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A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as “exemplary contemporary romance.”   Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have n A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as “exemplary contemporary romance.”   Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?   Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.   Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS I WISH YOU WERE MINE SOMEONE LIKE YOU I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE I THINK I LOVE YOU   Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:   The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS   The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE   The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY  | BROKEN | CRUSHED   The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM | JUST RUN WITH IT   Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


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A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as “exemplary contemporary romance.”   Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have n A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as “exemplary contemporary romance.”   Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?   Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.   Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS I WISH YOU WERE MINE SOMEONE LIKE YOU I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE I THINK I LOVE YOU   Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:   The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS   The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE   The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY  | BROKEN | CRUSHED   The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM | JUST RUN WITH IT   Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

30 review for I Think I Love You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

    *****FOUR STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} ”I THINK I LOVE YOU” is the fifth and final installment of the Oxford series. The conclusion to the series ends with one of my all-time favorite tropes -- ”friends to lovers”. While I found the story to be a sexy and enjoyable read, at times it was a little frustrating as well. I couldn’t wrap my head around how two educated people who were the best of friends could be completely clueless about their own feelings. I have loved the Stiletto a *****FOUR STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} ”I THINK I LOVE YOU” is the fifth and final installment of the Oxford series. The conclusion to the series ends with one of my all-time favorite tropes -- ”friends to lovers”. While I found the story to be a sexy and enjoyable read, at times it was a little frustrating as well. I couldn’t wrap my head around how two educated people who were the best of friends could be completely clueless about their own feelings. I have loved the Stiletto and Oxford series and am really sad that they’ve come to an end but I think it was definitely time. As all of the old characters made appearances in this book, at times I had to go back to my old reviews to remember who some of the characters were. It’s hard to keep up when a series has been going on for almost three years and there are long breaks between each installment’s release. But that being said, I have enjoyed each and every book! Brit and Hunter are best friends and co-workers. Brit has been having the worst luck with men lately. She hasn’t felt that special spark with any of the guys she’s dated but has tried to give them a chance because she’s ready to settle down but they always end up breaking things off with her claiming that they feel more of a friend vibe for her. She’s completely at a loss as to what she is doing wrong and so she enlists the help of her best friend Hunter to teach her the art of dating and how to drive men wild. Hunter is reluctant at first, but soon he’s on board with Brit’s plans. Hunter suggests that they go on a date so that he can see Brit in action and give her a few pointers but it’s on that first date that they’re both starting to feel a little more than friendship for each other. Things are slowly starting to heat up between the two but they never seem to be on the same wavelength and don’t seem to be able to read each other, as well as they, claimed to have because it’s obvious to everyone else that it was only a matter of time before they got together romantically. Hunter has never gotten involved with anyone seriously because he knows someday he’s going to move back to Kansas to help run his father’s company. His heart is where his family is and he’s always known that his time in New York was only temporary. He never wanted to mess up his friendship with Brit but now that she’s starting to mean so much more to him--how will he be able to let her go when the time comes for him to return back home? Here are my overall ratings Hero: 4 Heroine: 4 Plot: 4 Angst: 4 Steam: 5 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4 I THINK I LOVE YOU releases on July 10th! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KtkGk1 B&N: http://bit.ly/2MMbYKw GPlay: http://bit.ly/2z7bInf iBooks: https://apple.co/2lT3Ufo Kobo: http://bit.ly/2KtcfVY

  2. 5 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4 "You Mean Everything To Me" Stars! (ARC provided by Random House Publishing/ Loveswept) Brit Robbins is a beautiful woman living in Manhattan. She has a great apartment, fabulous friends, and an amazing job at Oxford Magazine. The only thing missing is her Mr. Right. After yet another break up, she's beginning to wonder what's wrong with her. The men of New York didn't seem to take her seriously as girlfriend material. She was attractive, loyal, friendly, and made people feel comfortable. She d 4 "You Mean Everything To Me" Stars! (ARC provided by Random House Publishing/ Loveswept) Brit Robbins is a beautiful woman living in Manhattan. She has a great apartment, fabulous friends, and an amazing job at Oxford Magazine. The only thing missing is her Mr. Right. After yet another break up, she's beginning to wonder what's wrong with her. The men of New York didn't seem to take her seriously as girlfriend material. She was attractive, loyal, friendly, and made people feel comfortable. She dated, but things never made it to the next level. She's often treated like one of the guys. It was like she was locked in the perpetual friend zone. She decides she needs a new strategy and a plan. She wants romance, love, passion, and her happily ever after. She also wants to feel uncontrollable all-consuming lust. She comes to the conclusion she needs a teacher. An expert, someone to be her love coach. To teach her how to seduce a man, and be sexy. She picks her best friend and boss Hunter Cross, who she trusts more than anyone. He's extremely hot, charismatic, and has the experience she could benefit from. He's dated a lot and was a bit of a playboy. Hunter has been best friends with Brit for the past six years. He cares deeply for her, but his feelings for her have always been platonic. They were close, and talked work, relationships, and everything in between. There's nothing he wouldn't do for her, but then she stuns him with her request to give her a lesson in the art of seduction. He reluctantly agrees, and helps her to just feel, and not overthink things so much. She's tired of being the pal, and wants to be seen by men as a desirable woman. She just needs some pointers on how to get guys to fall for her. It's awkward at first, and their uncomplicated relationship suddenly is overflowing with sexual tension. Things feel different as they become really aware of one another for the first time. There is flirting, intense attraction, jealousy, and soon everything has changed between them. Their plan derails when their pretending becomes something real. They both find themselves wanting more and best friends turns into best friends with benefits. Brit has finally found that spark she's been looking for, and Hunter realizes he's taught her maybe a little too well, as he figures out he's the man she's thoroughly seducing. -He was her best friend in all the world. -This was Hunter. Everything about him seemed perfect; everything about them together was just right. -When he looked at her, she felt it. When he listened to her talk, she felt like the most important person in the room- in the world. -She felt the longing that matched her own. This. This was yearning. This was wanting... This was sexy. -Brit wanted Hunter in the all-consuming, falling-for-him kind of way. I really enjoyed this friends to lovers office romance that takes place in the Stiletto/Oxford world. This was a fun, flirty, sexy story about two best friends who find love in the last place they expected. I adored Hunter and the special relationship he had with Brit. I love this series and this author's writing. ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/2KSaJJ1

