Raw Need (Larson Brothers #2) by Cherrie Lynn #mf #review @SMPRomance

Zane Larson has done everything he set out to do: conquered past demons, saved lives through his music, and toured the world as the frontman for one of the most popular rock bands in the world. This life—and an escape through music—was supposed to be everything he’s ever wanted, but after meeting Rowan, Zane’s no longer sure…

Soon after her husband’s death, Rowan Dugas learned she was pregnant. With grief and uncertainty her only companions, Rowan was only able to find an escape through music; specifically Zane Larson’s hypnotic voice. But after meeting the sexy lead singer of her favorite band, Rowan can hardly believe he’s interested in her. But Zane also has a painful connection to her unborn child – Zane’s brother is responsible for her husband’s death.

Torn between the only family she has left, and a life with Zane unlike anything she’s dared to dream about, Rowan’s decision will change her fate forever. This new title from New York Times bestselling author Cherrie Lynn is a heart wrenching, emotionally intense story that will leave readers breathless.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14

A book about a rock star and a pregnant widow? Sign me up, right? Sounds like a great premise for any book. And while it definitely had its high points, the whole thing just left me feeling much like what I assumed Zane’s music would be like – flat.

So, the premise is this: Zane Larson is rock star. He’s worked through his problems and is concentrating on making music; but when he’s introduced to the aforementioned widow, something about her intrigues him. Rowan is the widow. She tragically lost her husband and father of her unborn baby as he was fighting a MMA match. And are you ready for this? The guy who was responsible for his death is Zane’s brother. It really just all seems doomed from the start, eh?

I do think this book had enormous potential and the writing style isn’t bad. My major problem is just that I felt zero connection to any of these characters. I really didn’t understand the connection between Zane and Rowan at all. It wasn’t explored in the depth I would need for it to be believable. It’s not so much that this is one of those insta-love books, because it’s really not. It’s more just that I didn’t understand what these two people had in common. And I really didn’t like Rowan either. I get that she was kind of a mess, but she was annoying to me. She was so darn indecisive it made me want to shake her.

When we finally get the sex in this book, it’s really just OK. It fell as flat for me as the rest of the book. Flat characters, flat dialogue, flat storyline – a doorstop of a book. I just think a major opportunity was missed in fleshing this story out and creating a connection between the reader and the characters that invests you in the relationship and makes you want something great to happen for them. I was waiting the whole book for that and it just never happened.

If you’ve read the other book in this series and liked it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. But if this is your first foray into this particular world, you might want to try the first book in the series and see what you think. Personally, this book was a disappointment to me – 2 stars.

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