The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love Stiletto, #4) [E–pub/Kindle]

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Karma's A Sexy Bitch: Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy Adventure k45 starsThis book was SO good The book gods must be laughing at me right now as I make it wellnown I can t stand insta love yet fell head over heels myself with this story right from the start and the entire time I was reading I was either grinning like a fool or crying happy tears It s one of those stories filled with so much warmth and love but also a good dose of angst and heartbreak that makes this second chance romance so satisfying to read As much of a cynical romantic as I am there are rare times where a book will completely win over my heart and my picky brain will just have to take a hike and this is one of those times So yeah this book winner winner cheesy dinner DWhen I picked up this book I wasn t actually paying attention to who the author was or that it was the 4th book in a series it was the enticing blurb that grabbed me and I felt compelled to read it Everything about the blurb jilted bride seemingly jerk hero possible lovehate dynamic called out to me and there s something so beautifully romantic that a couple with this much baggage could hash out their differences and get a second shot at being together again Like seriously does that not stir your heart at all But anyways from the beginning it s implied that Emma was left at the altar by Alex he goes by his last name Cassidy in most of the book and the two of them had that once in a lifetime Mythological Beasts Turned Me Gay: Three Book Collection: (Mythology Erotica) kind of love but misunderstandings and deception broke them apart Now in present time they re both journalists in the same field who see each other regularly because of work but don t acknowledge each other s existence I thought I was going to get some lovehate dynamic here but I was wrongthese two didn t even feel It s like their big blowout froze their feelingsAnd with recent developments with work Alex and Emma are physically closer to each other than ever before Absence does make the heart grow fonder because both of them reminisce on what could ve been had their relationship worked out The story is told in dual POVs and as the plot progresses reasons leading up to their fallout are revealed from both sides It s obvious that things weren t tied up then and they certainly aren t over nowIt was really great character development to see the ice cold Emma thaw and crack because of her constant proximity to Alex On the other hand while Alex didn t grovel that much his present day actions made my heart go pitter patter and swoon he s hard not to fall for There was however one aspect of this story that was jarring in the beginning but I uickly got over All the details in the blurb about Alex being sidelined by an injury leading him to dabble in journalism and Emma being ditched and all Those things were skimmed over and the story started where Alex and Emma had been working in the same field for a while now and I was a little disappointed to not get to see that part of their history Then again it may have been covered in the previous 3 books and since I haven t read those I don t have that background insight so just a heads up to all future readersAside from the fact this book began at a different starting point than what I expected it to be based on the blurb the rest of this story was absolutely fantastic Most of the book was just all fun and games with a great cast of side characters who each brought his or her own flair to the story but there are a couple of heart to heart scenes between Emma and Alex that hit me hard like someone was stabbing at my heart with daggers and I wanted them to be together so badly And by the end of the book my heart was leaping for joy and I was content with the way the story wrapped upSince this was a romantic comedy and supposedly fluff I went into the story expecting a mostly lighthearted read I never ever expected to cry but welp I did Younow those videos on the news you see where so and so did this and it was a good thing or this guy did this for his girlfriend and it s just so overwhelmingly beautiful and touching you shed a tear or maybe a hundred Yeahthis is one of those stories In a bad mood Feeling down Pick this one up Escape reality Give your heart a workout with the way this book runs you through with emotions You can thank me later The Trouble with Love is the 4th book in the Sex Love Stiletto series and can be read as a standalone FYI this was my first book of LL s and I had no trouble getting through it 5 second chance starsIf there s anything that exemplify a good second chance at love theme should look no further than my own experience with a Lauren Layne book This wasn t my first LL book The first book #i read from her was the book entitled #read from her was the book entitled With You from her Best Mistake Series Let s just say it didn t uite register with me to say the leastBut when I read the blurb for this book I new had to read it It called out to me Forgive me for being melodramatic but yeah it has everything I want in my romance And I m a sucker for a good second chance love story that has impossible odds and when it comes to impossible odds Alex and Emma s story is it I mean how do you exactly forgive someone who who left you at the altar five years ago on your wedding The moment I started reading it I could not put it down This book exceeded my expectations I laughed cried and my heart rejoiced when Alex and Emma finally got their hard earned HEA Five years ago Emma experienced one of the most humiliating thing a woman could experience She was left standing at the altar After that incident Emma became an ice ueen and expert on all things break up and ex related at Stiletto Magazine She eeps herself from any emotional entanglements especially since Alex the one who left her in that altar works in the same building as her Circumstances forced them to not only work together but to become neighbors are well threatening Emma s carefully constructed world Alex for his part felt he was the injured party Emma left and cruelly rejected him on the eve of their wedding And like Emma he s managed to cultivate a calm and collected facade but inside it was another matter With Emma being in close proximity Alex s reserve is tested every time they are together And since they share a common group of friends they are forced to spend time together And The Time They the time they with each other the those feelings come to surface especially the ones they buried long ago Slowly but surely Alex and Emma learned that some things aren t uite what they appear to be and they must come to terms with the feelings they tried to bury inside This book was about them reconnecting confronting and finally understanding what really happened all those years ago As the reader I was very curious why Alex left her at the altar What really happened I was very tempted to hate Alex for what he did but alas there was a deeper reason there Of course I was Team Emma all the way but I did understand a bit how and why it ended that way Lauren Layne did a fantastic job at setting up the tension between Alex and Emma It was delicious And then there s the Stiletto girls who rallied around Emma I loved their friendship It s very rare to have that positive female relationship being emphasized along with the conventional love story between the two main characters Yeah I m also a sucker for books that feature also a sucker for books that feature group of women friends Emma was written really well She s a very sympathetic character and I think every reader can relate to her on some level Her loneliness her drive her devotion to her career her. As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex Love Stiletto series returns a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame falling for him all over again   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 ueen of the Manhattan dating scene Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind but not even her closest friends now 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 nee 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. .
