Title: Love Story
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Love Unexpectedly #3
Main Characters: Lucy and Reece
Release Date: February 2016
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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.
I've been a big fan of Lauren Layne's writing from the very first book of hers that I read, but this book...this book...wow. It has a slightly different feel than most of her books, but I still loved it so, so much.
This book is all about the emotion. Both these characters were devastated by what happened between them six years ago when they broke up. Now they are trapped in a car together for a two week road trip cross country...and neither is sure they'll survive it. There's just so much hurt between them which has had to morph into hate. That's the only thing that can happen when love has been so twisted by pain. So, I'll admit, there is a ton of angst that makes this book really painful to read at times, but that's what makes it so, so good. As the reader, you can't help but fall in love with both Reece and Lucy. I cheered for them to see past their hurt so they could truly see just how much the other person was hurting too.
And all of this takes place in a cross country road trip via cheap, disgusting hotels. LOL...seriously, between the hotels and 'Horny' the old, brown station wagon, there's not much for ambience and setting in this book. But it made the focus on the emotions that much deeper.
I adored this book. I loved mentally cheering for Reece and Lucy. The story is told within a series of flashbacks interspersed between the road trip scenes. It really worked to build this story, because before these two were lovers they were best friends for ten years...and then they were nothing. So, not only did they have their heart broken, but they each lost their best friend. *sob*...emotional...I did mention that, right?
If you're like me and like that kind of angst...pick this one up. I think you'll love it just as much as me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.