I Want You Back

I Want You Back

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...

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I Want You Back Reviews

  • Auntee

    I absolutely loved this second chance

    romance! I understand that a lot of readers will

    agree with me because of

    , 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

    I absolutely loved this second chance

    romance! I understand that a lot of readers will

    agree with me because of

    , 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 member of Minnesota's billionaire Lund family. Jaxson has an eight year old daughter, one he has sporadically seen throughout her life. He has definitely not been a father-of-the-year type, but that's about to change. Newly sober and with a dedication to turning his life around, Jax has a goal--to win back the daughter (Mimi) he has neglected and to undo the damage that he has done to the only woman who's ever mattered to him--the mother of his child (Lucy). It all starts with his relocation back to his hometown...

    Lucy has been raising her daughter mostly as a single parent. Her relationship with Jaxson started as a hot, intense one during the hockey off season. These two had chemistry like

    , but would that be enough to sustain a long distance relationship? Due to some family obligations, Lucy was unable/unwilling to move to Chicago with Jax when she unexpectedly became pregnant. And with Jaxson getting some really

    advice from a veteran teammate, combined with a drinking problem and his girlfriend in another state, Jax did the unthinkable. Yeah. How could he?

    When Jax realizes he's lost the best thing in his life, he spirals downward. He finally gets his sh** together, but is it too late to start over with his family? How does he show Lucy that he's not the alcoholic manwhore he once was? He's taken responsibility for his past, but is there a potential future with Lucy?

    I have to admit that I was disappointed in Jaxson at first and what he did. How could he? Yes, there were extenuating circumstances (which I don't condone)...but he's human. He's flawed. But I loved his determination to a be a father to his (handful of a ) daughter and to be the man that Lucy could trust again. Did he pay for his past behavior? Yes...no spoiler...but unfortunately, he paid.

    I was rooting for this couple. I loved the chemistry between them. I wanted them to be a family for Mimi. I saw the change and determination in Jaxson. I believed that these two were the loves of each other's life. I loved that Lucy could

    . I was just sad that they wasted years...but I think it was necessary for both of them to mature.

    This was one that was hard to put down. Once again I was reading out of order in this series, so keeping all the characters from other books who popped in and out was confusing at first. But I think I understand the whole dynamic of this series, so I'm going to go back and read all the other stories. As a side note, I can see that LJ did her homework regarding hockey--I have no complaints on that aspect. Actually, I have no complaints on any aspect of this story!

    5 big stars!

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    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

    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. It's a

    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

    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. It's a slow burn sort of read with plenty of chemistry and a dash of angst. I seriously enjoyed this one!

    Jaxson Lund is one of the best imperfect characters I've read in a while. A retired professional hockey player that allowed his sports reputation to get the best of him, Jax is no stranger to failure. What I loved about him the most is that he wasn't afraid to take accountability for all the things he did wrong. Here's a man that's a recovering alcoholic that lost the love of his life because he betrayed her in the worst way possible. He's a man that's trying to right all of his wrongs; including becoming a staple in his daughter's life when he was more of a memory to her as she was growing up due to his hockey career.

    I absolutely loved the way that he fought to get back into his ex's good graces. But what I really loved the most, is the fact that Lucy wasn't perfect herself. This was a shockingly realistic look at what happens when two people love each other beyond reason but their pasts mold them into an inevitable conclusion. The story is told in alternating flashbacks of past to present, telling the reader how they got together and what led to their inevitable implosion. Lucy is woman with plenty of issues of her own; including trust issues that are formed by her childhood. Issues that only get reinforced when her and Jaxson break.

    There's no unnecessary drama or added issues in this book to convolute what's already happening. It's just two broken people that are slowly working on putting their pieces back together. Their journey back to each other is not paved in sunshine and butterflies, but it's also not unnecessarily angsty either. I really loved the way that the author handled a lot of the issues in this book. James doesn't try to sugarcoat the repercussions of Jax's mistakes and addiction. You get an incredibly realistic look at the results of his hard living. This may come as a shock for some people. I'll admit that I have NEVER read a book where the author went

    but boy do I love that she did. And no I won't tell you what that was, but I will say that I'm still thinking about it.

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a perfectly paced and emotional slow burn. I wished that we got flashbacks a little further and truly experience the break between Lucy and Jax, but at the same time I understand why the author chose not to quite go there. If you're looking for something just a little different, then you definitely need to check this one out. I can't wait for the rest of the series. There's a certain Lund sibling whose book I'm already salivating for.

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    3. 5 stars

    If you love SECOND CHANCE and SINGLE PARENT romances – this book is for you.

    I’m not a big fan of second chance romances because of the often used flashbacks, and not every author does them well. But even though I Want You Back had some, the author wrote them as memories and didn’t dedicate half of the book to it, which I appreciated. But what I really love is the single parent trope. And this book had a plethora of scenes of hilarious and typical kid situations that made me smile and c

    3. 5 stars

    If you love SECOND CHANCE and SINGLE PARENT romances – this book is for you.

