Tuesday, February 14, 2017


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. 

There are books that just work. You like and relate the characters, you believe enjoy story, the pacing and writing are perfect... all just falls into place.

Love Story is one of those books. Reece and Lucy were wonderful together. You wanted to know what happened in the past and you really want them to end up together as they are perfect for one another, they just happen to be the only ones who don't see it.

I loved the balance of the current events and the flashbacks as it let you really see that they are so much more than the fling from 6 years ago, that they have been there for one another in the big moments in life, in the moments that build the foundation of a relationship.

Second chance romances are some of my favorites and when they are done right, they can be the best of the best. This was done right. And, once again, Love Story reminded me that if Lauren Layne writes it, I'm going to read it. And I'm going to enjoy it. And it's going to leave me with that perfect feeling when you finish a book... you know, the one where you don't want to let go of the characters just yet.

I recommend this book.

I was instantly intrigued when Lauren Layne started dropping hints about this story in her newsletter and on social media. The idea of a second chance romance with a friends to lovers aspect AND a road trip forcing the hero and heroine together just sounded like a fun read to me-and it definitely was.

I enjoyed the way the author used alternating first person POV to tell this story. Alternating POV can be tricky at times; sometimes I feel like just when I’m getting to understand a character the POV switches and I’m stuck trying to reorient myself. Not the case with this book. The switching was effortless. I felt connected to both characters and understood where both of them were coming from.

This book also contained numerous flashbacks to our hero and heroine at different ages, really giving us a glimpse into the whole of their relationship. I’m such a sucker for a good flashback-and I loved every one of the ones in this story. Some made me smile, some made me swoon and there may have even been a few that had me shaking my head, but they all really worked here.

Love Story left me with a satisfied smile on my face. The pacing of this book was spot on to me, the writing flowed easily and was just fun. I would definitely recommend this book! Lauren Layne is a one click author for me, and this book further proved to me why she’s earned that distinction. 

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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