I Wish You Were Mine: An Oxford Novel

I Wish You Were Mine: An Oxford Novel

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by Lauren Layne
     
 
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In this charming Oxford Novel, hailed by Keri Ford as “a sizzling-loud friends-to-lovers story,” Lauren Layne poses a provocative question: What do you do when you fall in love with your sister’s ex?
 
A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the

Overview

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In this charming Oxford Novel, hailed by Keri Ford as “a sizzling-loud friends-to-lovers story,” Lauren Layne poses a provocative question: What do you do when you fall in love with your sister’s ex?
 
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.

Praise for I Wish You Were Mine
 
“A smart, sexy, and absolutely irresistible read!”USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly

I Wish You Were Mine is a sizzling-loud friends-to-lovers story with a unique twist of my-sister’s-ex-husband. A hot and sexy read with a strong bond of friendship make this a book you don’t want to miss.”—Keri Ford, author of the Turtle Pine series

“I loved this book! I Wish You Were Mine is the perfect combination of sexy and sweet—with a refreshing dash of humor that had me laughing out loud. I couldn’t put it down, and I can’t wait to read more by this talented author.”—Mari Madison, author of Just This Night

“Fans of Layne will enjoy this one, and for those new to Lauren Layne’s writing, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”—Naughty Professora
 
“There is a great story line here and a wonderfully annoying villian . . . the ex-wife/sister. The writing is wonderful and the pacing is spot on.”—Obsessive Book Nerd
 
“When it comes to Lauren Layne, I expect engaging banter, sexual tension, and happy feels. She hit that in the bull’s eye with her new novel, I Wish You Were Mine.”—Will Read for Feels
 
“So if you are looking for that friends-to-lovers romance that will have you laughing, blushing and maybe even yelling a little, but that leaves you with a smile on your face, then this is the book to read!”—Book Bitches 
 
“I am so excited for the rest of the world to read this book. As always, [Lauren Layne] knows how to bring it!”—Real Talk, Book Talk
 
“If you haven’t read anything by Lauren Layne and are a big fan of romance, well, what are you waiting for?! Go! Shoo! Buy her books—you won’t regret it!”—Mischievous Reads
 
“Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and I Wish You Were Mine delivered that in spades.”—Manga Maniac Cafe

