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Raw Need

(Larson Brothers #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  683 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Zane Larson has done everything he set out to do: conquered past demons, saved lives through his music, and toured the world as the frontman for one of the most popular rock bands in the world. This life—and an escape through music—was supposed to be everything he’s ever wanted, but after meeting Rowan, Zane’s no longer sure…

Soon after her husband’s death, Rowan Dugas lear
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Swerve
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Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
3 Stars

I liked this book...but I didn't love it like I loved the first one in in the series.

Why not, you say?


Let's face it.

The heroine being McKnocked Up by her DEAD husband?



The periphery characters sticking their noses in where it doesn't belong, saying awful shit to the heroine under the guise of "caring..." and the heroine TAKING it?



This^^^ sitch causing me to halfway dislike the main characters from book one?



Now, don't get me wrong, characters do and s
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
If there’s anything you need to prepare yourself for with a Cherrie Lynn book, it’s turning into a—giddy, giggly, starry-eyed—schmoopy chick. Or, in the case of Zane Larson, a complete and utter fangirl. I’m telling you, there’s no resisting the frontman's charisma; especially, if you’re a music junkie who’s been known to harbor a crush on the vocalist of your favorite band (Ahem . . . I'm not ashamed to admit that's totally me!). Is there anything more incredible than watching the songs that ha ...more
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
3.5 stars

Raw Need was a sweet and sexy story.I haven't read the first book but I didn't have problem with this one.When I start it I find the story promising and I couldn't put it down.But there were some things that didn't reach my expectations.

First of all everything happened so quickly with Zane and Rowan.I loved Zane, he is sweet,protective and he is so intense with Rowan.Unfortunately,Rowan isn't one of my favorite heroines,there are moments she frustrated me a lot.I didn't fall in love wi
Claire Robinson
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series, smp
3.5 - "Never be afraid to hope..." Stars!

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The second book in Cherrie Lynn’s Larson Brothers series, pretty much picks up from where its predecessor left off, although now Mike and Savannah have worked through their problems the focus now switches to Zane Larson, and Savannah’s sister-in-law Rowan Dugas.

You don’t really need to have read the first book in the series to be ab
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
✮✮✮ 2 STARS ✮✮✮

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

Rowan's life was turned upside down when her husband died in an MMA fight. Pregnant and alone she is still devastated by her loss. When Zane, lead singer of her favorite band, asks her out to get reprieve from sitting at home drowning in grief she happily accepts. They met at her husband's funeral - Matt is the brother of the man who is responsible for Tommy's death. She feels a bit like a charity case, the pity date but at the same time she enjoy
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, favorites
5 "All I Want Is You" Stars!

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Rowan Dugas is a pregnant widow from New Orleans whose whole world recently fell apart when she lost her husband in an MMA fight. Since his death she's just been trying to function one day at a time, but continues to feel completely broken and alone. She lost her parents years ago & the only family she has left now is her in-laws & her sister-in-law Savannah.

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Savannah wants to cheer Rowan up & take her mind off reality, so she arranges for Rowan to atten

Title: Raw Need
Series: Larson Brothers #2
Author: Cherrie Lynn
Release date: June 27, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

It really pains me to have to rate this two stars. I loved Raw Deal so incredibly much, and couldn't wait to read Mike's brother Zane's book. Let's face it, it would have been so easy to get the first book wrong. Savannah's brother died during a fight with Mike, so falling in love with him is hard to wrap your mind around. They met at his funeral. And a fri
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
1.5 stars

I really struggled my way through this book. I had a sense of detachment from the characters almost from the very beginning, but I hoped that my opinion might improve given time. It didn’t.

Every person in this story is selfish, and their behavior is either illogical or contradictory. Rowan’s in-laws, her best friend, and Zane’s brother irritated me throughout. It’s impossible to be swept up in a story when you dislike all the key players. Rowan comes across as an immature fangirl, who j
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
Review to come!!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Raw Deal, so I was delighted to receive an advance copy of Raw Need and while I did like this story I didn’t love it. I actually had to take some time after reading it to mull it over in my head before I could write my review because I had very mixed feelings about this story, this couple, and the events that took place in this book. First and foremost I want to say that author Cherrie Lynn did not disappoint in any way, she crafted an intricate
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3.5 ZANE Stars!


"He was simply too good to be true."

He fucking was! I knew he was going to be something else. He melted my heart right down to my feet with his patience, passion, and love. I'm sorry Rowan but you didn't deserve him. So after letting you know how good Zane Larson was, let's talk about the story.

