Straight Up Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor, #2) by Lexi Ryan

Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan
Published: May 08, 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.”


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Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was uncharacteristically Lexi Ryan until 79% and it was perfection for Jake and Ava. If you’re a Lexi Ryan fan, then you know the woman loves her triangles hidden inside hexagons that twist into a pretzel. Straight Up Love didn’t do any of that. I would go as far as saying it had little to no drama/angst. It was a beautiful story of two friends trying to get it right 🙂 That’s not to say the story-line was easy breezy, because it was quite the opposite. Jake and Ava have wanted to be more than for over two decades, they’ve just never quite got the timing right. But the feelings have always been there, simmering and growing. Even if one of them didn’t even realize it was happening …. (that’s me trying to not give away the story to you lol) But their personalities and characters weren’t all about the anguish and angst. They were about the growth and the hope.

When I was reading this journey, it felt very much like two ships passing in the night and I don’t know why, but it warmed my heart. The literal definition of that phrase doesn’t quite fit the story, but the picture it paints does. Jack and Ava were two friends sailing past each other over and over again, never quite crashing but always coming so so close. Lexi Ryan has serious skills people. Every book I’ve read of hers has never missed a beat. Her stories are always surrounded by love and this was no different. So much love and hope. I cannot recommend her high enough to everyone. She is meticulous with her plots and always leaves you wanting more from the secondary characters. Always!

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Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m IN LOVE with The Boys of Jackson Harbor! Jake and Ava are made for each other, and their friendship proves it. Straight Up Love is an incredible friends to lovers romance. The chemistry and love between Jake and Ava is so strong. Their connection has been there forever, life long friends, both nervous to rock the boat.

An emotional tale, Straight Up Love had amazing character development. I loved the way the characters insecurities were explored, and while it does stand on its own perfectly, the plot flowed nicely from the first book of the series. The family was there and I’m so intrigued to read more about this family! I was addicted to this book, and couldn’t put it down at all. This is a MUST READ from me!

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Meet Lexi:

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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