Review: Want You To Want Me by Lorelei James

Posted August 4, 2020 by Shari in Reviews / 8 Comments

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Review: Want You To Want Me by Lorelei James
Want You to Want Me

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Series: Want You #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on August 4, 2020
Pages: 342
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Opposites attract and it blew my mind. What you think of a character from other books actually looks different when you see their side of things. I loved seeing the hero take control of his life and a heroine shove misogynist assholes in their place


Nolan Lund. was the one character I wonder what a love story would look like. He comes across as a prissy boy at times, man whore at others and oddly someone you want to know why people find him the heir apparent without the power to actually be the heir. I found myself loving the fact that isn’t prissy or a snob like I thought he was from other stories. He is just a man who takes pride in his appearance and doesn’t mind spending the money to make sure he looks good. He’s also a man who loves his privacy and a space of his home that is his and places he can go to socialize that aren’t his home. Above everything, the entire family doesn’t know him, and often underestimate what he can do, much to their detriment in this story.

Gabi Welk is at a crossroads in her life. Breaking up with the boyfriend that finds he loves her younger sister, coaching her sister to Olympic Gold, and now between jobs coaching young girls hockey at a local ice rink owned by a famous male retired hockey player, Nolan’s brother. When she gets a chance at her dream job, she turns to the man she doesn’t get along with, but who has a sense of style that can help her: Nolan. Little in common, the two work together to bring about change in both of their lives.

Two people with nothing in common, make the best couple. Why? Because neither of them are conventional people Gabi competes in a male-dominated field of hockey, but now must have a female presence we haven’t seen for the career of her dreams. Nolan becomes the prince of Lund Industries after his brother turns it down, but not given the power or respect to lead the company. But what I loved is the two accepted each other for the people they are, after they get over some fighting. Nolan sees her right after her breakup and is the one person who doesn’t try to embarrass her over the breakup. He listens to her life story, what she sacrificed, and how she never felt it was supported. Gabi saw him when he was frustrated for not being part of the inner parts of Lund Industry but expected to run it when his father gets sick.

The two may not have been alike, but at the root of their souls, they understood what the other felt. The inner conflict they both were dealing with in more ways than you expect were alike. A pretty boy doesn’t mean a simple mind. A buff woman at the top of her sport doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to feel feminine. The two accepted who each other were…maybe not at first, but as it went along, the acceptance was so empowering to see.

With each story, the Lund involved has to do charity work and we get to see what they choose and what they put their time into. Nolan chose one that had me cheering! He got together LGBT (and all the other letters) teens together with adults in healthy relationships also from the LGBT community. It allowed them to see and talk with others to know they aren’t alone. It was amazing to see a community event that focused on helping teens. Each book has a charity dear to the heart of the Lund, but it also inspires you to want to do more for your community.

Can I just say I love the Lund family? They aren’t cookie-cutter people. They care for their community. They love as a family. But most of all, they fight like a normal family. It all makes for a wonderful story and has me hanging on to see what the next one will bring.

Challenges Met

Reading Challenge #68
Review Writing Challenge #37
Literary Pickers #33 – Five Words or More in Title
Books ‘N’ Tunes #21 – I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick


About Lorelei James

Lorelei James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series as well as the steamy new Mastered series. She lives in the Black Hills of western South Dakota with her family. Visit her online at,, and

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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1 year ago

I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one sounds even better.

1 year ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

I love how Lorelei James doesn’t shy away from hard subjects in her books. She writes them so eliquently.

sherry fundin
1 year ago

opposites attract..i do agree it can be verrrrry interesting. i love seeing the situation from both their povs
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1 year ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

I am fully a both sides of the story reader. These were two very different people and you needed that to believe they could fall in love.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

They do sound like a special couple. I love that he was a great surprise for you. I love when authors can do that.

1 year ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

When they can take totally different people and find a common thread they can fall in love with is a trick. The author is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

awww that family sounds fun

1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I love this family! I hope the author continues to write about them for many books to come.