Review & Giveaway: I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A feisty beauty must choose between winning back Mr. Right 
or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Oxford Series #4
Lauren Layne
Releasing June 13, 2017

New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.


I Knew You Were Trouble is the fourth book in the Oxford series (a spin off to her Stiletto series) and is an enemies-to-lovers story. I loved the Stiletto series, so I had to read all of the books in the Oxford series too. While I did enjoy this one, I didn't love it quite as much as some of the other books I've read from Lauren Layne. I've loved getting to know all of the characters in two series'. I have a feeling we'll be seeing another one dealing with two certain best friends in the next book.

Taylor's boyfriend gets cold feet on the day they were supposed to move in together, and she needs to find a roommate to help her with rent. Nick is also just getting out of a relationship with a girl that refuses to move out of his place so he volunteers to be Taylor's roommate so the girl gets the message. Taylor and Nick have worked together for over a year and they do not get along at all. Taylor only agrees to Nick moving in to make her ex mad. They've always had a lot of chemistry and now that they are in close proximity to each other every day they have more trouble fighting the attraction. Nick refuses to start any kind of relationship with Taylor while she's still not over her ex, and Taylor is not sure if she can do a real relationship with feelings involved.

I enjoyed a lot of the banter that they had with each other, but sometimes I thought it was taken a bit too far. Nick would purposely say things that he knew was going to hurt her just to get a rise out of her. Taylor was really hung up on her ex for a good portion of this book, but I enjoyed seeing her character grow as she started to accept her feelings for Nick. Taylor isn't the only one with ex drama, Nick has some serious baggage about the end of one of his serious relationships too. I didn't think it was fair when he took some things out on Taylor because of his past, but I thought it was pretty understandable and realistic. There was a pretty cliche trope that I'm not the biggest fan of, but it may not be as big of a deal to other people as it was for me. It's just something that always makes me roll my eyes in romances. I don't want to spoil anything tho, so I won't say exactly what it was.

While there were some things that I didn't absolutely love, I did still end up enjoying this one. It's always fun to get back into the Stiletto/Oxford world. I was really glad that the author included a little epilogue at the end to help solidify their HEA. This was a sweet, quick read.

*I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 

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  1. I felt similarly about this one. There was just too much about this book that annoyed me, but I was especially frustrated how far the hate part went at times. Like you said, they would say some seriously hurtful things to each other and that's just not very romantic to me. Have you read Love Story? LL did the toxic hate thing there too ...
    Anyways, then there was that ending dramatic breakup scene. I was ready to punch Nick in the crotch because WOW. I did like some of the banter but this one just wasn't as good as the rest of the series. :/

    1. Absolutely agree! And yes, I read Love Story. That was probably my least favorite Lauren Layne book so far. lol! It did have a lot of the same toxic hate things in it that I didn't like in this one. I really love Blurred Lines and the other books in the Oxford and Stiletto series tho!

  2. I'm not sure if this is a book for me but I've been obsessed with enemies to lovers romances lately! I've read so many good ones.

    For What It's Worth

    1. I'm a big fan of enemies to lovers too. Maybe you will enjoy it even more than I did. I really love Lauren Layne's Stiletto series, and the Oxford series.

  3. Thank you for reviewing!
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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Oh no, I'm sorry that this one wasn't fantastic for you but I'm glad there were some redeeming features.

    I don't think I would enjoy it when the hate part is taken so far - being hurtful on purpose is never nice to see/read.

    Great review!

    1. Thanks, Di! I'm a little bummed because I haven't absolutely loved the past few LL books that I've read lately. I loved the whole Stiletto series, and Blurred Lines is my absolute favorite of hers tho.


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