Fans of Julie James, Carly Phillips and Chanel Cleeton - meet the men of Oxford magazine! The second sizzling spin-off of Lauren Layne's bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, I Wish You Were Mine, 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.
Want more fun, fresh, flirty and very sexy rom-com? Check out all the titles in the Oxford series: Irresistibly Yours, I Wish You Were Mine and Someone Like You, and don't miss the warm, witty and sexy Wedding Belles series.
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Great twist on friends to lovers
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L.O.V.E.D. it. I adored that the novel starts with a geeky 20 year old Mollie at her sister's wedding, sitting alone in the garden after her wedding speech about worms that mate for life was less than enthusiastically welcomed by her older sister.
Fast forward eight years and Mollie is working in New York and her sister's marriage to an NFL football player has ended in divorce. Mollie and her former brother-in-law Jackson have always been great friends so when they meet for dinner it starts out as business as usual. But Jackson realises that a 28 year old Mollie is a very different creature to the young girl he remembers so vividly. When he finds out that she is looking for somewhere to live (issues with cabbage and arachnids in her current property) it seems natural to offer her one of his spare rooms, not to mention that, after moving to New York after a car accident prematurely ended his career, Jackson is lonely in New York.
This has all the fabulous Lauren Layne hallmarks, the boys of Oxford magazine (Jackson is their newest fitness author) and the girls of Stiletto. Add in Jackson's ex-wife Madison who loved being the wife of a pro football player and has manipulated the press after their divorce and you have a great story.
My only (small) gripe is that I wanted Mollie to be a little bit more geeky. I know she has grown up but she could have retained some geekiness. Otherwise, I loved Jackson and Mollie (and boo-ing Madison) and the way that they came together. Oh, and did I mention that Madison was on a reality TV series about wives of professional athletes? Classic.
Yet another great Lauren Layne novel - if you liked the other Oxford book or the Stiletto series you'll love this one too.