Review + Giveaway: Someone Like You by Lauren Layne | Wonderful & heart-wrenching

December 6, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Blitz / Book Blast, Book Reviews | 15 Comments

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Review + Giveaway: Someone Like You by Lauren Layne | Wonderful & heart-wrenchingSomeone Like You
by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #3
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: December 6th 2016 by Loveswept
Format: eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ever since I met Lincoln I’ve been needing his story. I was so pleasantly surprised when I read that Lincoln isn’t actually a womanizer as he portrays to be. But this is only the beginning of his story *cue all the sobs* You see, life has dealt him a very ugly card and none of his friends know what he’s going through. He fools them all by acting happy and flirting with women. But the reality is so painfully heartbreaking. Despite what he’s dealing with, Lincoln is a character who’s very charming, a gentleman, kind and so unbelievably caring. His heart is so big with all the love he has to give. His story was squeezing my heart and I felt so much anguish. I kept hoping for his happily ever after.

It was odd that it was the person who’d known him for the least amount of time who could expose him…

Daisy is just like Lincoln. When she’s at social gatherings, she acts happy and fakes a smile, yet inside she’s hurting. Lincoln recognized that as soon as he saw her. Daisy was warned by her twin Emma to not go near Lincoln, but by the end of their first encounter, they are both at a bar having a good time. It’s here that Daisy starts to realize that Lincoln’s friend have him pegged wrong. Then the following day it’s proven when Lincoln takes Daisy to see his heart-shattering truth.

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. Wouldn’t stay away.

By here, I had tears streaming down my face. My heart was in the process of being ripped apart piece by piece. Lauren Layne gave Lincoln a story so sad and painful like no other, and I was suffering right along with him. Lincoln and Daisy are two jaded souls who meet each other time and time again. They both know what it’s like to love so profusely and then being left shattered with no idea on how to put themselves back together. Their emotional understanding is what brings them closer together. This is a very character driven story with all the added depth it goes into. I was expecting a fun story, which it was, but it also was so deeply moving and tugged at my heart strings.

“Someday we’ll be old and gray, sitting on the porch in boring, old-person silence, and I’ll be just fine with that because I’ll have everything I ever wanted. I’ll have you.”

Once again, all of the characters from the Stiletto series and Oxford made very entertaining appearances that add lightness to the story. The friendships are still amazing and fun. Their interactions continue to be hilarious. I love that they aren’t just coworkers. I love that everyone is actually friends and are very involved in each other’s lives.

This is Lauren Layne’s best story to date. I don’t know how she will top this one. Someone Like You is in my top 5 books of 2016! It was wonderful and so heart-wrenching. It tore my insides apart and had me crying, but it was so worth it! Lincoln’s story is one everyone should read. You’ll fall hard for this marvelous man.

EXCERPT

“Lincoln, you know that I love you like a brother, but if you make a move on my sister, I will end you.”

Lincoln Mathis took a slow sip of his cocktail as he studied the fierce bride-to-be. “I hope Cassidy knows how lucky he is. You’re so delicate and gentle.”

Emma Sinclair, soon to be Emma Cassidy as of this time tomorrow, lifted one elegantly manicured fingernail and flicked his chest. “Promise, Lincoln. No hitting on Daisy.”

Emma Sinclair, soon to be Emma Cassidy as of this time tomorrow, lifted one elegantly manicured fingernail and flicked his chest. “Promise, Lincoln. No hitting on Daisy.”

“I don’t hit on women.”

Emma gave him a look.

He held up his free hand in surrender. “I don’t. They come to me. I’m like the stamen.”

Emma stared at him with wide, slightly accusatory brown eyes. “The what?”

“The stamen. The pollen-producing part of a flower, Sinclair. Don’t you watch the Discovery Channel? Animal Planet? I just saw a fascinating documentary on bees. See, when the bees land on a flower, their little feet pick up pollen from the stamen— “

“Mathis. Are you talking to my fiancée about semen?” Alex Cassidy asked, coming up beside Emma and setting a possessive hand on her waist.

“Stamen,” Lincoln clarified. “Not semen. Honestly, is sex all you people think about?”

