Review – The Boys of Jackson Harbor Series (#1-6) by: Lexi Ryan

Small reviews of each below


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.


That was stupid good. I adored everything about this sexy story. I absolutely love the family dynamic between all the Jackson siblings. I could not stop laughing at their interactions. Literally dream team family.

The family also owns a brewery by the way, which made me ADORE this book. I love beer and seeing other beer girls and beer in a story made me so happy.

For the characters, Ethan is a dream of a man. His story line and how he grows made my heart ache in such a great way for him. Nic, my heart hurt for her a ton throughout this book. However, she really finds something worthy of her and a happily ever after. Overall, loved the start to this amazing series.

– 5 out of 5 Splatters –

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.


I hate to compare books, but this started off slow compared to Ethan and Nic’s story.  Ava is very much a girl I related to though. I’m also a teacher who bartends at a brewery and loves beer so obviously I was hardcore rooting for her. 

This book was definitely more of a slow burn. Not as spicy as the first one, but definitely just as sweet. I adore the Jackson siblings and love seeing their stories play out. Getting to know them even better with each book is such a bonus too. I did not like Molly, and I have a feeling we will definitely see more of her in future books but I was not a fan haha. 

The twist in this book honestly had me surprised. When it’s hinted my stomach tied in straight knots, but phew was I glad how it played out. On to the next one!

– 4 out of 5 Splatters –

I’m in love with a man who tried to kill me. At least that’s what they tell me . . .Six weeks ago, paramedics found me unconscious in my apartment. Beaten. Bruised. Hardly breathing. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember the last three years or anything about my life in Jackson Harbor. They tell me my fiancé, Colton McKinley, is on the run for what he did to me. They tell me I’m safer if I stay away.

I don’t care if my memories ever come back. I want nothing to do with those missing years . . . until a sexy stranger with angry eyes shows up on my doorstep and demands I stop ignoring him.

Levi Jackson is my fiancé’s best friend, but seeing him sparks something inside me. As the truth unravels in my mind, I know they’re wrong about Colton. My own secrets are far more dangerous than the man I was engaged to.

I return to Jackson Harbor to search for answers and find myself running from a faceless boogeyman and seeking refuge in Levi’s arms. And in his bed. I can’t deny my feelings for Levi. But as the pile of lies between us grows, I realize that sometimes the truth can’t set us free. Sometimes, it’s the very thing that can destroy us.


I really love how this book in the series is more set-up like a mystery than a straight romance. It was super intriguing to try to unravel everything as Ellie does. I also feel like the “before and after” was done really seamlessly. 

I love Levi’s bold, assertive attitude. How he is always there to pick up the pieces for Ellie.  I also really love how Lexi Ryan paints Colton in this book. She does an amazing job of showing that just because you’re going through a rough time doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. 

I’m super excited for the next three books. I feel like Brayden, Carter, and Shay are the ones we don’t see a ton of and are more on the quiet, brooding side. 

– 5 out of 5 Splatters –

A one-night stand with the boss was never in her plans. Neither was falling in love . . .

The rumors are true. I am a hot mess with an awful track record at love. Single mom. Down on her luck. Yeah, I’m bad news. So if the hardest part of moving back home to Jackson Harbor was going to be people talking? I’d be fine. I’ve kept my chin up through worse than their decade-old gossip.

I was wrong. The hardest part is resisting my boss. Brayden Jackson is the very picture of tall-dark-and-handsome. And thanks to an ill-advised one-night stand we had seven months ago, I know exactly what I’m missing when I turn him down. Every. Single. Delicious. Inch. But I have my son to care for and my job to keep, so I’ll keep on saying no.

Until my string of bad luck continues, and suddenly my precious four-year old and I find ourselves with nowhere to live. At Christmas, no less. It’s for my son that I accept Brayden’s offer to stay at his place. One by one, my defenses are falling, as fast as I am. If Brayden was smart, he’d run, because it’s only a matter of time before he realizes he deserves better than what a girl like me can offer.

Unless, for once, my bad luck is leading me exactly where I need to be.


Brayden has always been one of my favorites. The brooding, hard-working guy who loves his family above all else. This book just proved how amazing of a Jackson brother he is. 

The twists and turns weren’t as gut-wrenching as some of the others, but this book is very fitting of the title. It’s full of love.  Quick, easy and heartfelt read! Loved it!

– 4 out of 5 Splatters –

A family wedding with a fake boyfriend, meddling parents, and an obsessive ex . . . What could go wrong?

The only thing worse than being single at my sister’s wedding is finding out that my ex will be there too. Not just any ex—the guy everyone expected me to marry, the man I came to Jackson Harbor to escape.

Now I need a date, and fast. Enter Carter Jackson—the firefighter who’s dealing with an unwanted five minutes of fame ever since a shirtless photo of him saving a puppy went viral. He’s warding off propositions left and right, and he needs a fake relationship as much as I do.

Sweet and sexy, Carter is completely off-limits. See, I have a rule. A no heartache rule. Not only is Carter my friend and a known heartbreaker, but his job as a firefighter puts him in danger daily, and that’s something I just can’t handle.

The commitment between us might be pretend, but the passion all too real. As crazy as it makes me, I have to keep Carter at an arm’s length. Even that might not be enough to spare my heart.


I never was the sleeping around type, so it’s hard for me to relate to that in this one. Although I understand the feeling she goes through. Teagan, really struggles in this one. You don’t see the carefree, joke-cracking Teagan we are used to. She’s trying to get past her past. 

On the other side, I love love love Carter. He was one throughout the books we do not really get a huge look at so I was so happy to see him shine in this one.

– 4 out of 5 splatters –

From New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new standalone romance in the bestselling Boys of Jackson Harbor series. Meet single dad Easton Connor as he leaves the NFL and returns to Jackson Harbor to fight for another chance with the love of his life.

***

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.


Easton Conner. Yep that’s all you need to know.

Of course we get to see more of Shay’s life in this installment too. I’ve always loved her no BS attitude, however I wanted to hit her sometimes in this book.

I do love how it’s a childhood love that they both never gave up on. It’s such a dream for so many. The fact that Easton still found his way back to Shay even though they both made so many mistakes is such a fairytale.

This installment is such a great wrap up to the siblings and I love how we get glimpses of all of them weaved through each story. Such a wonderful read as always!

– 5 out of 5 Splatters –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

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