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Need You Now

(A Mile High Romance #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  48 reviews
He s mountain-tough. She s city-smart. The sparks are about to fly . . .
Only the most resilient of souls could breathe new life into an all-but-forgotten town nestled in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains but what they get in return might be worth the heartache it takes to make it happen . . .

Gracely, Colorado, was once a booming mining town. No one knows that better than
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Zebra
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Mandi Schreiner
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
I've really enjoyed Nicole Helm books in the past - she writes really fun contemporary romances, sometimes featuring farmers (score!) and they make me smile. So I'm sorry to say Need You Now did not give me the smilies. I usually love a grumpy hero but Brandon was just was hard to root for him. Brandon grew up in Gracely, Colorado and his family owned a mine that employed many people. But after some shady business dealing from his father, the mine fails, and unemployment sky ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: helm-n, netgalley

He's an emotional cripple, and they are both screwed up by dysfunctional families. What a happy homecoming for a baby.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with ‘Need You Now’, since small-town stories can be charming as they can be vicious depending on the genre that I actually get into. But Nicole Helm has written quite a heartfelt one about a man who’s trying his hardest to establish his business in a town that hates him and his brothers and a woman whose family burdens lie squarely on her shoulders, mirroring reality closely in such a way that their situation is a relatable one. I felt for the Evans brother ...more
Kim Vanravenswaay
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm neutral about this book. The positive would be the beautiful nature all around them and how the author did such a good job of letting me visualize it. The negative would be all the whining that both Brandon and Lilly did. Brandon whined constantly about how he had to fix what his dad ruined. And Lilly whined about the life she was dealt. They both take on responsibility that wasn't asked of them and then complain when it doesn't work out.
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Helm's Cowboys series and I'm going to love this mountain men/lumberjack one, if the first is anything to go by. Helm has the ability to take what is one could even say trite, or typical, in contemporary romance and make something interesting and original out of it. And yet, she never loses sight of what makes the genre beloved to its readers. In this case, her rugged "lumbersexual" (the heroine's words, not mine) turns out to be a moral, thoughtful, sensitive man ... and yet, I most enj ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
This pains me, because I really like Nicole Helm as an author a lot. But this book was setting up as an extremely slow burn and then it accelerates aggressively before going off the rails and then it ends, and there just wasn't enough time for any kind of plausible recovery. At best, it's a HFN romance; at worst, it's not a romance at all despite the exchange of ILYs. The hero and (especially) the heroine should be in therapy, not preparing to coparent a child.

This was a real bummer.
This one was ok. I thought the characters were ok, the story was ok, and the romance guessed it: ok. Nothing really made this one stand out for me. But it wasn't bad either. I'm not sure if I would be willing to continue on with this series.
Julie (Jewls Book Blog)
This was more emotionally angsty than what I was looking for and I wish the ending had more closure than a HFN. Overall, it was a decent read.
Book Lover
So. Much. Angst. This book moves very slowly then suddenly it’s over.

Brandon Evans, his twin brother Will, and their friend Sam Goodall, opened Mile High Adventures in their hometown of Gracely, Colorado. It’s a former mining town in desperate need of rejuvenation due to the bad business decisions of the Evans brothers’ dad. Brandon has taken on the responsibility of trying to right the wrongs of his dad. He’s also determined to be nothing like his dad in his business and personal life.

Lilly P
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be well written but ultimately joyless. The characters were so mired down by their own baggage that it seemed that their relationship was more added stress rather than something that added happiness to their lives. To be honest I was never even sure what they liked about each other. Even their relationships with the secondary characters seemed filled with resentment. I have heard great things about other books from this author and will certainly give give them a try. This on ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.  It is set to be released later this month.

This story follows the regular trend found so common in this genre.  Boy meets girl.  There is instant dislike and conflict, and also instant attraction.  They fight said attraction for a million reasons that make sense only to them, they start to see each other for who they
 Reading In Pajamas
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review: Need You Now (A Mile High Romance) by Nicole Helm
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 4 Stars

A nice romance, more on the emotional side than physical. Brandon and Lilly had a lot of emotional baggage they needed to work through. Although I liked them each, they carried the “I can’t have this relationship” thing a bit too far for me. All in all, an enjoyable story. I look forward to the next Mile High
Donna Repsher
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I truly enjoyed Ms. Helm's Big Sky Cowboys series, so I was eager to read this first novel in her new series, and while it took me quite some time to warm up to this novel because not much happens in the first half of the book, which gets off to a very slow start, in the end, I enjoyed it marginally more than I thought I would and I give it 3 stars.

Brandon Evans and his twin brother, Will, are the sons of a disgraced, despised and despicable scion of the family mining business, whose greed and
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, kindle, netgalley
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This book was my second stab at reading Nicole Helm. The first book I read by her, So Wrong It Must Be Right, was entertaining but didn’t blow me away. While I still wasn’t floored by this book, I really enjoyed the story.

The concept behind the business Brandon and his brother Will run is great. Their father basically decimated the small town they grew up in because of his greed. Because
Gigi staub
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
He s mountain-tough. She s city-smart. The sparks are about to fly . . .
Only the most resilient of souls could breathe new life into an all-but-forgotten town nestled in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains but what they get in return might be worth the heartache it takes to make it happen . . .
Gracely, Colorado, was once a booming mining town. No one knows that better than Brandon Evans. His father s company kept the town thriving for years until Brandon threatened to expose his illegal practice
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brandon Evans and his brothers are trying to right the wrongs of the past and put life back into the little town that their father's shading dealings stole by opening an adventure park. Their hope is that the park and it's rumored healing powers will draw tourists in, and also boost the economy of their little town, problem is they are having trouble swaying the opinions of fellow townsfolk. So, they decide to hire someone to help them with their public relations, which brings Lilly Preston into ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brandon Evans, heir apparent of the Evans Mining Corporation of Gracely, Colorado, bears the weight of guilt on his broad shoulders, as he feels that he is responsible for the collapse of the company followed by the failure of the town, when he revealed his father's shady business practices, which could have cost people their lives. And the townspeople, without any else to blame, unfairly blame him and his twin brother, Will, too.

