ARC Review + Giveaway: Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne

28 Sep 2015

Book Title: Irresistibly Yours
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford Series #1
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.

Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.



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I'd first been introduced to these endearing characters in the Sex, Love and Stilleto series. It had read much like the cast of Sex in the City acted. So when I'd seen that Lauren Layne had started a spin-off series, The Oxford Series, I signed up! I'll gladly take a Cole love story, though my heart is completely taken with Lincoln (up next in Playing for Keeps).

Irresistably Yours delivers such an all-around cute love story. Cole Sharpe has been a freelance sports writer for Oxford Press for quite some time, so when he learns of their hiring of a full-time Sports Editor, he knew the job was all-but his. I mean, it's his gig with all his buddies within Oxford Press- Alex Cassidy, Jake...Lincoln. Not to mention the sexy Stiletto ladies that share the building. What he didn't bank on was the cute little brunette giving him a run for his money vying for HIS job.

Penelope Pope recently moved to the Big Apple for hopes of a new start. Painfully rejected by her latest love interest who ended up taking her job in Chicago, she's ready for a promising career at Oxford Press. But she's got her work cut out for her beating out the renowned Cole Sharpe.

I loved the fact that completely hot and put-together ladies-man Cole cannot take his eyes off the simple, dressed down Penelope Pope. He admits she's everything he DOESN'T typically date yet her chipper personality and ease of banter between them sucks him in...she's just real.
There was something about her that demanded a second look but at the same time, there was nothing about her. She was utterly, completely unremarkable.
Couple his unforeseen attraction to her with the fact she's a sports fanatic like no other. She actually got more into a baseball game than he did. This is a professional match made in heaven. Because it could be no more. They were colleagues...he'd go as far a friends. But nothing more. He has priorities in his life and a steady girlfriend is not one.

I loved the way the author made a heroine so completely real. She wasn't ashamed to go without makeup or eat a mammoth hot dog at Yankee Stadium. She was true to herself and Cole, with all his looks and wit, saw her for the perfect gem that she was. She was intelligent and so funny and Cole Sharpe didn't stand a chance...

Irresistibly Yours had the perfect slow build of romance. None of this insta-love, yet we stood by and watched two physically ill-suited characters find a perfect blend with each other. Their work complimented each other's strengths and weaknesses, their love of all things sports, and an undercurrent of attraction that gradually sizzled until things got a little more physical.

"You should know...I'm not very good at this," she said. You're going to be disappointed.
He smiled and ran a finger over her lower lip. "Don't worry. Because I'm very good at this."

Irresistibly Yours was an enjoyable friends to lovers romance that packs a fair amount of humor, perfect secondary characters with witty banter, and a fair amount of steam. I deducted a star due to the ending/conflict resolution feeling a bit rushed. But I look forward to the next installment within the Oxford Series....LINCOLN MATHIS.

Irresistibly Yours is a standalone novel and a spin-off of the Sex, Love and Stiletto Series.
 I highly recommend that first series just because it's awesome- funny, charming, and totally entertaining in every way. 

Advanced reader's copy received by Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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