Love Story

Love Story

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family suppo...

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Title:Love Story
Author:Lauren Layne
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  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Garrett~Dean~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Gianluca & Archer
    Jan 22, 2017

    Lauren Layne has written another story with a couple of my favorite tropes-

    . The premise had me so excited about this one – a sexy & brooding Hero and a sassy Heroine on the outs and forced to endure each other’s company on a two-week road trip across the U.S

    Lauren Layne has written another story with a couple of my favorite tropes-

    . The premise had me so excited about this one – a sexy & brooding Hero and a sassy Heroine on the outs and forced to endure each other’s company on a two-week road trip across the U.S. There was sure to be a lot of heat due to the tension that existed between the H & h, and I can confirm that there are several steamy moments that will please readers, but this reader was more than a little annoyed with the constant push and pull between the two characters. I was literally exhausted from all the trips between the past and the present during the story and more than that, the immaturity of the Hero began to chip away at my patience.

    Lucy and Reece have been friends since their early childhood days. Reece was Lucy’s older brother Craig’s, best friend, and her family unofficially adopted him as their own once his mother passed away and his family life kind of fell apart. Reece had always been protective of Lucy and she harbored a crush on him almost from the start. If Reece were being truly honest with himself, he’d admit that Lucy pretty much had his heart from the beginning too. Things get serious between them when Lucy is eighteen and Reece is nineteen, but Reece’s insecurities cause him to do something really stupid which ends up tearing the couple apart. Lucy goes off to college with a broken heart and leaves Reece behind back home. They see each other briefly, several years later at Reece’s father’s funeral and then once more when Lucy is twenty-four and Reece is twenty-five. They’re both moving across the country to Napa to start new jobs and Lucy’s parents give them their old car as their form of transportation. Neither are particularly happy about being travel buddies as they still haven’t gotten over their painful past. Two people with years worth of hurt and animosity, spending almost every waking hour together for two weeks straight in such close proximity seems to be a recipe for disaster.

    For most of the road trip Reece and Lucy alternate between sexy innuendos and heated arguments. Lucy still hasn’t gotten over how Reece’s stupid actions tore them apart six years ago. Reece still holds on to the ridiculous notion that he’s not good enough for Lucy and that she’ll only end up leaving him just like she did when she went off to college. Reece’s insecurities, to me, seemed unfounded and for that reason, I had a hard time finding him a swoon-worthy book boyfriend. Lucy was clearly putting herself out there to him and he was just completely blind and lacked the confidence to realize that he was everything to her.

    The story wasn’t a complete disappointment for me, there were some really tender moments from their childhood that touched my heart and the steamy moments throughout held my interest. I wanted these two to get over all of their immature insecurities and give love another shot. There was no denying that they had white hot chemistry sparking between them.

    releases on Valentine’s Day! I think those of you who love angst-filled romances just might enjoy this one.

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  • Claire Robinson
    Feb 09, 2017

    3.5

    Stars!

    The third book in Lauren Layne’s

    series offers up a road-trip of sorts between two childhood friends, turned lovers, turned enemies.

    Lauren is an author whose writing I never struggle to read, and for the most part all of the books I have read by her have been enjoyable,

    wasn’t a struggle, I pretty much read it in one sitting, but for me the connection between Reece and Lucy lacked a little of the spark that I have come to expect f

    3.5

    Stars!

    The third book in Lauren Layne’s

    series offers up a road-trip of sorts between two childhood friends, turned lovers, turned enemies.

    Lauren is an author whose writing I never struggle to read, and for the most part all of the books I have read by her have been enjoyable,

    wasn’t a struggle, I pretty much read it in one sitting, but for me the connection between Reece and Lucy lacked a little of the spark that I have come to expect from this authors couples now.

