Series: Oxford #2
Published by Loveswept on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now heÔÇÖs retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his careerÔÇöand single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as heÔÇÖs 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 canÔÇÖt stop thinking about the one person whoÔÇÖs always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.
Mollie Carrington canÔÇÖt say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, MollieÔÇÖs just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages agoÔÇöor so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by JacksonÔÇÖs mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she canÔÇÖt win if she doesnÔÇÖt play the game.
Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren LayneÔÇÖs Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman whoÔÇÖs strictly off-limits.
I love unrequited love stories. I supposed IÔÇÖve suffered through a few times in my life. The scenario in Lauren LayneÔÇÖs I Wish You Were Mine is not one IÔÇÖve some across as a plot line all that often, and it’s probably one of the most heartbreaking kind. ItÔÇÖs riddled with taboos and social no noÔÇÖs. I mean, who ends up with their siblings ex and how uncomfortable is that? Lauren Layne knows exactly how to paint the situation and twist it on itÔÇÖs head where not only do you want it, but you demand it.
A year after JacksonsÔÇÖ divorce from Madison, MollieÔÇÖs older sister, Jackson finally decides he can face Mollie. When Jackson and Mollie reconnect the friendship that theyÔÇÖve built over the years is easily refreshed. One of the other elements I love in unrequited love story is the young girl who blossoms from a shy and geeky wallflower to a woman who lets her natural beauty shine and embraces her brain power. This is precisely whatÔÇÖs happened to Mollie. Her transformation is a wake up call to Jackson and wake up call that thereÔÇÖs a new element in his attraction to her to contend with. The dynamic of their relationship is totally upended. Jackson and Mollie share the same temperament and values and the playful banter works into the everyday ease they feel with each other. They just mesh.
The trouble is, Jackson thinks he wants something else for his life. HeÔÇÖs just a man who feels like heÔÇÖs failing. HeÔÇÖs a fish out of water and does very little to accept his new reality. ┬áMollieÔÇÖs reemergence in his life does add a new sense of comfort but heÔÇÖs got his mind made up. For MollieÔÇÖs part, her path is firmly defined. NYC is where she belongs and her time with Jackson, away from her sister’s house and drama, allows them to explore more. But Mollie is still a bit naive and gives her sister far more leeway than she should. I like that sheÔÇÖs an dutiful person, itÔÇÖs what makes her so easy to champion. But she allows her sister to play her. To play on her ÔÇ£bloodÔÇÖ loyalty. ┬áShe just doesn’t seem to question her sisters motives and she makes some gross assumptions as to what Jackson must be feeling.
Layne creates a rather despicable antagonist in Madison. SheÔÇÖs one of the most dreadful female characters IÔÇÖve come across in a while. ┬áShe pulls some stunts that just solidify her as the self-centered *bleep, bleep bleep bleep* that she is. ┬áHer treatment of both Jackson and especially Mollie is reprehensible. ┬áHer early motivations to catch Jackson are pretty transparent but sheÔÇÖs a liar and schemer who professes to be one thing, but is quite clearly another.YouÔÇÖll have no trouble wanting to see her efforts fail and hoping Mollie seeÔÇÖs the truth in her sister’s actions.
I Wish You Were Mine is packed with emotional ups and downs. For Jackson, this is a second chance at love and a chance to reinvent himself. For Mollie, itÔÇÖs her opportunity to explore and see if what sheÔÇÖs always wanted is really good for her. ItÔÇÖs also her chance to cut the apron strings from someone who is so clearly undeserving. Unfortunately some ┬ápeople never learn and all opportunity to show she has a soul and to better herself is lost on Madison. This is the first book by Lauren Layne that IÔÇÖve read and I quickly found I like her storytelling style. She creates characters that are filled with conflicting emotions and lots of chemistry.
~Review by Cyndi
5 Stars and Recommendation
It wasnÔÇÖt that Jackson the booze. He enjoyed it, certainly. Had relied on it more than he probably should have in those first few days when heÔÇÖd gotten out of the hospital and come home to a whole lot of nothingness.
But these days he could take it or leave it.
Tonight, however, he was taking it. Sobriety had no place when you had to sit across from the most off-limits woman on the planet.
Knowing that didnÔÇÖt stop the anticipation, however. He hadnÔÇÖt seen her since sheÔÇÖd shown up in his hospital room to deliver a bag of GatlinÔÇÖs BBQ and . . .
His divorce papers.
That had been eight months ago.
HeÔÇÖd avoided her ever since, and he couldnÔÇÖt even say except that heÔÇÖd avoided pretty much everyone. Jackson still spoke with his parents every Sunday, but everyone elseÔÇöall the old teammates, the old neighborsÔÇöhad eventually stopped calling.
Mollie hadnÔÇÖt, though. Mollie had never given up on him. Until today, he hadnÔÇÖt responded to a single text, a single email, and yet she hadnÔÇÖt stopped sending them. That was Mollie for you. Fiercely loyal to both him Madison, even when things had started to go to hell.
Mollie had been accepted to Columbia just about the time that he and Madison started coming apart at the seams. In hindsight, he was grateful that Mollie had been in New York when things started to go to hell in his marriage. That she hadnÔÇÖt seen him at his worst.
At the time, however, heÔÇÖd been hit with an unfair sense of abandonment. He hadnÔÇÖt realized how much heÔÇÖd come to rely on the much younger Mollie to mediate things between him and the volatile Madison until she was in a different time zone.
Even now, more than a decade since first meeting Mollie, he struggled to reconcile the fact that she and Madison had come from the same parents. Madison was perfectly coiffed, charming only when she was in the mood, and manipulative as all hell. Mollie, on the other hand, was adorably awkwardÔÇöa brainy research assistant who cared a hell of a lot more about her scientific journals than her manicure.
But somewhere along the line, Mollie Carrington had ceased to be that awkward kid who talked about bugs at inopportune times. Somewhere along the line, sheÔÇÖd become his rock. The one person in the world, save for perhaps his parents, who always knew the exact right thing to say to make him feel like a human whenever heÔÇÖd started to feel like a caricature of himself.
For years heÔÇÖd tried to tell himself that it was just sibling affectionÔÇöthat he cared about her the way he would a sister. But then things had gotten worse with MadisonÔÇöway worse. And Jackson had been hit upside the head with the truth: that maybe heÔÇÖd married the wrong sister. That he didnÔÇÖt want to spend the rest of his days married to the beautiful, brittle Madison.
He wanted someone who made him laugh. Who listened. Someone who cared more about people than she did about hair appointments.
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┬áHotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing forOxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures heÔÇÖs got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudesÔÇöand write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he canÔÇÖt take his eyes off her.
Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since sheÔÇÖs learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, PenelopeÔÇÖs resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether theyÔÇÖre just fooling aroundÔÇöor starting something real