Title: I Wish You Were Mine
Series: Oxford #2
Series: Oxford #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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 forOxford 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.
I Wish You Were Mine brings a new meaning to forbidden love.
Jackson is down on himself. Lost in a sea of miserableness at where he's ended up. No sports career, no wife, no friends, and a whole lot of self-pity. But the one thing he has left, the one remaining part of his life, is his ex-sister in law, Mollie. But he's not feeling all that brotherly anymore.
Mollie had a crush on Jackson for years, and on the night of his wedding, to her sister no less, it blossomed into more for her. She knew then it couldn't be, that it was wrong, that it was bad, but the heart wants what it wants. And all these years later, the crush she thought she had moved past, the love she'd felt for this man, well its rearing its head again and this time Mollie doens't want to give it up.
I Wish You Were Mine was a quick but wonderful read. The friendship between Mollie and Jackson is complicated and as you read the story from both of their POVs you see the deeper connection that's always been there. A hidden understanding between the two that they simply got the other, there were no pretenses, no need to fake anything, they just got the other. There's an added element of drama because Mollie and Jackson's ex are sisters, but there was also reasons that made it a little easier to take that in, easier to understand how and why one sister could go after the other's ex.
I really loved Mollie, her quirks and behaviors when she was nervous, the way she tried to make sure everyone was okay, and didn't worry about herself as much. I felt Jackson's struggle with himself, not just for wanting Mollie, but in getting over the past, his loss of career, loss of his marriage and the role he played in it. There was a great depth to both of these characters that added additional layers to peel back as the story unfolded.
The banter and connection between these two really sucks you in, and though walking into the book with limited knowledge you can't help but see how genuine these two are with each other, how much they mean to the other, because even after drama, after avoidance, they immediately go right back to the ease they had around each other, even though they both struggle with the addition of deeper feelings.
Lauren Layne handled the transistion quite well and really made me forget often that Mollie was once Jackson's sister-in-law. There wasn't any awkwardness in the situation for me, after discovering all the details and history of everyone involved.
*I received a copy of this book for review*
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).