Someone Like You (Oxford #3)

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Author: Lauren Layne
Published: December 6, 2016
Pages: 228

Stars: 3 out of 5

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Links to Other Books in Series:
Irresistibly Yours
I Wish you Were Mine (Oxford, #2)

Synopsis:
Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

Review:
You know what they say about forbidden fruit.. Well, that’s Daisy. Emma’s identical twin sister. She is tough, gorgeous, and broken. Lincoln on the other hand is a tight box of secrets. Secrets even his friends don’t know about. But somehow Daisy is able to uncover these secrets within days of knowing him. Lincoln is the flirt, the kind of guy who can easily put a room at ease. If you’ve read the previous two books in this series, then you know just how good looking Lincoln is. But like Daisy, Lincoln is broken. This book is about finding the courage to fix what’s broken. 

One thing both Lincoln and Daisy have in common is the masks they wear and hide behind. When both Lincoln and Daisy meet, the encounter is both flirtatious with an acknowledgment of the walls or boundaries each other put up. Not at all what I expected in the opening chapter. 

The tone of this book is heavy and the chapters are tinged with sadness as you turn each page, waiting to discover the hidden secret. And when it comes, there is no triumphant moment. Because Lincoln’s secret is heartbreaking. Part one of the book is mostly heartbreaking. The ending brought tears to my eyes. 

Part two of the book starts off on a lighter note. I found myself smiling and enjoying the possibilities to come. But then we get a closer look into Daisy’s secrets and I find myself feeling a mix of hope and sadness. I honestly can say part two flew and by the end I had mix feelings. I really wish I could say more here, but that would be giving too much away. 

The rest of the book flows in a similar way, happy moments sometimes tinged with sadness. The sex scenes are hot and fun. And as far as Lincoln goes, there is only so much understanding I can give. Simply put, he messed up. And I don’t think I would be as understanding as Daisy. There was one scene at the end of the book with Kate’s voice (can’t say more without giving too much away) that had me rolling my eyes. 

Overall I enjoyed the book but this wasn’t my favorite book in this series. I probably won’t ever buy this book because it’s more of the read it once and that’s enough. The book just had too much sadness and not enough sassy banter.

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Throwback Thursday- I Wish you Were Mine (Oxford, #2)

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This weeks throwback is, I Wish you Were Mine. This is the second book in the Oxford series. This series was first published back on October 6th, 2015 with Irresistibly Yours. I Wish you Were Mine is an emotional romantic comedy that is sure to draw you in.

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Synopsis:
A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

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My Thoughts and Review:
Normally I don’t write what my first impression of the book was but the prologue has me a little baffled. While I’m reading it, all I can think is ‘please don’t let this book be a sappy love story where the main character has unbelievable low self esteem.’ And then you read the last sentence in this section and I had to stop and put the book down. The entire conversation between Molly and Jackson has a different meaning and just Wow..

Mollie and Jackson’s story is complicated and dramatic. There is nothing simple about what they go through but it is highly entertaining to read.

Jackson is a 37 year old NFL star. Personally, I’ve never been the type to be attracted to professional sports players. But the way he is described is little mouth watering delicious. Fast forward and Jackson is a walking shell of his former self. My heart just ached for him and everything he went through. Especially everything with his ex-wife, Madison. Did I mention said ex-wife is Mollie’s sister and Mollie has been in love with Jackson from the very beginning of her sisters marriage to Jackson.

Jackson is the definition of a tortured male. He is charming, smart, loving, yet he carries his demons on his shoulders. He went from confident star football player to a journalist who is completely unsure of himself, uncomfortable in a suit and his own skin, and so lonely. His ex-wife ruined his reputation and Jackson’s low self-esteem keeps him from correcting the lies she told everyone.

And then there’s Mollie. Mollie has always been there for Jackson. Even though he was married to her sister, she was the one he went to for help, support, and friendship. Mollie struggles with her attraction to Jackson knowing she shouldn’t want him but unable to stop. Mollie is the nerdy science girl who talks about mating rituals when she gets nervous. She is the complete opposite of the type of girl Jackson would normally go for. But somehow, she has transformed into the sexy girl next door and everything Jackson needs. Unfortunately, her manipulative sister tries extremely hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Oh, the drama. Normally I don’t want this much drama in the books I read but surprisingly (well, I guess knowing who the author is, maybe not) I was addicted to the book from the very beginning. I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in a couple hours. The flow of the book was amazing and the chemistry between Mollie and Jackson is hot. And the sex was exciting and enticing to read.

