Blog Tour + Official Review! 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!

Official Review!

I received a copy and voluntarily left a review and all opinions are my own.

Ever since embarking on Lexi Ryan’s newest fictional story and meeting the hot, mouth watering Jackson brothers in The Wrong Kind Of Love, I was more than ready to get know more about the angsty, sexually charged best friends Jake and Ava and watch their sparks ignite in Straight Up Love. From the first page of their story, Lexi Ryan had me tied up in knots of frustration just waiting for these two to finally stop being obtuse and realizedtheir feelings for one another and get it on..hey what can I say, I am human and love characters to get down and dirty. And I just knew, that as much as these two were in was going to be hot, hot, hot!!

Ava McKinley is a barrel full of mysterious emotions left over from a loveless marriage and an estranged family. But buried under all of those teeming emotions is the want for a baby to call her own and maybe, just maybe deeper feelings for her best friend. Ava had me admiring her tenacity and steadfastness for knowing what she wants while at the same time cursing these qualities that keep her from acknowledging how she feels about Jake. That is what I love about Lexi’s characters, they are beautifully flawed and so realistic that you soon feel like they are family and often want to throttle them then want to hug the hell out of them by the end.

Jake Jackson is all kinds of yummy and I couldn’t wait to get a closer look at this delicious bartender with a deep yearning for his best friend that grows more with every page. I thought I was already in love with him when he was first introduced in The Wrong Kind Of Love, I soon realized that I felt only a fraction of what I feel for him now. He swept me away with his emotions and depth of love for Ava and his great restraint of waiting and not pursuing anything more than friendship until she was ready…even when it had me ready to pull my hair out.

Lexi Ryan delivers a temperature raising, heart melting, “when are they going to do it already” read that that is sure to leave you begging for more of these “melt in your mouth” Jackson brothers. I highly recommend Straight Up Love for a touching, patience shredding venture into love that will leave you so infatuated that you will want to start all over again just to experience it one more time! Lexi Ryan always brings us all the feels and gives us characters and stories that we can’t help but immerse ourselves in and want to escape reality forever. I can’t wait for my next visit to Jackson Harbor…bring it on Lexi!!



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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.”


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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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