The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan
Publication Date: February 12th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new standalone romance novel about a runaway bride, a single dad who’s sworn off love, and the kind of family secrets that can threaten to break even the deepest bonds.
You never forget your wedding day. Or the moment your twin sister pukes on your bouquet and confesses she’s pregnant . . . with your fiancé’s baby.
I wanted to get away, to hide until my heart mended. I found myself in a strange town with a mysterious stranger whose talented mouth and hands almost made me forget it was supposed to be my wedding night.
Afraid to go home to face my broken life, I pretend to be my twin so I can take her job in Jackson Harbor caring for a six-year-old girl. Imagine my surprise when I find out my new boss is my mysterious stranger—Dr. Ethan Jackson.
I never meant for Ethan to discover my secrets. I never meant for them to matter. But the longer I work with him and his sweet daughter, the harder I fall, and the clearer it becomes that I’m not the only one carrying a secret that could tear us apart.
Get ready to 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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I have been a fan of this author for quite some time. There is not a single book I have read by her that has not emotionally ripped me to pieces and then put me back together. She is an amazing word wizard and story-teller. She not only can weave a story perfectly thru a journey but she does it with a straightforward prose that makes her stories relatable and likeable. They are ordinary every-day characters with extra ordinary depth and strength.
I have this running joke about Lexi’s work … Be prepared, her feels have feelings. Every single time, the emotion she awakens from within is mind-blowing. One minute you’re reading along a journey of two people and then BAM. That’s how it feels. You just don’t see it coming and it is just glorious. She is unpredictable in her predictability. I say predictability because I’ve read enough of her books that I know what’s coming yet she surprises me every time!
The story of Ethan and Nicole hit me in the gut from almost the very beginning. SO much so that I almost stopped reading. There are things/circumstances that happen in this book that I have personally struggled thru and reading their journey brought a lot of my own emotional upheaval to light and I’m really picky about the stories I allow that to evoke out of me. You want to know why I kept going? Because I knew it would be done right. I knew the struggle and #feels would be exposed and weaved into the story properly. And I wasn’t wrong. In the end, yes, I was emotionally spent but my heart so damn happy for Ethan and Nic. Their journey was riddled with secrets and lies that all came from a place of necessity. Even the secrets and lies had depth!
This book was not just a story of two people finding love. It was a story of growth and acceptance, new beginnings and opening up, forgiveness and strength. It’s a story of family and friendship. Best of all, it’s a book that introduces us to a wonderful family with strength and perseverance and I cannot wait to read more!
Copy provided for blog tour review
“Did somebody hurt you?” My gut knots with the question. You can’t save her, Ethan.
“You could say that.”
I step forward. Maybe that’s why she’s here on this impulsive visit to Jackson Harbor. Maybe she’s running from someone, escaping a home that’s not safe. “Do you have somewhere safe to go?”
“It’s not that kind of hurt,” she whispers. She swallows, and her gaze dips to my mouth. “Why are you so sad?”
Because you remind me of Elena. Because I couldn’t walk away from her either. “I’m just worried about you.” I don’t know if I step closer or if gravity pulls me that way, but in a breath, she’s at my fingertips and my thighs brush her knees.
“Will you do me a favor?” she asks, her attention still on my lips.
“Will you kiss me?”
“Nic . . .” I wait for the excuses to find their way onto my tongue, but they don’t, and I realize I don’t want an excuse to walk away from her. My whole body is warm and my fingers itch to touch her. The only thing I want is my mouth on hers. I want to taste her joy and sadness. I want to know how it feels to have that body pressed against mine.
I’m silent a beat too long, and she winces. “Sorry.”
“Don’t be. It’s not that I don’t want to, but you’re vulnerable.”
“Are you always so noble?”
“If you think my thoughts are noble right now, you’re even more naïve than I feared.” I lean my forehead against hers. Christ. Who am I kidding? She’s asking me to do something I’ve been thinking about since I first laid eyes on her. I couldn’t deny her if I wanted to, and I don’t want to. Not even a little.
I cup her face in my hand and run my thumb along her jaw.
She slides a hand behind my neck. “I like the way you look at me. You make me feel sexy. Wanted.”
“Who made you feel like you weren’t?”
“Then he didn’t deserve you.” I lower my mouth to hers, telling myself the kiss will be brief, that I won’t get carried away. But then her other hand joins the first behind my neck, and her breasts press against my chest. Her thighs part, and I step between them in my instinctive need to be closer. A soft moan slips from her lips as our mouths connect.
This girl kisses like she does everything else—with unabashed emotion. She doesn’t hide a thing she’s feeling, and I’m hard even before her mouth opens under mine and our tongues sweep across each other.
I thread one hand into her hair and slide the other up her bare leg, my fingers curling into the flesh of her hip while my thumb strokes her inner thigh. Her skirt is bunched around her waist, and it would be so easy to follow this soft skin up and find her panties. She’s making the sexiest sounds, and I’m dying to touch her, to find out if she’s as turned on as she sounds, but I keep my hand where it is and give her the kiss she asked for. I offer the evidence that she’s sexy and desirable, no matter what some asshole made her think.
The Wrong Kind of Love © 2018 by Lexi Ryan
Oh this book. Lexi Ryan has written a sexy, sweet, realistic, love story. I absolutely loved The Wrong Kind of Love.
Ethan is a doctor and, a widowed, single father. His mother and the rest of his family help him with his daughter so he can be on call, and occasionally hang out with his brothers. Nic shows up at his brother’s bar, wanting to forget her day and the past few months of her life. Nic is a special heroine. I loved her, she was real and flawed, but a beautiful person. Her connection was instant with Lilly, and I loved the two of them together.
I highly recommend The Wrong Kind of Love. The story touches on things that are uncommon in romance novels these days, and it was handled with care. The story was evenly paced, and I was addicted to Ethan and Nic, dying to see what would happen next between the two. It has a wonderful cast, and I already have my fingers crossed for future books and couples. I’m especially hoping to see more of Veronica, the supporting character that intrigued me the most.
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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