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Blog tour: Wrapped in Love by Lexi Ryan

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Book: Wrapped in Love

Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #4

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 4 December 2018

Main characters: Molly McKinley, single mom and events planner extraordinaire; Brayden Jackson, serious eldest brother of the McKinley clan, Molly’s boss and the man he wishes she’d choose.

Plot: Molly McKinley never wanted to come back to Jackson’s Harbor – the gossip, the secrets that inevitably came out and her past all make her want to run as fast and as far as possible. But, when an irresistible job offer comes up, one that means she can provide for her son, she can hardly refuse. Plus it means she can reconnect with her mother despite what happened in the past.

Brayden Jackson has loved Molly from afar, and not so far for a long time. He knows she has issues, and a young child to think of, but he wants to be there for them both. The memory of the night they shared a while back is in no danger of dimming. He’s keen for a repeat, but Molly had drawn a line in the sand. He’s her boss, nothing more, nothing less.

A crisis situation just before Christmas sees Molly with nowhere to live and so Brayden seizes the opportunity to show her that maybe, just maybe, if she’s brave enough to choose happiness, she needed do it all alone…

Why you should read it: I have read every book in this series avidly and love the Jackson brothers. They’re pretty straightforward, which is refreshing, as the heroines really take complicated to another level. Molly has a terrible backstory – I really felt for her in the previous books when it became clear how she came to be living in New York alone. I felt for her and her demons – I really wanted for someone to suggest counselling, as she was still carrying around guilt and the past, with no signs of resolving any of it. Brayden was all you’d want in a hero: strong, patient, devoted to her despite the blockers she put in his way. Their chemistry was palpable also – it was clear to all that they felt strongly for one another, but honestly, they were so dense at times  that they couldn’t recognise it!

What you might not like: Molly is sweet, she’s kind and skittish. She’s also prone to regression now that she’s back in Jackson Harbor. Her behaviour makes sense in light of what she’s gone through, but at the same time I wanted to shake her for being so stupid! Her exasperating actions aside, there’s not a lot I disliked about the book. It was a sweet and romantic tale and I lapped it up.

Rating: 3/5 for an engaging story – a little frustrating, a lot sexy! I love my visits to Jackson Harbor.

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Dirty, Reckless Love by Lexi Ryan

img_4268Book: Dirty Reckless Love

Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #3

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 14th August 2018

Main characters: Ellie Coudrey, currently suffering from retrograde amnesia, Levi Jackson, the man who wants to be there for her. Always.

 

Blurb:

I’m in love with a man who tried to kill me. At least that’s what they tell me . . .

Six weeks ago, paramedics found me unconscious in my apartment. Beaten. Bruised. Hardly breathing. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember the last three years or anything about my life in Jackson Harbor. They tell me my fiancé, Colton McKinley, is on the run for what he did to me. They tell me I’m safer if I stay away.

I don’t care if my memories ever come back. I want nothing to do with those missing years . . . until a sexy stranger with angry eyes shows up on my doorstep and demands I stop ignoring him.

Levi Jackson is my fiancé’s best friend, but seeing him sparks something inside me. As the truth unravels in my mind, I know they’re wrong about Colton. My own secrets are far more dangerous than the man I was engaged to.

I return to Jackson Harbor to search for answers and find myself running from a faceless boogeyman and seeking refuge in Levi’s arms. And in his bed.

I can’t deny my feelings for Levi. But as the pile of lies between us grows, I realize that sometimes the truth can’t set us free. Sometimes, it’s the very thing that can destroy us.

Why you should read it: I am a huge fan of Lexi Ryan, and I really enjoy a good amnesia trope, so this book did not disappoint! We last met Ellie in Ava and James’s story, Straight Up Love, and we were tantalised by all the clues and plot breadcrumbs that were left behind. Dirty, Reckless Love picks up some time after that, and the reader has to keep up with all the action, the flashbacks and the secrets, quite quickly. The story unfolds steadily and I kept reading, desperate to get to the bottom of all the family intrigue. The chemistry between Ellie and Levi was palpable. His love for her is no secret and he wears his heart on his sleeve. Ellie? Poor Ellie doesn’t know whether she’s coming or going. She’s not sure who to trust or which memories she can actually rely on. Her journey is an interesting one and I felt for her. I did. However, at times, I did think she treated Levi as a crutch and really could have been a bit more considerate of his feelings.

What you may not like: The book, like its predecessors, deals with some pretty heavy subject matter, which you may or may not like. There are some themes (such as abuse and drug taking) that may disturb some readers. As I mentioned before, Ellie is a little bit naive and thoughtless in her reliance on Levi at times, that made me think she was taking advantage a wee bit.

Rating: 4/5 for a truly exciting, sexy and intriguing story. I particularly enjoyed Jackson Harbor’s connections to New Hope. It felt right revisiting some loved characters!