  3. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: That man was the physical form of halitosis. “If I use some of your face stuff, will I grow ovaries?” “Nah,” she said, not lifting her eyes. “Just leave your man card on the table, and we’ll be even.” “It’s gardenia,” she said, as she turned him around and began washing his back. “And it’s nice. I bet Lincoln would like it.” … “Because he’s like an old woman trapped in Clark Kent’s body,” Hunter grumbled. My Review: I have enjoyed each and every witty and amusing book in this series, Favorite Quotes: That man was the physical form of halitosis. “If I use some of your face stuff, will I grow ovaries?” “Nah,” she said, not lifting her eyes. “Just leave your man card on the table, and we’ll be even.” “It’s gardenia,” she said, as she turned him around and began washing his back. “And it’s nice. I bet Lincoln would like it.” … “Because he’s like an old woman trapped in Clark Kent’s body,” Hunter grumbled. My Review: I have enjoyed each and every witty and amusing book in this series, as I adored each and every one of the enticing Oxford crew. I groove on Lauren Layne’s breezy writing style and clever humor. Her uniquely flawed yet endearing characters tend to be whip-smart, alluring, and more than capable of holding their own with snappy retorts and witty banter. If this is truly the last installment, I’ll miss this distinctive grouping of friends and beautiful New Yorkers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    3.5 We all Need Closure Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-On Sale $1.99!!! Sometimes it is hard to let go... to say goodbye to an experience that you loved. I suspect it would also be difficult for authors to close out long-running series, series which have brought all their readers together with characters they have grown to love. I Think I Love You has become the last book of the Oxford series by Lauren Layne and we get to have a final look at all the characters from this series and also the Original 3.5 We all Need Closure Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-On Sale $1.99!!! Sometimes it is hard to let go... to say goodbye to an experience that you loved. I suspect it would also be difficult for authors to close out long-running series, series which have brought all their readers together with characters they have grown to love. I Think I Love You has become the last book of the Oxford series by Lauren Layne and we get to have a final look at all the characters from this series and also the Original Series, Sex, Love & Stiletto. Layne had developed a group of smart, savvy New Yorkers... some transplanted from other parts of the country all coming together under the umbrella of a sophisticated magazine group. Over the series, the co-workers coupled with each other and we benefited by being a fly on the wall. Layne covered so many topics during these two series... how men and women interact, how they need to get over their own demons, open up to the possibility of real love and then accept it when it is right in front of their face. And in this tale of Brit Robbins and Hunter Cross, we get the classic case of What is In Front Of Your Face. Brit is tired of feeling like a romance will never happen. Date after date, no matter how promising it may seem in the lead-up...Men just don't seem to see her as "happening"...or "there is no spark". Instead, there is the pleasant goodbye and off they go. Now Brit knows she has a decent look and can carry a strong conversation. She also knows she is easy to get along with...so what is the deal...She is thirty, has a terrific career and job so how can she stop all this "Let's Be Friends" stuff and switch it up to "I want to have you over every surface in this apartment"stuff. After having a drink consultation with her girlfriends, Brit decides she needs to have some guidance, some insight about what men think about, how they see women and what gets their parts hard. Brit has the perfect person to go to, her best friend in all of New York...Hunter. Hunter Cross has it all together. He looks like a men's magazine ad... and he does work for one. He is one of the transplants and thinks periodically about what his family is doing back home and how all of his siblings' kids are growing up and the family times he is missing. Yet, Hunter loves working at Oxford and the close-knit group he has become a part of. One of his favorite parts is Brit. They are the best of friends and always have each other back. She knows all of his little "tells" when he is in a questionable spot and has saved his ass time and time again. So it wasn't unusual for Brit to ask Hunter to come to her apartment to have pizza and a talk. What was crazy was what Brit was proposing. Hunter wasn't sure he heard her right... She wanted him to tutor her in seduction for men... What The Hell! Oh, no that was not going to happen...and when they had this conversation, Brit saw Hunter wasn't going to change his mind. She didn't want to hear how great she was and anyone would love her. He wasn't getting it...She was sick of being one of the guys to them...She wanted to be pursued. Brit decided to take matters into her own hands and started practicing on another co-worker who had a reputation for being a huge player. Brit walked up to this guy, batted her eyelashes and flipped her hair and Hunter went nuts. What was she doing...what was that thing with her gazing up and looking all interested...Oh, No this is not happening...If she wants to practice, then it will have to be with me. Hunter dug in and told Brit as much. They laid out ground rules and let the teaching begin. Of course, there was a little hiccup neither of them would admit to. They both cared for each other...and were worried they would lose their important friendship. When the coaching reveals how a kiss should truly feel to Brit, she is a bit lost...And Hunter is not immune to those feelings either. This is the main focus of the book with all of the other past characters intermingling. We see where they are now, how strong all the bonds are and enjoy every moment. The men guide Hunter to see what is in front of his face and the women help Brit with her insecurities too. All in all, it was a solid wrap up for these Oxford friends we have made. Irresistibly Yours (Oxford, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford, #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Someone like You (Oxford, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford, #4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~~ Just when you thought you finished mourning... When you had to get over the Men from the Oxford Series was done.... Lauren Layne sucks you back in... And Yay! She has... Bring it on... Because you know... I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)-July 17th 2018 For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    Welp. If only I could swap my enjoyment of the fourth Oxford with this one because as far as series enders go.. this left a lot to be desired. In I THINK I LOVE YOU we have a bestfriends who become more situation. Bestfriends who are oblivious to what's in front of them. Bestfriends who have friends betting on when they will each wake up to the inevitable. Bestfriends who each have their own struggles or disconnects with their love lives. In Brit's case she can never find someone to stick around, Welp. If only I could swap my enjoyment of the fourth Oxford with this one because as far as series enders go.. this left a lot to be desired. In I THINK I LOVE YOU we have a bestfriends who become more situation. Bestfriends who are oblivious to what's in front of them. Bestfriends who have friends betting on when they will each wake up to the inevitable. Bestfriends who each have their own struggles or disconnects with their love lives. In Brit's case she can never find someone to stick around, who sees her as anything more than a friend or a pal or a sister. And in Hunter's case he just isn't interested in more because he knows his life isn't at Oxford, in New York, and that one day he'll return home to Kansas City.. so why do anything more than something casual? But he's actually not a manwhore in that sense. He liked the few date companionship more than the act of adding notches to his bedpost. "I love that look you get on your face whenever forced to acknowledge I am, in fact, female." But when Brit's had enough of being clueless and incapable in the love department, she goes to her bestie for lessons on how to be.. more. More desireable, more sexy, more everything. And I think we all know what happens next. "What happened?" "He dumped me." "What? How is that even possible? That man was the physical form of halitosis." What made this version of the tried and true a little different is that Hunter resists Brit's experiment. Turns her down. And is all around hesitant to shift their paradigm. But of course some well-timed jealousy rears its head and he caves and as they go on a mock-date, as they shift the lense and start to look at each other in a 'more than friends' light, feelings.. brew. But instead of putting a label on it (because heaven for f'ing bid), they play it fast and loose and fun and sexy.. until drama ensues. He and Brit were what they were. Friends. Good friends. Analyzing why they were the way they were would only complicate one of the best things in his life. I'll be honest. I didn't find there to be any chemistry between these two. Not even in a friendly sense. I couldn't even remember Brit, vaguely recalled Hunter floating in the background of previous Oxford books, and together..? Well. I could see the author trying to make it happen but I wasn't buying it. And in a romantic sense, I mean.. all the same old same old motions, the same idiotic decisions and boneheaded moves on the man's part and the blanket-forgiveness on the woman's. Nope, sorry. "Best friends don't lurk outside each other's apartment buildings." "They do if they have a favour to ask." "Isn't that what texts are for? This is light, a fast read, and as a bonus had all the familiar faces from both series (Sex, Love & Stiletto and obviously Oxford) make appearances for the finale. Personally, though, the hardest bit from all this to swallow is that there were that many of-age and high-quality dateable people who all worked in the same building. Pure fantasy. That aside, though, I'm sad I didn't love this finale; but I did love so many of the books along the way to the end. Layne is, strangely, not an author who I seem to have any kind of consistency with but ultimately even the non-winners are still entertaining in some way or another. I guess I just expected to wrap this series up with a bang and instead, for me (and please note I am in the minority and this book isn't even out yet), it was more of a bloop. 2.5 "there was no good way to ask a guy to help teach you how to seduce other guys" stars ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart 3.5 hearts I Think I Love You is the finale to the Stiletto/Oxford series by Lauren Layne, which also just happens to be my favorite contemporary romance series to date.  It is bittersweet to say farewell to all the characters I’ve come to know and adore. It is also the friends to lovers trope I usually crave in a romance as well. Brit and Hunter have been BFFs for years.  He really isn’t looking to settle down but does love to date.  Brit, o This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart 3.5 hearts I Think I Love You is the finale to the Stiletto/Oxford series by Lauren Layne, which also just happens to be my favorite contemporary romance series to date.  It is bittersweet to say farewell to all the characters I’ve come to know and adore. It is also the friends to lovers trope I usually crave in a romance as well. Brit and Hunter have been BFFs for years.  He really isn’t looking to settle down but does love to date.  Brit, on the other hand, wants to find someone to date long term but everyone she meets likes to put her in the friend zone.  So, who better than her best friend to help her figure out a way to go from a girl I like to a girl I want to love. “Be brutally honest. Am I giving off some sort of weird vibe? Does it say platonic across my forehead? Or do I have an unremarkable label on my boobs?” Taylor leaned in and studied Brit’s chest. “Nope, all good there.” Brit is adorable, she is cool, confident and isn’t throwing a pity party over the lack of passion in her life.  She has a plan of attack and is going to make her best friend help her come hell or high water. Hunter is a good guy overall.  He likes dating but isn’t exactly a man-whore, which let’s face it ladies, is a nice change up sometimes. I like the easy way Brit and Hunter have with one another and how they can open up to each other since they are such good friends. “I wouldn’t have asked anyone else,”she said quietly. Truthfully. “I can’t imagine anything more vulnerable than asking someone to tell you why you’re unlovable.” “Brit.”He put his glass down sharply. “I didn’t mean it like that,”she rushed to explain. “Really, I didn’t. I promise I don’t think I’m not worth loving. I just . . . I do sometimes wonder why I’m not finding love when everyone around me is.” “I’m not.” "Well . . .”She smiled a little. “You don’t want to.” “How do you know?” “Because you’re good with women. Really good. If you wanted to make one of those relationships last, you’d have your pick of anyone.” As Brit learns how to play act at being attracted to Hunter during lessons on flirting and getting a second date, it becomes clear there isn’t anything close to platonic between them. As always, the banter and dialogue between not just the romantic couple but also the friend in this book is what makes it special. Lauren Layne does group dynamics so well and makes you want to hang out with this group of friends and get in on all of the shenanigans.   You don’t have to have read the rest of the Stiletto and Oxford series to jump into this one.  It is a stand-alone romance and will hold up just fine on its own. But if you have read the other books in the series, there are cameos from everyone, and it is a good send off for all the couples into the future. Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️