Raw Need is the second book in the Larson Brothers series and despite Rowan's behavior, my favorite so far.

"Amazing, really, how their paths had merged from the respective wildernesses
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars
We met Rowan Dugas and Zane Larson in Raw Deal. Rowan is a young, pregnant widow and Zane is lead singer of her favorite band who also happens to be the younger brother of the man that accidentally killed her husband during a MMA fight. They were introduced at a concert in an attempt to do something nice for Rowan as she struggled to cope, but Rowan and Zane made their own connection. Zane is charismatic, sexy, talented, and was her fantasy crush. And something about Rowan calls to
Jackie  Kiwibooknerd
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Advanced Readers Copy Courtesy of Netgalley...:)

I was super excited for the second book in this series as I loved the first one. Mike and Savannah's book was soooo good and with the glimpses of Zane and Rowan, I knew it could be a awesome read.....only problem was this so did not live up to my expectation and I did not end up enjoying it half as much as the first one. Infact the way this one went, almost made me want to change my rating for the first book too......

Rowan is a widow whose husban
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

When Zane and Rowan's friendship began in book one, I was a bit concerned to read the next book would be their story and agree with another reviewer that maybe it should have been the last book in the series and be further into the future and at least after Rowan had time to grieve her husband and give birth to their child. However, the author chose to have their story follow on straight from Mike and Savannah's story, so Rowan is four months pregnant and it's only been that long since
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars - 3 Flames

Disclaimer - DO NOT READ THIS AS A STANDALONE! Although you technically could, you'd be WAY more interested and invested in the story if you start from the beginning.

Ok, so not exactly what I was expecting with this one, but it totally still worked for me. After all, where do you go with a story that includes a rock star, a pregnant woman (who's baby belongs to a dead husband) and self esteem issues? You go exactly where this author went. And she did a good job.

Rowan is a wi
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Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn
Standalone Contemporary Romance. Part of an interrelated Series.
I enjoyed Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn (my review), but it didn’t completely wow me like her Ross Siblings Series did. But I had high hopes for Raw Need . I mean, a pregnant widow and the rock star whose brother killed her husband? That’s a helluva story right there! While I enjoyed it though, it didn’t quite live up to what I hoped it could be.

Zane was awesome. Perhaps too perfectly awesome. What man, especia
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Wow, can I just I really enjoyed this book. I think I liked it better than book one and that's saying something, cause Mike Larson was everything!! But then I spent more time with his sexy, rock star brother, Zane and wowza!! That man has some smooth moves!! I honestly don't know how Rowan resisted his sexy ways for so long.

Rowan was such a sweet character to read about. She was so lost, and so broken I honestly didn't know if she was going to make it to the other side. But with a man like Zane
Nalla Reads
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Heart-wrenching rockstar romance!!

Originally posted on Nalla Reads


So there aren't many stories where the hero has to fight for a woman who's recently lost her husband and is currently pregnant....drama am I right? But Raw Need does it in THE most believable way!

Zane is the rocker that Rowan has always dreamed of, typical for any teenager. But through a series of very strange (and unfortunate) events in Rowan's life she gets the chance of a lifetime to spend an evening in his company. How can she
☾☆ Nikki. ✿
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one because I found it a bit annoying that everyone keep interfering with the main characters.
I did love Zane though. And I really enjoyed these two together and there was some really cute moments in this book, which was great!
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
He made her feel like everything was fine when nothing was fine. Calm in the middle of crazy. Right in the middle of so much wrong.

Raw Need is the highly anticipated second installment in Cherrie Lynn's Larson Brothers series. In Raw Deal, we were briefly introduced to Rowan Dugas, the heartbroken widow of MMA fighter, Tommy Dugas, and Zane Larson, the rock star brother of the fighter who blamed himself for the crushing blow that killed his opponent. After Zane is commissioned with cheering up
Under the Covers Book Blog
After reading book one in the Larson Brothers series, I really wanted to know Rowan and Zane’s story. It was gonna have to be a strange one, right? Rowan is pregnant with her recently deceased husband’s baby . . . and Zane is the lead singer of the rock band, August on Fire. There is a HUGE hurdle for them to surpass from the get-go. Color me intrigued.
However, I had to calm my high expectations because —HELLO— recently widowed heroine. AND she is pregnant with a baby. I was very nervous on ho
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars

Rowan Dugas imagined she would be married to Tommy forever, but now he is gone and she has to figure out how to continue on for the baby she is carrying. Her sister-in-law introduced her to Zane Larson, her favorite front man, as a way to cheer her up. Unexpectedly, Rowan and Zane strike up a long distance friendship as Zane tours with his band and Rowan continues to deal with Tommy’s death.

