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Love Story

(Love Unexpectedly #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,920 ratings  ·  509 reviews
Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supp
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 232 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Loveswept
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****3.5 STARS*****

He kisses me on and on, and slowly I feel my doubts disappear. I let myself believe, just for a second, that he wants me the way I want him.

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Lauren Layne has written another story with a couple of my favorite tropes- ”in love with the older brother’s best friend” & “second chance romance”. The premise had me so excited about this one – a sexy & brooding Hero and a sassy Heroine on the outs and forced to endure each other’s company on a two-week road trip across the U.S. The
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second chance at love... Yes!

And then there is me that Valentine's Day this year will be different...

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Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

Parents mean well. They always want to help but sometimes they don't mind throwing you under the bus by doing so. Lucy is supposed to start her new job in California in two weeks - her car however decides to break down shortly before she wants to leave her childhood home. Her parents come up with a genius plan. Since her (secret) ex-boyfriend, the cheater, is heading the same way, why not share the family car to get there? Lucy is everything but thrilled but
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
It's live with an incredible giveaway!!

If you're looking for a story with tons of angst and you're a fan of constant pushing and pulling between protagonists, then you're really going to enjoy this story.

Reece is Lucy's brother's best friend. They met when they were kids and had a connection all their own. Over time, as they grew, those friendly feelings grew with them and became more. When Lucy was 18 years old (Reece was 19), they were in love, without actually telling e
She thinks he cheated. He thinks he isn’t good enough for her, but making too many wrong turn during their cross country road trip they finally make a right turn and find themselves getting a second chance at love in this agonizingly sweet story.

Lucy Hawkins is ready to start the job of her dreams in San Francisco she only has to get there, she only has one problem: her car died and the only way to get there is taking her family’s old station wagon along with her older brother’s best fri
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Come on, tell me now : this can't have been written by Lauren Layne. It lacked the spark, the fun, the compelling writing, the hot sex scenes of her other works. As far as I'm concerned, Love Story was so fucking dry and boring and tasteless and also really badly written? I'm quite baffled? Sure enough, I have not liked every one of her books. Yet all of them managed to make me care, even for a short moment. Love Story never did. Hard pass.

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I enjoyed this sweet little romance. I am amazed by how consistantly good Lauren Layne's romance have been and this book is no exception. This was a really quick read for me. I read the whole thing in just a few hours but it didn't feel like a small book. There was really a lot going on in this story and it all worked well. I had a really nice time learning Lucy and Reece's love story.

Lucy and Reece have known each other forever. Alm
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 "We're in trouble here..." Stars!

The third book in Lauren Layne’s Love Unexpectedly series offers up a road-trip of sorts between two childhood friends, turned lovers, turned enemies.

Lauren is an author whose writing I never struggle to read, and for the most part all of the books I have read by her have been enjoyable, Love Story wasn’t a struggle, I pretty much read it in one sitting, but for me the connection between Reece and Lucy lacked a little of the spark that I have come to expect f
4-3.5 Stars
I loved this one at times but also felt it was just meh sometimes. I'm not sure I felt the love between these two. I think I needed more of them together during the summer before she left for college. We got a back story on them both here and there about when they were kids and I loved that the most but I still needed more of the summer fling that made them enemies. The conflict between them annoyed me. Ugh! They both pissed me off! I don't know. This was my least favorite in this ser
h o l l i s
So, let me get the good stuff out of the way before I go on a bit of a tear here. I've enjoyed pretty much all of Layne's books so far. Some have been out of this world amazing, some of been hilarious but just okay, but never has one of her romances pissed me off like LOVE STORY.

I liked the setting; I liked that this was set around winemaking and the various elements (making vs serving) that acted as a sort of background backbone to the story with these two. The flashbacks between Reece and Luc
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Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"I’ll never leave if you don’t want me to."


I unapologetically love this authors writing. I've been struggling of late to find that perfect fit with the books that I've been choosing to read. But this book was like meeting up with a long lost friend and finally feeling at ease. The sweet, the mild angst, the steam - all of it was strung together to make the perfect reading time and I really couldn't have asked for more.

What's it all about?
Best selling author, Lauren Layn
Aisha  ☠️☠️
Mar 14, 2017 marked it as dnf-lost-interest
Shelves: retry
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
I quickly devoured Love Story in one sitting, and absolutely adored Lucy Hawkins and Reece Sullivan. Their friendship was volatile, hot and filled with history that we got to witness through flashbacks. It was all centered around a road trip which made for a cute, fun read, that left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside when I finished that last page.
He laughs, and my heart hurts at the flood of memories. Of how we used to talk so easily, how we used to laugh so much . . .

Lucy and Re
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, second-chance
4 'Horny will get you there' stars!

What's it about?
Reece and Lucy have been each other's rock since Reece's mother died when he was nine years old, and eight year old Lucy spent the afternoon by his side in a tree house, trying to comfort him in the only way she knew. As they grew up they became friends and eventually, high school lovers. Until both their hearts broke. Six years later, or eight (meh, can't remember) and the two find themselves on a two-week car trip across the country... and
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24 year old Lucy is finally done with school. She’s landed her dream job at a winery in Napa, California.
And after a saying good-bye to her family she’s planning on driving cross-country to take in some sights she might never visit again. But her car dies before she can leave and her parents graciously gift her the old family car. Which has been lovingly fixed by her brother’s best friend Reece. The guy she’s loved since she was only eight years old. The guy that broke her heart after having se
Alex ♈
Didn't like the hero. Not at all.
Ditto with the heroine.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4 stars!

ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

This a story of Lucy and Reece, a friends to lovers and second chances!

