Book: I Knew You Were Trouble
Series: Oxford #4
Author: Lauren Layne
Release date: 13 June 2017
Main characters: Taylor Carr, new recruit to Oxford magazine, Nick Ballantine, freelancer and general thorn in Taylor’s side.
Plot: Taylor has found her dream job. She can’t quite believe her luck and the office seems to be packed to the rafters with gorgeous men. She’s keen to make a good impression with her new colleagues – with the exception of Nick Ballantine. He can jump in the nearest lake.
From their first meeting, it becomes clear that Nick finds Taylor’s primness amusing. Finds her ridiculous. Well, the feeling is mutual. His good looks may rival his other colleagues, but he won’t get under her skin. No way…
Nick enjoys the freedom of his job and it’s flexible hours. He hates to feel hemmed in. He also enjoys riling up Taylor, but at times he sees the vulnerability underneath her frosty exterior and knows there’s more to her than meets the eye. When the chance to take her mind of a failed relationship presents itself, Nick knows he’s the man to help her. If only her default coldness doesn’t give him frostbite…
Why you should read it: All fans of the Oxford series will welcome another chance to catch up with the best fictional office out there! I was looking forward to reading about these two characters we glimpsed in the previous book. The chemistry was certainly present between these two and some of their exchanges made me laugh out loud!
What you might not like: This book follows Lincoln’s story – which I loved because I was so invested in his character from the beginning. Taylor and Nick kind of crept up on me and I didn’t always know what to make of such openly hostile, defensive people. I’m kind of tired of the archetypal ‘ice queen’ heroine too. It was a quick read – I may not have enjoyed the journey to HEA as much as I’d have liked – but it was classic romantic fun.
Rating: 3/5 – it was entertaining – not the best story in the series in my opinion, but Lauren Layne is always worth a read. I liked it but didn’t love it.