Friends and her tenuous relationship with her family are all very relatable I always have a soft spot for ice ueen characters because they re always the ones that hide the deepest hurts that you just want to reach inside your Kindle and give them a hugAlex Cassidy was less developed than Emma but he still won me over especially with his sweet gesture at the end Being the vindictive bitch that I am I wanted him to suffer a little but guysboth of them already suffered a lot because of their immaturity in the past and by 50% I already wanted them get make up The Organ Grinders kiss up and make babies together In other words Alex and Emma are of those book couples that are truly meant to be Youinda feel that if they don t get their shit together then they ll be doomed to suffer for the rest of their lives and the reader along with them So despite this book not having the conventional grovel that I tend to enjoy I want them to be together so much it really didn t matter just as long as I got my HEA Don t worry though their HEA was very satisfying and very sweet it ll make you giddy with happinessI m still icking myself for not reading this series sooner Definitely recommended for readers who like something light with a bit of angst thrown in Now excuse me while I buy the rest of the series ARC courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley Emma Sinclair has everything she needs to lead a happy life ill for each other friends dream job of columnist for the woman magazine Stiletto a great working environment and living in the most colourful city turns out she s not lucky in the dating department or Is she intentionally single She s The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body known to be an Ice ueen one who remains stoic and has no desire to land a hotshot husba Inow I m a very emotional individual but let me tell you I have so many contained tears in me I don t even Silver in the Wood know what s going on I have a fun time reading this series and I m a bit sad it s over All these girls were amazing and the guys were also so good and their relationship so greatThese books are very therapeutic I think You can just lose yourself in the lives of the characters and laugh cry and feel That s so wonderful So it s fitting that is the last book in the series Iinda related the most to Well as much as one can relate to Emma and Cassidy s story but you get it The first book and this one will have a very special place in my heart foreverEmma and Cassidy were fantastic I HAVE NO WORDS FOR HOW MUCH THEY MADE ME FEEL 4 STARSARC Provided by Random House Publishing Group Loveswept via Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest ReviewBR with My Bestie Dee This is the last installment in the Sex Love and Stilettoseries Each book is about a different relationship advice columnist for Stiletto magazine Emma Sinclair is the newest member of the Stiletto team and she s the most closed off person in the bunch She eeps her emotions tightly hidden by a very cool facade We learned in the last book that she has a history with the Editor in Chief of Oxford Magazine Alex Cassidy They were once engaged seven years ago but something happened that had them calling off the wedding the day ofI new this was going to be a Second Chance Love themed book which is one of my favorite types of romances I was so excited I ve read all three previous books and to be honest I really loved the first book and thought the second and third were OK For the most part I really do LOVE this author s writing style I ve read several other of her books and uite a few have been FIVE STAR reads for me This one was good but it was missing that something special that really should have been in this bookI never really felt the deep love connection between Emma and Alex We don t get many flashbacks to their past We did get a couple but they were from their Wedding Rehearsal Dinner and the actual Wedding Day Both scenes are from when their relationship died I wanted to get a bit of Alex and Emma when they first met and their love was new I needed to see that deep connection between them For about 75% of the book all you get is a lot of tension between them and seeing that there are obviously unresolved hurt feelings being shared between the two of themI don t want to really give too much away but basically the plot has someone being very sneaky t want to really give too much away but basically the plot has someone being very sneaky coming up with a plan to force these two to have to work and see each other every day in hopes that they will rekindle their love that was lost over seven years agoIt definitely was entertaining and for anyone who has read the previous books you will enjoy it as all the other characters are very much present in this book They are not just secondary characters they all play a role in helping these two find their way back to each other Also we meet two GORGEOUS men who work for Oxford magazine that I am pleased to announce will be getting their own books in a spin off series Lastly my other gripe is that there was no Epilogue This is something that is a pain point for me when reading romances If I don t get to now how things turn out in the future for the main characters and get confirmation that they are living their HEA then I get a little disappointed I would definitely recommend this to those who love rom com chick lit type books My Bestie read this with me and she actually loved it So don t let my gripes deter you This was my second favorite book in the series 45 I Love LL Stars Emma Sinclair is determined to pretend that her ex fiance Alex