Over the course of one wild road trip, 
feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love.
 
LOVE STORY
a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Releasing February 14th, 2017
Loveswept

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 New York Times 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 supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

Although listed as a title in the Love Unexpectedly Series, all books in the series stand alone.

 
christie review
5 star a

Love Story is the very reason why Lauren Layne is one of my favorite writers!!! I love this series, but this one might just be my favorite. I love second chance and friends to lover’s stories, and this one is BOTH!!!!

 

“Sometimes life involves two broken hearts, a flat tire, an honest-to-God flood, and a few seedy motel rooms along the way. My name is Lucy Hawkins. His name is Reece Sullivan. And this is our story.”

This passage sums up Lucy and Reece’s love story, or more specifically the second part of their love story. Lucy has just graduated and is moving to California to begin her job at a winery. There’s just one thing standing in her way, Reece, the man who broke her heart years ago, and the who still has the power to break her. Her car has died, and her parents give her their old car, dubbed Horny, but Reece is going along with her to his new job in California at another winery. What could possibly go wrong when two old lovers with unresolved issues, pain, and anger have to spend two weeks on the road? Will they kill each other, or maybe, just maybe find their way back to each other?

Let me just say I love Lauren Layne’s characters. She writes them in a way that readers feel like they are old friends. Lucy and Reece are no different. Of course, they are physically gorgeous, but it’s what is inside that drew me to them. Both have a wicked sense of humor, and the banter and arguing between them crackles with sexual tension. There’s plenty of sexual tension. I knew these two would end up in bed again, and I kept waiting for it. Layne has perfected the art of stretching the sexual anticipation until you can hardly stand anymore, but boy the wait is worth it. It was steamy yet there was a sweetness too.

There was so much miscommunication and misconceptions these two had about one another. It began when they were young as readers will see in the flashback chapters, which was one of my favorite things about Love Story. Reece has been left by those he loves, so he doesn’t think Lucy is any different even though she’s always been his biggest supporter. Plus, he thinks he isn’t good enough for her. You guessed it…Reece has issues. Lucy has always loved him even before she knew what love was, and she believes his heart is too damaged to let her completely in. She lost it to him once, and she knows if she gives it to him again, he could break her permanently. Of course, she has no idea he feels the same. I just wanted to shake them and tell them to just for once lay all their cards on the table!!!! Despite their issues, I completely adored them!

As with all of Layne’s books, no matter what series I’m reading, she creates a romance with heart. I get wrapped up in each book, and she doesn’t let me go until I finish the very last page. She’s one of those writers whom I’m always stalking to see what she has coming next. Luckily, I never have to wait too long, and she NEVER disappoints!!!

 

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen
romantic comedies.
 
A former
e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York
City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.
 

 

She lives
in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart
romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In
LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry
a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 
 

 

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