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Irresistibly Yours (Oxford Series #1)
     

Irresistibly Yours (Oxford Series #1)

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by Lauren Layne, Lucy Malone (Narrated by)
 

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Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford magazine for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures that he's got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes and write circles around them, too. Penelope

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Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford magazine for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures that he's got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes and write circles around them, too. Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she's learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope is resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they're just fooling around or starting something real.Contains mature themes.

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"Irresistibly Yours has it all: fun banter, hot chemistry, and a couple that you just can't help but want to be together!" ---Marquita Valentine, author of Love so Hot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781494519957
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
12/15/2015
Series:
Lauren Layne's Oxford Series , #1
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels, including the Stiletto series and the Redemption series. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and web marketing. Lauren currently lives in New York with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian.

Lucy Malone is one of the most sought-after voices for erotica narration, counting numerous bestsellers among her titles. AudioFile magazine has said that "her presentation of the . . . scenes conveys excitement, surprise, anticipation, and fulfillment without reservation."

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Irresistibly Yours 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cole has been a favorite friend-zone guy in the Stiletto series, so what a wonderful story to have his friendly lines crossed by someone he never saw coming! Love, love, love this group of characters, and looking forward to the Oxford series.
JenniferB81 More than 1 year ago
Lauren Layne has worked her magic again!! It's time that the guys of Oxford get their own series! The ladies from Stiletto have had their turn and now it's time for Oxford's men to be front and center! Lauren couldn't have chosen a more perfect leading man for her first Oxford book! Cole Sharpe is a man's man! He loves sports, loves beer, and loves women! He views Yankee games like a religious experience until he becomes mesmerized by a pixie in front of him. Suddenly his world is turned upside down as Mr. Irresistible becomes Mr. Friend Zone! Penelope is a woman after my own heart! Her tomboy personality and love of sports is one I totally relate to! Constantly being relegated to the friend zone, um, does Lauren Layne know my history? Penelope immediately tugs on your heart and makes you stand up and cheer for her frankness and willingness to laugh at herself! This is a wonderful start to the series! Whether you've read Stiletto series or not you won't want to miss this wonderful start to a great new series! Oxford men here we come!
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SaraBetty 3 months ago
Loved this well written book with a great storyline... Cole and Penelope are both sports writers competing for the same job at Oxford... When the brass decides to hire both to split the job lots of fun and fireworks begin.. Loved the supporting cast and loved the relationship that quickly developed between Cole and Penelope.. Several different story lines carefully woven into this one make it an excellent read.
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BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Penelope has moved to NYC she has applied for a Senior Sport Editor position at Oxford press. Cole is a freelance sports editor that has worked with Oxford Press for years. he wants the staff position even though competing for the same position as Penelope when he thought the job would naturally just be his. But even with going against Penelope for the job they become friends. Since Penelope had been hurt before going to NYC she doesn't want a serious relationship. Cole is a kind of player. Penelope has always been one of the guys and plans to stay that way. But she is attracted to Cole just like he is to her. I like the plot to this story just a little slow at times but it did keep my interest it just had enough going on that I finished the book. I really loved the characters especially Cole and Penelope once they got going. the ins and out Cole and Penelope went through was just good reading. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed this series, but I have to admit that this one is probably my least favorite. The story had promise, but for me never really took off. Still worth the read, but it's a bit slower than the rest.
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Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This fabulous book is Cole's and Penelope's story. Both competing for the same job. Having to work together is no hardship for Cole. She's nothing like he's ever wanted before but he can't help himself, her vulnerability, her smile, and those big brown eyes are his undoing. She's been hurt and emotionally scarred. When Cole Sharpe starts paying attention to her she tries to keep things in the friend zone but he's not having any of that. What an amazing, sizzling HOT, extremely entertaining read! I love watching the playboy fall. Penelope, well, my heart broke for her. She was in no way a weak woman but I'm happy this author wrote her as such a kick butt sports editor. I have some catching up to do as far as most of the secondary characters in this book that have their own stories already in a related series. I can't wait! Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I love Lauren Layne stories! They always have the perfect combination of bromance, romance, sexy times and laugh out loud moments, and this one is no exception. After meeting Cole in The Trouble with Love, I was wondering what kind of woman would capture his heart, and it stands to reason that it would be a woman as sports obsessed as he is. The fact that he first meets her at a baseball game (one where Cole finds himself studying her more than watching the game, a first for him) speaks volumes as he's never before been distracted from sports by a woman of all things. And this woman - petite, pretty but not outstandingly so, and focussed. Not to mention, when they actually speak to each other, her forthrightness and plain speaking are refreshing for him. She is guileless - no games, just her true self, in everything she says and does. More at home in a sweatshirt and jeans than a dress and heels, she's the opposite of any girl he's ever dated, but he finds himself falling for her with every encounter between them. I loved Penelope's character, her insecurities (that show up mostly in her thoughts and sometimes in her conversations with the ladies from Stiletto), and her no-nonsense yet very friendly attitude. And Cole of course, is the perfect type of book boyfriend - charming, handsome, sweet, and super sexy. He seduces Penelope quite effectively, and their love scenes are a blend of steamy sex and humorous moments. Cole's biggest worry is his brother Bobby who has Down's Syndrome, and having experienced people's negative reaction to him, he is very protective- sometimes overly so. When Penelope meets Bobby, Cole realizes quickly that his concerns were unfounded, as she treats him just like she would her own brother, and this makes him fall just a little bit more in love with her, if that's possible. Which is not to say that he doesn't fight these feelings, ever the playboy avoiding the big "C", commitment. But thinking of Penny ending up with another man once their affair ends doesn't sit very well with him either. The scenes with Cole and his co-workers at Oxford inspired many laughs as expected, the 'bromance' side of the story equally as fun as all the 'sex in the city' type scenes between the women of Stiletto. Truthfully they are some of my favourite parts. The overall story is low in angst, high on sexy, and with enough sweet moments to make the reader want to glom any backlist titles of the author they haven't read yet. 5 stars for an entertaining, lovely romance.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: When I heard there was going to be a spin-off of the Sex, Love & Stiletto series, I was ecstatic. I mean, I loved the four books in that series, and to be able to revisit some of the characters and meet new ones? Yay! Cole and Penelope meet at a baseball game when he's flirting with her, not knowing they were about to meet anyway. Their friendly competition leads them down a road to a kiss. Penelope doesn't want to get involved with someone like Cole because it's only going to lead to disaster... just like it did the last time she was going for a new job. Cole doesn't want to give her up, though, and the two of them find themselves entangled in their lust. But will the lust turn to love? Irresistibly Yours is simply irresistible. The spark is definitely there for Cole and Penelope, you can feel the heat as you read their interactions. As always, the characters themselves are wonderful--Penelope with her tomboy ways, Cole with his determination to get under her skin. It was perfection as all books by Lauren Layne tend to be. Can't wait to read the next book in the Oxford series! My Rating: Very Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the quirky tomboy getting the super fine guy. Looking forward to the next one.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
4.5 Sweet and Steamy Stars Favorite Quotes: “For all she knew, maybe Lincoln’s kisses were as good as it got. It had certainly been more skilled than most of the groping kisses she’d endured in college. And better than Erik’s, a guy whom she’d dated for a few months and who had borderline halitosis.” “The touch merely was. It said, I’m here, but only if you want me to be. And, oddly enough, he did want her to be. There was something calming about Penelope Pope.” “For Cole Sharpe, Penelope would have been one out of a million other women in his life. For Penelope, Cole might have been one in a million. The only one. It’s how she rolled, throwing herself all the way over the ledge without looking.” “Her dad was an avid sportsman, and rather than bemoan his lack of a son, had dragged both Janie and Penelope into the world of athletics. He’d had only partial success with Janie. He’d had to spray-paint her bat hot pink in order to get her to play softball on long summer evenings,” “Her mother wasn’t superficial – not quite. But Lydia Pope was definitely of the mind-set that a nice fuchsia lipstick could solve most of the world’s problems.” My Review: Being raised a tom-boy and slender of build with no boobage, Penelope Pope had resigned herself to being the girl-next-door type, who is typically stuck in the friend zone and treated like one of the guys. Her romantic track record was beyond disappointing, it was non-existent and embarrassing. I adored her. I also cherished her sweet co-worker and friends with benefits partner Cole Sharpe. I enjoyed the easy to follow, refreshing, and sweet story-line, and fell in love with the characters upon meeting them. I was relaxed and entertained all the way through. What a delightful change from all the angst and drama and decided I want much more of this! Irresistibly Yours is my first time reading Ms. Layne’s work but I quickly added her entire listing to my TBR soon after started this amusing book, as I was charmed by her breezy, realistic, and humorous writing style, and her steamy love scenes were just the icing on the cake.