Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

Title: I Wish You Were Mine
Series: Oxford #2 
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2016


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.

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Mollie has always been in love with the same man most of her life. The only problem was that he was married to her sister, Madison, so she locked her feelings away. Jackson, injured former football player and now divorced from Madison, is struggling to find his place in the world now. Taking a job as a columnist at Oxford magazine, he is barely there emotionally. One person has not given up on him and that is Mollie. Jackson starts to see Mollie as more than just his ex-wife's sister and with this comes him opening up to those around him and an enjoyment for life. However, Mollie's sister, Madison is not going to give him up easily and uses Mollie's generous nature to worm her way back in to his life.

This was a fine read, with characters that grew on you, except Madison. Mollie's outlook on life is one we should all aspire to, refusing to see the bad in people. Although this was the second in the series, I hadn't read the first but I didn't feel disadvantaged by this at all. I will be going back so I can fully experience it all, as the writing completely sucked me in and I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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Author Bio

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals. Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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