Thursday, May 10, 2018


Title: Straight Up Love
Author: Lexi Ryan
Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #2
Release Date: May 8, 2018
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.

Straight Up Love is book two in The Boys of Jackson Harbor series. All books in this series can be read as standalones, but you’ll enjoy reading them as a series!

This series is about to tear me up. In the best way possible, of course. Lexi Ryan has created yet another stellar world built on fantastic characters, emotional plots, unexpected twists, and incredibly sexy passion. Straight Up Love is all that and more. I didn't think I could be wow-ed more than I was when I read The Wrong Kind of Love (book one in the series), but I was clearly mistaken. Jake and Ava are best friends, both harboring some unrequited love to an extent. They just could never see what was right in front of their faces. Until one night, when Ava make it clear that, at least with her inhibitions thrown to the way side, there could be more between the two of them. And Jake is both dumbfounded, and completely on board. Which then sets forth in motion a wave of reactions that neither of them could have seen coming. 

This book is full of the unexpected. Jake and Ava together are perfection, I loved every bit of their sweet, sexy, angsty story. The few unexpecteds that come into play, will also follow into the upcoming books, and I'm so thrilled to see where it all takes these characters. It got messy between Jake and Ava, but their strong-willed selves needed each other too much to give up that easily. But it's about to get a whole lot messier. Queue the gut-wrenching emotions, and the swoon-worthy relationships, because this series has it all and in abundance. I HIGHLY recommend this fantastic read. It's one that I found myself setting aside my to-do list for and trying to devour it as fast as possible, and though I was a little bummed when it was over, it just made me that much more excited for what's to come from this series. 

Happy Reading!

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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