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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tasty Book Tour: Someone Like You by Lauren Layen

About Lauren Layne:
Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: December 6, 2016

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

Grab your tissues folks, Lincoln’s story will have you sniffling and cheering him on even when you want to shake him! In case you didn’t know, Lincoln is the resident playboy charmer who loves them and leaves them yet none of his friends know how much of his reputation has to do with his past. Lincoln’s never denied his playboy reputation and even if he did, no one would believe him with all the flirting he does and the sexual appeal he oozes from every pore. But it’s all an act that Lincoln puts on in order to hide a tragic past and a shattered heart.

Lincoln brought a different vibe to Someone Like You when compared to the previous books and his other friends. This is a man with a broken heart and a huge amount of survivor’s guilt. Since he’s a typical guy he covers this up with a shiny veneer of charm, women, and sex appeal. For me, very few things are more appealing than a man with a broken heart. We’re not talking about a bruised ego here, I mean Lincoln was really torn up about what happened in his past. He broke my heart in the first half of the book because Lauren Layne stripped this guy down emotionally and left him raw and emotionally damaged. He had a long journey throughout the book and I’m glad it wasn’t easy for him because it felt more real to me.

However, as much as I felt for this guy, there was a part of me that wanted to shake him for his wallowing and selfishness. He was so self-centered in his grief that he didn’t want to think about how it was affecting those around him, particularly Daisy. He was alright with drawing her in when he was hot for her but when things got real, or when reality hit him, he didn’t really care about her feelings when he all but treated her like a dirty little secret. I could shake that man until his teeth rattled for that. Grief or no, he acted like a jerk and toyed with Daisy’s emotions to the point where he almost didn’t deserve her forgiveness.

I can’t say that there was anything major to dislike about Daisy. She was a woman trying to regain her footing and control of her life after a horrible divorce. There was the right amount of vulnerability and fear in Daisy but not so much that she was a wimp or worse, a needy heroine. She was the opposite and I found myself really liking her sense of humor and her honesty with herself about her past, present, and future. Daisy doesn’t beg and I loved that the most about her. She’s patient, she’s kind, and she’s giving but she knows her limits and isn’t about to beg anyone, even Lincoln to love her. There’s a kind of power in that trait so to me Daisy was the stronger one of the two. She had plenty of reasons to let her past destroy her but she found the strength to say “no” and to keep going. Whereas Lincoln had all but given up, Daisy fought to get back up again. So it’s a case of who really saves who here.

Lincoln and Daisy have an instant attraction but they don’t immediately act on it, which brings home the fact that Lincoln’s past has him firmly in its grip. He’s just not one hundred percent sure that he deserves to move on and be happy. So in the meantime he and Daisy cultivate this flirty friendship that is tinged with lust. I could work with that, the problem was that it took so long for anything significant to happen between them and when it did the romance sort of blasted off at top speed towards the “I Love Yous.” Don’t get me wrong, I love when a romance is built on top of a solid friendship but I think in this case, the building of their friendship took a little too long and that time would have been better spent working on the romance and Lincoln’s healing. Still though, Lincoln and Daisy’s relationship shouldn’t be missed because there were a lot of revelations that these two shared only with each other. I liked their friendship I just didn’t think it needed that much time and attention spent on it.

I’ve actually only read the second book in the series but I do know a bit about Lincoln’s friends and while they were present here and there I like that they didn’t take attention away from Lincoln and Daisy because they both had some major healing to do and it took time.

Final Verdict: Someone Like You may only be the second book in the Oxford series that I’ve read, but I really think it will be the most raw and emotionally satisfying book of the entire series. Lincoln’s past wasn’t easy and neither was his present but he found compassion and empathy with Daisy and in the end it made them such a solid couple.

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