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101884850
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/02/2016
Series:
Oxford , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
2,534
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Lauren Layne is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and Web marketing. In 2011, Lauren and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where she decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite Lauren’s ardent assurances to her husband that it would take only three). Since then, she’s gone on to publish ten books, including those in the bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, with more stories always in the works. Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her either at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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I Wish You Were Mine: An Oxford Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 44 reviews.
Mollien More than 1 year ago
Review 5 Touchdown Passes I must admit that I am a fan of Lauren Layne. I have read several of her books and have never been disappointed. When offered the opportunity to read and review one of her books, I jumped at the chance. True to the expectations that I hold for this author, I Wish You Were Mine was well worth reading. If you went by appearances Jackson Burke and his wife Madison are the perfect celebrity couple. When Jackson met Madison at college he was blindsided. Madison was everything he thought he would want in a girlfriend. He pursued her as he did everything else. Winning is the only option. Several years later, things are not what they seem and definitely not what Jackson wanted. After a career ending auto accident, Jackson is served with divorce papers while still recovering in the hospital. Not only is his foot career over, but his marriage is over, and he is accused of having many affairs with different women. Leaving Texas to take a job as a fitness journalist with Oxford Magazine, Jackson keeps himself secluded in his office resisting the friendship of his fellow Oxford writers. Mollie Carrington has looked up to her older sister Madison all her life. After their mom died of an overdose, Madison took over raising her little sister. Mollie has never forgotten how much she owes Madison for taking care of her, but Mollie has a secret. She has been in love with her sister’s husband since their wedding day. It is a love that Mollie never thought would be reciprocated. Jackson has always treated her as a little sister. They have shared a friendship and a sibling closeness. When they get together in New York City, Jackson sees the beautiful woman that Mollie has become. True, she is still a little awkward in a science nerd kind of way, but she has become a beauty and unlike her manipulating older sister Madison, Mollie has a wonderful loving heart, and a body that he can’t resist. Unfortunately, Jackson wants to get back on the football field, and his ex-wife may have the ability to get him there. If he goes back to Texas he may have to give up Mollie, something that he does not want to do. This is a taboo love story, but it works. Mollie and Jackson are wonderful together. If you are anything like me you will hate Madison and hope that Mollie and Jackson get the happily ever after they deserve. ARC provided by Give Me Books via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club.
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kwb50201 More than 1 year ago
Lauren, I love your books. This one, it was just difficult to get through. Maybe it was the characters? Maybe it was the story? It just wasn't my favorite, especially in this series. If the characters were separated and in different story lines I bet I would have loved them, but this one. Just not my favorite- but that's just my opinion. No matter what, the supporting characters make the book!
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
"I Wish You Were Mine" by Lauren Layne is book two in the Oxford series. This is the story of Jackson Burke and Mollie Carrington. Jackson was the quarterback for the Texas Redhawks, married to the love of his life, and life was great. Then he was in a car accident that ruined his football career and he is now single. Jackson is now working as a columnist for Oxford magazine, but very frustrated with his life. There is one person that has always been there for him and she is his ex-wife's younger sister. Mollie and Jackson have been friends for a long time. Their friendship lasted through his divorce to her sister Madison. Mollie has always loved Jackson but never acted on her feelings. Situations play into Mollie and Jackson spending a lot of time together. Will Jackson see Mollie as a woman and not his ex-wife's sister? Will Mollie act on her attraction to Jackson? There were times in the book that I got frustrated with Jackson and Mollie. Jackson still seems to be hung up on his ex-wife who is a nasty person. Nasty doesn't even describe how bad a person she is. Even though Madison treats Mollie horribly, she feels obligated to her since she practically raised her. I enjoyed Jackson and Madison's story. The intimate scenes were steamy too! The supporting characters were great. I want to go back and read the first book in this series. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Random House Publishing Group for an honest review. FYI, contains mature content.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in return for an honest review* This is the second book in the Oxford series. This book focuses on former NFL player Jackson Burke, who is having a hard time adjusting to the end of his career, due to an injury. Bitter about the way both his career and marriage ended, nothing soothes him except for the presence of his close friend and former sister-in-law, Mollie Carrington. She needs a place to stay and he has an extra room and suddenly he's not seeing Mollie as a little sister anymore. Mollie has fought her feelings for Jackson for years and just when she finally thinks she's over him, he becomes her roommate, stirring up all those old feelings. This book is a story of two people with seemingly insurmountable obstacles who are meant to be together. I enjoyed this well-written romance a lot. I love not only the characters of Mollie and Jackson but also their friends at Oxford and Stiletto magazines. They are like one good natured and well-meaning nosy family, getting in each others business. This book was hard to put down.