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I Want You Back

(Want You #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,860 ratings  ·  381 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James kicks-off her Want You Series with a Lund family cousin hot enough to melt the ice and mend a broken heart.

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
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 400 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Berkley
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Kissing Jaxson Lund wasn’t something I could ever forget.

I've read a lot of second chance romance; it IS my jam after all. But rarely does one stick out in my memory the way this one did. I was thinking about it days after finishing. I Want You Back is a refreshingly different take on the second-chance romance trope. It's emotional, raw, and unapologetically real. It doesn't sugar coat or spare feelings. It takes the reader on an emotional ride with all the bumps along the way
Despite what you may think I am NOT 1 staring this due to the cheating involved. I’m giving it 1 star due to I felt like the cheating was not addressed and it was all glossed over and it was boring as hell.

We are 8 years post breakup and we HEAR about the situation in passing BUT due to the length of time the hurt pain and emotional side of the situation is numb and in the past. There’s only like two mentions of the cheating. The heroine makes a comment of her finding out due to a friend showin
2 Stars

Too much page time spent on unnecessary subplots and not enough time spent on the hero and heroine’s damaged relationship and the healing process required to mend it. A few important and needed conversations got swept under the rug, and because of that, I had a hard time fully believing in the HEA. However, what really bothered me and kept me from fully connecting with the characters was the heroine manner of speech. She talk like a guy. You know, the way men talk to each other in locker
Second chance story – 7 years after the hockey star hero cheated on his girlfriend and mother of his newborn daughter.

Hero is now retired and is 3 years sober after a stint in rehab. He’s wealthy in his own right and on the board/major shareholder of his family-owned corporation. He is trying to be a good father to his daughter, whom he neglected while she was growing up. He wants the heroine back - the only woman he ever loved.

It’s a tall wish.

Because this isn’t a category, it’s not the only
Mar 09, 2019 marked it as nope
It's not only the low rate reviews that put me off a book, sometimes the high rate ones do it too. Even though this reviewer was complimenting and praising the book, all that was written is not my cup of tea. Strange, eh? And the price ?! Not worthy for a cheater book. I just can't condone/justify/excuse/accept cheating. It has nothing to do with being human. It's about character (lack of) and a choice. Being drunk is no excuse either. Sorry, not sorry. I ...more
✴ Cindy ✴
This has got to be one of the grossest hero's ever presented under the guise of a romantic hero. He was a cheating, unworthy doushe. Was this author inebriated when she wrote this? Or perhaps the pills that keep rational thoughts in her head had ran out. I'll never know.


I'm waiting.... Go ahead and make that romantic. I dare you.

Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of this series; fans of second chance romance
I absolutely loved this second chance take-me- back-even-though-I-royally-screwed-up romance! I understand that a lot of readers will not agree with me because of (view spoiler), but this is a worthwhile read to witness a character's redemption and willingness to change and grow, and the power of forgiveness.

Jaxson "Stonewall" Lund has just retired after a long, illustrious career with the NHL Chicago Black Hawks. Not only was Jax a highly paid athlete, but he is also a
Dilek VT
Apr 03, 2019 marked it as never-no-way
I dislike 90% of second chance romances as they are rarely done well. And this book would definitely be one I would hate fiercely if I ever considered reading it - and I DON'T!

Why would I want to read about an idiot who takes back the man who cheated on her multiple times and then fought her tooth and nail on a custody case?

He also got an incurable STD from his past hook-ups - such a catch he is, right?!!!

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Lu Bielefeld
2 ⭐⭐ - Meh!
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Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Jackson, hockey player and heir to a fortune, has been a MIA father for the first 8 years of his daughter’s life. Lucy, his ex, has been raising her on her own and isn’t exactly hoping they’ll get back together when Jackson announces he’s moving back to town and that he’s given up his slimy philandering, crappy-fathering ways. One reason this worked for me was that the author did a good job of keeping jerk-Jackson in the past and focused heavily on how he’d had a “see the light” moment and wante ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars

I’m such a sucker for a good second chance romance, even more so when the couple have a child together, so I was really rooting for Jax and Lucy to get their HEA! From the beginning this couple felt like they were always meant-to-be, which was enhanced by flashbacks to some of their first dates. A super meet-cute, and palpable chemistry had me hooked! I loved the flashbacks, and I felt like it gave a depth to their connection that wouldn’t have been there otherwise, but I was glad we di
I should have listened to Boogengan and StMargrets’ reviews.

I hated this. I hated, I mean HATED, the incredibly bitchy heroine, hated the incredibly bratty and manipulative daughter, and merely disliked the reformed alcoholic and cheating H. At least he tried to change his behavior, but his late admission of his cheating and its life altering consequences were less pity inducing than annoying. I DO NOT READ FICTION F
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I’ve been reading Lorelei James for going on 10 years and I never grow tired of her writing, with each book she crafts complex characters that show growth throughout, intricate plots, she doesn’t shy away from discussing tough subjects, and while she may make her couples work for their happy ever after, they do eventually get there. Her latest release I Want You Back features a couple whose relationship hit the skids years ago, one in which the trust was broken repeatedly, one in which big mista
Geri Reads
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

I immediately read this the moment I got hold of the ARC, and I was not disappointed. This was a good one especially considering how Jaxson was in the Need You series. But this was well written, emotionally nuanced second-chance romance that doesn't hold back in showing readers the consequences of infidelity.

