Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Want You to Want Me (Want You #2) by Lorelei James ~ Book Review with Excerpt


"Deliciously real, modern, hot, and funny." —New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans

Want You to Want Me, a sexy friends-to-lovers contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James is available now!

Hockey player Gabriella “Gabi” Welk spent her life in pursuit of championships, but she has little to show for it besides dusty trophies and second-place medals. Now her career consists of several part-time jobs to make ends meet. When Gabi gets a chance at her dream job, she swallows her pride and asks her nemesis—smart, sexy and savvy Nolan Lund—for help.

Since being named future CEO of Lund Industries, Nolan has tried hard to overcome his reputation as a fun-loving playboy and ladies’ man. For the first time ever, he’s more focused on the company than his personal life. He spends his free time at the ice rink his brother owns, cheering on his niece at her hockey games…and watching Gabriella Welk, the superstar athlete and assistant coach who gets under his skin in a way he can’t ignore. He’s shocked when Gabi agrees to trade a favor for a favor.

They have little in common besides their mutual mistrust, but between family crises and sibling rivalries, Nolan and Gabi realize they want to be more than just friends—much more.

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“What?” “The first random text you sent me. Christ. That might’ve been the corniest joke I’d ever heard, but I laughed my ass off for like five minutes. I’d had a shit day, I was still at work, feeling alone and pissy, and then your text pinged. For a brief shining moment, I knew someone in the world was thinking about me.”
“For real?” she whispered.
“Absolutely for real.” I let my lips brush the top of her ear. “I kept it casual and friendly. Biding my time until . . .”
“Until what?”
“Until I could make it clear to you that I intended to take friendly to a whole new level with us.” Feathering my mouth between her cheekbone and her ear, I murmured, “So tell me, Gabriella, when was I supposed to do that this week? When you came to me in a panic on Monday? When I texted you and asked if you had time for lunch on Tuesday and you turned me down? Or when I stopped by the rink last night and you sent me packing? Or tonight when I stormed into the men’s locker room because I worried you were really hurt?”
“You . . .” A shiver rolled through her. “Stop whispering in my ear, goddammit, it’s making it hard to think.”
She rolled her shoulder—to get closer or to get away from me? I froze. Waiting. When she stayed put, I had the answer I needed. And looky there, she’d also given me better access to that tempting neck. “Jesus, you smell good.”
“It’s just lotion.”
“It’s just you,” I half growled. “Have I mentioned that you were fucking magnificent on the ice tonight?”
“No . . . Oh god, that feels . . .” She moaned as I planted soft kisses down the front of her throat.
“Mmm. I want to do this all night. But I won’t, because you have a big day tomorrow. And I won’t add to your stress of that by keeping on about this, but we both know it’s been building toward this.”I nuzzled the skin below her ear. “Am I wrong?”

Gabriella and Nolan are what you would call Frenemies, they aren't exactly friends and they aren't exactly enemies but they are some combination of both. Nolan Lund has been named the future CEO of Lund Industries when his brother Jaxson decided he didn't want to run the family business, I'm guessing this all happened in the first book of the series which I did not read. Now Nolan is finding himself in a position he never thought he would be in, since he wasn't the heir he was just the spare...I really dislike that saying but I guess it holds true in this case. 

Gabriella "Gabi"  Welk is a former Olympic Hockey Player now she is holding down a few different part-time jobs, one of those jobs is working for Jaxson. Lets face it things aren't going that great for Gabi but then she gets a call about a dream job only she needs some fashion help and her two girlfriends aren't available to help her so what does she do, she turns to the Prince of Lund Industries to enlist his help because lordy that man can dress!

I really enjoyed the way Gabi and Nolan fed off of one another with their bickering and bantering, but I absolutely loved their text messages! The chemistry was great and both were really likable characters. I liked this book so much I gobbled up the 384 pages in just 1 day, who needs sleep anyway! Since I hadn't read the first book in this series, I WANT YOU BACK, or any of the NEED YOU SERIES I didn't know any of the secondary characters and I think if I knew them and their backgrounds this would have been a 5 star read for me. This can be read as a standalone if you choose to read it that way.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Contemporary Romance that has some spice to it, the Frenemies-to-Lovers trope, or Sports Romance.

Happy Reading!!!

Meet Lorelei James 

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy westerns in the Rough Riders series and the Blacktop Cowboys® series, steamy romance in the Mastered series, contemporary romance in the Need You series and Want You series, and the New Adult Rough Riders Legacy series, as well as several stand-alone novels and novellas. Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei also writes gritty mysteries under the name Lori Armstrong. Both she and her alter ego live in western South Dakota--yes, by choice--with her husband, and Copper, their crazy corgi who has made their empty nest more interesting.

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