Why did I want to read it?
It’s a new series from one of my absolute favorite authors! We’ve ‘met’ the Oxford men briefly in the Stiletto series and I’m so happy that they’ll have books of their own! And Cole is up first!
What worked for me?
How adorable are Cole and Penelope? Their meet-cute was indeed just that. Their banter was so engaging. And I thank the writing gods and Lauren especially, that the job competition angle to the story didn’t take too long to be resolved.
On to Penelope. (I have a slight bias to that name, seriously! If I were to have a daughter someday, I’d name her Penelope!) I love how down-to-earth and nice and good and honest and straightforward she is. Yes, she’s a little conscious that she doesn’t look like the drop-dead gorgeous women of New York City but she still knows her worth. She knows what she’s capable of and that she’s damn good at her job. I love how she bonded with the women of Stiletto (because every girl needs BFFs/girl group like that. But her tick is that she has falls built around herself. Yes, her good-nature attitude is genuine but she does make an effort to friend-zone herself before the guy does it or even thinks about it. She doesn’t want to put all her hopes again on a guy and not have him return her feelings.
Cole. Sharpe. Swoon! It was totally worth it, waiting for his book. He’s the type of hero that everybody might see as a laid-back, not-a-care-in-the-world player type of guy but it’s really because (and I am loving this philosophy) he sees and accepts that good things and bad things go together. You can’t have one without the other. And he prepares himself for the bad as well as the good so he will never get blindsided when the other shoe falls, so to speak. And I think that’s pretty admirable. But his tick is that he also likes to keep everything impersonal. He seldom if never lets his true feelings and concerns, hopes and fears show. He’s so good at hiding them that sometimes even his closest friends couldn’t tell, couldn’t recognize the depth of emotions that he’s capable of.
But nevertheless, I love these two to bits. They would be like my #RelationshipGoals. They’re so cute and sweet and I was really happy with the way the author wrote how the characters handled the conflict. I thought it was organic to the characters that we got to know throughout the book. They were mature and their decisions and actions really spoke of the kind of good people that they are.
And last but not the least, I love the bromance! The Oxford men are fantastic and amusingly entertaining together.
What did not work for me?
I wasn’t a fan of the subplot about Penelope’s colleague from her previous job. But this is, I think, a personal preference and has little to do with Lauren Layne’s writing. If that makes any sense. 🙂
My over-all take on it?
Cole’s book did not disappoint. He and Penelope were amazing to read about. Their story was funny, romantic, heartfelt, and yes, still sexy. I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series.
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.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.
Connect with Lauren Layne:
Loveswept Ebook Bundle
More Lauren Layne on the blog:
Frisk Me (New York’s Finest #1)
Have you read Lauren Layne’s books? (You should! ^_^) Are you as excited about the Oxford series as I am?