Series: Larson Brothers #2
Published by Swerve on June 27th 2017
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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.
I really struggled my way through Raw Need. I had a sense of detachment from the characters almost from the very beginning, but I hoped that my opinion might improve given time. It didn’t.
Every person in this story is selfish, and their behavior is either illogical or contradictory. Rowan’s in-laws, her best friend, and Zane’s brother irritated me throughout. It’s impossible to be swept up in a story when you dislike all the key players. Rowan comes across as an immature fangirl, who just so happens to be a grown pregnant widow. The only character I remotely liked is Zane, but as endearing as the famous rocker is, he wants to wrap Rowan up in a little fantasy world. It is self-serving and unrealistic. Although there are a couple steamy scenes, I never felt any real sparks between Zane and Rowan. I did enjoy the glimpses of the rock star lifestyle from their perspectives, though.
The plot is full of drama, drama, and more drama. It is a minefield of mood swings where everything seems fine one moment, and then the next there are harsh words, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings. There’s a lack of finesse to the writing style that makes the plot repetitious.
As much as I appreciate a good rock star romance, I’m sorry to say that Raw Need disappointed me.
**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**