Over the course of one wild road trip, 

feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love.

a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Releasing February 14th, 2017

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

Although listed as a title in the Love Unexpectedly Series, all books in the series stand alone.

* A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

~ 3.5 Back and Forth Stars ~

I have come to realize that I have a love/hate relationship with second chance romances.

I LOVE the idea of a couple who gets a second chance at getting it right and finding their way back to each other. Lauren Layne did a good job at reuniting Reece and Lucy. I loved the premise of this storyline. The second chance love story that is also a friends to lovers to enemies to lovers again.

What I hate about second chance romances is all the excess drama and angst that can be written into the story between the characters. And let me tell you this one is full of angst and drama. Truthfully it is my only negative about this book. I would’ve liked to see Reece and Lucy actually work things out way sooner then they did. I felt Lauren dragged that out for way to long, so by the end of the story I was rolling my eyes way to often and it made the I Love You’s at the end seem unrealistic and rushed.

Now I know what you are thinking….I didn’t like this book. That is not the case at all. I love Lauren Layne books and will read anything she writes, but this one just wasn’t my favorite of hers. Now don’t shy away because of me, because this could very well be a 5 star read for you.

As with any Lauren Layne book, she gave us an interesting storyline and is able to hit on many of the readers emotions. I laughed, blushed and yelled while reading this book. I did however miss her oh-so-swoony Hero that she is known for. Reece just didn’t do it for me. I never warmed to his character and I couldn’t get the connection from him. I felt he was way to closed off and there weren’t enough “sweet” moments. But Lucy….I really liked. She had drive and ambition and was willing to do whatever she had to to get what she wanted out of life. Yes she had a communication problem. They both actually needed to open up more with each other. Things would’ve been solved much sooner 😉

So if you are a fan of a friends to lovers to enemies to lovers second chance romance, then you should give this a try. If you like a lot of drama and angst between two characters, then this is definitely the books to read. This was just a little too much angst and drama for my taste. I still look forward to the next book Lauren releases….she will always be an auto read for me.


Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

 She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart
romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 



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