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.
I absolutely fell in love with Lauren Layne AGAIN…loved the book and all of the characters. Irresistibly Yours is the love story of Cole and Penelope, or “Tiny,” as Cole refers to her. Cole notices Penelope at a Yankee’s game. She is the opposite of every woman Cole has ever “dated,” and I use that term loosely. He doesn’t really date but not for the usual reason of being afraid of commitment. She’s a petite brunette, not the blond bombshell he usually goes for. As he talks to her, he discovers she is also his chief competition for the job of sports editor at Oxford Magazine, and he really needs the job to care for his brother. Penelope has moved to New York to put her past behind her. As the two get to know each other, they realize they genuinely enjoy each other’s company, but neither of them is interested in a relationship, or so they say. As the two continue to fight their budding feelings and powerful lust for one another, will they be able to stick to their “no relationship” rule?
I loved this book from the very first page. It was filled with lots of sexual chemistry. I just love when a writer builds on that chemistry slowly, and it just makes me hungry for more! I love getting the same butterflies that the characters do. I enjoyed watching Cole and Penelope fall in love slowly, but I enjoyed their friendship and growing trust with each other even more! Both Cole and Penelope had very real characteristics, they were human, flawed, and each had their issues. All those things enabled me to connect with them, and I felt like I was a part of their inner circle of friends. Layne has a way of pulling in secondary characters just enough that I wanted to know their stories but yet didn’t take away from Cole and Penelope. I am really looking forward to Lincoln’s story!
If you are in the mood for a somewhat light, romantic read filled with lots of intelligent and humorous banter, I highly recommend reading this one. I guarantee you won’t regret it! If you are like me, you will finish with a smile on your face, and your heart might feel a little warmer too! I am anxiously awaiting the next novel by Lauren Layne. She has made me a loyal fan for life!