New Release: LOVE STORY by Lauren Layne

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 USA Today 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.


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2/5 stars

I’ve read most LL’s books and loved most of them. However, this one fell a little too flat for my taste.

Reece and Lucy has known each other since they were a kid. They started as friends, became something more than that and became nothing. Friends-to-enemies-to-lovers, really. Reece was a permanent fixture in Lucy’s household, while Lucy chased her dreams to go big.

For some reason, I couldn’t really connect with them. The hero was mean and needed to grovel real hard. As for the heroine, I was waiting for her character development but again, nothing happened.

The past was hashed out late in the book while they were travelling but I think I was underwhelmed by it all. The pacing was slow and the flashbacks at every turn were really not my cup of tea. If it were up to me, flashbacks in one go then all the happenings in the now after. This made me feel a little confused by the story. It could’ve been toned down a bit because some were really unnecessary.

The premise, generally, was okay because road trip and second chance romance. It was exciting to know how they would work out on their issues which happened so very quickly. The memories were sweet and fun, though. The only silver lining I can find is the smooth flow of LL’s words. But overall, I don’t think you’d miss anything if you don’t read the book.[/spoiler]

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