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Thirsty Thursday (9): Top 5 New Adult Male Characters

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Thirsty Thursday is a weekly feature, hosted by Nikki & Keira @ Lazy Book Lovers, where we discuss all things swoon-worthy: from quotes, book covers, book boyfriends, and even that worth-the-wait book kiss.

This week, it’s all about that genre called New Adult and the amazing male characters I’ve met in this genre. Here are my picks for this week…

Ethan from Isn’t She Lovely
Cade from Faking It
Park from Before Now
Leo from He Belongs With Me
Paul from Broken

 

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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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“Waiting On” Wednesday (25): ONLY WITH YOU by Lauren Layne

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

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ONLY WITH YOU by Lauren Layne

Release Date: July 29, 2014

Here’s the blurb from Lauren Layne’s Website:

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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Interview, Review, & Giveaway: JUST ONE NIGHT by Lauren Layne

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*Loveswept is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for a Lauren Layne Prize Pack including Review Copies of Stiletto Series, Loveswept Mug & Tote, or $15.00 E-Retailer Gift Card.

CoverTitle: Just One Night
Series: Sex, Love and Stiletto Series #3
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  iTunes

New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest . . . all night long.
Riley McKenna knows sex – good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles in Stiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal for Stiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.

Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.

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Review: ISN’T SHE LOVELY by Lauren Layne

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Book Info:

Title: Isn’t She Lovely
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group (Flirt)
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Source: eARC from the publisher via NetGalley

 

Book Blurb:

The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.

“Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?”

Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund… or does he?

As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the idea of playing Ethan’s brainless Barbie girlfriend, but the free rent and luxurious digs make a tempting offer. So does the promise of a ready-made screenplay idea inspired by their charade.

But when Stephanie steps into Ethan’s privileged world, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. The kissing and touching that were intended to fool the Hamptons crowd wind up manipulating “them.” And Stephanie faces a question she’s too afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me Authors I Read in 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: New-to-me Authors I’ve Read in 2013. 2013 was a great year for me as a reader, I’ve discovered new genres that I’m beginning to enjoy and of course, I’ve discovered great new authors. Here’s a rundown of my Top Ten.

 

 

 

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#10   Cheryl McIntyre

Before Now is one of the books that have really resonated in me, not because I’ve experienced the same things the characters have (I haven’t) but because Cheryl McIntyre’s writing made them so alive and real.

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#9       Lauren Layne

I’m so happy to have discovered her Love, Sex, & Stiletto series. It’s fun, sexy, and full of romance.

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#8       Katie McGarry 

I’ve only read Daring You To but it already turned me into a believer. I look forward to reading more of her work. I haven’t read Crash Into You yet (I know, it’s a crime.) but by the looks of all those starred reviews, I’m guessing I’m looking forward to an amazing read.

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#7       Stephanie Perkins

I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door so much. It was such a refreshing reading experience for me. And Cricket Bell is one of my favorite characters for 2013. And her new books comes out 2014, which is so far away.

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#6       Veronica Roth

I haven’t read Allegiant yet and with all the spoilers of the ending that I’ve read and heard about, it will be some time before I pick up that third book. But I’m still glad that I’ve read the first two books. They’re great reads.

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#5       Gayle Forman  

Oh, Gayle Forman. If I Stay broke my heart. But Where She Went just about killed me. I love these two books so much. I liked Just One Day enough and I haven’t read Just One Year yet but her first two books are enough to make me and keep me as a fan. 

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#4       Kate Meader

I discovered Kate Meader late in the year and also because she just recently released her books. I love her writing style, at times funny, romantic, and heartwarming. 

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#3       Mary Ann Rivers

Her debut release was a novella and her second release was a short story that was part of an anthology. Her full-length novel, Live, comes out in 2014. But no matter the format or the length, Mary Ann Rivers’ stories are forces to be reckoned with. Both of them are such great stories with great writing. 

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#2       Rainbow Rowell

I think I can’t gush enough about Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Those two books are so different and yet so alike in the sense that you have great characters, a hit-my-heart-with-a-bullet-why-don’t-you storylines, and just really awesome writing. I’ll have to read Attachments soon before Landline comes out next year.

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#1        Laura Florand

I love Laura Florand. Her books are decadent. So for those of you who haven’t tried out her writing yet, indulge yourself with romance, chocolate, Paris, and fabulous writing.

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There you go. What about you, guys? What are your picks for the week?

