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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY – The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4) by Lauren Layne

BLOG TOUR + REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY - The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4) by Lauren Layne

I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Lauren Layne's newest book, The Trouble with Love! It's a definite must read! See below for my review, an excerpt, learn a little about Lauren Layne and enter an amazing giveaway. Enjoy!

BLOG TOUR + REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY – The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4) by Lauren LayneThe Trouble with Love (Sex Love & Stiletto #4)
by Lauren Layne

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

The Trouble With Love was hilarious, sexy, heartbreaking, and addicting.  Emma and Cassidy’s past has been dangled in front of us in the previous books, but we never really knew what happened to them.  Why it all fell apart.  But what made this book so potent, was not only the fact that we already knew both of them, but the idea that they could have a second chance at love.  There is something extraordinary in the ability to resurrect something that was demolished.  To find hope that love still exists after the insurmountable happens.  And Emma and Cassidy’s tumultuous journey is exceptional.  It was the perfect ending to the Sex, Love & Stiletto’s series!

He smiled. “You didn’t look me up even once?”
“It hurt too much.”
Alex sucked in a breath at the unexpected admission. “Em—”
“Back then,” she corrected. “Back then it hurt too much. After a few months . . . I just didn’t care.”

I loved Emma!  I understood her coldness, the fronts she always tried to display.  The reason she wouldn’t talk to her close friends about what happened.  She tried her hardest to protect herself from anymore heartache.  Because she had suffered more than one should.  She had been madly in love with her college sweetheart, Alex Cassidy.  Well, that is until he stood her up on their wedding day.  To say that Emma is jaded, is an understatement.  But Emma isn’t just hurt, there’s much more to her than that.  She is an amazing friend, and I loved all of her interactions with Julie, Grace and Riley.  But of course, my favorite interactions were between Emma and Cassidy.

Cassidy was sexy, dominating, and wounded.  Although the wounded part could be hard to tell sometimes, because that man held himself together with steel.  An amazing feat, since he lost the love of his life seven years ago.  He stated that the night before their wedding, Emma told him that she didn’t want to marry him.  They never got to talk afterwards or have any type of closure.  But he’s in luck, because he gets to force the issue.  Camille, the Editor in Chief of Stiletto Magazine, decided to take a three month sabbatical and placed Cassidy in charge.  He was now in the perfect position to tell Emma that her next article would be about her exes.  Of course it was done in the desperate hope that he would gain some insight into everything that went down.  But his plan just may lead them down a different path.  Will he get even more than he bargained for?

Then he seemed to change his mind, and glanced at her anyway. “Sometimes I think I’d prefer you hate me. At least then you’d notice me.”
Everything inside Emma seemed to freeze. I notice you— too much. Do you notice me?

When Emma and Alex were in the same vicinity, it was intense!  Their hurt runs deep, jealousy was unavoidable, and the sexual tension between the two of them was through the roof!  They try their hardest to ignore one another, but that never seemed to work out how they wanted.  That is because they have too many emotions that are barely simmering below the surface.  And each time those emotions tried to bubble over, I cringed, I gasped, I laughed, and I melted.  I loved every moment that they were near each other, even if it was torturous at times!

The Trouble With Love was heartbreaking, emotional and gave me just the right amount of hope and laughter.  Looking back, I wasn’t even a few pages into their story and I was already gasping and sucking in my breath!  But what is also amazing about this series are the friendships.  The male and female friendships play such a key component in each story.  It’s beautiful to watch true friends love and help each other.  It’s impossible not to become attached to them, to not feel as though they are your best friends too.  Honestly,I’m not ready for their stories to end.  I’m hoping we will get a sneak peak here and there of the Stiletto women in the Oxford Series, but if not, I’m more than happy with how each book in this series ended. But going back to Emma and Cassidy, their journey was beautiful.  I loved Emma and Cassidy’s story and I know you will too.

P.S.  Did I mention that I read this book in one sitting?  That is extremely rare for me!  Emma and Cassidy refused to allow me to close their story, even if for a moment! *ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Excerpt:
“Explain?” Julie said.

Emma sighed. “The apartment above me had some sort of water disaster. My entire apartment looks like the set of Titanic, minus the nubile Leo.”

Julie eyed Emma’s wet hair. “So, is your hair wet from, like, dirty pipe water?”