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Blog tour: Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan

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Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #2

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 8 May 2018

Main characters: Ava McKinley, teacher about to lose her job, divorcee and desperate to become a mother. Jake Jackson, her best friend who loves her madly.

Blurb:
For my thirtieth birthday, I’m giving myself the one thing I want most: a baby. Sure, this would be easier if I had a husband – or even a boyfriend – but I refuse to be thwarted by minor details. When I drunkenly confess my plans to my friends, they convince me to ask Jake Jackson for help. Jake, the best friend who’s been there for me through thick and thin. Jake, who also happens to be smart, funny, ridiculously good-looking, and the winner of all the genetic lotteries. So when Jake takes me up on my request – with the stipulation that we get the job done the old-fashioned way – I’d be a fool to decline. The only problem? I don’t know if I can separate sex from all the things I feel for this amazing man. If I can’t keep my heart under lock and key, I risk losing the relationship I need the most. Jake has his own reasons for granting my baby wish. But when I discover his secrets, it could mean the end of us. I have to choose – run or stay and fight for love.

Why you should read it: I really do love Lexi Ryan. She invests so much time and energy into her series to create multi-faceted characters. Straight Up Love was no exception – I enjoyed revisiting Jackson Harbor – it’s so vividly depicted that I feel like I know it. Its inhabitants each have their own characters and I’m looking forward to delving deeper. The chemistry between Ava and Jake was off the charts (once they finally woke up!) and it was an angsty and romantic story.

What you may not like: Did I mention it was angsty? Well it is – turned all the way up to eleven! I loved the characters but Ava’s obtuseness at times really exasperated me! The guy told her how he felt, yet she spends half of the book wondering how he feels?! They were quite dumb at times, considering they’re best friends and all, but it did make the HEA that much more satisfying! There’s plenty of family secrets that are about to get cracked open so I’m definitely sticking with the series.

Rating: 4/5 for an engaging and addictive read. Stick with it and you will be rewarded.

Favourite quote:

“Do you think . . . I mean, should we get screened or anything? For infections or whatever?” I step back and force myself to take a breath and remember I’m not going to rush into this. Slow the fuck down, Jackson. This is a marathon, not a sprint. “I’m okay with that if it would make you feel better.” She nods sharply. “It seems like the responsible thing, right? I mean, I haven’t been with anybody since Harrison, so they’re not likely to find anything but dust up there, but—” I cough to cover my laugh — not at the dust joke so much as my shock that she hasn’t been with anyone since Harrison. And she’s planning to sleep with me. I won’t let myself think that means more than it does. “I don’t think vaginal dust mites are a thing, so you should be good.”

Buy links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Hdr5OJ
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/SUL
iBooks: https://apple.co/2Bysuv3
BN: http://bit.ly/SULoveNook
Kobo: http://bit.ly/SULoveKobo

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Blog tour: The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan

Book: The Wrong Kind of Love

Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #1

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 12 February 2018

Main characters: Nicole Maddox, the wronged would-be bride and incurable romantic, Ethan Jackson, her one-night distraction, who becomes so much more.

Plot: Nicole Maddox has always had a bad track record with love, but she keeps trying. When the most recent disaster involves her twin sister admitting she’s pregnant, and the father is Nicole’s fiancé – enough is enough. It’s time to get out of Dodge.

She grabs her sister’s bag by mistake but decides to hop on the plane her sister was supposed to take to her new life. A new town where nobody knows her could be just the thing.

Her first night in Jackson Harbor has her drowning her sorrows and also trying hard not to stare at the brooding-but-devastatingly-handsome-stranger in the bar. She doesn’t need any more issues with the opposite sex, but maybe he could temporarily distract her from her life that has just imploded…

When Nicole resolves to stick around in Jackson Harbor for a while to lick her wounds – an opportunity presents itself. A job as a nanny to a little girl, that her sister was supposed to be starting. Taking it means having to pretend to be her, a masquerade she’s not altogether comfortable with, but needs must. When her boss turns out to be Dr. Ethan Jackson – aka the brooding god in the bar, Nicole’s love life goes from complicated to impossible. Can she stop herself from falling and keep track of all the lies piling up around her?

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! This book made me feel everything! Your heart will break for Nicole – she gets treated so badly, when all she ever wanted was a home, a family and love. You’ll laugh at the situations she finds herself in and you’ll swoon with her interactions with Ethan. (When they’re not killing each other.) This book had it all. I’d tear up one chapter, laugh out loud the next and fan myself in others. It also leads nicely into the other books which will feature Ethan’s brothers. (More hot demi-gods – help!) They’re all gorgeous!

What you may not like: It’s not all sunshine and roses. The book does deal with some very serious issues – depression is becoming ever more prevalent in our society and the way the author dealt with the subject matter in this book was smart and reverent. I don’t know what you wouldn’t like about the story – it was water tight in my opinion.

Rating: 5/5 for a gripping, romantic, sad and sexy story. I can’t wait for more in this series!