Title: Irresistibly Yours
Series: Oxford, Book 1
Author: Lauren Layne
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.
Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.
Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.
This story isn't about athletes. Well, it is but it isn't.
Cole and Penelope's love for sports is overwhelming. They define "sports fan" to a T. But they aren't athletes. They're writers. How's that for a spin on the sports romance genre?
This is probably the easiest story I've ever read concerning sports. Cole's confidence as a writer does make him come off as an arrogant ass but he really isn't. He's got everything any woman could possibly want in a man--good job, great circle of friends, and, hell, he's sexy to boot. But beneath the New York jaded facade lies a man who isn't looking for shallow or New York normal. He just doesn't know it yet.
Penelope wasn't just a breath of fresh air. God, that sounds so cliched for someone like her. But amazing isn't accurate enough either. Not for me and I think Cole would agree. She was...extraordinarily exceptional. Cole's description of her depicted her as she saw herself, nothing stunning, low key, down to earth. A true guy's gal, you know? But she was more than just "one of the guys" and it was sad that that's how she saw herself.
I didn't see her like that at all. In truth, I was taken away by how much she knew about sports, how well she connected with Cole over that one subject. They could argue and agree on a wide range of things within that topic with unbridled passion. It was that connection that moved their relationship beyond friendship.
I was more than surprised by the overall sweetness of this story. Oh, the sex was great, awesome even, but those moments were nothing compared to the tenderness Cole and Penelope shared outside of bed. I've read a few sports romances and most are about an athlete and _________. It was nice to see sports from another angle, to enjoy the camaraderie of two sports editors as they worked through the complications of friendship into love.
Ms. Layne's take on the sports world is wonderfully done. Cole and Penelope are like vanilla ice cream and apple pie. Separate, they're good. Together, they're awesome. They melt into one another in more ways than one, complimenting each other without taking away from one another's individuality. A perfect book for avid sports fans, contemporary lovers, or anyone looking for the "other side" of the sports romance genre.
Lauren Layne is a 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.