Love this author and always recommend her. But sad to say this book was so boring and predictable that I couldn’t even finish it.
This series and the stiletto series are my favorite romance novels that I have ever read! Love how unique they are and how well written. Re read them often and I can’t do that with any other series. Love them!
I've only read one other book in the Oxford series but reading the final book has me moving the rest of the series to the top of my TBR.
I love a good friends to lovers story and I feel like everyone has felt like Brit at one time or another. Why am I constantly getting friend-zoned? Why don't I feel a spark with anyone even though I go on regular enough dates? Good for Brit that her male BFF can give her advice about how to be right? I loved everything about the lessons that Hunter and Brit had. This book had just the right amount of angst that kept me reading until I was bleary eyed and exhausted.
The ending made me want to read all about the Stiletto and Oxford crews as soon as possible! I'm sure once I've read the books before this one, I'll be super sad that this is the end of the Oxford series.
*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Hunter and Brit’s story has been long awaited, but with that, also meant the Oxford series coming to an end...and that is bittersweet. With each couple in the series making an appearance here it felt like visiting with old friends. I was thrilled when “I Think I Love You" came out, this couple has been on my radar for their own story for some time.
With Hunter and Brit there was a vulnerability that truly tore at my heartstrings...with the emotional attachment that has formed over time with these two, their journey was joyous and rewarding in their finally having their own HEA...especially when all their friends had already found their own. You just knew Hunter and Brit would have their own happy ending, but when it finally came about, I'm embarrassed to say, I gave a joyous Whoop Whoop with a raised fist.
Thank you Ms Layne for providing a host of friends who brought endless hours of heartfelt joy, emotional tugs at the heartstrings, and many many instances of hilarious entertainment. You've created characters who are larger than life and will be long remembered.
This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher and NetGalley. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
Lori D. H.
*ARC of, I Think I Love You, was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review, no compensation was given.*
One forever friend zoned girl ✅
One serial dater ✅
Two best friends ✅
A group of crazy friends ✅
What happens when you put all those together, a disaster in the making or the perfect HEA?
I Think I love You is an adorable friends to lovers romantic comedy that drew me in from the first page. Brit and Hunter have been best friends for six years, Brit can't understand why she can't seem to keep a guy interested past the third date. So she asks her BFF, Hunter, to teach her the art of seduction. Hunter reluctantly agrees to help her and that's when all the fun begins. I really enjoyed the witty banner between these two characters, and how they navigated, each in their own way, their new found romance. This is the first book I have read in this series and this book definitely makes me want to read the entire series. I whole heartedly recommend this book.
Knowing that this is the final book of Lauren Layne's Oxford series, I went into it feeling nostalgic, excited, and a bit sad. I have loved these characters. I have enjoyed every minute of time I spent with them. And I will miss them terribly.
I think it's fitting that Lauren Layne concludes with Hunter and Brit's story. We've seen flashes of them throughout the series, and we knew--as did their friends and co-workers--that there was more to this whole "we're just best friends" thing, even if they had no clue. Fortunately, the clue hits them big time and in the most delightful, fulfilling way.
It starts as a favor: Brit wants Hunter to help her become more appealing to men. What neither anticipates is that she will become more appealing to HIM, and vice-versa. My favorite moments in this book were the little ones as Hunter and Brit discovered that they might just love each other romantically: the way he notices how she looks in jeans, the way she reacts when he touches the small of her back. FABULOUS.
Not that anything will come easily to them. Lauren Layne sets up their inevitable conflict, going in a direction that is neither predictable nor hackneyed. This shows respect for her story and her characters. I enjoyed how she incorporated characters from other books in the series, whether as friends, bosses, or a Greek chorus of sorts. They help Hunter and Brit understand how they feel about each other and the problems they face, and they help them figure out what to do about it.
The epilogue is bittersweet, and you can sense that it is for Lauren Layne, too. These two series and their characters have brought us joy, broken our hearts, and delivered the quiver. They have been our friends, and for that, I am quite grateful.