Friday, March 6, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4) by Lauren Layne

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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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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I liked this ending to the Sex, Love and Stiletto series in that it's not a typical romance story. If you've read the first three books in the series, they were good and entertaining, but this book was definitely the most emotional. I don't mean "The Notebook" emotional, but the history between Emma and Cassidy is turbulent. Only made more awkward in the fact that they're part of a group of friends who have all coupled up with husbands and fiances, as well as they loosely work together. No big deal right?

What I liked about this book is the fact that there are no sudden revelations between Emma and Cassidy and their feelings for each other. This isn't a story about them jumping into bed, there's only one time where we get to read about sexy times. The whole story about what happened with them years earlier isn't revealed until 63% into the book, and oh man! When you find out what happened, you might the urge to throat punch Emma's father. The sexy times don't occur until much later after that, and just when you think all will be right with them and they're riding off towards a HEA, bam! A decision is made that will potentially derail any chance of reconciliation between Emma and Cassidy.

Whether or not there is a HEA to this book doesn't happen until literally the very last two pages. But again, I was happy with this series and I can't wait to read the next series that will feature the characters from the Oxford side. I wonder if the first book will be Cole, or will it be Lincoln.
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

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