Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: "The Trouble With Love" by Lauren Layne

As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again. As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar. After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Thank you to Loveswept Publishing via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Did I like this book?

I just finished reading this book this morning, and yeah, I did like it, but if I'm going to be completely honest here, it was also a little bland.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with this book, nothing that really pissed me off or irritated me, but there's also nothing overly memorable.  I'm glad it was on the short side, because it took a very long while for anything to really happen.  I don't think Alex and Emma even kissed until 70% through the book, and while I enjoy a buildup of sexual tension, that just seemed like too long to wait for some action.

I liked both main characters - again, nothing wrong with them, but I would have liked more depth, more about their shared history, more...just more, I guess.  

I liked all the supporting characters, but they, too, were lacking depth.  I suppose I would feel differently about them if I'd read their respective books first, but since I'm starting the series with number four, they didn't make much of an impact on me other than to make me think they'd be a fun group to hang out with.

I did almost shed a tear or two at the end, so all was not lost.  Plus, the writing is decent, not at all a chore to get through.  All in all, this book has me split pretty evenly down the middle, with the good weighing in on one side and the not so fantastic on the other.

Will you like this book?

I think anyone who is a fan of the "Sex, Love, and Stilleto" series will definitely want to read this book.  If you love contemporary romance books, this might be a good choice for you, but I would also suggest starting with the first in the series.  I think maybe with the three previous books there might be some extra character development that was missing here.

Will I read more by this author?

I've already read several other books by this author and I really love her style, so yeah, I will read more by her in the future.  I'm hoping that my failure to connect with Alex and Emma in this book was just a one-off and that I'll have better success with the next go round.

My rating:  2.5 stars

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