July 21, 2016

TBT #40 - Review: The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4) by Lauren Layne

★TBT #40★

On this week’s #ThrusdayThrowback‬ it's Lauren Layne's smart and sexy contemporary romance 'The Trouble with Love (Love, Sex & Stiletto #4)'. It's fast paced, light, humorous and feel happy kind of story. This is one such book where I loved all the characters equally and I so wanted to be a part of their crazy-lively-witty-gang.

Title: The Trouble with Love
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: Sex, Love & Stiletto #4
Genre: contemporary romance

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.

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)

“These books are reminiscent of Nora Roberts’ and her trilogies, with the complex situations, three-dimensional characters, grand sense of humor and hot sex scenes.”—Urban Girl Reader

“It was very difficult not to instantly like this book, because it had all the things I loved all rolled up into one: sass, humor, underlying sexual tension, as well as suits and office romance.”—Fifty Shades of Books

“Sultry, funny and heartwarming . . . This book is the fourth in the Sex, Love & Stiletto series, but can be read as a standalone and is perfect for anyone who loves second-chance romance.”—TJ Loves to Read

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The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Emma Sinclair has everything she needs to lead a happy life-kill for each other friends, dream job of columnist for the woman magazine Stiletto, a great working environment and living in the most colourful city, turns out she’s not lucky in the dating department or Is she intentionally single?

She’s known to be an Ice queen, one who remains stoic and has no desire to land a hotshot husband/boyfriend, though all her friends are under the spell of love, Emma chooses being lonely over falling for any man again! Behind the façade of a cold hearted bitch is the loving southern belle who is desperately trying to guard her heart which was already broken by the man who left her at the altar seven years ago. Ever since then, Emma left her old life back and moved to New York City and made herself a great life here but her world shifts from it’s axis when her ex-fiancé becomes her temporary boss/neighbour.

Alex Cassidy is editor in chief of Oxford magazine the brother/rival magazine to Stiletto which coincidentally happens to be the place where his ex-fiancé works. For a year, Emma and Alex avoid each other and never did they bring up the dreaded fact that they never got married. Not only they work in close proximity to one another, they also run in the same circle of friends, if they weren’t avoiding each other they maintained an amicable relationship.

When fate throws them in a situation where they live next door to each other, staying civil becomes not that easy and Alex grabs the opportunity of being her temporary boss to urge her in writing an article “about her exes”. Since they never really had a Closure, making her write this article is his way of bringing them one step closer to their history and to look for the girl he once fell head over heels for. Emma can never forget the heartache and humiliation Alex caused her seven years ago, now when life is giving them second chance will Alex make her fall in love with him again? or is it too late for him to warm her Ice cold heart?

TBH When I requested this book in NG I never read the blurb nor did I read any book from this author so this was one big risk I took (since I hardly have any time to read!). within a few pages into this story, I knew this was going to be a helluva fun book and even before I realized, I reached the last page with a huge smile plastered on my face!


Yes people, the gamble totally paid off!!

“The Trouble with Love” is fast paced, light, humorous and feel happy kind of story. This is one such book where I loved all the characters equally and I so wanted to be a part of their crazy-lively-witty-gang. Trust me, the dialogues and the banters were so funny and cleverly written nothing about it was annoying or cheesy. And this being a second chance romance there was tons of sexual tension!! Now the said sexual tension took a lot of space in this story, than the romance itself. I wish there was more of wooing her or the glimpses of their “once upon a love story”, nevertheless it didn’t ruin the story for me and I enjoyed the hell out of it!

Now if you excuse me, I got to kick my ass for not reading this series or any book by this author sooner!

*ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Netgalley, for an honest review*

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