Blog Tour - Crushed by Lauren Layne - Review & Giveaway!

Redemption # 2
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing April 14th, 2015
Loveswept: Flirt

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half-brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?

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My Review

4.5 Stars!
I fell in love with this book!  I have never read anything by Lauren Layne before this book and now I am sitting here wondering why I have missed this author.  I have read so many romance novels that lately I have starting feeling a little bored by them.  I have blamed myself and have tried to mix things up a little bit by reading other genres.  After reading this book, I realize that I still like a well written romance novel as much as I ever did.  
I find that I usually like a book about as much as I like the characters in the book.  There are exceptions to that rule of course but speaking in generalities the characters oftentimes really can make or break a story. The characters in this book really are phenomenal.  I adore Chloe.  Chloe has lived her life in her sister shadow in a lot of ways.  Chloe is funny, smart, and says what she is thinking.  Chloe is not the Barbie doll that her sister, Kristin, is and has not had a luck of luck when it comes to romance.  Chloe has actually been in love with her sister’s longtime boyfriend, Devon, for a very long time.   
Michael has had his world turned upside down.   He comes to Texas to try to figure things out and has plans to get close to Devon and Kristin.  Michael meets Chloe during one of her tennis lessons and after a little bit of banter Chloe has a new personal trainer, Michael.  Michael and Chloe say what they are thinking to each other and soon realize that they are becoming friends and maybe feel a little bit more about each other.
This book did so many things well.  I was pulled into the story right away and really had a hard time putting this book down until I was finished.  The characters were perfect.  Chloe was so easy for me to relate to.   I loved that she wasn’t perfect and needed to learn to gain some control over her life.  I loved that the focus was never on Chloe losing weight but on her gaining control and becoming healthier.   
Michael had a few moments that made him look a little bit like a jerk but because half of this book is spent inside of his head you realize that he is really just as confused as anyone else.  I think that the alternating points of view in this book were perfectly executed and I just loved getting to know what both Michael and Chloe were thinking.  Not only did this book do a great job with characters that I love, I can’t believe how much I grew to hate some of the characters, namely Kristin and Devon.
I love to laugh and this book accomplished that goal.   This book was funny without trying too hard.  The banter between Michael and Chloe was top notch.  I liked the fact that the story was able to balance the funny moments with the more emotional moments.  This is still most definitely a romance novel.  I really liked the fact that this book was able to bring a couple together by getting them to really get to know each other.  
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a great romance with a few laughs.  I can’t wait to get my hands on some other books by Lauren Layne because her writing style is just wonderful.    
I received a copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Author Info
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

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.

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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  1. This is a book I would have never envisioned to read someday and yet, after going through your review, I've just added it to my list - well done ;)

    1. That is high praise! Thank you! I really didn't expect to like it nearly as much as I did. Chloe was one of the best characters that I have come across in a very long time. I loved that this book had so many funny moments as well.

  2. Thank you for hosting today! The Sex, Love & Stiletto Series is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. I will have to check that series out! Thanks for letting me be a part of this tour.


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