Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #1
Published by Self Published on 1/12/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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You never forget your wedding day. Or the moment your twin sister pukes on your bouquet and confesses she’s pregnant . . . with your fiancé’s baby.
I wanted to get away, to hide until my heart mended. I found myself in a strange town with a mysterious stranger whose talented mouth and hands almost made me forget it was supposed to be my wedding night.
Afraid to go home to face my broken life, I pretend to be my twin so I can take her job in Jackson Harbor caring for a six-year-old girl. Imagine my surprise when I find out my new boss is my mysterious stranger—Dr. Ethan Jackson.
I never meant for Ethan to discover my secrets. I never meant for them to matter. But the longer I work with him and his sweet daughter, the harder I fall, and the clearer it becomes that I’m not the only one carrying a secret that could tear us apart.
Get ready to 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 has easily become one of my top favorite romance authors. She packs steamy romance and emotional depth into her refreshingly original storylines and I devour each one hungrily. While I have to admit, I didn’t feel as strong of a connection with The Wrong Kind of Love as I have with her previous work, I still enjoyed this book VERY MUCH. Twin-swapping, a single dad, a back and forth love/hate dynamic between a nanny and her boss, Lexi Ryan weaves together a whole lot of drama and conflict in this book and there’s so much to love.
3.5 “Good, Definitely Enjoyed It” Stars!
Lexi Ryan has easily become one of my top favorite romance authors. She packs steamy romance and emotional depth into her refreshingly original storylines and I devour each one hungrily. While I have to admit, I didn’t feel as strong of a connection with The Wrong Kind of Love as I have with her previous work, I still enjoyed this book VERY MUCH. Twin-swapping, a single dad, a back and forth love/hate dynamic between a nanny and her boss, Lexi Ryan weaves together a whole lot of drama and conflict in this book and there’s so much to love. While I missed some of the intensity I felt in the Blackhawk boys series, I also respect the fact that this wasn’t the same type of read, that Lexi Ryan isn’t giving her readers more of the same. But I did crave a bit more from these characters. I longed to feel a more intense connection between them, which would’ve certainly ensured a more intense connection with me. I’m torn because while I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I was left wanting more.
There’s so much going on in this book, so many layers to pull apart. Nic runs away from her own devastating situation and walks right into Ethan’s. These characters have trunks of emotional baggage following them around, the secrets and deceptions between them are enormous. There’s pain in this story, there’s lush romance, there’s a heartwarming family dynamic and there’s heartache woven throughout. But the fiery attraction between Nic and Ethan burns on every page, pushing and pulling, drawing them together only to drive them apart. This story is complicated and messy and difficult, which only makes their reluctant attraction that much more addictive.
My favorite part of this book is the possibilities that are born from it. This story is Ethan’s but this series belongs to all of the Jackson brothers and each brother has their own story teased on these pages. I loved Ethan, love the healing journey he takes in this book, adored his brooding personality and his sensual, romantic side that I couldn’t get enough of. But I especially loved the dynamic between him and his brothers and I can not wait for each of their books.
The Boys of Jackson Harbor series is shaping up to be another must-read series with a colorful cast of characters and enough drama to keep readers riveted. But it’s definitely got a much different vibe. The Wrong Kind of Love is a well crafted blend of weighty subject matter, difficult emotion and lighthearted humor and it’s only left me salivating for more. There’s so much to love about Nic and Ethan and their complicated romance and it speaks volumes about Lexi Ryan’s writing and storytelling that I’m so anxious for what’s still in store for the boys of Jackson Harbor.
“Did somebody hurt you?” My gut knots with the question. You can’t save her, Ethan.
“You could say that.”
I step forward. Maybe that’s why she’s here on this impulsive visit to Jackson Harbor. Maybe she’s running from someone, escaping a home that’s not safe. “Do you have somewhere safe to go?”
“It’s not that kind of hurt,” she whispers. She swallows, and her gaze dips to my mouth. “Why are you so sad?”
Because you remind me of Elena. Because I couldn’t walk away from her either. “I’m just worried about you.” I don’t know if I step closer or if gravity pulls me that way, but in a breath, she’s at my fingertips and my thighs brush her knees.
“Will you do me a favor?” she asks, her attention still on my lips.
“Will you kiss me?”
“Nic . . .” I wait for the excuses to find their way onto my tongue, but they don’t, and I realize I don’t want an excuse to walk away from her. My whole body is warm and my fingers itch to touch her. The only thing I want is my mouth on hers. I want to taste her joy and sadness. I want to know how it feels to have that body pressed against mine.
I’m silent a beat too long, and she winces. “Sorry.”
“Don’t be. It’s not that I don’t want to, but you’re vulnerable.”
“Are you always so noble?”
“If you think my thoughts are noble right now, you’re even more naïve than I feared.” I lean my forehead against hers. Christ. Who am I kidding? She’s asking me to do something I’ve been thinking about since I first laid eyes on her. I couldn’t deny her if I wanted to, and I don’t want to. Not even a little.
I cup her face in my hand and run my thumb along her jaw.
She slides a hand behind my neck. “I like the way you look at me. You make me feel sexy. Wanted.”
“Who made you feel like you weren’t?”
“Then he didn’t deserve you.” I lower my mouth to hers, telling myself the kiss will be brief, that I won’t get carried away. But then her other hand joins the first behind my neck, and her breasts press against my chest. Her thighs part, and I step between them in my instinctive need to be closer. A soft moan slips from her lips as our mouths connect.
This girl kisses like she does everything else—with unabashed emotion. She doesn’t hide a thing she’s feeling, and I’m hard even before her mouth opens under mine and our tongues sweep across each other.
I thread one hand into her hair and slide the other up her bare leg, my fingers curling into the flesh of her hip while my thumb strokes her inner thigh. Her skirt is bunched around her waist, and it would be so easy to follow this soft skin up and find her panties. She’s making the sexiest sounds, and I’m dying to touch her, to find out if she’s as turned on as she sounds, but I keep my hand where it is and give her the kiss she asked for. I offer the evidence that she’s sexy and desirable, no matter what some asshole made her think.
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