Review: Love The One You’re With by Lauren Layne

18078029 Title: Love The One You’re With*

Author: Lauren Layne

Publisher: Random House (Loveswept)

Date of Publication: December 9, 2013

Source: eARC via NetGalley

From Goodreads:

As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses… or is she?

Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job… except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto.

But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously…

 

I had such a good time reading Lauren Layne’s first book in her Sex, Love, & Stiletto series, After the Kiss, I knew I am going to be reading her succeeding books. I was eagerly awaiting her sequel which features Grace Brighton. Grace is part of the successful Trio of Stiletto‘s most popular department but in the latter part of the 1st book, Grace suffers a big blow courtesy of her cheating boyfriend, a boyfriend she’s been with for 8 years. Not only is her heart in shreds, her pride had taken a hit as well. She was supposed to be a dating expert. She even published an article on how to tell if a man is cheating on you. She has listed down the signs but was unable to see them for herself in her own relationship.

 

But in this new book, we find Grace returning to Stiletto after a needed vacation with something to prove. No man is ever going to do a number on her again. She starts that campaign by flaunting to the world her new self, dubbed as Grace 2.0. And volunteering to do the battle of the sexes article series with Stiletto’s counterpart publication, Oxford. Her partner? Certified bachelor and leading columnist Jake Malone.

 

Jake Malone didn’t want the assignment his new editor-in-chief gave him. In fact, he has had his sights on a position he deems more suitable to his nature, that of a writer for their soon-to-be launched travel section. He’s itching to leave the humdrum of familiarity and routine that has crept up in his lifestyle and the new assignment would break that and send him to many places far and new. He strikes a deal with his editor-in-chief and agrees to the joint project, so to speak, and finds himself battling against Grace.

 

After the Kiss was cute. It was fun to read and the characters were interesting. Love The One You’re With, on the other hand, blew me away. It had that perfect balance of fun, intelligence, and heart. I know that the premise, while most definitely exciting, is like a mine field wherein there a lot of possibilities an author can go down the cliched road. But Lauren Layne’s take on this one was a breath of fresh air. Sure, there were still cliches and a little bit of predictability but what romance novel doesn’t have those, right? But her delivery was so honest, in that she doesn’t hide behind these cliches but acknowledge them head on. And I really appreciate that. She writes as if she admits that she’s giving the readers these cliches but then she adds her own spin to them and it totally works well.

 

I love Grace and Jake. They’re just good people, both as individuals but especially when they’re together. They’re decent, genuine, and intelligent characters. You know how some characters can be a bit irritating because they act and think irrationally and can be just so blind at times, maybe for the sake of the plot? Well, Grace and Jake aren’t those characters at all. I love that they don’t lie to themselves. And I just fell for their conversations and interactions. Again, they were genuine in the sense that they felt very organic to the story and to their individual characterizations as well. Those conversations never felt stilted or forced for the sake of the plot. This adds a great dimension to their romance because I could totally imagine the two of them falling for each other. Natural, that’s the word. It felt natural and that goes so well with building their chemistry. That first conversation between them was great. It set the pace and the rest just kept on building up from there.

 

Can I just say that I love the secondary characters as well. They were engaging without stealing away the show from the two leads. I can’t wait for Riley’s own journey to her HEA.

 

Overall, this was such a wonderful and very enjoyable read. Great characterizations, amazing chemistry, witty banters, and heartfelt conversations. Amazing writing from Lauren Layne.

 

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

 

*I received an ARC from Random House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

lauren layneAbout the author:

Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House (Loveswept), as well as new adult for Random House’s Flirt line.

Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career, she decided to quit talking about writing and actually do it.

A Seattle-native, Lauren’s also tried on the Bay Area, Orange County and Manhattan for size. She’s currently writing from the Pacific Northwest, but is always looking for the next place to call home. Texas? The South? New England? Suggestions welcome.

Learn more about her via Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler.

 

 

 

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Just One Night by Lauren Layne

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

 

 

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This week’s spotlight is on Just One Night by Lauren Layne.

Release Date: March 11, 2014

 

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

In Lauren Layne’s sizzling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest…all night long.

Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles in Stiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal for Stiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.

Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.

 

Why am I waiting?

 

I read the ARC of the second installment of this series, due out on December 9 (watch out for my review) and it was amazing. It was much, much better than the first book so I’m wondering if Lauren Layne is the kind of author who gets better and better with every book she writes. Plus, that blurb. Does that not sound intriguing or what?

 

What are you “waiting on” this Wednesday? I would love to hear all about them.