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The Trouble with Love

(Sex, Love & Stiletto #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7,699 ratings  ·  742 reviews
As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.
As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-
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Published March 3rd 2015 by Loveswept
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I made a really beautifully sad playlist and listened to it on repeat while re-reading this book and it was the best thing ever.

This story is so haunting for me because I truly relate to Emma so much and the way we deal with hurting. I’m just such a fan of Layne’s books. I think I will start my quest on reading all her books this year.
I know I’m a very emotional individual but let me tell you I have so many contained tears in me, I don’t even know what’s going on.

I have a fun time reading this series and I’m a bit sad it’s over. All these girls were amazing and the guys were also so good and their relationship so great.

These books are very therapeutic, I think. You can just lose yourself in the lives of the characters and laugh, cry and feel. That’s so wonderful. So it’s fitting that is the last book in the series I kinda r
• Lisa •

"There's always trouble with love."


There are a million reasons why Lauren Layne will always be a favourite author of mine and if I didn't think id bore you all to sleep I'd list them right here in my review. However, I can joyfully give you one of my reasons for my love of all things Lauren Layne and that my fellow romance addicts is this book right here. Yes, once again I have been well and truly swept up into the world of stiletto and the ever present appe
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4.5 stars!!


This book was SO good! The book gods must be laughing at me right now as I make it well-known I can’t stand insta-love yet fell head over heels myself with this story right from the start, and the entire time I was reading I was either grinning like a fool or crying happy tears. It’s one of those stories filled with so much warmth and love but also a good dose of angst and heartbreak that makes this second chance romance so satisfying to read. As much of a cynical romantic as I am, th
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4 STARS*****
{ARC Provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review}
(BR with My Bestie Dee)

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This is the last installment in the "Sex, Love, and Stiletto"series. Each book is about a different relationship advice columnist for Stiletto magazine. Emma Sinclair is the newest member of the Stiletto team and she's the most closed off person in the bunch. She keeps her emotions tightly hidden by a very cool facade. We learned in the last book t
Geri Reads
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 second-chance stars!

If there's anything that exemplify a good second chance at love theme should look no further than my own experience with a Lauren Layne book. This wasn't my first LL book. The first book I read from her was the book entitled Only With You from her Best Mistake Series. Let's just say, it didn't quite register with me to say the least.

But when I read the blurb for this book, I knew had to read it. It called out to me. Forgive me for being melodramatic, but yeah, it has everyt
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**** 4,5 stars ****

It was such a nice book to read. It felt like Sex and the City but much lighter, book version. It was classical chick romance with whole lotta sexual tension. And I mean it, I would even call it sexual frustration, it was that heavy. In a good way, of course, because it kept me on the edge through the whole story. I was both excited for the main characters to finally get together and nervous. Yes, I was nervous, I mean you know it has to have HEA, right? but the tension
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4.5 I Love LL Stars

Emma Sinclair is determined to pretend that her ex-fiance, Alex Cassidy, and their painful past doesn't exist. This though is proving to be a challenge since they have the same group of friends and after some scheming from her boss he ends up being her temporary editor and neighbor.

Alex Cassidy wants Emma to notice him again more than anything, so when Camille goes on vacation and asks Alex to take over as Stilleto's head editor he accepts and uses his position to his advantag
Sandy ღCoffee Addict Booksღ

Emma Sinclair has everything she needs to lead a happy life-kill for each other friends, dream job of columnist for the woman magazine Stiletto, a great working environment and living in the most colourful city, turns out she’s not lucky in the dating department or Is she intentionally single?

She’s known to be an Ice queen, one who remains stoic and has no desire to land a hotshot husband/boyfriend, though all her friends are under the spell of love, Emma chooses being lonely over falling for a
4,5 Second Chance Stars.


Emma and Alex were in love once. So much in love they were even getting married. But in the night before the wedding a terrible misunderstanding breaks them apart and for the next years they live worlds apart. Seven years later they work in the same building, in different magazines. But when Emma’s boss goes in a sabbatical, Alex takes the lead of both magazines, putting him and Emma dangerously close to each other. And with that proximity, not old old feelings come ba
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!!!

