I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne Book Review

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

I Wish You Were Mine

by Lauren Layne

Published by Loveswept

Book #2 in The Oxford Series

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


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Sorry lovely fellow book nerds! I ramble about what I read, and tend to post spoilers. Don't read ahead unless you've read the book!

I Wish You Were Mine is the second book in the Oxford series, and centers around Jackson Burke, ex-football player due to a severe injury from a car accident, recently divorced, and dealing with his ex-wife's lies to the media about his cheating ways, and his wife's younger sister, Mollie Carrington, a sweet, patient, intelligent research assistant.

To be completely honest, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. I'm not against the whole "forbidden love" angle ... unless it starts to cross into creepy and illegal of course ... but the prologue goes back in time to a quiet moment between Jackson and Mollie ... at Jackson's wedding reception to Mollie's sister Madison. Now don't get me wrong ... there wasn't anything romantic about it. It was sweet. You could tell that Jackson and Mollie were already good friends. But it was also the moment that Mollie realized she was in love with her sisters husband. It honestly wasn't until I learned just how awful Madison was, that I was fully on board with Mollie and Jackson. In terms of originality, I mean, I haven't come across a romance like this one yet. The story is gripping. I couldn't put it down, and I cried along with Mollie when things were looking bad. Never once in this book was I bored. Lauren Layne is pretty good at making sure the flow is perfect.

One thing I am noticing about the Oxford series, is the women are unique in the Stiletto/Oxford world. Whereas the women of Stiletto are your typical New York women, as well as the men, the Oxford series niche seems to be women who are different. Penelope was the short, tiny, tomboy. Mollie Carrington is the intellectual. A bit awkward, in a very adorable way. Quirky. Kind and understanding. But that doesn't take away from her beauty, or her street smarts. Despite the fact that she is in love with her sisters now ex-husband, and eventually begins a rather intense relationship with him, she is loyal. Its one of her best, and worst qualities. The best, because if Jackson needs anything, its a loyal friend, and partner. The worst, because it keep her from seeing how awful and self-absorbed her sister is, and her loyalty to her sister gets in the way of her own happiness.

Jackson is an interesting character. Right off the bat, he is angry. Bitter. Being a star quarterback was his life. He was living his dream. Then some asshole T-bones him and his career is over. While in the hospital, Madison has Mollie deliver divorce papers. His name is smeared in the media, multiple women he never met claiming he slept with them ... so he runs to New York as soon as Cassidy offers him a job as Lead Fitness Editor to Oxford magazine. But he doesn't like it. Well ... he chooses to not let himself like it. He won't make friends at work, and he hates wearing a suit. And he is lonely. The fact that he asked Mollie to live with him as his roommate after seeing her for the first time in months proves that. It really takes Mollie to help him remind him he didn't die in the car crash.