“No,” Emma said, taking a last sip of Julie’s coffee and handing the cup back as she located her badge. “Fortunately, I’d showered before the pipe burst and I managed to dodge the worst of the spray. Unfortunately, drying my hair wasn’t an option.”

“Right. That whole electrocution thing,” Julie said as they swiped their badges and headed to the elevators.

“Um, yeah, I couldn’t have gotten electrocuted even if I wanted to,” Emma said, punching the Up button. “The power went out.”

Julie’s brown eyes bugged out. “Seriously? Flooded and you have no power? Is everything ruined?”

“Of course not. I still have this lovely dress,” Emma said, pulling the hem of her dress out to the side, curtsy style. She pretended not to notice the way the two girls who had been gossiping happily as they crossed the elevator lobby immediately quieted when they spotted her.

The dress would have been a distraction all by itself. The drippy wet bun was also atypical for a swanky office building in which sophisticated and polished was the unofficial dress code for women.

But a lack of makeup made everything worse. Much worse.

Not that Emma was really a glam type of girl, but she had a distinct disadvantage of having very fair eyelashes, despite her medium brown hair. And her eyes’ shape made it worse. They were both large and tilted upward in a semi-distinctive manner. Bambi eyes, her mother had always called them.

But without eyeliner and mascara, she was more Lord of the Rings’ Gollum than adorable baby deer.

“You know, it’s a good dress, if a bit out of place for work,” Julie mused, as they followed the two gossiping girls and a middle-aged man yapping into his phone onto the elevator. “Sexy. A little slutty even. Go you!”

“That’s great, Jules. Slutty was just what I was going for on a random Wednesday morning at the office.”

“Well then, you should have called me. We’re the same size–ish. I could have lent you something.”

“I’ll be taking you up on that tomorrow,” Emma said as Julie hit the button for the twelfth floor. “Everything I have will need to be dry-cleaned at best, burned at worst. But this morning, I couldn’t make it from Upper East over to Upper West in the middle of traffic and still make it to the office in time.”

The elevator doors had just started to close when a male hand stuck between them, activating their sensors so that the doors reopened.

Great. Really freaking fantastic.

A lesser woman would have groaned in dismay at the sight of the man in front of her.

Emma merely straightened her shoulders, ignoring Julie’s softly uttered “Oh, dear.”

It was him.

Author Info:

Lauren Lauren Layne is a snarky cynic with a serious weakness for happily ever afters. Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.* But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time. Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books. Don’t worry. You will. Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she’s on the laid-back train in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she’ll probably buy you a drink. Maybe. Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 
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BOOK REVIEW – Just One Night (Sex, Love & Stiletto #3) by Lauren Layne

BOOK REVIEW – Just One Night (Sex, Love & Stiletto #3) by Lauren LayneJust One Night (Sex Love & Stiletto #3)
by Lauren Layne
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Synopsis:

Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex. Her articles in Stiletto magazine are the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But when Stiletto’s fiftieth anniversary issue requires her column to get a lot more personal, Riley is forced to confront a long-hidden secret: Her own sexual experience is limited to one awkward college encounter. Now Riley is about to call in the favor of a lifetime from the one man who’s always held her heart.

Sam Compton knows two things about Riley McKenna: She’s the only woman for him. But as his best friend’s little sister, she’s also completely off-limits. Sam shouldn’t even consider her proposition: to have a one-night stand in the name of research. But the thought of another man putting his hands on Riley is more than Sam can handle, and soon he’s agreeing to one night with New York’s resident sexpot. But Riley’s full of surprises, and what starts as “one time only” soon becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn firsthand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.

Review:

Just One Night was an adorable friendship to lovers story.  And when you became entangled in the heart of it all, it took an amazing turn into something that was raw and emotional.  I tried my hardest to keep quiet, while my husband slept peacefully next to me, as I devoured this book.  But it was impossible.  The laughing couldn’t be stopped and neither could the sobbing.  Riley and Sam’s story is definitely a must read!

But it had been a decade. Sam had had a freaking decade to stake his claim on her.
He hadn’t. He wouldn’t.
No more waiting, Riley.

Riley McKenna is the sex columnist for Stiletto who has only had sex with one man.  And that was in her college years.  For the last ten years she has pined after her brother’s best friend, Sam, who has never once made a move on her.  But fate has intervened and now she has to write a personal article about the woman behind her stories.  Not wanting to admit that she is a farce, she is going to need some help.  So of course that help has to come from Sam.

