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Release Blast with Review: Love Story (Love Unexpectedly #3) by Lauren Layne

Over the course of one wild road trip, 
feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love.
a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Releasing February 14th, 2017

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

Although listed as a title in the Love Unexpectedly Series, all books in the series stand alone.


My Review

No one writes second chance romances quite like Lauren Layne, so when I heard about Love Story, I of course gobbled it up. Not only was this a second chance romance, but it was also a friends to lovers with an enemies to lovers twist.

From the moment I encountered Reece and Lucy, I was sucked into their story. You could tell that these two cared deeply for one another at one time, but something went terribly wrong along the way. And if you’re like me, you couldn’t read the pages fast enough, trying to discover what happened.

Reece and Lucy’s story took me on one heck of a roller-coaster ride. There were a lot of ups and downs, as well as hair pulling, frustrating moments. But, as you got deeper into the story, you saw that there was a lot more than meets the eyes. There was a strong love between Lucy and Reece, but they were both afraid to make the leap and go after what they both wanted and needed.

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. It was quick and easy read. This story, while frustrating at times, had just the right mix of romance, drama and sexy good times. And in the end, I was left with a happy heart and a smile on my face. I look forward to seeing what adventure this author has in store for us next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen
romantic comedies.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York
City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.
She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart

romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In
LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry
a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 


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