Title: I Knew You Were Trouble
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 13th 2017 by Loveswept
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“There are plenty of fertile fish in the sea, plenty of women who want to be mamas, but none of them might make you feel the way this girls makes you feel.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne
I’ve been having luck with my contemporary reading selections recently and “I Knew You Were Trouble” is no exception. In fact, it’s my favorite installment to the Oxford-Stiletto cross over series and that’s saying a lot!
I’m surprised at how much I loved the blunt ice-princess routine Taylor Carr has going on. She’s so refreshingly honest, direct and confident about things that romantic heroines are typically insecure about. Case in point: she knows men fall head over heels in lust for her good looks and figure. She knows it as a fact and doesn’t brag nor make a big deal out of it. And because she’s so confident, after a few days of good old cat-dog banter with the hero Nick, she decided to ask him out and was unfortunately rejected. She was hurt but she didn’t dwell too much on it. This no non-sense personality is so consistent in her that even during conflicts in plots and characters, she was always ready to confront it. Over all, I’m just in awe how strong and practical her character is. Having said that, Taylor is not completely without flaws. Otherwise, she would have been boring and unrealistic. Taylor shows a brave front but in times of solitary, she removes her armor and shows how vulnerable she actually is. She has just learned to deal with her problems head on, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get hurt nor get tired.
Moving on to the hero of the story, Nick Ballantine. Just like Taylor, he is honest, direct to the point but unlike her, Nick is an all around easy going guy. He is thoughtful, cares a lot about people but refuses to let it show and despite his playboy looks, he actually wants that big old happy family Taylor considers to be not her fate.
The two have opposing beliefs when it comes to love and commitment but that’s what made their romance so exciting. The banters are so much more enjoyable when the two can play the game so well. I enjoyed the book so much that I felt their story was too short. By the end of it, I kept wanting more.
***cover art: 3/5 stars. Decent looking. At least, the guy’s not shirtless.***