I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) by Lauren Layne
Released: February 2, 2016
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
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.
I love everything about this book. The story is compelling, the characters are fascinating, and the romance is swoon-worthy.
Mollie is a fantastic heroine. She’s geeky and intelligent yet has grown to appreciate shoes and good undergarments. In some ways her envelopment includes somewhat of a duckling to swan undercurrent but without changing her personality, which makes me appreciate it even more….brains and beauty.
What Jackson brings to the table is some brooding, wallowing, and yet some southern chivalry. After an untimely divorce and the loss of his football career, he is broken and clamoring to get back the life he had instead of evolving into something different. Forced with a writing gig at Oxford, he views this as temporary only until he can return to Texas and his beloved Redhawks team.
I especially welcome that this isn’t an insta-love story—not that those don’t have their place. These two have a long history as friends and an almost sibling like connection, well from Jackson’s POV. As far as Mollie is concerned she’s be infatuated with him for nearly the entire time. Now after years of being friends, they start to develop a love connection more intense that either expected.
While I like Jackson—how can you not? He’s like a baby bird with a broken wing but I feel Mollie carries the story. She swoops in to save the day and doesn’t take any bull from Jackson. Even though she wants to love him and be loved in return, she will walk away if he’s not in it. Admittedly she has some staunch loyalties to a manipulative older sister which can be aggravating, yet also understandable. When they finally get to be together, it’s the good stuff that gets you right in the feels.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.