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(Redemption #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  5,249 ratings  ·  647 reviews
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, T
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Flirt
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
(ARC Provided by Random House Publishing Group- Loveswept via Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review)
{BR with Dee and Mel}

"I don't think it's about who loves you first. It's about who loves you best. And that's me. I love you best. More than I love anyone. More than you've ever been loved." ~ Chloe

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I'm a really huge fan of Lauren Layne's works. I've read just about all her books and am lucky in that I usually get approved on Netgalley for her ARCs. Sometimes her sto
• Lisa •

"Is love worth the risk?"


From the hilariously relatable heroine to the gloriously romantic ending this book hit the jackpot in every single way for my reading tastes. When a book makes your heart thump ridiculously fast and your toes curl in delight then you know with every certainty that you have read a book that's worth talking about. Lauren Layne is my number one contemporary author she has the Midas touch on all she puts her hand to and I don't mind one bit that I g
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 “Ugly Duckling” Stars.

Michael did some mistakes on the past and now he’s trying to let go. He switches his charmed life in NY for cowboy boots in the country. There he meets Chloe, the sweet girl that is often underestimated because she’s a little chubby. Chloe is in love with his best-friend since forever, the same who is currently dating her sister. And her sister recently caught Michael’s attention so they decide to make a deal: pretend to date to catch their attention. But as their frien
Jennifer Kyle
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

”Nobody ever falls in love with me.”

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Michael St. Clair was the third wheel from book one that fell hard for Olivia Middleton and broke up his friendship with Ethan Price. In book two, he went the step further when Paul lead him to believe that Olivia texted him, he flew all the way to Maine just to get shot down and crushed yet again. His world gets further rocked when his paternity is revealed and so he is in Texas stalking is biological father while working at a posh country cl
Geri Reads
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Lauren Layne is fast becoming an auto-buy author for me. This is the second book from her that I've loved.

After Michael St. Claire learned of the devastating truth about his parentage, he runs to Dallas to find his father. For those who have read the previous books in the series, you all know about Michael's feelings for Olivia and the eventual fallout he had, not only with Olivia but with Ethan as well.

Not only that, he just found out a monumental family secret that had him question
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts

It's Live! * Amazon US * Amazon UK *

I very much enjoyed this New Adult friends to lovers story richly themed in the true beauty lying within our souls. It gave me the full on sweet book butterflies and here’s my reasons why....

Michael St. Claire and his sexilicious six pack are metaphorically damaged by his heartbreaking past so he goes to Texas for the summer in search of redemption. Michael has an ulterior plan, a plan to use people to get to someone who doesn’t even
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4 Stars!

I’m not going to lie, I was really surprised I liked this one. Especially because it had almost ZERO sex. ZERO people!

Not to mention it took the hero and heroine the whole book to get together.

The story reminded me a lot of The Do Over by MK Schiller. Two sisters, one’s curvy and one is a stick. Curvy is in love with Stick’s boyfriend. Enter Michael who wants Stick, but not for the reasons you might think. Michael is going to help Curvy get her man which will only benefit Michael.

Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4.5 Stars

I don't think it's about who loves you first. It's about who loves you best."

There's a reason that Lauren Layne has become one of my favorite New Adult authors. There's just something about her writing and her characters that never fails to reel me in and keep me glued to the pages. It also never fails to give me that warm and fuzzy feelings right in my tummy that I've come to adore about New Adult. There's no insta anything and her characters are far from perfect and watchi
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This series and characters keep getting better and better. When I finished this one I was really debating on which couple is my favorite and so far I am at a loss. However, I can say without a doubt Chloe is my favorite heroine.

Chloe Bellamy is different. And I mean that in an I could strangle her way, not I’m intrigued.

If you have been following the series Chloe is a new character and we meet her when Michael moves to Texas to get more information regarding his dad. Michael has g
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

Crushed is Michael St. Claire and Chloe Bellamy’s story. Michael is broody and a little lost, while Chloe is the witty, chubby girl who has lived most of her life in her gorgeous sister, Kristen's shadow.

'Fat yet clever girl patiently waits for the guy of her dreams to realize that he'd rather have a lifetime of laughter and conversation than a lifetime of great sex with a who doesn't appreciate him.'

Michael is in Texas for one reason, and while trying how to handle the secrets he recently
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4,25 I Wanna Be Besties With Chloe Stars

Michael never expected to lose in short time his best friend, the girl he was in love with and his family. Now, the once golden boy of Manhattan is working his ass off at Cedar Grove, Texas, to make enough money to pay for a shitty apartment and a shitty new life, hoping he will get to meet his real father.

