Published by Berkley Books on August 4, 2020
The new sexy contemporary romance in New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James's Want You series, set in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Hockey player Gabriella "Gabi" Welk spent her life in pursuit of championships, but she has little to show for it besides dusty trophies and second-place medals. Now her career consists of several part-time jobs to make ends meet. When Gabi gets a chance at her dream job, she swallows her pride and asks her nemesis--smart, sexy and savvy Nolan Lund--for help.
Since being named future CEO of Lund Industries, Nolan has tried hard to overcome his reputation as a fun-loving playboy and ladies' man. For the first time ever, he's more focused on the company than his personal life. He spends his free time at the ice rink his brother owns, cheering on his niece at her hockey games...and watching Gabriella Welk, the superstar athlete and assistant coach who gets under his skin in a way he can't ignore. He's shocked when Gabi agrees to trade a favor for a favor.
They have little in common besides their mutual mistrust, but between family crises and sibling rivalries, Nolan and Gabi realize they want to be more than just friends--much more.
Want You to Want me is the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, called the Want You series, by author Lorelei James. I have not yet read the first book in this series, but that is ok because each of the books can be read in any order. They each act as their own standalone story. When I first grabbed Want You to Want Me, I as super excited for it. It sounded like just the kind of romance that I love, but I was also on a big fantasy bender at the time. All I wanted to mood read was fantasy. Lately that has shifted and I have been really loving romances again. One of the first romances picked up in a while was this one, and I really, really enjoyed it!
In Want You to Want Me, we meet our two main characters Gabi and Nolan. I came into this book fresh with the two characters. I didn’t get to know him from any other books, and that may have shaped my opinion of him differently than other, but I love him. I think he is a refreshing male character. And I loved Gabi! I loved how strong she is and how into Hockey she is. The one thing I didn’t love about this book is the fact that Gabi’s boyfriend fell in love with her younger Olympic superstar sister. I’m over the whole cheated on me with my sister/best friend reason for a breakup. But other than that, watching Gabi and Nolan come together and fight their way to mutual respect and attraction was really beautiful to see.
If you are a fan of character driven romances, like I am, then you will really appreciate how much we truly get to know Gabi and Nolan in this story. You get to feel Gabi’s struggles to fit into a male dominated sports world as she tries to coach and we get to see Nolan strive to thrive and be accepted into his family company- Lund Enterprises. I felt their struggles, which I think is the magic of Lorelei’s writing. She really makes me feel like I am right there beside the characters. I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading more in the Want You series.