Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Story

Over the course of one wild road trip, 
feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love.

a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Releasing February 14th, 2017

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

Although listed as a title in the Love Unexpectedly Series, all books in the series stand alone.

Lucy Hawkins is a small-town girl from Virginia who wants bigger and better things. She’s a girl with a plan and the ambition to see it through. The fact that she’s had her heart broken along the way, by her brother’s best friend, won’t stop her. However, lacking the transportation to make her cross-country road trip just might.
When her parents offer her a way to keep her plans intact, she accepts, despite the fact that it comes with a price, a traveling companion who just happens to be the man who took her virginity then broke her heart years ago.
I’ve read this author before, and will always jump at the chance to read her books. This novel is another example of how the author delves into her characters’ minds and weaves a romance that bites as well as makes you laugh. Reece Sullivan’s push/pull, hot/cold driven by hormones and restrained by memories fuels the fire between them. Each character unfolds through a series of events and flashbacks that details their current motivations. The book was well written and had great chemistry as well as dialogue. The only issue I had, and a personal one at that, is the amount of italicized writing. It’s difficult to read in quantity. Other than that, and it’s a small thing, I hope to read for this author again—soon.
Five stars.

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 

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