Series: Oxford #3
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.
Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.
After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.
Anyone who has read this series has been waiting for Lincoln’s story very impatiently, so I can only imagine the pressure Ms. Layne was under to deliver on it, which thankfully she did very well. This is one story that every reader has to experience for themselves, without spoilers.
SOMEONE LIKE YOU was full of surprises but definitely worth the wait! I can’t find the words to describe how I felt about this book beyond emotional, sweet, delightful, which really don’t do this story justice but I can say that Ms. Layne blew me away with the emotional depths she plumbed with these characters.
Lincoln and Daisy were everything I expected in some ways and nothing I expected in so many others. It takes a lot of skill to take the personal struggles these two went through and wrap them up in a story that moves readers to tears but still has the trademark LL engaging dialogue, witty banter, passion and great friendships.
With his captivating smile and easy way with women, Lincoln was the resident ladies’ man. Or so it seemed. But the guy we met in this book is the farthest thing from a ladies’ man. In fact he could give lessons on commitment through thick and thin. Just like Lincoln, Daisy’s southern belle persona was a facade she put up to hide what she had been through. One look was enough for both of them to see beneath the cover to what was hiding inside.
Daisy and Lincoln were kindred spirits who had been in the emotional trenches and understood each other in ways that their friends really could not. Their experiences meant that they had to work on themselves first before they could go diving back into the relationship waters again, but every second of it was needed. I really loved their easy friendship and I especially loved how understanding Daisy was of what Lincoln was going through and how she was willing to give him the time he needed but at the same time was strong enough to do what she needed to in pursuit of her own happiness.
I usually enjoy the entire Oxford/Stiletto crew coming together for some fun times, but I was so consumed by Lincoln and Daisy that I didn’t really care that they were very much in the background for this story.
This is some really exceptional writing from Ms. Layne and I’m glad we will be getting more from this series.