We’re so happy to be one of the stops on Lauren Layne’s blog tour. If you haven’t read Only With You yet, below is our review, a teaser and you could win a copy in our competition. Click here to enter.
Book: Only With You
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: The Best Mistake #1
Format: Kindle ARC
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Basic story: Sophie Dalton is drifting, or in the words of her loser ex-boyfriend, she’s floating aimlessly through life. Despite having two degrees under her belt, neither careers were what she wanted to do, so she’s a waitress until she figures things out. Her family treats her like the disappointment of the family – she’s nothing like her perfect big sister Brynne and her parents take every opportunity to hammer that point home. Things can’t get much worse for Sophie. Or so she thinks.
At a particularly tacky bachelorette party in Vegas, Sophie decides to channel her inner party girl and dress up. The plan backfires when a sexy, tall and brooding man in the elevator mistakes her for a hooker. Her already low opinion of herself plummets further. It’s time to re-evaluate her priorities and get her life back on track.
That horrible night comes back to haunt Sophie when her sister Brynne invites her new boyfriend to dinner. Grayson Wyatt is stunned to see her again, minus her hooker gear. Sophie cannot believe her bad luck. When she is inveigled into working for the jerk, things go from bad, to worse, to interesting.
Why you should read this: I’m a huge fan of Lauren Layne – she always nails the balance between light and fun reads but always brings an element of pathos to her characters. Sophie is a really fun character – she’s a people-pleaser with the ability to diffuse tense situations. She also has a very low opinion of herself. I felt for her at times – Grayson is really hard work and definitely not a people-person. I liked Grayson because he was different. He’s not a perfect character. He’s not an alpha with all the answers. He’s a bit of a disaster area really. No social skills and unsure of how to handle his attraction to Sophie. The tension between the two of them is off the charts. Prepare for a looooong wait before they sort themselves out though!
What you might hate: At times Grayson’s mixed signals gave me whiplash – one minute he wants Sophie, then he hates Sophie and thinks her sister is more his speed. He’s a completely hopeless character, but once he shows his vulnerability, you can’t help but root for him a little bit.
Rating: 3.5/5 for a fun, quick read with plenty of mind-games, banter and it also has some likable peripheral characters who we’ll see more of in Made For You, book two in the series.
Only With You is out on July 29th.
They grabbed their wineglasses and headed toward the
sound of Brynn’s smooth alto voice and the sharper squawk
that generally meant Marnie was in full-out “impress” mode.
Sophie hoped her sister’s new man-friend was adept at
flattery and pleasant niceties, because he was going to need
a hefty dose of social skills to maneuver his new girlfriend’s
overprotective father and eager-for-grand-babies mother.
She shuffled after Will into the “drawing room,” mentally
preparing herself for mind-numbing conversation with one
of Brynn’s adoring drones.
Sophie halted to a stop so suddenly that some of her wine
sloshed over the edge of her glass and onto Marnie’s pristine
Her mother made an exasperated sound, but a little
spilled Chardonnay was the least of Sophie’s worries.
It was him.
The man from the Las Vegas elevator standing in front
of her like some sort of icy-eyed ghost. And he had an arm
around her sister’s waist.
Oh, holy crap.
The aged gouda she’d just swallowed began churning in
the wine tsunami of her stomach.
Will pinched her upper arm none too gently, and Sophie
belatedly realized that her sister had finished introductions.
Everybody was staring at her, including Mr. I’m Not
Looking for an Escort Service. She had so not missed that
deadly sexy gaze. Emphasis on the “deadly” part. Still, it
was reassuring that he too looked a bit shell-shocked. He
didn’t say a word, but based on what she knew of him, she
didn’t really expect him to.
The ball was clearly in her court.
About Lauren Layne
Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House (Loveswept).
After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.
Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.