Title: Love Story
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.
Author: Lauren Layne
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Blurred Lines, I Wish You Were Mine, Cuff Me, Cuff Me
Series: Love Unexpectedly #3
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: Feb 14, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In Layne’s newest, we meet Lucy and Reese, friends-turned-lovers-turned-enemies. The blurb tells the plot line well, so let’s talk characters.
Though Lucy sees herself as driven, I saw her as spoiled. Spoiled and self-serving, actually, and I wasn’t a fan of hers at all. I felt like she was, at age 26 (or 28, I didn’t really know), still carrying around teenage angst for the boy to whom she gave her virginity (because, come on, he didn’t “take it,” it was fully mutual). He pulled a crap move on her (as teenage boys – and girls – are wont to do) and she can’t let it go.
Reese is a fully grown man, with the life experiences that make him quiet, contemplative, and a generally good person. He doesn’t like drama, he doesn’t like reliving the past, and he doesn’t like being forced into a road trip with an ex. But alas, he is nothing if not a good guy, so he gets in the car and drives the most haphazard route to get from Virginia to California. His patience with Lucy’s self-centeredness is nothing short of heroic, and where I would’ve pushed her out of the moving vehicle sometime towards the Georgia border, he soldiers on. All I can figure is that Layne has guys figured out – they’ll do anything for the woman they love.
The sexual tension between these two was pretty phenomenal, in typical Layne style. I did grow to like Lucy more towards the end of the novel, but she’s my least favorite heroine of all Layne’s novels. However, the writing and connection between the characters is amazing, and wonderful, and all the things that make me love LL.
Though this isn’t my favorite series of hers, she’s still one of my most favorite authors, and, for me, this series is still leagues above most other contemporary authors because of LL’s voice, flawless character development, and plot arc.