    3.5 “Soulmate” Stars A sweet friends to lovers story. In the final book of the Oxford series, Hunter and his best friend, Brit, are left to find love. Of course they are best friends who don’t feel anything for each other, or do they? The ease of their friendship, the knowing of each other’s nuisances and the sweet devotion they feel for one another is perfect and everyone can see they are each other’s soul mate but them. But when Brit’s self esteem about her love life starts to crash, she ask Hu 3.5 “Soulmate” Stars A sweet friends to lovers story. In the final book of the Oxford series, Hunter and his best friend, Brit, are left to find love. Of course they are best friends who don’t feel anything for each other, or do they? The ease of their friendship, the knowing of each other’s nuisances and the sweet devotion they feel for one another is perfect and everyone can see they are each other’s soul mate but them. But when Brit’s self esteem about her love life starts to crash, she ask Hunter for help in become a “catch” instead of a “gal pal” to men. It starts the awakening of real feelings but feelings complicate their friendship. How could they really like each other? They are best friends not boyfriend and girlfriend. There are also many cameos from the all the other couples that have gotten together in the Oxford and Stiletto Series. They are all really a big extended family of friends who all truly care about one another. Interfering and meddling and having fun are what all these couples are about. If you like sweet friends to lovers story that is high on angst and fun on romcom, this book is for you. I enjoyed my time in Oxford Land. I felt like the end was a little rushed and a little too perfect but overall, it brought a smile to my face. *advanced copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Witty, charming, and delightfully romantic! I Think I Love You is a passionate, friends-to-more RomCom about the determined and focused Brit who doesn’t want to be just one of the guys anymore and decides to undertake lessons in the art of seduction, and the sexy, considerate Hunter, who suddenly finds it harder and harder to keep his attraction for his best friend in check. The writing is crisp and light. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are charismatic, fun-loving, and lo Witty, charming, and delightfully romantic! I Think I Love You is a passionate, friends-to-more RomCom about the determined and focused Brit who doesn’t want to be just one of the guys anymore and decides to undertake lessons in the art of seduction, and the sexy, considerate Hunter, who suddenly finds it harder and harder to keep his attraction for his best friend in check. The writing is crisp and light. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are charismatic, fun-loving, and lovable. And the plot is a perfect blend of drama, heat, emotion, hilarious hijinks, sassy banter, unconditional friendship and true love. I Think I Love You is the fifth and final story in the Oxford series, and even though it’s a little bittersweet to say goodbye to the characters we’ve come to know and love from the Stiletto and Oxford novels, it is nevertheless a lovely way to catch up on the whole gang and give Brit and Hunter the happy-ever-after ending they undoubtedly deserve. Thank you to Random House – Loveswept, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews can be found on my blog at https://whatsbetterthanbooks.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    I Think I Love You was a wonderful end to the Stiletto/Oxford Series. We got to catch up with every couple from the previous books, and I loved seeing all of the people I had fallen in love with. And while his book could easily be read as a standalone, I definitely recommend going back to the very beginning with Julie and Mitchell in After the Kiss from the Stiletto Series. Trust me, it's so worth it! This final book was about Hunter and Brit and their story was sexy, charismatic, funny and char I Think I Love You was a wonderful end to the Stiletto/Oxford Series. We got to catch up with every couple from the previous books, and I loved seeing all of the people I had fallen in love with. And while his book could easily be read as a standalone, I definitely recommend going back to the very beginning with Julie and Mitchell in After the Kiss from the Stiletto Series. Trust me, it's so worth it! This final book was about Hunter and Brit and their story was sexy, charismatic, funny and charming! “Brit.” He waited until she looked at him. “That dress you’re wearing. I approve.” “Yeah?” She mimicked his question from when she’d complimented his glasses. “ Oh yeah.” Brit suddenly couldn’t breathe, and her hands felt a little shaky, her face hot. Well, then . . . Well, then . . . What did she do with that ? And why did it make her feel like this ? If you've read the previous books, you know that Hunter and Brit both work at Oxford and have been best friends for the last six years. But over that time, Brit's dating life had been dismal. She was desperate to figure out how to secure that second date, how to find a spark with someone else and ultimately feel sexy. Who better to ask to help her than her bff, Hunter! Right? She stretched, the hem of her shirt riding up just enough to show a sliver of skin. A couple of weeks ago, he wouldn’t have noticed. Now? He noticed. And it wasn’t just that. He noticed the way she walked. The way a strand of hair tended to fall across her lips after she’d applied lip gloss and then laughed. He noticed the way she was with his family, as though she was a part of it. . . . Brit tilted her head and gave him a curious look. “You okay?” No. Not even fucking close. While I ultimately knew how this book was going to end, I loved watching the journey. You see, Hunter and Brit didn't see each other as anything more than best friends. So while Hunter was helping Brit work on her dating skills, I loved how a moment or feeling would make them pause. And even second guess what happened. Because they shouldn't be feeling sexual tension or interest in each other right? They were just best friends, that was it. But the further they went down the road of helping Brit's dating life, there were more and more moments where electricity seemed to course between them. Brit skated away, doing a little half jump, but Hunter remained still for a moment longer, a bit jarred by the fact that he hadn’t touched her because of her plan; he hadn’t been trying to teach her anything. He’d touched her because he wanted to. And he wanted to do it again. From the previous book, I Knew You Were Trouble, I liked Brit. It was impossible not to like her loving, friendly attitude. She had this way of making you comfortable while also wanting to be her friend. She definitely rocked the girl next door vibe hard and I loved her for it. And when she was around Hunter, I loved their moments together. Their friendship felt so solid and real and I loved watching it slowly turn into something more. Brit turned toward him, catching his eye and giving a wide smile. Hunter’s chest tightened, and for an awful moment he wondered if it wasn’t his dick that was going to cause him the real trouble. What if it was his heart? Hunter at times tested my patience. He didn't always make the best choices and he could be clueless when it came to Brit. But he had a good heart and he loved her, so I was patient with him. Thank goodness he had great friends to help steer him in the right direction when needed! I actually loved being in Hunter's head, when we alternated between them, because his thoughts were so complicated. Yes he was sexy, loyal and tried to do right by Brit but I loved how honest he was with himself. So I easily saw all of the good that Brit saw in him and I kept my fingers crossed that it would all end up good in the end! “Hunter,” Brit said with a laugh. This time she put her hands on his arms and actually tried to move him aside. He still didn’t move. She looked up, her expression confused. “Hunter?” He stared down at her. Don’t do it. Don’t do it, man. Fuck it. Hunter bent down and captured her mouth with his. I Think I Love You is definitely for those that love friends to lovers romances and who want to see what all of their favorites, from the previous books, are up to. This book was such a wonderful end to the Oxford and Stiletto saga and I'm so thankful that I got to go on this journey and discover so many books that I treasure with my whole heart. And if you haven't read the previous books in the series, I can't recommend them enough. They were absolutely amazing! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by Random House - Loveswept. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* For more of my reviews, please visit:

