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Review: Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

Posted December 16, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

Review: Someone Like You by Lauren LayneReviewer: Rowena
Someone Like You by Lauren Layne
Published by Random House, Loveswept
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 228
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five-stars

Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

I couldn’t start this book fast enough. Nick and Nereyda had already read and loved it so I knew that only good things awaited me so the first chance I got, I jumped in. I’m so happy to report that Lauren Layne does not disappoint with Lincoln Mathis’ book.

From the moment readers have met Lincoln Mathis, they have been intrigued by this man. He’s not the relationship type, gets all of the girls but at the end of the night, everyone leaves happy and with no hard feelings. There aren’t any crazy ladies trying to break down his door for explanations about why he never called. There aren’t any hurt feelings. Everyone loves Lincoln Mathis and with everyone in his circle of friends pairing up, it’s Lincoln’s turn, right?

Wrong.

Lincoln has no interest in pairing up with anyone. You find out why he feels the way that he does when you dig into his story and I won’t get into those things in this review because…you have to read those things for yourself.

Lincoln was everything I hoped he would be and more. I went into this book, ready to know what Lincoln’s been hiding from the rest of the group and to really dig into his personality and his background. I wasn’t disappointed. I got all of that and more. I think Layne did a great job of giving readers what they’ve been waiting for and bringing Lincoln to life. We got to see what Lincoln was really about and I was here for that party. I loved every minute.

Daisy Sinclair was the last person I was thinking of for Lincoln. He was such a big character that I was afraid nobody would be good enough for him. I didn’t think he had an equal (yes, he was that big a character for me) but Daisy was perfect for him in every way. The way that she saw right through him from the jump had me sitting up and taking notice. I loved that she could relate to him on a level that nobody else could. Nobody got him the way that she did and man, her story really hit me in the feels. She was such a lovely character, so different from her twin sister but no less wonderful and I came to love the hell out of her.

I really liked the way that these two came together. First as friends and then their friendship grew into something so much bigger than either of them was expecting. They were both so lonely, their stories so different but they understood each other. They cared about each other. I loved it all.

Lauren Layne is my author of the year. She has literally knocked me on my ass time and time again this year alone and in a year that has been one craptastic day after another, I was glad to have so many of her books to look forward to. This was another wonderfully romantic story that hit me in my feels at every turn and fans of Lincoln Mathis will not be disappointed with his story because it’s great, you guys. So stinkin’ great. I highly recommend this book to everyone.


5 out of 5

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Pre-Release Blitz: Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

Posted November 2, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 2 Comments

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You guys, I have been pretty anxious for Lincoln’s story since I first met him in Irresistibly Yours. My love for Lincoln grew even more when I read the entire Sex, Love and Stiletto’s series because he’s just all that and a bag of chips.

You guys have much to look forward to with his book, Someone Like You because…it’s the bomb. Like, I really, really loved this book. It was everything I hoped Lincoln’s book would be and Daisy was exactly the heroine that I wanted for Lincoln.

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Someone Like You by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #3
Also in this Series: Irresistibly Yours, I Wish You Were Mine
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

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Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

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Review: I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

Posted March 3, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren LayneReviewer: Rowena
I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 260
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four-stars

Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne’s Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman who’s strictly off-limits.

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

I Wish You Were Mine is the second book in the Oxford series by Lauren Layne. I was a bit surprised at how much I wanted to read this book, considering I’m not a huge fan of the ex-brother in law love trope but as I’m starting to realize, Lauren Layne delivers good stuff. This book was no exception.

Jackson Burke was briefly introduced in Irresistibly Yours and if I’m being honest, I wasn’t all that excited to hear that he was the hero for this book (his introduction was that brief) but from the first page of this book, I was hooked. I was hooked because our first introduction to the couple of the book is at his wedding…to her sister. [raises eyebrows] Yes, you read that right.

Not to fear though, I thought Lauren Layne did a fabulous job of working through the obvious obstacles in this relationship. I was cheering for both Jackson and Mollie to figure out how to be together right from the jump.

Jackson is in a new town, working at a new job and is trying to move on from his old life. It’s hard because he liked his old life but he’s trying to adjust to not playing football anymore at the same time that he’s trying to figure out a way back into his old life. He’s not ready to completely give up on his old life so if there’s any way that he can keep football in his life, he’s going to try to get it. His divorce is final and the only person that has ever had his back is his sister in law so when she starts coming around (ha, they both live in New York now) checking on him, being his friend again…he’s surprised by the attraction that hits him hard. It’s an attraction he’s going to ignore because she’s his freaking ex-wife’s sister.

Mollie fell in love at her sister’s wedding with the groom. It’s not something she’s proud of, but it happened all the same and she’s spent years trying to get over it. She’s not the same person she was back then anyway and seeing Jackson in New York, single and looking at her in a different light is exciting if it wasn’t for the fact that he used to be married to her sister. They’ve been friends forever and falling back into that easy friendship with Jackson doesn’t take long. When they become roomies, it gets harder and harder to forget about those feelings.

I liked both Jackson and Mollie right from the jump. I thought they were interesting characters with an interesting story to tell. I enjoyed seeing their romance progress, seeing their past mix in with their present and the complications that only this kind of story can bring. Layne did a great job of pulling my heartstrings with this one because I felt Jackson’s frustration with letting go of his old life and embracing his new one and I also felt Mollie’s struggles with her changing relationship with Jackson, her unresolved issues with her sister and then helping Jackson embrace the new life he has in New York. It wasn’t easy and when I closed this book, I was satisfied and deeply content with the way their story played out and then ended.

I enjoyed the story so much that I immediately started reading Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne. Her writing style is fun and keeps me laughing one minute then sighing the next. She pulls me into every single book that I read of hers and she’s definitely got a new fan in me. I’m slowly making my way through her entire back list because I can’t get enough of her stuff.

This was a great book and while there were times that I wanted to punch Jackson in the nuts and pull Mollie’s hair (don’t even get me started on Mollie’s sister), it was still an enjoyable read. I definitely recommend to fans of contemporary romance. It’s a good one.

Grade: 4 out of 5

Reading Order:

Irresistibly Yours
I Wish You Were Mine

four-stars

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Review: Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne

Posted March 1, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Irresistibly Yours by Lauren LayneReviewer: Rowena
Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 6th 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 236
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four-stars

Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.

Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.

This is the first book that I’ve read by Lauren Layne and it will definitely not be the last. This is also the first book in the Oxford series, which is a spin off of the Sex, Love and Stiletto series and it features a returning character from that series, Cole Sharpe.

Cole Sharpe is a freelance writer for the Oxford magazine. He’s a sports fanatic and when Oxford starts looking for someone to head up the new sports section of the magazine, Cole thinks he’s got the job in the bag. But he’s got competition and she’s pretty amazing at remembering sports facts and tid bits. Cole isn’t happy about this development but when he gets to know his competition, he likes her. A lot.

Penelope Pope wants out of Chicago so when she finds out about the position at Oxford, she’s all over it. She wants it bad enough that she’ll make the move even though her family is in Chicago. Getting this job will be the biggest break of her career and she really wants it but when she comes across the guy who is up for the job right along with her, she can’t help but be nice because Cole is real nice to look at.

Pen needs some friends and Cole isn’t asshole enough to deny her. She’s cute, she loves sports just as much as he does and with each passing moment, he starts to realize that she fits. With him. He likes having her around because she makes him laugh, she drives him crazy and he wants her. The chemistry between the two of them is undeniable and I thoroughly enjoyed their romance.

Penelope was such a great heroine. She was such a likable person but wasn’t a push over and I liked her personality over the course of the book. She wasn’t blind to the way men viewed her and she wasn’t expecting anything more than friendship with Cole but when they grew closer and closer, I was all in. I was wrapped up in their romance and I loved seeing Cole jealous over everyone that came across Pen’s path.

I didn’t know Cole before this book but I adored him. I loved seeing him struggle with his feelings for Penelope, being a bonehead over keeping his personal business separate from whatever was blooming between him and Pen. I loved seeing him with his brother, with his friends and with Penelope. He was just an all around great guy, totally normal and I loved him. I loved seeing him trade insults with the guys at Oxford. They’re a fun bunch.

The addition of the Stiletto girls and seeing them bring Pen into their group made me want to read their books and now that I have them all, I’m going to dig into that series.

This was a good book. A great introduction to non-Stiletto series readers and I’m looking forward to the next book. Jackson Burke? Come to Mama!

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

four-stars

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Sunday Spotlight: I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

Posted February 28, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a new feature we’re running in 2016. Each week, we will spotlight a release that we’re excited about. We’ll be posting exclusive excerpts and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

I read the first book in this series at Ames recommendation and I really liked it. The main couple had me laughing, happy sighing and the hero was hot enough that I wanted him for myself. We didn’t get much as far as an introduction to Jackson is that book but the heroine is a big fan of his and I’m not mad that we’re getting his story. I was curious about the big scandal that broke up his marriage. I’m actually thrilled to dig right in.

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I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) by Lauren Layne
Released on February 2, 2016 by Loveswept

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Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne’s Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman who’s strictly off-limits.

