A feisty beauty must choose between
winning back Mr. Right
or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
Oxford Series #4
Releasing June 13, 2017
New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.
Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.
I Knew You Were Trouble was just reason 100 why I LOVE Lauren Layne! I adored this book and the characters. It’s an enemy to roommates to friends to lover’s tale, and it was addictive from the beginning to the end. Taylor has just started a job at Oxford. For those of us who have read the previous novels in the series, we all know how sexy the men are. One of the first ones she encounters is Nick. He gets under her skin from the very first time she sees him. He looks at her as though he gets her, and that definitely unnerves her. Taylor doesn’t let anyone in. Of course, they get off to a rocky start…attraction, hate, bad timing, until they end up as roommates. As they spend more time together, the attraction ramps up and who could believe it, but they actually begin to like one another. As you can imagine, this is quite the love story!
One thing I really liked about this book was that it took place over a long period of time. In Layne’s very capable hands, it never drags, and it allows the reader to really get to know Nick and Taylor. They are extraordinarily complex characters. Layne describes them perfectly:
“He was too much like her—likely dying to know her thoughts, but too proud to lay himself bare in front of his nemesis.”
Because of their love/hate relationship, there were so many times I laughed out loud.
“Never pegged you as a reader.” ~ Nick
“What did you think I did in my spare time, killed cats?” ~ Taylor
“Nah. Men.” ~ Nick
With that banter, the sexual tension between these two just jump off the pages. I, like their co-workers, just want them to do the deed and get it over with. But, the wait is well worth it. With all that chemistry, there is a sweetness that also develops between them. Nick has seen parts of her no one has. Deep down, Taylor doesn’t believe she is worthy of love because of her childhood. Nick is somehow able to penetrate that strong armor and show her she is worthy. Little did he know when he told her someone would love her, it would be him. SWOON!!!!
Speaking of Nick, it’s hard not to love him. Taylor always does things with a plan and safety, alas her relationship with jerk, Bradley. Nick shows her how to just enjoy life. He only works part-time at Oxford. He is also a legendary bartender and writes fiction. Yet, he’s able to enjoy life. He wants to fix the broken part of Taylor and wants her to be able to enjoy living. Of course, he’s by no means perfect, but he is perfect for her! GAH…I just love these two!
As with Layne’s books, readers get to see the other characters from the series. Through them, you see Taylor finally able to form meaningful relationships with other people, Brit and Daisy. In the beginning, she was so closed off. By the epilogue, she a completely different woman! Layne also gives us a hint of her future book in the series which I hope is about Brit and Hunter. That one is going to be epic!!!!
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.