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Mollie and Jackson have been friends for years, ever since he started dating, then marrying, and eventually divorcing her older sister Madison. While she might have had a teeny tiny crush on him when they met, she was years younger, and never acted on that crush. They had a strong friendship that survived the breakup of his toxic marriage and now they are both in New York City, where Mollie finds herself in need of a new place to live and Jackson offers her a room in his penthouse suite. But suddenly Jackson is seeing just how grown up Mollie is, and realizing how she's always been there for him. And Mollie's crush never went away, becoming much stronger feelings over time. Can they find a way to get a happy ever after out of a situation they never expected to find themselves in? I love Lauren Layne books! She's one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance, with just the right amount of humour and sexiness, tension and sometimes tears to make for a compelling story. If you're worried that there is cheating or inappropriate behaviour during Jackson's marriage to Madison, there isn't (well, not between Jackson and Mollie anyway, Madison is a whole other ball game). I liked seeing how Jackson came to realize how important Mollie really was in his life, and finally seeing her as a woman. The attraction between them startles Jackson, but it's not long before they are headlong into a fling that they both know is going to cause them problems down the road but one they just can't resist. Because being together just feels so right. There is no hiding the fact that Madison is the third wheel in this story. She was a frustrating, vindictive woman, and while Jackson knows her true self, time and time again Mollie gives her older sister the benefit of the doubt, feeling a sense of obligation to her because when her parents were gone it was Madison who raised her. I wish we'd gotten more of a sense that Mollie was finally seeing Madison's true character, but it never really happens. I loved seeing the guys from Oxford (where Jackson has taken a job after an injury ended his football career) and the gals from Stiletto, their camaraderie makes for the best scenes, and lots of laughs. It takes some time for Jackson to realize that Mollie is everything he really wants, and we have to get to some grovelling for him to make up for some serious mistakes that he makes. But in the end we get our happy ending. 3.5 stars.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and I almost loved it, but there were a couple things that I didn't quite like, which I'll get to in a little bit; they are sort of spoilery so I'll give warning when I do. Jackson was living his dream as a quarterback for a pro-football team in Texas, but then he is in a car accident, which causes injuries to his shoulder and hip, so he can no longer play football, and to top it off, Jackson's wife, Madison, also divorces him shortly after the accident. Jackson is now working at Oxford magazine in New York, which is a great opportunity, but he is in a pretty down place, and is having a hard time adjusting to his new life. Mollie is Jackson's ex-wife's sister, who lives in New York and Jackson has always felt a connection with Mollie; Mollie is someone he could always talk to, and for him it wasn't necessarily a romantic connection, more of a friendship connection, but for Mollie, she feels more for Jackson than just friendship, and when Jackson and Mollie meet up for dinner, Jackson realizes that he may feel more for Mollie than just friendship, but both are trying to brush off their feelings because Jackson was Mollie's sister's husband. I loved the chemistry between Mollie and Jackson, and I liked both of them as characters. Mollie is feisty, smart, and I like her confidence. I like how she brings out the best in Jackson, and doesn't let him wallow around. They are definitely adorable together, and they have some great spicy scenes. The author did a great job of balancing story and romance. Despite the sort of taboo aspect of their relationship, I really wanted them to work out. There are characters from previous books, so you may want to read those first, but I don't think it is absolutely necessary, but there are some spoilers for the past books in this book, so you may want to take that into account. I love the scenes with the other guys and Penelope at the Oxford office. Those scenes were so fun, and all the characters are great! I'm really enjoying this series, and I look forward to more! Okay Spoiler Time!!! SPOILERS! I get that Mollie's sister, Madison, is sort of vile; she cheats often on Jackson and lies to the tabloids, and she only cares about herself, but I still wasn't in love with Mollie getting with her sister's ex-husband. Jackson really loved Madison; he says so in the book, and they were married for years; it wasn't just a flash in the pan type of thing, and even though Jackson wasn't happy in the marriage since almost the beginning; he still stayed married to Madison, and Madison was eventually the one who got the divorce. I think I would have liked for Jackson to not put up with that crap, and left at the first signs of how devious Madison is. It would have been better if Madison and Jackson's marriage was a fluke, or something. I also wish that Jackson had felt more for Mollie in the past. It seemed to me like he was only starting to notice her because she got a makeover. I know they always had a connection, but he never really noticed Mollie, so it made feel like Mollie got a bit of a raw deal.