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.
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.
One of my favorite lines in the book is “Your’re freaking adorable” and that is how I felt about this book. Don’t get me wrong the book was sexy and steamy at times, but I had this big goofy smile while reading it that made the book extra fun.
Let me preface this by saying I love sports and a huge tomboy like Penelope, which is one of the things that drew me to this book in the first place. This is a spin-off of the Stiletto series, so I had already met Cole and was excited to see him meet his match. Much like Cole in the book I fell for Penelope right from the start. She was a genuinely nice, considerate person who loved sports and was from the Midwest, what was there not to love.
The flirty/friendly banter certainly made this book more entertaining, but it was the way that Cole immediately brought her in to the Stiletto world and made her feel welcome and not alone that really made this book to me. Cole in the other books was seen as a flirt and a ladies man, but we didn’t get to see much more than that, but we get to see a whole new Cole in this book and I loved every second of it. I can not wait to continue this series.
ARC provided by Random House Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“Weekdays, we’re colleagues. Weekends, we can be—” “Fuck buddies.”
The reason she had insisted things not become romantic.
For Cole Sharpe, Penelope would have been one out of a million other women in his life.
For Penelope, Cole might have been one in a million. The only one.
How had he ever thought a boring model-type could keep him happy? All he needed was a pint-sized baseball fan.
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Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
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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