Enter the Bellamy sister. One is every guy's wet dream and her name is Kristin, the other one is not exactly what fashion magazines would call beautifu
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Yummy Beefcake Stars!
(ARC provided by Netgalley)
(BR with Patty & Dee)

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Michael St. Claire aka Beefcake is a 24 yr. old guy who grew up on the Upper East Side of New York. Six months ago he learned his whole life is a lie, and that his dad isn't really his dad at all. He leaves Manhattan and walks away without anything but his car. He wants a fresh start & to get some answers about his real father, so he heads to Cedar Grove, Texas.

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Michael get
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
4 stars

Enjoyed this! Great characters, fun banter, no insta love. The main characters frustrated me a little but it was tolerable.

Michael wasn't as moody as Paul (from the previous book) which made him more likeable but IMO he goes on my Not-Enough-Grovelling-List alongside Ansel (@Jeanne yes he is still there! Lol)

I especially loved the last 10% of the book. A sweet romantic quick read.

P.S. I Love Stephanie

ARC provided by NetGalley
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

Loved this! So cute, my favorite of the series:)

This has been such a great series, and imo, each book has been better than the last. I love everything about Lauren Layne's writing! I wish there were more heroines like Chloe. She was funny, real, and sarcastic. At the same time, she was so genuine and really cares about people. She was exactly what Micheal needed! I loved the friends to lovers slow build, it's my favorite kind of romance.

I know this seems like a shallow thing to point out,
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

I know I have said this many times I just adore this author! Lauren Layne has become my go to author when I need a fun, sweet, steamy with a bit of angst read. Her books always leave me with a stupid grin on my face.❤

In Crushed we get Michael St. Claire and Chloe Bellamy’s story.

Michael has become a bitter man. Piece by piece his life has fallen apart. He lost the only girl he has ever wanted and his best friend at his own doing. But that isn't the only thing that crushed him. When he learns of
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

Title: Crushed
Series: Redemption #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Release Date: April 15, 2015
Rating: 4 - 4.5 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

I was very excited to see that Lauren Layne is writing a new adult series; I loved Broken and completely adored Isn’t She Lovely so I am very happy that I had the chance to read Crushed earlier than everybody else. Lauren is one of my favorite authors and she also did not let down me this time. Crushed was awesome! Super sweet, heart
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Edit 04/14 : RELEASED TODAY!!

Don't you hate when you're completely unable to gather your thoughts about a book? That's so annoying. Right?! Because I'm a scientific girl I'm really not. At all. I decided to complete a quizz to help me decide.

Who knows? Perhaps it will help you too. One can hope.

Cross the odd one out! - Romance facts, anyone?
Typical NA package with instalove, instalust, virgin and pure but beautiful perfect heroin Nope!
Not free of stereotypes : hello, player, nice to me
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

Amazon -
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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 Ki
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**Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

*4.5 Stars*

It's been six months since I betrayed my best friend.
Six months since I walked away from
her. No. Since she walked away from me.
But more than that...more than any of that...
It's been six months since I've bothered to care.
About anything.

Let me just come clean, as I do whenever I read one of this author's bo
Sandy ღCoffee Addict Booksღ
***3.5 stars***

was smart, funny, caring, foodie and curvy. Her sister, Kristin’s stark beauty always overshadowed her goodness and she had to live with the bitter fact that her long-time crush/love (Devon) is dating her sister. Devon and Chloe were best friends back in school when he was just as invisible as her, as they grew up he only had eyes for Kristin and they started drifting apart now since she found an opportunity to win him back she agrees to lose some weight and gain that self-c
4.25 Girl Crushing Stars

”Michael, listen. I get it. Nobody’s ever loved you first. You’re tired of being second choice. Or nobody’s choice. I get it. Because nobody’s ever loved me first, either. But I’ve been thinking about this, and Michael…I don’t think it’s about who loves you first. It’s about who loves you best. And that’s me.”

Finally Michael’s story! Crushed is book three of the Redemption series by Lauren Layne and I have to admit I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Michael a
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Michael was a secondary character in Isn’t She Lovely and Broken, the first two books in this series, and even though he kissed his best friend’s girlfriend, and caused all kinds of trouble, I felt bad for him. After getting his side of things, I almost couldn’t fault him for his actions. Olivia, Ethan and Michael grew up together and both boys, Ethan and Michael, fell for Olivia but she only had eyes for Ethan. That didn’t stop Michael from loving Olivia and so he had to endure watching them to ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, romance, 2015
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4.5 Stars!

