Review: I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

Posted June 13, 2017 by Shannon in Blog Tours, Release Blitz, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren LayneI Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford, #4) by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford
Published by Loveswept on June 13, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 215

New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.
Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

“Irresistibly Yours has it all: fun banter, hot chemistry, and a couple that you just can’t help but want to be together!”—New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine
“A smart, sexy, and absolutely irresistible read!”—USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly, on I Wish You Were Mine
“Lauren Layne is a new auto-buy author for me. I can’t get enough of the men of Oxford!”—Christi Barth, author of the Naked Men series

And look for her exhilarating Sex, Love & Stiletto series:mAFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE

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There’s just something about a Lauren Layne book that’s so comforting to me. It’s so refreshing and easy to read. I feel like every time I pick up a new LL book, I’m coming back to a friend’s house and revisiting all of those feels and emotions and happiness from the last time I was there.

I love how this author just throws you over the edge and into her stories. She doesn’t waste time creating a world or emotion. Head first, she dives in and the reader can choose to sink or swim. It’s a fast paced and no nonsense approach; I always feel like it draws me into the story and characters quicker.

Her door was open a crack, allowing the voice of nineties Alanis Morissette to blast through the entire apartment.
Nick wasn’t an idiot—any woman listening to “You Oughta Know” at this volume should be avoided.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but this group of secondary characters is my favourite of all time. The love and support they have for each other, the respect, the understanding, is something to strive for. Plus, you get each of their own personalities that we loved in their individual stories still shining through even in the background.

Jackson is my favourite Oxford guy (sorry boys) but that’s just a hard spot to take over. Nick though, man he was close! There was a serious competition going there. Even reading Jackson’s book and then Lincoln, I couldn’t wait to get my greedy little hands on Taylor and Nick’s story. This is the one I’ve been waiting for, and not one to disappoint, the author holds the bar high.

Taylor lifted herself on her elbows and gave him a smirk. “Nick Ballantine, are you an ass man?”
“When it comes to you, I’m an everything man.”

I love how tough Taylor was, though I appreciated her insecurities and how they were portrayed even more. How often has a woman felt this way at one point or another in her life? And Lauren gives this voice, our voice, to a strong and independent woman who don’t need no man! But knows it would be nice to be cared for by one. Enter Nick. My sweet, strong, thoughtful, rugged, scruffy bartender, Nick. I never knew what to make of this guy and have always wondered what kind of skeletons lay in his closet. Let me just say, it’s quite the ride finding out! This poor man. Have you ever come across a character that just needs a hug? A hug so tight that no words can come out, just actions and emotions? Yeah, Nick needed one of those, though he puts up a good front.

She stared at the glass, then back up at him. “I’m getting the really annoying suspicion that beneath the scruff and scowls you’re actually a little bit sweet.”

Something really interesting about how this story was portrayed is the fact that the characters have a handful of missed connections. The story actually starts by recounting their relationship and these missed opportunities which was such a brilliant idea! It really helps give a background to their relationship and how it has progressed.

“Never pegged you as a reader.”
“What did you think I did in my spare time, killed cats?”
“Nah. Men.”
“I’ve thought about it,” she muttered, taking a sip of wine.

I did have a bit of an issue with the plot twist, I just found it to be extremely jarring. It honestly felt like it came flying out of left field. And it’s not the fact that I didn’t expect this issue, per se, but it was like a massive bomb was dropped randomly into a conversation and I had to try and figure out A) what the heck was going on and B) if it was true or not. Not always best to confuse the readers. I would’ve liked to see this smoothed out a bit. Also, while on this note, I wasn’t really a fan of using this issue. Like really, based on all of the character development and growth and everything that had happened, this is what was chosen? In my opinion, it’s one of the most overdone twists ever. But with this being said, while I didn’t like the idea of what happened, I enjoyed the way the author twisted it to fit these characters and this story later on.

Okay, next up! Give me Hunter and Brit. I think that’ll be a fun ride, don’t you?


*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.


About Lauren Layne

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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