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’ve enjoyed titles I’ve read from Lauren Layne, so this was an opportunity too good to pass up. In the companion series to Sex, Love and Stiletto, we are delving into the world of Oxford, a men’s magazine. We’ve met Cole in the other series, and I have to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of what I had seen. He’s a freelancer with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and a history of playing fast and loose with the women in his life. But, we only had some of his advice (bad) and quick pencil sketches of the man. Oxford wants to expand their sports section, everyone else can have their format dedicated to style and relationships, but sports will set them apart. To do this, they need an editor, and Cole, a long-time writer for the magazine, assumes the job is his. Until he discovers competition in the form of a pint-sized brunette with editing and writing skills, and the ability to be more than just the ‘color’ on a sport story. Penelope is from Chicago with a solid history, even obsession, with all things sport. A tomboy, she is the epitome of ‘one of the boys’ and Cole isn’t quite sure how to handle the competition. These two have some wonderful interactions, in which Cole is completely redefining how he relates to women, because Penelope isn’t about to fall for his tried and trues. She’s not a game player, in fact, she has a disarming honest approach to all of her relationships, and Cole finds that intriguing and exciting. Of course, since he’s a boy, he screws up often, but Penelope is also truly kind hearted and a good friend, she never lets things get too out of hand. But their relationship is cute and sweet, and feels solidly natural, even as I wished Cole had to work a bit harder before getting what he finally realized he wanted. You can read this as a newcomer, but you will find characters from Stiletto appearing and having some influence on this story: the two magazines are in friendly rivalry, and friendships and relationships between the two are evident and apparent throughout the stories. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren Lane does it again with the combination of the Stilleto gals and the men of Oxford Magazine. This time, Alex Cassidy wants to expand his magazine and add a giant sports section, and Cole Sharp is the inside candidate for the editor position. That is, until a tiny brunette named Penelope Pope comes into town to interview for the position. Cassidy can't make a choice...and so he doesn't. He hires them both and lets them run the show. While Cole openly admits that Penelope isn't his normal type, he's attracted to her nonetheless. Penelope is completely unreserved, honest, going, but views herself as the "one of the guys" and not someone that thinks she's capable of catching Cole's eye. She doesn't know that she already has...even before he knew that she was his competition for the position. This one has the same quick witty banter between characters, includes lots of old favorites from Stilletto and Oxford, and introduces some new characters as well. Since this is listed as #1, be prepared for more of the Oxford men in future novels! Highly recommend you read this one, and if you haven't read the Stilleto series...go grab those first. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good length novel. Would have gotten a 5 from me if the leading lady wasn't so "insecure". I wish she was a confident no apologies tomboy. I'm a tomboy & don't think we need to be either pretty or tomboyish. We need to let young girls know they can be both & see no one as being out of their league!
bookie_angel More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this author. Read every book on the nook from her. Can't it for more!
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2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Cole Sharpe is finally going to join the Oxford family as their Sports Editor. That is the plan anyway. Then he finds out he is in competition with a small but amazing woman from Chicago. May the best sports-buff win. Penelope Pope moves to New York to get over a man who took her job from under her back home. Then she meets the man who may win the job she has applied for. Cole is everything she would normally want in a man. She is everything he never wanted. They decide to be friends right off since as Penelope points out, she always ends up in the "friend zone" anyway. She figures she will start there this time instead of get her hopes up. Only, Cole does not like how she assumes she is not worthy of a good man and a good relationship. With a little help from couples who have been there, maybe Cole and Penelope can have an amazing future of their own. They just have a few bumps in the road to get past first. Definitely a few surprises in store for this couple! Oxford is the magazine in the same building with Stiletto and the Characters are all here from the hit Sex, Love & Stiletto series. There is humor, heat, sports celebrities and more! I just loved this story! As the beginning to the Oxford series - this was an amazing start with very a sexy read. ***This ARC was given from Netgalley.com and its publisher for review purposes only.
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CarolineBritt More than 1 year ago
Seriously such a feel-good book! It literally put me in a the best mood. Penelope Pope (great name) and Cole Sharpe (also great name) were so likable I could barely take it. Penelope was such a genuine, kind, real person. And the bromances are so entertaining! It's a book about friendships and insecurities that run deep for both characters. I can't imagine anyone regretting reading this book.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
5 stars Sigh... so much love for the Oxford men, loved Irresistibly Yours! Can't stop smiling, loved Cole and Penelope. From the first page I was hooked, I fell in love with the storyline and characters. I read it in one sitting. The chemistry between Cole and Penelope was believable and well written, loved their banter and humor, it really added to my enjoyment of the story. Once again Lauren Layne has written a heartwarming and entertaining romance with lovable and relatable characters that will touch your heart and leave you with a very satisfying smile on your face. I highly recommend this book and everything else this talented author has written!
adwest More than 1 year ago
Lauren Layne does it again with the first book in the Oxford spin off from the Stiletto girls. You get to visit the Stiletto girls while finally getting Cole ' s happy ending. The writing is great and you really get into these awesome characters. I just want more and more from this series. it's always fun, sexy and sweet! Can't wait for more!