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October 21, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne




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IRRESISTIBLY YOURS

Oxford #1

Lauren Layne

Releasing Oct 6th, 2015

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Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.

Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.


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Review by April


5 ballpark hot-dogs with a side order of swoon!

ARC provided by Netgalley.


This was the first book of Lauren Layne's that I've read and it certainly
won't be the last! Irresistibly Yours is simply that; irresistible. So
much so that I DEVOURED it in one sitting and loved every second of it!

Irresistibly Yours encompasses everything that I adore in a romance book.
From the opposites attract, quick wit and banter, the breaking of those well
constructed walls around ones heart, to the realization of "holy shit,
I'm in love!!" The primary characters, as well as secondary,  are so
well developed they suck you into their world. Which by the way was
fabulous. Their banter and scheming throughout the whole story is
hilarious and quite entertaining. Diving into the world of Oxford and
Stiletto's was quite the experience.

It wasn't hard to fall for Cole and Penelope. They're just so darn lovable,
but in their own uniqueway. They're a match made in opposites attract heaven.
Cole is the good looking, get any girl he wants, easy going type vs. Penelope who is a
tomboy and "one of the guys" with low self worth. My heart hurt for her
on multiple occasions.  Watching their platonic friendship and love of
all things sports bloom into full blown love was beautiful. While being a
sweet and cute read, there wasn't anything lacking in the sexxxxy kink
dept. 

"Weekdays, we’re colleagues. Weekends, we can be—”..“fuck buddies."

And O.M.G! The sexual tension and chemistry between these two was off
the charts HOT! And watching Penelope gain confidence was heart warming.
I may have done a few fist pumps for her lol. Go Tiny go!!! 

"I will treat you with the respect you deserve at work, and then I will use
your sweet body for sex after work, but Penelope Pope, I give you my
solemn promise not to fall in love with you." 

Heh, sometimes promises ARE meant to be broken. How could they not?! They're so perfect
for each other. And this book was the perfect one for me. *Happy sigh*


Review By Jennifer

ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review


If I could pick a place that I wanted to work at, I would work for Oxford Magazine. They just seem like such a fun group of guys to work with plus the ladies at Stiletto would be close by and I absolutely love them. Really this group of friends will have you totally laughing your butt off! From the “guy group talks” to the “girl group talks” this group has no secrets. They were all up in each other’s business all the time and made no excuses for it and I just loved every minute of it!

Cole and Penelope meet under circumstances that should immediately put them at odds with one another. But instead of that happening they strike up a friendship that turns into much more. However that much more does not come without drama and some ex baggage showing up. The banter between these two characters was funny and sweet. Cole was sarcastic and Penelope had no problem putting him his place when the need arose. Penelope had some self -esteem issues and Cole was wonderful at trying to help her overcome that. Their relationship was just so real and nice from the start and I really liked that. This wasn’t a love/hate story, this was a friends turned lover’s story.

I felt good reading this book and felt it was a heartwarming little love story. Cole definitely has his swoony moments and Penelope has her emotional ones. It has sass, romance, a good storyline, love and sex, just a little bit of everything that makes a great combination.

Love, love, loved it!











Lauren Layne is a USA Today
Bestselling author of contemporary romance. 
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and
web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York
City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six
months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband
that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten
books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way
in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When
not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or
trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.




Don't miss out of the Sex, Love & Stiletto Series 
where the "Oxford" guys first appeared!


AFTER THE
KISS (Book One) 

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LOVE THE
ONE YOU'RE WITH (Book Two)  

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JUST ONE
NIGHT (Book Three)  

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THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE (Book Four)

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August 25, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne




Blurred Lines
By: Lauren Layne  
Releasing August 25, 2015  
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Blurb

In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Todaybestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.



Review by Jennifer

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Oh my goodness, Author Lauren Layne’s stories just keep getting better and better! I was excited when I saw another one of her books on NetGalley and was ecstatic that I was able to snag a copy of it before it releases in August. 

This is a wonderful, fun loving story with a little drama mixed in with it about two people who have been best friends for years who turn into lovers. It also brings up that lifelong question on whether or not men & woman can just be friends. What do you think?

Not many people understand the friendship between Parker and Ben. They met their freshman year in college and became instant friends. Through the years they have honestly not been anything more than just friends and now that they have graduated college they are currently roommates but still just friends. Parker has a great boyfriend, Lance, that she loves and Ben has a lot of girls that come and go and he loves his carefree single life the way it is….that is UNTIL……….Things change!

