Monday, September 9, 2019

If It's Only Love by Lexi Ryan- ARC Review

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.

Easton and Shayleigh have a long history, and it's the kind of history that makes for a great second chance story.  It's full of romance, of missed opportunities, of 2nd chances, and star-crossed lovers.  It's a 2nd chance, or really a 3rd or 4th chance for the characters, and while there have been reasons that they wouldn't work in the past, the relationship seems that it actually might work this time.  Maybe.  Yes, there are still things in their way, but this time, Easton is all in, and he is in Jackson Harbor to get rid of one of the issues, them living in different cities.

There's such a connection between them, and it's there, and it's strong from the very first time you see them together.  It's one of those connections that make you wonder why it hasn't worked out yet.  But, then you learn what has happened to them, and why they are not able to get together.

All of the flashbacks work, and they draw them together and make their relationship into something incredibly strong, and with this strength you believe in the relationship.

So, why the 3 stars?  I can't say here.  It's not because I don't know, as I do.  But, it's a spoiler.  And, while it worked for the story and I believed the resolution around it, I didn't love it.  And, I know this doesn't make a lot of sense, but there's just not a way to explain this without going into the thing that happened that I didn't love and didn't totally work for me. There's not really anything else I can say as I don't want to ruin the story for others. 

Overall, I did enjoy this title and I do recommend it.

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