New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
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.
What I loved about this novel the most was the unapologetic truth that timing doesn’t always work out the way we read about it.
In Lauren Layne‘s latest novel I Knew You Were Trouble Taylor Carr met Bradley Calloway and sparks flew. They had this delicious love/hate thing going on. They teased and flirted until Taylor took a chance and asked Bradley out. Now came the surprise that rocked my boat. Bradley told her he was in a relationship.
I didn’t see that coming.
That’s real life, right there.
And of course what did Taylor do. Hurt from the rejection, she turned around and gave someone else in their office a chance.
By then I was sitting at the edge of my chair and biting my nails. Tension was high, emotions all over the place, and I LOVED it!!
I loved that it was different. Lauren Layne didn’t go the usual route, she kept me guessing and hoping, but also appreciating the authentic feeling of the story. It’s just not realistic to think that every hero is single. How about the hero breaks up with his girlfriend, or gets divorced because of the heroine, or just hates and laments that the timing sucked.
At the end we all know how this novel will end but it was fantastic that the author changed it up and made it less predictable and more unique.
That being said, Taylor and Bradley were amazing. They had tons of chemistry, their teasing and flirting was wonderfully entertaining. On top of that, they could be themselves with each other, no reason to impress the other person if you can’t “stand” them, right?. There were so many touching scenes. Deeply emotional at times, which made me feel for Taylor and Bradley even more.
I thought the couple was perfectly matched. The opposite on the outside, equals on the inside. They challenged and complimented each other. I truly enjoyed this couple. They were one of my favorites so far. Maybe because they seemed to be opposites, but at closer inspection they were just the same – two individuals that were looking for love.
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.