Early Review: Only With You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne

0Only With You

Lauren Layne

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult

Publication Date: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Forever

Source: Received from Forever for review.

Synopsis: 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-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .


My Thoughts

This book was sort of what I’d expected, but at the same time not what I’d expected at all. What got me interested in this book in the first place was the scene described in the synopsis, where Gray mistakes Sophie for a prostitute. That’s definitely not what conventionally happens in a contemporary romance, and I was intrigued to find out how their romance would develop throughout the story. What I was looking for was the bickering that comes between all people with sexual tension, but also the unfolding of what actually happened the night the two were stuck in an elevator in Vegas. Of course, readers knew what happened right from the very beginning, but I was looking forward to seeing how Gray would find out. Unfortunately, Sophie tells Gray the truth right after the prologue, so that kind of dashed my hopes. There was tons of the verbal banter and “opposites attract” and all that, but it just wasn’t the same.

Truthfully, there were several parts of the story that screamed ‘The Mindy Project.’ For one there was the office romance. The other was that Sophie and Gray screamed at each other all the time and could barely tolerate the other’s presence. Then of course there’s the fact that while Gray and Sophie had their little romance going on, Gray wanted to keep it a secret from the rest of the office. And oh, did I mention that Gray can often be found frowning at the world because of a certain ex-fiancé, just like Danny Castellano? And that Sophie is bubbly and carefree, much like Mindy? ‘The Mindy Project’ and ‘Only With You’ could be one and the same, if only the setting was in New York…

This isn’t the first contemporary romance this year that features low self-esteem, the other being ‘Searching for Perfect’ by Jennifer Probst (read about it here). I have a feeling this theme might be common this year, and while it’s not boring yet, I can definitely imagine getting annoyed with it. Another aspect of the book some people might find annoying is the fact that the novel is predictable. I actually tend to like predictability in adult romances – they remind me of my favorite romantic comedies – but many people don’t agree, and that’s the only reason I mention this. Speaking of romantic comedies, ‘Only With You’ mentioned something about the average American woman having seven sexual partners in her life, while in ‘What’s Your Number?’ it was twenty sexual partners. I wonder which is correct.

Gray, while one of the more lovable characters in the book, was also the most annoying. He simply couldn’t make up his mind about how he wanted to be related to Sophie. He knew from the very beginning that he and Sophie had chemistry. Heck, he even locked himself in a bathroom with her when he was visiting her house as Sophie’s sister’s date. But from then on their relationship changed to co-workers who hate each other, people who could stand each other, sex buddies, ex’s, friends, and then into what can be called a stable relationship. While Sophie’s petulance was cute, on Gray it was worth an eye roll. A large, stoic man shouldn’t act like a child, broken heart or not. His possessiveness with Sophie was an interesting thing to watch though.

This novel focuses on Gray’s and Sophie’s relationship, but I found myself much more interested in that of Sophie’s elder sister Brynn, the perfect, proper sibling. She and Will had this energy I recognized from their very first car ride together. It was obvious that Will wanted her, but Brynn, well, to say she didn’t get it is an understatement. What sucked for her is that she even had a second chance to fix things with him, but she completely blew that up. Brynn kind of came off as cruel to Will, but she was just kind of…ignorant…about his feelings. Their story is what the next novel, ‘Made For You’, is about, and I for one cannot wait to read it. My exact words after reading the sneak peek of the novel was, “Oh my fudge I need this book NOW!” The great news is that it comes out this October, so there’s no year long wait to endure.

Overall, though ‘Only With You’ starts out as a pretty typical contemporary novel, the childish behavior of both main characters makes the story something else. Both Sophie and Gray had not-so-great upbringings, which affected their sense of self-worth, making their romance center more around finding themselves – and in turn each other – than playing hard to get. Readers keen on romances involving family troubles and self-doubt may be more likely to enjoy this nontraditional story.


Favorite Scene (one of them anyways)

He turned his head slightly to grab another file and her heart lurched as she saw his profile. He didn’t just look lonely. He looked sad.

And if there was anything Sophie couldn’t turn her back on, it was a sad creature. She clenched her fingers around her keys, inexplicably nervous.

“Gray?” she called out, as though she’d just now realized there was someone else in the building. His head snapped around as he spotted her through the glass wall, and she was relieved to see that while he didn’t quite smile at her (that would be a first), neither did he look annoyed at the interruption.

“What are you still doing here?” she asked, moving toward his office and leaning against his doorway. “It’s seven o’clock.”

“Working,” he replied, gesturing to the stack of files and his laptop.

“Have you eaten?” She didn’t know why she asked. She’d only meant to say hello and make sure he wasn’t, you know…like suicidal or something.

But close-up, he looked even more lonely and pathetic than she’d expected.

“Eaten?” he repeated.

“Yes, Gray, food. Normal people consume it to give them energy, joy, maybe a little extra padding around the middle?”

He stared at her, and she had the unsettling feeling that it had been a really long time since someone had cared about whether or not he’d had anything to eat.

She sighed. “I’ll order pizza.”


Rating: 3 little fishies!

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