This weeks throwback is, I Wish you Were Mine. This is the second book in the Oxford series. This series was first published back on October 6th, 2015 with Irresistibly Yours. I Wish you Were Mine is an emotional romantic comedy that is sure to draw you in.
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.
My Thoughts and Review:
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 could become one of my go-to’s when I’m looking to read a fun romance
“Jackson, you can’t just go around asking strange women to move in with you.”
“Why not? You need a place to live. I have three extra bedrooms. And you’re hardly strange.”
“That’s true. We’re practically family,” she muttered.
“Practically. But not.” Something in his tone had Mollie’s head snapping up.
Something low and a little bit sexy.
They weren’t family. They weren’t related.
Jackson leaned forward, his gaze strangely intent. “Come on, Mollie. What do you have to lose?”
As she stared at the man she’d once harbored an unhealthy crush on—a crush she was no longer at all sure had dissipated—she realized that the answer to his question was everything.
She had everything to lose.”
“Someday, Mollie Carrington, men aren’t going to need to be bribed to dance with you. They’re going to fight for the honor.”
“Mollie pivoted on her seat and glared at him. “Jackson Burke, do not pull that shit with me. You’re thirty-five years old. I’m willing to bet that every man in this bar wants to be you, and every woman wants to—”
He lifted his eyebrows, and Mollie hesitated only slightly before she forced herself to finish the sentence. “Mate.”
Jackson burst out laughing. “You still do that?”
“Talk about animal mating rituals when you get nervous.”
“I’m not nervous! Why would I be nervous?”
He was studying her. “You tell me.”
“Don’t be weird,” she muttered.”
“Mollie chewed her lip, and he felt a strange satisfaction at seeing her caught in turmoil. Mollie had seemed so confident, so sure of herself and everyone around her. He liked that he could put her off balance, just a little bit. Because God knew she’d been knocking him off balance all night.
“Madison would kill me,” she said quietly.
He met her eyes. Held them. “Do you care?”
It was a big question—a bold one. And from the way she looked at the floor, he could tell that she knew he wasn’t just asking about Madison’s feelings on the roommate situation. He wanted to know how much his ex-wife still had her claws into Mollie.”
Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it! Happy Reading 🙂