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dali

    With book five of her “Oxford” series, Lauren Layne brings the summer heat and closes out her series with a truly enjoyable read. She allures with an enticing romantic comedy that wittily describes the tricky yet exciting prospect of dating one’s best friend. Brit Robbins and Hunter Cross have been best friends since they met and when one too many men friend-zone her, Brit enlists Hunter to teach her the art of seduction. Hunter isn’t sure mock dating is a good idea, but is also unwilling to let With book five of her “Oxford” series, Lauren Layne brings the summer heat and closes out her series with a truly enjoyable read. She allures with an enticing romantic comedy that wittily describes the tricky yet exciting prospect of dating one’s best friend. Brit Robbins and Hunter Cross have been best friends since they met and when one too many men friend-zone her, Brit enlists Hunter to teach her the art of seduction. Hunter isn’t sure mock dating is a good idea, but is also unwilling to let anyone else be her romance coach. When fake flirting and innocent touches that feel anything but blur the platonic lines, they find it impossible to resist their growing attraction. But is it just that or is it the real deal? Layne has always shined at creating charming individuals, a fun moving plot with an appealing NY backdrop, and I Think I Love You is a wonderful addition to her series. Brit and Hunter are delightfully blind to the fact that they’re perfect for each other. Everyone in the Stiletto and Oxford family sees it but the details of their friendship, which Lauren describes in fun detail, provide a solid base to build their romance. The sizzling chemistry offers steamy scenes that will melt any eReader and I found myself flipping pages until the wee hours of the night hoping and waiting to see if they’d give in. And when they do, it smolders. The novel is full of amusing banter not just between Hunter and Brit, but with all the characters we’ve come to love from her Oxford and Stiletto series. Having them all back is bittersweet though. We get glimpses of their lives, knowing it’s the end of a loved series. I’ll never be able to hear The Rembrandts “I’ll be there for you” song without thinking of this wonderful group of friends. I think I Love You is book #5 of the Oxford series by Lauren Layne. It is a fun and sexy contemporary romance, told from several points of view with a happy ending. Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2IU9KpQ * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Stalk me on FaceBook * Twitter * Pinterest Book Teasers * More reviews

