Book Review – Love Story (Love Unexpectedly #3) by Lauren Layne


Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

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.


What a beautiful story!

A two week road trip to the West Coast forced Lucy Hawkins and Reece Sullivan to spent more time together than either would have liked.

Years ago, when both were still high school students they explored their feelings for each other, but uncertainty and Lucy’s plans to leave for college killed their fledgling love before it even had a chance to bloom.

Even years later both still blamed the other for their breakup. And subsequently neither of them really moved on.

The road trip not only forced them to spend time together, it also intensified the sexual tension between them. The close quarters just enhanced what was simmering. Temptation was found around every corner.

I loved the entire idea of a forced road trip. Especially when characters like Lucy and Reece had such amazing chemistry. Lauren Layne delivered a very sweet tale about high school sweethearts that needed help, in form of a road trip, to find their way back together.

It was all about believing in the other person and not letting fears and uncertainty dictate decisions and choices.

I especially loved the fact that both Lucy and Reece were on their way to new jobs in Napa and Sonoma. For anyone living in the Bay Area, Napa and Sonoma are great destinations, and wine tasting is always an excellent reason for a trip up north.

Lauren Layne ‘s writing was wonderful and fast paced. I loved Lucy and Reece’s interactions. They had so much history. Even so they were opposites at times, Lucy the one that always had a plan and endgame in sight, and Reece too afraid of planing because it did never turn out well for him. Their chemistry, live-long friendship and history, balanced out their opposite nature nicely and added to the reading experience.

I’m always a sucker for second chance romances and thought Lauren Layne did a fabulous job!!!!


4 stars

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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