characters were written so flawlessly, seeming so real, I struggled to put this book down, needing to devour every word and soak it in. Even when I was forced to put it down to adult, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Jax and Lucy’s story broke my heart then taped it back together. This is a story about love, forgiveness and second chances.

The strength Lucy inspired left me breathless. She was such a selfless woman and having to endure the awfulness of a love gone bad was heartbreaking. She was so strong, a lot sassy and was willing to not let the past dictate her future.

Jax. At first, I didn’t know what to think of this sexy, egotistical man.

“I may not kiss you tonight, but by our third date you will know how perfectly wicked it’ll feel to have my mouth all over you.”

He was young and listened to the wrong person and it changed his life forever. He broke my heart with how he treated the ‘love of his life’ and his child before he confronted his addiction. I was elated for him in his decision to get healthy and in time, get her (them) back.  And then left me holding my breath when he bared his soul and all his secrets only to fear losing her again because of them.

Addiction is an ugly beast and I think this author did a great job of showing the struggle isn’t just contained to the person with the addiction, but everyone around them. It was wonderful to see that both Jax and Lucy had a unshakable support system.

I absolutely loved feeling like I was part of Lucy and Jax’s story and I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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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?

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