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If It's Only Love

(The Boys of Jackson Harbor #6)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,259 ratings  ·  214 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Ever After, LLC
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Melanie (mells_view)
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
When it comes to Easton Connor, I cannot be trusted.

If it’s only Love is the sixth book in The Boys of Jackson Harbor series. We’ve finally reached the love story of the only Jackson sister, Shayleigh, and let me tell you it did not disappoint. This story is a bit of brother’s best friend and a bit of multi chance romance as well. Easton Connor is someone who has been in Shay’s life for as long as she can remember. From scrapped knees to nights in Paris, but when he comes back into her life and
Carmen Rae
Lexi Ryan has this ability to rip my heart out of my chest, stomp it into a million pieces, put it back and leave me smiling with tears running down my face. And the Jackson Harbor series has been nothing short of perfect.

This story was complicated and angsty and heartbreaking in all the ways only life can be. And while things were happening to make me cry it really would have helped to have someone to blame and I really wanted to be mad at Easton but then I would get his point of view and my h
Jessica Alcazar
damn ... ya'll ... i mean dayum!

There is one thing you can always count on when you pick up a Lexi book ... consistency. She is consistent in her triangles inside hexagons trying to fit in a pentagon romance journeys. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I am left in pure wonderment after I finish. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

I am a ridiculous fan of Lexi’s. Not just as an author, but as a human. I’ve laughed with her and I’ve cried with her and a whole lot in between. I’m not entirely sure it’s not her fault I’ve bee
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! This is the book where it takes a slow progress to really in love with the story. During the first 20%, i hate this book due to eston. He was a shallow full of shit that kind of hero. I almost shelved it under DNF. But something in this book keeps me going.

About 50% of this book, the author finally lets out the twist and turn and that drama. Jeez its so much of drama that i almost shelved it under DNF. After the 70%, then everything is reveal. The conflict, the judgement, the climax and th
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
This was exactly the kind of book I needed to end my summer! It was juicy and delicious, ANGSTY and sexy, the push and pull was EVERYTHING, and ooooh my word was it SWEET. I adore this series, adore these characters, adore this world Lexi Ryan has so seamlessly crafted around this family that I can't get enough of. Together, Shay and Easton are one perfectly complicated mess and I loved their story to bits.

Is their story a perfect one? Absolutely not. This couple has YEARS of baggage behind them
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of spicy small town/family contemporaries.
Wow. I'm a bit speechless. The drama. The angst. The baggage that Easton and Shay brought to their long relationship. The agony of finally wading through all the stuff that got in their way before getting to a HEA....this book just about drained me! But it was sooo good! I can imagine it as a TV soap opera!

Former NFL player Easton comes back to his hometown of Jackson Harbor , Michigan and brings his 9 year old daughter to raise away from the gossip following him in LA. He meets up again with hi
Beneath The Covers Blog
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, arcs, kelly
This book isn’t just a second chance romance. It’s not just a sports romance. It’s a story of heartbreak, first love, loss, sacrifices, and the profound faith that family means everything. Lexi Ryan scripts an intricate web between the pages of this incredible story that captivates readers from the start.

Each book in this amazing series showcases its own tale of complexity while tackling obstacles and complications that seem impossible to overcome. But Shay and Easton’s story expresses a whole n
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This newest book in the Jackson Harbor series was once again an amazing read by Lexi Ryan.

Shay's story was a highly anticipated one for me. I've been interested in the only girl of the Jackson siblings from the beginning. But I wasn't prepared for just how emotional this second chance romance would be. It wasn't like a gut wrenching kind of angst. It was this crazy journey of two people who've loved each other practically their whole lives, but their timing just never seems to be right.

The onl
Tracy  C
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easton and Shay's history was so heartbreaking. The reasons for them being apart were pretty good ones, but he could have handled it better. I really enjoyed this story and seeing how hard Easton worked to show Shay how he felt. It just missed 5 stars for me because I did fell that there was a bit too many obstacles for them. Clear communication would have helped. Loved the epilogue! ...more
♡ jules ♡
If It's Only Love is the sixth book in the Boys of Jackson Harbor, after all her brothers it's finally Shay's romance. I really enjoyed it, Shay and Easton are a second, pardon third chance love and oh boy, all the angst and tension between us was top tier. Blood isn't family and this book was a proof of that. You don't need to be biologically related to someone to actually be family, which is 100000% true and beautiful.

ARC provided by NetGalley and Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest
4 1/2 "tagalong" stars

I seriously thought Ms. Ryan was going to crack my poor little heart wide open with this book. I had no idea that Shayleigh had been through so much. Talk about a girl earning her Happily Ever After. She earned it and then some...

If It's Only Love is told between present day and flashbacks. Shay crushed on Easton Connor when she was growing up. He was her older brother's best friend but she couldn't help her attraction to him. What she didn't realize is that he was just
Susan (susayq ~)
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019books
As always with a Lexi Ryan book, this was a great blend of romance and angst. This was a great wrap up the series and I loved every minute I spent in Jackson Harbor!
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Ryan and I am wondering what has taken me so long to do so. She writes a really good single dad/friends to lovers/best friends’ sister second chance romance. I mean you get it all with this story and I loved it. Shay and Ethan have known each other forever and she has always had a crush on him. Ethan has always had a thing for her as well but with her brothers always warning him off, it wasn’t able to happen. There was always the pesky timing proble ...more
Erin Lewis
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star review of If It’s Only Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbour #6) by Lexi Ryan
I know this is hard to believe, but this is my first book by Lexi Ryan and I cannot understand how that could be. From start to finish, I was captivated by the story that she wove, drawn in, I had a hard time putting this one down when real life got in the way.

