Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lauren Layne’s latest, I Knew You Were Trouble! Keep reading for my review and a chance to win an audiobook set of the first three books in the Oxford series!
I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 13, 2017
Format: eARC, 193 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.
Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.
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.
Some things in life are just certain. Me falling in love with Lauren Layne’s characters is one of them. Another would be me loving Lauren’s latest release. When I learned the Oxford series was going to continue with I Knew You Were Trouble, I was all geeked out. I loved the Stiletto ladies. I loved the Oxford guys. Any time I can get more of any of them, I’m all in.
One of the reasons I probably enjoyed this book so much is that I dig a good slow burn romance. That’s definitely what Lauren delivered with Taylor and Nick’s story. These two had tons of chemistry, but as often happens in real life, the timing wasn’t quite right at first. And for awhile thereafter. That made it all the more realistic to me. Who hasn’t met someone and realized the timing was off? Thankfully, for these two, the universe had a way of making things right and they wound up with another opportunity. Which was great because, even with their differences and their tendency to pick at each other, they were great together.
I loved watching both Taylor and Nick grow over the course of this book. I also enjoyed seeing them come to terms with their individual pasts so they could move forward together. And, as always, it was great to see some of my past favorite characters make appearances here.
Long story short, Lauren delivered the laughs, swoons, feels and sexy times I’ve come to expect from her books.
She liked men. Liked their size, the way they kissed, the way the male body felt above her, below her, whatever. But not for keeps. Never for keeps.
“I think you underestimate just how badly you and Nick Ballantine have been giving the rest of us who have to be in your orbit blue balls.”
“You should come with a warning label. Or at least an instruction manual.”
Do you love Lauren’s books as much as I do?