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From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new stand-alone romance about a woman who’d do anything to have a baby and the man who'd do anything to have her.  

For my 30th birthday, I'm giving myself the one thing I want most: a baby. Sure, this would be easier if I had a husband - or even a boyfriend - but I refuse to be thwarted by minor details.   

When I drunkenly confess my plans to my friends, they convince me to ask Jake Jackson for help. Jake, the best friend who's been there for me through thick and thin. Jake, who also happens to be smart, funny, ridiculously good looking, and the winner of all the genetic lotteries. 

So when Jake takes me up on my request - with the stipulation that we get the job done the old-fashioned way - I'd be a fool to decline.   

The only problem? I don't know if I can separate sex from all the things I feel for this amazing man. If I can't keep my heart under lock and key, I risk losing the relationship I need the most.   

Jake has his own reasons for granting my baby wish. But when I discover his secrets, it could mean the end of us. I have to choose - run or stay and fight for love.   

Fall for the boys of Jackson Harbor in Lexi Ryan's sexy new contemporary romance series. These books can all be listened to as stand-alones, but you'll enjoy listening to them as a series!

©2018 Lexi Ryan (P)2018 Lexi Ryan

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NOT A FEEL-GOOD ROMANCE

This should’ve been a sweet fell-good friends-to-lovers romance.. but instead I just felt oh so bad - especially for the hero Jake who’d been in love with Ava his best friend for as long as he could remember.. and that was a long long time. We learn he even declared his undying love and devotion the night Ava got engaged to someone else but this self-centred annoying heroine sent him packing. However, her childless marriage failed and an invitation to her ex’s new wife’s baby shower arrives which sets off Ava’s biological clock and longing.. so now she’s going to use Jake as a sperm donor to make her dreams come true. This starts off an emotional and heart-achingly difficult push ‘n pull for Jake as he’s gambling his heart to win Ava.. but all of Ava’s past relationship insecurities (which are many) are brought to life and Jake has to first demolish every one of her demons. But Ava isn’t the only one with demons of the past.. because a flesh and blood demon is going to stir-up trouble and cause waves just as their HEA horizon is in sight.

Worth a credit? No, not for me. It’s narrated well and Ava’s closed-off feelings towards Jake are eventually clarified.. but it’s too little too late as there were several times I just wanted to stop this annoying feel-bad dual POV story that unfortunately didn’t bring out the best of me. Because my heart broke again and again for Jake, my anger rose over their drawn-out undeclared feelings, my temper flared wishing someone would please knock some sense into them, I prayed for patience.. or that they’d just talk to each other.. and, as the predicted angst played out threatening their HEA ending, I cringed at the drama that followed. I usually like Lexi Ryan’s books.. but sadly I’ll be returning this one because it hurt too much.

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Jackson Harbor is one steamy city

Jake and Ava have intense chemistry and it’s incredibly fun to read. This is an angsty friends to lovers you won’t regret.

The narration is easy to listen to.

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The hurdles for best friends to lovers

Jackson and Ava have been best friends since grade school. They’ve been through lots of trials together...including her divorce. Now Ava’s biological clock is ticking and she wants to go to a sperm bank...that is until Jake agrees to be her sperm donor but the old fashioned way. Jake has loved Ava forever and is using this opportunity to make her see the truth. But there are secrets that can destroy their friendship...what will Ava do?
As I’ve said before, I love this series, however, I was having a difficult time liking Ava. Ava was too insecure and selfish for a 30yo. That said, glad that she and Jake got their HEA.

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The main female lead was way to needy and insecure

At times the female lead was almost cringe-worthy with her neediness. I did however appreciate the setup for the next following books.

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I have read them all from this series and love them! Each their own but linked! Great job!

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loved the story ...but

love this story 😍 love this whole series of the boys if Jackson harbor. Wish they would have given a little more after the happy ending.

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Another winner

I am in love with this series so far. Makes ya wish you could have the excitement and fire these people have for love and passion. I could honestly see these turned into movies and I would watch them all.

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loved it

Jake and Ava's story is touching. Lots of twists. The narration is great. loved the ending!

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Wow!

I thought I loved Ethan and Nic's story but I hadn't met Eva and Jake yet.
I loved this entire story. The friendship and how they have to fight for more. Eva's struggle is one many women face but it's something not overly talked about. I love that Lexi Ryan took the plunge to write about it and the way she did it is amazing. I hurt for Eva. And that twist towards the end is everything!
I need the rest of the series now!
Highly recommend this book!

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LOVED Jake, struggled with Ava!!!

So my headline really says it all... I loved the idea of this story and most of the characters in it. Jake was completely charming and I could not get enough of him. He was the best friend to Ava but he was totally in love with her and wanted her so badly... even enough to give her a baby. My issues were really with a bit too much IMO. I love me an angsty, friends to lovers story! This just seemed a bit heavier in the angst department than was necessary.

Strait Up Love has the same narrators as the first audiobook and they did another fabulous job. Summer Roberts has sweet and soft southern voice. Tyler Donne is also a delightful narrator. They certainly play the southern characters very well!!

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  • Carla Aston
  • 03-03-21

Not too bad overall

I was a bit unsure about this story after I read the reviews but decided to give it a go because I enjoyed the first one in the boys of Jackson harbour series. Overall it was a really good story but I did find myself getting a frustrated with the back and forth and wished they’d just tell each other how they felt. Once they did I really enjoyed the rest of the book. Looking forward to see where the third book leads with the Jackson family.

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  • Jade B
  • 05-06-21

Straight Up Love

This book is emotional, and sweet and all the things a good romance book should be. I really enjoyed it!