Friday, 11 May 2018

Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan Published: May 08, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance
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!
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5* read
This is book two in The Boys of Jackson Harbor series but can be read as a standalone. When I read the first book in this series I completly fell in love with Jackson family and I have to admit I wasn't sure if any other book in the series could live up to The wrong kind of love which is book one in this series. I just fell in love with the first book and I didn't think any others could live up to the hype in my mind that I had of it. I'm glad to say I was wrong and I again fell in love with another Jackson brother and their story.
This is Ava and Jake's story who you have briefly met in the previous book. Ava wants to be a mum and for her 30th birthday so she decides to give herself a gift, the one thing she wants more then anything, a baby. She did try when she was married and wasn't able to conceive then so she feels like she really needs to start again now. Even though she's divorced and doesnt have a husband/boyfriend she decides she will do it alone and starts looking into the idea of sperm donors. When she drunkenly tells her friends of her plan and also that she's worried about not knowing if the baby would inherit any weird rubber glove fetish from the sperm donar or if he's crazy and she's putting crazy sperm in her, her friends come up with the idea of Ava going to her best friend Jake.
I do enjoy a friends to lovers romance read. The whole forbidden side of not wanting to ruin a friendship yet feeling so much more for someone is what always makes this genre of romance interesting for me. Ava and Jake are the perfect example of a great friends to lovers romance. You instanly connected to them as characters. I did in the first book when you caught glimpses of their characters and I knew I wanted to know more about them. You feel every emotion, especially to do with Ava and what she's been/going through. You can't help but fall in love with them and their rollercoaster of a story. It was just a great read pact full of everything I love in a romance book, I didn't want it to end.

I really can't wait for the next book and the next Jackson's story.

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.”
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Meet Lexi:
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:
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