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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on April 2, 2019
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
It’s is great to get back in the Lund world where family means everything. A hero on the road to redemption brings a sexy factor I wasn’t expecting. The heroine gave as good as she got, but also owned her own sexuality and fought for what she deserved. A precocious 8- year old rounds out this family. You might need some ice from all the foreplay in this story, because the chemistry was flammable.
Woweee! I wasn’t expecting to like this story. Nope. Jaxson Lund has not gotten a lot of sympathy from me for being a cheating, deadbeat father who has put his career and fancy life before everyone in his life. Lucy was someone I could relate too. She is strong, fights for what is right, never backs down and takes no shit off of anyone. Neither does she want what isn’t rightfully hers like the money the Lund family has. She has gotten a raw deal from all of them, but she seems to be fair when in reality most people wouldn’t have been. In the Need You series we see her apply for a job and Lund and a lot of the cracks in Jaxson’s shiny life start to grow.
The story grows pretty naturally. We see Jax and Lucy as they are now with an eight year old daughter, Jax retired and back in the Twin Cities and Lucy working a Lund Industries and living in an apartment. As the story progresses, each character regresses back into memories of how they met and various dates they went on. You see how they meet, grow to know one another, and fall in love. The chemistry between them is amazing and you want them to hop into bed and get it on. You would think with what you know about Jax, he would have gotten into Lucy’s pants right away. Instead they flirt, they learn and they get to know each other without last names.
In the here and now, the two of them are trying to get along as parents who are split up. Jax wasn’t nice during his hockey years. He ignored his daughter, slept with any woman on two legs and fought for custody of a the child he was ignoring. His family got him into a recovery program and he is in a much better place having to admit everything he did was wrong. Retired, he is making Lucy and his daughter his priority, building their trust as he moves to win Lucy back with his actions if not his words.
Lucy’s guard is up and she has every right to feel that way. Jax has to prove he is a changed man and won’t betray her or their daughter ever again. He moves on a business everyone things he will fail at and buys the apartment building they live in so he can build an apartment in the building to be closer to them. The doubt even within his family hurts, but he doesn’t take crap from them on it. He makes decisive action knowing in his heart what this all means to him.
Jax does have to still deal with his addiction to alcohol. In trying times he wants a drink so bad, but he uses the tools he has in toolbox of a mind to never give in and that is what I loved about him. He wanted the family. Sitting down for meals. Helping with homework. Taking his daughter to hockey practice and being a dad, not the hockey dad people expect him to be. I overall just liked the man Jax became over the man that almost destroyed his own life
Lucy also was a character I adored. She wasn’t completely innocent, but her sins were never as bad as Jax’s. She put on her big girl panties and accepted she was a single mom and did everything she could to make a life. Not giving into the rich family that wanted to take her daughter away from her. Not letting the Lund family push her away from a job she was good at. Not to let people take advantage of her.
This story hit some hard points I usually don’t want to hear. I am ok with a guy being a playboy, but being a playboy after he gets his girlfriend pregnant? Nope! This wasn’t the story of what happened, but a story of redemption and falling in love for the second time. And I thank the author for letting me choose to believe him or not.
While this is a spin off series from Need You, this can be read on it’s own without knowing everything that happened in that series. There is enough back story to get most of what you nee dto know about this couple. The alcohol and cheating happen in the past and the trust and groveling stage is happening. It was a wonderful addition to the Lund family stories.
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