Title: I Wish You Were Mine
Series: Oxford #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2016
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 forOxford 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.
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REVIEW: I WISH YOU WERE MINE: AN OXFORD NOVEL BY LAUREN LAYNE
I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My attention was captured from the first. The introduction to Mollie gave the story the touch it needed. Mollie and Jackson are so adorable together. More relaxed and open. They bring out the best in each other. The friends to lovers theme with a twist. I received an ARC of I Wish You Were Mine in exchange for an honest review. The friends with benefits storylines have been done to death but Lauren Layne had me within five seconds of opening this novel. The history between Mollie and Jackson proved to be an obstacle but Ms. Layne delivered a story that is as special as the characters.
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#1 Irresistibly Yours
Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.
Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.
Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.
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REVIEW: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS: AN OXFORD NOVEL BY LAUREN LAYNE
Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Had the pleasure of reading The Trouble with Love not too long ago. What I discovered was that Ms. Layne's female characters are smart, witty and not the average breed. She creates women who exude confidence but are dealing with the same issues every female does. Loneliness, struggling to blend in, body image and matters of the heart. Those are just a few things that Penelope struggles with in Irresistibly Yours. Cole sees Penelope as the competition, until he gets to know the girl behind the bravado. Irresistibly Yours is for every individual that wants to fit in. The message of this story is "be yourself and the rest will fall into place." I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Second story and loving this author.
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Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals. Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).