    I’m not a big fan of second chance romances because of the often used flashbacks, and not every author does them well. But even though I Want You Back had some, the author wrote them as memories and didn’t dedicate half of the book to it, which I appreciated. But what I really love is the single parent trope. And this book had a plethora of scenes of hilarious and typical kid situations that made me smile and chuckle.

    There might be a couple events in this story that didn’t show Jaxson Lund in the best light. Especially his past behaviors as an athlete – when he was enjoying the peak of his career in the fullest without second thought or consideration towards his girlfriend. But I liked that Jax really tried to be the best kind of dad and possible future husband from the very beginning of the book. He was a wonderful father, even when he was struggling, and he tried his best to make amends on his quest of getting his family back.

    Lucy, was a strong woman, hard working, and devoted to her child. The only issue I had was that she didn’t fight enough for what should have been hers. And that correlates with the way I felt about the Lund family, especially how they treaded Lucy in the past. It left a bit of a smudge on their otherwise charming personalities.

    Jaxson and Lucy’s reunion wasn’t an instant lust/love kind of a deal. They took it slow, baby steps actually, and took the feelings of their daughter in account. The novel had many incredibly sweet encounters and touching scenes. And I can see how this book will please many readers.

    For me, the story was a bit too busy, there were too many irons in the fire eschpeially in regards to Jaxson. And his family took a large amount of his attention away from his daughter and Lucy. I would have liked more one-on-one with both of them.

    Even though I Want You Back is the first book in a new series, it’s still very much connected to the author’s Need You Series. Same family and siblings – and I would definitely recommend reading that series first.

    ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • boogenhagen

    This is Lorelei James toned down on the erotica and moving to the big city.

    So standard LJ tropes apply. Pushy Alpha Male, this one with a booze problem. Treacherous Body Syndrome heroine - who at least did have the great good sense to dump his cheatin' hiney the first time around.

    This also follows LJ's forgive and forget the bad stuff, which in this instance was probably wise. It is always easier to accept a cheatin' hero when the cheating happened years before the book starts and the hero's re

    This is Lorelei James toned down on the erotica and moving to the big city.

    So standard LJ tropes apply. Pushy Alpha Male, this one with a booze problem. Treacherous Body Syndrome heroine - who at least did have the great good sense to dump his cheatin' hiney the first time around.

    This also follows LJ's forgive and forget the bad stuff, which in this instance was probably wise. It is always easier to accept a cheatin' hero when the cheating happened years before the book starts and the hero's rehab makes it easier to use the "I am a different person now" trope.

    (In cheating romance, the assumption that a life changing experience has created a new moral compass is used to essentially set the romance clock back to zero. The h can accept and have a relationship with the H in his new persona, because theoretically neither one of them are the people they were and therefore the relationship will work this time.)

    Plus LJ throws in that 'we have a child together' trope and even tho the H was a horrible father in the past, he is reformed now and it is better for a kid to have a dad than not.

    (I don't know if I entirely agree with that estimation, but LJ wrote it, so I went with it.)

    The HUGE kicker in this one is that the H now has genital herpes and the h agrees to sleep with him and have more children with him.

    Part of me is utterly appalled, because herpes and pregnancy is a very bad thing. The other part of me went and looked up some statistics on the prevalence of genital herpes and I was shocked. The numbers of people who have the HSV2 virus are large. 1 in 10 men and 1 in 5 women worldwide is the current World Health estimate.

    So that got me to thinking, it probably is about time that we had a romance that deals with living with the permanent STD situation. Whether it is genital warts or herpes, people have to deal with that in real life and I don't think it should preclude an HEA.

    (Of course the utter romance cynic in me, that comes from hanging out in HPlandia too long, is thinking this H was really controlling and pushy. His STD is definitely another sneaky way for him to keep the h stuck with him permanently, cause I sure couldn't see this h trying to explain her disease status to anyone else.)

    I wasn't massively impressed by this one, it was pretty standard LJ. My feelings after reading this one are decidedly mixed.

    But I do think giving your hero a permanent reminder of why you shouldn't be out messing around was a bold step forward in the romance genre. I am just glad I wasn't the heroine in this one and did not have to make that choice.

  • Luzia Bielefeld *BookWhore BR*

    2 ⭐⭐ - Meh!

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  • StMargarets

    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

    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 focus of the story since H/h needed something to do besides revel in their hurt/nostalgia in the past.

    There is a lot – a lot – about:

    the heroine’s job.

    the hero’s real estate investments and plans

    the many minor characters from past and future novels

    the logistics of parenting an 8 year-old girl. From pick up times to meals to play dates

    their daughter’s foray into minor hockey, complete with practice drills and disastrous games

    the hero’s remodeling his penthouse apartment and bar where they met (nice metaphor author)

    the meals he cooked, etc

    I kinda enjoyed/kinda was exhausted by the schedules they were keeping and the to-do lists they were juggling.

    But it distracted me from the meat of the problem –the four years of the hero’s cheating, his vindictive behavior with child support and badmouthing the mother of his child, culminating in threats to sue for full custody. His father and brother believed all the lies he told about the heroine and were going to pull strings to deprive her of her daughter until the hero’s mother put her foot down. There are a few mentions of this, specifically when the hero’s business partner (and former f*ck buddy) calls her “Lucifer.” (Her name is Lucy.) But for the most part, the author left the hero’s bad behavior in the past and highlighted the heroine’s bad behavior in the present. (Jumping to conclusions, making accusations before hearing his explanations, arguing in front of her daughter.)

