Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Release Blast for LOVE STORY by Lauren Layne

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.

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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My Review:

This is a sweet romance story written by Lauren Layne which is the 3rd novel in the Love Unexpectedly series.
This is a story about two childhood friends who end up going from friends, to lovers, to enemies before they left each other’s lives due to all the angst and pain. Suddenly they ended back in each other’s obits years later and each one blamed the other for the pain of the breakup. And neither of  them has ever moved on from their relationship, short as it was.
What seemed to be meddling family members, is truly fate when the hero and heroine aka the MC- Reece and Lucy, end up stuck together on a forced two-week road trip, destined to either kill one another or fall in love all over again.
It started off a little slow yet with a strong flow yet seemed to waiver in the middle of the book. Its like neither MC wanted to own up to their miscommunication and the fact that they still loved the other one. It took majority of the book to finally get to the bottom of what went wrong which basically took us to almost the end of the book. So about 90-94 % of the book was done before we saw the MC make headway. Not to say their make up wasn’t awesome. There was a lot of angst, anger but there was a lot of heat, passion and in the end, we finally get to see that love- and they say, the flip side of hate IS LOVE which is what lead me to believe is why Reece treated Lucy so bad a lot of times in this story. Lucy doesn’t come away looking angelic. She needed to have worked on her communication skills.  Two people who have a lot of pain and anger built up needed to have worked on a way to get out why they felt the way they did and finally by the end, it came out but my gosh, it took so long. I would have liked to see more put in place than the miscommunication. The characters do make this story- they are interesting and some of the pet names are outrageously awesome.

My rating: 4.0 stars ****

 "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

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