Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Review: Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

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.

ebook, 228 pages
Expected publication: December 6th 2016 by Loveswept 
Series: Oxford #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Someone Like You is the third book in the Oxford series but can be read as a stand alone. Each book is about a different employee of Oxford Magazine. Even though each book can stand alone, I highly recommend reading them all for the simple fact that the series is great! This instalment told the story of Lincoln Mathis.

Lincoln Mathis...sigh. What can I say? I was anxiously to hear his story. I wanted to know his secrets. He probably intrigued me more than any other Oxford character. Let me just tell you that I was not disappointed. His story exceeded my expectations and blew me away.

I have come to expect and love the great sarcasm, banter and humour that is signature Lauren Layne so I wasn't surprised that there was plenty to be found. What I didn't expect was the emotions that took over as I was reading. Don't get me wrong, she has definitely written plenty of novels that have torn at my heart strings but this one really got me. I mean really, really got me. I think it was a combination of her fantastic story telling and the character that it was about. Don't forget, I've been following these characters for some time and Lincoln was one of my favourites.

The less you know going into this story the better in my opinion. For that reason I won't re-tell the plot or give any spoilers. If you have followed this series up till now you know that Lincoln was obviously hiding something. I expected a past and some deep, buried secrets but I never imagined they would be what they turned out to be. All I can say is WOW! Then Daisy's story was added to the mix and I was a goner. I was flying through the pages and ignoring everything else (sorry kids) until I reach the end.

It's no secret that Lauren Layne is one of my favourite authors in the contemporary romance genre and this book solidifies that fact. She has a way of writing that brings the characters off the page and makes them seem so real. Her signature banter has kept me smiling through many a day because I have read almost all of her books. For readers that have been following this series, Lincoln's story was definitely worth the wait. For new readers of this series...get ready to add to your tbr pile because you'll be hooked and wanting more.

Check out my thoughts on Irresistibly Yours (Oxford #1) here
Check out my thoughts on I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) here.

About the Author
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals. 
Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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