Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side. After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?


★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

Well, this was my first Lauren Layne book and it definitely won’t be my last, once I started this one I couldn’t put it down!

Michael St. Claire has exchanged his Upper East Side lifestyle for a job at a Dallas country club – he is on a mission to find his real father and he doesn’t really care who he uses in the process and that includes his half brother Devon and his girlfriend, Kirsten.

When he meets Kirsten’s sister, loud mouth curvy Chloe, he sure doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into when he offers to help her in her quest to get Devon to ditch the bitch, and finally realise he is with the wrong sister.

Chloe is a fan of junk food, and seems resigned being the ugly sister, but Michael sees a kinship in Chloe and decides to take it upon himself to get her fit and gain some confidence.

What starts off as two totally opposite people doing each other a favour, slowly becomes a friendship with underlying feelings bubbling beneath the surface.

“With Chloe, it’s easy to forget that I’m nobody.
Because she makes me feel like somebody.”

I loved the slow burn here, Michael and Chloe turn from enemies to friends to lovers but it is a gradual process and I enjoyed every step of the way.

Michael is moody, he’s had his heart broken recently by both a woman and his family but Chloe was infectious and her fun banter and witty personality were what stole the show for me. She was a fantastic heroine, and even though she had massive self esteem issues, she never let it get her down too much.

Told in dual POV and can be read as a standalone.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to Manhattan to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

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.

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