This is not happening,” Riley muttered, glancing at the ceiling. “My mother is not telling me my spanking article lacked passion.”

Eeks, you know what?  I loved Riley!  In the previous books she came across as this put together, sex goddess, but that is far from the truth.  On the outside she portrays that image perfectly but on the inside she is insecure.  It was so easy to relate to Riley.  Not only because of her insecurities but the fact that she is down to earth when she is around her family and friends.  But my heart bled for her because of how much she cares for Sam and how each time she seemed to have a grasp on the situation it would always slip away from her.

Don’t do this, man, he ordered himself. He’d promised Liam. He’d promised himself.
He was no good for her, and one of them was going to get hurt.

Sam was alluring without even trying.  I loved him, but I also wanted to scoop him up, fix everything that was broken, and make it all better.  That’s because Sam Compton has found in the McKenna family what he is desperately lacking in his own life, love and family.  Sam’s mother is a wretched, evil woman who constantly belittles, diminishes and crushes Sam’s self-esteem and happiness every moment she can.  And this has taken a huge toll on Sam’s personal and business life.  He’s afraid to move forward with his whiskey business or pursuing Riley because he doesn’t feel as though he deserves them.  Well, and let’s not forget that another reason he can’t have Riley is because he made a promise to his best friend, her brother, to never touch her.  Worst promise ever!  So what’s a man to do when Riley comes to him with a very sexy proposition?

His hand paused on the doorknob, and he gave her one last look over his shoulder. “It was good though, wasn’t it? While it lasted.”
The lump in her throat doubled in size. “Yeah,” she whispered.

Anytime Sam and Riley were together it was fun, sexy and emotional.  Their long friendship allowed them to know each other’s faults and downfalls and that added so much depth to their relationship.  Because underneath it all, they are good friends who care for one another.  Their friendship always bordered on platonic but there was an underlying simmering of need and lust.  And when they start to cross that line, WOW, they are breathtaking together.  You HAVE to read Sam and Riley’s story!

Reading Order & Links:
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***Each book can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed in order.***
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BOOK REVIEW – Love the One You’re With (Sex, Love & Stiletto #2) by Lauren Layne

BOOK REVIEW – Love the One You’re With (Sex, Love & Stiletto #2) by Lauren LayneLove the One You're With (Sex Love & Stiletto #2)
by Lauren Layne
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Synopsis:

As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?

Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously.

Review:

I am completely addicted to Lauren Layne’s books!  They are fun, sexy and keep me entertained until the last page.  She has this amazing ability to suck me in, become intertwined in the characters lives, and care about what happens to them.  Did I mention how much fun they are to read?!  Jake and Grace’s story is no exception.  They will make you laugh and melt while following their lives.

He hesitated. “I’m not a total dick, Grace.”
“Oooh, now see, we’ll have to differ on that one. You played me. Let me think the date was … something.”
Her hand slapped over her mouth in horror. Had she actually just said that.

Jake wants to to be the writer for the new travel section that they are adding at Oxford, the men’s magazine he works at.  Grace, who works at Stiletto, wants to prove a point that she can still read guys.  Especially since her boyfriend, of ten years, was cheating on her while she was clueless.  Did I mention that she had just written an article on how to spot the signs you are with a cheater, and well, she clearly didn’t. To both get what they want, they agree to the proposal their bosses throw at them.  Write an article after each date to see who can read the opposite sex better.  Sounds easy enough.  But when you mix together pride, reputation and going to whatever extremes to win, well then you’re bound to get laughter, tears, and an enormous mess.

Once upon a time she’d thought that was sweet.
She’d thought that compliments meant something.
She knew better now. Compliments from men were about as reliable as the relationships on The Bachelor.

Grace is refined, sophisticated and from money.  Well, after some of the stunts she pulls, I may have to temporarily revoke the sophisticated part ha.  But she is bitter and wants restitution for what was done to her.  Even if it’s through winning this game at work.  She doesn’t want to feel as though she can’t read the opposite sex anymore.  She needs to prove to herself and others that she still can.  And to get to her goal, she doesn’t always play fair.  But then again, neither does Jake.  They are both in for a ton of surprises!

He hooked a hand behind her neck, his thumb rubbing over her cheek as he stared into her eyes. “I like touching.”
Grace blushed, and he chuckled. “A little late to be embarrassed, sweetheart.”
Sweetheart.

