Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: ARC via NetGalley
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Synopsis: Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.
Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .
Lauren Layne is an author I’ve wanted to read ever since I won a copy of After the Kiss, but haven’t had the chance to do so. When I read the synopsis to Only with You, I knew I had to read it and when the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance!
We have really good character development. Sophie Dalton is relatable and likeable. She’s always done what was expected of her, but she’s a free spirit. I liked that she’s up for a challenge and isn’t one to give up easily. As for Grayson Wyatt, I adored his personality! Some might accuse of him of being stiff and formal, but he follows a particular protocol; he knows there are boundaries at work and doesn’t cross them. I really liked his inner turmoil at being attracted to Sophie. We have a few secondary characters that also play role including Gray’s siblings and best friend and Sophie’s sister. I personally loved the scenes with Sophie’s best friend, Will, and can’t wait to know more about him.
Ultimately what I really liked about Layne’s Only with You are Sophie and Gray’s flaws. They aren’t perfect and that makes them relatable. I also liked the emotions Layne made me feel. If Sophie thought her dealings with Gray were stomach churning, I could feel it. Basically, it was a rollercoaster of emotions, but oh I had so much fun! And as for Gray and Sophie’s first encounter-talk about memorable! You’ll never look at an elevator or high heeled boots the same way without thinking of them and chuckling. I really did like how Sophie tackles her life and makes the most of a situation. We’ve all been in her shoes-unaware of what to do and Layne does good job giving Sophie choices. Also, Layne doesn’t come out and reveal everything about Sophie and Gray. We know early on that Sophie left law school, but we aren’t given details as to why until later. Sophie and Gray are at their best when they talk and aren’t afraid to be open with one another.
Honestly, I had some concerns with how Layne would handle the whole “sister’s ex-boyfriend” aspect, but she handled it tastefully. I always worry about such plots and I think my aversion to them is because I just can’t imagine being attracted to someone my sister dated (no Jerry Spinger moments for us!). I did come in with an open mind and Layne surprised me. The only complaint I have is the secondary story between Will and Brynn (Sophie’s sister). These two bicker like children and from the moment we were introduced to them, I had my suspicions about them. Layne proved me right and at times, I wished I was reading their story instead. In the end, I enjoyed Layne’s Only with You and wish the epilogue had been longer, but loved how Layne set it up.
If you’re looking for a fun romance where enemies turn into lovers, I recommend Laura Layne’s Only with You. I personally can’t wait for Brynn and Will’s story and all the angst that is bound to be present in Made for You. October can’t come soon enough.
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