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Sister Should have done it right the first time. I very much enjoyed the 'Sex, Love, & Stiletto' series. I went into this read with my eyes wide open. I wanted. No, I expected a lot of it all. I found it. In this read you will find that little bit of taboo/forbidden but not exactly out in far left field. I gave this one a 5 star Sister Should have done it right the first time. Jackson has to move on from his former glory days as the quarterback to the Texan Redhawks. Life has all changed for him and getting back his former life is not where life will begin for him. In comes the love of his former life (or so he thought) little sister, Mollie. The forbidden pied of fruit that was way out of reach of this mortal man, Jackson. More @ http://mileythebookjunkie.blogspot.com/2016/02/promo-i-wish-you-were-mine-oxford-2-by.html **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
I pretty much enjoy anything this author writes. I think it is because of the way her stories flow. There is usually good dialogue between the characters and while there is some drama it is not overly done. And before you know it you are at the end. The situation between Jackson and Mollie is a little tricky. They first met at Jackson’s wedding to her sister, Madison. You could feel just a little spark between the two at that time. Mollie fell “in love with the groom” but of course she knew nothing could/would ever come of it. Fast forward a number of years. After being involved in a car accident, Jackson’s career as a quarterback with the Texas Redhawks is finished. Oh and so is his marriage. Hence his new job at the Oxford Magazine. Jackson struggles a little in his new job. He was defined by his status as a football player and to have it taken away so suddenly is hard for him to grasp. He is standoffish and doesn’t fit in with the crowd at work. Jackson offers Mollie a place to stay. He begins to really start to see how Mollie is all grown up, how sweet, beautiful and desirable she has become. But Mollie struggles with their growing romance. She doesn’t want to betray her sister, but she wants to do something for herself for a change. But what happens when Jackson finally falls for the right sister? This is another good read by Lauren Layne. I love how she is able to pull in the characters from the other books and make them an integral part of this story. You get a little peak into how things have changed for them since their stories. Perhaps we will finally get to see Lincoln’s story soon?
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Ms. Layne definitely knows how to write a story that's equal parts sweet and sexy with some fun thrown in, even when the story-line is one that could qualify as messy. Jackson Burke had it all once - the successful career as a star quarterback, the beautiful wife, access to all the right people and places but he lost it all as a result of the car accident that cost him his career and the scandal that blew up his marriage. These days, he calls New York City home and his job as a columnist at Oxford magazine is the only thing that occupies his days. As far as Jackson is concerned, this is only temporary until he can return to his home state of Texas and reclaim a part of his life. He'll take the football career but he'll pass on the now ex-wife who checked out on him and their marriage while he was still incapacitated. His fond memories of his marriage are tied to the one person who brings a smile to his face, the person that has been his staunchest supporter, the one person he should not want: his ex-wife's younger sister, Mollie. And with her within reach, keeping his hands off her will be his biggest test ever. Just when he's settling in to his new life, his ex has returned like a bad habit to scheme her way back into his life by tempting him with the one thing he wants above everything else. Mollie Carrington was convinced that she had gotten over her huge crush on her ex-brother-in-law. Until she reconnected with him and found herself under the same roof as him. Torn between her loyalty to her sister and her desire for Jackson, Mollie has to decide if she's content with second place or if she'll go all in for the win. This situation is always a very sticky one, fraught with drama and tension and I'm usually very wary of reading books with this story-line, but I don't think I really paid attention to anything beyond the fact that Ms. Layne was the author and I would get a chance to catch up with the Stiletto/Oxford crew. I'm glad I didn't miss this story because it's everything I love about Ms. Layne's writing: a fresh and fun take on romance, adorable characters and really great dialogue and connections. Geeky, sweet and down-to-earth Mollie was so perfect for Jackson and exactly what he needed to wake all those protective and possessive feelings in him. She was also what he needed to take the next step in his life and give up his dead dreams. It's so easy to get caught up in Mollie's quandary - having to choose between the sister she idolized and the man she loved and I can understand why she didn't stand up to her sister when she had so many opportunities to do so. Even Jackson's longing for his old life is something anyone can relate to. When you lose everything that defines you and get a chance to get it back, it's hard to turn away, even if the cost might be too much. My only complaint is that evil sister Madison did not get hers. Mollie and Jackson came close to toppling Emma and Alex as my favorite couple in the Stiletto/Oxford series, not an easy thing to do. I had so much fun reading this book and I'm looking forward to Lincoln's story with a lot of anticipation. