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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.
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Nereyda: As you guys know, we’re big Lauren Layne fans here. Like any author, I love some of her books, like others and there have also been a few that sadly haven’t worked for me. This one falls in the middle category, I enjoyed it but there just a few things here and there that bothered me. I kind of felt like this book was kind of all over the place in terms of the story and my feelings reflected that. It had the enemies to lovers angle, the roommates angle, the wrong timing romance (they both had relationships in the beginning) and the View Spoiler » surprise pregnancy story-line. « Hide Spoiler. I really liked certain parts, felt bleh about other parts and there was one certain part that I just didn’t like. If you’ve read the book and know my reading pet peeves, you probably already know what that is (unless you clicked the spoiler).
Nick: Yeah, I was very excited for this one too. I mean it’s Lauren Layne, one of my favoritest authors ever. And the minute I received a copy, I dove into the story. All throughout I had this feeling of irritation towards the story, that I can’t quite pinpoint. Don’t get me wrong, there were some really fun parts to I Knew You Were Trouble, but for the most part, I was detached and annoyed from the story, which aren’t feelings I’ve come to expect from Lauren Layne books.
Nereyda: We previously met Taylor and Nick in Someone Like You and man, these two hate each other! I was a little bit worried that their hatred would be too extreme and that Nick would cross the friendly banter into being downright mean or an asshole, but I didn’t feel that was the case. The beginning of the book overlaps with Lincoln’s story (Someone Like You) so we do get to see how they met and the first of their many not so friendly encounters. Sadly, I didn’t think this was needed in the story since it was already established for us that these two hated each other. Each chapter skipped along to a new month until the present time and I’m just not a fan of plots like this because it feels a bit choppy for my liking. Once we got into the present, it was much easier to get into the story.
Nick: I think the fact that we’ve only just met Taylor in Someone Like You might explain why I wasn’t completely gaga over this story. With the other characters, we’ve known them for a while now, so they’ve become like friends, and unlike Taylor, I was attached to them. But anyways, I was still quite excited for the story because the hate-to-love vibe promised a fun romance. I was thrown off by first, but the quick flashback chapters. I can’t really say if it worked for me because it moved so fast. The romance itself was fine overall. I did think Lauren Layne sometimes took the hate part a bit too far with how acerbic and hurtful Nick and Taylor could be to each other. They weren’t a favorite couple of mine by any means, but there were some good bantery moments, and when they did get together, I enjoyed the chemistry and their dynamic. THEN. That stupid misunderstanding close to the end showed up, along with Nick’s backstory and I was just annoyed at everything. I saw the View Spoiler » surprise pregnancy « Hide Spoiler coming from a mile, but it was done in a way that didn’t sit well with me. Nick’s reaction to it all especially was gross and assholish, and there was minimum groveling on his part, which further bothered me. So yeah, the resolution of the story was rushed.
Nereyda: Taylor was a bit tough to like. I liked how strong she was and how dedicated she was about her job. I felt bad for how she was raised by her affection-less aunt and that explained a lot about her, but I just had such a hard time getting over her feelings for her ex Bradley. They had a mediocre relationship at best, and she spends most of the book pining over him. Despite that, I did like her but it was really annoying how such a smart girl like her could mistake what she had with Bradley with love or why she would even want to get back together with him. I didn’t have many issues with Nick (until the end) but he did come off as a bit cold. Although their reason for moving in together was a bit far-fetched, I actually really enjoyed this part of the book because I’m a sucker for the roommate romance trope. The chemistry was pretty good but it wasn’t as good as I’ve come to expect from a Lauren Layne book.
Nick: I’m also with Nereyda when it comes to Nick’s character. I liked him a lot in the beginning. He’s a fun, easygoing and flirty guy, whose easy to get behind. But the way he ended up treating Taylor left a sour taste in my mouth. And with Taylor, I was more indifferent. I couldn’t understand why she was even in a relationship with Bradley to begin with. I mean I admired her tenacity and the strength that she shows over the book, but there were moments when she was a doormat too, especially at the end. ALSO. I was super bummed that we didn’t get to meet any of the Stiletto girls. I live for their cameos, so I was sad, we didn’t really get to see them.
Nereyda: All in all, although this wasn’t my favorite book, it also wasn’t bad. I think I may have set my standards higher when it comes to this author. I actually ended up reading this in one day which is huge for me cause you guys know how freaking slow I read now. Even though some things about the book annoyed me, I was still entertained at the end of the day. I do have to admit that I’m a bit disappointing about the whole View Spoiler » surprise pregnancy thing she pulled on me cause you guys know I hate pregnancies/babies/kids in books. I’m also a little bit…annoyed that all her books lately have ended with the proposal/reconciliation. While that works for me it does get a little annoying that all her recent books have ended like this lately. I’m also not a big believer in the belief that happily ever after = marriage. « Hide Spoiler If you haven’t read a book by this author yet, here are a few of my favorites: The Trouble With Love, Someone Like You, To Have and To Hold.
Nick: Yeah, I don’t think I liked this one at all. Even thinking about it now, the book was so unmemorable. I have also read Runaway Groom that releases in August by the same author, and also did not enjoy that one very much. So that’s 3/4 misses for me this year with her books. I do think her focus on wanting to write quickly and release a lot of many books in a year is declining the quality of her books. As much as I love that she releases so many for her fans, I would much prefer 1 or 2 amazing books like Someone Like You, which she took her time with.
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