Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Release + Review - If It's only Love - Lexi Ryan

It's time for Shay's story. Find out what secrets she's been keeping from her family in this final book in The Boys of Jackson Harbor series. 

If It’s Only Love, a sexy new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan is LIVE!

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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“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.”

Meet Lexi:

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:

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Johnaka's Review 
“Second chance, 3 stars”

Easton and Shay used to be close. A bond tying them together. She was the calm to his storm. Then life got in the way and tore them apart. Now Easton is back in their hometown and wants another shot with Shay. Only it’s not just him she has to accept. Will these two finally get their happily ever after or will they continue to be passing ships in the night?

*Sigh* I love a good best friend sibling romance, but honestly If it’s only Love just didn’t cut it for me. I liked how Easton worked for it. I understood Shay’s reluctance, but that’s really where it ended for me. I usually enjoy Ryan and her stories. With it’s only Love though I kind of felt like she through in some stuff that didn’t need to happen. It wasn’t fair to the couple and I get that it’s fiction but I just didn’t see the point of it.

Then we have Easton who is a single parent and unless I’m high (I’m not) Shay really never embraced his daughter who he had custody of. Which was weird to me. Did I approve of the idea of If it’s only Love? Yes, 100%. Did I love the story? No. But who knows maybe I’m crazy. If you take a chance on If it’s only Love I hope you enjoy it more than I did.

Writing style-3/5

Louise's Review 

If It’s Only Love is the 6th and final book in The Boys of Jackson Harbour; technically Shayleigh isn’t one of the boys but she is the only Jackson sister and she has 5 overly protective brothers.

Shay has been in love with Easton Connor forever; always feeling like the tag along little sister she never felt like she was pretty enough or good enough for him. When they share a night together Shay wonders whether she is good enough for the hot shot NFL player.

Easton and Shay have amazing chemistry, they own a piece of each other’s heart and for the past decade circumstances continued to put them together and then pull them apart more times than I could count.

There were moments throughout this book that I did feel like throwing my iPad screaming why!!! I personally felt that I was thrown around in a tornado after reading If It’s Only Love; the continuous back and forth of raw emotions.

I felt that there were some events that were not necessary making the up-hill battle Shay and Easton were fighting even harder.

While this story wasn’t my favourite of the series, I really enjoyed getting an update of the Jackson brothers lives.

Star Ratings; Plot: 4/5 Characters: 3/5 Heat: 4/5 Writing Style: 3/5 Overall: 3.5/5

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