    This is a couple that have been through the wringer together from a very early age, and told from dual POV as well as dipping back to their younger years at points, you pretty much take that journey from childhood to adult with them both to the present, as they drive across the country in a beat up truck called…

    As I said I didn’t struggle to read this book at all, but I generally read a book by this author in a perpetual state of excitement, and that kind of fizzled out quickly for me with this one, the constant merry-go-round with them battling with each other over every little thing on the journey, coupled with the odd gesture of kindness lacked any real backbone for me, and it felt more like they were behaving that way because the author thought they should rather than their personalities dictated.

    I know what you are saying, the author gave them their personalities so how can I be saying they were acting out of character? But for me they just both seemed too nice in general to be acting as they were towards each other. The reason for the conflict again seemed a tad flimsy for the level of dislike, especially from Reece’s perspective, but again I will reiterate, I did not struggle to read the book.

    Not my favorite book by Lauren Layne, but then I have had such a long and illustrious line of winners from this author in the last couple of years it stands to reason that at some point something isn’t going to quite hit the high level of expectation I have from her now. I’d still recommend it if you are looking for a quick and easy read to get you through a few hours of inactivity.

    ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.

  • Jen (in her Unicorn Bubble)
    Jan 29, 2017

    , and absolutely adored Lucy Hawkins and Reece Sullivan.

    Lucy and Reece have k

    , and absolutely adored Lucy Hawkins and Reece Sullivan.

    Lucy and Reece have known each other almost their whole lives, since Reece is Lucy's brother's best friend. After his mother died, when he was a little boy, he became an even bigger part of Lucy's world. Her family took him in, to a certain extent. But from the beginning,

    And from that point on, they barely spoke to each other.

    A two-week road trip. Oh this made me so giddy! Because from just those first few minutes being together in the car, I couldn't stop smiling. Sexual tension and friendship simmered and exploded between the two of them. So

    My favorite thing about this story was definitely the characters. They were the reasons I read this book in one sitting! First off, Reece.

    He was highly jaded from his past, since everyone he loved except Lucy's family left him in one way or another.

    Things she would say or do would set him off so easily, he was so explosive towards her. Which felt ironic to me, since it was his fault their relationship blew up in a fiery inferno. So Reece was a fun mystery to unravel! And his moments of tenderness that alternated with want towards Lucy made me easily fall for him.

    Whether it was her future job or Reece. But what made me really connect to her were the flashbacks. I loved watching their friendship unfold right from the start!

    Each and every time I desperately wanted to stay in the present, even though I loved the moments the flashbacks showed. I just wish they would have fit in a little differently to the story-line.

    So Love Story was an enjoyable, quick read that I easily devoured. While I guessed how a few things turned out, it didn't take away from how much fun their story was. And just so you know,

    Except they did listen to a Jenny Dawson song on the radio woohoo, which was a shout out to Good Girl.

    PS The nicknames were kinda different.... Spock, Horny ummm okay lol.

  • Dali
    Jan 05, 2017

    Lucy Hawkins is ready to start the job of her dreams in San Francisco she only has to get there, she only has one problem: her car died and the only way to get there is taking her family’s old station wagon along with her older brother’s best friend.

    Lucy Hawkins is ready to start the job of her dreams in San Francisco she only has to get there, she only has one problem: her car died and the only way to get there is taking her family’s old station wagon along with her older brother’s best friend. The same friend she’s known since they were children, the one she had a crush on, the one no one knew she’d been in love with. The same friend who after taking her virginity shattered her heart six years ago.

    After burying his father, Reece Sullivan has no one left and his small town only holds sorrow. Anxious for a fresh start in wine country California, he agrees to go on a two week road trip that promises long torturous days with the only person who’s ever seen past his surly façade and is now likely to kill him in his sleep. But the familiar connection he’s always felt with Lucy soon comes to the fore along with their explosive attraction. Can they forgive the heartache they’ve inflicted in the past to carve a happy future together?

    I love Lauren Layne’s books. I haven’t missed a single one knowing they’re guaranteed entertainment because she’s adept at writing from fun, flirty and hot, to heartbreakingly tragic, to drive you crazy with antagonistic banter.

