Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Release Blitz: Love story by Lauren Layne

Over the course of one wild road trip, 
feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love.

a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Releasing February 14th, 2017

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

Although listed as a title in the Love Unexpectedly Series, all books in the series stand alone.


Rating 2 out of 5 stars

I think I am the only one who liked the hero more than the heroine. That doesn't say much though because I didn't love Reece. He is not the kind of book boyfriend I want for my Valentine's Day or any other day.

Early in the book I searched for one of my trigger words, so I was prepared for everything that came as the story was possessing. In the end I ended up feeling more sorry about Reece than I felt for Lucy especially after learning everything. I never warmed up to Lucy for some reason. For me she wasn't the best kind of heroine and she needed a development that never came. 

The pace felt too slow to me and I wanted to see these two talking about their feelings and everything from the past, earlier than they did. I feel like the hate for each other went away in the days that weren't mentioned in the book. They had a much needed talk too late in the book. The character development never happened and I was left wondering where all the romance went. 

The story includes many flashbacks and some of them weren't necessary for me. They showed how the friendship between Lucy and Reece started, became something more and then was ruined, but I would have appreciated it more if I had gotten to see the two characters having something that resembled a relationship in present time. 

Love story is the third book in a series, but it can be read as stand alone. As someone who hadn't read the other two books I am not even sure how they are connected, so no worries about missing anything if you decide to read just this book. I wouldn't recommend it.

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. 

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