Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Random House Publishing Group on March 3rd 2015
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As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.
After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.
“It won’t be fast. It’s never that fast.”
“That’s what she said,” Riley muttered.
“That phrase doesn’t really work in this context, Ri,” Julie said distractedly.
“That phrase always works in any context,” Riley responded.
— Ginny’s note: Riley is correct. —
Reviewed by Ginny:
I have been waiting for this book since April, when I reviewed the previous book, “Just One Night“! I was so excited to receive an email from Lauren Layne informing me that this book was up on Netgalley, available for review! In the acknowledgments of the book, Ms Layne writes that she originally hadn’t planned on writing Emma’s story but had received so much feedback from fans begging to know, that she ended up writing it. I was one of those fans, so Ms Layne! Thank you!!!
This book was everything I hoped for for Emma. Aloof and of the Southern Belle variety, but not, for lack of a better (made-up) word, “foofy”. In the previous books, all you know is that she’s quiet, but has the quiet dignity and grace of the Southern Belle, and that there’s history with Alex Cassidy, the head of the brother magazine, Oxford, to Emma’s magazine, Stiletto. She has a wry wit, intelligence and writes all the pieces on break-ups and being single. Aside from the quiet dignity, I felt a kinship… Ok, so maybe I’m actually MUCH more like Riley, however, that’s what makes Lauren Layne’s writing so wonderful — you can identify with the main character, no matter whom it is.
And you have to love the men too! A moment between them that I highlighted was Jake & Cole, two writers for Oxford, asking Cassidy (Alex) what his problem is, and then coming up with synonyms for “grumpy” to find the right word. The answers included “irritable,” “grouchy,” “cantankerous,” and “bilious”. The last one received a “nice” and a fist bump. It made me giggle out loud.
The friendship that all of these characters hold is deep and they all have their place. These books are reminiscent of Nora Roberts’ and her trilogies, with the complex situations, three dimensional characters, grand sense of humor and hot sex scenes — plus, a great HEA.
Definitely read this book, and if you haven’t yet read the first three, get those as well! This is a series I’ll definitely read again and again!