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Someone Like You: An Oxford Novel

Someone Like You: An Oxford Novel

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by Lauren Layne
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

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Praise for Someone Like You

“Lincoln and Daisy’s tale is expertly crafted, full of wit and heart. Layne is equally adept at writing heartbreaking portrayals of grief and scenes of steamy passion that will get hearts racing. Exemplary contemporary romance.”Library Journal

“Fun and flirty, sassy and steamy, with a deep emotional pull that will keep you turning the pages.”—Kelly Jamieson, author of Top Shelf

“An unsung hero with a story that touched my heart. Emotional and gripping. A top favorite of 2016 for me.”New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland

“This is why so many of us read romances, aside from the the assurance of a happily ever after for the characters. We want to see love allowing someone to abandon their defenses and be their most unfiltered self and still feel acceptance.”—All About Romance

“The storyline for Someone Like You was ingenious and well constructed. Written from a third person POV, this friends-to-lovers story squeezed my heart.”—Books and Bindings

“I absolutely enjoyed this one, and couldn’t be more pleased with the way things turned out. Well worth the wait.”—I Love Book Love

“I really enjoyed this funny, emotional story and I kept reading to find out what Lincoln would do next.”—Cocktails and Books

“[Someone Like You] broke me into a million pieces and put me back again, piece by piece—basically, the best book ever.”—Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Lauren Layne is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and Web marketing. In 2011 Lauren and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where she decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite Lauren’s ardent assurances to her husband that it would take only three). Since then, she’s gone on to publish ten books, including those in the bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, with more stories always in the works. Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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Someone Like You: An Oxford Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
The long awaited story of Lincoln Mathis, the flirtatious virtuoso is deliciously steamy and heartfelt. Lincoln Mathis has an enormous secret he hides behind a womanizing façade he actively encourages backed by his dating and sex advice column at Oxford. Everyone thinks he’s the ultimate playboy, except the one woman he barely knows and has seen beyond the sexy exterior. Revealing his heartbreaking past to the feisty Daisy Sinclair felt as natural as breathing because he knows no matter how attracted he is to her, he can never allow himself to have her. Daisy knows to stay away from men who project trouble with a capital “T.” After her demoralizing divorce, she really doesn’t want anything to do with men, much less a gorgeous one with a quick smile and a flirty quip at the ready. After he reveals his secret though, Daisy realizes they’re both kindred spirits. As their lived start to twist around each other’s, Daisy begins to fall for the beautiful, damaged man. But can she convince him they’re good for one another? I loved the charming and enigmatic Lincoln Mathis ever since Lauren Lane introduced him, and I had been waiting for his story ever since. I wasn’t sure what he was hiding underneath that enchanting veneer, but I was sure this book would be different from all the rest. Lauren Layne delivered a story that made me smile, laugh, tear up as well as fan myself with both heartbreaking and heartwarming potency. Lincoln and Daisy are interesting and appealing characters. They have an incredible back and forthright off the bat. They’re well layered and perfect for each other. Besides having a strong attraction (those sexy times are HOT!), they complement and understand one another. Their bond slowly builds and strengthens as they become good friends who share secrets and support one another. Although they’re road to happiness is not without its troubles they do find it in a delightful epilogue that left me smiling like a Cheshire cat. Lauren Layne creates a marvelous romance full of passion and drama I couldn’t put down. I’ve enjoyed every single book in this series and the original Sex, Love and Stiletto and I fully appreciated having the entire gang back that certainly felt like a “plus-sized Friends episode.” It was great to see their expanding families while they all help Lincoln and Daisy out. Oh and hey! I almost forget, I got a real kick out of Lauren Layne’s shout out to the three romance novelists, two of whom I’ve read and loved. See if you can stop them and know who they are! Someone Like You is book 3 in Oxford Series by Lauren Layne that can be read as a standalone. It’s written from both points of view and interconnecting characters from past books. I recommend it for readers that like touching and sexy romances with a sweet happy ending.
redreviewsit More than 1 year ago
I knew I was going to love Lincoln Mathis, but it was so much more. Right now it’s 3:50 in the morning of a Friday. I’m just now finishing up the book. I’m having a hard time figuring out what I want to say about this one-there is so much. And this is new for me-having the strong urge to write this down immediately after I’ve finished, not caring that it’s the crack of dawn. I’m starting with a surprise for me. For some reason, I didn’t think I was going to like Daisy all that much. I have these weird ways of thinking like that sometimes, and I roll with it. But Daisy surprised me. I read the acknowledgement in the back of the book when I was done reading and saw that Lauren originally had another heroine planned for Lincoln. