Release Blast, Review, Teasers & Giveaway: Love Story (Love Unexpectedly #3) by Lauren Layne

Posted February 14, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review, Release Event With Review / 0 Comments

I’m here to wish the happiest of book birthdays to Lauren Layne and Love Story … and, of course, give you my thoughts on this book! Spoiler alert: I loved it! Who’s surprised? I’m so not. 🙂

Release Blast, Review, Teasers & Giveaway: Love Story (Love Unexpectedly #3) by Lauren LayneLove Story by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: eARC, 207 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
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When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I can always count on Lauren Layne to give me a perfectly sexy and swoony romance and Love Story was no exception. This one pretty much had my name written all over it from the moment I read the blurb — I mean, a road trip with two childhood sweethearts who had a really nasty split years ago? That’s, like, three of my favorite tropes right there. There’s no way I wasn’t going to really enjoy this one.

I liked Lucy a lot. I could relate to her attitude and drive and desire to get out of her small town. Plus, who hasn’t had their heart absolutely shattered at least once in their life? I was solidly in her court from the beginning, which just meant that Reece had some work to do to win me over. If I’m honest, he wasn’t the easiest character to like at times. I’m all for the antagonistic banter in a good love to hate to love story, but I found him a little too hurtful at times. What kept me going was learning about his past and how complicated it all was. It’d certainly shaped his present and I couldn’t totally fault him. Lucy and Reece were so perfectly matched — even when they were at each other’s throats — so I couldn’t help but continue to root for them, even when Reece was being kinda douchey. He did totally win me over — and give me feels — before it was all said and done.

Love Story was a quick, sexy and swoony read. I couldn’t put it down once I started. It gave me feels and smiles and, really, that’s all I ever want in a book. Oh, and the sexy times didn’t hurt either. 🙂

FAVORITE QUOTES

Sometimes life doesn’t work out the way you planned when you’re eight. Sometimes life involves two broken hearts, a flat tire, an honest-to-God flood, and a few seedy motel rooms along the way. 

“I’ll never leave if you don’t want me to.”

My heart’s had barbed wire around it for a good six years now, and there’s absolutely zero change that the person to slip beneath my protective walls is going to be the one who caused those walls to go up in the first place.

I want to beg him to undo the past, I want to stop remembering what it felt like when he cheated. I want to go back to when I was eighteen and so in love with this boy that I thought nothing could ever break us. 

About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and real-person clothes like an adult.

Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels.

She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

She lives in the Seattle-area with her husband and jumbo Pomeranian.

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