    But they both settled down as propinquity took over.

    So how *does* a hero climb out of the cheating hole? This is why I read cheating stories.

    This hero apologized over and over and tried to make amends as part of his 12 step plan. He had three years of sobriety and abstinence before he approached his ex with hints of reconciliation. The hero went to an AA meeting when he felt himself craving a drink. He did everything he could to change himself and forge a new life.

    The hero was a fully-rounded character. The heroine not so much. Once her anger abated there really wasn’t much to her character. She was a doting mother to a difficult daughter. She didn’t know anything about hockey and only watched the hero play in a few times. (I found that hard to believe) Her father was a cheater, therefore she thought all men cheated. Mistrust was her pattern from their first meet-cute. The author glossed over heroine’s struggles in favor of showing how hot and bothered the hero made the heroine even when she was angry.

    This story reminded me a lot of the latest version of a Star is Born. Focus was on the hero and his drama rather than the heroine who just learned to cope with such an unreliable partner.

    That focus makes sense for a story-teller. What’s more dramatic than someone turning their life around? And let’s face it - a fragile male who has shucked off all of his bad habits that were his coping skills and showing his vulnerable side is always going to be compelling –

    But also exhausting.

    Hero called himself a narcissist at one point in the story and it fits. By the end, the heroine is happy with catering to his ego (and the low odds of picking up his std) so okay, I guess? It’s her life.

    The character I worried about was the daughter who was realistically bratty. The author made a point of the H/h rejecting one counselor’s advice and seeking out another more sympathetic counselor. I’m not sure I would have dismissed the first counselor so quickly. Daughter knew how to manipulate her parents and I didn’t see that dynamic changing since they were both so guilty. Realistic – but not reassuring to this reader.

    So if you hate cheating books with the one partner having to do all the forgiving, you will hate this one. That is the dynamic. Hero wore her down – again. Will he cheat again? Pfft. The author tied his cheating to his drinking. Now that the hero doesn’t drink anymore, he’ll never cheat. The std was an extra punishment to keep him line.

    I will point out that alcoholism is a disease and cheating is a character flaw – so her formula doesn’t work for me.

    You’ll either buy that the hero’s imperfect love is what makes him human and the perfect partner for the heroine or you’ll see this as a narcissist who manipulated and returned to the familiar now that the adoring fans are gone.

    I felt uneasy about the ending, I won’t lie. It’s good they’re rich and the H/h are hot in bed and everyone has a hobby/job. I don’t see them weathering the storms of life too well (say if anything happens to the “fucktacular” body of the hero).

  • Kristen

    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

    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 rooms or just hanging out. I’m not a fan of heroine’s that cuss like sailors (she didn’t) or address their heroes as “dude” or “sport” (She did). It’s a pet-peeve and can ruin a book for me. That said, I admired the way the author kept the story pretty realistic.

  • ✴ 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.

    Let me be frank: THE HERO CAUGHT AN STD...HERPES...FROM ALL HIS WHORING AROUND....AND SHE'S SUPPOSED TO TAKE HIM BACK CAUSE HE'S SEEN THE ERROR OF HIS WAYS.

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

    NO...THIS W

    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.

    Let me be frank: THE HERO CAUGHT AN STD...HERPES...FROM ALL HIS WHORING AROUND....AND SHE'S SUPPOSED TO TAKE HIM BACK CAUSE HE'S SEEN THE ERROR OF HIS WAYS.

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

    NO...THIS WAS AN EPIC FAIL.

    I'm looking for romance, not an 'E' True Hollywood Story.

  • GimmeAllTheWerdssss

    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

    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 showing her an Instagram post and her saying the Hero never tried to hide it so it was the start of the end for them. That comment led me to believe that their relationship didn’t end at that time...it took him not hiding his multiple cheating for them to split...WTF??!!

    The other instance was when the Hero was talking to his little brother about it.

    THATS IT! We didn’t see the break up, we didn’t see the custody battle (heroine made 1 comment about the hell the Hero put her through for custody)....we saw NOTHING that got them to this point in time.

    Because of the lack of “drama” I found the story extremely boring. I’m glad the H got his shit together but 8 years is a little too late. I’m glad the heroine forgave him and saw growth in him but I’m not that forgiving...

    Also, his business partner is a woman...a woman he had sex with multiple times...yet they’re “just friends” now....and the heroines ok because it was “never a woman who came between them it was hockey...” 🤦‍♀️

    I’m sorry but this book was a complete fail for me...

  • Rejane

    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

    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. IMO. I keep looking through these second chances books in hope to find one that will suit me, but I think it's a lost cause. Well....

    P.S. And I don't forgive... I believe the best way to forgive is to completely forget about someone, like they never existed.

    Update: 4/2nd/19

    Now I have a review to go with my note and tells exactly what a bunch of ....... (fill in the lines) this story is

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