The Boys of Jackson Harbor has been a series I have enjoyed so far. Wrapped in Love is the newest release and it really went back to what I was used to in this series. The fact that it takes place during the holiday season only made it more fun for me. Thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR, I was lucky to receive an ARC to read and review. Keep reading to find out what I thought of Wrapped in Love!
Wrapped in Love by Lexi Ryan
Release Date: December 4th, 2018
Wrapped in Love, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Lexi Ryan.
The rumors are true. I’m a hot mess with an awful track record at love. Single mom. Down on her luck. Yeah, I’m bad news.
If the hardest part of moving back home to Jackson Harbor was going to be people talking, I’d be fine. I’ve kept my chin up through worse than their decade-old gossip.
I was wrong. The hardest part is resisting my boss. Brayden Jackson is the very picture of tall, dark, and handsome. And thanks to an ill-advised one-night stand we had seven months ago, I know exactly what I’m missing when I turn him down. Every. Single. Delicious. Inch.
But I have my son to care for and my job to keep, so I’ll keep on saying no.
Until my string of bad luck continues, and suddenly my precious four-year-old and I find ourselves with nowhere to live. At Christmas, no less. It’s for my son that I accept Brayden’s offer to stay at his place. One by one, my defenses are falling, as fast as I am. If Brayden was smart, he’d run, because it’s only a matter of time before he realizes he deserves better than what a girl like me can offer.
Unless, for once, my bad luck is leading me exactly where I need to be.
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A couple of months ago, I read Dirty, Reckless Love and I enjoyed that one less than the previous books in this series. Wrapped in Love really pulled me back though! Molly is a character we meet in the previous book. I didn’t like her at first, but after learning about her history, I wanted her to get a happily ever after as well.
Brayden is a hardworking person who doesn’t really give himself much time for anything else. If it’s up to him everything he cares about is protected and taken care of. It’s unfortunate that the one woman he has feelings for just happens to be an employee.
Molly has a history after a very traumatic past and is doing everything she can to change her life. She is a hard working single mother and her little boy is the most important thing in her life. Molly doesn’t do relationships, because she doesn’t want her son to grow up like she did!
I love their connection and it’s clear they’re both fighting the inevitable! On top of a love story that was amazing, I once again loved the brothers. The family is filled with humor and love! I love the fact this author is able to make you love the family as well and not only the two main characters. Even though these books are standalones, we keep getting a little glimpse into how the previous characters are doing!
Wrapped in Love isn’t completely focused on Christmas, but I really enjoyed it being an element in this story. That added to the extra warm and fuzzy feelings I got while reading Molly and Brayden’s story!
“Oh, and this box wasn’t labeled. Where do you want it?” Brayden pulls open the flaps of the box he set on the bed when he entered. “Looks like there are some washcloths in here. And . . .” He lifts a stack of washcloths and peers at the contents beneath. His eyes go wide. “Oh.”
The moment my brain registers what he’s looking at, I lunge for him and smack a hand over his eyes. I intentionally put that box in my car, separate from the others. And I forgot.
Brayden’s chest rumbles with laughter, and I want the floor to open up and swallow me whole.
Brayden Jackson just saw my entire vibrator collection.
He gently pulls my hand away, revealing eyes full of mischief.
I squeak. “Don’t look in that box again.”
His lips twitch. “But I really, really want to.”
I point a finger at him. “Don’t you dare.”
He presses his lips into a thin line, amusement dancing in his eyes. Then, as if he can’t help himself, he asks, “Are they all pink?”
“Shut up!” My cheeks are on fire.
His voice is the softest caress of a whisper when he says, “Molly, your cheeks are almost as pink as your vibrators.”
I smack both hands against his chest. “You did not just say that word!”
“Vibrators?” He grins. Not one of his smirks or half smiles, but a grin, and damn me and my stupid chemical attraction to this man, because it makes me want to slam the bedroom door closed and climb him like a tree. “If you don’t like the word, why do you have—”
I throw my hand over his mouth. “Don’t say it. We agreed we’d keep our relationship professional—that’s what we both wanted. So don’t say it. Don’t even think about it.” Then, because I realize his lips are pressed to my palm and it reminds me too much of our night in New York when his lips were everywhere, I back away.
The warm amusement in his eyes turns to heat. “First of all,” he says, his voice like silky steel, “those were your rules, not mine. I agreed for you, not because that’s what I want.” He drags his gaze over me, and my heart pounds so fast it feels like a hummingbird’s trying to escape my chest. “Second, even if I tried not to think about you using your little collection of pink toys, I’d fail miserably.” He dips his head, and I can feel his breath against my ear as he says, “I’m already thinking about it, and I will be for a long time yet.”
Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.
Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog. You can find her at her website: www.lexiryan.com
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I really enjoyed Wrapped in Love and am looking forward to the next books in this series! If you’ve read any of The Boys of Jackson Harbor, who is your favorite brother?