Friday, May 11, 2018

Blog Tour: Straight Up Love by Lexi Ryan

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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4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I am just loving this serious.  I adore the characters, especially the Jackson family.  Straight Up Love is a best friends to lovers romance which is one of my favorite stories to read.  And Lexi Ryan did not disappoint.

Ava is celebrating her 30th birthday and she realizes how much she wants to be a mother and that time may be running out.  She has been burned in the past and has every intention of having a baby and doing it all on her own.  Her determination and courage and strength to even want to do something like this on her own is admirable.  She knows what she wants and does not want to wait for that right person to come along, for fear that it may never happen. 

Enter Jake Jackson, her best friend since she was 10.  They have been through everything together and their friendship and loyalty is just beyond amazing.  When Ava asks him for his help as always Jake is there for her.  But he wants to do this his way.  He has been in love with Ava for as long as he can remember.  He has no problem giving Ava what she wants and needs because it gives him hope that in return he will get what he has always wanted, Ava to be his.  They are best friends, and would do anything for each other, but will taking this next step risk their relationship .  If they go through with this, will Ava risk losing Jake?

I loved Jake and Ava together.  As friends, as lovers and everything to each other.  Jake is the sweetest, gentlest, caring and sexy man who would vive Ava the world.  Because when it came to her, she was/is  his world.  Ava's friendship with Jake means everything to her but over the years yo have to wonder if she ever felt the same way about Jake.  She has never admitted it to herself but the feelings are so clearly there.  I was rooting for the two of them to get past their fears and open up to each other in the one way that they haven't over the years.  

This book is an emotional roller coaster.  A slow build between two best friends who are so afraid of what they feel.  So afraid of messing up.  There was drama and angst.  Truths that came out that not only shocked me but caused knots to form in my stomach.  I kept thinking why oh why?  And how would we move on from this.  I say we because I felt like I was a part of Ava and Jake's life.  I was going through this roller coaster with them and felt what they felt.   There was some heartache, and emotional moments.  But there were also fun and sexy times which I really loved.  Straight Up Love is a friends to lovers romance that will give you everything you want in a book.  A sexy hero, a lovable heroine, twists and turns, and a list of supporting characters whose story you cannot wait for.  

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.”

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Meet Lexi:
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:

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