The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Emma Sinclair knows heartbreak better than most, that’s why she writes about it. She is one of the female columnists at Stiletto magazine. Along with her closest friends at the magazine, she writes from personal experiences. However, even her friends don’t know the whole truth about the devastating day the love of her life broke her heart and left her at the altar. Now he becomes her temporary editor and chief and he assigns her to write a story that will either help her get over him or completely break her heart all over again.
Alex Cassidy was a star athlete in college until one day a knee injury forces him to reevaluate his life goals. He decides to give journalism a shot. He ends up in a magazine in New York City a dream job as editor in chief of Oxford magazine for men. By some horrible twist of fate the sister magazine Stiletto hires his former fiancé. They broke each other’s hearts seven years ago and now they decide to be an adult about it and ignore each other. Yes, that will work right? A supposed coincidence puts her in the apartment next door to him and Alex can’t help wondering if the girl he fell in love with is still there under all that ice. He finds himself determined to chip away at her chilly exterior, in the process falling for her all over again.
I absolutely loved this story. Wow, really great character development. I am always worried when I get books that are in a series I have never read. Sometimes when an author says you can read the book from a series as a standalone it feels like its missing something and I don’t get the full effect of the story. However, in this book of four of the Stiletto series, Lauren Layne has developed such well-rounded characters at no point did I feel lost or not understand where the story was headed or where it had been in previous books. For me she managed to keep me informed about the pasts of the other characters in the series without making it boring or confusing. The background characters were so much fun and relate able, Cassidy’s friends and Emma’s friends lending much needed advice and sometimes comic relief.
As I found out more and more about the heartbreak both Emma and Cassidy suffered from their failed wedding seven years ago I became very emotional. This book made me laugh, it made me cry and ugly cry. I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to going back to find out how the other couples in the series got their happily ever after. Just added this author to my favorites list.
RECEIVED AN ARC FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW
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