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Sunday Spotlight: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Posted December 24, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 4 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! We hope that you’re all settled in for a day of relaxing, spending time with loved ones and remembering what this season is really all about.

For today’s Sunday Spotlight, I wanted to feature a Christmas romance because it’s the time of the year where all I want to read are comfort reads and all I want to watch are Hallmark movies. Well, this book is the most perfect of Christmas reads because it’s a best friends to lovers trope and it has the feel of a Hallmark movie to set you right up for a great holiday read. You can read my review of this book here.

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #5
Also in this Series: Blurred Lines, Good Girl, Walk of Shame
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept

She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

There really isn’t much more that you’ll need from a holiday romance because I’m pretty confident that this book will hit all of your love buttons (haha, that didn’t sound the way it did in my head but I’m leaving it). Mark and Kelly are best friends and Mark has been carrying a torch for Kelly for years and Kelly is completely oblivious. You guys, read this book!

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Memorable Quotes

Did I mention that this is a best friends to lovers romance? I have every faith that you’ll love seeing Mark and Kelly go from here…

“How do trees have character?

“You know, quirks. Flaws. Bald spots. I never trust anyone that’s too perfect.

“I’m perfect.”

I smile at his matter-of-fact tone. “Yes, honey. Maybe that’s why we’ve never dated, you see?
You’re too smart, too good-looking, too confident.”

He narrows his eyes, as though trying to gauge my level of sarcasm, and the thing is…it’s sort of true.

To here….

“There”, he murmurs, his voice just a tiny bit raspy. “It’s not quite as thick higher up in the trunk.”

Annnnnnnnnd now we’re talking about thickness. And trunks.

My mouth is entirely dry, and my body…not so cold.

Get it together, Byrne.

I shift slightly under the guise of getting a better angle at the tree trunk, and not because I’m aching to arch backward toward his trunk.

No. No. No no no no, you did not just have that thought.

Then here…

Kissing him feels both wonderfully new and fresh, and yet comfortable and timeless, as though we’ve been doing this – or were meant to have been doing this – forever.”

And finally, here…

His hands cup my face, thumbs forcing my chin up so I have to meet his eyes.

“You know me, Kelly. Better than anyone.”

His thumbs brush against my cheeks tenderly, at odds with the fierce look on his face. “You know me, so you know I don’t like to share.”

“I know,” I whisper.

“What’s it going to be, Kelly? he says, his lips drifting softly over my cheek. “Do we see where this thing with us goes? Or are you holding out for your Christmas miracle?”

Talk about swoon This book delivers all of the swoons!


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It delivers a grumpily sexy hero and a quirky heroine who is such a delight with a Christmas background so if you want, enter our giveaway below for a chance to win your own copy of this delightful book.

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Do you love Lauren Layne as much as I do? How about Christmas romances? Look no further because today’s spotlight is where it’s at.

About the Author

Lauren Layne

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Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.


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Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Posted November 7, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren LayneReviewer: Rowena
An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly) by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #5
Also in this series: Good Girl, Walk of Shame
Published by Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 218
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four-stars

She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

“Lauren Layne writes characters I want to tackle and keep as my best friends, woven into smart, sexy, utterly romantic tales of love.”—Violet Duke

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

Every time that Lauren Layne releases a book, I’m going to read it. She’s been my go-to author for fabulous contemporary romances for the past couple of years and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. An Ex for Christmas is the fifth book in the non-series, Love Unexpectedly and it’s another sweet romance that I ate right up.

Kelly believes in fate and in all things psychic so when she’s trying to make her way home for the holidays and a psychic stops her to tell her that she’s already met her one true love, Kelly is shook. She’s so shook that she gets home and ropes her best friend Mark into helping her make a list of her ex-boyfriends because one of them is her one true love and she’s going to find him. So she goes on this mission to track down her exes, put them through a date to see if there are any sparks left and well…you know how that goes.

Mark just got out of a relationship that wasn’t going anywhere and he’s making plans for his future when his best friend Kelly comes home with the crazy plan to track down her exes and marry one of them. He’s grumpy about it because what man wants to be caught up in that tangle of junk?