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’ve read this series from the beginning after really enjoying the ‘companion’ series of Sex, Love and Stilettos. Lauren Layne has a way of making you believe that the ‘in office’ romance is not only not dead, but can lead to some really wonderful things (against all advice). Full of characters who clearly enjoy one another’s company and have built solid relationships and friendship, you don’t have to be familiar with the world or the people, but you most certainly will want to discover everyone’s stories. In a bit of a twist from the ‘norm’ for these stories, this book is playing with a relatively new character in Jackson, his ex-wife Madison and her sister Mollie. With the other characters that are the focus of this series, we already have a ‘sense’ of their personalities and how they interact with the group, but Jackson is new and a bit untried. A former football player who is retired due to an accident, he’s establishing his bearings in this new group as he recovers from a contentious and scandalous divorce. Mollie was the geeky sister who was always in Madison’s shadow, and some things in their relationship have never changed. She’s always been in the background should Madison need her, waiting, ignored and underappreciated. She’s tried to help, but she also deserves a chance: one she is taking by moving to New York for her own career. Running into Jackson, someone she has always had a good relationship (although secret crush) with, he offers her a room in his Park Avenue penthouse until she finds her own place. And we’re off ….. In the years since Jackson last saw her, Mollie has grown up and appears both more confident and eye-catching. He always appreciated her sense and heart, and if truth be told, he enjoyed time with her perhaps a bit more than time with her sister, his wife. Now she is here in New York, his new friends and colleagues have accepted her, so why not? This could be a bit of a squidgy sort of relationship with the sisters and the same man, but Madison is so very wrong for Jackson (and perhaps everyone else) that her cajoling Mollie into making a reconciliation possible only highlights just how wrong she is, much to Mollie’s consternation and confusion. But Jackson has none of that confusion, even if he doesn’t fight the whole ‘we really shouldn’t’ vibe that pops up early on. They are adorable together, and the tacit (and not so) encouragement from the Stiletto and Oxford crew is just enforcing that fact, even as they add huge humor and interest to the story. Mollie helped Jackson to be more outgoing and open with his new colleagues / friends, and we see him grow and develop a sense of ‘acceptance’ to the change of direction his career and life have taken. What could have been an uncomfortable tale was lightened with humor, peppered with solid characters and brought together with friendship and love. And don’t forget the heat that highlights the passion and attachment between the two. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
5 Stars Amazing Book! Let me ask you... how would you feel if you were a young twenty-year-old and realized that you had the biggest crush in the world for your sister's groom? Yep, at the wedding, he makes an effort to bring you into the fold of the celebration while you awkwardly sit on a bench away from everyone? He is always supportive of you and cares for you. But you are hopelessly lost in this crush you have for him. How would you feel if your sister dumped him after several years of marriage for another man? And now, you both are in the same city, sharing an apartment temporarily, with all these hormones flowing? I hope you read this amazing book and enjoy it as much as I did. It is well written, full of passion, mature, classy, and most of all... INTELLIGENT! It also asks the question can you dreams change and will you recognize what is important in your life? Don't let happiness pass you by!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: “She loved her sister, but the closest her sister ever got to science was her monthly chemical peel.” “Jackson, no offense, but that's the most constipated non-compliment I've ever heard.” “He hated interruptions – hated these well-dressed colleagues with their easy confidence and witty repartee who had him feeling helplessly out of place and longing for a beer and a porch swing like some sort of backwards hick.” “Mollie still loved her sister. But liking Madison... that was harder.” “I'll have you know that I have the deluxe man card. I can 007 it up right now baby.” “Say the word 'coitus' again and I pretty much guarantee you'll never get any. Ever. From anyone.” “'Sam, honey, we need whiskey and girl time,” My Review: I Wish You Were Mine kept me feeling a bit anxious through much of the book, and then it broke my heart. My experience with this author was limited to only one prior yet highly satisfying experience, but I wasn't trusting where she was going to take me or that I would get my highly prized HEA. No spoilers here, but I was more than happy by the last page, even though Ms. Layne made me work for it with her broody and conflicted main characters and their complicated relationship... although their sensual chemistry and sensual scenes were off the charts. Mollie was at times annoyingly naive and blind to her heinous sister, although she was sweet and endearing overall. I was most entertained by the humor and easy banter between the co-workers and found them highly likable characters. I enjoyed my time in the Oxford offices and definitely want to spend more time there.