If It’s Only Love, a sexy new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan.
Meet single dad Easton Connor as he leaves the NFL and returns to Jackson Harbor to fight for another chance with the love of his life.
Release Date: September 10th
I don’t regret much.
Not my decision to enter the NFL draft before finishing college.
Not fighting custody of my daughter—even if, biologically speaking, it turns out she’s not mine.
And certainly not seducing my buddy’s little sister ten years ago.
But when it comes to Shayleigh Jackson, my no-regrets attitude stops there. I screwed up royally where she’s concerned. Then I made another mistake when I let her shut me out of her life.
Now after more than a decade living in different time zones, I’m coming home to Jackson Harbor. My first priority is getting my daughter away from the media circus in LA, but the moment I see Shay, I know I’ll stop at nothing to win her back.
So what if she won’t speak to me? So what if she’s changed? So what if she’s fallen for some douchebag professor? I’ve never gotten over her and I know she feels the same about me. I’ve let her go twice. I won’t make that mistake again.
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“We need to figure this out.”
She spins back to me, her eyes blazing. “Do it yourself.”
I huff out a laugh and prowl toward her. “What did you say?”
Those defiant eyes brim with tears and her bottom lip trembles. “I said do it yourself. I have nothing to say, but you’re the one so determined that we have this conversation.”
I come closer. She backs against the wall, and I keep coming until there are only inches between us. “That’s real mature, Shay.” I cup her jaw and stroke her bottom lip with my thumb as I study her face. “This is what you want?” I dip my head and bring my mouth a breath from hers. “You want me to corner you and make you talk? Maybe I need to remind you how good we are together.” I cock my head to the side, touching the bridge of my nose to hers. “You try to keep hating me, but you lose your grip on it when I get close, so I wonder what would happen if I got closer.”
Her breath is sweet against my lips, and she grabs my arms and curls her fingers into my biceps.
“Is that how it has to be, then? You want me to press you against this wall and kiss you until you can’t remember your name and can’t blame yourself for letting your guard down?”
Her pulse quickens beneath my fingers and her back bows as she arches into me. “We have nothing to talk about.”
“Bullshit. But maybe first you want me to track down that fucker you’re sleeping with—the one who you’re fine to let ‘see other people’? I could throw my weight around a little. He’d probably leave you alone just so he doesn’t have to deal with me.” I drag my nose along her cheek until my mouth is at her ear. “Then you wouldn’t have to tell him that you don’t want him. You wouldn’t ever have to admit that even after all these years, even after all the shit fate threw at us and all the mistakes I made, you still want me more than you’ll ever want him.”
She swallows, and when she draws in a breath, I think she’s going to deny it. But she doesn’t say a word. Her only response is sliding a hand up to cup the back of my neck. Fuck yes.
“I’m not going to do that for you.” It takes every drop of my will to force myself to step back. “I want you to talk to me. I want you to scream at me for every shitty decision I ever made. Then I want you to kiss me and tell me I get another chance. I want you to break it off with that douchebag completely and be with me, but I’m not going to do it for you.” I take another step toward the door. “You’re going to have to make the choice yourself.”
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damn … ya’ll … i mean dayum!
There is one thing you can always count on when you pick up a Lexi book … consistency. She is consistent in her triangles inside hexagons trying to fit in a pentagon romance journeys. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I am left in pure wonderment after I finish. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.
I am a ridiculous fan of Lexi’s. Not just as an author, but as a human. I’ve laughed with her and I’ve cried with her and a whole lot in between. I’m not entirely sure it’s not her fault I’ve been banned from reviewing on Amazon LOL But I digress. I wanted to put this tidbit in my review because as much as I love her, sometimes I hate her and want to slap her senseless. Man, she just does not make it easy on her characters. NEVER!! One time I’d like to pick up a Lexi book and just … I dunno what, but maybe not have to take anxiety pills *shrug* But I do love how real and relatable she makes her stories. These men and woman that she creates are just a touch away. Their lives and their circumstances are right here right now and honestly most times do not even feel like fiction to me. That’s her thing right there. When you read her stories, you’ll more than likely think … Jesus, that could be me. AND IT IS GLORIOUS!!
Shay and Easton … damn do they have bad timing or what?! #JesusSaveMeFromTheseTwo lol But you know what? Can it really be bad timing if all the years they spent like two ships passing in the night, if it allowed them to grow independently to become the people they needed to be for each other in the present? Everything happens for a reason they say … Their history made for one of the most poignant second, third, maybe fourth, okay fifth time to get it right! Their story is not a simple story. It’s an intricate maze of circumstances and life events. It’s complicated and messy and filled with so much hope it will have you reading for hours on end because you just can’t wait to see what happens next. It’s full of heart and growth and family and love. It is amazing!!
Meet The Author
Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. Lexi is the 2018 winner of the Romance Writers of America® RITA® award for Best Long Contemporary Romance. She 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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