Title/s (In Order):
#1: I Knew You Were Trouble
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Humorous Fiction, Urban Fiction
Stand Alone/Series: Stand alone
Hardcopy/Kindle: Both, I have it on Kindle
Memorable Quotes: “The things we want change over time. That’s what life is. One big, endless, wonderful cycle of growing and changing and adapting.”
Taylor Carr has it all – a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer – and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.
Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life-unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.
Review – Spoilers (Sort of) –
I had no expectations for this book, as I purchased it given the great reviews for it. After reading it, I’m not too sure on what the hype was about.
The blurb doesn’t.. Entirely.. Match what the flow of the book is like. Essentially, the blurb suggests that she isn’t fussed about the breakup and that she will get a roommate. Wrong – in the book, she is definitely fussed. She wallows in her thoughts for ages, so much so her friends are like – we can’t tell if she’s upset about the breakup, or the fact that she didn’t get what she wanted. It was actually unlike Taylor to feel so upset about a breakup.
There is an important part to Taylor’s story, which involves her auntie – Karen. A woman who raised her, and essentially raised her to be a cold hard wall with anything and everything. This is focused on for a large part of the story.
Something that threw the book off for me immediately was how Taylor and Nick collide in the beginning. It was so, so terribly done that it quite honestly killed the book from me from that moment on. It was on the back of my mind as a flaw, and I just couldn’t see through it.
When Taylor and Nick interact for the first time, within seconds Nick is like “Why don’t you like me?” – dude, she doesn’t even know you. You have barely said a word to each other. It was so, so terribly shoehorned as a haters-to-lovers. Where the heck was the meaning behind being ‘haters’? Usually with haters-to-lovers romance novels there is at least something. Not just randomly off the bat, or in this case, gripping onto being called an ‘ice princess’. When they literally dip into way worse insults throughout the book together. Yeah, sure, Taylor had been called that before and it hit a nerve, but I’m pretty sure half the crap they threw at each other from that moment on was way worse. It just felt… so forced, and cringe worthy.
It did cover cheating – being the ‘other woman’, but in this case, both women were sort of the ‘other woman’. It didn’t really get much more into this though, and the man who was responsible for it all was the biggest push over in existence. It felt as if he had no plot to him, and I feel like that was a large dampener on what should have been held onto more. It was a large part of the story, was it not? It just felt poorly handled.
Something that also threw me off in this book was basically, well, Nick. He was quite forceful, in one scene Taylor actually tells Nick to stop and he says ‘like hell’ and continues. That felt a bit.. Red flag for me.
Nick also decides to run away like a child when he finds out Taylor’s big news. Within two weeks she somehow magically has furniture for the situation at hand, seems to have already sorted it all out and then he appears and decides to give things a go. Did I mention this is when he decides it’s the perfect timing to propose? Well, yeah, that is all thrown in there together within the last few pages, after he has been a right ass.
Of course, Taylor has gone from knowing her damn potential and being a boss ass woman throughout the whole book – to being a pushover, accepting Nick’s absolutely disgusting behaviour and taking him back with no questions asked. No thanks.
I miss when these kinds of books were empowering. These days ‘over masculine/dominating’ men, who treat women like assholes and sexual objects seem to win the day. It’s just not my cup of tea.
Overall Verdict: I don’t know. This book had potential, and after reading it I’m feeling as if I need to give up on these types of books. They’re all rinse and repeat.