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Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House (Loveswept).

After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.

Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

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My new favorite contemporary romance novel—which is pretty impressive, considering that's my favorite genre! 10. August 2014
Von Karielle @ Books à la Mode - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Very few books can make me laugh out loud—particularly in the romance genre, unless it's over how ridiculous the dialogue or characters are—but Lauren Layne had me clutching my sides with her rare ability to combine heart-melting romance with caustic humor in this first full-length novel.

The magic lies in the protagonist, Sophie; a smart, but under-ambitious social butterfly who's always been happy with just being the fun one, she is probably one of the most lovable female characters I've "met," ever. Only with You is mostly from her third-person perspective, which sets the tone of the novel perfectly: just like her, it's snappy, sparkly, and witty. You can't not crack a smile every time Sophie makes a family-inappropriate remark or dives into a hilarious faux pas with Gray.

And it all starts when he mistakes her for a prostitute. The first time they meet.

Readers, you've been warned: this is not a sweet, love-at-first-sight kind of romance. It's a Wait—you're-not-a-gold-digger?!?!? kind of romance. And it's one of the best I've ever read.

Sophie's your typical fun-loving, confident party girl, but as her masked vulnerabilities are slowly revealed, readers discover she's also got a darker, more rebellious side. She refuses to fit into the cookie cutter mold of her lawyers-and-doctors family, or to live up to her boring-as-nude-pumps, perfect orthodontist sister—not because she isn't good enough, but because she doesn't want to risk disappointing anybody. For a girl who's always at ease with herself and possesses the uncanny gift of making others feel at ease with her, she's actually pretty vulnerable, and she's got quite a bit of figuring out in her life to do.

You'd think Grayson Wyatt would have less to worry about. For one thing, he's employed... hell, he's CEO, he's rich, he's respectable—and he's very much not as social as Sophie is. In his cold wall of solitude and brooding, he's a loner, always alone, but also... really lonely. There were deep aspects about his history that cut me deeply, but for the most part, his persona is hilariously stiff and awkward... not awkward in that he's poorly written, but awkward as in OMG!! The situations he and Sophie get themselves into will make you laugh so hard! His reserved personality is definitely a huge contrast to Sophie's bubbly, social demeanor, making them polar opposites, but you know what they all say: don't opposites attract?

The two spend the majority of the book hating each other's guts while constantly, secretly thinking about one another naked... the heated office arguments, the brilliant back-and-forth witticisms, and the sultry glances create the ultimate sexual tension. Gray's difficulty expressing genuine feelings, as well as Sophie's fear of being the class disappointment—as always—further accentuate the impossibility of an actual relationship between them, but somewhere along their journey of late-night, soul-searching talks, chance encounters, and small, but significant surprising revelations, they each find themselves falling into the least expected trap of all: love.

While the enemies-to-lovers plot isn't unheard of in the world of romance novels, Layne puts a sarcastic, but entirely provocative, spin to it. Nothing in the novel was trite or overdone; from the weighty characters, to the mortifying situations they get into, everything is so original, so entertaining, and best of all, so cuttingly hilarious.

The sizzling chemistry between Sophie and Gray (that could only result from such polar-opposite individuals) is so well developed and believable. The slow construction of their emotional connection made me ache and squirm and swoon, because it felt like real romance. It isn't ridiculous insta-love that gives romance novels such a bad rap—it's the real thing.

Only with You is a bright and playful romance that still manages to convey the painful, frustrating emotions of falling in love under resistance and the beautiful art of the unexpected human connection. As the heat builds up, and walls begin to fall, Sophie and Gray find themselves longing for things they vowed to never want, yet now find themselves aching for... but only with each other.

Pros: Funny!! Made me laugh out loud // Tone is light, fresh, and entertaining // Loved Sophie and her outrageous but hilarious family // Gray is your classic tall, dark, and handsome—the perfect wounded hero with a hard shell // SO MUCH PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL CHEMISTRY BETWEN SOPHIE AND GRAY. I CAN'T EVEN // Hot, hot makeout and sex scenes—wowwee! // Everything a good contemporary romance should be

Cons: He has steely gray eyes and his name is Gray? Where have we encountered this before?!

Verdict: A sexy, vibrant twist on the CEO-meets-secretary romance trope, Only with You is a modern, energetic, and masterfully portrayed love story that both smolders in sexual tension, and provides uproarious bouts of comic relief. Sophie's sarcastic, self-deprecating bits of humor and easygoing radiance (I dare you not to love Sophie Dalton!) and Gray's solid determination to resist her inevitable charms, make for a steamy, catch-and-release game with a corporate flush—but as we all know, love is never just a game. Lauren Layne combines all of my favorite things—colorful characters (is Gray a color?), amusing banter, hot sex, and heartfelt emotion—in this exemplary, hard-to-put-down first novel in the new The Best Mistake series; I confidently say it's my new favorite contemporary romance—which is pretty impressive, considering it's my favorite genre!!

