Review & Giveaway: ONLY WITH YOU by Lauren Layne

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*Lauren is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $50.00 eGiftcard to ZAPPOS.COM.

 

cover-onlywithyou-layneTitle: Only With You (The Best Mistake #1)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks

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 . . .
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My Review:

 

The story in a nutshell:

A mistaken identity in a hotel elevator becomes that first fateful encounter between Sophie Dalton, law school dropout and current waitress, and Grayson Wyatt, successful businessman with low people skills. But first impressions sometimes last longer than necessary and consequent fateful encounters make Sophie and Gray reevaluate themselves and where they think their lives are headed. There’s office romance, awkward family dinners, one sweaty and steamy obstacle race, and possibly this one chance of finding happiness and acceptance with each other.

 

What worked for me?

I love the awkward mistaken identity that was the first meeting of our main characters. And I absolutely adore that pure stubbornness from both their parts land them in a set-up that both initially did not want: employer-employee relationship, boss and secretary. The various situations that they encounter together, especially in work-related stuff was really fun to read. And the progression from veiled dislike, from Sophie, and mortifying embarrassment, from Gray, into something that looks like friendship, like true acceptance, and possibly like love was also a joy to read.

I love Sophie’s feisty nature, how good she is with reading and understanding people and making them feel more comfortable (her blind spot being Gray! LOL ). I absolutely adore Gray’s inability to have small talk. I think I busted my side laughing when we finally hear what’s going on inside his head when he’s expected to make small talk. Laugh-out-loud funny! But you know that he tries his best despite his awkward personality when it comes to people-to-people interactions outside the business environment, so you can’t help but adore him. But most of all, I love that he sees Sophie as someone who is not only good and capable, but someone who he wants to see realize their self-worth just as he does.

 

What did not work for me?

As much as I love Sophie, there were a couple of times when I wanted to shake her for feeling sorry for herself. Whenever she looks at herself as if she’s not worth much compared to everybody else makes we want to remind her of all the goodness in her.

 

My over-all take on it?

Here is another series from Lauren Layne to look forward to. Gray and Sophie were characters I really enjoyed seeing get to know each other better, get to find out each other’s faults and the acceptance that naturally followed, get to fall in love and commit. Also! Lauren did a great job laying down the foundation for the next book in the series featuring Sophie’s older sister Brynn and Sophie’s best friend, Will. I can’t wait for their book to come out!

 

My rating:

 4 stars

 

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange  for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.

 

About the Author:

Lauren LayneLauren Layne is a snarky cynic with a serious weakness for happily ever afters.

Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.*

But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time.

Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books. Don’t worry. You will.

Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she’s on the laid-back train  in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she’ll probably buy you a drink. Maybe.

Connect with Lauren Layne:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

 

 Giveaway

*Lauren is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $50.00 eGiftcard to ZAPPOS.COM.

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