Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

Title: I Knew You Were Trouble
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Oxford #4
Main Characters: Taylor and Nick
Release Date: June 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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

My Review:
*happy sigh* This book was so good.

Nick and Taylor do not get along. Taylor was raised thinking that shows of emotion are bad. Nick sees her as cold at their first meeting and dubs her as an ice princess, something that she's already sensitive about. That first meeting sets the tone between the two of them...a lot of icy exchanges that will usually turn heated. Yeah, these two have some chemistry that makes this a great enemies to lovers story. 

It's the nuances that make the story so amazing. Taylor had a horribly tragic childhood. She was never allowed to be a child, to be frivolous, to play, or to love. In fact she's pretty sure she'll never love or be loved in exchange. She just isn't made for that. As they get closer, Nick begins to realize some of this and begins to see her...all of her, even the parts she tries to keep hidden. 

I loved him for seeing her vulnerable parts. He's just such a good guy...which is proved over and over again. And gah, does Taylor deserve a good guy. She's gotten such the short end of the stick in her life. My heart just hurt for her. She's not a bad person. She's just a little cold, but she doesn't know how to be any different. She's never had love in her life. *sob*

Seriously this was the most perfect pairing EVER. I loved Taylor and Nick together. He sees her. He gets her. And she needs that so much in her life. I loved this book! Such a fabulous romance. *happy sigh*

And now can we talk about Hunter and Brit? Please, please tell me that they are both getting stories soon...

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