Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Review - I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne @_laurenlayne @readloveswept

I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #5
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Date Read: July 7, 2018
Length: 240 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.
My Review

This was a fun little book! My actual rating is closer to 3.5 stars but I have decided to round up.  I knew I would want to read this book as soon as I saw it.  I have had a great time with the Oxford series so far so I had to see how everything would wrap up.  This book is the fourth book in the Oxford series but it works perfectly well as a stand alone.  This wasn't my favorite book in the series but I thought that it was a very enjoyable and solid story.

I thought that this was a well done friends to lovers story.  Brit and Hunter are best buds and often tell others that they see each other as siblings.  Brit tends to be pushed to the friend zone whenever she tries to start a relationship and she cannot figure out what she is doing wrong.  She decides that she needs a man's perspective to help her seduce future potential suitors so she asks Hunter for instruction.  You can probably guess how that is going to work out.

The story was pretty predictable in some ways but it was still a lot of fun to read.  Even though I knew going in that Brit and Hunter were going to fall for each other, watching it happen was an enjoyable experience.  I did think that it was a little strange how both of them felt no chemistry with each other but everything changed suddenly for both of them at the same time.  Who knows...maybe it really happens like that.  I do know that it great to watch them as the sparks started to fly.

I did like Brit and Hunter as a couple and individually as characters.  Brit is ready for a relationship and isn't afraid to let others know.  She knew what she wanted and was willing to do the work to make it happen.  Hunter is happy with his life the way it is.  He has some great friends including Brit and dates when he wants.  Hunter does make some bad decisions in this book that did make me cringe more than a bit.  As a couple, they worked really well.  They knew each other really well and were very comfortable with each other.  There were some pretty steamy scenes in this one.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This book had a lot of great elements including great characters, fun banter, heartfelt moments, and a bit of heat.  I had a great time watching Brit and Hunter find their happily ever after.  I look forward to reading more from Lauren Layne soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
Oxford Series
Book #1 - Irresistibly Yours - My Review
Book #2 - I Wish You Were Mine - My Review
Book #3 - Someone Like You - My Review
Book #4 - I Knew You Were Trouble - My Review
Book #5 - I Think I Love You
About the Author

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

22 comments:

  1. just realised that I have not read book 4!¨'

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  2. i guess we can say the slower chemistry can be a stable one?

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  3. I've seen this series around and thought it looked good. You're right about predictable not necessarily being a bad thing. Glad you had a good time even if it wasn't your favorite.

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    1. I guess romances do tend to be a bit more predictable. As long as I am enjoying the story, I am good.

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  4. even if it's a bit predictable, I'm glad you had a good time with it

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  5. I haven't read this author but this sounds like an interesting book. Glad to hear you liked it.

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  6. I thought maybe I had read this author but no, Robin has read her and reviewed this one though. I may try her sometime because it sounds fun. Great review. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I actually think Robin may have turned me onto this author years ago. We have been Goodreads friends for a long time :)

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  7. Lauren Layne has been on my TBR forever and this sounds so fun! I don't mind predictable if I'm having a good time with it and that definitely sounds like the case here.

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    1. Her books are fun quick reads. I do enjoy them!

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  8. I have only read a few Lauren Layne books, but never any from this series. I do want to try this series out. I think I would also find it a little odd that they all of a sudden started feeling chemistry after years. And the were referring to each as as siblings - which isn't exactly the image I want when reading a romance.

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    1. I guess you could say that they have been in denial for a very long time :)

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  9. Predictability can be good and bad. As long as the story is fun then I have no problem.

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  10. Even thought it was a bit predictable, I'm glad to hear you still enjoyed this one. I feel like most romance books have a bit of predictability but I don't usually mind!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  11. The covers look great together. I'm okay with predictable when the story is well written :)

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