The Boys of Jackson Harbor has been such a fun series so far. I was really excited when the author gave us a date for the next installment, If It’s Only Love. All of the brothers have been fun, but now we get Shays story! A big thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for providing me with an ARC to read and review. Keep on reading for my review and a little excerpt!
If It’s Only Love by Lexi Ryan
Release Date: September 10th
If It’s Only Love, a sexy new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan.
Meet single dad Easton Connor as he leaves the NFL and returns to Jackson Harbor to fight for another chance with the love of his life.
I don’t regret much.
Not my decision to enter the NFL draft before finishing college.
Not fighting custody of my daughter—even if, biologically speaking, it turns out she’s not mine.
And certainly not seducing my buddy’s little sister ten years ago.
But when it comes to Shayleigh Jackson, my no-regrets attitude stops there. I screwed up royally where she’s concerned. Then I made another mistake when I let her shut me out of her life.
Now after more than a decade living in different time zones, I’m coming home to Jackson Harbor. My first priority is getting my daughter away from the media circus in LA, but the moment I see Shay, I know I’ll stop at nothing to win her back.
So what if she won’t speak to me? So what if she’s changed? So what if she’s fallen for some douchebag professor? I’ve never gotten over her and I know she feels the same about me. I’ve let her go twice. I won’t make that mistake again.
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While reading this series, I’ve always felt like Jackson Harbor would be a place that could feel like home. If It’s Only Love brought back that feeling and made me very happy. I love this setting and places like this make me want to move and live there.
If It’s Only Love is the sixth book in this series and I think after reading Shay and Easton’s story, that this one is my favorite. I’ve enjoyed them all so far, but this one just stands out. Once I started reading If It’s Only Love I couldn’t stop. Part of the reason I love it so much is the way it’s set up I think. This book is split up in parts and swtiches between the past and present. That made me connect with this story so much more!
Shay is a smart girl. Even though she hasn’t always been happy with her body, she’s definitely gotten some more confidence. I think I connected with Shay the most, because of her love of books. Mentioning reading Harry Potter and she definitely scored points with me. Shay is a hard worker and has devoted a lot of her time and energy for her degrees.
Easton has been a part of the Jackson family since he was younger. He’s been friends with one of the brothers and basically all of the family knows him well. Easton loves sports and even played for the NFL professionally for some years. I liked him from the start. He’s definitely more sensitive and very caring!
The feelings and connection between Shay and Easton isn’t something new and has been going on for years. Every once in awhile they give in to their feelings and are together for a night. These moments made me smiling, but also broke my heart when they weren’t able to get their happily ever after. Seeing them so many years later when Easton moves back brought so many more feelings.
I’m a big fan of second chance romances and even people just finding each other again. If It’s Only Love is definitely fille with some angst and things don’t always go smoothly, but that makes it so worth it! The events we read about between past and present takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. I loved these characters and just wanted them to end up together.
Once again, this author gave us a book that makes you laugh, cry, get angry and just want a happily ever after. Add some steamy scenes and this romance is complete. On top of that, the characters we’ve come to know and love are in some way a part of this story as well. I love reading about them after reading their story!
I’m sad this is the last book, but all of them were amazing! I hope Lexi Ryan writes more books like this in the future!
“We need to figure this out.”
She spins back to me, her eyes blazing. “Do it yourself.”
I huff out a laugh and prowl toward her. “What did you say?”
Those defiant eyes brim with tears and her bottom lip trembles. “I said do it yourself. I have nothing to say, but you’re the one so determined that we have this conversation.”
I come closer. She backs against the wall, and I keep coming until there are only inches between us. “That’s real mature, Shay.” I cup her jaw and stroke her bottom lip with my thumb as I study her face. “This is what you want?” I dip my head and bring my mouth a breath from hers. “You want me to corner you and make you talk? Maybe I need to remind you how good we are together.” I cock my head to the side, touching the bridge of my nose to hers. “You try to keep hating me, but you lose your grip on it when I get close, so I wonder what would happen if I got closer.”
Her breath is sweet against my lips, and she grabs my arms and curls her fingers into my biceps.
“Is that how it has to be, then? You want me to press you against this wall and kiss you until you can’t remember your name and can’t blame yourself for letting your guard down?”
Her pulse quickens beneath my fingers and her back bows as she arches into me. “We have nothing to talk about.”
“Bullshit. But maybe first you want me to track down that fucker you’re sleeping with—the one who you’re fine to let ‘see other people’? I could throw my weight around a little. He’d probably leave you alone just so he doesn’t have to deal with me.” I drag my nose along her cheek until my mouth is at her ear. “Then you wouldn’t have to tell him that you don’t want him. You wouldn’t ever have to admit that even after all these years, even after all the shit fate threw at us and all the mistakes I made, you still want me more than you’ll ever want him.”
She swallows, and when she draws in a breath, I think she’s going to deny it. But she doesn’t say a word. Her only response is sliding a hand up to cup the back of my neck. Fuck yes.
“I’m not going to do that for you.” It takes every drop of my will to force myself to step back. “I want you to talk to me. I want you to scream at me for every shitty decision I ever made. Then I want you to kiss me and tell me I get another chance. I want you to break it off with that douchebag completely and be with me, but I’m not going to do it for you.” I take another step toward the door. “You’re going to have to make the choice yourself.”
Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. Lexi is the 2018 winner of the Romance Writers of America® RITA® award for Best Long Contemporary Romance. She 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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