Sex, Love & Stilletto’s is a pretty amazing series. Lauren Layne has become my go to author when I am looking for a sweet and sexy read that has just a little bit of angst and one that I know will give me that butterflies in my belly feeling. ❤

In The Trouble with Love we get Emma & Alex’s (Cassidy) story. If you are wondering if you have to read this series in any order, you don’t, at least in my opinion. But the characters in the other books are present in this one as they are conse
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

4.5 stars!

This is the fourth book in Lauren Layne's Stiletto series. I really enjoyed it, even though I am new to the series. I'm actually planning to go back and read the whole series now, I'm especially curious about Julie's story. I love the friendship between these strong and sassy women and the New York City back drop. It has a little bit of a Sex and the city vibe. So, fans of the series know that the first three girls in the group have been coupled off, and now in this fourth edition, you
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
4 stars

I must admit by halfway I was so certain this will be a 3 star something about the couple I felt missing. But then those 3 words Alex said in response to her question turned the whole book around and I finally found my LL spark. From then on I was eager for them to put aside their problems and be a couple. Also I loved seeing all the characters from the previous books.

I would recommend for those who enjoy
LL books
Witty banter
Love/hate romance
Second chance
Office romance

ARC provided by N
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

It's live on AMZ-

4.5 Second-Chance Stars!

The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4)
was a great feel-good break from some of the more heavy reads of late. I haven't read the first three books in the series (which I hope to amend ASAP), but this can be read as a standalone.

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Emma is a writer for a women's magazine Stiletto. She and her co-workers (and friends) write about everything women- makeup, sex, The male version of such magazine is Oxfor
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 "One Forever Love" Stars!

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I cannot believe I already finished this series. I think I've read one book per day LOL I've been waiting for Emma and Cassidy's story since I read about them in Irresistibly Yours and now I have finished **so sad** I reaaly really LOVED this series and I am sure I will continue reading Lauren's books because I love her writing and her amazing and funny characters!

So, let's talk about this book. The Trouble with Love is the last book in the Stiletto series and -fin
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lauren Layne Fans, Romance
4.5 Frost Melting to Steam Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
I happen to love the ease in Lauren Layne's writing. There is a sense you are in strong, capable hands when you start her books. As I mentioned earlier, I did not know this book was coming so when I saw it in all its glory, I was primed and ready to learn of these characters' past and root for their future.

These two characters, Emma and Alex, had a past together which could be bloody, for not the smooth control they both have on their be
Do not go by that generic cover and title. As disappointed as I was with the last Layne title I read (Made for You), this one more than made up for that. Alex and Emma's story was, perhaps, the most awaited one in the entire series and it did live up to the expectations. I loved how Layne did not succumb to the lure of cliches and focused on the emotional aspects of their relationship and their past. A fitting end to a good series. If you like your romance novels free of sexism, rape-y sex scene ...more
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**ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

"You used to love when I put my hand here." Cassidy's voice was rough.
She lifted her chin slightly. "Did I? Must have blocked that out." But the way the heat from his palm branded her made the lie come out just a little bit breathlessly.
His hand pressed, pulling her closer until there was nothing between them but their stormy past.
Robin (Bridge Four)
Emma and Alex are the couple with a very sorted past and I was dying to know what happened that blew up their wedding and HEA plans.
“Do you ever think we broke each other? Because sometimes…it’s like both of us are unable to feel.”
Alex was definitely feeling right now. But he knew what she meant. “Yeah, Emma. I think that all the damn time.”

WOW did Emma and Alex have some huge baggage, finding out the train wreck that happened in their past was a blend of misunderstanding, pride, ignorance
Lyndy Ann ♫
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Trouble with Love is Emma and Alex's story we have had snippets from the previous books that these two have a past but we don't really know what happened between them as they do their best to ignore each other.

Emma has a day from hell she is temporarily homeless and Cassidy is going to be her temporary boss for 3 months and he give's her the worst article to write Twelve Exes of Christmas which he is one of her exes the one that left her standing at the alter on their wedding day alone.

~Stéphanie's Journal~
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Trouble with Love is the kind of book that makes me want to smile all along. Seriously I love when I start a book and I know it's gonna be good.