Jake Malone is alluring, magnetic and sexy as hell.  He can play games with me anytime he wants to!  But he has a huge past, since he’s single and one of the town’s top players.  From all of that experience, he knows how to make a woman sigh and lust after him.  You’ll see, even when he’s screwing over Grace, it’s impossible to be mad at him.  I loved him and he could do no wrong in my eyes. There was one thing that I wasn’t the hugest fan of, and that was the reference to Julie 1.0 (her old self) and Julie 2.0 (her new self).  I understood the need to clarify between her old way of thinking and the new way she wanted to be, but the constant reference throughout the book wore on me.  But despite this one aspect, I loved this book.

His gaze dropped to her mouth. “If I kiss you, will you write about it?”
“Do you want me to write about it?”
“Do you want me to kiss you?”

The games they played against each other were funny and thoroughly entertaining!  I loved every minute that they were tricking and manipulating each other, but my favorite parts where when they forgot about the game.  When they were just themselves and got lost in the moment.  It was sweet, and no where near innocent.  You could feel the sexual tension between them and I kept hoping one of them would fully drop the charade.  After being more than happy with the way Love the One You’re With ended, I’m off to read yet another Lauren Layne book!

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles)
***Each book can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed in order.***
after the kiss lauren layne
After the Kiss
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Jen

Chelsea
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Love the One You're With
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Chelsea
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Just One Night
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The Trouble with Love
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BOOK REVIEW – After the Kiss (Sex, Love & Stiletto #1) by Lauren Layne

BOOK REVIEW – After the Kiss (Sex, Love & Stiletto #1) by Lauren LayneAfter the Kiss (Sex Love & Stiletto #1)
by Lauren Layne
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Synopsis:

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.

Review:

I was extremely giddy while reading this book.  It is going on my favorite’s list, and not just because it made me squeal out loud multiple times.  I loved the characters she created, the passion you felt from them, the angst between them, I loved every single page of this book!  I was completely lost in those pages.  At some point, I felt as though my heart was on the line, right along with Julies.  Tears became unavoidable, and keeping my fingers crossed while hoping for the best was my only choice.  After the Kiss was a beautiful love story that I fell deeply in love with.

“Do you have plans tonight?” he asked.
Tell him you’re busy. It’s too soon to be seeing each other every night of the week. Tell him—
“Nope, no plans.” Idiot.

Julie is on a mission to finding out what happens after that first kiss and first few dates.  She’s never cared before, but now she’s left with no choice.  If she doesn’t write an article, at the high profile magazine she works at, about how to advance a relationship to the next step, then her arch nemesis’ article will be printed instead.  But Julie has only written what she knows.  So she needs help finding a man who will take her to that next step, who she won’t get attached to and can dump at the end of it all.  Her friend finds her mark.  A boring suit who works in Wall Street.  But that suit, Mitchel, has other plans.  He’s just made a bet with his friend that he can date, woo, and not fall in love or have a long term relationship with the next woman he goes on a few dates with.  See, he just got out of another long term relationship.  If he wins, then he gets amazing seats to Yankee games, but if he loses then he switches offices with his buddy.  Mitchell’s friend sets the mark on Julie.  What unfolds is constant entertainment.

It was happening.
After six years with a flawless record, the queen of dating had just done the unthinkable.
She’d failed to land the second date.

Julie is used to being at the top of her game and having control of her dating life.  But when Mitchell enters her life, she keeps get shaken around and left a little confused.  Mitchell clearly isn’t what she expected, and it was fun to watch Julie slip into the unknown.  But there’s so much more to Julie then what meets the eye.  She has so many layers buried underneath her.  She is pain, she is closed off, yet she is successful and exceedingly skilled in the dating world.  Ha, until Mitchell that is.  I loved Julie and felt a connection to her, as though she was a close friend.  A close friend that I desperately wanted a happily ever after for.

Julie took a deep breath and looked at him again. Maybe she was underestimating him. Julie braced herself and waited for it. The zing, the sizzle. And she felt … absolutely nothing. He was like dry toast.

Mitchell, how deceiving you were.  While at first glance he screamed boring and practical, his personality was shockingly wild.  Mitchell was control, sexy and a heart of gold…….for the most part.  We all have our flaws, so of course Mitchell is going to also.  But regardless of his mistakes, it’s impossible not to swoon!  I love that he called out Julie when she tried to play games with him.  I love when he pushed Julie out of her comfort zone.  Oh, and I love that he was downright seductive when he told Julie what to do.  Be prepared for Mitchell to win your heart and leave you hot, flustered and fanning your face!