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4 stars Such a lovely story, I enjoy it a lot!It has one of my favorite tropes friends to lovers and also it's an office romance.Should I say anything else? It started really well and the characters were lovable and we'll developed! Hunter and Brit are best friends,they know everything about each other.Brit needs help with her appeal to men and who is better to help her than Hunter? Soon they will understand that they have feeling for each other and things will get interesting. They story isn't uni 4 stars Such a lovely story, I enjoy it a lot!It has one of my favorite tropes friends to lovers and also it's an office romance.Should I say anything else? It started really well and the characters were lovable and we'll developed! Hunter and Brit are best friends,they know everything about each other.Brit needs help with her appeal to men and who is better to help her than Hunter? Soon they will understand that they have feeling for each other and things will get interesting. They story isn't unique yet I loved it!It was fast paced and I didn't get bored.If you are looking for a sweet and sexy romance this is perfect for you!     

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. This was a fun little book! My actual rating is closer to 3.5 stars but I have decided to round up. I knew I would want to read this book as soon as I saw it. I have had a great time with the Oxford series so far so I had to see how everything would wrap up. This book is the fourth book in the Oxford series but it works perfectly well as a stand alone. This wasn't my favorite book in the series but I thought that it was a very enjoya This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. This was a fun little book! My actual rating is closer to 3.5 stars but I have decided to round up. I knew I would want to read this book as soon as I saw it. I have had a great time with the Oxford series so far so I had to see how everything would wrap up. This book is the fourth book in the Oxford series but it works perfectly well as a stand alone. This wasn't my favorite book in the series but I thought that it was a very enjoyable and solid story. I thought that this was a well done friends to lovers story. Brit and Hunter are best buds and often tell others that they see each other as siblings. Brit tends to be pushed to the friend zone whenever she tries to start a relationship and she cannot figure out what she is doing wrong. She decides that she needs a man's perspective to help her seduce future potential suitors so she asks Hunter for instruction. You can probably guess how that is going to work out. The story was pretty predictable in some ways but it was still a lot of fun to read. Even though I knew going in that Brit and Hunter were going to fall for each other, watching it happen was an enjoyable experience. I did think that it was a little strange how both of them felt no chemistry with each other but everything changed suddenly for both of them at the same time. Who knows...maybe it really happens like that. I do know that it great to watch them as the sparks started to fly. I did like Brit and Hunter as a couple and individually as characters. Brit is ready for a relationship and isn't afraid to let others know. She knew what she wanted and was willing to do the work to make it happen. Hunter is happy with his life the way it is. He has some great friends including Brit and dates when he wants. Hunter does make some bad decisions in this book that did make me cringe more than a bit. As a couple, they worked really well. They knew each other really well and were very comfortable with each other. There were some pretty steamy scenes in this one. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This book had a lot of great elements including great characters, fun banter, heartfelt moments, and a bit of heat. I had a great time watching Brit and Hunter find their happily ever after. I look forward to reading more from Lauren Layne soon. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley. Initial Thoughts Maybe 3.5 stars but I am rounding up for now. I thought that the set up for this one was a little weird but I just went with it. I liked Hunter and Brit and thought that they worked well together. I did think it was a little strange that neither of them felt any spark before but then all of a sudden the chemistry was off the charts. It was pretty predictable but still an entertaining read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    Layne gracefully brings the Oxford and Stiletto series to a close with this last entry. This series is sheer wish fulfillment, gorgeous people at two super successful magazines living high style in New York. Interestingly enough, Layne chooses to bring together a couple who have been best friends for six years. Brit and Hunter seem perfectly content with their platonic friendship. Brit is friends with everybody . . . and that's the problem. She comes to Hunter bummed after being dumped by yet anot Layne gracefully brings the Oxford and Stiletto series to a close with this last entry. This series is sheer wish fulfillment, gorgeous people at two super successful magazines living high style in New York. Interestingly enough, Layne chooses to bring together a couple who have been best friends for six years. Brit and Hunter seem perfectly content with their platonic friendship. Brit is friends with everybody . . . and that's the problem. She comes to Hunter bummed after being dumped by yet another guy. Why is it she's friend-zoned by every guy she dates? What's wrong with her? Then she gets a brilliant idea: since Hunter is so successful with the ladies, he has to teach his best how to be seductive! You know what has to happen from there, and it does. The two have an unexpectedly rocky road as they try to figure out themselves, their relationship and their future. Told in LL's usually smooth, vivid, often funny style, I only glitched once at former couples showing up all smiles and giggles. Mostly she did a good job with showing the great lives of the couples from other stories. A thoroughly enjoyable romance, perfect for summer reading. Copy provided by NetGalley

  14. 3 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    Cute but a little predictable. I had the same issues with this book and the last book, and that is, I've read this before. And I'm not talking about the bestfriend-to-lovers trope, which happens to be a favorite of mine, but rather the characters and their motivations. ARC provided by the publisher

