Wrapped in Love by Lexi Ryan
Release Date: December 4th, 2018
Sandy’s 4 .25 Blush Review
Braydon Jackson is tall, dark and handsome. He’s also a stoned faced, notorious workaholic who is single-minded in his pursuit of furthering his deceased father’s vision.
Molly McKinley is a single mom doing everything she can to raise her son. The thing about a small town is that people have really long memories and the “sins” of her youth.
We know from a previous book in the Jackson Harbor series that something went on between Molly and Brayden. Though they each appear to have decided to keep their relationship strictly professional. Until Molly gets kicked out of her rental for refusing to let her landlord paw her like she’s a ball of pizza dough ready for the oven. It’s almost Christmas, she’s made promises to her little boy and the chances of finding a new place are slim to none. Ta! DA! Brayden to the rescue. Molly and her little boy can stay with him. Sure, it’s no problem. It’s just him in that big old house.
Molly is completely invested in proving her professional worth to Brayden and his family. She feels the weight of her “bad reputation” and of the emotional/physical abuse she suffered. Darn it all if she could just stop thinking about how Brayden’s lips feel against her skin then everything would be hunky dory.
Brayden was burned by the woman he loved in the past and since then has not given his heart to another woman. Though his sexy employee, sleeping right down the hall from him is taking up a lot of real estate in his thoughts.
Each wanting more and afraid of the emotional fallout. Add a precocious four year old and things get more complicated. Is this thing between them real or is it just two people with convenient access to each other? Though I will admit that the push and pull between these two annoyed me a little, I also loved it. Their road is bumpy and their journey heartbreaking. They really see each other in those intimate moments, they click and make sense to everyone around them.
The heart wants what it wants no matter what the brain may think about it. Can they forgive? Can they forget? More importantly, can they accept that they are worthy of love?
I highly recommend you read this series in order. They are listed as standalone and could definitely be enjoyed that way. However, they build on each other like bricks in a foundation and the familial relationships are enriched as the couples connect. Lexi Ryan delivers once again an angsty, sexy, smart, sweet romance that will put you through the gamut of human emotion before leaving you satisfied and wanting The Boys of Jackson Harbor #5.
Wrapped in Love, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Lexi Ryan.
The rumors are true. I’m a hot mess with an awful track record at love. Single mom. Down on her luck. Yeah, I’m bad news.
If the hardest part of moving back home to Jackson Harbor was going to be people talking, I’d be fine. I’ve kept my chin up through worse than their decade-old gossip.
I was wrong. The hardest part is resisting my boss. Brayden Jackson is the very picture of tall, dark, and handsome. And thanks to an ill-advised one-night stand we had seven months ago, I know exactly what I’m missing when I turn him down. Every. Single. Delicious. Inch.
But I have my son to care for and my job to keep, so I’ll keep on saying no.
Until my string of bad luck continues, and suddenly my precious four-year-old and I find ourselves with nowhere to live. At Christmas, no less. It’s for my son that I accept Brayden’s offer to stay at his place. One by one, my defenses are falling, as fast as I am. If Brayden was smart, he’d run, because it’s only a matter of time before he realizes he deserves better than what a girl like me can offer.
Unless, for once, my bad luck is leading me exactly where I need to be.
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“Oh, and this box wasn’t labeled. Where do you want it?” Brayden pulls open the flaps of the box he set on the bed when he entered. “Looks like there are some washcloths in here. And . . .” He lifts a stack of washcloths and peers at the contents beneath. His eyes go wide. “Oh.”
The moment my brain registers what he’s looking at, I lunge for him and smack a hand over his eyes. I intentionally put that box in my car, separate from the others. And I forgot.
Brayden’s chest rumbles with laughter, and I want the floor to open up and swallow me whole.
Brayden Jackson just saw my entire vibrator collection.
He gently pulls my hand away, revealing eyes full of mischief.
I squeak. “Don’t look in that box again.”
His lips twitch. “But I really, really want to.”
I point a finger at him. “Don’t you dare.”
He presses his lips into a thin line, amusement dancing in his eyes. Then, as if he can’t help himself, he asks, “Are they all pink?”
“Shut up!” My cheeks are on fire.
His voice is the softest caress of a whisper when he says, “Molly, your cheeks are almost as pink as your vibrators.”
I smack both hands against his chest. “You did not just say that word!”
“Vibrators?” He grins. Not one of his smirks or half smiles, but a grin, and damn me and my stupid chemical attraction to this man, because it makes me want to slam the bedroom door closed and climb him like a tree. “If you don’t like the word, why do you have—”
I throw my hand over his mouth. “Don’t say it. We agreed we’d keep our relationship professional—that’s what we both wanted. So don’t say it. Don’t even think about it.” Then, because I realize his lips are pressed to my palm and it reminds me too much of our night in New York when his lips were everywhere, I back away.
The warm amusement in his eyes turns to heat. “First of all,” he says, his voice like silky steel, “those were your rules, not mine. I agreed for you, not because that’s what I want.” He drags his gaze over me, and my heart pounds so fast it feels like a hummingbird’s trying to escape my chest. “Second, even if I tried not to think about you using your little collection of pink toys, I’d fail miserably.” He dips his head, and I can feel his breath against my ear as he says, “I’m already thinking about it, and I will be for a long time yet.”
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: www.lexiryan.com
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