Review: When I Need You by Lorelei James

Posted August 8, 2019 by Shari in Reviews / 3 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: When I Need You by Lorelei James
When I Need You

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Series: Need You #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on July 25, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

To my shame, I read this book two years ago, loved it and forgot to write the review 🙁 A football player and a single mom. When you have rules on dating or hooking up, these two don’t mix. Delighted to watch a player grow and a prim and proper cheerleader single mom, let lose a little.


Jenson Lund has had some hard times as a tight-end for the Minnesota Vikings, but his family stuck by him, and now he is on his way to recovery after missing a season. With an unknown evaluation done, he’s headed home to his apartment and the one friend across the hall he can just chill with and play video games. When a kid head butts his crouch, he takes some time to recover and heads over to the apartment across the hall to find a new surprise…his friend has gone adventuring and sublet his apartment to his sister.

Rowan has been there and done a football player. While her son is the center of her life, she is determined to never get involved with an athlete again. She has worked hard to make cheerleader a respectable career. As a Vikings Cheerleader and Coach of the U of M cheerleader squad, she keeps her athletic body through hard work, and doesn’t need a playboy to come and mess it up, and he doesn’t even recognize her. But Jenson isn’t the empty headed playboy he seems.

The two become “friends”, but as they grow to know each other, the sexual tension rises. Jenson had 3 rules:1) No single mothers 2) No cheerleaders 3) No medical personnel. Rowan breaks all three rules! Rowan also has her own rules, but mostly her life has revolved around her son, can she make a priority for a man with that responsibility?

The two also have a problem that football players and cheerleaders cannot fraternize, so even friendship is hard to pass by. Rowan has had a hard time of it, but motherhood isn’t something she shies away from, but when you are getting it on hot and heavy, you son gets sick, you have two choices. Be a shitty mom or be a shitty girlfriend, but Jensen doesn’t allow her to feel that way. He just wants to be a higher priority than everything else in her life. He calls her on her stereotype and bullshit. She learns not to judge every book by its cover. This isn’t to say the romance was easy. It’s not easy to change nor accept that you need to change. Hard truths make for thoughtful monologues.

This is sweet, sexy and uplifting story of putting your past behind you and learning to love, share and grow. These two stole my heart and I have read the book twice. I just loved it that much!

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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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Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I’ve tried reading her books a couple of times but I just didn’t care for the ones I read.

2 years ago

Oh that’s great! I really should try this author

Carole rae
2 years ago

Glad it was still good after a re-read 🙂