Sunday, July 27, 2014

Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Emotionally stunted stick in the mud meets spirited social butterfly who...might be a hooker. Okay, so, not a hooker but that's Gray's first thought when he laid eyes on Sophie during a Las Vegas trip. :snortal: Little did he know she was the one who would shake his world right down to it's foundation. And he might just do the same for her. Only With You was just what I needed this week.

Oh.My.Gosh. I loved these two. Gray and Sophie are so dang...broken! And wonderful. And infuriating. Heartbreaking. Funny. Make you shake your head and pinch the bridge of your nose but love them anyways...perfect.

Gray--and damn that's a sexy name--was handsome and socially awkward. He put his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion as Sophie so elegantly put it...was a gorgeous shithead in a beautiful suit.
And I absolutely adored this wounded man. So many things he did got him stamped with the asshole label but for some reason he got to me. He's lonely and really doesn't know how to make friends or be around people in a non-work environment. He had his heart broken and is vulnerable under the confidence he exudes at work. And that made him work for me. Something about such a strong man having such a "flaw" that keeps him apart from others.
"What time?"

"Is an hour too soon for me to pick you up?"

"Gee, I'm glad I wasn't a last resort or anything."

He was silent for several seconds. "It took me this long to work up the courage."

"Oh." The admission melted her annoyance slightly. Okay, it melted it completely. She was practically mush. "I can be ready in an hour."

"Great," he said, not bothering to hide the relief in his voice.
Then there was Sophie. The life of the party who has a natural way with people and can charm pretty much anyone. And hides so much hurt behind the cheerful silly facade. That everyone around her-- that should love her for just who she is-- think's she's floating, is ditsy and just don't take her seriously. She can't seem to help but snark as a way to protect herself and I felt for her just as much as Gray.

Their romance...was not an easy one. These two didn't want to like each other. Didn't want to care for the other. Were scared and got their defenses up and just couldn't seem to help themselves from falling for the one person even if they were so very wrong for them. There was a lot of passion and tension and fire between them. While things don't get too hot and heavy I didn't miss it too much. I was so wrapped up in watching them try to figure themselves out and getting to know each other by bits and pieces I didn't really miss the heat factor too much. There was some damn nice humor added into their starky shaky relationship too. I found myself smiling a good bit over them and chuckling too which I so needed.
Gray paused momentarily, giving Sophie just the last bit of advantage she needed to dive toward the exit tube ahead of him.

She felt his hand grasp around her ankle and let out a girlish squeal as she tried to kick free. He held firm, and despite her squirming, he managed to get even with her as they each tried to push the other aside long enough to squeeze through the one last tube.

"You should let me win," she gasped. "People will like you more."

"When have I ever cared if people like me?" he muttered back, his own breath sounding a bit short. 

She bit his forearm.

"What the hell!"

"Whoops. Instinct took over," she said. 

"Exactly what instinct is that, bobcat?"

He nudged her to the side, and she lost her advantage as the tubes fell back into place, blocking the exit.

"Argh, just let me through!" she exclaimed laughingly.

"Earn it."

She went to nip him again, but he grabbed her disheveled ponytail and held her teeth away from his body.

"Christ, Sophie," he said with a laugh. verdict on Only With You....delightfully endearing and make you curl your toes good. My biggest complaint is I'm going to have to wait for the next one to come out and can't grab it up right this second and dive in.

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