Rating: 10 out of 10 hearts (5 perfect stars): I'm speechless; this book is an extraordinarily amazingly wonderfully fantastically marvelous masterpiece. Drop everything and go buy yourself a copy now!

Source: Complimentary ARC provided by author, via tour publicist, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Lauren Layne and Tasty Book Tours!).
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Not recommended for anyone 26. Oktober 2014
Von P Tupper - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
Summertime is perfect for light, frivolous books you can stuff into a canvas bag and read at the beach, or in line for the roller coaster, or on that long bus ride to the wine country. You don’t expect much from these books, except maybe a good story and a little escapism. That said, the bar is not set especially high when I pick up one of my beach reads. This book, Only With You by Lauren Layne, should have filled the bill nicely. How could it miss with a young lovely heroine with two degrees from Stanford, and a brooding, emotionally wounded CEO who dance around their possible relationship, exchanging witty repartee before giving in to love and happy ever after? Alas.
We will now slip into my alter identity, that of crusty and curmudgeonly ancient crone. I really tried to like this book. I tried to refashion my mindset to a place where these characters made me smile and cheer and root for their happiness. I tried to say “You go, girl!!”, “You’re on track!” “Don’t let them hold you back with their silly grownup expectations,” (I know, how embarrassing. Even your mother doesn’t say “You go, girl!” anymore. So I’m old. And I’m being curmudgeonly, so I am allowed.)
Lauren Layne has talent as an author. Her stories flow, her dialog moves rapidly, the reader does not find herself trapped in a morass of bad writing. That said, this particular book had me wanting to fling it at the wall, or vandalize every known copy so that its insidious demeaning presumptions never poison the mind of even ONE female reader. The story opens with Sophie dressing for a bachelorette party in Vegas. The theme of the party is flashy trash so she is wearing a skirt less than a bandaid, a top that bares much of her torso, and thigh high vinyl hooker boots. Her long blonde hair (of course) is teased out, and she has on false eyelashes that glitter. She gets trapped in a stalled elevator with gorgeous and distant Gray, CEO of a luxury hotel concern. He thinks she is a hooker. Well, DUH! She is dressed like one. On purpose. What SHOULD he think? But no, Sophie is offended. So offended that she quits her job as a waitress in a dive bar the next day, without any backup plan. Back in Seattle, she heads to her horrible uptight parents’ house for Sunday dinner. Why are they awful? Because her doctor father who has paid for not one but two degrees from Stanford that Sophie is not using, plus a year and a half of law school that Sophie dropped out of, is disappointed that she is failing to use her potential, opting for the aforesaid dive bar career instead. Oh, and he is more interested in the Mariners than golf. Her mother is shallow and nouveau riche crass, always pushing for marriage and success for Sophie. She picks on Sophie for not being like her perfect sister Brynn the orthodontist. How does she pick on her? By pointing out when she is late, or that she is wearing torn jeans rather than dressing up a little for dinner. Oh the horror.
Brynn is bringing a new boyfriend to dinner. Oh what a surprise! It’s the dude from the elevator in Vegas! Who would have guessed? Squashed together in the powder room, they figure out Sophie is not a hooker, and he realizes he is attracted to her, not her sister. Over a strained dinner, Sophie reveals she has quit her job without another in sight, and Gray needs a personal assistant. He offers her the job, without knowing anything about her skills or talents. Of course he does. That’s how successful CEOs operate all the time, right? From that point on, Sophie sashays her way through his company, proving invaluable in making coffee with cream and saving big acquisition deals with her breasts, while heating up her boss as well. It is ludicrous.
The set- up is insulting. If any real couple found themselves in this situation it would never play out this way. We are expected to believe being mistaken for a whore in her whore outfit causes Sophie such distress she immediately quits her waitress job, as if there is some feasible connection between them. We are expected to understand Sophie’s disappointment in how she perceives she is treated by her parents, her sister, and her lover, lacking in respect, when she acts like an idiot, not a 27 year old woman with an impressive college education. In fact, nothing in the book ever makes you believe that Sophie could have ever finished the type of curriculum we are told she excelled at.
Women in general are treated as objects. Constantly throughout we are given vignettes of Sophie focused solely on things of a sexual context: “ Her lady parts purred” when her boss pours wine into a plastic cup. Her “hellish yoga helped to keep her backside from wobbling.” Gray is upset about an upcoming business meeting because “Watching Alistair sniff after his assistant’s tight little ass like a randy dog would be more than he could handle.” He thinks about dinner conversation with his siblings as running “My secretary? Yeah, I mistakenly implied she humped for money and she now spends every hour of the day pushing my buttons.” His sister is pimped out to the same Alistair during a bowling outing to help encourage the hotel acquisition. I could go on, with another nine or ten examples I bookmarked, but it is just too depressing.
Sophie’s expectations are inane. She is offended because she is mistaken for a hooker, she is offended because her huge contribution to Gray’s business as his coffee toting, picnic arranging, taxidermied head removing assistant is undervalued. She is offended because her parents don’t invite her to play tennis with them anymore. She is a petulant pain in the butt.
Sophie triumphs by helping Gray defrost after his betrayal by a former fiancée freezes his emotions. She breaks free from her oppressive family’s expectations by realizing the one thing she really wants is marriage, love, a home and kids. What? Where did that come from? She hated her mother for pushing marriage all the time. She never so much as blinks at a child in this book. The one chance she might have had, with the son of Gray’s friends, is thrown out because the boy is asleep when she meets them. Yet we are expected to believe that the solution to Sophie’s life crisis is marriage to Gray and yet another degree, this time in Teaching. Between the clear ethical abuses involved in Gray’s sexual relationship with an employee way down the corporate chain whose superior he is, to the ridiculous inflation of Sophie’s importance in her job, to the nonsense she spouts and the bizarre solutions to all the conflicts, everything in this book annoys me. I am all in favor of some willing suspension of disbelief for a Cinderella story, but this is no sweet fairy tale. The next book in the series will be Brynn’s story. I won’t be reading it. And I won’t let anyone I care about read these, either. All the wrong questions and all the wrong answers for anyone looking for a lifeplan, even a fictitious one.
In accordance with FTC guidelines for bloggers and endorsements, I would like to clarify that the books reviewed by me are either purchased/borrowed by me, or provided by the publisher/author free of charge. I am neither compensated for my reviews nor are my opinions influenced in any way by the avenues in which I obtain my materials. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Snarky, sassy, and full of fantastic chemistry! 29. Juli 2014
Von Kindles & Wine Book Blog - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch

KINDLE GAL: Hey, Em. You and I have read Lauren Layne's Sex, Love & Stiletto series, and while I know we both thought it was good (some books more than others), I feel like this new series is going to be more my style. Whereas I struggled a bit with the heroines in all of the Stiletto stories, I immediately found the heroine in Only with You (The Best Mistake), Sophie Dalton, extremely likable. She's funny, sassy, loyal, and ... well, a bit of a mess. But that actually made me love her even more! Sophie felt real to me. She's someone who has been pigeonholed most of her life as being a bit flighty and never one to take too seriously, unlike her older sister, Brynn. And even though there is a lot more to Sophie than meets the eye, she tends to play the part because it's easier than trying to prove everyone wrong. That is, until she meets Grayson Wyatt. Yes, I realize you're probably doing a double take right now, since I'm notoriously hard on heroines. But you are too, so I'm curious to know what you thought of Sophie.

EMILY: What? YOU actually liked a heroine?? If I wasn't totally in girl-love with Sophie myself, I'm sure my jaw would be on the floor! It really is quite creepy how aligned we are sometimes.

Sophie is hilarious and awesome and I completely related to her (though I was also able to relate to serious sister Brynn too - must be the brilliance of Lauren Layne!). Sophie IS a hot mess, but she knows it and wants to change. She just isn't entirely sure how to do it. Sophie reaches a personal low point at the beginning of Only with You (The Best Mistake), which has a lot to do with meeting the hero - über-sexy, yet stilted and robotic Gray Wyatt. {Insert sigh} Why is it I totally want to nurse these brooding bad boys back to health and happiness? Gray is so NOT your typical hero. While he is the requisite tall, dark, and handsome, he is also cold and super cranky - the complete polar opposite from the fun-loving, warm Sophie. Which, of course, made their interactions all the more intense and, well, just plain hot. Am I right, or am I right?

KG: You are SO right! Gray was a total Mr. Darcy in my mind. He was annoyed and yet completely taken by Sophie. Which just annoyed him even more, and the vicious cycle of it all was awesome! I'll be honest, when written well, I love this type of unconventional hero. Yes, there were several times I wanted to grab his stilted self and shake some sense into him, but Gray and his wounded heart SLAYED me. My heart squeezed a gazillion times reading this story, all because of Gray.