Her hands slid up behind his neck, her nails scraping lightly at his skin as though wanting to mark him.  She wanted to leave a mark on him.  Mark him the way he seemed to be marking her very soul.  Mitchell growled before his mouth slammed down on hers.

After the Kiss was lovely, funny and gut wrenching.  Probably one of my favorite things about Lauren Layne books, besides the characters, emotions and storyline, is that she has this amazing ability to make her books hot yet classy.  It makes me love her books that much more!  This is a fantastic book that I can’t recommend highly enough!

P.S. One of my favorite quotes which is spoilerish…. View Spoiler »

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles)
***Each book can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed in order.***
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After the Kiss
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Love the One You're With
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Chelsea
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Just One Night
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The Trouble with Love
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BOOK REVIEW: The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4) by Lauren Layne

BOOK REVIEW: The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4) by Lauren LayneThe Trouble with Love (Sex Love & Stiletto #4)
by Lauren Layne
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Synopsis:

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.

Praise for the Sex, Love & Stiletto series
 
“Fun, sexy, and sharp as a spike heel.”New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox

“Packed with loads of sizzle and Snickerlicious fun, Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fan-girling up within the first chapter.”USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly
 
“Spunky, flirty, and full of sass, Love the One You’re With is everything a romance should be! Lauren Layne has a winner.”New York Timesbestselling author Christie Craig
 
“Sexy, sassy, and surprisingly sweet, Lauren Layne’s Just One Night is a total page-turner!”New York Times bestselling author Donna Alward

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Buddy read with my Frenchy Bug! 

**ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**


You used to love when I put my hand here.” Cassidy’s voice was rough.
She lifted her chin slightly. “Did I? Must have blocked that out.” But the way the heat from his palm branded her made the lie come out just a little bit breathlessly.
His hand pressed, pulling her closer until there was nothing between them but their stormy past. “You sure about that?”
“Yup,” she said, her eyes looking anywhere but his. “You’re utterly forgettable.”
His other hand found her chin, his fingers lifting her face to his. “Prove it.”

AGH! Wow. I loved this. It was, in a few words, addicting, sexy, breathtaking, heart-stopping, giggle-inducing, unputdownable, and, most of all, heartwarming. It literally warmed my soul. Yes, light radiated from my chest the whole time I was reading this. True Story. There are few (*cough* none) LL books I dislike, but because I love this author so much, it tends to make it hard when people ask which I would recommend to them. How do you pick a favorite when they all exceed your expectations? There are some that tend to stick out, but the more I read from her, the more I start to say: ‘No, this is my favorite. No, this is my new favorite. No, no, this one!’ And so on and so forth. But, for whatever reason, this one really and truly did speak to me.

Emma had tried the happily-ever-after route, and knew that for every woman who rode off into the sunset on a white stallion, another one got kicked in the face by that very same horse.

I got this back in early December and, for whatever reason, didn’t think I’d love it. Go figure. I don’t know if it’s my aversion to second chance love stories or just a case of being nervous because I have such high standards with this author, but no matter the reasons, I was very scared to pick this one up. But sometimes it’s all about the timing. I was sitting around on Saturday, trying with all my might to get into the book I had picked out, and I just couldn’t do it. I was sad, for some reason, and I just couldn’t get out of that funky mood. So, I sat there for a couple seconds and thought, you know what? Screw it. It’s Lauren Layne time. I picked this up and I immediately started to feel my lips turn up and my spirits inexplicably lift. No other author has the ability to effect my mood like this, but this woman has my ticket. I don’t know if it’s the dialogue, the quirky inner thoughts and banter, or that ultimate HEA she loves to give us, but this is my go to author. She is
‘the one’
, so to speak.

Cole leaned forward and reached out a hand. “Lemme see the orgasm bit.”
Alex ignored him, pulling a sheet of paper from the top and shaking it. “This one is two thousand words about push-up bras. About the brands, and the way they should fit, and listen to this: ‘The trick with the appeal of push-up bras is to know what kind of guy you’re dealing with. Is he visual? If so, he’s not going to mind that you had a little help to achieve that fantastic cleavage. But if he’s more tactile, you might want to consider skipping all that padding…He wants to feel the real you.'”
Alex let the paper flutter to the desk in horror. “I just…I can’t even.”
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