Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . . 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-after…
This is a fun, cute romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. The heroine clicked for me, she is funny and honest, especially with the hero, yet vulnerable with her parents and is often off balance about her abilities both socially and professionally. I also liked the hero, here is a man who is a social disaster but Sophie can bring out the best in him.
Sophie Dalton was in Las Vegas for her cousin’s bachelorette party, the theme was to dress as trashy as possible and she had just the boots to pull off the outfit, it is amazing what that one shoe choice did to her life. On her way down from her room, the elevator gets stuck for a short time and she starts a conversation with the good looking man unfortunately he wants nothing to do with her and when he walks out insinuates that he knows she is a hooker. Sophie is offended and does not get the chance to make a comment, but he basically scares her into making some changes in her life.
While visiting her parents for Sunday dinner, her perfect sister Brynn brings over a date, Gray, the man from the elevator, what are the chances? They share an uncomfortable dinner, he even waylays her to talk offering an apology, but she is still pissed. When her sister mentions a job available with Gray’s company she balks, but then takes him up on it, and the fireworks begin.
I thought this was a delightful story and it connected with me on many different levels. At first I was a little hesitant, especially when Sophie’s sister brings him home to dinner but it works and there is never a love triangle issue with the characters. And I really enjoyed Gray as a strong but lonely hero that I could cheer on as he falls for the heroine.
Gray is gruff and off putting in the beginning, we see him being dismissive to Sophie and then almost panicky when they meet again but once you get past the façade he has created and the wall he put up, he is a very lonely man who was deeply hurt by a recent relationship and is trying to regain some control in his life. He especially wants to feel a part of his twin sister and brother’s relationship, they are very close and Gray does not feel connected to them but desperately wants that. He does have a good friend that lives in the area and when he invites Sophie over for a BBQ, she sees a side of him that is new, he is much more open and he smiles more, she is captivated.
Sophie is a kick and I really like her character, she is forthright and honest and seems to enjoy her life, until Gray scares the crap out of her and she feels she can’t hide anymore. And although she seems confident to most people, she lets her family degrade her self esteem which I believe holds her back but I like how she feels about herself in the end and enjoy how she grows with the indirect help from Gray.
I enjoy the two together; the witty banter brought out the best in Gray, and even though he is not sure what to do with Sophie, he knows that she makes him feel again. I laughed several times when she would sweep into the room and immediately the atmosphere would change causing some hilarious moments. And although Gray fought the good fight putting up many obstacles so that they would avoid each other, nothing worked as love usually concurs all.
The secondary characters are a good addition to the story, I disliked her sister Brynn in the beginning but became a fan when we got to know her, and she has a secret going into the next book that I am excited to read. Sophie’s best friend Will is also very likable and I enjoyed his character greatly and I look forward to more from him. The book moves along quite well as we watch the sparring between the two go from dislike to lust and love, all with great humor, and I also like how the family dynamics was progressing as the book ended, making her parents more likable. All in all, a fun book with wit and humor that should satisfy those that love contemporary romance.
I give Only With You by Lauren Layne 4 stars!
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Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House(Loveswept).
After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.
Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.