EM: {interrupting} YES!!!! I too had the "stomach drop, heart speed up" feeling whenever he unfroze enough to become human. Sorry ... please, carry on. :)

KG: I completely agree that the chemistry between Sophie and Gray was super hot! And as I'm saying that, we should probably point out that the heat level in this story is actually quite low. But for me, this is enemies-to-lovers at its best.

I also loved that because Gray is so difficult to "crack," ANY connection to him is huge. I mean, something as simple as him holding hands with Sophie was ridiculously sexy! (Just trust me.) And to solidify my love for Sophie, she eventually understood Gray like no one else.

I will say, as much as I loved the slow burn between them, it did make the ending feel a bit rushed. Or, maybe that was just because I could've read about these two forever. Which reminds me, as much as I enjoyed the scenes with Sophie's sister, Brynn, and her BFF, Will, it annoyed me to no end when the story shifted away from Sophie and Gray. And that is SO UNLIKE ME, because normally, I am all about secondary characters and stories!

Em: OK, so HERE is where we kind of disagree. (It really does happen sometimes. Crazy, huh?) As much as I loved the chemistry between Gray and Sophie (yes, admittedly rather PG-rated, but still intense and smoking all the same), I was happy to digress into tangential story lines. When I got a smidge tired of Gray's "issues" (only a smidge, Gray, baby ... I still love ya!), the change up to Will and Brynn was kind of refreshing. I was actually hoping to see more of them, especially Will. I loved the friendship between Will and Sophie. They are the way back types of besties, and their friendship is funny and touching. I loved their interactions and how Will fit in with her family.

Oh, and it looks like my wishes might come true. Without giving too much away about Book 2, it looks like I get to see Will again! YES!! I cannot wait for it!

KG: See, that's the thing ... I loved Will's character too! But I was just too in love with Sophie and Gray. THE BANTER! I honestly couldn't get enough of it.

I feel like all I've done is gush, which is starting to become my norm with Lauren Layne. I think anyone who enjoys the enemies-to-lovers trope, snarky dialogue, and a white-collar, unconventional hero will fall in love with Only with You (The Best Mistake). This one is hands-down my favorite book by Layne, and I can't wait to see what she's got in store next.

KG's RATING: A- (4½ stars)

EM: Yes, I too totally loved Only with You (The Best Mistake)! I must say, I completely loved Sophie - she made the book for me. Her snark, sass, and inner dialogue made her my favorite heroine of 2014. Yes, that is right, I went there. I cannot wait to see what is next from Layne too!

EMILY's RATING: A- (4½ stars)

Note: We received a review copy of this title courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.
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Great new author for me to read 5. August 2014
Von pw reader - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
Only With You is an accidental, mistaken identity meeting kind of story. Though that makes it uncomfortable for the main characters, I found it very entertaining. Even during that hotel meeting along with the family dinner, I found both of them likable in different ways. In fact, Gray and Sophie are opposites in personality, which added spark to their story. Gray is the serious introverted and Sophie is the sassy extrovert. Together they find the perfect balance in their lives.

I loved how Gray helps Sophie to find the confidence that she needs. Nevertheless, near the end, he almost takes it away from her. That I didn't like so much. However, it is very realistic. We must stand on our own before we can stand with anyone else. This is a lesson that Sophie learned, along with Gray who needed to learn to stand with someone is better than trying to stand alone through life.

The other supporting characters are interesting and original. My favorites are Will and Brynn. Yeah, I think there is a story there, no wonder Will and Sophie stayed best friends only.

Only With You is the kind of read that you want on a lazy summer afternoon. It’s funny, humorous and a feel good kind of story. Sometimes a lighthearted, not out to save the world just find my place in the world story is just what I need. Only With You fits the bill perfectly.

Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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Opposites Attract 12. August 2014
Von Bea - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is the classic case of opposites attract. It starts off with the H/h seriously disliking each other only to eventually become lovers. It's a quick adult (no new adults here) contemporary romance full of funny banter and sexual chemistry. Our H is a serious, stuffy, antisocial, successful and extremely attractive business man. The h is a pretty, sweet, witty, smart, caring and outgoing people person that really has no sense of direction and is happy with just "being". As a form of revenge, she accepts a job offer from our H. From then on, chaos ensues for the H. The h, simply cannot be a meek and dutiful assistant. Her cheerful talkative ways drive the H nuts. The road to HEA is not an instant one, and at times I got a little frustrated with the H because he kept the h at arm's length - or at least he tried to. At the end of the day, he simply could not do it. She really was perfect for him even though on paper, her sister was the one that his mind told him he should be with. That aspect of the book was handed really well. I'm so glad I didn't have to endure an angsty love triangle.

All in all, I found this book to be engaging, funny and cute. No cheating with low levels of angst. I would recommend this to contemporary romance book lovers.
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