Author: Lauren Layne
Published: February 2, 2016
Stars: 4 out of 5
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.
Normally I don’t write what my first impression of the book was but the prologue has me a little baffled. While I’m reading it, all I can think is ‘please don’t let this book be a sappy love story where the main character has unbelievable low self esteem.’ And then you read the last sentence in this section and I had to stop and put the book down. The entire conversation between Molly and Jackson has a different meaning and just Wow..
Mollie and Jackson’s story is complicated and dramatic. There is nothing simple about what they go through but it is highly entertaining to read.
Jackson is a 37 year old NFL star. Personally, I’ve never been the type to be attracted to professional sports players. But the way he is described is little mouth watering delicious. Fast forward and Jackson is a walking shell of his former self. My heart just ached for him and everything he went through. Especially everything with his ex-wife, Madison. Did I mention said ex-wife is Mollie’s sister and Mollie has been in love with Jackson from the very beginning of her sisters marriage to Jackson.
Jackson is the definition of a tortured male. He is charming, smart, loving, yet he carries his demons on his shoulders. He went from confident star football player to a journalist who is completely unsure of himself, uncomfortable in a suit and his own skin, and so lonely. His ex-wife ruined his reputation and Jackson’s low self-esteem keeps him from correcting the lies she told everyone.
And then there’s Mollie. Mollie has always been there for Jackson. Even though he was married to her sister, she was the one he went to for help, support, and friendship. Mollie struggles with her attraction to Jackson knowing she shouldn’t want him but unable to stop. Mollie is the nerdy science girl who talks about mating rituals when she gets nervous. She is the complete opposite of the type of girl Jackson would normally go for. But somehow, she has transformed into the sexy girl next door and everything Jackson needs. Unfortunately, her manipulative sister tries extremely hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Oh, the drama. Normally I don’t want this much drama in the books I read but surprisingly (well, I guess knowing who the author is, maybe not) I was addicted to the book from the very beginning. I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in a couple hours. The flow of the book was amazing and the chemistry between Mollie and Jackson is hot. And the sex was exciting and enticing to read.
Although this isn’t a favorite book, this series is one of my go-to’s when I’m looking to read a fun romance.