Love Story (Love Unexpectedly) by Lauren Layne
Overview by Publisher:
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.
I was so thrilled to find out that a new Lauren Layne book came out! I have a serious crush on her books. They all feature sexy and witty dialogue, amazing characters and terrific plot. The Oxford and Stiletto series are just spine tingling good, so I had expectations for this new book.
She did not disappoint! This book can be read without reading any of her previous works, but really, if you haven’t read any Lauren Layne you are missing out! This story features so many tropes that work really well. Reunited lovers, first love, enemies to lovers, this story has it all!
The story is told from alternating perspectives, which is something that the author does really well. I find it hard at times when a male perspective is presented by a female author because it doesn’t always go well. Never fear! In this story, Reece’s frustrations, energy and thoughts leap off the page and make the story well rounded.
Reece and Lucy grew up almost as siblings. Reece, a year older and best friends with her brother, has wanted Lucy for a long time. Three weeks before she leaves for college, they finally hook up. Things don’t end well and they both nurture deep seeded grudges that make the two week car trip to California sheer torture. Once again, the brilliance of the author shines in this story by the method of how she reveals what happened in the past. Every few chapters, we get a glimpse of Reece and Lucy as children and as teenagers and slowly learn more about what happened for them to go from love to hate. It is such an effective tool that it kept me hooked the whole time I was reading.
You know a book is good when you start it and don’t put it down until it’s done. It was so clear that Lucy and Reece were meant for each other. Their snipes and digs at each other just ratcheted up the ferocious attraction between them. Both characters have flaws which makes them believable and relatable, but still immensely likable.
Sexy scenes? Check. Witty, biting dialogue? Check. Great plot? Check.