Series: Oxford #3
Published by Loveswept on December 6th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Overall, I’m a little unsure about how I feel about Someone Like You. I got a message one day saying the ARC had been sent to us, and I think I squealed. I’ve been waiting to read Lincoln’s story since February when I first met this group of characters in I Wish You Were Mine, and I was so so so excited to finally have the chance. But then, things didn’t exactly go how I was expecting. Granted, you never know what to actually expect from Lincoln Mathis but it was more than that, it wasn’t what unexpected from the story, from the writing, from the details. I wanted to be blown away and while it was indeed a good read, I can’t help but think I wasn’t wowed as much as I had been with Jackson and Mollie’s story.
“He’s not worth it,” she said quietly.
“No, but you are,” he said, meeting her eyes.
First off, I need to commend Lauren on a job well done. There’s a lot of heavy emotion in this book that could quite easily become overwhelming, but she doesn’t go there. It’s heavy, it’s raw, but it’s also uplifting. She lets you laugh and smile and love too. She can play well with these emotions and knows exactly how to portray them to impact the reader.
My big problem with this story is that I honestly don’t understand anything about the relationship between the two main characters. It starts out platonic, which is fine, but then there was no growth. There was a revelation one day (which was a little cliche, even for me, might I add) and then boom. They went from 0-100-0-100 over and over again, I couldn’t grasp anything. How they were feeling, what they actually wanted, where the problems were vs what they were working in, I was kind of confused. It was mostly in the middle, 50-70%ish mark I believe, but it just felt very muddled.
“For a moment they both froze, and there was something strangely electric about the moment, as though they were both poised on the precipice of something both epic and wonderful.
And then it passed, and they were just Daisy and Lincoln.”
I think part of it was the way it was written perhaps. I’m okay with third person narrative, it’s not my favourite but I can make due, but on more than one occasion while reading this book I wasn’t sure what was happening. There’s a lot of characters, there were a lot of emotions at play and a lot of unease even between the characters, and some of that seemed to translate onto me. There was a few times where I was actually shaking my head, unsure of what heck was happening or why. Why were the characters saying these things? Why did they have these reactions out of nowhere? Who were they talking to or about? We didn’t get a whole lot of inside information as to what the characters were actually feeling, so some of it then felt a tad superficial in retrospect.
Even with my issues here, I truly did love both Lincoln and Daisy, I just didn’t love their story. I liked their character traits and especially at the beginning when their friendship blossomed, I would’ve loved them together. It felt easy between them with Daisy’s wit and Lincoln’s charm.
“So where are we headed?” she asked as they began walking down the sidewalk. “Empire State Building? Statue of Liberty? Brooklyn Bridge?”
“Not tonight, love, I don’t have my fanny pack or selfie stick.”
“Then where to?”
“Um, you’re in a tux and this dress is silk.”
“So we’ll skip the beer pong. Live a little.”
And a quick little side note: yes, these stories (Oxford series and the Stiletto series) can all be read as standalones but wow, maybe bring a pen and paper! There is a huge group of secondary characters (all of which have had their own stories) that you need to keep track of and even though I’ve already read one of the books I still had a bit of a hard time keeping up. But then in turn some of my favourite scenes are the ones where they’re all together. The camaraderie is strong and I love how tight knit they all are; literally would do anything for each other. Plus, they know how to keep a situation light and have everyone laughing which at times was definitely important.
“She is hot,” Lincoln said casually, as he set a stack of plates on the counter. “But I’m not interested.”
“Since when?” Jake said around a bite of eggroll, apparently having reversed his decision on gnawing on them like a frat boy.
“Since now,” Lincoln snapped a little irritably. “Seriously, are we here to eat Chinese and play poker, or should I turn on Adele and pour us some rosé?”
“You say that like it’s not a regular thing for you,” Jake said.
Lauren Layne even introduced two new characters for us who will be getting their own story in March of 2017! So stay tuned because I feel like Nick and Taylor are going to have one heck of an explosive story.
*An ARC was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.