The Trouble with Love
Book 4, Sex, Love, & Stiletto - A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel
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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.
Lauren Layne’s USA Today bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series can be read in any order:
AFTER THE KISS
LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH
JUST ONE NIGHT
THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
The Oxford series: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS | I WISH YOU WERE MINE | SOMEONE LIKE YOU | I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
The Redemption Series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED
The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM | JUST RUN WITH IT
Praise for The Trouble with Love
“The Trouble with Love is a heartwarming read I devoured in one sitting and haven’t been able to stop smiling over since.”—New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke
“Sharp, sexy contemporary romance at its best, The Trouble with Love satisfies in the best kind of way.”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of the Star Harbor series
“[Lauren] Layne produces winner after winner and The Trouble with Love is no different.”—Fiction Vixen
“One of Layne’s best works . . . I found myself laughing and crying simultaneously in a matter of seconds.”—Star-Crossed Book Blog
“I honestly can’t say enough about how much I love and adored this book. It takes a rare breed of author to make me go out and purchase all of their backlist without even reading blurbs or reviews.”—Ramblings from This Chick (five stars)
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Loved this Fantastic Sizzling Chemistry Romance
I received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
Emma Sinclair has everything she needs, great friends, her dream job as a columnist for the women's magazine Stiletto and is living in New York City. But five years ago Emma was left standing at the altar on her Wedding day it was the most humiliating thing that a woman could experience, so after that she left town and became an expert on ex's and break ups at Stiletto magazine. Several years and many ex's later Alex Cassidy is again in Emma's life as Editor In Chief of Oxford magazine the male counterpart or brother magazine to Stiletto. For a year they have both pretended that the other doesn't matter and that their painful past doesn't exist. Although with having the same group of friends this is becoming quite a challenge. Then her boss Camille goes on sabbatical and asks Alex to stand in for her while she is away. Then Emma's apartment is flooded and all her clothes and furniture are ruined so Camille lets Emma use her apartment while she is gone, only to come face to face with Alex and his girlfriend coming home to his apartment across the hall. It seems fate is throwing them together but it is Alex who pushes Emma just a little more with her Holiday assignment of his request for her to write her column on "The 12 Days Of Ex's". How is Emma going to write this without interviewing Alex the most important ex of all her ex-fiancé. The chemistry between them is sizzling. This was my first experience reading Lauren Layne and I really loved this story. I loved the laughs, the bantering and it had just the right amount of everything as in hot sex, friendship and romance all combined and layered together to give me something that I really enjoyed reading not wanting to stop till I got to the last page and then wanting to start all over again. You have got to read this story. Loved this Fantastic Sizzling Chemistry Romance layered with great friendships.
Fantastic love story, loved every minute of it
Emma Sinclair knows heartbreak better than most, that’s why she writes about it. She is one of the female columnists at Stiletto magazine. Along with her closest friends at the magazine, she writes from personal experiences. However, even her friends don’t know the whole truth about the devastating day the love of her life broke her heart and left her at the altar. Now he becomes her temporary editor and chief and he assigns her to write a story that will either help her get over him or completely break her heart all over again.
Alex Cassidy was a star athlete in college until one day a knee injury forces him to reevaluate his life goals. He decides to give journalism a shot. He ends up in a magazine in New York City a dream job as editor in chief of Oxford magazine for men. By some horrible twist of fate the sister magazine Stiletto hires his former fiancé. They broke each other’s hearts seven years ago and now they decide to be an adult about it and ignore each other. Yes, that will work right? A supposed coincidence puts her in the apartment next door to him and Alex can’t help wondering if the girl he fell in love with is still there under all that ice. He finds himself determined to chip away at her chilly exterior, in the process falling for her all over again.
I absolutely loved this story. Wow, really great character development. I am always worried when I get books that are in a series I have never read. Sometimes when an author says you can read the book from a series as a standalone it feels like its missing something and I don’t get the full effect of the story. However, in this book of four of the Stiletto series, Lauren Layne has developed such well-rounded characters at no point did I feel lost or not understand where the story was headed or where it had been in previous books. For me she managed to keep me informed about the pasts of the other characters in the series without making it boring or confusing. The background characters were so much fun and relate able, Cassidy’s friends and Emma’s friends lending much needed advice and sometimes comic relief.
As I found out more and more about the heartbreak both Emma and Cassidy suffered from their failed wedding seven years ago I became very emotional. This book made me laugh, it made me cry and ugly cry. I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to going back to find out how the other couples in the series got their happily ever after. Just added this author to my favorites list.
RECEIVED AN ARC FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Mar 03, 2015
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 237 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 4, Sex, Love, & Stiletto