Only With You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne
Date of Publishing : July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Forever)
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★
Getting mistaken for a prostitute is not part of Sophie Dalton’s life plan. Not that Sophie even has a life plan. She’s perfectly happy being everyone’s favorite party girl. But then a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry, and an uptight businessman gives Sophie a new label: hooker.
Unfortunately, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. When the same jerk who mistook her for a prostitute shows up as Sophie’s new boss and her perfect sister’s new boyfriend, Sophie’s carefree existence is turned upside down. Grayson Wyatt may have infiltrated family dinners and her professional world, but Sophie’s not about to let a judgmental prude anywhere near her personal life.
As Gray’s icy stares give way to quiet smiles, Sophie realizes that the one man she’s been so desperate to get away from just might be the one she wants to keep around forever.
I can accurately sum up my thoughts about Only with You in one gif:
I’ve started to ADORE Lauren Layne since I saw this, and went gorging on her would-be releases on Netgalley these past two weeks. Miss Layne has created a story that was a definite page-turner and kept me hooked until I reached the very end. Even then, I wanted more. Sadly, more will have to wait until late October.
The entire concept of Only With You revolves around how first impressions are made, and then broken. How hate turns into love. How hot Presidents that have limited smile quotas are actually emotionally wounded people.
If someone had told me a week ago, that I was going to fangirl over a book boy who was rude and socially inept and just generally boring, I’d have laughed at his/her face. It’s true.
Of course a week ago, I was living in my own little world, blissfully unaware of the existence of Grayson Wyatt.
This man has taken over my LIFE!
Only with You begins with a “tramp” themed bachelorette party where Sophie is stuck in an elevator with stick-up-the-ass, Grayson Wyatt while also wearing The Boots. Now The Boots have made her out to be a complete whore. No, really.
And thereby begins Sophie’s re-evaluation of her life.
But life is a bitch and she has puppies and Sophie realizes this in the worst way possible. Because guess who her older, perfect, sister Brynn brings home one day?
Of course Brynn is a do-gooder and somehow, Sophie finds herself a personal assistant to Gray. And this is just the beginning of trouble for them both.
Anymore I reveal would be major giving away of the plot BUT that means that I can finally, finally, get to talking about Grayson Wyatt.
Gray had this entire once bitten, twice-shy thing around him. Early on into the book, notwithstanding his inner monologue, I knew that no way was he making the falling in love process easy for Sophie. He was very stubborn and she was far too opinionated to let him get his way.
“This guy’s idea of sex was probably the equivalent of a nap. Efficient missionary position. Bra on. Disdain for messy bodily fluids. Yawn.”
Eventually, though they do develop a sort of a friends-with-benefits kind of a thing, but not really. In fact, I wouldn’t call it that at all. I’d call it the catalyst for them realizing how they actually felt about each other.
“Christ, Sophie,” he said with a laugh. “I think you might be my…”
“I might be your what”, she goaded. “Nemesis? Thorn in your side? Your demon?”
His lips quirks slightly and he laid his mouth against her ear in the pretense of pushing past her. “I think you might be mine,” he whispered.
Also: This book has some great, strong supporting characters. I loved Will and Brynn. He’s the perfect best friend and she’s the epitome of the perfect yet misunderstood sister. And even though there wasn’t too much of them, I’m ready to have me some Will and Brynn in the next book of the series, Made For You.
The end of this book was just so:
There are no words. For a moment there, I actually felt like I was going to collapse because of the sheer stress these two gave me. But these two are good together, goddammit! And it was truly worth it.
Lauren Layne has managed to create a story about a strong female protagonist realising her self-worth and finding herself while also correcting her love interest without making her seem like a spine-less piece of shit. Like you know, so many other books, these days.
In fact, she well and truly made Gray her betch many times in the book.
This is my first Lauren Layne read. At this point, I’m pretty sure I’m going to read the other galleys I have by her in like the span of two days or something!
About the Author:
Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House(Loveswept).
After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.
Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review*