I fell in love with this book! I have never read anything by Lauren Layne before this book and now I am sitting here wondering why I have missed this author. I have read so many romance novels that lately I have starting feeling a little bored by them. I have blamed myself and have tried to mix things up a little bit by reading other genres. After reading this book, I realize that I still like a well written romance novel as much as
aksana  -  4 - 8 - 15 - 16 - 23 - 42 -
4 Stars

This was a good story...

It was full of witty banter.

Some nice sexual tension..

Sure it lacked in the steam department..

What did bother me was the last 20%. It wasnt full of drama but that back and forth (like in the previous two books)  was too much for my liking.

Overall a great funny and light read which I highly recommend if you loved the previous books.

ARC kindly provided by NG in exchange for an honest review
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This baby is on sale for .99 on Amazon!

5 Beefcake Stars!
If you want to stay up all night, ignore your chores for the day, laugh, melt and maybe even shed a tear or two Lauren Layne is the perfect author for you.
Michael St. Claire is broken. After he destroys his relationship with his best friend and the girl he's loved for a long time doesn't return the same feelings Michael is devastated. Then when he comes home he hears more news that sends his head sp
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 "When What You Want Is Not What You Need" Stars!

A New Top Favorite! Hilarious, witty and touching! Why oh why had I not previously read any of Lauren Layne's works? With a style somewhat reminiscent of Emma Chase's or Penny Reid's, Ms. Layne's writing style is immensely entertaining and the romance in Crushed was perfectly developed. If you are a lover of the "ugly duckling" trope or are just generally looking for an uplifting, comical and satisfying romance, then I highly recommend Crushed.

Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book was so awesome!
Chloe was an amazing heroine. She was feisty, funny, smart and just so damn lovable. Michael, on the other hand, was moody, sexy and a jerk at times, but I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him. He had been hurt so much in the past that it was hard for him to believe that anything good would ever come his way.
I loved the banter between Chloe and Michael, and while this book lacked steam the humor
4.5 Hilariously heartwarming stars

I really enjoyed this book. The third in the Redemption series (counting the first novella), it’s great fun, laugh-out-loud funny with a bit of drama and a really sweet romance.

Michael St. Claire is the last of three people involved in a love triangle implosion that forms the basis for this series. Having spent most of his teenage years in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, his heart was further destroyed when the relationship broke down (thanks, in no smal
ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group- Love-swept in exchange for honest review

SQUEEE!!!!! I LOVED LOVED LOVED Crushed by Lauren Layne. This was my first read by Ms. Layne and after reading CRUSHED, I can 100% guarantee you this won't be my last. I am hooked now with Ms. Layne's writing and storytelling. To put it mildly, I am now addicted to this author after I read this book. I seriously LOVED everything about CRUSHED. This was one of those reads that I practically inhaled because I c
I find myself enjoying this one more than Broken. The theme we have here are the unrequited love/feelings and the whole ugly duckling thing.

Michael is part of the love triangle fiasco between Ethan-Olivia-Michael. He is the guy who was pining for his best friend's girl for years. He got crashed and burnt and add on with the fact that he found out he is a bastard son, he pretty much turned into this moody, grouchy, reserve guy. Now he is in Texas, searching for his biological father to find some
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Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Hot Asset, Hard Sell, and Huge Deal in her 21 Wall Street series, as well as her Central Park Pact series. Her books have sold more than a million copies in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is bas ...more

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“Michael, listen. I get it. Nobody’s ever loved you first. You’re tired of being second choice. Or nobody’s choice. I get it. Because nobody ever loved me first, either. But I’ve been thinking about this, and Michael…I don’t think it’s about who loves you first. It’s about who loves you best. And that’s me.”
… “I love you best. More than I love anyone. More than you’ve ever been loved.”
“I do a squat to demonstrate. Generally I do squats with weight – lots of it – but since the most physical exercise Chloe seems accustomed to is running her mouth. I figure I’d better start at the beginning. The very beginning.
“Okay?” I say, doing another since she didn’t mimic my motion the second time.
She watches my movement in the mirror. “One more time,” she says.
I comply, and then mutter a string of curses because Chloe Bellamy has just reached out in the middle of a busy gym and patted my ass.
“Very nice,” she says, sounding surprised.
She shrugs. “You just got so upset when I was ogling that other guy instead of you, so I wanted to make you feel good.”
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