4.5 Star · ARC Review · Contemporary · Friends to Lovers · Lost Love · Second Chance · Series · Sexual Tension · Slow Burn · Tear Jerker

If It’s Only Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor #6) by Lexi Ryan

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4.5 Stars

Shayleigh Jackson has been in love with Easton Connor for as long as she can remember. As a young girl, her brother’s best friend provided many crush fueled fantasies, but it was what happened many years later that transformed her crush into an irreparable shattered heart…

Easton Connor spent the longest time doing his best to stay away from Shay Jackson. First she was too young, and then everything was way too complicated, but years have passed and now not only is Easton completely single, but he is in the process of moving back to Jackson Harbor… permanently.


If It’s Only Love was the slowest of slow burn romances, filled with heartbreak, the travesty of never-ending bad timing, and a love that has faced too many trials to ever be easily overcome. Shay and Easton have both learned the hard way that sometimes love just isn’t enough, but when their friendship and long simmering love finally starts to come back around, will this be the chance that these two will finally find the most everlasting of happily ever afters…

Shay is a woman who loves her family with all her heart, and Easton was once a big part of that. But in the years since everything between them fell apart, Shay is no longer a woman who will fall into Easton’s arms so easily… as long as she puts some much needed distance between them. Having her heart completely obliterated by Easton once was enough, thank you very much.

Easton left Jackson Harbor to pursue a career in the NFL, and now that he is in retirement, there is nowhere he would rather be than his hometown and all of the happiness that he left behind there. And most of all, bringing his young daughter to a place where she will be surrounded by the entire Jackson family means a lot to him. Especially the one family member that Easton is most happy to reconnect with, Shay, the woman he has never been able to forget.

This was a fabulous read. With all the angst and drama centered around Shay and Easton’s past and present relationship, the truth of their past is slowly revealed, with every painful twist and turn included. I loved how both Shay and Easton knew what was important in life, even if they had a hard time applying that knowledge in their own situations. I rooted hard for this couple and even after their epically slow burn storyline, I enjoyed their journey immensely.

I’ll have to admit that this is my first book in The Boys of Jackson Harbor series, and after reading it I was so bummed that I have so far missed what seems like some fabulous stories from the Jackson family. BUT, this book was so well done, I didn’t once feel like I was ever lost in this story from missing all the rest of the series (so far!!) I will definitely be returning to Jackson Harbor to catch up, especially now that I know what a great ending this series will deliver.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.

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