    I really enjoy a frenemies to lovers story especially when there’s a shared history between the couple. I find the back and forth sparing and animosity wholly amusing and that it’s a good source for sexual tension. Right of the bat Reece and Lucy bicker like nobody’s business. The anger between them is palpable. They have a lot of unresolved feelings for each other but they also care deep down for one another and have an undeniable attraction. They’re perfect for one another, they just can’t see past their hurt feelings.

    Even though they drove me a bit nutty with so much bickering, I couldn’t help but like both Reece and Lucy. I felt so much for all of Reece’s loss. He never had an easy life, but was happy to know that he had Lucy and her family there for him, of course he kept everyone at arm’s length to save himself further pain hiding behind a thick wall of stubbornness with a coat of hurtfulness which Lucy easily threw back at him with equal force.

    As they travel through the country in close quarters they slowly let their guard down and begin to open up once again and through flashbacks that go way back to their early childhood we learn how their friendship developed and just how deep their connection is and eventually they learn navigate their turbulent relationship into a the beautiful one it was always meant to be.

    As an aside that has little to do with the story but a lot to do with my personal enjoyment, I LOVED Lucy’s totally nerdy nickname: Spock. Yes, based on Leonard Ninmoy’s Star Trek character.

    Love Story is book #3 in the Love Unexpectedly series by Lauren Layne. It is a standalone contemporary romance. Told from both points of view and has a happy ending.

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    Found this post on another blog... it's cool! There's a letter from Reece to Lucy ->

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    Jan 25, 2017

    And then there is me that Valentine's Day this year will be different...

  • Michelle
    Feb 23, 2017

    4-3.5 Stars

    I loved this one at times but also felt it was just meh sometimes. I'm not sure I felt the love between these two. I think I needed more of them together during the summer before she left for college. We got a back story on them both here and there about when they were kids and I loved that the most but I still needed more of the summer fling that made them enemies. The conflict between them annoyed me. Ugh! They both pissed me off! I don't know. This was my least favorite in this ser

    4-3.5 Stars

    I loved this one at times but also felt it was just meh sometimes. I'm not sure I felt the love between these two. I think I needed more of them together during the summer before she left for college. We got a back story on them both here and there about when they were kids and I loved that the most but I still needed more of the summer fling that made them enemies. The conflict between them annoyed me. Ugh! They both pissed me off! I don't know. This was my least favorite in this series so far.

    However I loved that the family station wagon was named Horny because of her brother and all the action that the car got. Hahahaha!!

    The tension between Lucy and Reece was thick and when it finally came to a head it was explosive and I loved that too.

    Will I be reading more of this series? Hell yes! Love LL and her enemies to lovers are the best!! Can't wait for the next book. This book can be read as a standalone along with the others. Hope you try them out and enjoy:))

  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆
    Jan 28, 2017

    3 STARS

    Parents mean well. They always want to help but sometimes they don't mind throwing you under the bus by doing so. Lucy is supposed to start her new job in California in two weeks - her car however decides to break down shortly before she wants to leave her childhood home. Her parents come up with a genius plan. Since her (secret) ex-boyfriend, the cheater, is heading the same way, why not share the family car to get there? Lucy is everything but thrilled

    3 STARS

    Parents mean well. They always want to help but sometimes they don't mind throwing you under the bus by doing so. Lucy is supposed to start her new job in California in two weeks - her car however decides to break down shortly before she wants to leave her childhood home. Her parents come up with a genius plan. Since her (secret) ex-boyfriend, the cheater, is heading the same way, why not share the family car to get there? Lucy is everything but thrilled but not much she can do as the car was promised to Reece to begin with.

    Reece is seething. He has to deal with his ex for two weeks. The girl who used to mean everything to him. How are they supposed to stay civil when there is nothing but bad blood and hard feelings between them now. When they leave they both are dead-set on keeping away from each other. As their journey progresses each of them tries hard not to let the other one see what they both know is still there: their insane sexual chemistry and a hurt so deep that neither of them is over it yet.

