Love the One You're With: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel

Love the One You're With: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel

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by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series simmers to a boil as two high-powered magazine writers find love amid a war of words.
As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a…  See more details below


Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series simmers to a boil as two high-powered magazine writers find love amid a war of words.
As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?
Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously.

Praise for Love the One You’re With
“Spunky, flirty, and full of sass, Love the One You’re With is everything a romance should be! Lauren Layne has a winner.”New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig
“A sparkling romance for any woman who’s ever reinvented herself . . . or wants to.”—Stephanie Bond, bestselling author of Stop the Wedding!

“A fun and sexy romp through Manhattan, Love the One You’re With is a great addition to the Stiletto series!”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of Slow Summer Burn

“Great characterizations, amazing chemistry, witty banters, and heartfelt conversations. Amazing writing from Lauren Layne.”Girl Meets Books
“I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun romantic story! It’s already on my list of books I will re-read soon!”Inside the Pages of a Book
“The second in the Sex, Love & Stiletto series, Love the One You’re With is a story of overcoming heartache, jaded stereotypes and regaining self-confidence. It is a glimpse into what women and men go through on those first dates of a budding relationship.”Literarily Illumined
“Less than a ‘Battle of the Sexes’ than two people trying to win in tiny skirmishes, there are several quips that add humor and lightness to the story, breaking up the angst. With a return of the characters from the first story, and a few new characters to boot, this is warming up to be a clever, fun-loving with moments of steam story that many will eat up with a spoon.”I Am, Indeed
“Lauren Layne has a flair for writing romances filled [with] chemistry and sizzle, but more than that, ones that touch your heart.”Waves of Fiction
“There was real emotion here but it didn’t descend into melodrama. Another triumph for Ms. Layne!”I Love Romantic Fiction

