REVIEW: Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

someone-like-youSeries: Oxford #3
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Rating: 5/5
I got accepted to review an ARC.
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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.

First of all, I am ashamed to admit I haven’t read anything from this series. I have some of them on my Kindle though. Second, while this was my first book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I wasn’t lost or anything like that given that I started at the 3/4 book in the series. Third, you know that feeling when you can’t help but cry because you’ve read such a stellar story? That’s how I felt about Someone Like You. While the book seemed so easy to read at the onset, it delved deeper than I was expecting and gave too much feelings throughout the story. It was fun, light and charming but got that serious emotional undertone that allowed the characters’ emotions and development to be magnified. The story was brilliantly written with it being plot-driven and character-driven both at the same time. This was that kind of book that didn’t need the sexy scenes to be lovely. The plot was solid alone but add them in and it’d be pretty much I-need-more-than-five-stars-for-this-please kind of thing. I’d like to believe this is definitely LL at her best!

I was instantly hooked by the quick and easy rapport between Lincoln and Daisy. The banter of the characters (not just Daisy and Lincoln) was fun and easy. Both of them had baggage of their own that could only be healed with time that made them understand each other. Lincoln SWOON Mathis. (Ha, I can’t wait to have an accessory with his surname lol!) He was the kind of guy who’s easy to love. He knew how to charm women and was so smooth with them it’s kind of annoying. Yes, he may seem to be a playboy in all levels on the outside but I’d like to believe he was just friendly and charming. And women loved that. But behind all that, Lincoln got something up his sleeve that he never let people to see. He’s got so much depth and mystery and I fell hard each time I thought about it. Falling for such a man would be too easy. Not for Daisy, though. Daisy, twin sister of Emma, had been warned off ahead of time of Lincoln’s charms. Daisy’s sassy, caring and I adore a woman like her. And while they didn’t hit it off the first time because Daisy’s been dealing with her own issues and she wasn’t letting her guard down, their instant friendship was established. Daisy saw through Lincoln’s playboy façade right away making her the person to fit him perfectly. But more importantly, they both understood pain in extreme levels and deserved (needed even) the HEA they found in each other. If there’d be a definition of HEA in a dictionary, you’d find the names of Lincoln and Daisy there.

I loved that LL didn’t shortcut anything from the story and that she was able to heighten all the vulnerabilities of both characters. They developed alongside the plot and there’s nothing more perfect than that, in my opinion. I am not embarrassed to admit that I cried thrice while reading this beautiful book because damn it was just. so. freaking. amazing. I loved the story so, so much it would take time to move on from this. Gloriously painful (because of what they both went through), but impressively beautiful (because duh love won) and so genuine in all the right ways.

Someone Like You is a slow-burn, second-chance, friends-to-lovers romance all rolled into one and also very raw and emotionally gutting. Someone Like You is filed under my Rereading in 3, 2, 1… list, is my new LL fave and is under Top Faves of 2016.

Someone Like You in GIFs.

I am beside myself waiting for the next book, Nick and Taylor’s! Ahhhh it’s gonna be so freaking fun!!!

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