I absolutely loved everything about this book.I read it in under 24 hours that is how good it is! Parker is sassy, outspoken and doesn’t hold her tongue. Ben is cocky, feisty and isn’t afraid to speak his mind either. They are both really funny and their banter back and forth along with their comfortableness with one another was downright hilarious at times. But I have to say the thing I loved most about this story was their respect for one another and their friendship. Even when lines got blurred and things got tough they always tried to be respectful of one another’s feelings and they genuinely wanted the other to be happy and the Author did an amazing job and having that come out in the story.

I obviously can’t tell you how their story ends, but I can tell you that while I was reading this book, I felt happy. It gave me butterflies (the good ones) throughout most of the story and there were times that it had my stomach in knots. Ben is most definitely a swoon worthy book boyfriend that will steal your hearts ladies.

Now go buy this book, you won't be disappointed!



                                      
Author Info
 
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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Excerpt 

“Milk?” she asks again.
I take another bite of cereal, and it takes all of my self-control not to look pointedly at the bowl of cereal I’m eating. Of course we have freaking milk.
“In the fridge,” I say with a friendly smile. She smiles back and she’s got deep dimples in each cheek. Cute. I can see why Ben likes this one.
She walks past the table to the fridge, and I cringe when I see the fact that she has airhead monogrammed on the butt of her baby blue sweatpants. Really? Really?
Airhead has apparently forgotten that she wanted milk and instead pulls out one of the cans of Starbucks iced coffee that I keep stocked for Monday mornings when I need an extra pick-me-up, which is every Monday, because, well, Mondays are just the worst, aren’t they?
Airhead pops the tab and takes a sip without asking, which I guess is kind of annoying, but I’ve never really been one of those girls who likes to waste energy getting bitchy about stupid things, so I let it go.
“Hey, so I’m Parker,” I say.
“I’m Liz. Are you dating Ben’s roommate?”
Considering I know for a fact that Liz is the latest in a rather impressive streak of one-night stands, dating seems sort of a presumptuous word choice, because how does she know I’m not just a onetime sleepover guest like her?
This, too, I let pass without comment.
I mean, what else is the girl supposed to ask: Did you get drunk and sleep with a guy you barely know, like I just did?
Plus, I have a fun surprise for her.
“I am the roommate,” I say, keeping my smile friendly. I’m wearing my oldest pajamas and haven’t even pretended to have tried to take off last night’s mascara, which is now all over my face. I’m pretty sure I don’t look threatening.
But I’d be wrong.
Liz pauses halfway in, drinking my precious iced-coffee beverage, and her previously curious expression turns wary.
I mentally shrug. Ben tends to use my unisex name to full advantage by avoiding female pronouns when referring to his roommate while a booty call is in progress. He picked up this approach after several hookups that failed due to the fact that some girls still subscribe to the old girls-and-guys-can’t-be-just-friends axiom.
Amateurs.
Ben ambles into the kitchen, his sweatpants matching the style of his girl toy’s, although his are dark UO green, and instead of a tacky phrase on the back, they just have the Oregon Duck, our old college mascot. We graduated a couple years ago, so the frat-boy attire’s a little sad, but I can’t judge him too harshly since my entire workout wardrobe consists of old college shirts.
He yawns and smiles. “Morning. Have you girls met? Liz, Parker, Parker, Liz.”
Ben’s either unaware of the fact that Liz is giving him a dark look or he no longer cares now that he’s gotten laid.
Here’s the other reason I don’t exactly get my rocks off thinking about Ben in a romantic light: He’s kind of a player. As a friend, I can love him for it, but on the romantic front? Never. Ever. Not even with every possible STD test.
“Hey, what happened to the must-wear-shirts-in-the-kitchen rule?” I ask, shoveling another bite of increasingly soggy Wheat Chex into my mouth.
“No such rule exists,” he says, with a wink for Liz-slash-Airhead. Her expression softens lightly, and I resist the urge to slap a little sense into the poor girl. I want to tell her that his winks are a dime a dozen, but what’s the point? She has airhead printed on her sweatpants for God’s sake.
“There is too a rule about shirts in the kitchen,” I insist. “House rule number fourteen. Speaking of which, where are my house rules?”
“Hard to say,” he says, opening the fridge and glancing at its meager offerings before pouring a cup of coffee instead. “But I may have used them to mop up OJ the other day. Or maybe as a coaster for my beer.” He snapped his fingers. “Oh wait, no, I remember. I just plain threw them out the old-fashioned way.”
I point to the doorway. “Shirt. Now.”
He glances at Liz. “She can’t concentrate when my abs are on display. We have to give her anti-swoon pills.”
Liz giggles even as she shoots me a searching look, as though she’s trying to determine whether I really will swoon over Ben’s admittedly impressive upper body. The guy’s like a machine. He misses workouts only on the worst of his hangover days.
“Do you wanna grab some breakfast?” Liz asks Ben.
Aww, poor Airhead. She doesn’t know the name of the game.