Raw Need Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Zane Larson has done everything he set out to do: conquered past demons, saved lives through his music, and toured the world as the front man 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 able to find an escape only through music - specifically Zane Larson's hypnotic voice. 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 best-selling author Cherrie Lynn is a heart-wrenching, emotionally intense story that will leave listeners breathless.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 50 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||27 June 2017|
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Right from the get go I adored Rowan and Zane - their connection, their friendship, their everything. Not going to lie, they did cause me to shed a tear or two ... or more. I grieved along with Rowan as she came to terms with hubby's death, her pregnancy, her loneliness.
And Zane - well, he was all kinds of white knight. He swept in and was the friend that she needed. And plus, who doesn't want to be friends with a hottie rock star??
What surprised me with this book was how much I really disliked characters from the first book. I mean really, really disliked them **side eye at Mike and Savannah**. I spent most of the book seething at them, wanting to tell them to STFU. I am not sure if I was supposed to feel this way, but boy did I!
I loved being taken on this beautiful journey with Rowan and Zane. As painful as it was to read at times, it was full of love and hope.
Now I need to know all about little bro Damien.
Please don't make us wait too long Ms Lynn.
Ms. Lynn is an author whose books I've been reading since she released her very first story, and she's an author that I've come to be completely riveted by her style of writing. Because her characters have such emotionally-intense back stories, are thoroughly entertaining and her dialogue is always engaging, especially when her characters have already lost so much like Rowan and could lose more if they don't make the right decisions. The way this story started had me smiling and hoping everything goes right for Rowan. Everything from finding the right outfit to having a wonderful night out, as she needs a little fun in her life after her lose. Will everything go right for her?
With the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and everything the heroine goes through with a singer who doesn't think she fits into Zane's life and the way her in-laws treat her, especially her mother-in-law; a woman that's determined to keep Rowan in line with their expectations for her life. Moreover, I liked how strong and brave the heroine was in standing up for herself, and not giving in to her mother-in-law's undignified behavior. I also liked how determined she was to take control of her life and do something that made her feel alive again, instead of continuing to wallow in her grief. But what I liked most of all is that she gave Zane a chance, as he's definitely good for her when everything else in her life feels like it's falling apart.
While Zane, he's done well for himself and has overcome so much in his past. Music and the tight bond he has with his brothers are the only two things that saved him from his rough childhood and I liked the way he made the heroine feel better with his music and the songs he told her about. I also liked how he won the heroine over by not pressuring her like everyone else in her life seemed to be doing, even though he wanted her badly and their chemistry was fierce.
Overall, Ms. Lynn has penned a really good read in this book where the romance was explosive and the secondary characters have me looking forward to the next book, especially since the hero will be Damien, the Larson brother wrapped up in so much mystery that makes this reader wants to know more about him. The way this story ended had me concerned for the heroine because of what she goes through. Yet, how things turned out for her and Zane was heartwarming, as some of the secondary characters finally did what was right for Rowan. Certainly, she deserved a second chance at love. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up wonderfully with Zane's surprise for the heroine. I would recommend Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Rachel Van Dyken, Michelle A. Valentine, Kylie Scott or Jamie Shaw.
You’ll have to read for yourself to see what that is that makes Rowan second guess any idea she may have of having her idol as more than a friend. You can only imagine how Tommy’s family feels about Rowan and Zane being together. The author throws a lot of things at you to make you HAVE to cheer on Rowan and Zane. This is the second book in the Larson Brothers’ series and even though I didn’t get the chance to read the first one I was more than able to follow the storyline. The only thing this book did was make me want to go back to read the first one and have the third one added to my TBR list.
I received this book as an ARC rom NetGalley for a freely given and honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
Raw Need is the highly anticipated second installment in Cherrie Lynn's Larson Brothers series. In Raw Deal, we were briefly introduced to Rowan Dugas, the heartbroken widow of MMA fighter, Tommy Dugas, and Zane Larson, the rock star brother of the fighter who blamed himself for the crushing blow that killed his opponent. After Zane is commissioned with cheering up Rowan in the wake of her husband's death, the two forge an unlikely friendship born from a horrific tragedy and a messy but perfectly heart wrenching romance evolves.
