REVIEW – SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne

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SYNOPSIS:

Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

It was some strange in-between place where his old life and new life converged in the most painful of ways. It was what might have been and what could never be, all rolled into one, and yet he couldn’t stay away.

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SOMEONE LIKE YOU is the third installment in the Oxford Series by Lauren Layne but it can be read as a standalone. I have to say this series gets better with each installment and it is definitely shaping up to be my favorite of all of this author’s works. This one is by far, the best in this truly delectable and addictive series. I’ve been lucky in that lately my reads have all been five-star worthy and yet again I’m given a broken Hero who completely stole my heart. After the story ends the author explains how at first she had a different Heroine in mind and I do think if she had gone with her initial choice, this would have been a good book but her decision to go in a different direction with the female lead, ended up making this a PHENOMENAL read instead!!!

We begin with everyone gearing up for the wedding between Alex Cassidy and Emma Sinclair. Lincoln Mathis is the sex columnist at Oxford and he’s also the best man. Daisy Sinclair is Emma’s twin sister and has flown in from Charlotte, NC, to be the maid-of-honor. Lincoln is warned by Emma to keep his hands off her sister and Daisy is also warned to beware of the utterly gorgeous Lincoln and his playboy ways. But these two feel an instant connection between them. It’s as if they can see past each other’s facades as if they have a deep-rooted kinship. Both Daisy and Lincoln have become pros at hiding their sadness and pain from their close friends and family. The night of the wedding they skip out together and end up sharing one too many drinks and some really good conversation. Daisy quickly sees that Lincoln isn’t a player at all and that he’s skilled in the art of deflecting the advances of women. She finds it odd but can tell there’s some deep rooted pain he keeps buried and seeing as how she too has her secrets, Daisy never pushes Lincoln to share more than he’s ready to give.

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Daisy and Lincoln form a fast and easy friendship and very early on he lets her in on his secret that he has kept from all of his close friends. This has got to be the first book out of both the Stiletto and Oxford series that had such depth and unbelievable heartbreak. I’m not going to give away either the Hero or Heroine’s secret but will admit that I could not stop the tears from flowing and Lincoln Mathis is my favorite of all of Lauren Layne’s heroes. My heart was completely tied up in that man.

I enjoyed having all of the characters from the Stiletto and Oxford series back again and there’s no need to worry if you haven’t read them yet as the author does summarize who everyone is and how they’re all connected.

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This was a total pleasure for me to read and one of the things I loved was that the hero wasn’t the stereotypical “Playboy”. He loved his pink fruity cocktails and adored his tiny little Maltese pup named Kiwi. I was expecting Lincoln to be the typical sexy player who had an endless supply of women who kept his bed warm at night and it was completely refreshing when he turned out to be the antithesis of what his outward appearance displayed.

Those of you who can’t get enough of romances with a broken hero are going to want to dive into this one right away. But be warned, it’s going to break your heart so be sure to have a box of Kleenex by your side.

SOMEONE LIKE YOU is available now!

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