Zane Larson has everything he thought he wanted: his career is booming, he is traveling constan
Katrin Schäfer
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raw Need - Gegen den Verstand
(Larson Brothers 2)
von Cherrie Lynn
Danke an Lyx digital und Netgalley für die Bereitstellung dieses tollen EBooks. Dadurch wurde meine eigene Meinung in keinster Weise beeinflusst.
Das Cover ähnelt dem ersten Teil der Serie nur ist es dieses Mal dunkel gehalten.
Leider habe ich den ersten Band noch nicht gelesen und ging daher ohne Vorkenntnisse ans Lesen. Rowan fühlt sich von der Familie ihres verstorbenen Ehemanns eingeengt und die Gespräche mit Za
Lissy Liz
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Imma gonna have to read Damien’s story!!!
Zoe Forward
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been a Cherrie Lynn fan for a long time but this has to be one of her best. Loved this one. The angst, the improbable situation (a pregnant widow heroine and the famous rockstar),and the poignant moments were so great. I had not read #1 in the series, but didn't have any trouble reading this as a stand alone.
I enjoyed the delicacy that Zane handled Rowan as she copes with her husband's recent death and unexpected pregnancy. Yet, they find love in the midst of the sadness...and a lot of hot
Apr 27, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: contemporary, ebook
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rock-stars

I was intrigued by the glimpse of the potential great relationship between Zane and Rowan in the first book of the series so I was excited to read their story. If you haven't read book 1 Raw Deal about Zane's brother Mike and Rowan's best friend/ sister-in-law Savannah yet, you can read this story as a standalone.

Rowan is still reeling from the turns her life has taken in the last several months. Her husband Tommy died, she discovered she is pregnant with his child, her best friend is
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ARC received for an honest review

I knew after reading Raw Deal that Raw Need was going to be a story with quite a bit of akwardness - pregnant to the dead husband is always going to make things a little bit difficult, right?

Right from the get go I adored Rowan and Zane - their connection, their friendship, their everything. Not going to lie, they did cause me to shed a tear or two ... or more. I grieved along with Rowan as she came to terms with hubby's death, her pregnancy, her loneliness.

And Z
Eileen Robinson
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book via the publisher through NetGalley

When i read the blurb for this book it really caught my interest, a young pregnant widow, mourning the loss of her husband. A hot sexy rock star, who just can’t ignore the attraction and draw he has to this beautiful woman he wants to make his own. This story is told in both POV’s

Rowan Dugas has always had a crush on sexy rock star Zane Larson, but when she meets him in person, it brings that to a whole n
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raw Need is the second book in the Larson Brothers Series and centers around Rowan and Zane. In the first book, you were introduced to both Michael, the MMA fighter(Zane's brother) who accidentally killed Rowan's husband Tommy and Savannah, Tommy's sister and Rowans best friend. Savannah is in a relationship with Michael. The first book was a very powerful story.
I didn't find Raw Need to be as powerful or compelling as Raw Deal.
Rowan had a very difficult childhood and is trying to deal with Tom
Heather 123
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it

This book is truly amazing. Unfortunately I had not read the first book in this series before reading this one. While I don't think it took anything away from this book, I think it would enhanced it more had I read the first book and truly understood the situation with Mike and how Zane and Rowan first met.

Rowan's story is utterly heartbreaking. First, to lose your husband so soon after your marriage. Second, to learn after his death that you were pregnant with his child. Third, to h
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This isn't your typical rock star romance. Not with a pregnant widow still mourning the loss of her MMA fighter husband. Not when his brother was the fighter who killed her husband. Not when it feels like everyone and everything want to keep Zane and Rowan apart.

While most rock star romance fantasies have the unrepentant manwhore rocker pursuing some shy virgin, this was about real life pain and fear. The fantasy here was that even while in the depths of grief and loneliness, not to mention whil
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raw Need
Larson Brothers series book #2
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Review copy provided by the publisher

Jesus. This book hit me with all the feels. I was a bit nervous about how the relationship between Rowan and Zane would unravel. Rowan is still very much grieving over the loss of her husband. He's only been gone a handful of months. And she's pregnant. With her deceased husbands' baby. Talk about sensitive issues, right?!