Rowan's grief and her inner turmoil is a palpable entity in this story. I felt her conflict, her loss, her need to hold on to what was warring with her guilt over moving on to what could be. I felt her frustration, her longing, her sadness, her obligation, her guilt. I just GOT her. Connecting with a character in that way thoroughly invested me in this story. I was frustrated for her, angry for her, heartbroken for her, for how trapped she felt in this impossible situation, stuck between the memory of her dead husband and the new feelings she's discovering for a rock star that could set her free.
I was worried I might not love this book as much as I loved Savannah and Mike's story in Raw Deal. But I did. I so so so did. I may even go so far as to say that I loved it even more. With that said, I did feel that the second half of this book didn't feel as seamless as the first. I couldn't quite keep up with what was going wrong between these characters toward the end and I felt the story lost a bit of its momentum. But I loved this book as a whole. Raw Need is full of emotion and intense, complicated drama. This widowed expectant mother trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life with the help of a superstar musician is full of angst and turmoil all by itself. The rock star element, the sensual, thrilling layer of fame and celebrity adds intoxicating depth to an already addictive storyline. There's so much happening in this book... Familial drama, heartache, steamy sex, the angsty kind of conflict that comes along with any good rock star romance, and a pregnancy that makes a tenuous situation feel painfully impossible. As far as Cherrie Lynn novels go, this will certainly go down as one of the most emotional and one of the most unforgettable. Despite the minor flaws toward the end, I loved this book hard and I'm so looking forward to whatever Cherrie Lynn has in store for the next Larson brother.
We first met Rowan and Zane in “Raw Deal,” which featured Mike and Savannah’s unlikely romance. If possible Rowan and Zane are an even more unlikely romance. What is the opposite of “meet cute”? Well, it’s how they first encounter each other: at the funeral of Rowan’s husband. Who was also Savannah’s brother. Who died in an MMA fight. With Mike. That’s what I call drama!
We learned in “Raw Deal” Zane was instantly smitten with Rowan. This book picks up four months later as Rowan, struggling with grief and an unexpected pregnancy, is confronted with the prospect of a relationship with Zane. I didn’t struggle with Zane’s “love at first sight” motivation but I have a feeling others will. Together they have a beautiful if low-key chemistry.
Now, I realize right away a lot of readers will question the timing of Rowan’s foray into a new romance, no matter how hesitant and timid, not to mention guilty, she feels. But put aside more traditional conventions of grieving and you have a very satisfying, emotional and ultimately redemptive romance.
I didn’t much like Rowan in the earlier book. She seemed immature and controlling. But either she’s changed or her circumstances have made her grow up real fast and I found her endearing and even occasionally funny—not an easy task given the premise of the book. Savannah, a solid heroine in “Raw Deal,” morphs into one of several antagonists in this book. Between her, and the nefarious Regina/mother-in-law, enough guilt and manipulation is poured on Rowan to drive the plot. It makes it easy to understand why she would “run away” to be with rock star Zane, who is condemned by her in-laws as Rowan’s opportunistic celebrity crush and girlhood fantasy.
Finally, “Raw Need” provides beautiful insight into the grief process and how it affects both those who have lost and the well-intentioned but frequently obtuse people around them that more often than not provide not comfort but hurts. There is something to be learned there.
Highly recommend. ARC provided for an honest review.
(I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.)
I enjoyed the delicacy that Zane handled Rowan as she copes with her husband's recent death and unexpected pregnancy. Yet, they find love in the midst of the sadness...and a lot of hotness as is a cornerstone for this author's novels. Cherrie Lynn doesn't disappoint. I was frustrated by Rowan's lack of standing up for herself, but this was great, actually, as it was on point for her character. This is not a criticism of the book. As the reader I wanted to push her into standing up for herself, but she didn't at first. Gah, it was awesome.
You gotta read this one. Nothing further to say.