Straight Up Love
by Lexi Ryan
Published: May 08, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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!
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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.”
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
With everyday that passes Ava can feel every single tick of her biological clock, and with each tick the more nervous she becomes about losing her opportunity to have a child of her own. She's a single, divorced, thirty year old woman with no man in her life, or even on the horizon, so she is going to do something for herself for a change and handle this baby making thing on her own, the unconventional way. But after reading many donors bio's she can't seem to find the right one, it's so hard to pick the father of your child when everything you know about them fits on a single piece of paper. So after a few celebratory birthday drinks, and some encouragement from her friends she decides the best option for a baby daddy is her best friend Jake Jackson. So she waltzes up to him and lays it all on the line, and at the time it seemed like the perfect plan, but once the morning rolls around, and she has to face him she begins to wonder how she is supposed to go through with it. He has been her best friend for so long, and making a baby with him may just change everything, and she can't lose him, he is the only constant in her life. Not to mention the fact that she has harbored a serious crush on him for years, and this baby making stuff might lead to a lot of hurt feelings and confusion, and she isn't so sure her heart can take it, she know Jake doesn't feel the same way, so she'd be setting herself and her heart up for failure... or would she?
Straight Up Love is a deliciously satisfying friends to lovers tale that is sure to squeeze your heart, give you a serious case of the feels, and leave you harboring a major book boyfriend crush... Mr. Jackson will steal your heart the moment he waltzes onto the page! There was so much to love about this one, the characters were exquisitely crafted, had amazing chemistry that kept things consistently hot, and the story line was heartfelt and engaging! These two wonderful characters had me feeling the words, feeling the steam, and loving every single second of it... definitely my favorite read from this author to date!! Highly recommend you get your hands on this one, you will not be disappointed with what you find!!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
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