I was so pleased to see that the author had this relationship unfold slow
I really liked the first book in the series so I was excited when Zane-the rockstar brother-was getting his own book. The storyline was fascinating and I was intrigued with how the author would pull this off.

Zane and Rowan met in the first book through those main characters-Savannah and Mike. They were able to keep in touch and have developed a friendship of sorts. But of course feelings were being formed so how would Zane and Rowan deal with those? I really liked Zane. Even though he was a roc
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
**Received an advanced and free copy of this novel from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, for an honest review**

Although Raw Need can be read as a stand-alone book I recommend to read the book of the series in order. Raw Need is the second book.

We met Zane and Rowan in the first book (Raw Deal). Now they got their own story.

Zane struggles with his demons from the past, his teenage years were difficult – but he found his way to survive and now he is a successful rockstar.

Rowans husband Tho
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
In the second book in a series about forbidden romances, Raw Need takes us into the very taboo romance of two people with everything possible pushing them apart. With a pregnant widow and the man of the brother who killed her husband, Lynn set up the story with as much angst and tension working against them as possible, but tempered it with the perfect amount of emotional care.

Rowan was difficult to grasp as a reader; at times it was easy to connect with her and become one with her, but other
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read a pre release of Raw Need and loved it. I didn't realize until into the book that this was book two so of course I will go back and read book one and then anxiously await book three.

This book drew me in from the start with widow Rowan expecting a child with her deceased husband, killed in an MMA fight. I can only imagine how emotional book one was. There were so many things I loved about this book. Rather she saw herself that way or not, Rowan was a strong
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for honest review***

In the first book we meet Rowan who is the widow of Tommy Dugas. I will say she wan’t my favorite. She had said some awful things and I couldn't really like her. Funny how things turn out. I completely loved her in this book. I felt for her so much. Everyone I thought I really liked in the first book I hated in this one. Zane is a rock star and a completely awesome guy. He is kind and very patient with Rowan given she just lost her hu
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story of Rowan and Zane. I thought the premise was original from other books I have read. I had read the first book of the series, but it is not necessary to do so as the situation is pretty clearly explained.

Having a love interest who is pregnant with her deceased husband's baby is definitely different from other books I have read. Add in that the other half of the couple is a successful rock star, and it leads to a unique story. Overall, I did like both characters and I enjoyed w
Moe's Book Blog
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The premise of this story is about a grieving pregnant widow who falls for the brother of the man who accidentally killed her husband in a MMA cage fight. Rowan Dugas is first introduced to Zane Larson, her all-time favourite musician, at her husband's funeral by her sister-in-law Savannah who happens to be dating Mike the "Red Reaper," the famous MMA fighter who took Tommy's life. Rowan realizes that it was a freak accident, but is torn between honouring her husband's memory and moving on to be ...more
J.S. Snow
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow and wow in that order! One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. I was on the edge of my seat. For the first time in what felt like forever, I didn’t feel the need to reach in a choke a character, didn’t roll my eyes and grumbled relentlessly when I had to be away from the book to handle real life stuff.

This series has a definite twist to it which may come across to some as unrealistic, but for those out there who truly grasp what forgiveness truly is, it all makes perfect se
♥️♥️ Lanae ♥️♥️
I REALLY needed the heroine in this to FIGHT harder than she did for her own damn happiness. Everybody had an opinion on how she was coping with her husband's loss/pregnancy from the very beginning....but that moment when monster-in-law crosses the line?


I expected her to finally channel her inner-Mama Bear and tell her the FUCK off..... but she never did. Couple that with (view spoiler)
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rowan Dugas is desperately trying to pick up the pieces after her husband tragically died. Alone, grieving, and pregnant she struggles to remember who she is. With an over controlling mother in law she feels lost. As a way to deal with her grieving, she gets a VIP experience to her favorite band August on Fire. After meeting her favorite singer she develops a friendship with him that helps pull her through her grief. Zane listens and helps provide direction in her life at a time when she greatly ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
While this is the second in the Larson Brothers series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone.  This one is a heart-wrenching story of grief, healing, love and forgiveness, it swept me away and stole my heart. You will run the gamut of feelings, varying from joy and happiness to tears, before you get to the happy ever after ending.  This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan
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Cherrie Lynn has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now that she has come to her senses, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side. It's *much* more fun. She's also an unabashed rock music enthusiast, and loves letting her passion for romance and metal collide on the page.

When she's not writing, you can find her reading, listening to music or playin

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