Although this isn’t a favorite book, this series could become one of my go-to’s when I’m looking to read a fun romance

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Awesome Quotes:
“Jackson, you can’t just go around asking strange women to move in with you.”
“Why not? You need a place to live. I have three extra bedrooms. And you’re hardly strange.”
“That’s true. We’re practically family,” she muttered.
“Practically. But not.” Something in his tone had Mollie’s head snapping up.
Something low and a little bit sexy.
They weren’t family. They weren’t related.
Jackson leaned forward, his gaze strangely intent. “Come on, Mollie. What do you have to lose?”
As she stared at the man she’d once harbored an unhealthy crush on—a crush she was no longer at all sure had dissipated—she realized that the answer to his question was everything.
She had everything to lose.”

“Someday, Mollie Carrington, men aren’t going to need to be bribed to dance with you. They’re going to fight for the honor.”

“Mollie pivoted on her seat and glared at him. “Jackson Burke, do not pull that shit with me. You’re thirty-five years old. I’m willing to bet that every man in this bar wants to be you, and every woman wants to—”
He lifted his eyebrows, and Mollie hesitated only slightly before she forced herself to finish the sentence. “Mate.”
Jackson burst out laughing. “You still do that?”
“Do what?”
“Talk about animal mating rituals when you get nervous.”
“I’m not nervous! Why would I be nervous?”
He was studying her. “You tell me.”
“Don’t be weird,” she muttered.”

“Mollie chewed her lip, and he felt a strange satisfaction at seeing her caught in turmoil. Mollie had seemed so confident, so sure of herself and everyone around her. He liked that he could put her off balance, just a little bit. Because God knew she’d been knocking him off balance all night.
“Madison would kill me,” she said quietly.
He met her eyes. Held them. “Do you care?”
It was a big question—a bold one. And from the way she looked at the floor, he could tell that she knew he wasn’t just asking about Madison’s feelings on the roommate situation. He wanted to know how much his ex-wife still had her claws into Mollie.”

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it! Happy Reading 🙂

 

Throwback Thursday – Miss Match (Miss Match #1)

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Welcome to the sexy, crazy, wildly unpredictable world of modern matchmaking, where fixing up strangers is part of the job—but falling in love is an occupational hazard… This weeks Throwback is of Miss Match (Miss Match #1).

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Synopsis:
He’s The Perfect Catch.

Blake Donovan is tall, handsome, rich, and successful—so why would a guy like him need a matchmaker? Andrea Dawson has no idea, but a job is a job. After being blackballed from a career in marketing, Andrea agreed to use her unique profiling skills to play matchmaker out of pure desperation. But when she meets her highly eligible—and particular—first client face to face, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into…

Is She His Perfect Match?

Blake knows exactly the kind of woman he’s looking for—and it’s the total opposite of Andrea. Though smart and undeniably sexy, she is simply too headstrong for a man who’s used to being in charge. Still, Blake’s blood pressure rises whenever she’s near him. How can he explain the smoldering attraction that sizzles between them? And how can Andrea deny she’s feeling it, too? Maybe, just maybe, they’ve finally met their match…

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Thoughts on the book:
I found myself laughing throughout the entire book. The book was funny and exciting. The writing style was easy to fall into. The only thing I found difficult was the author switched POV in the middle of the chapter without warning. You’ll be reading Andrea’s POV and then all of a sudden you are in Blake’s mind. Somewhat confusing but still somehow easy to follow once you figured out the pattern.

Blake has such a detached approach to finding a girlfriend/wife. It’s almost like he is dealing with a job and not human beings. It’s almost comical if not completely sad how he goes about this. Andrea is down on her luck. Living with her sister for the past nine months, she has been unable to find a job. Now that her sisters hours were cut, she is forced to get any job she can. The thing is, she in unemployable because of the last position she was in. Therefor she is forced to accept the job as Blake’s match maker.

Blake’s character comes across as arrogant, pig headed, and demanding. But really he struggles with expressing himself, especially when it comes to emotions, and he is afraid to open himself up. Andrea is confident in her ability to read people but when it comes to her job skills or future, she is timid and skittish.

