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.
I had really enjoyed the first book in Lauren Layne's Oxford series so even though the blurb sounded just okay for I Wish You Were Mine I was looking forward to it. I think this is one of the least enjoyable Lauren Layne book for me. I always enjoy her writing but there were things in this one that just did not work for me.
Let's start with Jackson. Jackson was a former quarterback but due to his accident he can't play any more. On top of that he's divorced his wife who claims that he cheated on her. Plus Jackson can't stop thinking about his ex-wife's sister Mollie. I just didn't like Jackson. First off, we didn't know him at all in any of the previous books so I had no affection for him. To top it off I hated his attitude towards the Oxford peeps. It does change by the end but still.
Mollie was a sweet heart in comparison to Jackson. She has always kinda been in love with him but with him being married to her sister its a big issue. Still Mollie has always found a confidante and friend in Jackson. I sometimes thought that Mollie was extremely naive in thinking that her sister was a good person. It was borderline stupid. I got her feelings for Jackson but again, she may be a bit too forgiving.
Jackson and Mollie's friendship is always present. They have been there for each other in tough times but when Mollie needs a place to live and Jackson offers her a room things start heating up. I liked the connection Jackson and Mollie shared but there were just waaay too many things I didn't like to enjoy their story completely.
The best parts about this book were when we got to see all the previous couples and of course, Lincoln Mathis. I actually kept on reading the book for all their hilarious conversations and only tolerated the parts with Mollie and Jackson. This book just had way too many pet peeves of mine for me to enjoy it. I Wish You Were Mine was an okay read for me.
*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.