  15. 3 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    This book starts off with the heroine, Brit lamenting the lack of good men to date. Brit's friends at Oxford magazine have all found the ONE- except for her. Brit's best friend is Hunter. Hunter is also her boss at Oxford. She confides in Hunter about her dating dilemma. He reluctantly agrees to give her lessons on dating and how to get a repeat date. She's so nurturing and kind, she constantly puts herself in the friend-zone. The men that she dates don't feel the spark with her. This is 3rd pers This book starts off with the heroine, Brit lamenting the lack of good men to date. Brit's friends at Oxford magazine have all found the ONE- except for her. Brit's best friend is Hunter. Hunter is also her boss at Oxford. She confides in Hunter about her dating dilemma. He reluctantly agrees to give her lessons on dating and how to get a repeat date. She's so nurturing and kind, she constantly puts herself in the friend-zone. The men that she dates don't feel the spark with her. This is 3rd person POV, so we get a bird's eye view of Brit's dating/seduction lessons. Brit asks for Hunter's help. She starts by going through her wardrobe. Yes Hunter started to roll his eyes. He got into it and even gave some good advice. Brit would dress business/casual, even on dates. I really thought Hunter's reactions/feedback were spot on for a typical guy. Hunter: "Lesson number one... When it comes to guys and first impressions, obvious is a good thing." Brit doubts this but Hunter is adamant: " Making snap judgments based on appearance is going to happen whether you like it or not. Might as well work with it." [Chapter 6, location 772] Brit gives the more flattering clothes a try and adds the flirting techniques from Hunter. Brit dates a couple of guys but she doesn't feel any spark with them. During the "lessons" Hunter and Brit get closer. They don't want to ruin their friendship. Everyone at Oxford knows these two are meant for each other. They're the last to realize it or admit it. I expected Hunter to step up, speak up and do the right thing. He's a lug head. The women of Stiletto (the previous series) and Oxford support Brit and confront Hunter. One of the guys, points out: "Now ladies, remember, we men can be idiots. We need time to sort it out." I loved Hunter. He was an idiot for most of the book. Brit did friend zone herself without realizing it With each and every guy. I loved it when the light bulb went off. Gah, it took them long enough! I loved the ending & the epilogue. I really enjoyed this. 4.25 stars. Book 1 was my favorite, this was a close second. I've read and enjoyed several of LL's books. She does friends to lovers stories just the way I like them. I was rooting for these two. Way to go Hunter. Brit, you're all right! You've always been all right. Now you know it. ARC provided by NetGalley. This is my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ARC received for review This is sad it's the end of the Stiletto and Oxford gang. Brit wants help with figuring out why men don't want to stick around after the third date, so she asks her BFF Hunter to help. Of course, in the relationship coaching they fall into bed and eventually in love with lots of help from the gang. Nice end to the series.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Marla Mei

    the stupidity of the characters in the last few chapters was torture!!! ugh :/ i think i should finally accept that lauren layne has, como se dice, lost her touch?? this being the final book of the series, i was expecting to be blown away but all i got was 20+ chapters of meh??? the only reason i’m rating 3 stars is because of the fond memories from the first few books this last book gave me. i’m gonna miss the whole stiletto and oxford crew but i really believe that lauren layne should’ve ended t the stupidity of the characters in the last few chapters was torture!!! ugh :/ i think i should finally accept that lauren layne has, como se dice, lost her touch?? this being the final book of the series, i was expecting to be blown away but all i got was 20+ chapters of meh??? the only reason i’m rating 3 stars is because of the fond memories from the first few books this last book gave me. i’m gonna miss the whole stiletto and oxford crew but i really believe that lauren layne should’ve ended the series with emma and cassidy’s story 😩❤️ that was by far my favorite of the whole series and would’ve served as the perfect ending. oh well 🤷‍♀️

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dísir

    ‘I Think I Love You’ feels like the true end to Lauren Layne’s Oxford series, a not quite full-length tale of the last standing couple, who don’t even know they’re meant to be paired with…yet. Layne tackles the friends-to-lovers trope here and straightaway, I knew it would be a tricky one with questions that needed to be answered—questions that this trope always seems to invite for the pairing to be a believable and satisfying one. Brit and Hunter slide in somewhere later in the Oxford series as ‘I Think I Love You’ feels like the true end to Lauren Layne’s Oxford series, a not quite full-length tale of the last standing couple, who don’t even know they’re meant to be paired with…yet. Layne tackles the friends-to-lovers trope here and straightaway, I knew it would be a tricky one with questions that needed to be answered—questions that this trope always seems to invite for the pairing to be a believable and satisfying one. Brit and Hunter slide in somewhere later in the Oxford series as best friends, and as boss and subordinate, whose status-quo hasn’t changed in years, until Brit stirs the waters by adding a particularly farcical element in the setup which, according to Layne, has the power to change everything they know about each other. As a plot device that sets the action and the romance on a predictable path, Brit’s apparent seduction tutoring works all too well. So the story goes. It inevitably goes sideways and it isn’t a surprise to see Hunter screwing up colossally, but what is frustrating is his not doing enough to make up for it and Brit being too soft-hearted about it. With the abrupt conclusion however, there isn’t a chance to see Hunter fighting for a relationship with Brit, which I knew I needed to read after the way he’s waffled too much in his manly cowardice. In other words, the grovelling hardly matches the crime. I was actually more interested in the implications of this trope and how Layne would tackle the explanation of the sudden flip in the switch in their relationship when years of never looking at each other ‘that way’ were thrown to the wind—because this would probably justify the validity (which I can’t quite blindly accept as timing, serendipity or the sudden realisation of scales falling from eyes) so to speak, of best friends becoming lovers. How does a seduction plan inexplicably turn Hunter into looking at Brit from a platonic friend into someone else? There’s a suggestion here that a platonic friendship perpetually hangs on a knife’s edge, needing merely the slightest thing for it to tip over into a different space, so would that have meant that Hunter and Brit would never have crossed any line had Brit not taken the first step? The long and short is, I’m not entirely sure if I’m quite convinced about this trope still. It’s probably cynicism speaking here nonetheless and that Layne chooses to tackle this once again isn’t surprising seeing how often it appears in her books. I do think Hunter and Brit do ultimately belong together—best friends can and do make good lovers—only that I had hoped for a more solid grounding for them becoming a couple other than sudden, forced proximity with all the talk of dating and seduction giving them the orgasmic shivers. As far as it goes, my wistfulness with finishing this series probably has to do with my introduction to Layne via Penelope/Cole, whose story started my going down the Oxford rabbit hole. I loved seeing the rest of the Oxford crew even if some stories worked better than others for me, and with all the series I’ve gone through, I had hoped this one ended more on a bang for me. *ARC by the publisher via Netgalley

  19. 5 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    I Think I Love You is the final book in the Oxford series, but it reads as a stand alone. I haven't read any of the previous books and didn't have any issue enjoying this one! Hunter and Brit are best friends. They have been best friends for years. Brit turns to her BFF to get some dating advice. You can guess how this will end up, right. Overall, the story is predictable. Of course they realize they have feelings for each other. Of course Hunter freaks out about it-she's his friend, he is bad a I Think I Love You is the final book in the Oxford series, but it reads as a stand alone. I haven't read any of the previous books and didn't have any issue enjoying this one! Hunter and Brit are best friends. They have been best friends for years. Brit turns to her BFF to get some dating advice. You can guess how this will end up, right. Overall, the story is predictable. Of course they realize they have feelings for each other. Of course Hunter freaks out about it-she's his friend, he is bad at relationships, blah blah blah. Now, I don't mean this as a negative. It was still enjoyable to watch these two fumble their way through their feelings. Plus, the supporting characters are great and add some fun. There were a few times I wanted to throat punch Hunter for being so dense, but overall I thought he and Brit were great characters. I Think I Love You is a hit for readers who love the friends to lovers trope, great banter (Lauren Layne is the queen of banter), and the perfect balance between light/fun and endearing/romantic.   POV: 3rd Tears: no Trope: friends to lovers Triggers: none Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[yes with epilogue (hide spoiler)] authors like Lauren Blakely, Jana Aston, Kristen Proby, Melanie Harlow...then you will probably like I Think I Love You!   I Think I Love You See full review on The Book Disciple

