Monday, 22 February 2016

Review: Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was just a bit apprehensive about starting Irresistibly Yours because I haven't read any of the books from the Sex, Love and Stilettos series, an oversight I plan to rectify. I needn't have worried because the characters quickly become like friends...approachable, supportive and just a little bit crazy!

Cole Sharpe is a self-assured freelance writer who's worked for Oxford for a long while. When the publication decides to expand its sports section, Cole is confident his name is written all over the job as Sports Editor, only he learns pretty quickly he has a rival for the job... and it is a woman!

After losing out on her dream job in Chicago, Penelope Pope relocates to NYC to try and further her career there. She has an interview at Oxford for the job as Sports Editor and she's determined to not loose out on her dream job, this time, around. Only best-laid plans go to pot on interview day and the man to rescue her is also a rival for the job!

I really love Cole and Penelope together. Cole is used to dating blonde, leggy Manhattanites yet Penelope is a Midwestern brunette, a sports fanatic who is vertically challenged. She radiates a generous and warm personality. She's unpretentious...a breath of fresh air but insecure.
“Penelope had no illusions about her place in the world of men: the friend zone.”
Yet, Cole struggled to make their relationship more as he's reminded that his responsibilities are his number one priority.

I had a grin like a Cheshire cat whilst reading this book, especially during the office gossip scenes between the Stiletto ladies and the Oxford guys. The banter is funny, with a witty retort that had me laughing out loud especially when their office “jungle wire” communication system spread news faster than the speed of light! If you've never read a Lauren Layne book before...why? The writing is superb, the protagonists are adorable and the dialogue is humorous and intelligent.

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Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.

Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.

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