I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford Series) by Lauren Layne
Overview by Netgalley:
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.
Oh how I love the men of Oxford Magazine! The whole gang is back, but this time we get to know Jackson a lot better. He has recently joined the team after his professional NFL career went up in smoke. Bitter, resentful and standoffish, Jackson is not adjusting well to life and New York City.
Jackson is also just getting out of a horrific divorce. His ex wife Madison is a true self-centered bitch. She cheats on him and leaves him when the chips are down. I loved that Lauren Layne made her a Housewife of the NFL – such a fun tweak! This book felt a little like reading about forbidden love – the ex-step sister and the brother-in-law. I think that added an element of spice to an already hot story. The chemistry they have is off the charts and the sex scenes are downright addictive to read.
Why should you read this book? Well, Lauren Layne has chemistry down to a science. She creates lust and passion between characters that is exciting to read. She doesn’t shy away from making her characters human – meaning that they screw up. It’s how they deal with it that makes me love her writing.
Lauren Layne has created a wonderful atmosphere of the kind of life in New York City that most of us would give our right arm to have lived in our twenties. Awesome job, fun group of friends and the most exciting city to explore. I loved the camaraderie that the group at Oxford has. This is part of the charm of Lauren’s books. While each book can be read as a standalone, it is so fun following each of these characters as they get their shot at love.
For those that have been following this series, the author gives a great sneak peek at resident manwhore Lincoln and it looks like his story is next!