Cassidy and their painful past doesn t exist This though is proving to be a challenge since they have the same group of friends and after some scheming from her boss he ends up being her temporary editor and neighborAlex Cassidy wants Emma to notice him again than anything so when Camille goes on vacation and asks Alex to take over as Stilleto s head editor he accepts and uses his position to his advantage by assigning Emma an aticle about exes not even really nowing what he unconsciously hopes will come of itLauren Layne did #it again It s no surprise she is my go to fluff author she just nows how to do #again It s no surprise she is my go to fluff author she just nows how to do light and romantic and ind of silly that has you smiling from start to finish This book just like every other in the series was very easy to read with just a little drama for spiceI liked both Emma and Alex Alex had the whole Alpha male vibe going but he was an actually nice guy No Alpha assholes for this author and as much as I like my jerks sometimes you need the guy you could actually find hot in real life too Alex was that for me I liked that he was driven determined and a damn romantic at times I honestly think that Emma was crazy for resisting so longEmma was a bit too stubborn at some points but I loved how independant she was I liked that although she was in love with Alex for years she didn t wallow in self pity She worked to get her dreams she dated other guys she lived her life That life may not have been full without him but she trying and that s than most romance heroines do They usually stay celibate and pure the whole separation time in this ind of storiesLast but not least I liked the glimpses on the previous couples lives I really hope that LL will continue the series with Mathis or Cole I don t want my Stiletto books to be overPS Camille is like the fairy godmother for these girls PI VE GOT AN ARC I VE GOT AN ARCNow if I could have some time to read it too I made a really beautifully sad playlist and listened to it on repeat while re reading this book and it was the best thi. 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 Praise for The Trouble with Love   “ The Trouble with Love is a heartwarming read I devoured in one sitting and haven’t been able to stop smiling over since” New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke“Sharp sexy contemporary romance at its best The Trouble with Love satisfies in the best ind of way” Elisabeth Barrett author of the Star Harbor series“Lauren Layne produces winner after winner and The Trouble with Love is no different” Fiction Vixen   “One of Layne’s best works I found myself laughing and crying simultaneously in a matter of seconds” Star Crossed Book Blog  . .

Ng everThis story is so haunting for me because I truly relate to Emma so much and the way we deal with hurting I m just such a fan of Layne s books I think I will start my uest on reading all her books this year FIVE SECOND CHANCE WITH CASSIDY STARSThere s always trouble with loveThere are a million reasons why Lauren Layne will always be a favourite author of mine and if I didn t think id bore you all to sleep I d list them right here in my review However I can joyfully give you one of my reasons for my love of all things Lauren Layne and that my fellow romance addicts is this book right here Yes once again I have been well and truly swept up into the world of stiletto and the ever present appearance of sex and love in the cityWhat did I loveI now I m going to sound like a stuck record but I can t uite help it I was so excited to read yet another second chance at love story especially one written by my most beloved author In addition to all my excitement over this latest release it didn t harm my time spent with this novel that it had all the book bubbling sexual tension and fabulous don t want it to end chemistry that you could ask for Layne creates perfect stories with wonderful characters and yet again I m jumping with absolute joy that I had the chance to fall in love all over again with one of this authors books Emma Sinclair and Alex Cassidy were two characters that I won t want to forget any time soon Their story had me feeling like a love sick fool I loved the slow burn nature of this fantastically produced contemporary romance It had just the right amount of push and pull and will they won t they to make it feel wonderfully satisfying when this couple finally were able to confess to their unending love for each other Triple Sigh I could read books like this forever and still be a content thirty something When all is said and done I doubt this author will ever go far from making me fall helplessly in love with her writing and I won t ever apologise for my gushing appreciation of all things Lauren Layne Final thoughts If you enjoy a well thought out contemporary romance series then I would whole heartedly recommend this set of books to you I say with a heavy heart that I believe this to be the last book in the series and I m a little forlorn that I have to say goodbye The stiletto series will always be a favourite of mine and this book ended the series in true Lauren Layne style I m jealous of all you readers that are yet to discover this authors books and for those that have already fallen under the Layne spell you won t be disappointed Now all that s left to say is that I m excited to see what this author plans to write about next and I ll be the first in line to be grabbing whatever she will offer Enjoy Kisses ARC generously received by Random House Publishing in exchange for an honest review 45 stars It was such a nice book to read