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    4 'Love Coach' Stars! What a mix of bittersweet feelings I have right now! I still can't believe this is the last book of the Oxford series. Irresistibly Yours, the first installment, was my first EVER read by Lauren Layne and after that, I haven't stop reading (and loving) her books. I fell in love with the Stiletto and the Oxford crew and it's so sad to say goodbye to all these wonderful characters that have stolen my heart over the years (thank God I can re-read the books whenever I want lol). 4 'Love Coach' Stars! What a mix of bittersweet feelings I have right now! I still can't believe this is the last book of the Oxford series. Irresistibly Yours, the first installment, was my first EVER read by Lauren Layne and after that, I haven't stop reading (and loving) her books. I fell in love with the Stiletto and the Oxford crew and it's so sad to say goodbye to all these wonderful characters that have stolen my heart over the years (thank God I can re-read the books whenever I want lol). So, this is a friends-to-lovers romance. It was pretty great: funny, emotional and sexy. I loved seeing Hunter and Brit fall in love (man, the sexual tension!) and I am so happy they got their happy ending (even though I would have loved a longer one). However, my favorite parts about I Think I Love You were all the moments with the crew. I loved how Lauren Layne was able to give us moments with all the characters in the Stiletto and Oxford series in this book. It felt such a beautiful goodbye to all of them. Gah, do I love all these people! Lauren is an amazing writer and I can't wait to see what is next. And, please, if you haven't checked her books out by now, go and do it. I am telling you, you will not regret it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne is book 5 in the Oxford series. This is the story of Brit Robbins and Hunter Cross. I haven't yet read the previous books, so for me this is a standalone book. This was a great Friends to Lovers romance. Brit asked her friend Hunter to help in coaching her for a better dating and seduction. But this turns into more than what they both plan. Really enjoyed this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. To be honest, the synopsis for I Think I Love You almost scared me off. Anything where the plot sounds like it’s centered around a physical relationship is not generally my thing. However, I’ve learned that when it comes to a Lauren Layne book, it’s always best to give her the benefit of the doubt and I’m once again glad I did. While there were a few of the too-graphic scenes I don’t really appreciate, there weren’t more I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. To be honest, the synopsis for I Think I Love You almost scared me off. Anything where the plot sounds like it’s centered around a physical relationship is not generally my thing. However, I’ve learned that when it comes to a Lauren Layne book, it’s always best to give her the benefit of the doubt and I’m once again glad I did. While there were a few of the too-graphic scenes I don’t really appreciate, there weren’t more than her other books I’ve read have had. One of my favorite Romance tropes is Friends-to-More and I Think I Love You utilized it really well. I loved Brit and Hunter’s friendship. I’m really glad that we got to see them together as friends before they really began to fall for each other. I was expecting the “lessons in seduction” to be kind of cringe-worthy and they really weren’t. It was mostly Hunter reinforcing to Brit that there wasn’t anything wrong with her and she just needed to be relax and be herself. This is the last book in the Oxford series, which is also connected to another book series from Layne. However, this is the first book from either series I’ve read. There were a lot of side characters that were kind of hard for me to keep track of, being unfamiliar with the couples from the previous books, but I think fans of the series will be pretty happy with the cameos. They did make me want to go back and read some of the books I’ve missed. Overall, I really enjoyed I Think I Love You. It was a quick, cute read (I read it in a day) with likable characters. Lauren Layne continues to be one of my favorite Romance authors and I’m really looking forward to whatever she writes next. Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

    This was an adorably sweet friends to lovers office romance with a good dash of angst and now all I can think is that I really need to go binge on all the Lauren Layne things!!!! This was precisely what I needed to pull me out of my book funk. I've started and stopped reading a good handful of books recently and this is the first one that I picked up that wouldn't let me go. With a refreshingly colorful ensemble of characters and a really fun storyline, I THINK I LOVE YOU was exactly what I need This was an adorably sweet friends to lovers office romance with a good dash of angst and now all I can think is that I really need to go binge on all the Lauren Layne things!!!! This was precisely what I needed to pull me out of my book funk. I've started and stopped reading a good handful of books recently and this is the first one that I picked up that wouldn't let me go. With a refreshingly colorful ensemble of characters and a really fun storyline, I THINK I LOVE YOU was exactly what I needed to find! I know I read this book out of series order but that was totally okay. It read like a complete standalone and it gave me the delicious taste I needed to ensure I'll be going back for more. I have to know everything about all the couples that came before Hunter and Brit as they've paired off and I can't wait to go binge the rest of Lauren Layne's books. This story was sexy and emotional, but also remained light and fun the whole way though. A solid friendship becoming a whole lot more when the lines are blurred by Brit asking Hunter to coach her in seduction. Sure it might sound a little cliche but I didn't even care because I was so consumed by this storyline. I enjoyed this book so much and I savored every word. It's a slow burning friends to lovers romance that never felt forced or over the top. It was just right in every way and I really loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

    Ughhhhh guys I was pretty disappointed with this one. Mind you, it could be I feel that way because the romance I read before this was AMAZING but this one just seemed to fall a little flat for me. Honestly, it seems like all of Layne's books either fall into the LOVE or Mehh category for me--there really isn't any in-between. This book was a friends to lovers trope, which is one of my absolute favorites I might add, and was of the variety where the girl thinks she isn't sexy/doesn't know how to Ughhhhh guys I was pretty disappointed with this one. Mind you, it could be I feel that way because the romance I read before this was AMAZING but this one just seemed to fall a little flat for me. Honestly, it seems like all of Layne's books either fall into the LOVE or Mehh category for me--there really isn't any in-between. This book was a friends to lovers trope, which is one of my absolute favorites I might add, and was of the variety where the girl thinks she isn't sexy/doesn't know how to date so she asks her best guy friend to "teach" her. Okay. Apparently this can either be done very right or very wrong. A good example of a book where I LOVED this story line is Samantha Young's Before Jamaica Lane. I really didn't feel this one at all. Number one, I just didn't feel a true connection between Britt and Hunter. Number two, there was a lot of this: “Stop messing with me. You don’t get to do this. You don’t get to tell me to go on a date and then make me feel bad about it. You don’t get to order me to call a guy and then get mad when I do. You don’t get to tell me you don’t want to kiss me anymore and then act pissed when I kiss someone else—” Sooo basically he would "help" her but would get super shitty to her when she even was talking to another guy. I was not a fan of that. There's a difference between getting jealous and then being an asshole. Now, you're probably wondering, why did I give this a three if I am just going to spend my time complaining about the things I didn't like? Welllll I loved the rest of the books in this series and I still enjoyed getting to see all of my other favorite characters. Plus the ending was pretty sweet. Overall it wasn't horrible but like I said, I was pretty disappointed that the last book in this series didn't go out with a bang like I would have wanted it to.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Lacey (Booklovers For Life)

