I always have a moment of trepidation when confronted with any book that is being touted as “the most anticipated book of the year/series etc.” Will the book be as amazing as I think it will? What if it isn’t? What if I hate it? What if… Gah, the cycle is never ending and I swear I tire myself out before starting the first page. But that is where I find myself with Someone Like You. Anyone who loves the Oxford and/or Stiletto series have been clamoring for Lincoln’s story because that man is just that delicious and enigmatic that the need to see what really makes him tick is at code red level and I have to say Ms. Layne did not disappoint! Someone Like You was a sweet, sexy, heartbreaking and heartwarming story about two broken souls finding one another and becoming whole once more.
Now, the issue here is that as much as I want to just let loose in this review because practically EVERYTHING I want to touch on would mean lots and lots of spoilers and that’s a no-no, so I’ll try to be as vague yet insightful as possible
Lincoln has been that character in the series that steals any scene he’s in. His personality jumps off the page and you can’t help but be drawn to him with his easy charm and sexy as sin looks as well as the gut feeling that there is more to the man than being a devil may care playboy. Theories abound as to what ‘made him’ the way he is and most have come close to the truth, but when that truth is finally exposed it’s absolutely heartbreaking and yet made me love Lincoln even more. That one truth caste a whole new light on the man and I finally understand just how huge his heart is, even though it’s broken.
A little confession, I haven’t read the Stiletto series. I know, I need to (especially after this one) but there are just not enough hours in the day. So, I hadn’t yet had the honor of meeting Daisy, but I ended up loving her instantly. After going through a hellish divorce, Daisy’s outlook on love and marriage takes a cynical turn as does her trust in man. But she is determined to be there to help celebrate her twins marriage to the man of her dreams, because despite her own feelings, she is thrilled that her sister has found her soulmate, even if it hurts her heart to know that she may never find hers. I loved Daisy’s strength and honest nature and what her ex put her through made me hurt for her as well as want to do violence against him. And though her ex did a number on her in more ways than one, and she wears a mask to hide those scars, there are moments that show she is ready to shed it all and become the woman she was always meant to be and just needs that one little push in the right direction.
From the moment Lincoln and Daisy see each other from across the room, sparks flew and it wasn’t only because of physical attraction. They both realized that they were essentially the same in that they had both constructed a well crafted façade to hide their pain from the people around them because they were unable to deal with the emotions that would consume them if they were questioned about it. That understanding created a connection that neither saw coming. I loved how quickly they became confidantes and while the romance side of things stayed on more of a slow burn pace. Neither of them were ready for more, but the chemistry between them was undeniable. The wait was brutal but so worth it in the end as they both finally let the past go and saw what the future could be if they let it. And the ending and epilogue were perfect!
I must say that I loved Someone Like You from start to finish. Not only did Lincoln and Daisy get the story they deserved, but we also got a heaping helping of the Oxford/Stiletto gang, I swear I need a family tree type thing to keep them all straight. I love how involved they all are in each others lives and support each other unconditionally, even when threatening them with bodily harm should they hurt someone they care about. This book was supposed to be the last of the series and I would have been extremely satisfied with it, but we’ll be getting to visit these crazy characters once more with I Knew You Were Trouble and I am definitely looking forward to what will happen with Nick and Taylor!
~ Copy received from the publisher via NetGalley & reviewed voluntarily ~
Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.
After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.
Lauren lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.
Five years ago, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan.
She writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush, and in her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.
When not bringing The Sexy, she likes to blog about her Instagram addiction, and why mean girls are the worst.