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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he's retired and single. 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 that 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.

©2016 Lauren LeDonne (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A smart, sexy, and absolutely irresistible read." (Mira Lyn Kelly, author of Truth or Dare)

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Narrators voice was very off putting...

I feel this was a decent story but I couldn't get past the narration. From the moment the book started I disliked the readers voice. I stuck it out til the end hoping I would just get used to it, but no such luck. I would suggest listening to the preview before purchasing this book, if the narrators voice doesn't bother you, then and only then would I definitely recommend you use a credit/$ on this one.

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  • KathyD
  • SF Bay Area, CA
  • 05-20-16

Enjoyable, well-performed

Really great listen, a lovely story of a former Quarterback Jackson who is trying to find a new life after injury, and his ex-wife's younger sister, Molly, who he has had a great, long-standing close friendship with. Molly is a science nerd, who has had a long-standing crush on Jack, and is a quite relatable and likable character. Nice drama and fun as well...the ex-wife Madison is a nasty diva. Oh, the complexities of former sister and brother-in-law in a relationship! Really liked this.

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Not my favorite Layne books

I have really enjoyed Lauren Layne books but this one is my least favorite. I couldn't get over Jackson was her brother in law. I really didn't feel the chemistry between the two.

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Smart and sexy forbidden romance!

I really had my doubts about the premise of this story as I went into it. But I should have had more faith in Lauren Layne. Where I had feared I might have a problem buying into this forbidden romance, I found I had no trouble at all. It helped that Jackson and Molly were extremely likable. I felt like the touchy pieces were handled with care and so, my concerns on back-burner, I was able to completely enjoy this smart, witty, adorable love story.

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I was either bored or irritated with this book

First I want to say how much I disliked Jackson, the H in this story. He was weak, wimpy and whiny... There will be SPOILERS here because I don't see how any one could think of him as a romantic lead or a catch. We meet him on his wedding day, he is detached from his wedding and seems glum. We later find out his wife cheated on him in their first year of marriage ( he caught them) and many times after. Why did he stay for 8 years? Until his wife lies about him to the press and ruins him and divorces him while he is recovering from a devastating accident. This doesn't make him a hero to me because he was faithful to her. He had even said that he kind of got married because he was going with the flow.. Then he finds out her true character. Sometimes he says he loved her in the book, but , you know , ick. When he meets Molly , her sister, 8 months later after the accident, she has had a makeover. Now he always cared for her and confided in her but now she had a make over , died her hair , wearing sexy clothes, so NOW he takes notice. Another ICK for me. It's shallow to me. He is grumpy and self pitying through the whole book. When he and Molly fall into a sexual relationship he basically tells her they will be f*ck buddies... Nice... nice way to treat someone you supposedly cared for all these years. There are a few times where he sees his ex wife and gets sentimental about their old life, I just don't want to read that crap. He comes across as a smarmy selfish user to me. Molly is just a dumb cluck. One night after he and Molly have sex, sex by the way he pursues when he already knows he's leaving her but hasn't told her yet ( smarmy) she starts to tell him she loves him, but he puts his hand over her mouth so she won't say it. She thinks " he rejected my love", but the next day for no logical reason except bad plotting she decides to tell her sister about her and Jackson and that she loves him and wants a future with him. Hmm.. after he just told her not to say I love you, huh? I really didn't like any character in this book and the side work stories were boring. I can't say Lauren Layne is a bad writer, hence the 2 stars, but I think everything about this story is misguided. The narration was annoying because when she is doing Jackson's voice with a supposed southern drawl she just draws out his words slowly which makes him sound kind of slow. There were other probs with the narration , but overall, this was just an annoying experience.

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Great Chemistry between Leads

What other book might you compare I Wish You Were Mine to and why?

I would compare it to Heat Wave by Karina Halle. Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins can be compared to it as well.

What about Lucy Malone’s performance did you like?

I actually started reading this book the night before, but I had to stop because it was way past my bedtime! I picked it up back up in morning but had to purchase the audiobook (gotta love whispersynch!) because I had to know what was going to happen! That being said, when I listened to it it didn't quite match up with what I had in my head, so even though Lucy Malone gave a great performance it took me a little bit to get used to it. Had I have listened all the way through I would have enjoyed it more.

Any additional comments?

This story is told in 3rd person, but goes back and forth between the two leads, with Lucy Malone narrating the whole time. It would have been nice to have both a male and female narrator but that being said she did a great job. The story was fun and excellent and there was some great chemistry between the two. Its the second book in the Oxford series, but can be a standalone.

Jackson was a famous football player who got injured in a car accident and can no longer play, so he's working at a magazine in New York while trying to get a coaching job for his former team so he can be around the only thing he knows and loves-football. He's always been close with his former sister in law Mollie and now they they live in the same city they reconnect even more. Mollie has always has a crush on her former brother in law, even though he is older than she is they've always been able to talk about anything and have been an important part of each others lives. This is their love story with one very big obstacle in their way - Mollie's sister, Jacksons's former wife. I personally liked the book better on this one, but it's still a great audiobook!