I'm new with books about second chances but I love them more and more. Even if this one was the 4th book in a series, you can read it as a stand-alone and you won't be lost. And you won't get to much information about the previous couple. That being said, you will want to read all the previous stories just like me ^^


Emma Sinclair and Alex Cassidy h
shirley ♡

This was a really good book. emmacassidy story was kind of emotional and I really enjoyed it. I can’t believe this series is over. I’m really gonna miss all these characters.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Trouble with Love is one of my favorite Lauren Layne novels. I'll admit, having read all of her works to date, I was losing steam with this author. While I remained blown away by her first few novels, I just haven't clicked with her more recent installments. With The Trouble with Love, though, Layne has only reaffirmed what I always suspected and knew: she's an incredible romance author.

The latest in the Stiletto series presents us with Alex and Emma, two ambitious individuals whose past ha
Dee Montoya
I loved this book!!!. My favorite of the whole series...

(BR with my Bestie Patty)

( Arc kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley)

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The Trouble With Love is without a doubt my favorite book in this series, and I consider myself a total Stiletto fan. From the moment I started reading I could feel the strong connection between Alex and Emma even though they try hard to be cold towards each other and always trying to ignore the other as a coping mechanism, to deal with the side effects of the he
Claire Robinson
5 - "Want to make the same mistake again?" Stars!

I remember way back when emailing Lauren Layne after finishing reading Just One Night and basically begging her to write Emma and Alex’s story, you could feel they had one too tell running through the undercurrents in the third book in the Sex, Love & Stilettos Series, so as you can imagine I was absolutely delighted to see that my and quite a lot of other readers wishes had been granted!

I have loved all the books in this series, Lauren has hit th
*ARC via Netgalley*

When I got and ARC I was just like

Like ALWAYS Ms.Layne had me swooning from word 'Chapter 1'.

What I like about Ms. Layne's books are not only the sweet as candy plots but her AMAZING style of writing! The ease she writes with is perfect for when you've just had the worst week ever and want to rejuvenate and relax.
It's not only laid back but is filled with all kinds of snarky humor! From Sarcastic dialogues, ridiculous comebacks and completely hilarious inner monologues, t
Sam (AMNReader)
This might....checking my my favorite of this series?

I mean, it's still a 3-4 star range, but I appreciated the emotional weight and the pacing of actually starting with the misunderstanding that, to me, felt like it could actually really happen and also felt really sad. In the same turn, it was funny--though sometimes I could do without the sideshow--I actually felt like the heroine was plenty humorous enough on her own. Also, Emma is my favorite of the heroines so far! I felt like
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to -ya by: Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
What is the killer of a relationship?

a lack of trust?

This book has them all and surprisingly, I really like how the author crafted this second-chance romance story.

Trust me, Em, you’ve made it clear that I’m all but dead to you.”

“Mutual though, isn’t it?”

“Of course.”

Alex: Sometimes I think I’d prefer you hate me, At least then you’d notice me.

Emma: Well, if you keep running your mouth about our past to your friends, I could probably muster some ha
nick (the infinite limits of love)
If you're a fan of contemporary romance and haven't read a Lauren Layne book, then you are seriously missing out. The Sex, Love & Stiletto series is my favorite by this talented author. I binge-read all of this author's books earlier this year and as you can probably tell, I found a favorite author in Lauren Layne. While I enjoyed all of the books in this series, I was mostly looking forward to The Trouble With Love because I've been itching to know these two characters' past stories. Was I sati ...more
Kelli C
ARC provided per Random House Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for honest review

This is my first time reading Lauren Layne, and I can honestly say it will not be my last. This is book 4 in the Stilleto series and it is a standalone not requiring the previous books to be read.

This is the story of Emma Sinclair and Alex Cassidy. Set in the bustling hub of NYC, both work for popular magazine companies. While they have a pretty dramatic past together and have spent seven years "getting over it a
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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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“Ask me what else I remember."
She started to run away, but his hand touched her arm.
"Ask me," he commanded.
Emma shook her head feeling both terrified and the most alive she'd felt in years.
He waited patiently until her eyes met his. "I remember us, Emma.”
“You want to know what I remember," he said quietly, his fingers fiddling with his cuffs as he rolled the sleeves up to his elbow, his eyes locked on the view before them.
She nodded.
He shoved his hands into his pockets and dipped his head just slightly, glancing at the floor before lifting it and staring out at the night sky.
"I remember everything.”
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