Someone Like You (Oxford #3)
LoveSwept / December 6, 2016 / $3.99 digital
There’s not a book Lauren Layne can write that I won’t read. Because she’s able to explore themes that don’t feel redundant and overexploited. It’s how she can weave a narrative that grabs me from the first page and holds my attention until her next book releases. Someone Like You is another winner winner chicken dinner, and I’ve been waiting a long time for Lincoln’s story, so thank you Ms. Layne for finally writing and releasing it!
Lincoln Mathis is a player. At least that’s the image he wants everyone to see. The man who can charm a woman’s undies off just by a nod of his head or a curl of his lips. With Someone Like You, we finally learn why he has this persona…the one where he’ll flirt with any woman under the sun but won’t ever commit. No spoilers, because it’s a doozy…but let’s just say it explains a heck of a lot. And it makes us love him that much more. Best book boyfriend? He’s definitely in the running.
Yes, there are some very difficult themes discussed in this book that may be a trigger to some folks. However, there’s also the quick wit on full display that Layne is so adept at writing.
“You must be Lincoln Mathis, The Manwhore of Whom I Should Beware?”
Her voice was a surprise. It had the same low huskiness as her sister’s but years in New York had all but erased the Southern from Emma’s whiskey-raspy voice. Daisy’s drawl was very much intact mint julep on a hot day.
He grinned and took her smaller hand in his.
“Which would make you Daisy Sinclair, Delicate Flower to Whom I’m Not to Speak. She grinned.
Daisy is the first woman that Lincoln feels something for, though upon their first meeting, he knows he’ll never act upon it. But a friendship can’t hurt, right? Because she was someone who got him, and he was pretty sure he got her, too.
She pursed her lips and nodded appreciatively. “Hiding your private pain behind jokes. Nice.”
“Directing conversation to someone else’s private pain to avoid your own,” he countered. “Nice.”
She smiled, slow and genuine, her brown eyes lifting to his. “I think we’re going to get along just fine, Mr. Mathis.”
Lincoln smiled back, but it wasn’t the usual deliberate grin he’d been practicing for so many years now that it had become second nature.
This smile was real, because she was right. They were alike, he and Daisy. And they were going to get along, because in only a couple of minutes, under the guide of casual quips, they’d just exchanged more truths to a perfect stranger than they had to anyone else in years.
Fast forward months later and shit hits the fan. No, not between Daisy and Lincoln, but for Lincoln. Lincoln is forced on a new trajectory, if only he can let go of his past. But the wound is fresh and the grieving has been ongoing for years. Daisy, too, has demons she must purge. They both must face the pain of the past lest they be stuck there forever. If they’d just quit fighting it, they’d realize in each other, how together they're stronger.
“You’re the best person I know."
She rolled her eyes at his hyperbole.
“I mean it,” he said quietly. “Sometimes I think…I don’t know. I think you’re the reason I’m still standing.”
“We barely know each other.”
“Liar,” he said softly.
“Do you ever wonder how you’re supposed to know when it’s time to get back on the horse?” she asked, fiddling with the cocktail napkin. “Like how do you know when you’re living in the past, versus giving yourself time to heal?”
Their journey toward happiness is a long and arduous one. And it’s realistic, too. Don’t worry, though…we still get the sparks from knowing looks, from yearning, from light inadvertent touches. And that first time they decide to finally cross the line? My body melts into the story, it’s that good. Still, there’s little whammies that create speed bumps. But that’s quite all right, and makes their ending that much more worthwhile.
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Tanya is a fanatic of all things romance, dabbles in Happily Ever Afters under the pen name of Lily Kay, and teaches sociology part-time. You can follow her on twitter @tamushamu, @AuthorLilyKay, or on facebook.com/Authorlilykay.