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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Blog Tour/Review ♥ The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne ♥ #giveaway $25 GC

Blog Tour/Review

The Trouble with Love
Sex, Love and Stiletto #4
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing March 3, 2015


As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.

As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.

After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.

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A Review by Wendy

4.5 Frost Melting to Steam Stars 
* * * * 1/2 

I happen to love the ease in Lauren Layne's writing. There is a sense you are in strong, capable hands when you start her books. As I mentioned earlier, I did not know this book was coming so when I saw it in all its glory, I was primed and ready to learn of these characters' past and root for their future.

These two characters, Emma and Alex, had a past together which could be bloody, for not the smooth control they both have on their behavior about it. They both have made a silent agreement to never discuss it or share with all their mutual friends. The major factor in all of this is they all work in the same industry and one sly, caring and brilliant editor of Siletto has decided to take things into her own hands...

With fate having a nudge in the right direction, Emma is in the position of needing a place to stay temporarily.... and her editor just happens to be leaving town and insists on Emma staying in her penthouse. Perfect...or maybe not... because Emma finds out after moving in...her neighbor is none other than Alex!...Oh, and who encouraged him on the space...yes, the editor. Now Emma has to interact with Alex not only at work but possibly after work as well.

So, we have our editor placing Alex in charge of Stiletto while away which then puts him in the "boss" position for Emma. The temptation for him is too strong... and he assigns her a story/column idea which touches on their past. He knows he is playing dirty... she knows he is pushing her buttons but is too stubborn to show it. The dye is cast and Emma will interview all of her past lovers to learn why they left.

Both think they are in charge of this and will "show the other".
Both are in for a big surprise.

Because the biggest surprise of all is both never talked to each other after their massive past experience; both made assumptions causing pain and suffering which took a toll.... which embedded so deeply, it changed who they were as people and what they thought about love.

This book brought together people I liked... and the chemistry was right there in the Layne playbook. Hot, steamy, flirty and sometimes emotional sexy times.... Some authors try to write it...Layne makes it real.

All of the past characters are there from previous books. They are contributing not just making an appearance. I have to say this is one of the better flirty series of strong independent women out there.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and I think you will too.

A gifted copy was provided by Random House Publishing  for an honest review.

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Author Info

Lauren Layne is a snarky cynic with a serious weakness for happily ever afters.
Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.* But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time.
Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books. Don't worry. You will.
Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she's on the laid-back train in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she'll probably buy you a drink. Maybe.


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