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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Drea's Review & Giveaway: Only with You


Getting mistaken for a prostitute is not part of Sophie Dalton's life plan. Not that Sophie even has a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But then a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry, and an uptight businessman gives Sophie a new label: hooker.

Unfortunately, what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. When the same jerk who mistook her for a prostitute shows up as Sophie's new boss and her perfect sister's new boyfriend, Sophie's carefree existence is turned upside down. Grayson Wyatt may have infiltrated family dinners and her professional world, but Sophie's not about to let a judgmental prude anywhere near her personal life.

As Gray's icy stares give way to quiet smiles, Sophie realizes that the one man she's been so desperate to get away from just might be the one she wants to keep around forever.

About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House(Loveswept).

After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.

Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

Title: Only with You
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: The Best Mistake, #1
Format: e-book
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Length: Novel (260 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars

Drea's Review:

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After dropping out of law school, Sophie has been flitting about with no real goals despite her bachelor’s degree. Until a chance encounter in a broken elevator prior to a rowdy Vegas bachelorette party has her hitting rock bottom. Mistaken for a streetwalker? Does it get any worse?
Yeah. It does. Because the icy guy who mistook Sophie for a pro is her older sister’s latest perfect boyfriend. And said immaculate sister has just arranged for Sophie to have a shiny new job working for Mr. Rich-and-Better-Than-Her. Sophie needs the money since she’s quit her cocktail waitressing job. Accepting the position will give her a chance to prove she can be professional in the corporate way.

This book had me hooked from the first page with Sophie’s simply trying to choose between hooker boots and sensible sandals for the bachelorette party. I stayed up far too late swiping pages so I could discover what happened next. I wasn’t disappointed.

Gray is your typical tall, dark, and broody millionaire businessman, though he is a little chillier than most of the ones I’ve read so far. The contrast between effervescent Sophie and seemingly flat Gray is even better when these two are fighting. And they fight pretty much all the way through the story.

The bickering is at times juvenile (on Sophie’s part), but only a few spots had me rolling my eyes. The rest were amusing. I had at least two laugh-out-loud moments—and getting grumpy me to laugh is quite a feat. My two favorite lines were:

“[Sophie's sister] Didn’t have distracting curves or wear inappropriate clothes or act like she was chronically on the verge of throwing glitter at random passersby.”

“There would be an Oreo-involved breakdown once she got upstairs, but for now she had to hold it together. She didn’t want her messy emotions to get all over his pristine car.”

There’s also a side story of Brynn (the sister) and Sophie’s best friend Will that isn’t terribly surprising and is also fun. We get a little twist there at the end that will likely having me grabbing another book. *shakes her fist and smiles*

Another great part is Sophie’s growth and her standing up for herself finally to Gray and her family.

So why didn’t this receive 5*? Well, the juvenile bickering I’d mentioned above wasn’t impressive. But more than that, there was a particularly hurtful comment Gray says and Sophie overhears toward the end that never quite gets explained away—at least in my mind.

Otherwise this is a fun, light read perfect for the beach or your next thunderstorm.

Grab this if you like chilly millionaires and the bubbly gals they bicker with (and then fall for).

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  1. Oh yes this one kept me up too late too. Some of the bickering had me rolling my eyes too but at the same time I was thinking gah if someone gets under your skin that much heck I might be saying that too! lol With you on the end with his flub. I would have liked a wee bit more to fix that but still great time.

  2. I love bickering as long as it's a smart-ass convo, sounds like this one isn't? Oh well, 4 lilies is still good

    1. As Anna said, there were some spots that were eye roll worthy. But there were also some really hilarious lines. The balance is in the book's favor, for sure.

  3. This another new to me author, and any book that can keep you up late is worth a closer look :)
    Thank you Drea!

    1. I'll definitely be looking for the next one :)