I really love Ms. Layne’s writing. It’s always so direct and fun! There are also so many emotions that you get pulled into Ms. Layne’s world. The plot is known but nice. The story is said by dual POV (Lucy’s and Reece’s) with few chapters on third person that are related to the past. My issue with this boo
4 stars

I really enjoyed reading Love Story.
The storyline was entertaining, the plot and characters captured my interest from the very first page and held it until the last.

Watching Reece and Lucy's relationship unfold was like riding an emotional roller coaster.
They made me smile, they made me laugh, they frustrated me with some of the things that came out of their mouths (especially Reece, I wanted to slap him a few times for the hurtful way he spoke to Lucy) and they made me swoon.


I loved the
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: family, netgalley, arc, angst
ARC from NetGalley and Publisher for honest review.

Lucy Hawkins and Reece Sullivan have know each other since they were children. Reece and Lucy's brother were best friends and Reece practically lived in the Hawkins home. Lucy has loved Reece forever and had hopes of a possible relationship. But just before she heads off to college he makes it clear nothing would ever happen between them and breaks her heart. Reece never felt he was good enough for Lucy and felt this was the best way to protect
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
If I could I would change the title of this book to A Very Generic Love Story

Serious talk everything about this book is generic. It was also hard for me to get into the book when both main characters did not act like adults. They're so unlikable. And not to mention have zero chemistry with each other.

I don't like how the Hero cheapened the heroine's dreams and ambitions just because they weren't aligned with his. That's disrespectful and he kept doing that throughout the book, and was very
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!
This is a beautiful blend of the forbidden romance, friends to lover, and second chance romance. Lucy and Reece have known each other for years. Reece is her big brother’s best friend and has always been part of their family. Their friendship was always strong and as they got older they crossed the line to lovers. Through some misunderstanding, they part ways and have hated each other ever since. Can they find their way back to each other?
The story starts out with Reece and Lucy in pre
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

Typically, I don't enjoy stories full of miscommunication or second chance romances BUT this one was so easy to read that I flew through it and ended up adoring this pair of ignorant idiots. Actually, I've really enjoyed the whole series so far.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lauren Layne Fans, Romance
Why oh Why must there always be a catch...
Have a new job offer and opportunity to break away from your Virginia home...
Be gifted by the folks a beat up station wagon to get you there...

Yeah...Until you find out the catch....

Did the righteous thing and took care of your dad till the end...
Want to escape all the memories and just leave it all behind...
Willing to do just about anything to make it all go away...

Sure...and Two Weeks with the only gal who touched your soul should do just fine...

Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and Tasty Book Tours***

There are books that just work. You like and relate the characters, you believe enjoy story, the pacing and writing are perfect... all just falls into place.

Love Story is one of those books. Reece and Lucy were wonderful together. You wanted to know what happened in the past and you really want them to end up together as they are perfect for one another, they just happen to be the only ones who don't see it.

I loved the balance of the curre

3 “Road trips and miscommunication” Stars

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, Loveswept

This is my first Lauren Layne book and, yes, I can see the appeal. Although I had my fair share of problems with this story, I practically read this in one sitting, so there was definitely an element there keeping me interested.

This is a second chance love story involving road trips, tons of problems that could’ve been solved with better communication and two main characters who got on my nerve quite a bit.

Let me star
Bookgasms Book Blog
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Boy does Lauren Layne know how to pack a book with all the feels, and let me tell you, Love Story sure does pack a punch! I am a sucker for so many of the tropes in this book. Second chance romance? Check. Friends to lovers? Yes please. Older brother's best friend? Don't mind if I do! Throw in a good old fashioned road trip, and all the delightful young love feelings turned into adult lust and I was a goner. This is the kind of book that you read in one sitting, because there is absolutely noth ...more
Lisa Filipe
LOVE STORY couldn't have been a more appropriate title for this utterly unputdownable romance from Lauren Layne.

For such a simple story, two ex's go on a cross-country road trip together, it was so much more than that. Lauren Layne gives you a hero and heroine who have loved each other since before they even knew that loving someone meant. She gives you characters who have real emotions, characters who hurt, and feel and hold grudges, and deep down still love each other like crazy.

As the story
WOW!! I really enjoyed this book. I read
the blurb and picked it up on that alone and
I am really glad that I did!! As I went to
review it, I saw that this is actually book
3 in a series. Let me say that I knew it
was a series, but for some reason I thought
it was book 1. The author did a fantastic
job of making each of these stand alone.

I love the childhood friends to lovers aspect
of this book!! Reese and Lucy both captured
my heart from the get go.

Lucy was a go getter. She was in all the clubs
and ev
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I truly liked this book.... A story about a second chance love.... I liked Lucy and Reece....
Jessica Alcazar
Love Story was a really great story until it wasn't but then it was and then it wasn't but then it was ..... what I did right there is kinda what I read between Lucy and Reece thru the entire book. These two went back and forth from sweet to stupid stubborn faster than I can roll a yo-yo, for most of the book. I'm not saying this to illustrate the book was bad per say, it's just a fact. And it annoyed the frikk out of me many many times. IMO, there was entirely too much push-pull. Their bad hist ...more
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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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“Not at all,” I say sweetly. “See, I just watched the way you attempted to juggle multiple girlfriends and failed, and then did the exact opposite.”
He glances at me then, a mocking smile on his face. “Oh, sweetheart. When did I ever claim you as my girlfriend?”
I suck in a quick breath, because it’s one of the more hurtful things he can say— dismissing that summer as though it were nothing.”
“Bullshit," he snaps, before lowering his voice and leaning forward. "You're the reason we ... broke up. Shit, were we even dating?"
I lean forward. "I sure as hell thought so when I handed over my V card."
His eyes narrow. "You act like you handed it over easily. Like it didn't take me all goddamn summer to get into your pants.”
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