Sometimes it feels like forever to wait for a book – then you devour it and it’s back to wait again. Such is the case with the Oxford series from Lauren Layne, with the latest release on the blog today. Please read on for my review, check out the tour stops to see what others thought of the book and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win an Audio Book CD set of the Oxford Series, includes IRRESISTIBLY YOURS, I WISH YOU WERE MINE and SOMEONE LIKE YOU But first
I Knew You Were Trouble
From the start, I’ve always enjoyed the interplay between the characters of Oxford and Stiletto, and this novel brought plenty of moments from old favorites back for interactions. Fast paced dialogue, clever twists and a touch of static electricity from the attraction between Nick and Taylor will steam up your reader, just before you find yourself laughing with another quip or smart-alec comment.
Taylor is a bit difficult to get to know – she’s a hedgehog with all its prickles out: hurt before and sure that it meant she’ unlovable, she’s not particularly open to a relationship, particularly when it will end badly: and she knows it will. Yeah, she was a bit melodramatic where she and the thought of relationships are concerned, and meeting Nick just set all of her red flags waving. The connection sparked between them like lightning, and she felt it – and was scared by it. And then discouraged as the timing just wasn’t right.
But Nick – oh goodness – a bartender and freelance journalist with Oxford is just adorable – and patient, curious, friendly and not able to hide the fact that he wants more from Taylor than just friendship. And, when the time is right, he’s willing to take that chance. He likes her spunk, her loyalty and determination and the friendships that she’s made – she’s not incapable of a relationship, she’s just scared. And he realizes it – and sets out to plan his way into her life.
Oh this was cute, and despite a few minor bumps in the road, mostly lighthearted and feel-good summer reading. As a reader, we get to see both perspectives on the budding relationship, and see that Nick is just what Taylor needs, even as she is doing her best to run him a merry chase. But, when she takes that chance – OH THE STEAM….. it was slow to fire up – but then you need ice, hoses and plenty of water! It’s not easy to pick a favorite couple in this mix – but this was a Lauren Layne book – meant to tease you almost as much as it pleases.
Title: I Knew You Were Trouble
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #4
Also in this series: Irresistibly Yours, Someone like You, I Think I Love You
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 13 June 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.