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review 2018-07-12 02:06
I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne
I Think I Love You - Lauren Layne

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was a fun little book! My actual rating is closer to 3.5 stars but I have decided to round up. I knew I would want to read this book as soon as I saw it. I have had a great time with the Oxford series so far so I had to see how everything would wrap up. This book is the fourth book in the Oxford series but it works perfectly well as a stand alone. This wasn't my favorite book in the series but I thought that it was a very enjoyable and solid story.

I thought that this was a well done friends to lovers story. Brit and Hunter are best buds and often tell others that they see each other as siblings. Brit tends to be pushed to the friend zone whenever she tries to start a relationship and she cannot figure out what she is doing wrong. She decides that she needs a man's perspective to help her seduce future potential suitors so she asks Hunter for instruction. You can probably guess how that is going to work out.

The story was pretty predictable in some ways but it was still a lot of fun to read. Even though I knew going in that Brit and Hunter were going to fall for each other, watching it happen was an enjoyable experience. I did think that it was a little strange how both of them felt no chemistry with each other but everything changed suddenly for both of them at the same time. Who knows...maybe it really happens like that. I do know that it great to watch them as the sparks started to fly.

I did like Brit and Hunter as a couple and individually as characters. Brit is ready for a relationship and isn't afraid to let others know. She knew what she wanted and was willing to do the work to make it happen. Hunter is happy with his life the way it is. He has some great friends including Brit and dates when he wants. Hunter does make some bad decisions in this book that did make me cringe more than a bit. As a couple, they worked really well. They knew each other really well and were very comfortable with each other. There were some pretty steamy scenes in this one.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This book had a lot of great elements including great characters, fun banter, heartfelt moments, and a bit of heat. I had a great time watching Brit and Hunter find their happily ever after. I look forward to reading more from Lauren Layne soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
Maybe 3.5 stars but I am rounding up for now. I thought that the set up for this one was a little weird but I just went with it. I liked Hunter and Brit and thought that they worked well together. I did think it was a little strange that neither of them felt any spark before but then all of a sudden the chemistry was off the charts. It was pretty predictable but still an entertaining read.

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review 2018-07-11 02:57
I Think I Love You - Lauren Layne

I freaking love this series! Lauren Layne writes such great, perfectly flawed characters and gives them such fun and sexy stories!

Hunter Cross loves having Brit Robbins as his best friend, even if she is a female, and one of his employees. She is smart, gorgeous and very dedicated to her job. When Brit comes to him one day complaining that she sucks at dating....everyone just treats her as one of the guys, not as a sexy woman, she decides she needs to take drastic action. She asks Hunter, a huge playboy, to help her learn how to be sexy and how to date. Reluctantly, Hunter ends up agreeing and this is where the fun really begins. Slowly as Hunter is "teaching" Brit dating techniques, their feelings towards each other start to change until they both finally give in. Oh my gosh, the things these two went through were so laugh out loud funny, while being sexy as hell at the same time. The journey they took to get to their happy ending was wonderful and perfect!

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review 2018-07-06 18:42
I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5) by Lauren Layne
I Think I Love You - Lauren Layne

 

Temptation is just a stepping stone for author Lauren Layne. She seduces with laughter, her wit is evident in her well written dialogue, yet at the heart of that humor lies impactively moving storytelling. I Think I Love You keeps it light and sexy with a playful friends to lovers romance. Brit and Hunter are continuously turning the tables on each other as what was simple becomes deeply complicated. Can their friendship survive them falling in love? Layne dazzles with this irresistible romance.

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review 2018-05-29 00:00
Love the One You're With
Love the One You're With - Lauren Layne Well, this is always interesting. I seriously loved this hero. The heroine was decent too, though nothing particularly stood out about her, thus the 3 instead of 4. The story was a pretty stupid set-up, but hey I liked that too. Fun, sexy, quick read.
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review 2018-05-21 00:00
Hot Asset
Hot Asset - Lauren Layne


Hot Asset kicks off a new series by Lauren Layne and its centered around powerful stock brokers! I have never had any interest in stocks or the stock market, but leave it to Lauren Layne to make it seem sexy!

Ian is a douche. He pretty much tells us that on the first page. He is rich, powerful, sexy, and he knows it. But he isn't the guy who cheats to get ahead, so he knows when the SEC comes sniffing around, something is up. Lara is trying to get into white collar crimes for the FBI and is cutting her teeth in the SEC. She is sure Ian is guilty of insider trading, but he has a way of making her doubt herself. In classic Layne fashion, the banter is on point. Both Ian and Lara are well educated and whip smart so their verbal repartee is just as witty as they are. Both are passionate about their jobs and I enjoyed that aspect of the story. While I know little about the world of wall street, these two are both deeply engaged in the good and the bad about it! I liked that both Lara and Ian found it important to be ethical. Their relationship felt more real because you can tell they are both good humans. With each chapter I fell more in love with them both.

Hot Asset gives us a blistering enemies to lovers in a world filled with adversarial relationships. I really enjoyed Ian and Lara even though I didn't expect to. They are driven and mature, which I really appreciated; sometimes I get so tired of the unsure, woe is me, angsty romance. I also loved that they are genuinely good, honest people. There was something sexy about that for some reason. Finally, I found the resolution of the story (before the epilogue) to be incredibly satisfying. I would explain, but... spoilers. Just know that once again, Layne gives me characters I loved with a plot I appreciated for its realism.

Side note: I haven't listened to the audio, but its narrated by Zachary Webber so I want to listen to the audio!!!!

 
  • POV: dual 1st
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: enemies to lovers
  • Triggers: none
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone
  • Cliffhanger: no
  • HEA: yes with a great epilogue




The Allure of Dean Harper by RS Grey, Seducing the Defendant by Chantal Fernando, After the Dark by Cynthia Eden...then you will probably like Hot Asset!

 


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