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Cheating pig, deadbeat dad, sleazy dirtbag who was such a whore he got an STD.

What's not to love.

Eye roll. Some women are just pathetic losers to drop their standards to something as low this dog. These women give all other women who KNOW this douche for what he is, a bad name. And now that he's had years of fucking every woman that breathes he turns his sights back on the doormat h.

This deadbeat does not deserve a second chance. Just because after YEARS of being a dickhead and sticking his dick
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I've been DYING for Jaxson and Lucy's story since they were first introduced in the series. I couldn't wait to see how Lorelei James would redeem Jaxson, as he couldn't be more awful in previous books. As a professional hockey player, he messed up big-time with the love of his life and their child. Now that he's retired, he's determined to win back Lucy's heart and be the father he should have been. I Want You Back is a fantastic redemption story that I highly recommend if you're a fan of the Ne ...more
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Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly, missy
Oh. My. Gosh.

Y’all, this was one of those books that I didn’t want to end. And it’s not a short book, but the more I read the more I wanted to keep reading. I was positively glued to it, and I still couldn't get enough. And that, right there, is the hallmark of a fantastic book to me.

And it was fantastic. This is a second chance romance, so the story is told in present time and in flashbacks which are threaded neatly into the chapters as the characters experience the memories. I sometimes lose p
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James' latest romance is a bittersweet, sexy, and compassionate second chance romance between a hockey star and the woman he lost. Filled with passion, recriminations, and redemption, James doesn't hold back any punches as she guides this couple towards their HEA while forcing them to take a hard look at the issues that broke them and the part they each played in it. She devolves in-depth into infidelity, drug addiction, and the consequences of unsafe sex. A well-written story that both entertai ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-chance
Jax and Lucy were great in this second chance romance. I enjoyed them being with their daughter Mimi. The other Lund siblings and cousins appear too and their close friendships were a highlight. I felt the story focused a lot on hockey which is Jax’s passion in life. The flashbacks of him and Lucy and them in the present time lacked chemistry. I struggled with their connection. It was a lot of telling instead of showing which was a shame cause there was no doubt about them having feelings for on ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Do all these other Lunds already have books? Because I constantly felt like I was missing part of the story... This was ok but I’ve read better second chance romances. Somehow there was no real anticipation for the two main characters to get together.
Jacob Proffitt
This is first in a new series, but the series is a follow-on to James' Need You series. And frankly, the family relationships are important enough that I recommend reading those first. Not to mention that Jax has been in the background throughout all of those books as well, so the impact he has had on his family is stronger if you've kept up from the beginning.

James took a real risk starting this new series with Jax's story. It's a redemption story with some heft to it. Jaxson was an egotistical
Obsessive Book Whore
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Wow! This is my first book by the talented Ms. James and I was blown away!

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
Apr 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Lucy has been raising her daughter alone while Mimi's father plays in the NHL. However, now that he's retired, he's back in town and wants to connect with his daughter more, and reconnect with Lucy. Now, I'm all for hockey players. I'm also a sucker for second-chance romances, but this one just didn't work for me and I found myself not finishing it.

For one, the pacing on this novel is extremely slow. Like, excruciatingly slow. Normally I like getting the behind-the-scenes look at characters live
Reading Cheetahhh
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no
Yuck, why do I do this to myself.

A cis-gender, heterosexual male has a history of alcohol abuse, infidelity and an STD. Has harassed the mother of his child by taking her to court to fight for custody while he's also been an absentee father.

This book isn't criminal because it has such an a-hole male protagonist. It's criminal because it chooses to gloss over, justify and ignore his actions. Meanwhile, the female protagonist's most valuable contribution has been her hot and bothered description
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
About two years ago if anyone asked what I was reading 99% of the time I’d respond with romance. I’d devour them. From contemporary, to angsty, emotionally tough stories, to even sweet YA. I couldn’t get enough of a second change romance or a friends to lovers novel. Then for some reason I got thrust into the thriller genre and couldn’t leave. So for about two years I’ve read nothing except murder and revenge and stuff that would scare me enough to keep me up at night.

A few days ago I read a bo
Reread Update: The one star stands.

It kills me to one star a Lorelei James book but this story was pretty craptastic

All of the author's engaging storytelling abilities. Neither of the main characters were likable yet I didn't despise them.

Negatives: The plot was simply too busy. The characters' flaws and past/present bad behaviors were too much to make a HEA realistic. HFN? Sure, why not? Maybe the follow-up book detailing their epic divorce and their daughter's multiple visits to reha
Apr 03, 2019 added it
Nowadays, we call this kind of plot, romance/romantic
I definitely don't want him and his disgusting person near me or my daughter ever! I don't believe in rewarding stupid (more like sickening, loathsome, beyond horrible) attitude with understanding.
Or we can forgive, but boy, I don't get the idea of subjecting one's self with lifetime danger, let's leave it with forgiveness and probably several thousand miles living apart.
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