“Yes.” This came from Riley Compton, a brunette bombshell whose status as New York’s foremost “sexpert” meant she had zero qualms about discussing sex at her best friend’s rehearsal dinner. “And you know, actually, the stamen is rather sexual. I saw that bee documentary too, because these are the sort of things you do when you’re nursing a never-satisfied baby, by the way, and the stamen is a flower’s male reproductive organ. Sexy, right?”

Emma inserted the arm not holding her champagne flute between the two of them. “Guys, it’s my wedding weekend. Can we not talk about flower boners?”

“Fair enough, Bride,” Lincoln said. “What do you want to talk about? Cassidy’s boner?”

Alex Cassidy choked into his champagne.

“There will be no boner discussion,” Emma said. “Lincoln and I were just having a chat about how Lincoln will be maintaining his distance from my sister.”

“Speaking of flowers, where is Daisy?” Riley asked, scanning the room.

“Running late. Knowing my sister, her dress had a slight crease from the suitcase, and she won’t make an appearance until every wrinkle’s banished, every hair’s in place, and there’s not a speck of lint anywhere.”

“Gosh, however will I keep my hands to myself?” Lincoln muttered.

“Lincoln, I swear to God—”

“He’s messing with you, Em,” Cassidy said, carefully tugging his fiancée away from Lincoln. “Don’t let him press your buttons. And Lincoln, man, what is with that drink?”

Lincoln glanced down. “It’s called a Jasmine. Gin, lemon, some Campari—”

“It’s pink,” Cassidy observed.

“Right? You want one?”

Cassidy rolled his eyes. “I’ll stick with wine, thanks. Ah shit, there’s my grandma waving us over. Emma, you up for talk about the state of your uterus?”

Emma groaned. “Oh no. I thought she’d agreed to wait until after the wedding to talk about my eggs.”

“I’ll go with you,” Riley said. “As the only one in our little group of friends who’s ever pushed a human skull out my—”

“Okay, I’m going to expand my taboo list,” Emma said. “No talking about boners, flowers, or vaginas.”

“Fine,” Riley said, as she entwined her arm in Emma’s and started leading her toward Cassidy’s grandma. “But if Grams starts talking about fertility, just follow my lead . . . ”

 

Lincoln smiled as he watched his friends walk away. He could follow, certainly, help run interference, but new mom Riley was a far better choice for this particular bridal-party duty.

Besides, as best man, Lincoln had enough to worry about. The ring, reconfirming transportation to the church tomorrow, the speech that he was going to slay tomorrow, the—

Lincoln’s best man to-do list scattered as his eyes landed on a woman standing in the doorway to the private event room. He did a double take. When had Emma found time to change? Generally speaking, he didn’t consider himself particularly in tune with his friends’ clothes. Especially the women, because, well . . . he didn’t really give a crap. But he was pretty damn sure Emma had been wearing a white dress just ten seconds ago.

Now she was wearing a short yellow dress, with fussy, flowy sleeves, high-necked and a bit demure—

No, not demure, Lincoln amended as she turned. Hot. The dress was backless, showing a smooth expanse of lightly tanned skin from the small of her back all the way up to long dark blond hair.

. . . Blond hair.

Emma had shoulder-length brown hair. A wardrobe swap, he might be able to buy, but the hair?

You idiot.

He was looking at none other than Daisy Sinclair, the forbidden fruit, in the flesh.

He’d forgotten that Daisy wasn’t just Emma’s sister—she was Emma’s identical twin.

Other than the fact that she was, apparently, not to be hit on, Lincoln didn’t know much about her.

Well, he supposed he now knew that she dyed her hair blond.

Or maybe Emma dyed hers brown?

Whatever. Girl stuff he didn’t care about one way or the other.

And yet he didn’t look away, captivated somehow. He racked his brain for everything he’d heard about Daisy Sinclair.

He knew that she and Emma had grown up in North Carolina. But Emma left for New York City shortly after college, and Daisy had stayed. He thought he remembered talk of a recent divorce, although he didn’t recall the details.

Didn’t need to, really. Lincoln knew better than anyone that not all relationships had happy endings.

Lincoln watched as Daisy hesitated just inside the doorway, unnoticed yet by the rest of the bridal party and out-of-town guests.

