Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Random House – Loveswept
Rating: 5 stars
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Blurb: 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.
Review: Lauren Layne’s got a smooth beat to her polished series about a group of impossibly great looking magazine journalists living in New York City, working at Stiletto and Oxford. This particular story features new characters–don’t think we didn’t notice you put off Lincoln!–Jackson and Mollie. Their story was complicated with a capital C! It got pretty hairy up in there before it was all over; but thanks to clearer vision and someone putting on their big boy pants, things worked themselves into a great HEA.
Mollie has always had feelings for Jackson. He married her sister, so there’s that–the brotherly thing. But it’s more. She’s in love with him too, she just hopes he doesn’t catch on. Their close friendship is important to them both and she’d rather have that than losing it all. She keeps hoping time will take care of it for her, or she’ll meet someone…
Getting served divorce papers while lying in the hospital dealing with the fact he’d never be able to play football again was devastating. But the fact that Madison had used Mollie to deliver them had sent Jackson into a bad place he didn’t come out of for months. He’d hightailed it out of Houston to get away from all the lies his ex-wife was spreading about him and to get closer to his best friend. The one person who made him feel better. Mollie.
What happens when the two people who aren’t supposed to get together–do?
It’s yummy and you don’t want to miss it!!