I loved the way Andrea puts Blake in his place. Although at times plot became somewhat childish and completely fictional, it was still a fun read. One I would recommend if you are looking for a good laugh, smile, or relaxed romance.

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Quotes:

“calling Donovan a pig was rather unfair to the noble swine.”

“But I’m being logical. My future wife needs to be logical.” He pointed at her open notebook. “Write that down. It’s a new requirement.”

“A feminist?” Blake said the word with equal exclamation, equal questioning. “God, that’s even worse.”


Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought, Happy Reading 🙂

Throwback Thursday- Zeke (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3)

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Todays Throwback is a book out of one of Kelly Gendron series, Zeke (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3). This book is such a fun read and perfect for those times you need a little extra romance.

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Synopsis:
Every girl in Galveston County knows about Zeke Declan’s rules and has agreed to them or is considering them.
Rule #1 Don’t call him. He’ll call you.
Rule #2 He doesn’t date.
Rule #3 No sleepovers.
Rule #4 Absolutely, no virgins.

When a couple friends talk me into going back to their hometown in the Bayou for the summer and challenge me to break “the best damn lay in Galveston County” along with every single one of his ridiculous rules, I’m confident that I can get the job done. I’m no stranger to men. I have five older brothers. I’m a teacher and I’m used to being around rebellious teenagers. However, Zeke Declan is definitely not someone that I could have prepared for. He’s not a testosterone-fueled, immature boy. He’s a confident, arousing, playful, and mind-melting man. But, behind that sexy charming smile, I know he’s hiding a secret. And, in order to break him, I’m going to need to find out what it is…

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Review:
As the first chapter opens up, you meet Lurlene who is spending the summer with her two best friends in Texas. But what catches the readers attention, or at least mine, is the intellectual and flirtatious conversation she has with the mysterious jogger. Although the encounter was brief, you couldn’t help but smile and get reeled into the book. I will admit, I went into this book thinking the opening idea to this plot was eye rolling ridiculous. In reality, you can never ‘break’ the bad boy and all of a sudden turn him into marriage material. Most books that try this usually fail and end up with a non realistic book that is more irritating than romantic. What Kelly Gendron did was almost make the concept of breaking the other character a side note within the story. What the reader discovers is this book is more about pain, guilt, heartache, finding courage and accepting love.

Even though the focus was on Zeke and Lurlene, I appreciated how the author took the time to develop strong minor characters. Zeke is a MMA fighter whose sexual confidence is gush worthy. Then again, the English major in me is in love with his literary mind. I never knew quoting Picasso or Dr. Suisse could be used as foreplay. Zeke’s past is heartbreaking. Although some of the things he does to Lurlene to push her away is cruel and started to irritate me, the author does a fantastic job of showing the reader the underlining intentions behind each action. I’m not saying that it makes them ok, but it helps you understand Zeke’s character better.

I loved Lurlene’s character. She is an English teacher with confidence and definitely knows her self worth. Her character is strong, feisty, and she doesn’t let Zeke get away with much. I will say I absolutely love the cat and mouse game Lurlene and Zeke play. What’s great is sometimes you never quite know whose the cat and whose the mouse. Their flirtatious banter and games had me smiling like an idiot throughout the book. Usually I don’t like it when characters play games with each other, trying to manipulate the other person. But the way it was done in this book, neither Lurlene or Zeke where the victim. The tension that built between the two characters was addicting but nothing compared to when the two of them collided and gave in. The sexual tension and scenes were hot and definitely fun to read.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s an easy and quick read. I was able to finish the book in less than a day. I’m a little disappointed that this is book three in the series and I didn’t read book one and two. I’m definitely going to go back and read the first two books.

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Quote:
“Man, she’s beautiful. Not the kind of beautiful your eyes alone admire. She’s the kind of beautiful that seeps deep inside your body. Her beauty seizes you, empowers you, and then it possess you, takes a hold of your heart, and hangs on tight.”


Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought, Happy Reading 🙂

Throwback Thursday- Entranced (Guardian Academy #1)

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This weeks book, Entranced, is one I read a long time ago. Published October 19, 2015, this book is full of sassy dialogue banter, humor, strong heroines, romance, and a bunch of fun paranormal characters.