    Sooo freaking cute!! This was an adorable friends to lovers romance. Now I feel like catching up on the rest of the Oxford/Stiletto books! Review to come! Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    🙌🏼 WHOA!!! THE LAST BOOK!!!! I WANNA CRY!!!!!!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ FIVE BURSTING WITH JOY AND LOTS OF EMOTIONS STARSSSS!!!! ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE SERIES JUST ENDED AND THIS BITTERSWEET FEELING WON’T GO AWAY!!!! I REALLY WISH THERE WILL BE MORE, BUT LIKE WHAT MS LAUREN LAYNE SAID, ALL THINGS END BUT THE BEAUTY OF BOOKS IS THAT WE CAN ALWAYS REVISIT THE CHARACTERS AND THEIR WORLD. LALALALALOOOOVED THIS SO MUCH!!! PRE-READ: yaaaaasss! Can't wait! 🙌🏼 WHOA!!! THE LAST BOOK!!!! I WANNA CRY!!!!!!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ FIVE BURSTING WITH JOY AND LOTS OF EMOTIONS STARSSSS!!!! ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE SERIES JUST ENDED AND THIS BITTERSWEET FEELING WON’T GO AWAY!!!! I REALLY WISH THERE WILL BE MORE, BUT LIKE WHAT MS LAUREN LAYNE SAID, ALL THINGS END BUT THE BEAUTY OF BOOKS IS THAT WE CAN ALWAYS REVISIT THE CHARACTERS AND THEIR WORLD. LALALALALOOOOVED THIS SO MUCH!!! PRE-READ: yaaaaasss! Can't wait!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    The final novel in the Oxford/ Stiletto crossover series – what is the plural of series? Brit Robbins and Hunter Cross have worked together for years and are platonic best friends. But when yet another guy dumps Brit giving her the ‘you’re a nice woman but there just aren’t the sparks’ line she’s had enough and wants to know why guys always see her as “good ol’ Brit”. After a few glasses of wine with her friends Brit decides that she must be giving off a friend vibe rather than a girlfriend vibe The final novel in the Oxford/ Stiletto crossover series – what is the plural of series? Brit Robbins and Hunter Cross have worked together for years and are platonic best friends. But when yet another guy dumps Brit giving her the ‘you’re a nice woman but there just aren’t the sparks’ line she’s had enough and wants to know why guys always see her as “good ol’ Brit”. After a few glasses of wine with her friends Brit decides that she must be giving off a friend vibe rather than a girlfriend vibe and who better to teach her how to be seductive with men than the King of dating, Hunter Cross? Of course, when Hunter and Brit start talking seductive moves (and no batting your eyelashes is not seductive), they realise that beneath their platonic friendship could be something stronger. I read a few reviews of this before I read the book (mainly because I had requested an ARC on NetGalley and was surprised I hadn’t received it/ read the book already) and got the impression that reviewers felt this was okay but not necessarily one of the best. I have to disagree. I love the friends to lover trope, especially the dating guru version and this did it for me in spades. Hunter and Brit were best friends, the whole ‘you’ve got lettuce in your teeth’, sitting on the sofa in ratty sweats, hold my hair while I puke kind of friends. And they were work colleagues, Hunter was Brit’s boss. And yet the moment Hunter shows Brit how to say goodbye at the end of a date and they look into each other’s eyes? Bam! Suddenly there’s a whole load of tension that wasn’t there before. Having said that, as befits the final book, most of the old characters make a come back in one way or another and I think I would guess that maybe Lincoln Mathis was Lauren Layne’s favourite character. Or maybe it’s just that his predilection for pink foamy drinks is such a unique characteristic that he is instantly memorable. In summary, a glorious friends to lovers romance with just enough angst to create a plot but not angst, angst, angst, a farewell to our favourite characters from the previous books and certainly a must-buy for anyone who has read any of the previous books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dirty Dayna

    4.5 Farewell to Oxford and Stiletto Stars Another book by Lauren Layne??!!! This is a book I didn’t want to read.. because it means two series I have loved are ending. The author rights perfect HEA books that are so addicting and make you feel good. She is the ROMCOM of books in my opinion. The book starts off slow but once you get to 20% it is super hard to put down. This book is a standalone but I wouldn’t recommend it because of how many characters are actually in these two series that all c 4.5 Farewell to Oxford and Stiletto Stars Another book by Lauren Layne??!!! This is a book I didn’t want to read.. because it means two series I have loved are ending. The author rights perfect HEA books that are so addicting and make you feel good. She is the ROMCOM of books in my opinion. The book starts off slow but once you get to 20% it is super hard to put down. This book is a standalone but I wouldn’t recommend it because of how many characters are actually in these two series that all come back together in this book. The author does a bit of reminding you of the characters but if you don’t know them it can be quite confusing and you don’t feel the impact of it all. This book is about Brit and Hunter our last two single people. Brit has worked for Hunter since the beginning of the series ( I think its 7 years) and they have always had the perfect friend and coworker vibe. Brit is tired of every guy breaking up with within a few months and asking to be friends. Brit doesn’t want any more male friends. What Brit wants is the one. But she has no idea how to get out of the perpetual friendzone and be seen as a “mate” . She decides to enlist her best friend and boss Hunter to teach her the art of Seduction. You can actually feel the chemistry. You feel the angst. You feel the explosion of emotions. I fell in love with all of Hunter’s actions. He is swoon worthy. I think the book ends too quickly for me and I wanted a bit of a different end. But as usual the book was still perfect..

  29. 3 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I picked this up because I really enjoyed Walk of Shame by this author. This had it's writing on the wall from the beginning and I wasn't as impressed, but I finished it just cause I wanted something to read but it was okay there just wasn't any...depth!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    3 Stars Not one of my favorite LL books. I’m kind of bummed that this was the last in the series and I didn’t love:(

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