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Blog Tour: The Wrong Kind Of Love: Lexi Ryan



The Wrong Kind Of Love

(The Boys of Jackson Harbor#1)

Lexi Ryan
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Release Date February 12, 2018

From New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new 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!
"Love born in a lie is THE WRONG KIND OF LOVE."

Nicole's life just imploded. In the blink of her eye she is in need of an escape from her ruined wedding, cheating fiance, lying sister, and everyone in town's prying eyes. So she grabs some stuff and heads off to Jackson Harbor, Michigan and takes on a nanny job her sister promised to complete. Since her life is already complicated enough, of course her new boss is not exactly a a stranger to her. Before she knows it she is immersed in a situation where she is now the one lying, but cannot see a way out of it. She is usually the good twin, stable, insecure, anxious, passive, and sometimes even a doormat. But this whole situation has her stepping out of her comfort zone and finding a bit of a spark.

Widower Dr. Ethan Jackson reluctantly agreed to hire a nanny for his six year old daughter. But he did not take care of the hiring process so seeing Nic show up at his door is a shock. He is not looking for complications or relationships. He is broody, resistant, bossy, and determined that this whole situation will be more short term than previously expected. He has his own secrets and his own reasons for being reluctant, fearful, grumpy, and for why he makes the choices he does.

He never wanted to like her or have his daughter get attached...or his siblings and mom. He certainly is not happy about the sexual tension  choking them or dirty thoughts. But he also can't seem to shake his fascination with the hot nanny.

This story is layered in secrets, lies, and omissions. Both the main characters have trust issues and reasons not to get involved. Unfortunately their bodies and hearts seem to keep leading them. They  struggle with being on the same page at the same time. They have fears and insecurities and self worth issues. And all of the lies taint the situation with guilt and worry. I loved these two together and I was full of tension about the fall-out from what they were hiding.

I loved his family...his adorable daughter, Lilly, his sweet mom, his siblings, Carter, Jake, Brayden, Levi, and Shay. They were so much fun and pushed and challenged each other, but you could tell that they loved each other so much. The other girls, Teagan, Veronica, and Ava added a bit more girl power. I liked the setting and idea of a jointly owned family business keeping them together even though they also had other careers as well.

This is a fantastic start to a new series. It is angsty, funny, sweet, intriguing, emotional, and sexy.  The characters came to life and I was immersed in their story right away. I really hated to put it down at night and wanted to finish it.

I was gifted a copy by the author.

Nicole is the good sister, rule follower and just wants the future she sees with her fiance. Unfortunately she learns her future isn’t quite what she imagined when she learns on her wedding day that her sister is pregnant and the father is Nicole’s fiance. Running away from the lies, betrayal, and small town gossip, Nicole moves to Michigan and decides to step into the job her sister was supposed to be starting.

Ethan Jackson needs a nanny for his daughter. He isn’t crazy about the idea of a stranger watching Lilly, but his mom needs the break. He is shocked when he sees the woman who arrives on the first morning, not because she wasn’t the woman he was expecting (he hadn’t met the new nanny yet) but because he had already met her without exchanging names.

There are so many secrets between these two. I couldn’t help but wish one of them would open up and let some secrets go. But the omissions and deceptions made for a lot of drama in a variety of situations between them. It wasn’t just Nicole’s identity, there is so much more going on in the background that stands between Ethan and Nic.

This was a fast read that was so entertaining. There were a couple details that bothered me about their interactions and the secrets they kept, but by the end I had put aside almost all of my hang ups in order to just enjoy these two.

I loved Ethan’s family. His mom, daughter, and siblings are a great supportive bunch. As the beginning of a new series, this is full of characters that will make compelling installments in the future. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest 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.
“What?”
“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?”
“A mistake.”
“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
Straight Up Love (#2) May 2018 (Jake)
Dirty, Reckless Love (#3) August 2018 (Levi)
Wrapped in Love (#4) (Brayden)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles, Lexi enjoys reading, sunshine, a good glass of wine, and rare trips to the beach. Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and neurotic dog. You can find her at her website: http://www.lexiryan.com/

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