Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Only with You by Lauren Layne

Title: Only With You
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: The Best Mistake #1
Main Characters: Gray and Sophie
Release Date: July 2014
Publisher: Forever
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . . 

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

My Review:
I have so many authors that are on my auto-buy lists anymore, it's not often that I give a new author a shot unless something about the blurb just really captures my attention. This book/blurb did that for me because I've never read this author before. That's all changed now, because with this one book she stole this reader's heart. I loved this book and the really unlikely match-up between Gray and Sophie.

The book starts with Sophie. She's from Seattle, but is in Vegas for a bachelorette party and putting her party girl outfit on. If you can't dress like a showgirl in Vegas, then where can you do it? But she ends up getting trapped in an elevator with an extremely uptight, cold, staid businessman...who thinks she's a hooker. Sophie's a smart girl...made it through a year and a half of Harvard Law School before she dropped out because it wasn't the right fit for her. The problem...she doesn't know what is the right fit for her. She's 28 and working as a cocktail waitress. Being mistaken for a prostitute is her rock bottom and she's determined to reexamine her life and her choices. 

Sophie is a natural extrovert and bubbly person. Her family are all white collar professionals working at boring jobs. They expect the same for her, but that's just not who she is, so she's gone the extreme other direction. She's faltering through life, but her people skills are incredible and are what both draws and repels Gray about her. 

Gray is the exact polar opposite of Sophie. He doesn't know how to handle other people at all and would be perfectly happy NEVER having to deal with anyone else. A true introvert who's been emotionally wounded so he's even more closed off than his natural inclinations make him. Gray is a very cold character and there may be a few readers who have issues with him because he seems so harsh sometimes, but as a fellow introvert, I LOVED him and could feel so much empathy for his awkwardness. Sophie is his perfect match because she pulls him out of his withdrawn tendencies. At the same time, he also calms her. 

I loved the dynamic between these two. I loved the fact that they truly did NOT like one another for the first half of the book, even when they are attracted to one another and fighting that as much as each other. Sophie pulls emotion out of Gray and I loved that. It made this book so much fun to read. Their chemistry was incredible and even more so when they were fighting and Sophie was pushing his buttons. She gets along with everyone, but something about him makes her want to pick at him. They bring out the best and the worst in each other. I loved the extremes. 

Everything about this story worked for me...with the office dynamic, the underlying situation with Sophie's lacking self-worth, the ongoing prostitute cracks, Gray's emotional vulnerability, the story with Will, Sophie's best friend...and her sister. I can't wait for their story. I really, really liked this one and once again am so thrilled to find a new author love. I plan to catch up on Lauren Layne's backlist soon and am putting her upcoming releases onto my to-be-read list.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but as soon as I it is available, I plan to order a print copy of it for my keeper shelf.

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