I Wish You Were Mine: Oxford #2 by Lauren Layne with Excerpt and Giveaway

I Wish You Were Mine: Oxford #2 by Lauren Layne with Excerpt and Giveaway

You haven’t read either the Sex, Love and Stilettos or Oxford series from Lauren Layne? What are you waiting for? Fun, funny, sexy stories that involve a group of friends working in New York City at two different magazines, as we watch them fall in lust and love.  Please read on for my review and an excerpt from the title, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers had to say about the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a Ladies “TEAM” T-Shirt from Lady Fanatics Website.  But first…

I Wish You Were Mine

I’ve read this series from the beginning after really enjoying the ‘companion’ series of Sex, Love and Stilettos. Lauren Layne has a way of making you believe that the ‘in office’ romance is not only not dead, but can lead to some really wonderful things (against all advice).  Full of characters who clearly enjoy one another’s company and have built solid relationships and friendship, you don’t have to be familiar with the world or the people, but you most certainly will want to discover everyone’s stories.

In a bit of a twist from the ‘norm’ for these stories, this book is playing with a relatively new character in Jackson, his ex-wife Madison and her sister Mollie.  With the other characters that are the focus of this series, we already have a ‘sense’ of their personalities and how they interact with the group, but Jackson is new and a bit untried.  A former football player who is retired due to an accident, he’s establishing his bearings in this new group as he recovers from a contentious and scandalous divorce.

Mollie was the geeky sister who was always in Madison’s shadow, and some things in their relationship have never changed. She’s always been in the background should Madison need her, waiting, ignored and underappreciated.  She’s tried to help, but she also deserves a chance: one she is taking by moving to New York for her own career.  Running into Jackson, someone she has always had a good relationship (although secret crush) with, he offers her a room in his Park Avenue penthouse until she finds her own place.  And we’re off …..

In the years since Jackson last saw her, Mollie has grown up and appears both more confident and eye-catching.  He always appreciated her sense and heart, and if truth be told, he enjoyed time with her perhaps a bit more than time with her sister, his wife.  Now she is here in New York, his new friends and colleagues have accepted her, so why not?  This could be a bit of a squidgy sort of relationship with the sisters and the same man, but Madison is so very wrong for Jackson (and perhaps everyone else) that her cajoling Mollie into making a reconciliation possible only highlights just how wrong she is, much to Mollie’s consternation and confusion.

But Jackson has none of that confusion, even if he doesn’t fight the whole ‘we really shouldn’t’ vibe that pops up early on. They are adorable together, and the tacit (and not so) encouragement from the Stiletto and Oxford crew is just enforcing that fact, even as they add huge humor and interest to the story. Mollie helped Jackson to be more outgoing and open with his new colleagues / friends, and we see him grow and develop a sense of ‘acceptance’ to the change of direction his career and life have taken.  What could have been an uncomfortable tale was lightened with humor, peppered with solid characters and brought together with friendship and love. And don’t forget the heat that highlights the passion and attachment between the two.

I Wish You Were Mine: Oxford #2 by Lauren Layne with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: I Wish You Were Mine
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #2
Also in this series: Irresistibly Yours, Someone like You, I Knew You Were Trouble
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
ISBN: 1101884851
Published on: 2 February 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 260
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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Jackson took a sip. Perfection. Although what did it mean that Jackson’s life had turned into one where the highlight of his day was a well-made cocktail?

It wasn’t that Jackson needed the booze. He enjoyed it, certainly. Had relied on it more than he probably should have in those first few days when he’d 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 didn’t stop the anticipation, however. He hadn’t seen her since she’d shown up in his hospital room to deliver a bag of Gatlin’s BBQ and . . .

His divorce papers.

That had been eight months ago.

He’d avoided her ever since, and he couldn’t even say why except that he’d avoided pretty much everyone. Jackson still spoke with his parents every Sunday, but everyone else—all the old teammates, the old neighbors—had eventually stopped calling.

Mollie hadn’t, though. Mollie had never given up on him. Until today, he hadn’t responded to a single text, a single email, and yet she hadn’t stopped sending them. That was Mollie for you. Fiercely loyal to both him and 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 hadn’t seen him at his worst.

At the time, however, he’d been hit with an unfair sense of abandonment. He hadn’t realized how much he’d 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 awkward—a 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, she’d 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 he’d started to feel like a caricature of himself.

For years he’d tried to tell himself that it was just sibling affection—that he cared about her the way he would a sister. But then things had gotten worse with Madison—way worse. And Jackson had been hit upside the head with the truth: that maybe he’d married the wrong sister. That he didn’t 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.

Someone like Mollie.

 

 

 

 

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About Lauren Layne

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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