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Sex, Love, & Stiletto , #2
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Love the One You're With: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great light hearted romp about girl-got-dumped and perpetual bachelor looking for travel. It is similar to the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 days but the characters man and secondary were all great. There was much to love about this one.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Once again Lauren Layne has another winner with Love the One You're With, book two in The Stiletto Series. It is a solid read; complete with an engaging storyline, delightful characters and seductive sensuality. Julie, Grace and Riley are back, along with a new cohort in crime, Emma. The four women are taking the magazine business to new heights by branching out online, transitioning from the glossy sheets of the written page to the craziness of blogging and an online contest. Grace Brighton is the focus of this story. Grace recently found out that her fiance and boyfriend of many years was cheating on her. For the next six months she is embracing her singleton and listening to her inner voices. After a short recuperation, she is back at her desk ready to write. As Grace is one of most senior columnists for Stiletto, the hottest women's magazine in the country, playboy Jake Malone is equally as well known for his column in Oxford, the magazine with the pulse on the male population. The editors of both magazines have agreed to write a joint series of articles in order to attract new readers and overall publicity for both publications. Reluctantly, both Grace and Jake have been assigned to this new venture, which requires them to date each other, and separately share their accounts in print and online, so that their readers can ultimately decide which magazine understands more about the opposite sex. The lengths they both go through to achieve their goals are effective, creative, and fun. What a roller-coaster ride! This book can be read as a stand alone, even though it is part of a series. I found the story to be original and sexy. The characters are chock full of personality and a heroic Jake is the icing on the cake. I was lucky enough to read the first book in the series and can't wait for the third one. ARC provided by NetGalley from the publisher.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading an ARC of this and it was Fan-freaking-tastic!! Lauren Layne is a new to me author that I am beyond happy to have discovered. This book is funny, sexy and touching! The characters are great, the story flows at a great pace and there is just a touch of angst but only enough to keep you guessing. Laugh out loud funny read that everyone needs to have on their Must read list!
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onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Oh how I love thee, adorable little love stories. After reading and loving Lauren Layne's first novel in this series, I definitely had to request this one... and the third book in the series, which I'll be getting to reading soon. I mean, who could pass up a new story by an author you enjoyed? Not me. In the second book, we get to hear Grace's story. She and Jake are put together for an article and even though they're pushed into it, they discover that they can enjoy it after all. For Grace, it's nice to have something to focus on after being cheated on by her fiancé. She wants to make some changes in her life with herself. But it's kind of hard to make these changes with gorgeous and wonderful Jake around. Okay, make that very hard. I don't think I could resist either. Love the One You're With is a great second book in what should be an awesome series. Grace and Jake are super cute together, I couldn't stop enjoying their interactions. Lauren Layne has done it again and I definitely can't wait to see what book number three has in store! My Rating: Very Good
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I strte reading and i couldnt stop! Loved howthe charcters met and the ending there was never a dull moment. I highly recommend it was romantic and whitty such a good read i wish there was more to this lively story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! Couldn't put it down! This series is about a group of friends and how they find the love of their lives. Will read again.
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ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
You can read this story as a standalone. You don't have to read the others in the series but I would recommend that you do. The characters draw you in from the beginning. The story is sweet romance with a little steam. There are funny parts that will have you laughing or snickering. You get drawn into the story from the beginning and will enjoy the sweet ride All in all a very sweet heartwarming read.
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Really enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The chemisty between Jake and Grace was fabulous.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, charming, hilarious, and witty romance filled with tons of sparking sexual chemistry and sizzling moments as the Grace Brighton from Stiletto Magazine and Jake Malone from Oxford Magazine battle it out for the title of who knows the opposite sex better in Lauren Layne’s LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH. The story starts off with a hilarious accidental and anonymous meeting between Grace and Jake early one morning where Grace is running late and Jake is doing the walk of shame in yesterday’s suit after a one night stand. They end up sharing a cab and trading jibes to keep from acting on the immediate attraction they both feel. This scene really does set the stage for their relationship interactions from that point on. They are evenly matched in intelligence, wit, snark, humor, and sexual attraction. Soon after they each discover who the other is and that their bosses have chosen them to participate in a He said, She said of one-up-manship in a public battle of the sexes for the respective magazines they write for. Neither is thrilled with the assignment, but both have good reasons for taking it on and winning. Grace recently discovered her live-in boyfriend of the last nine years had been cheating on her with a work colleague. Beyond the usual pain of realizing the person you loved and expected to spend your life with has betrayed you in the worst possible way Grace feels humiliated for being blindsided so soon after giving out advice publically on how to spot infidelity. She feels her professional reputation as a relationship expert needs redeeming and that outsmarting Oxford’s writer will prove she’s still got it. In order to help herself keep it together Grace has come up with a new improved version of herself who she calls Grace 2.0 as opposed to Grace 1.0. Grace 2.0 is edgier, more calculating, less emotional, and less romantically gullible as compared to the older 1.0 version. And 2.0 has sworn off men for at least six months so she can “find herself”. The scenes where Grace’s two alter egos are battling out decisions in her head are really humorous and add a lot to her character who is already very funny, charming, snarky and I felt admirable in the way she steps up publicly with her chin held high after her world had been turned upside down. The gorgeous, sexy and charming Jake Malone is one of the most eligible bachelors in Manhattan and somewhat of a man whore. Although he has a great respect for and loves women, he refuses to become involved beyond sex. He's essentially a nice, easy going guy who just happens to know how to play the game and has no problem going after what he wants. How to get the sex he wants from a string of women without getting emotionally attached or caught in a relationship. In other words, the consummate bachelor who considers himself a man’s man because he lives the dream of every single man. He is a seasoned writer and columnist who feels he’s paid his dues to his magazine and has earned a coveted work assignment as a traveling writer so he can do what he really wants, see the world free and without any relational obligations. He agrees to date Grace as part of a work assignment only after he’s promised the position of Oxford’s travel expert. From beginning to end I loved this couple, their friends, and this storyline. Dating in such a public way and for competition wasn’t easy but these two not only made it work, they did it with style. They both pulled off some tricks and surprises, traded lots of barbs, but they managed to keep their sense of humor and perspective by always keeping in mind it was part of the job. Of course the story really got good when they started actually falling for each other. I loved when they took their little secret timeouts to spend alone time together without the others watching and documenting or keeping score. Those times were very romantic and tender and it was easy to see they were perfect for each other. Jake almost blew it in the end, but he gets his head together before it’s too late and Ms. Layne gives us a glorious ending. Shout out to Julie, Riley, Emma, Cole, Mitchell, Alex, Camille and Jake’s family for being loveable characters in their own right and raising the bar on this story even higher by adding emotional depth, humor, and tons of sexual innuendo to the plot. All in all a fabulous book and a great addition to the Sex, Love & Stiletto series. 5 stars ~Complimentary copy received via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the snappy repartee and how it was told from both perspectives.
GrammyReading More than 1 year ago
i liked the hot steamy story...jake and grace...especially enjoyed once they got it together and kept their relationship to themselves..there was an honesty between them that kept them coming back for more...jake's sensitivity helped grace overcome her fears and negative thinking
deb54DD More than 1 year ago
 I was a little skeptical , but I found this playful,sexy and romantic! Great and interesting read as the author unfolded this romantic story.  I will definitely be checking out Ms Layne's  books for future entertaining reads.
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