Mark and Kelly were adorable together. I love how comfortable they were with each other and how loyal they were to each other. When Kelly thinks that Mark’s girlfriend is cheating on him, she gets super mad on his behalf and I thought that was fantastic. Mark couldn’t have cared less because he was getting ready to put his plans into action and when he’s sidelined by Kelly’s crazy plans to nab an ex, I loved seeing him battle his emotions with that.

Lauren Layne does a great job of telling this story while only giving us Kelly’s POV. I would have liked to get inside Mark’s head from time to time but I caught onto his deal pretty early on so I didn’t think the book suffered much from not having it. Mark was the perfect kind of grumpy that I adore to pieces so I was all aboard the Mark train.

Kelly took her sweet ass time figuring out who her perfect mate was but I had a good time seeing her fail at every date she went on so I wasn’t annoyed at all. She was great fun to get to know and I liked seeing her come into her own. She had a sweet relationship with her parents and with her friends from high school so all in all, this was a good read.

This was the perfect read to read heading into the holidays…it was fun, flirty and had a smoking hot hero that was grumpily perfect for the sweetheart of a heroine. Lauren Layne continues to shine in my eyes and I’m already thirsty for more. She seriously can’t write fast enough to suit me. I’m so greedy when it comes to her books. She’s just so good. I definitely recommend.

Grade: 4 out of 5

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Sunday Spotlight: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

Posted May 28, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be  raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Lauren Layne is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. If you know me then you know that contemporary romance is my jam. I’ll read any contemporary romance if it catches my eye and Lauren Layne always catches my eye. She’s so good, you guys. One of the best in writing big city romances with sophisticated heroines and the hot shot heroes that love them. This week’s Sunday Spotlight features her latest release, Walk of Shame and I’m probably going to sound like a broken record in this post but I swear…this one is a good one.

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #4
Also in this Series: Blurred Lines, Love Story, Good Girl
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept

Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in this lively standalone rom-com from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Love Story.

Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.

Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss—a kiss that’s caught on camera—all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.

So a socialite and a divorce attorney meet in the lobby of their apartment every morning. She’s coming in from a night on the town and he’s going out to start his work day. They have absolutely nothing in common except a mutual attraction to one another but their morning ritual is about exchanging witty banter and one upping each other and I was so here for it because every passing day, things changed between them and goodness, the chemistry was off the charts!

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Memorable Quotes

The chemistry between these two was so stinkin’ good, I happy sighed my way through the entire book. From the beginning when they were sniping at each other like this…

“I pop another piece of donut in my mouth and smile. “It’s fine. I won’t tell a soul you checked me out.”

“I wasn’t—” He clears his throat. “Forget it. You’re ridiculous.”

I’m grinning outright now, because that’s two you’re ridiculouses this morning, and when he takes to repeating himself, I know I’ve successfully gotten under his skin.

Georgie, one; Andrew Mulroney, Esquire, zero.”

…until they were arguing and then getting serious like this…

“Georgiana.”

“What?” I snap, turning around. “What can you possibly say that you haven’t said a million times already with every scowl, with every eye roll, with every you’re ridiculous? You think I’m stupid and worthless. I get it.”

The guy’s expression is one tangled knot of emotional constipation. “That’s not what I think.”

Walk of Shame is a great romance with characters that leaped off the page and right into your heart. Georgie and Andrew were a wonderful couple who fell in love slowly but so sweetly. The love that blossomed between the two of them melted me into a puddle of happiness and I enjoyed the heck out of it so you should check it out for yourself. You’ll fall in love with the book and find out for yourself why I featured it for this week’s spotlight.

Walk of Shame is part of the Love Unexpectedly series, a series that are similar in theme but don’t really have any connection outside of that. Check it out, fall in love with the characters and with Lauren Layne. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

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Do you love this book as much as we do? If you haven’t read it, are you looking forward to reading it for yourself? Let us know how excited you are and what other books you’re looking forward to this year!

About the Author

Lauren Layne

FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | GOODREADS

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.


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Review: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

Posted April 28, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Walk of Shame by Lauren LayneReviewer: Rowena
Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #4
Also in this series: Good Girl, An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly)
Published by Random House, Loveswept
Publication Date: April 18th 2017
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Ripped Bodice | Google Play Books
Goodreads
four-stars

Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in this lively standalone rom-com from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Love Story.

Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.

Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss—a kiss that’s caught on camera—all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.

Lauren Layne strikes again. She has written another fabulous contemporary romance that hit me in my feels and made me laugh. She has a knack for writing great characters that are completely relatable and super funny and that’s really my jam so I’m super happy that I read this one.

Georgie Watkins is a rich girl who is an expert in socializing. She spends her days recovering from her partying nights and when her neighbor Andrew Mulroney starts his day at 5AM, she’s usually coming in from ending hers. On top of being a workaholic, Andrew is a health nut who looks down his nose at Georgie bringing in donuts every morning for the doormen that work at the front desk of their apartment building.

They meet each other in the lobby every morning and they share a witty banter that just filled me up with goodness and I enjoyed each of their daily chats. They don’t like each other and they love to antagonize one another and I thought it was the cutest thing.

Georgie was a great heroine who seemed to sense in herself, a quiet unrest that she didn’t understand until interacting with the snob, Andrew Mulroney. She realized that she was bored. She was growing up and she wanted more out of her life than nightly visits to the club where she danced the night away with her friends and flirted with cute boys who lived their lives, the exact same way that she lived hers. She wanted more and she also had a huge ol’ crush on Andrew, who seemed to take great pleasure in putting her down every chance he got. She didn’t understand her crush but ran with it anyway because it wasn’t going anywhere. The best part of her days were her morning arguments with Andrew and she wasn’t going to give those up.

Andrew doesn’t like Georgie. At least, he doesn’t think he does. She’s everything that he doesn’t have time for. A spoiled rich girl who isn’t doing a damn thing with her life other than partying with her friends. He’s too smart and too driven to throw away his life by doing…nothing. But that doesn’t stop him from looking forward to battling wits with her at 5AM, every morning. It also doesn’t stop him from admiring just how pretty she is. When a particular battle of wits ends with him challenging her to spend a day in his shoes (he doesn’t think she’ll last a day), she accepts and things change for the two of them.

The romance between these two was adorable and just so much fun. The chemistry was strong and the sexual tension made its presence known from the very beginning. They were both such great characters on their own that bringing all of that awesomeness together made for a very enjoyable story. This is a story that I didn’t even know I wanted and I’m glad that Lauren Layne provided because she delivered the goods with this one. I definitely recommend.

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

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Review: Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Posted May 19, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Good Girl by Lauren LayneReviewer: Rowena
Good Girl by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #2
Also in this series: Walk of Shame, An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly)
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 220
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three-half-stars

Lauren Layne brings all the unpredictable heat of her USA Today bestseller Blurred Lines to an all-new cast of characters! Country music’s favorite good girl is hiding away from the world—only to find herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.

Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

Good Girl is the second book in the Love Unexpectedly series by Lauren Layne and I spent a good chunk of the book wanting to kick the hero in his nuts but all is well that ends well and this was one of those books.

Jenny Dawson is country pop star and she needs a place to lay low while the latest scandal that is not even a little bit true about her dies down and she finds herself on her way to Louisiana, renting a mansion to get away from everything and focusing on the one thing that matters in all of this…her music.

Noah Maxwell owns the mansion that Jenny is renting and when the spoiled pop princess pisses him off and thinks he’s the property caretaker, he lets her think it. He keeps up the ruse while they’re living at the house together and while he tries to stay out of her business and her way because he’s working on his own stuff, you just know that his little white lie was going to pop up and kick him in the ass…and it does in a big way.

I really enjoyed the banter between Noah and Jenny when Noah wasn’t being a complete dickhead to her. And he was a dickhead to her a lot but it’s a testament to how much I enjoy Lauren Layne’s writing because I continued on with the story and was rewarded for my dedication. I like how this story ended and was happy when Noah finally came into his own and owned up to being a dickhead to Jenny. I thought that he made things right with Jenny in a way that left me satisfied that they were going to be okay (for a while there, I wasn’t so sure). This book was a fast read. It was cute and steamy and though the story might not work for everyone (because I know Holly and Nath’s reading tastes, I hesitate to recommend this book to you guys. I feel like you would want to burn Noah’s house down, Holly), I enjoyed this book.

Grade: 3.5 out of 5

Reading Order

Blurred Lines
Good Girl

three-half-stars


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