REVIEW: Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne

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REVIEW: Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren LayneSomeone like You (Oxford, #3)
by Lauren Layne
Published by Loveswept on December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 228
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Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.
Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.
After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

I admit I was a bit worried starting this book. For one, the synopsis for this book changed, and so did the name of the heroine. Not a good sign. Second, I loved Lincoln the moment he was introduced in the Sex, Love & Stiletto series. I have been waiting for his book forever. And you know, expectations has the tendency to mess with your reading mojo.

BUT Lauren Layne did Lincoln Mathis’ story justice. Yup. Even the heroine change made sense. Daisy and Lincoln together made sense.

Someone Like You packs quite an emotional punch. Something that I’ve never quite experience from Lauren Layne before.

On the outside, Lincoln and Daisy couldn’t be more different from each other. Daisy is the epitome of a Southern good girl charm until her marriage fell apart. Lincoln is the picture of a man on the prowl. He’s fun, laid back and has women falling all over themselves to get close to him. But unbeknownst to many and even to his closest friends, Lincoln is hiding a very important part of his life.

What I like about this story is how the romance between Lincoln and Daisy built from being acquaintances to friends and then to lovers. The obstacles, the insecurities, all the things that they had to overcome to get to their happy ending was heart-wrenching especially on Lincoln’s part. And the angst!! Oh man, the angst. I loved how angsty this book was.

That said, I was a bit let down by the last 10% of the book. The ending felt rushed. I feel like this book could have used another 50 pages or so, just to give Lincoln time to really, really grovel. The reason being was that he really messed up. He messed up bad. And a few more chapters would’ve made this book even better.

Don’t get me wrong. This book is great, and I really liked it but I wish there was more. More grovel, more resolution so to speak. Nevertheless, I wasn’t disappointed. Lincoln and Daisy’s story enthralled me from beginning to end.

ARC provided for review purposes.

About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and webmarketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had an agent and multiple New York publishing deals.
She currently lives in midtown Manhattan with her husband.

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