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Overall I Wish You Were Mine was a good read. I liked Jackson and could totally understand his "woe is me" attitude after everything that happened with his career & the breakdown of his marriage. Now he finds himself in a new city, new job and trying to find himself. I loved Mollie, she was cute with her nerdy smart ways, she had a loyal heart that opened her up to getting her feelings hurt. I enjoyed watching relationship between Jackson and Mollie unfold, they were good together and even though I wasn't a fan of the ex being Mollie's sister it didn't take away my feelings that these two belonged together. Now here is what took some of the shine away for me, I hated Madison Carrington. She was a selfish, delusional, jealous and spiteful bi*ch. Every time she popped up in the book she would leave the people she supposedly "loved" feeling less than and hurt. It took time for me to switch off my feelings towards her to go back to enjoying the book. What I did thoroughly enjoy was spending time with all the gang. Loved the banter, the friendship and the unconditional support they gave to one another. Everyone one of them wouldn't hesitate to step up for the other, that's what true friendship/love is all about. The epilogue left me full of happy feels, seeing them all happy and in love made my heart smile :) I'm a huge fan of Lauren Layne's writing and totally recommend the Oxford series and everything else she's written. Ms Layne has a talent of writing witty, loveable and memorable characters with storylines that entertain you. Lincoln Mathis book is next in Someone like You, this cocky, playful and fun loving man has a touching story to tell and I can't wait to read it!
BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
First, let me tell you that you do not need to have read Irresistibly Yours prior to reading this one. It does help with understanding the dynamics of "the group", but is not necessary and you'll figure out what they are like during the story. When I first started this book I thought "What was I thinking?" Did I really want to read a book about a broody ex-football star who feels sorry for himself all the time and is mad at the world throughout the whole book? Nope, not really. When I was reading Jackson's POVs sooooo many times I thought to myself "Get over yourself buddy. You are not God's gift to women." And when Cassidy had his "chat" with Jackson, I sent a big "Hell yeah!" fist pump in Cassidy's direction. My family thought I was crazy at that moment, but it was worth it!! Don't get me wrong, I did root for Jackson because he obviously had other talents to put to good use. Come on...a seriously hot, ripped ex-football star? Not to mention he had money to burn. Um, yes please! What changed my mind, was his first meeting with Mollie after his divorce. There was a different side to him that I wanted to see dragged out. I wasn't sure if Mollie was going to be the one to do that or if it was going to be the group, but I had to find out. Mollie is your sweet, beautiful, smarty pants nerd, tell-it-like-it-is little sister and best friend. But, she lost a bet with her best friend and is hotter than ever! Finally showing off those assets she's been hiding for years. She secretly hoped Jackson would notice her in the little red dress, but sadly, he's off limits for the obvious reason. Reading Mollie's POV and the interactions with her sister really made me pull for Mollie and Jackson even more. I wasn't entirely sure where Mollie's loyalties were gonna lie when it came to Jackson, but I think she made the right choice. Finally opening her eyes and living for herself. This was a great book and at times I didn't know where the storyline was gonna go. This was written very well and the characters very well developed. I just wish Mollie had more of a backbone with her sister and would take her blinders off when it came to her and there wasn't such a big pity party for Jackson. I'm also glad that I had read the first book of the series because this book gives me an update on how Penelope and Cole are doing too. Now, who's next in this series? Lincoln is the only one left that's single and there was a hint of a not-so-pleasant past in this book. Can't wait! *ARC kindly provided by Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet, sexy story has you cheering for a happy ending for Mollie and Jackson.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
I find it so amazing how Lauren Lane tells a story, because once I start reading I am completely lost in it. Her stories are always fresh, engaging, sexy and entertaining. She always has these fantastic characters that I want to be friends with. She is truly a fantastic story teller. This will leave you smiling and feeling oh so happy. So, I loved this story. It was full of personality and charm, I couldn't get enough. Loved Molly, she was fiercely loyal, adorably awkward, brainy research assistant that goes from being the plain little ex-sister in law, to a beautiful, sexy, woman with long sinfully perfect legs. Also loved Jackson, with his sweet and sexy charm and his all American gorgeousness. Loved that these two both had it bad for each other, but still tried to remain friends until their chemistry and lust swept them away. Great secondary characters with the Oxford employees that add so much to the story as well. This was a love story with equal parts sexy and sweet about two people who are absolutely meant for each other in spite of their beginning. Definitely hot with a small twist of drama. Couldn't get enough, didn't want it to end. LOVED IT!! Highly recommended. Thank you Lauren Layne! Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley and Love Swept in exchange for a honest review.
BFF_K_BFF_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