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Synopsis:
Alana Avery’s life is far from normal. Most of her family are Keepers, warriors chosen to protect the human race, and for as long as she can remember, she has been training to become a Keeper herself. So when she’s chosen to be a Guardian, investigators who solve paranormal crimes and murders, her life changes in an instant.

Alana has to attend Guardian Academy to train for her new role as a Guardian investigator. There, she meets Luca Gray, her new partner who happens to be a werewolf. Luca is smart, cocky, sexy, and drives Alana absolutely crazy.

Despite Alana’s confliction with Luca, her training and new life seem to be going well. That is until her grandfather is murdered.

Alana is determined to track down who killed her grandfather, even if it means getting help from Luca. But as she digs deeper into the case, she discovers there might be more to her family and the academy than meets the eye.

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What others thought:
Overall, people seem impressed with this book/series. Back when I read this book, I wasn’t writing reviews. But I was able to find a couple sentences about what I thought of the book- I’m not really sure what to say about this book. It was good and a fun read. But it was also short. Although a lot happened in the book, it kind of felt like not much actually happened. I enjoyed the sassy lead character. She’s feisty and strong, but also vulnerable. I’m looking forward to the second book, but I hope more happens.

I never ended up reading anything else in this series…

Practice Makes Perfect

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Author
: Julie James
Published: March 3, 2009
Pages: 291

Stars: 1 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Behind closed doors, they’re laying down the law.

When it comes to the laws of attraction…

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason: to make partner at the firm.

…There are no rules.

But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection does not last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it’s an all-out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar…

Review:
Payton has a secret crush on her co-worker. The same co-worker who is also fighting for the same partnership she is. J.D is attractive but he’s sexist. His ideas on feminism and equality are far from reality. This characteristic makes his character highly unattractive. To add to this, J.D relationship with his Dad is a constant struggle. 

The writing style seemed choppy and I struggled to really get into the book. I found myself skimming a lot of what was written, wondering when I would get to the interesting part. I think the thing that bugged me about this book was the direction the plot took and the exaggerated characteristics of Payton and J.D. 

This book wasn’t for me. 

Throwback Thursday- Blurred Lines

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Today’s Throwback Thursday Blurred Lines, is the first stand alone rom-com in the Love Unexpectedly series. The book is sure to have you smiling. With only 221 pages, this book was first published on August 25, 2015.

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Synopsis:
When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

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My Thoughts & Review:
Parker and Ben have been friends since freshman year of college. Fast forward six years and Ben has upgraded to best friend and roommate. Yet, Bens actions scream more than friends. And sometimes so does Parkers. Lucky for Ben… or is it Parker… soon he/she/they get a taste of what it’s like to be more than friends once Parkers long time boyfriend Lance break up with her. I know what you are thinking. I’ve seen this same scene play out a thousand times. And your kind of right but kind of wrong. True, this book does follow a somewhat predictable set of events. But the reactions from the main two characters are- again yes sometimes predictable- but done in a new, fun, and surprising way. I loved the “talk or mute” and how open the characters were.

Overall, the book was a quick and fun read. I loved the friendly bicker that took place and how both characters were down to earth. The chapters go back and forth between Ben and Parkers POV. The author struggled with creating a different voice between the two characters. There were times where I would forget who’s POV I was reading from because both characters sounded very similar. With that said, it’s still a good read if you are looking for a book you can read in a couple days and is entertaining.

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Awesome Quotes:
“You hurt me, I want to say. You’re my best friend. The one who’s supposed to tell me I’d be the best boyfriend in the world and that any girl would be lucky to have me, not the one who laughs outright at the thought that I might need someone to love.”

“It’s because I fell in love with this incredible girl my freshman year. Only I didn’t know how to be in love, so I did the only thing I could to keep her close. I became her friend. I became her best friend, and buried all of my own feelings so deep that I didn’t even recognize them, because her feelings were all that mattered, and she wanted this other guy.”

“New house rule: No talking about Parker’s panties. Actually, no using the word panties at all.”

“I can’t shake the feeling that Parker just told me goodbye. Not goodbye to our friendship, because that will always be there in some capacity. But goodbye to the way we used to be. The way we could have been.”


Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it! Happy Reading 🙂