    This story is told in both first person POVs and in flashbacks outlining Reece's and Lucy's friendship from when they were kids to the day they fell apart. While this is always a bit hard to pull off it worked with this book and I attribute it to the length of the flashback chapters. They aren't overly long, just the right size. And through these chapters I learned who they were and it made it possible for me to view Reece in a better light. Because you see, he was really hard to love.

    I'm usually very easy on the heroes in books and the heroines usually have it harder winning me over. This time it was the opposite. I love my alphaholes like the next girl but Reece was unfortunately too much of a jerk to Lucy and I just couldn't connect with him. Granted, he had abandonment issues and insecurities but boy, the guy was testy. If it hadn't been for the sweet connection of their childhood I would have given up on him. He was despicable to Lucy at times and he really deserved a

    hard kick in his family jewels.

    Ouch.

    He keeps repeating in his inner monologues that Lucy is a childish brat, when the only one acting like one is him.

    Double - ouch.

    Lucy didn't let him get away with it, thankfully. While she had big reservations in the beginning of their road trip she tried, yet and again, to be nice and stay civil. I really admired how she stood up to her ex-boyfriend who hurt her so badly and didn't let him drag her down. Which was a feat in my book since Reece really was an idiot a lot of times. I alternately screamed at my kindle or rolled my eyes at it. In the end I had a hard time rooting for them and thought Lucy deserved better.

    While this wasn't a complete winner for me it still had a lot of enjoyable moments. It was a quick, surprisingly angsty read with the road trip feel when you get to travel through the country, driving in a car, listening to whatever is on the radio and without having to hurry to get to your goal. Again, the reminder to not let my review sway you. We all have different expectations from a story so it might be totally down your alley!

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Feb 05, 2017

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    I enjoyed this sweet little romance. I am amazed by how consistantly good Lauren Layne's romance have been and this book is no exception. This was a really quick read for me. I read the whole thing in just a few hours but it didn't feel like a small book. There was really a lot going on in this story and it all worked well. I had a really nice time learning Lucy and Reece's love story.

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    I enjoyed this sweet little romance. I am amazed by how consistantly good Lauren Layne's romance have been and this book is no exception. This was a really quick read for me. I read the whole thing in just a few hours but it didn't feel like a small book. There was really a lot going on in this story and it all worked well. I had a really nice time learning Lucy and Reece's love story.

    Lucy and Reece have known each other forever. Almost forever at least. Reece is Lucy's older brother's best friend and he has been almost like an extra family member since he was in grade school. Lucy is only one year behind her brother and Reece in school so they really grew up together in a lot of ways. This story was filled with scenes from their past together which were a lot of fun to read and brought a lot ot the story.

    Lucy and Reece were a couple back when they were teenagers. It didn't last long and ended very poorly when Lucy found Reece kissing his ex. Their relationship has never recovered and they both still have a hard time getting along with each other. Lucy and Reece are both moving to the West Coast and Lucy's parents push them into making the drive together. Lucy has a detailed plan of all the things she wants to see on the way to California and wants to take two weeks to make the trip.

    I liked Lucy and Reece. They obviously had a lot of strong feelings about everything that had happened in their past. At the start of the trip, they were very angry with each other but as they spent more time with each other the chemistry became obvious. Reece was a good guy and the more we learned about him the more I liked him. Lucy was a lot of fun. I could tell how much pain she still carried due to her break up with Reece but she has worked hard to move on with her life. I really could see them as a couple and thought that their relationship seem authentic.

    I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This is a quick and incredibly satisfying story that was a lot of fun to read. This book is listed as the third book in a series but the books in this series aren't really connected so this book reads as a stand alone story. I can't wait to read more from Lauren Layne soon!

    I liked Lucy and Reece a lot and thought that their history together really added to the story. I found this story to be sweet, romantic, and sexy. I had a lot of fun with this quick read.