Jackson Burke finds comfort in the one person who is so off-limits. For years, Mollie Carrington has carried a torch for Jackson Burke. Besides their mutual obsessions, Jackson and Mollie have another thing in common, Madison. She is Jackson's ex-wife, Mollie's older sister, and a completely evil and manipulative B%^&*! Jackson and Mollie have a shared history through Madison, but they also have their own relationship. As Jackson's marriage was falling apart, he found a friend in her younger sister. Jackson confided in Mollie his ambitions and day-to-day frustrations. Mollie relied on Jackson also as a confidant and supporter. When Jackson finds himself in New York, he realizes how much he has missed Mollie and her company. But, Madison is like a bad rash that just keeps coming back. Lauren Layne has created a fantastic villain. I despise Madison, and it is so much fun to hate a truly nasty villain! I really liked Mollie and Jackson. I was rooting for them to find their happy ending. This book is angsty - way more than I was expecting! When they were struggling with their relationship and their own feelings, I could literally feel my heart hurting for them. My tummy filled with butterflies from all of the romance and steamy scenes. One of the best parts of this book and series is the Oxford-Stiletto gang. It was great to check-in with Penelope and Cole. I love how this group has formed friends/family bonds and how fiercely they care for one another. (I'm dying for Lincoln's book! I can't wait to uncover his back-story!) I'm becoming a BIG fan of Lauren Layne! The Oxford Series books have everything I hope for in a romance novel. I Wish You Were Mine is well written, emotionally charged, character driven, passionate and delightfully sentimental. I'm anxious for the next book in this series and one of these days, I'm going to fit the Stiletto series into my TBR. If you love a really enjoyable, character-fueled romance, you should definitely buy this today! An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review. This book received a 4.5 rating on the BFF Book Blog. BFF Book Blog also uses a set of icon ratings. This book received additional ratings for: angst, butterflies, character development, romance, steamy and supporting characters.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A really fun read! Jackson Burke is settling into his new life as a health & fitness columnist at Oxford magazine in New York, but he still wants his old life back. A year ago he was a champion Quarterback for the Texas Redhawks and married to the love of his life. Then he suffered a career ending injury and his wife walked out on him. Mollie Carrington is thrilled to reconnect with Jackson now that he's living in her city. They were friends throughout his marriage to her sister, then lost touch after the divorce. She's not so happy when her sister tries to get her in on reconnecting them though. She's just glad she got over her crush on him years ago ... or did she? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
K-Wall More than 1 year ago
I read this book, not realizing that it was the second in the Oxford series. I didn't feel like I missed anything, so I don't think it matters if you read the first book first. I really liked this book, contrary to what the "code" is for who we should and shouldn't date. I liked Jackson and felt like he truly needed to understand how to define himself. I think so often we all get so caught up in what we are great in, that we forget that there is more to us than that one thing. Jackson had to learn that and realize who he truly was and what he really wanted. Change is hard. I kept seeing that over and over in this book. I felt that Jackson did act like a "butt-head" but I think, realistically, someone going through what he was going through, may have had a hard time adjusting (just as he did), and acted the same way to guard himself. I also liked Mollie. There were a few times where I rolled my eyes because of her constant worry about her sister. But, I guess, if you feel indebted to someone it would cause you to act like she did. I did want Mollie to have a little more backbone when it came to her horrible sister. Madison, Mollie's sister, on the other hand, was a piece of work. I absolutely disliked Madison. I don't want to spoil the book, but if I could, I would add a few deserving things to the ending. This was a good, quick read. I felt like the writing flowed well. Now that I know this is part of a series, I will definitely get the first book. There were descriptive physical encounters, so I would recommend this for 18+ age group. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
Even though Mrs. Layne is always an auto pick up/buy for me I was really hesitant with this book. See this book involves two sisters and one guy. So either it would be really well written or it would all go down in flames. I have to say Lauren Layne did this difficult situation so beautifully I was truly pulling for Jackson and Mollie. I am loving these Oxford guys just as much as I loved the Stiletto women series. (If you haven’t read the Stiletto series yet I have no idea what you are waiting for?!?) Ok so Jackson oy vey he was so silent and broody in the beginning, actually he was probably broody through half of the book. No worries though it was an okay broody, it was almost as if you couldn’t wait to see him crack little by little. He was a professional football player who’s career was cut short because of a car accident. After the accident things seemed to spiral. His already crashing marriage totally crashed and burned, in the worst possible way. He’s now been hired at Oxford and is thrown into the melee of off the wall characters in that office. He doesn’t want to make friends with anyone he wants left alone to brood. However those Oxford men and Stiletto women have a way of creeping in on your defenses. I think Mollie really helps with this area of slowly cracking his shell. She knows Jackson probably better than Madison(her sister ever did)… Onto Mollie her crush on Jackson turns into more than a crush when he moves to New York. She knows he’s hurting and he will barely return her emails or texts. Finally he agree’s to meet her at a bar, let’s just say the sparks fly from the beginning. Obviously no one is acting upon these sparks. She mentions about how bad her living situation currently is, and of course Jackson being the wonderful man he is offers for her to stay with him. Mollie is such a wonderful character while at first she comes off a little naive only wanting to see the good in everyone including her sister she really evolves into a wonderful character. When she stands up for herself