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.


Cole Sharpe is a freelance sports editor for Oxford Magazine, who is hoping to become a permanent member of the team when it is decided that the sports section will expand. He thinks he has it in the bag, but soon gets a shock when he realises that he has to compete against another person, but not only that but she’s a woman!

Penelope Pope is new in town, having moved to NYC form Chicago when she realised that she was in unrequited love. She is a tomboy and loves sports and is determined to start a new life. She knows that Cole is good at his job and has been a regular at the magazine for a long time, but she’s determined to get the job.

Here-forth starts a rivalry that escalates into something neither of them were expecting. Penelope has self delegated herself into the eternal friend zone, and Cole finds himself attracted to a woman who is the complete opposite of his usual type.

I enjoyed reading this book, as I always do with Lauren Laynes’ books. It was a light fun read, low on the angst and drama, sweet and sexy with likeable characters.
This is book 1 in a series of stand-alones, told in dual POV.

ARC gratefully received.

About the Author

Lauren Layne

A long-time romance reader, Lauren Layne thinks the only thing better than reading about happy endings is writing them. She now pursues a full-time career in Happily Ever After, a job she’s naturally suited for after marrying her high school sweetheart. A bit of a nomad, Lauren’s lived everywhere from Orange County to Manhattan. Her hobbies include coffee by day, wine by night, and lots of writing in between. She’s also a total website nerd and insists you check out!

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