I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford, #4) by Lauren Layne
Published by Loveswept (Penguin Random House) on June 13, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Lauren Layne is a new to me author in the past month or so. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Walk of Shame and I just fell in love with the writing and the story itself. So when I Knew You Were Trouble became available, I jumped right in. I will admit that despite being told that it is a standalone, I still went back to the start of the Oxford series simply because I wanted to read more by this author. After doing all that, I can 100% say that this can be read as a standalone. In fact, we don’t get as much as the Oxford team in this one as we do with the others.
This story was super fun for me because I really love the enemies to lovers stories. Taylor and Nick have been at each other’s throats since they met. Snarky comments here and there, they quickly become enemies. Of course, those of us from the outside can clearly see the sexual tension. It’s alway a fine line between love and hate!
I really enjoyed how strong Taylor was. She is feisty, sarcastic and stubborn. She’s been taught to never show weakness or vulnerability so when she actually starts to show that with Nick, I really started to connect with her more. Deep down, all Taylor really wanted was someone to love her. To show her the love and affections that she never really got growing up.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would have enjoyed getting a bit more of some of the past Oxford people in it but that’s just me being selfish. I actually like that we are starting to see a bit more of the “other side” of Oxford and are being introduced to knew people. If you like a light read with some fun, snark and just a tiny bit of emotions, then this is the book for you. And if you haven’t read anything by Lauren Layne yet, I encourage you do it. Like now. I’m so happy I’ve discovered her and her work.