Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

Title: I Wish You Were Mine
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Oxford #2
Main Characters: Jackson and Mollie
Release Date: February 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne’s Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman who’s strictly off-limits.

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

My Review:
This was a book that started out amazingly well. I literally was left gasping simply after the prologue. 

But the prologue happened 8 years before the actual story and in that 8 years, things have changed a LOT for Mollie and Jackson. 

For Jackson, he's won several superbowls, had an amazingly successful career and marriage...and lost it all. Now he's in NYC starting off a new career in journalism working as the fitness guy for Oxford magazine. 

Mollie lives in NYC, too. And after several months in the same city, he finally stops avoiding her calls and meets up with a very different Mollie than he remembers. No longer is she the geeky, awkward, younger sister. Well, actually, yeah she is still all those things, but now she's uber-hot and for the first time, Jackson sees her as a woman, not a little sister.

For Mollie, she's always seen Jackson as someone that she really cares for...and yes, is attracted to. Over the years, these two literally have been best friends in that they bonded over their issues with Madison, who was always difficult. 

The real heart to this story is Jackson. He lost his football career because of a car accident...and he's floundering without football in his life. That's always been his focus. He doesn't know who he is without his identity as a quarterback. He's so lonely and honestly depressed, but he's wallowing in that fact. Mollie doesn't let him do it and neither does his boss, Cassidy. I love that Cassidy calls him on it. 

Then there's the difficulty with this taboo relationship. Both Mollie and Jackson know it's a bad idea, regardless of how much they are drawn to one another...but you know, it's going to happen. In the middle of all that are all the amazing Oxford guys and the Stiletto women. The guys are still my favorites...I love the bromances between them and just how much of a hard time they give each other. There are some great scenes once Jackson begins to relax with them a little bit. 

After the prologue the story lost a little of its punch and I'm not sure why...although, it was still an amazing story. I just think maybe the ex-wife played a little too much into the story so I had a hard time truly feeling like Mollie and Jackson had a connection that could last and make it through all the conflict that will continue to arise. Madison was just so good at manipulating both of them...it's hard to see that this won't continue with her and that just makes me say, "ugh". 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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