It felt like Sex and the City but much lighter book version It was classical chick romance with whole lotta sexual tension And I mean it I would even call it sexual frustration it was that heavy In a good way of course because it Eagle's Gate kept me on the edge through the whole story I was both excited for the main characters to finally get together and nervous Yes I was nervous I mean younow it has to have HEA right but the tension is there all the freaking time when how why does it take them so long to get their shit together Ah that tension precisely is what made this book such a pleasant reading We have four women they are close friends who work together in a magazine called Stiletto Needless to say the girls rule Girl power all the way They are funny smart sarcastic and have each other s backThree of them are in relationships except for our Emma Emma used to be engaged years ago to Alex Something went down and she was left standing at the altar alone on wedding day Now a uniue confluence of events leads to Alex becoming Emma s temporary boss and neighbour not to mention that he is friends with Emma s friends All those years of cold distance between them seem to be slowly forgotten because as they are forced to spend and time together apparently the old flame never dies Emotions take place old feelings come to life and though they both think they moved on they clearly didn t Emma is scared of being hurt again and she tries to eep her distance which made me want to strangle her once or twice for being so stubborn Alex ah so cold and distant at the beginning he won me over with his POV the cared for Emma deeply See the thing is that if not for miscommunication and then with his POV the man for Emma deeply See the thing is that if not for miscommunication and then stubborness in clearing the situation they would still #Be Together Or At Least Would Be #together or at least would be But then we wouldn t have the story would we So when I normally am not a fan of miscommunication it worked here very well Anyway though we have to wait pretty long everything wraps up nicely in the endOverall this was a great sometimes funny sometimes emotional book with a good second chance plot steamy sex and a bit angst I loved the writing it flows so easy and naturally In fact I loved the writing so much that I jumped right to the next Lauren Layne s book to see if she can surprise me as much as with this oneThe book is 4th one in series but you can read it as a standalone I did and wasn t missing anything crucial in the story But now I definitely need to catch up on other couples ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 45 Second Chance Stars Emma and Alex were in love once So much in love they were even getting married But in the night before the wedding a terrible misunderstanding breaks them apart and for the next years they live worlds apart Seven years later they work in the same building in different magazines But when Emma s boss goes in a sabbatical Alex takes the lead of both magazines putting him and Emma dangerously close to each other And with that proximity not old old feelings come back to surface but also the ghosts they taught being buried in the past And now they have to choices being honest with each other about what happened seven years ago and move on together Or decide that some things are better left in the past and move on but this time apart for good When I want to read a great love story with some humor steamy and not very high on angst Lauren Layne is definitely the to go author Her books are always great and this one in particular is probably one of my favorites because I just love second chance love stories and this in specific was a nicely done one The only reason I m not giving it 5 stars it s because for me they took too much time getting together creating some unnecessary angst To cut a long story short if you need something light funny and heartening this book actually this whole series is a great choice Rating 45 Stars Characters Development First let me say they both frustrated me so much that for about half of the book I just wanted to shake some sense into them Against a wall They were so stubborn and so intent in ignoring the past they failed to see what s right in front of them But other than that I really liked them both they had a lot of chemistry and I just loved to see them togetherAnd believe me I was waiting for that since the previous books As ever it was nice to see the rest of the gang I really hope the next book will be about Lincoln Or Cole Seriously are all journalists in NY hot as hell Steam Some hot moments Sensible Subjects view spoilerNo hide spoiler. “I honestly can’t say enough about how much I love and adored this book It takes a rare breed of author to make me go out and purchase all of their backlist without even reading blurbs or reviews” Ramblings from This Chick five stars“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” Urban Girl Reader   “It was very difficult not to instantly like this book because it had all the things I loved all rolled up into one sass humor underlying sexual tension as well as suits and office romance” Fifty Shades of Books   “Sultry funny and heartwarming This book is the fourth in the Sex Love Stiletto series but can be read as a standalone and is perfect for anyone who loves second chance romance” TJ Loves to Read   Includes a special message from the editor as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept titl. .
The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love Stiletto, #4)

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