Only With You gave a different spin on the wealthy businessman and the girl who doesn't quite have it together type of romance. While Gray is successful and confident in the business world, his social skills are sorely lacking and he has major trouble relating to other people on a personal level. Gray comes off cold, aloof, and condescending to other people and he's aware of his shortcomings, but he just doesn't know how to fix it. Sophie on the other hand is able to interact with almost anyone and can diffuse uncomfortable social situations, many times at her own expense. However, Sophie's professional life is not living up to her expensive education or the standards imposed by her parents and the successful career of her sister. I loved that Gray and Sophie play to each other's strengths and weaknesses often in both awkward and funny ways.
Gray and Sophie's romance is not simple or easily developed. They both stubbornly fight their attraction to each other for fear of getting what each thinks isn't what they want or need in a relationship. For Gray, Sophie is too unstructured, undisciplined, and just too flighty and talkative. For Sophie, Gray is too uptight, rigid, and structured to be the right man for her. As an added bonus to the story we get a secondary story with Sophie's sister Brenn with a love interest that we see coming, but it's still fun to watch unfold. Only With You was a great read and I will definitely be looking forward to reading more books by Lauren Layne. Layne delivers a well written, entertaining read that you won't want to end! I will definitely be looking for book 2 in this series Made for You which is due to be released October 2014.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Getting mistaken for a prostitute is not part of Sophie Dalton's life plan. Not that Sophie even has a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But then a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry, and an uptight businessman gives Sophie a new label: hooker.
Unfortunately, what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. When the same jerk who mistook her for a prostitute shows up as Sophie's new boss and her perfect sister's new boyfriend, Sophie's carefree existence is turned upside down. Grayson Wyatt may have infiltrated family dinners and her professional world, but Sophie's not about to let a judgmental prude anywhere near her personal life.
As Gray's icy stares give way to quiet smiles, Sophie realizes that the one man she's been so desperate to get away from just might be the one she wants to keep around forever.
“Are you sure we should do this?”
she asked breathlessly.
“No. I’m never sure of anything with you.”
They stared at each other, both aware that they were on a
ledge from which there was no turning back. She willed him
to make the first move. Without breaking eye contact, he slid
his hand behind her neck, then his fingers tangled roughly
in her hair. He pulled her close but didn’t kiss her again. He
seemed to be waiting for her permission. Lost in the storm
of his eyes, she felt herself leaning forward slightly, her lips
He needed no further invitation. His arm slid around her
lower back, pulling her toward him as his other hand tugged
her face roughly down to his. If the kiss in the park today
had been unexpectedly steamy, she went into this kiss fully
expecting the rush. And it delivered.
The kiss was every bit as hot as the one earlier, but this
one had an extra layer of emotion. Somewhere under the
burning haze of sexual desire she felt the pull of something
This kiss wasn’t just about this moment. It held the promise
of something more. Much more.
About Lauren Layne
Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House(Loveswept).
After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.
Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.