With Will and their friend Sam, they created Mile High Adventures,
These three books by Nicole Helm are the first 3/4s of her Mile High Romance series. The fourth was released while I was reading these so haven’t had a chance to review them yet. I really enjoyed the series overall. The setting made me want to hop a plane and spend time at the fictional resort in Colorado. Each story can be read alone, though they work better together in order – and it’s such enjoyable series why not read each one. And even though she wrote each one as a standalone there’s not t ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Need You Now is the story of Brandon Evans & Lilly Preston. Both characters are carrying a lot of excess emotional baggage from the past with them. This baggage affects every decision they make. Brandon, his brother Will & friend Sam are determined to make a success of their business to try to help their hometown. The town has been steadily going downhill since Brandon turned in his father for unethical practices & the mine closed. The town has unfairly blamed the brothers for everyt ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, small-town
"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
I loved this one by Nicole Helm, introducing three interesting and complex men who are partners but never talk about their hurts and insecurities, just keep moving further.
I really liked the romance between Brandon and Lily, the build-up of the relationship, the conflict, the dialogue, how the heroine cracked the hero’s armor; but the heroine’s stubbornness refusing her baby’s father the opportunity of speaking was irritating.
Bette Hansen
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!! The story and the characters grabbed my attention from the very first page and I didn't want it to end. Both the main characters and the secondary characters are well developed and fell like friends by the end of the book. I can't wait for more in this new series.

Brandon Evans is hard working and determined but not matter what he does he can seem to change the perception the town of Gracely, CO has about him and his brother. They are still being held accountable for all the w
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Need You Now by Nicole Helm is the first in a new small-town series. Not your usual sweet, forgiving, supportive small-town but one that show how a family’s past can haunt the next generation. How true, how true I know since I live in a small-town, I have seen it happen to others like the Evan brothers.

Brandon Evans and Lily Preston have a lot on their plates as they fight their attraction while battling small-town prejudices and family worries. Theirs is a love hard won. The author gives the re
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Author, Nicole Helm did a great job of mingling characters and the "stories" that they are afraid to share with anyone.

While a good story, Brandon and Lilly both seemed to be prickly and brusque characters. My way or not at all attitude. While Brandon had baggage that he carried about his dad, and bound and determined not to be like him, he needed to embrace and rejoice the fact that he was not his dad...period!

As for Lilly, she had major control issues. Didn't want to be like her mom or dad, b
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Kate Vale
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the Mile High Romance series, in which we meet Brandon Evans, oldest twin (by minutes) and super-responsible, determined NOT to be like his late father. He wants to bring life back to little Gracely, CO after the closing of the mine his father ran.

Onto the scene comes PR expert Lily Preston, intent on making a good life for her little sister and her nephew after they escaped an abusive relationship. Lily, too, takes her responsibilities seriously--so much so that any kind of fling with a
Traci Westling
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gotta love this new great series!! Brandon & Lilly were really fun to read with this outdoor expedition company & all the few men that work & linger in the actual office ! The setting was absolutely gorgeous to introduce this very very angsty couple that learn to work through their relationship in the workforce as well as personal end! There's NO denying their chemistry & so much personal baggage is yet to be resolved before these two get their HEA! Love how Nicole works in one o ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I almost didn't finish this. There was this one point that made me put the book down and walk away for days. I wanted to punch both the main characters and I have enough stress in my life without inviting it into my pleasure reading. BUT I did come back to it and I'm glad I did. After the 2 chapters of essentially self-absorbed, teen angst (in grown adults, mind you) we came to the emotional revelations I'd been waiting for! I'm struggling with those 2 chapters still. While I understand a certai ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Lily Preson is a PR specialist. She took a job in Gracely, Colorado to look after her sister and nephew. Brandon Evans hired her as a last resort to restore the ailing Mile High Adventure business into profitable health.

Both Lily and Brandon would rather be in a different situation, but they needed each other and they must work together for a common goal.

There were plenty of hostilities at the start, but as time went on, they discovered that beneath the tough exteriors, there is charm and tender
Jennifer Schultheis
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I was nipping at the butt, waiting to read Need You Know by Nicole Helm, partly due to the hot, rugged cover and partly due to the enticing blurb. I don’t know why but mountain men always get to me. I’ll take one of them over a billionaire in a stiff suit, any day!

Overall, I enjoyed this story. Now, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it, either. The romance is a slow burn, so readers looking for instant gratification, look elsewhere. Both main characters have issues they need to get through
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Good story, quite a slow burn on the romance front, but both Brandon and Lilly got on my nerves a little bit with their self-sacrificing behavior. Both of them tried to hard to convince themselves that they didn't deserve to be happy, that all they needed from life was to take care of everyone else around them, and that no one would ever want to stick around and love them. Thankfully they both got called out on that behavior, and I'm very excited to read Sam's book next!
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Nicole Helm is the bestselling author of down-to-earth contemporary romance and fast-paced romantic suspense. From farmers to cowboys, midwest to the west, she writes stories about people finding themselves and finding love in the process.

She lives with her husband and two young sons in Missouri enjoying Cardinals baseball and dreams about someday owning a barn.

You can contact her via email: Nicol

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