Although the last book in the series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone, but I am off to one click the rest of the books in the series ASAP as I lov
The Smutbrarians
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Steam 4
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

Once upon a time Shay was madly in love with her older brother's best friend Easton. Although four years older Easton always made time for the nerdy little sister but always had some sort of attraction to her. As they got older the attraction for each other grew but circumstances kept them apart and the timing was always wrong. Then Easton leaves for the NFL and his career takes off...

Over the last 12 yea
Izzie d
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-chance, arc
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Vanessa (nessreads)
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 “Short stack” Stars

If It’s Only Love is the sixth and final book in The Boys of Jackson Harbor series. And finally we get Shayleigh’s book. Shay is the only sister of the five Jackson brothers and her story is the one I was most anticipating. And oh boy, it was so worth the wait.

Shay grew up surrounded by boys and one in particular was her brother’s older best friend. Easton was four years older than her and was definitely off limits. But it didn’t stop Shay from having a crush on him and watc
Three Chicks
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Shay and Easton have a history together, one that started when they were kids. He is best friends with her brother and close with her family. Shay has always had a crush on Easton. At some point Easton realizes that Shay is all grown up and his feelings for her start to change. But knowing what his future holds and that she is off limits, being she’s his best friend’s sister, he tries to keep his feelings to himself. Until one night when things go a little farther th
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If It’s Only Love is the 6th book to The Boys of Jackson Harbor series and this book is Shayleigh’s story. I went into this as a stand-alone, which it is, but I think I may have gotten more of a feel for the characters if I had started from book one, but with that said, it wasn’t any less amazing and it didn’t take me much to get into the story, but I will be going back and starting the series from book one after reading this gem!

Easton and Shay story was epic! It’s their third chance at love w
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author via NetGalley***

Easton and Shayleigh have a long history, and it's the kind of history that makes for a great second chance story. It's full of romance, of missed opportunities, of 2nd chances, and star-crossed lovers. It's a 2nd chance, or really a 3rd or 4th chance for the characters, and while there have been reasons that they wouldn't work in the past, the relationship seems that it actually might work this time. Maybe. Yes, there are still things in their way,
Britt The Hatters
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The angst! The sweet! The heart break! The swoon! If it’s Only Love is a second chance that will entirely smash your heart before putting it back together. Easton and Shay have such an intense history and pairing that with the drama they’re each individually going through in the present made their story one that had me going from biting my nails, to tearing up, to full on happy sighing from start to finish.
Bouncing back and forth between the past and present and learning just how the events of
Paula White
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Wow how many times can a couple nearly get together and circumstances keep them apart? This couple really went through the mill and whilst ayou can understand all the choices they made they could have made different ones but then it would have been a really short story! I loved Shay and Easton together and seeing glimpses of the past. As a reader we do get a HEA but I must admit I wanted an epilogue a bit further in future. Easton was so giving, it would be nice to see them with a bunch of kids ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, e-book, 2019
The drama in this one drove me nuts. I really liked Easton at first, loved that he was smitten with Shay and really saw her. Sadly he didn't treat her like she deserved, the going back and forth in the past was too much for me to really believe that in the present he was really in it to win Shay.

And Shay, the queen of bad decisions seemed to keep making them. I knew what was going on with her professor right away. I do think she handled things there as good as she could have in such a crappy sit
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
Maggie Sinclair
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The angst was intense throughout, which I loved. But damn....that bomb near the end absolutely killed the story for me. It was a 5 star for me until that part and I almost didn't want to finish it. I can say that I am not a fan at all with those kind of twists in my stories, but it is what it is. I kind of wish that I would have read some spoilers somewhere so I probably wouldn't have read the book. But I finished and it was well written. I like the characters until that point...but her news sou ...more
Candyce Kirk
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While reading this series, I've always felt like Jackson Harbor would be a place that could feel like home. If It's Only Love brought back that feeling and made me very happy. I love this setting and places like this make me want to move and live there.

If It's Only Love is the sixth book in this series and I think after reading Shay and Easton's story, that this one is my favorite. I've enjoyed them all so far, but this one just stands out. Once I started reading If It's Only Love I couldn't sto
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"You try to keep hating me, but you lose your grip on it when I get close, so I wonder what would happen if I got closer."

I recently discovered the word wizardry of Lexi Ryan. So, even though this is the 6th book in The Boys of Jackson Harbor series, I read it as a standalone. And in case you are wondering, yes, after meeting the other characters I want to read their stories as well. I really loved the big family dynamic and the sibling banter is very entertaining.

The author tells the st
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, read-in-2019
4 1/2 Stars

I have loved and adored all of the books in this series, and have been patiently waiting for Shay’s book to see if she’d ever find love, and I was not expecting the crazy angst filled ride we would be taken on in If It’s Only Love.

This is a story of love, loss, second chances, and sacrifice. Shay has been in love with her brothers best friend Easton since she was a little girl, but she never thought she was good enough for the rising NFL star.Li
Avidez Literaria
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You never stole my heart. You tucked a pieces of yourself into it and made me better." - Easton

"I'd been through enough heartache and loss to know when something's worth fighting for." - Shay

They always loved each other, but they never thought that they are enough for each other. Their insecurities, fears and decisions have brought them closer and till them apart over the years. And now, only time will tell if the love they felt will be enough to survive time, forgive mistakes and heal hearts.

Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars
I have been looking forward to sister, Shay's book since the beginning of the series. And I have to say as much time as we spent with her, I never expected this to be her backstory. This is an emotional and angsty ride that spans years.

Shay has crushed on her brother's best friend, Easton Connor since she was seven years old, but it was not until her late teens that he noticed her. But she was his friend's little sister and totally off-limits. At first the missed chances were expected
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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