{ARC Review} I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne

{ARC Review} I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren LayneI Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford, #4) by Lauren Layne
Publisher: Loveswept, Penguin Random House
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 193
Format: e-ARC
Source: the publicist via NetGalley
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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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.
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s juicy Oxford Novels:IRRESISTIBLY YOURS | I WISH YOU WERE MINE | SOMEONE LIKE YOU | I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
“Irresistibly Yours has it all: fun banter, hot chemistry, and a couple that you just can’t help but want to be together!”—New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine “A smart, sexy, and absolutely irresistible read!”—USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly, on I Wish You Were Mine
“Lauren Layne is a new auto-buy author for me. I can’t get enough of the men of Oxford!”—Christi Barth, author of the Naked Men series
And look for her exhilarating Sex, Love & Stiletto series:AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the publisher via NetGalley but that did not in any way influence this review!

 

This enemies-to-more story was a quick, enjoyable read.  Two characters who were loaded down with baggage and secrets slowly learn that maybe their dislike of each other wasn’t really hate after all.  And, in the time it takes for them to figure it out, the reader is treated to some great banter and some juicy drama.

Nick and Taylor work together and, from the very beginning, rub each other the wrong way.  Due to a series of unexpected events, they both find themselves single and looking for a roommate.  Once they’re living together, they discover that perhaps they like each other more than they thought.  It isn’t smooth sailing, however.  There are external forces and messy past relationships keeping them apart.  I really enjoyed their chemistry and their banter.  These two pushed each other relentlessly and, at times, past the breaking point, but, to me, that was in line with their past experiences and with the fact that they spend more than half the story disliking each other.  My only wish here is that we could have had one more chapter of happily ever after.  I would have loved to bask in their love just a little bit longer.  However, there is a prologue that I absolutely loved!  Nick is a sexy, swoony hero and Taylor, although she appears tough as nails, is smart and caring.  These two bring out the best in each other…and brought a smile to this reader’s face.

This is a nice addition to the Oxford series.  Each of these books are different but they have a common thread…great writing and fabulous characters.  I can always count on enjoying a Lauren Layne book and this was no exception.  Looking forward to whatever she’s going to give us next!

 

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Posted June 1, 2017 by Ana in Adult, Alternating POVs, ARC, Contemporary, Drama, Enemies to more, review, Reviews, Romance, Series, Swoonworthy Book Boyfriends / 0 Comments

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