Only with You
The Best Mistake #1
Releasing July 29th, 2014
Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . .
Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn’t exactly have a life plan. She’s perfectly happy being everyone’s favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it’s time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.
Yet what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn’t take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he’s been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .
* A review copy was provided by the author via Netgalley for the Blog Tour *
~~ 3.5 Stars ~~
Only With You is book 1 in a new series by Lauren Layne. I have read her other series, Sex, Love, & Stiletto and I really enjoyed that series. This one seemed different to me for some reason. I did enjoy this book but it really didn’t WOW me at all. I think that is because of Grayson. I had a really hard time connecting to him. He was very cold and distant in this book, pretty much up until the very end. I thought the story was very well written and I do like the writing style of Lauren. I think my biggest problem with this book was that it took 75% of the book to get Gray and Sophie together and then the story was pretty much over. I felt the end of the story was too unbelievable because of Gray’s behavior throughout the whole book. I would’ve liked to see these two as a couple longer so we got to see them connect and grow as a couple. The pace and flow of the story was really good. I will say that this book did have me laughing quite often and I did end with a smile on my face, but I wish the author would’ve just drawn a couple more emotions out of me with their story.
Grayson and Sophie were two totally different characters. Grayson was cold and stiff and really lacked any kind of charm. I really didn’t like him much and I have to say that I really didn’t warm up to him. Sophie on the other hand was a sweet, caring and loving person. She knew how to make a person laugh. I will say that I felt sorry for her throughout the book, because all she wanted to do was show everyone, including her family, that she was worthy. I was glad to see that by the end of the book Sophie was willing to stand up for who she is and what she believed in. Sophie really saved this book for me. She was a completely lovable character and her sass was fun too 🙂
During this story we do get a sneak peek about the second books characters…Will (Sophie’s BFF) and Brynn ( Sophie’s Sister). I liked that the author created the side story in this book to lead us into the second book, but I also thought she shared to much of their connection in this book and it kind of took away from Sophie and Gray’s story. To me that could’ve been time spent showing Sophie and Gray’s connection. With that said I am still looking forward to what will happen between Will and Brynn, and I hope we get to see more of Sophie and Gray’s relationship in book 2.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun, sweet, easy and witty book that doesn’t have a lot of drama, but is heavily concentrated on the sexual tension between the two main characters. This book will also have you laughing at the great banter between Sophie and Gray. If you are not a fan of delayed gratification then I wouldn’t suggest you read this book.
Lauren Layne is a snarky cynic with a serious weakness for happily ever afters.
Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.*
But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time.
Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books. Don’t worry. You will.
Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she’s on the laid-back train in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she’ll probably buy you a drink. Maybe.