Why did I want to read it?
It’s a brand new series from one of my all-time favorite contemporary romance authors. I’ve loved all her series before so I was pretty sure this series would be no different.
What worked for me?
First, let me say how much I enjoy small-town settings for romance novels. I am a city girl through and through so I haven’t really experienced life in a small town. There’s just something about a tight-knit community, the pacing of life, the quality of relationships (not just romantic) that a small-town setting brings to the table in a story such as this. And Lucky Hollow was such a dream. For me, it was the perfect set-up for Luke and Jordan. My favorite bit were the (good-natured) know-it-all, don’t-know-any-boundaries, nosy-as-hell residents of Lucky Hollow. I love them to bits.
I just love how everything progressed and this is all thanks to Ms. Layne’s expert commandeering of the story and character development. My favorites are always the quiet talks, deep conversations and of course the signature banters of our main characters; how swift and smooth a scene can transition between light and serious and everything just works.
As for the conflicts, I loved how Lauren Layne crafted the individual ones and the one central to the romance. I might run the risk of saying too much, but I will say that the one that touched me the most was Jordan’s. I love that whole arc by itself.
What did not work for me?
I am not loving that book cover. I don’t know, it’s not doing anything for me. I don’t feel Luke and Jordan when I look at that cover. Other than that, I love this book.
My over-all take on it?
There’s something to be said when an author continuously is able to give her readers her brand of romance and yet never fails to make each story its own kind of magic. And this book is no different. It has that funny, heart-tugging, deep-hearted romance that we’ve all come to love from Lauren Layne and at the same time, this is Luke and Jordan’s love story and no one else’s, you know what I mean? It’s familiar and yet unique. Love it!
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.
“Nobody was inside?” she asked.
He shook his head. “Nope.”
“Not even a pet.”
He gave a little smile. “You were hoping to see me save a cat?”
“Have you?” She smiled back. “Saved a cat?”
He winced and looked away and she gasped. “Oh my gosh, you have, haven’t you? You’ve saved a freaking cat. You couldn’t be more perfect if you tried.”
His eyes locked on hers, and Jordan backpedaled. “Not perfect for me. I meant for the show…”
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.
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More Lauren Layne on the blog:
Frisk Me (New York’s Finest #1)
Irresistibly Yours (Oxford #1)
Have you read Lauren Layne’s books? (You should! ^_^) Are you as excited about this new series as I am?