The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne
Series: Sex Love and Stilettos #4
Also in this series: Love the One You're With, Just One Night
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.
As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.
After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
The Trouble with Love is the last book in the Sex, Love & Stilettos series and it was hands down my favorite book in the bunch. It was a second chance romance that just had me swooning all over the place. Alex Cassidy is everything, at least for me.
I don’t even know where to begin with this review.
Emma Sinclair is the last of the Stiletto girls to fall in love. While everyone is falling in love and known for all things love, Emma is the resident break up girl. She’s all about letting Stiletto girls know how to move on after a bad break up. She has the experience and the bad break up that ruined love for her and she’s not ashamed to share her wisdom with others who need it. Her experience with the whole break up thing centers around her ex-fiance’ Alex Cassidy.
Alex Cassidy is the head man in charge over at Oxford magazine and when the head of Stiletto magazine takes a sabbatical, Alex takes over at Stiletto to help them out. It’s a little awkward considering his ex-fiancee works over there and is not his biggest fan. What’s even worse is that same ex-fiancee just moved in next door to him. Alex has always regretted the way that their relationship ended but he wasn’t completely blameless in the whole thing which is something that Emma won’t acknowledge. Emma is working on a story about her ex boyfriends and an interview with Alex is on the horizon and Alex can’t wait. He’d like to clear the air once and for all but the more time he spends around Emma, the more he remembers. She was the one that got away and he’s never gotten over it and with them working so closely together, he can’t help but wonder if it’s not too late to try again.
You guys, this book had me wrapped up from the very beginning. I needed to know what happened between Emma and Alex. The whole deal, not just what Emma said or what Alex said happened because they both said different things and when we finally get it, I was so glad. I knew that there were still feelings involved because throughout the entire series, they don’t like each other. How can you have moved on from what happened if the rage is still alive and kicking every time you’re around each other?
And then Alex said this:
“You want to know what I remember,” he said quietly, his fingers fiddling with his cuffs as he rolled the sleeves up to his elbow, his eyes locked on the view before them.
He shoved his hands into his pockets and dipped his head just slightly, glancing at the floor before lifting it and staring out at the night sky.
“I remember everything.”
“Ask me what else I remember.”
She started to run away, but his hand touched her arm.
“Ask me,” he commanded.
Emma shook her head feeling both terrified and the most alive she’d felt in years.
He waited patiently until her eyes met his. “I remember us, Emma.”
Holy shit, I about swooned into a puddle of lust after reading this scene. I loved Alex in all of the other books that he’s in but I loved him the most after reading this book. I’m sitting here writing this review with a big ass goofy grin on my face remembering everything that I loved about this book. I loved Alex. I loved the Oxford guys. I loved the Stiletto girls. Hell, I even loved the Stiletto girls boss that took off with her Australian lover boy.
But as much as I loved this book and everyone in it, there were times when I wanted to knock Emma the hell out. She held on to so much hatred for so long that I wanted to shake some damn sense into her. Even when she knew in her heart of hearts that it was time to let go of the past, she didn’t. Not really and that drove me crazy but I still loved the hell out of this book. I was sad to be done with these guys until I remembered that we get the Oxford guys and then I was happy all over again because Lincoln is next!!! I can’t freaking wait for Lincoln!
This was a great story of two old flames coming together again and it was an emotional journey that hit all the right spots for me. I definitely recommend.
4 out of 5