  • Corina
    Dec 27, 2016

    What a beautiful story!

    A two week road trip to the West Coast forced Lucy Hawkins and Reece Sullivan to spent more time together than either would have liked.

    Years ago, when both were still high school students they explored their feelings for each other, but uncertainty and Lucy’s plans to leave for college killed their fledgling love before it even had a chance to bloom.

    Even years later both still blamed the other for their breakup. And subsequently neither of them really moved on.

    The road tri

    What a beautiful story!

    A two week road trip to the West Coast forced Lucy Hawkins and Reece Sullivan to spent more time together than either would have liked.

    Years ago, when both were still high school students they explored their feelings for each other, but uncertainty and Lucy’s plans to leave for college killed their fledgling love before it even had a chance to bloom.

    Even years later both still blamed the other for their breakup. And subsequently neither of them really moved on.

    The road trip not only forced them to spend time together, it also intensified the sexual tension between them. The close quarters just enhanced what was simmering. Temptation was found around every corner.

    I loved the entire idea of a forced road trip. Especially when characters like Lucy and Reece had such amazing chemistry. Lauren Layne delivered a very sweet tale about high school sweethearts that needed help, in form of a road trip, to find their way back together.

    It was all about believing in the other person and not letting fears and uncertainty dictate decisions and choices.

    I especially loved the fact that both Lucy and Reece were on their way to new jobs in Napa and Sonoma. For anyone living in the Bay Area, Napa and Sonoma are great destinations, and wine tasting is always an excellent reason for a trip up north.

    Lauren Layne ‘s writing was wonderful and fast paced. I loved Lucy and Reece’s interactions. They had so much history. Even so they were opposites at times, Lucy the one that always had a plan and endgame in sight, and Reece too afraid of planing because it did never turn out well for him. Their chemistry, live-long friendship and history, balanced out their opposite nature nicely and added to the reading experience.

    I’m always a sucker for second chance romances and thought Lauren Layne did a fabulous job!!!!

    4 stars

    ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

  • Natalie The Biblioholic
    Feb 12, 2017

    It's live with an incredible giveaway!!

    If you're looking for a story with tons of angst and you're a fan of constant pushing and pulling between protagonists, then you're really going to enjoy this story.

    Reece is Lucy's brother's best friend. They met when they were kids and had a connection all their own. Over time, as they grew, those friendly feelings grew with them and became more. When Lucy was 18 years old (Reece was 19), they were in love, without actually telling e

    It's live with an incredible giveaway!!

    If you're looking for a story with tons of angst and you're a fan of constant pushing and pulling between protagonists, then you're really going to enjoy this story.

    Reece is Lucy's brother's best friend. They met when they were kids and had a connection all their own. Over time, as they grew, those friendly feelings grew with them and became more. When Lucy was 18 years old (Reece was 19), they were in love, without actually telling each other. Reece ultimately breaks Lucy's heart and it seems their story was over before it even began.

    Six years later, both Lucy and Reece are prepared to start over in California. Separately. Unfortunately, their family has other ideas and complicates matters. They find themselves stuck together on a two-week road trip, destined to either kill each other or fall in love all over again.

    Although I enjoyed the premise of the story immensely, I wasn't a fan of how immature the characters acted. Their bad behavior and poor communication skills frustrated me. It took them until the over the 90% mark to finally get their heads out of their asses. The rest of the time their bickering, being petty, and lashing out. I was also disappointed that there wasn't more grovelling from Reece. He was pretty mean and all I got for the trouble was:

    For me, it wasn't enough and so the ending fell flat. Otherwise, I liked the banter, the bits of drama, and the idea of the broken hero that had some redeemable qualities, even if they were very well hidden.

    February 14, 2017

    Second Chance Contemporary Romance

    Dual - 1st person

    2.5 out of 5

    Standalone (Book 3 of the Love Unexpectedly series)