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

I’m a big fan of the friends to lovers trope so it’s not a surprise that I want this book, like now. I love that moment when a friendship changes into something else…and this excerpt is one of those moments. I’m happy sighing all over the place right now.

Excerpt

“Got any plans for tonight?” she asked sweetly, knowing full well that he didn’t. Best as she could tell, the man had made zero effort to develop any kind of life in New York outside of work.

He shook his head. “You?”

Mollie glanced down at her staying-in ensemble. “I was going to do a movie night. Pizza. Popcorn. The works.”

“It’s Friday. You’re not going out?”

She didn’t miss the hopeful note in his voice. He definitely didn’t want her around, and it stung. But she pushed through with the plan anyway.

“Nope,” she said, lifting her wine and taking a sip. “That a problem?”

“Why would it be a problem?” he muttered. “You want to be a twentysomething hermit, that’s your deal.”

Mollie rolled her eyes. “You’re not going to guilt me into going out tonight just because you don’t want to deal with me. And besides, I’m not the one whose social life is in mayday status.”

“Yeah, but I’m thirty-five.”

“I know. What I don’t know is why you think that’s an appropriate age to drape an afghan over your knees while sipping Ovaltine. You’re young and, frankly, hot. You should be grabbing drinks with coworkers right now. Or getting ready for a date. Or doing something other than being a big grumpy lump.”

Jackson choked on his beer. “Grumpy lump? You know, Molls, if you’re trying to make amends for last weekend, you probably should have just stopped at the ‘hot’ part.”

Mollie pounced. “Oh, so we are going to talk about last weekend? You’re not going to just hide in the bedroom again?”

He swore softly and hooked a finger into his tie to loosen it. “How is it that you’re so much younger than me, but you manage to make me sound like a petulant child?”

Mollie set her wineglass on the counter and leaned forward, palms braced on the counter. “Look. I am sorry about last weekend. I’m sorry that I thought the rumors about the other women might be true, but you have to give me a little break here. Remember that I was on the inside track of what was happening with you and Mad. I knew how bad things were. I knew that she wasn’t faithful at the end—”

Jackson opened his mouth, but Mollie held up her hand. “Hear me out. What I’m trying to say is that even when I thought maybe you might have slept around, I never stopped being your friend. I never stopped being there for you, and I never will. That’s what real friends are. Not the ones who have blind faith, but the ones who are still there even when you falter. I’m here, Jackson. I’ll always be here, so for the love of God, will you stop pushing me away?”

His hazel eyes narrowed. “I feel like that was the worst apology ever.”

She gave him a wide smile and held her arms out. “Would it help if we hugged it out?”

He shook his head with a small smile as he lifted his beer. “Go away, Molls.”

She wiggled her fingers and moved toward him. “Come on. One hug.”

He laughed and tried to push her away. “Don’t be weird. I’m still annoyed at you.”

Ignoring this, Mollie wrapped her arms around him and squeezed, although it was a bit like embracing a redwood trunk. The man was thick and solid and hard.

“I’m sorry,” she said against the lapel of his suit jacket. “I’m really, really sorry.”

He stiffened for a moment before some of the tension finally seemed to seep out of him. She heard the clank of his beer bottle against the counter, and slowly his big arms came around her, engulfing her in a warm embrace.

She’d meant the hug to be friendly. Heck, it was friendly, in that it was a hug between friends. But as they stood there, lingering perhaps a bit longer than they should have, the hug started to feel different . . .

His head came down to rest on the top of hers, and she felt the slight pull as his stubble rasped against her hair. Mollie suddenly became aware of her hands—aware of the way his hard back felt against her palms, the way his muscles bunched as he pulled her closer against him.

Even the air felt thicker, or maybe it was just that both of their breathing seemed to have quickened.

Jackson’s hands moved just slightly, first upward toward her shoulders and then sliding down until his fingers rested at the small of her back, as though exploring her shape.

And suddenly Mollie wanted him to explore more. Wanted his hands to drift down farther, over her butt, and then around to the front.

Oh God!

Mollie’s hands found his broad shoulders as she pushed back abruptly.

Jackson blinked in surprise at the sudden movement before his arms dropped slowly to his sides. Their eyes held for a second too long, as though searching to see if the other had answers for what had just happened.

The moment I get my hands on this book I’m going to be like this:

…if someone bothers me while I read it. I guess I should warn my loved ones. I can’t freaking wait to start this book. I already know I’m going to love it.

The authors that have participated in this feature are killing it with these excerpts and this wasn’t an exception. I loved this excerpt. LOVED IT IN ALL CAPS!

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Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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