A feisty beauty must choose between
winning back Mr. Right
or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
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.
* A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *
~ 3.5 When Hate Turns To Love Stars ~
So as I read more and more books, I have come to realize that I’m not a huge fan of the Enemies to Lovers trope. If written correctly I have fallen in love with the book, but if not written just right then I find I can struggle with the story.
That was my problem with I Knew You Were Trouble. I’m not saying it wasn’t written correctly, because HELLO it’s Laure Layne, but the characters she gave us in the book weren’t my favorite in the Oxford Series. To be honest when we met them in Lincoln’s book I was excited to find out we were getting another book for Nick and Taylor. But sadly they didn’t live up to what I have come to expect from a Lauren Layne novel.
Really it was only Taylor’s character I had trouble with. I loved Nick, but Taylor came off as cold and kind of B*tchy. I think I could’ve liked her more had we seen more of what we get in the last 25% of the book. I think had we seen the nicer side to Taylor sooner, I could’ve fallen in love with her character and it would’ve made her and Nick’s connection a little more believable. I think that mixed in with all the angst and excess drama (Bradley and Kelsey) it made it hard for me to connect with this storyline.
Now with all that said, I did enjoy this book and it did effect all my emotions, some more than others, and I did end with a HUGE smile on my face. Which is the case with all Lauren Layne books. This just wasn’t my favorite in this Oxford Series. Please don’t shy away from reading this book because of my comments alone. This book could very well be a 5 star read for you.
I Knew You Were Trouble is the fourth book in the Oxford Series and is a standalone told in Dual POV from the third person. This book I truly feel is a complete standalone and no other book needs to be read before reading this one. I say that because Lauren didn’t really focus on many of the other characters from the other books in this series. In the other books the previous characters played a larger roll, but that wasn’t the case in this book. The secondary characters that we saw in the book, Hunter and Brit, I don’t remember meeting them before. With as much as we saw them in this book, I am thinking maybe there will be one more book coming 🙂 I hope *crosses Fingers*
I did like seeing Daisy and Lincoln again in this story, even though they aren’t in this story that much. I would’ve liked a little more of an update when it came to them, but I also liked that she kept the focus of this book on Nick and Taylor.
So if you are a fan of the Enemies to Lovers story then this is one I think you should read. Just know this book is filled with drama and angst. But remember you will end this story with a smile on your face.
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.