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.
Call me a hopeless fan of this author, a bitch, or just call me stupid—but unlike many readers, I actually enjoyed Lauren Layne’s enemies-to-lovers trope. Yes, the books were very, very hard-assed, the characters were downright cruel, sometimes, and the romance was antagonistic. And yet, the author pulled it off, and gave the characters a chance, gave them redemption, and allowed them to shine. Like I said.
A hopeless fan.
I’m betting it’s the former.
But Irresistibly Yours was different. And so. much. fun. You see, instead of an office rivalry turned romance, this book was an office friendship turned romance. And I loved it for the very reason that the circumstances in which the characters were in, it should have been a rivalry—bitter, crude and ruthless. Why?
Cole Sharpe was a freelancer for Oxford magazine, and for a while, the freedom suited him just fine. But then came the period where, because of secrets revealed in the book, Cole ended up needing the job of the Co-Editor of the Sports section at Oxford. He was desperate, and trust me when I say, he needed the job and the steady income it would bring. What he didn’t need, on the other hand, is a triad of short, sassy, sexy competing against him for the job.
World, meet Penelope Pope. Sports fanatic, tomboyish, and I promise that you’re going to love her!
To be completely honest I wasn’t expecting the main female lead of an Adult novel to be as insecure in her skin as Penelope was. Mind you, she was a fireball, and her recital of statistics rivalled that of a pro, but she had a certain vulnerability and shyness about her own self that I didn’t imagine adults would posses. Me hates adulting on normal days, and I’ve only officially been an adult for 13 months so forgive me for my misconceptions, but Penelope’s skeptical approach toward her sense of style, her sexuality, her ability to keep a man hooked was refreshing to see. She didn’t expect to be loved by everyone, rare as a woman was in sports journalism, but she earned the respect she got and I think that midway through the novel, I respected her character, just as much as I loved her.
And Cole Sharpe. Goddamn. If there’s a type of guy I could call HOT instead of by his name, it would be Cole.
There were many, many things I loved about Cole. There was the fact that he was a good man—a good person by heart, without an ounce of resentment towards the woman vying for his job. Then there was the fact that he was completely out of his element in his friendship with Penelope. He tried so, so hard to not take her out for lunches and spend time with an essential “rival,” but knowing that she was new in town and that she would need friends made him succumb and form a very beautiful bond with Penelope. This quote I’d read somewhere said, “Love is friendship set on fire.” Believe you me, this quote is custom-made for Penelope and Cole.
We saw both Cole and Penelope interact with, not only each other, but also their families and friends. This has always been one of my favourite things to read about romance—I don’t only want to see the characters making a life for themselves, I want to see how they adjust with each other’s lives. Lives that include families and friends and people they don’t get along with. And Irresistibly Yours had it all. Cole and Penelope were placed in plenty of awkward and funny and sad situations, and man, these two passed with flying colours!
It’s only logical that Cole’s book was the sexiest book I’ve read by the author. Penelope and Cole had an extremely inflammable sexual tension thing going for them, and when they finally “got it on,” they were on fucking fire. The best part about their entire sex life (which was fantastic, FYI) were their kisses. Let me tell you, I have never read about a kiss quite like Cole’s. He was a kind of guy that oozed sexiness and his smile was the type to melt your panties off of you, but it was so good to see that his descriptions of kissing Penelope could bring you to your knees, and make you want to jump the guy through the pages of the book.
Once again, Lauren Layne has a winner. Irresistibly Yours is fun, sexy, full of heart and an absolute pleasure to read. It was so, so good to see the whole Stiletto gang together again and I, for one, cannot wait to see Lincoln’s story soon!