Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne’s Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman who’s strictly off-limits.
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.
“You want me to talk your language? You’re my worm, Mollie. The creepy, mate-for-life variety. I’m here to stay, Mollie. Because of you. You, who’ve always been there. And no, my romantic feeling for you don’t have the long roots that yours do for me, but that doesn’t make them any less intense. And they are intense, Molly.”
I am completely addicted to Lauren Layne’s writing. The minute I hear that she’s got a new book coming out, I can’t wait to read it! I Wish You Were Mine is the second book in the Oxford series, but could be read as a stand-alone.
I Wish You Were Mine is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Mollie and Jackson. Jackson had it all; the career he wanted and a loving wife. However, Jackson’s life was far from perfect. You see, once Jackson married Madison, he actually saw the woman that he married and he did not like what he saw. His wife was selfish and hardly around, and not to mention she cheated on him, lots. When Jackson is forced to retire from football due to a life changing car crash, the last thing he was expecting was for his wife to divorce him when he needed her the most. Jackson now finds himself in New York, attempting to move on with his life…..Mollie has always admired her sister. Even when her sister does things she can’t stand or doesn’t agree with, she always remains true to her. Mollie will soon find herself in an awkward position. You see, she has the worst roommate ever and needs to move out. However, she can’t afford to get a place on her own. The last thing she expected was for Jackson to let her temporarily move in with him. You had to know that this would be a recipe for disaster. Not only because of Jackson being her sister’s ex, but because Mollie has always had a thing for Jackson. And now that the two of them are living together, it complicates things even more. Jackson is opening his eyes to a Mollie he’s never known before. And poor Mollie, well, lets just say that her crush on Jackson, never went away……..
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a super quick and easy read for me. I fell in love with Jackson and Mollie right away. I loved how Mollie teased Jackson and tried to remind him of who he used to be. I thought the two of them had great chemistry. I loved how smart Mollie was and could definitely appreciate her struggle with remaining loyal to her sister, but also wanting to take a chance with Jackson. Madison: Ugh, there was no love lost there. I loathed her. All she cared about was her agenda and could care less about the little sister that was loyal to her.
I Wish You Were Mine was a great follow up to Irresistibly Yours. I found myself hooked and unable to put this book down. I found the characters to be enjoyable. I thought this was a good friends to lovers romance. My only complaint was that Mollie and Madison were sisters. It did make the situation a little awkward.
I Wish You Were Mine was just the read that I was looking for. It had the perfect mix of angst, light drama and romance. I’m excited to continue on with the series and see who’s story we will be getting next. I hope. I hope. I hope that we get Lincoln’s story next! Fingers crossed!
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*