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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 03:38
The Real Deal - Lauren Blakely

April Hamilton is living in New York City much to the dismay of her parents.  They want their little girl to find a great guy and settle back in their hometown of Wistful, CT.  Too bad April enjoys her life in NY, especially her job of painting people.  When April has to go back home for the annual family reunion, she decides to hire a pretend boyfriend for the weekend long celebration that her friend Xavier recommended.  

Enter Theo Banks.  He will play any part, bad boy, guy next store, etc based on each person situational needs, but never anything emotional or physical.  So what happens when Theo first meets April.....BAM....instant attraction.  This attraction will make the job easy to pretend, but also hard because he wants more from April than what they agreed to.

Over the course of the weekend, April and Theo are having a hard time keeping their hands off of each other.  When they finally give in to their desires, the past will come back to haunt them.

This was such a great, fun, sexy story that I laughed out loud at many times.  I just adored both Theo and April.  They were both jaded from events in their pasts, but together they were able to move forward.  Read this, you won't regret it!

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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 2018-07-11 00:29
Beautiful Player Review
Beautiful Player - Christina Lauren
This is the third book in the Beautiful Bastard series and the second-ish book that we've been introduced to Will (I say -ish because there are some novellas in between). I was so excited to read Will's story because he has been a hilarious secondary character in the series so far and super hot. This did not disappoint - Will is definitely super hot, funny, and a great guy with a bad rap. He is characterized as a "player" here but I didn't really think he was actually. My definition of a player is someone who is with a lot of people (like Luke in Wicked Sexy Liar), but Will has two women he alternates nights with on a weekly basis - that's just being organized and consistent. But whatever, the female main character, Hanna, has known Will a very long, long time and thinks he is a player, so there you go. Hanna has moved to the big city and reaches out to Will so that she can make friends in the City. Hanna asks Will for his help in making friends but also in showing her the ropes when it comes to sex and of course he is happy to help. Their friendship soon turns into a "Friends with Benefits" arrangement that is supposed to end cleanly but, well I won't spoil it for you.

Hanna transforms herself from a super nerdy girl to a beautiful sexy woman in front of Will's eyes, but he liked her as her nerdy self which is so sweet. He helps her gain confidence, and sexual expertise, and really, doesn't want to let her go.

Sweet, sexy, steamy, sweet - this is a great read and addition to the series.

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2323073937
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review 2018-07-11 00:17
great book and great characters
Chased (The Chase Brothers, Book 3) Paperback - September 1, 2007 - Lauren Dane

Liv was being picked up by her friend Cassie and Maggie to go to Polly and Edwards fortieth wedding anniversary party. Liv had been crying and told her friends Brody had cheated on her with Lyndsay Cole, Liv had walked in on them in Brody’s apartment as she had got off work early and had brought brody some dinner. All Liv wanted was someone she could trust  someone she could come home to at the end of the day and share her life with. She wanted to be in love, and get married and have kids not tomorrow but someday. Marc claimed a dance with Liv at his parents party and he thought about how good it felt to have her body next to his. Marc had wanted to kiss liv pretty badly but his father cut in. Marc did kiss Liv at the Founder Day’s picnic even if she was there on a a date with another man.Liv told Marc she wanted someone who was looking for toward marriage and permanency. Marc dated everyone he could think of for the next month but none of them got Liv out of his thoughts finally Marc called Liv. No man had ever made Liv speechless but Marc did and he pushed every button and Liv wasn’t sure why or how. Marc had set out to woo her and he was.

I loved this book, it was a quick fun romantic read. I now have a new romantic read to put in my favorites group. I loved how sweet Liv was and I loved her and Marc together. I also loved how Marc’s family had already accepted and loved Liv when she had dated Marc’s older brother Matt but it hadn’t worked Matt hadn’t been ready to settle down but the remained the best of friends. When Matt saw Marc really wanted a long term relationship with Liv he was all for it. I felt so bad when Liv saw Marc with his ex. I felt like I was there with everyone and that is special when an author can transport you inside her story. I loved how Marc showed up in Atlanta and made Liv agree to spend two days and face herself and he also faced himself and were totally honest with each other and opened to each other. Just an overall great book and I happily I could happily find nothing to criticize. I love the characters and the ins and outs and I highly recommend.  

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