10 May 2018

Book Review | Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan (@writelexiryan)

Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan
Published: May 08, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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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!

Rating: 4.5/5

“You give me everything,” I whisper. “Everything that matters.”
“Then give me your forever. If you want to give me more, give me your tomorrows. I want your laughter and tears. I want your good days and the bad.”

Jake, when he loves, he loves with his whole heart and he’d give his all. He was in love with Ava for a long time. And by the time he had the guts to tell her his feeling, Ava was no longer available. So he settled for the next best thing - being her best friend. But now, Ava is single, and she wants to have a baby. What better way to get into her heart but through her pants! (LOL) But seriously, Jake didn’t want to at first. Probably it’s out of desperation, or out of his good heart (yes, probably being a man adds to that) - but he agreed to be the father of his baby. On his own terms.

Ava - aw. Sometimes I hate her. Sometimes I like her. I mean, how blind are you to Jake’s feelings, girl? Why don’t you want to cross that line between lovers and friends? Where can you ever find someone like Jake who cares for you deeply and is a really great friend? Not to mention she’s 30 and she still seeks approval from her father, doing things she wasn’t really keen of doing, all for her dad. Her dad can really be heartless. But Jake shared his family with her - and it was sort of enough.

Then there’s Molly - who you will hate. Her secrets might ruin what’s brewing between Jake and Ava. And then, surprise! You’ll learn to like her along the way. She isn’t perfect and she made mistakes, but at least she own up to it and trying to live her life the way she wants it. I am looking forward in reading her story. Wondering what will happen to her…

I want someone like Jake. OH MY GOD! He’s a total swoon-worthy male-lead. One of my favorites to date. You’d fall completely, head over heels in love with him. Wondering where you can find this kind of man in the world, and hoping this kind of man really exist. I loved the fact that they started out as friends, and Jake was willing to do anything just to have her in his life, even if it kills him just to be “friends” with her.  

Straight Up Love is a great read. It’s sexy (omg! The anticipation was killing me!!!), fun, sweet, with loads of twists and turns and just enough drama.  If you love a friends-to-lovers romance, this one is for you!

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.” 


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: www.lexiryan.com

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