Published by Self Published on 5/8/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy on Amazon
From New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new standalone romance about a woman who’d do anything to have a baby and the man who’d do anything to have her…
For my 30th 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.
Fall for the boys of Jackson Harbor in Lexi Ryan’s sexy new contemporary romance series. These books can all be read as standalones, but you’ll enjoy reading them as a series!
Lexi Ryan brought ALL THE THINGS to Straight Up Love, the angst, the emotional uncertainty, the shocking revelations, the steam and the palpable sexual tension that I have come to anticipate from her books and I seriously LOVED it.
4.5 “OMG. LOVE.” Stars!
Oh my word, was this book GOOD!!! This was the PERFECT friends to lovers romance but it was made even better by how complicated and messy it was. The friendship between Ava and Jake is so sweet and so dependable but their undeniable chemistry and the quiet longing between them was just… ugh. It was everything. Watching these two circumnavigate the chaotic emotions they feel for each other while trying to maintain the friendship that they both rely on was both deliciously frustrating and wholly intoxicating and I loved every bit of it.
So let me just say this… While I certainly enjoyed the first book in this series, the angst and tumultuous emotions I crave from Lexi Ryan were noticeably absent in that book. That book was adorable and sweet I enjoyed it but there’s no denying that something was missing for me in that storyline. But Lexi Ryan brought ALL THE THINGS to Straight Up Love, the angst, the emotional uncertainty, the shocking revelations, the steam and the palpable sexual tension that I have come to anticipate from her books and I seriously LOVED it.
I dont even want to get into a lot of the plot details because JUST READ THIS BOOK. But I’ll tell you that there’s a lot happening in Straight Up Love, a lot of things that take a friends to lovers romance and elevates it several notches. Ava’s desire for a baby, Jake’s long kept secrets that made me want to throw my kindle, the most romantic declarations, the most heartbreaking plot twists and the side characters with their own drama that have me DESPERATE for the upcoming books in this series, all of it culminates into this breathtaking, heartbreaking, hopeful, joyful, sexy story that I couldn’t get enough of. This was the PERFECT amount of angsty goodness, the most deliciously satisfying romance… Straight Up Love was straight up fantastic and I can’t wait for more from Jackson Harbor.
Ava’s crawling back down the bed and pulling the covers over her head.
“Can we talk about this?” I ask.
“No,” she says, her voice muffled.
I cross the room and pull the blanket off her head. I know she’s hungover, but I can’t just walk away from this conversation. I barely slept last night, freaking torn up about her pregnancy and all its implications, and now she’s telling me she’s not pregnant. She just wants to be, and she wants my help.
What the fuck does that mean?
“Talk.” I fold my arms across my chest.
“I want a family, and I’m sick of waiting for Mr. Right to come along, so I’m going to do it on my own.”
“And you want my help?” Hell. I’m trying really hard not to jump to conclusions here. Emphasis on hard.
“Yeah. I mean, no. I mean . . .” She takes a deep breath. “It sounded like a good idea last night.”
Doing baby-making things with Ava sounds like a good idea to me every minute of every hour of every damn day, but I’m quite aware that doing that with me doesn’t cross her mind nearly as often. Okay, or ever. “Last night, when you asked for my help, you meant you wanted me to get you pregnant?”
She scowls. “Are you being dense on purpose?”
“I promise I’m not.” But if ever there was a conversation where I’m going to need things spelled out for me, this is it. “I just want to make sure I understand.”
She presses her palm to her forehead. “I just wanted you to jack off in a cup and hand it to me. Not the weird way.”
Right. Because that wouldn’t be weird. “I’m sorry.” I hold up a finger. “Give me a sec.” I walk around the room, scanning the ceiling and the corners. I check behind the lamp and crack the closet to look in there.
“What are you doing, Jake?”
I spin on her. “I’m looking for the camera—the one you planted before you Punk’d me. Is that show even still a thing? Because I’m sure I’m being Punk’d right now.”
About the Author
Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi 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: www.lexiryan.com