Making people comfortable was a particular skill of his. Normally he’d be over there in a heartbeat with a glass of wine and some of his best banter until her shoulders relaxed and he’d coaxed a smile from her pretty face.

But he wasn’t entirely convinced Emma wouldn’t make good on her castration threats, so instead Lincoln merely studied Daisy. The woman was beautiful. No surprise there, since Emma was gorgeous. Yet, though their features were identical, they were attractive in entirely different ways.

Emma was all polished confidence, stunning in an untouchable sort of way.

Daisy was softer somehow. Gentler. She seemed . . . touchable.

Lincoln’s cocktail froze on its way to his mouth as the forbidden rocked him back on his heels. Daisy Sinclair was not for him to touch for reasons that had nothing to do with Emma’s threats.

As though sensing a man’s brooding thoughts on her, Daisy turned slightly, her eyes locking on his. Eyes that he’d known would be dark brown like Emma’s, and yet eye contact with Emma had never felt like this.

Lincoln felt something akin to panic, because for a heart-stopping moment, it felt like Daisy Sinclair was seeing him. Not seeing the Lincoln he wanted everyone to see.

The real him.

He gave himself a little mental shake. <i>Get it together, Mathis. The woman doesn’t even know you.</i>

None of them did.

Not really.

He saw the moment of answering shock in her own gaze, sensed that for a split second, she considered turning and running. From him, from the party, all of it.

Then he saw something else. Something familiar, because he’d done it a thousand times himself. She squared her shoulders, and he watched as a mask slid into place.

He knew even before she approached that Daisy was exactly like him—good at being around people only because she chose to be. Knew that perhaps once it had been second nature, and now it was nothing but a deliberate attempt to make sure everyone thought she was okay.

Daisy began making her way toward him, and he tensed for reasons he couldn’t identify before ordering himself to chill out.

It was just his friend’s sister. The maid of honor to his best man.

She stopped in front of him, and he caught just the faintest whiff of her perfume, a surprisingly elegant scent for someone named Daisy, before she extended her hand.

“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—a 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. “Nailed it.”

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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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  • So happy to hear you enjoyed this one too! I was also lucky enough to get an ARC of Lincoln’s story. I’m like you, I was waiting and waiting for his story. I fell for him the first time he was mentioned in an earlier book. This book definitely had a different feel then the rest of the series but I really loved it. I feel like I did miss the typical Lincoln attitude just a little bit tho

    • It really was more serious than the other books but I totally loved it. And remember it was all facade, but yeah I wish it had been in the book to see him more carefree after everything.

  • Omg Gen, I’m so glad to hear such awesome thoughts for this book! Your favorite of the series? That’s gotta be something, because I REALLY liked the books in the Stiletto series. I need to start Oxford though, but I’ve been feeling “mehh” about the stories so far. It’s so good to hear such positive feedback for Lincoln’s, and I know a bunch of other readers loved it as well. Awesome review!

    – Aila @ One Way Or An Author

    • I started Oxford a few days before reading Lincoln’s story and I liked the books! But Lincoln has to be the best! You should totally pick up the books!

  • I swear I am going to read these series now. EVERYONE loves all of these books. Glad this was a top book for you!! Great review!

  • This is the second tempting review I’ve read about this one and I love what you’re saying about Lincoln. I need to read this series. Thanks, Genesis!

  • Awww. I do love a gentleman. Hopefully I can find one in real life. =) Her best book to date, you say? I’ll definitely keep this one on my TBR. I’m glad you (and Nereyda and Nick!) enjoyed this new Layne book so much!

    Wonderful review, Genesis. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • YOU HAVE TO READ A LAUREN LAYNE BOOK! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, ALYSSA?!!!! (I still love you but seriously GO READ HER BOOKS!)

  • You are killing me this week. I added this series to my Amazon wishlist!!

  • Lincoln, my bb! <3
    I loved this story so much too. Definitely my favorite from LL! I'm so excited for Nick & Taylor because HATE TO LOVE. I seriously loved their dynamics here.

    • Same here! LL said they really hate each other. Not that they hate each other but secretly like each other. It’s real hate so I’m all for it!

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