I Wish You Were Mine

An Amazon Best Book of the Year (2016)

Oxford, Book Two

featuring Mollie Carrington and Jackson Burke

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+ book summary

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In this charming Oxford Novel, hailed by Keri Ford as “a sizzling-loud friends-to-lovers story,” Lauren Layne poses a provocative question: What do you do when you fall in love with your sister’s ex?

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

+ exercpt

She gave him a wide smile and held her arms out. “Would it help if we hugged it out?”

He shook his head with a small smile as he lifted his beer. “Go away, Molls.”

She wiggled her fingers and moved toward him. “Come on. One hug.”

He laughed and tried to push her away. “Don’t be weird. I’m still annoyed at you.”

Ignoring this, Mollie wrapped her arms around him and squeezed, although it was a bit like embracing a redwood trunk. The man was thick and solid and hard.

“I’m sorry,” she said against the lapel of his suit jacket. “I’m really, really sorry.”

He stiffened for a moment before some of the tension finally seemed to seep out of him. She heard the clank of his beer can against the counter, and slowly his big arms came around her, engulfing her in a warm embrace.

She’d meant the hug to be friendly. Heck, it was friendly, in that it was a hug between friends. But as they stood there, lingering perhaps a bit longer than they should have, the hug started to feel different . . .

His head came down to rest on the top of hers, and she felt the slight pull as his stubble rasped against her hair. Mollie suddenly became aware of her hands—aware of the way his hard back felt against her palms, the way his muscles bunched as he pulled her closer against him.

Even the air felt thicker, or maybe it was just that both of their breathing seemed to have quickened.

Jackson’s hands moved just slightly, first upward toward her shoulders and then sliding down until his fingers rested at the small of her back, as though exploring her shape.

And suddenly Mollie wanted him to explore more. Wanted his hands to drift down further, over her butt, and then around to the front.

Oh God!

Mollie’s hands found his broad shoulders as she pushed back abruptly.

Jackson blinked in surprise at the sudden movement before his arms dropped slowly to his sides. Their eyes held for a second too long, as though searching to see if the other had answers for what had just happened.

He shook his head slightly and cleared his throat before he reached for his beer once more.

+ praise

“A smart, sexy, and absolutely irresistible read!”—USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly

“I Wish You Were Mine is a sizzling-loud friends-to-lovers story with a unique twist of my-sister’s-ex-husband. A hot and sexy read with a strong bond of friendship make this a book you don’t want to miss.”—Keri Ford, author of the Turtle Pine series

“I loved this book! I Wish You Were Mine is the perfect combination of sexy and sweet—with a refreshing dash of humor that had me laughing out loud. I couldn’t put it down, and I can’t wait to read more by this talented author.”—Mari Madison, author of Just This Night

“Fans of Layne will enjoy this one, and for those new to Lauren Layne’s writing, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”—Naughty Professora

“There is a great story line here and a wonderfully annoying villian . . . the ex-wife/sister. The writing is wonderful and the pacing is spot on.”—Obsessive Book Nerd

“When it comes to Lauren Layne, I expect engaging banter, sexual tension, and happy feels. She hit that in the bull’s eye with her new novel, I Wish You Were Mine.”—Will Read for Feels

“So if you are looking for that friends-to-lovers romance that will have you laughing, blushing and maybe even yelling a little, but that leaves you with a smile on your face, then this is the book to read!”—Book Bitches

“I am so excited for the rest of the world to read this book. As always, [Lauren Layne] knows how to bring it!”—Real Talk, Book Talk

“If you haven’t read anything by Lauren Layne and are a big fan of romance, well, what are you waiting for?! Go! Shoo! Buy her books—you won’t regret it!”—Mischievous Reads

“Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and I Wish You Were Mine delivered that in spades.”—Manga Maniac Cafe