first with Madison and then Jackson it’s those wonderful little moments that broke her (and me) and that made her character all more profound. Here’s a little excerpt from my ARC. Now I will say they may alter this a bit in the final product but here is where I started to really fall in love with these characters….. Jackson opened his mouth, but Mollie held up her hand. “Hear me out. What I’m trying to say is that even when I thought maybe you might have slept around, I never stopped being your friend. I never stopped being there for you, and I never will. That’s what real friends are. No the ones who have blind faith, but the ones who are still there even when you falter. I’m here, Jackson. I’ll always be here, so for the love of God, will you stop pushing me away.” His hazel eyes narrowed. “I feel like that was the worst apology ever.” She gave him a wide smile and held her arms out. “Would it help if we hugged it out?” The characters are so real, and so loving. It was really hard not to root for both of them. I also enjoyed how while Madison is not the best sister or ex in the whole world you don’t end up wishing a bus would hit her at the end.(okay maybe a teeny tiny bit) You can see the character growth which is so wonderful. I have to add in that Riley is my favorite from the Stiletto series and to see her multiple times in this book made me so happy. I just LOVED it!! I also love that we peeked in on
Tasty_Reader More than 1 year ago
As an honorary member of the Lauren Layne Fan Club (Self made), I have to say, I wasn't sure if I was going to like I WISH YOU WERE MINE. After Cole and Tiny (IRRESISTIBLY YOURS) and my four other favorite couples (The Sex, Love and Stiletto Series), I was like...Jackson does seem interesting, BUT..... What was I THINKING....I WISH YOU WERE MINE had me laughing, crying, swooning like MEGA-Swooning, and falling so hard for Jackson and Mollie, I was sure that my heart would burst! I WISH YOU WERE MINE has some of the BEST "lines" that will stick with me always, and will definitely be a re-read when I am in the mood for a Sexy, Steamy (like who LL....can we say it's getting HOTTT in the kitchen), and completely heartwarming romance. I love when I am so invested in a hero and heroine's story that I can't stop until I am at the last page, with tears streaming down my face, when things have gone black, I am literally in physical pain from the heartbreak. Lauren Layne makes her characters come alive, and that is what a true writer does, they make the characters feel real to us, making us feel the high's and low's and all in between! I WISH YOU WERE MINE is classic romance at it's finest! Lauren Layne shines, her writing is superb and if you don't become a fan after this ....well...it MUST be you!
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved, I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne. In my earlier years I used to be a New York City girl, and now I reside in suburbia. Don't get me wrong, I like the suburbs, but not as much as the city. So Ms. Layne's Oxford and Stiletto series return me to a a very happy time in my life. The hustle and bustle, the cabbies, Central Park and the occasional trip to Bloomingdales, were once my norm. This book allowed me to experience the city once again without actually being there. Mollie and Madison Carrington are sisters that have only two things in common; their parents and ex-pro quarterback Jackson Burke. Mollie is a hot, educated research assistant with a heart of gold. She lives and works in NYC. Madison is beautiful, manipulative and totally self-absorbed. She lives in Houston and collects alimony. Mollie has been in love with Jackson since the day she watched him and Madison recite their wedding vows. She has been Jackson's primary confidant for a long time, and now that he and Madison are divorced, she decides to go for it. Due to an auto accident, Jackson's very successful and prosperous football career came to an end, as did his marriage. Presently, he is the fitness editor for Oxford, the number one men's magazine in the country. He is now part of an elite group of intelligent, talented and good-looking men that write for Oxford in NYC. Unfortunately, Jackson is having tremendous difficulty adjusting and accepting his new future. Mollie's resurgence into his life helps him move forward, make friends, and find love, which becomes Jackson's new normal. I Wish You Were Mine is well-written, and the eventual camaraderie between Jackson and his friends at Oxford is complete with quick-witted ribbing and fun. A few of the scenes had me chuckling, while others just left me with a huge grin on my face. The sex scenes are hot and sensual. This book is the perfect combination of strength-of-character, friendship, and passion. I loved the way Ms. Layne reintroduced the women from the Stiletto series, so that new readers could understand the individual and group dynamic. Although this contemporary romance is the second book from Ms. Layne's Oxford series, it can enjoyed as a standalone. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
Jackson is a former NFL player, who messed his shoulder up in a car wreck. Therefore ending his career and his marriage. Now he lives in New York and is the fitness editor for OXFORD magazine. Mollie is Jackson's ex wife's sister and she was always there for him. He meets her for dinner and can't believe the sexy woman is the same one he knew before. Mollie had a crush on Jackson years ago and when they become roommates, she realizes she really never stopped loving him. But her sister is like the wicked witch of the south and wants Jackson back. Jackson feels he doesn't belong in New York, so he's been trying to get a coaching job with his old team in Texas. When he gets it he must decide if he loves football more than Mollie. Loved the story and characters. Hot sex with ex football player. Secondary characters are interesting especially Lincoln. *RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY*