IF IT'S ONLY LOVE                          LEXI RYAN

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.

If It's Only Love and all other books in this series can be read as standalones, but you'll enjoy reading them together.

The Boys of Jackson Harbor
1 - The Wrong Kind of Love (Ethan’s story)
2 - Straight Up Love (Jake’s story)
3 - Dirty, Reckless Love (Levi’s story)
4 - Wrapped in Love (Brayden’s story)
5 - Crazy for Your Love (Carter’s story)
6 - If It’s Only Love (Shay’s story)

     What’s it like to basically love someone all your life?  That is the question both Easton Connor and Shayleigh Jackson are asking themselves a regular basis lately.
     Easton or East for short. He is four years older than Shayleigh or Shay for short.  East is her older brother, Carter’s best friend.  Although, he was friends with all six of her brothers.  Shay always had a special place in East’s heart being the only girl.  When she was scared, had scraped her knee, or just needed to vent he was there for her.  The summer she wore that first bikini he was lost.
     He was told by Carter and not so nice that she was his baby sister and off-limits.  So, he was biding his time.  The night he was drafted in the NFL Shay is who he wanted to talk with and who always calmed his anxiety when it all got to be too much.  Going to L.A. he would have to figure life out another way.
     Life changed in L.A.  His love for Shay didn’t, he was homesick.  On New Year’s he came home he was back with his extended family which meant Shay.  They had their first kiss being she was eighteen.  She had school he had football.  That night after fooling around she said she would apply for UCLA. Shay was beyond smart.
     He rejected that idea when she presented it over text as they were talking. To her, he was rejecting her for the first time.  Reinforcing that her curvy girl body was just plain fat to him.  She would not measure up to the new beautiful people he was meeting in L.A.  All the models and actresses she was seeing in the magazines.
     She needed to distance herself.  The same thoughts he was having is to step back to let her have her dream.  She had higher learning and her dream school picked since she was in grade school, he couldn’t be selfish. Instead of telling her that he just said no.
     These two characters have many character flaws that cause you to pause and wonder how they cope.  The issues they have to face in their lives are difficult, some are extremely sad, but a lot are funny too.  I really enjoyed the family dynamics that singles outs the romance between Shay and East.
     I give this: 5 stars. Provided by netgalley.com.
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