I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 2, 2016
Format: eARC, 260 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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 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.
I loved this book! After finishing Irresistibly Yours, I went into this one completely blind, having no idea who or what it was about and I’m so happy I did. I had no preconceived notions or thoughts about the characters and the storyline. I’ll admit, I was a little worried about the unrequited love and sisters aspect when I first started, but that didn’t last all that long. Mollie and Jackson were fantastic. The sister, Madison, was utterly heinous. I didn’t feel the least bit bad about rooting for Mollie to get the guy. She deserved him and truly cared for him. Madison did not.
I Wish You Were Mine could’ve easily been a huge, messy, overly-dramatic read. It was anything but. Mollie pined for her older sister’s husband, Jackson, from afar for years. What she didn’t know was that he had been thinking about her too. She thought she was invisible when it came to her sister, but she was anything but. Mollie was a kind soul with a good heart and she’d been there for Jackson at times when Madison was too preoccupied with Madison. (I was so NOT a fan of this bitch.) Now that Jackson’s pro football career is over – as is his marriage – and he’s dealing with the fallout of a supposed scandal, it’s a great time to reconnect with Mollie. Of course Madison is there to try to throw a wrench into things. (So heinous.) But what Mollie and Jackson are building is stronger… right?
It was easy to relate to Mollie. Even if you’ve never crushed after your sister’s husband, we’ve all had an unrequited crush, no? Felt like we played second fiddle to someone else? It doesn’t always turn out like Mollie’s situation did, but it was easy to understand how she was feeling about everything. Through all the twists and turns, I was in her corner – even if that meant being against Jackson if he did something stupid. I wanted her with Jackson, but more than anything I wanted her happy. She deserved it. Jackson was super swoony and had that whole cowboy swagger that makes me weak in the knees. I can definitely see why Mollie was so taken with him. Together? They were perfection. They brought the sexy times, sweet romance and a fair few feels. I couldn’t put this book down!
This series is fantastic! I still haven’t gone back and read the Stiletto series, but maybe I’ll do that while I’m (im)patiently waiting for Lincoln’s book. Which, you know, I need right this second. (Side note: I just went to check the title of the third book. It’s Someone Like You. But it doesn’t release until December?! *whines* I’m not sure I can wait that long!) Well, at least I’ll have plenty of time to catch up on Lauren’s backlist, huh?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
“Tonight at her sister’s wedding, Mollie Carrington had gone and fallen head over heels in love. With the groom.”
“I saw you, Mollie. I’ve been seeing you.”
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