Publication Date: December 6, 2016
True confession time: I stopped reading romance novels a few years back unless they were paranormal or suspense or comedic because it had begun to feel like I was reading the same novel over and over again. Since I started book blogging, I have picked up several. Some have been of that previous ilk, but some have just knocked the notion of a “typical” romance novel right off of its foundation. Someone Like You is one of the latter and has had me asking how it is that I have only now just discovered Lauren Layne?
Daisy Sinclair is in New York to celebrate her twin sister’s marriage and has been warned to stay away from the best man, Lincoln Mathis, because he’s a player. Lincoln has been warned to stay away from Daisy because, well, he’s a player, and there would be hell to pay if he hurt Daisy. But the instant that Daisy and Lincoln see each other, it’s not love at first sight. It’s something else, something far deeper. They see like souls and they have an immediate connection that goes far beyond immediate attraction.
There is something about the tone of Someone Like You that makes it feel a bit more like a chick lit novel with a focus on relationships of all kinds and deeper, I hesitate to say, values, because that just goes off into another territory. The introspection makes it feel far more mature. But, there is also a playfulness that rounds out the seriousness very well. The dialogue between Daisy and Lincoln is smart and funny.
Both the characters of Daisy and Lincoln move beyond the typical mainstays of romance novels. They seem like real people. There are several instances in which a situation would have incited an overreaction in the typical romance heroine, but Daisy handles it with empathy and maturity and aplomb. Likewise, Lincoln is vulnerable and perceptive and just really, really (can I add another “really” without going over the top?) appealing. He is so perceptive and in touch with himself and others. Ideal comes to mind.
Whitney, Daisy’s divorcee best friend, could have been a funny stereotype, but here again Layne created a character with depth. Whitney is the best friend we all dream of having. She is funny and sexy but knows when to tone it down, especially for her beloved friend.
There is just a tremendous amount to like about this novel and that is without having read the previous ones in the series.
So, I’m off to write a note to Santa to ask for some Lauren Layne novels for Christmas. Oh, Santa please! Especially if the men are like Lincoln! And, pffft, yes, I pretty much thought Daisy was cooler than all get out too.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
rating: (4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies)
Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.
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.
Advance praise for Someone Like You
“Fun and flirty, sassy and steamy, with a deep emotional pull that will keep you turning the pages.”—Kelly Jamieson, author of Top Shelf
“An unsung hero with a story that touched my heart. Emotional and gripping. A top favorite of 2016 for me.”—New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland
Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.
In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.
In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.
For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!
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