Welcome to my stop for today’s blog tour in celebration of Lexi Ryan‘s new release, Straight Up Love, which is supposed to be the sequel to The Boys of Jackson Harbor series but it can also be read as a standalone. 🙂
In this post, you’ll find some info about the book, excerpt, teasers, and my review.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Title: Straight Up Love
Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor
Author: Lexi Ryan
Publication Date: May 8th, 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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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.”
***Actual rating: 4/5 Baby Stars***
”I can either watch her have some other man’s baby, or I can watch her have mine.” I shrug. Honestly, once that became the crossroads in my mind, my decision was clear. Offering to give Ava a baby is the biggest gamble of my life. But is it really a gamble, given the alternative?
Oh my, I think Straight Up Love is by far the best written story where babies are involved. If you know me well, I’m not a big fan of babies or kids or anything alike, so when I first read the synopsis of the book, I admit I hesitated for a second about picking it up. Thankfully, I’m beyond satisfied that this book does not disappoint! Not in a bit!
Straight Up Love is a story about a 30-year-old birthday girl, Ava, who failed her first marriage epically, wanting nothing but a baby—a real baby—since she’s so eager to be a mom BUT can’t find her Mr. Right in time. Hence, she
drunkenly plucks up her courage to ask her best friend, Jake, for his sperms to help her get pregnant. Much to her surprise, Jake actually says yes almost immediately and he also offers to make her pregnant the usual way, that is, via sex (instead of using the weird turkey baster she initially planned).
Normally, I’d assume that insta-lust is the key to Ava and Jake’s baby-making project because c’mon, isn’t that how most new adult contemporary romance stories work? But guess what? The author catches me off guard with her well-thought-out development in the plot as well as Ava and Jake’s romance. Ava and Jake turn out to be the kind of couple who’ll think everything through before jumping to the conclusion or making rushed decisions which they’ll probably regret afterwards. What’s more, I’m taken aback when I realize how much Jake, a seemingly hunky jock, cares about Ava! He’s not playing with her feelings like many jocks do (stereotypically) nor is he taking advantage of her. Jake truly respects her physically/emotionally, and he always puts her before himself.
”Christ, Ava, I’m in love with you. So in love with you that I stood by your side while you married another man. So in love with you that I can’t move the f*ck on until I know without a doubt in my mind that you don’t feel this too. I’m pretty sure I was born in love with you, and every moment we’re together, this thing I feel becomes more of who I am.”
*Aww, isn’t he the real Knight in Shining Armor? Wait, or should he be the Daddy in Superman outfit?*
Anyway, I really had an amazing time reading Straight Up Love and I can’t wait for all of you to read it! Although it’s the second book in The Boys of Jackson Harbor series, this book can be read as a standalone; thus, you could simply pick this up without reading the first one. 😀 Of course, I believe the first book will be worth the read just like this one so I will certainly check it out ASAP.
***Thanks to Social Butterfly and the author for providing me with an e-ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.***
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: http://www.lexiryan.com
Alright, that’s all for today’s blog tour! I hope you had a great time wandering around and I’ll see you next time.