Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Prenup by Lauren Layne - ARC Review

The Prenup is set to be THE romantic comedy hit of the summer! Perfect for fans of Jo Watson, Lindsey Kelk and Sophie Kinsella.

My name is Charlotte Spencer and, ten years ago, I married my brother's best friend. I haven't seen him since.

Charlotte Spencer grew up on the blue-blooded Upper East Side of Manhattan but she never wanted the sit-still-look-pretty future her parents dictated for her. Enter Colin Walsh, her brother's quiet, brooding, man-bun-sporting best friend, and with him a chance to escape.

He's far from Charlotte's dream guy as but they need each other for one thing: marriage. One courthouse wedding later, Charlotte's inheritance is hers to start a business in San Francisco and Irish-born Colin has a Green Card.

Ten years later, Colin drops a bombshell: the terms of their prenup state that before either can file for divorce, they have to live under the same roof for three months.

Suddenly this match made in practicality is about to take on whole new meaning...

I have been a fan of Lauren Layne's from the very first time I read one of her titles. I love the worlds she builds, the characters, the stories she tells, and the way she makes you care about each of the characters and feel like you know them. It's because of how completely she draws you in that I have read all of her titles. I've loved them all. But, there is something about this book and but there's just something about Charlotte and Colin.

What I can say, with certainty, is this is absolutely, 100% the best book she has ever written.

If you haven't read anything by her, start here. If you have, you are in for such a treat...and, I can't lie, I am a little jealous of those reading this one for the first time...because this book is an example of storytelling perfection.

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying I haven't loved all of her other books, I have. There is just something about this story. The way it weaves from one event to another without ever losing the central focus, the way it brings in secondary characters without losing sight of the central characters and telling their story. It all just works, and it works very well.

I think it is, as it always is with Lauren Layne titles, the depth of the characters. These are real people. You feel their emotion. You cheer for them, and you want the best for them. You get mad at them when they mess up, you cringe for them when they make bad decisions. But, most of all, these are people and not characters in a story.

Without giving too much away, this is the ultimate slow burn. The slowest. But, the tension, the want you feel between them as they get to know one another and slowly fall in love builds to what is possibly the hottest kiss in all of romance. Ever.

Charlotte and Colin are married...for convenience. And, it's the ultimate marriage of convenience. But, while this is a familiar trope (he needs a Green Card and she needs a husband to get her inheritance) that is where any feeling that you may have read this before comes to a total stop. You haven't. It feels different, it feels more real and, as you have fallen in love with them, and been there for their journey as they fall in love with one another, your heart is fully along for the ride in a way that I will not be able to adequately describe.

I can't say enough about how much I just loved this book. So, I think what I will close with is a recommendation that you read this title for yourself.

I absolutely loved and recommend this title.

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