Friday 29 January 2016

✿ I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) ✿ Lauren Layne ✿

Oxford Series #2
Release Date:  2nd February 2016

Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Laynes Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman whos 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 careerand single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as hes 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 cant stop thinking about the one person whos 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, Mollies just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages agoor so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jacksons mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she cant win if she doesnt play the game.

ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

Though this is the second book in the Oxford series I have not read the first and this did not take away from I Wish You Were Mine.

In fact, this is my first Lauren Layne read and I enjoyed it.

I adored Mollie from the prologue - at her sister's wedding.  And as the book progressed I adored her even more.  Except for one thing.

Her sister Madison is a 100% certified grade A b*^th who had a hold over Mollie that I  just couldn't understand. I knew she is her sister but jeez louise she is a nasty piece of work.

Even harder for Mollie is that the guy she has been in love with forever is her sister's ex husband Jackson.

It took me a while (after the prologue) to warm up to Jackson, but once I did I could see why he stole Mollie's heart.  I just wanted to give him a big old hug, or a slap around the ears depending on what he was doing at the time.

The thing that irked me though was the amount of book time given to the sister Madison.  I know she is a big part of Mollie's life and was a big part of Jackson's, but it seemed it could have been her book rather than theirs at times (but this might just be me).

I adored the attraction and banter between Jackson and Mollie, and could feel the pull between them leaping off the pages.  

I will definitely be going back to read the first in this series, and can't wait for more Oxfords - bring on Lincoln

(really more like a 3.75 stars!)

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).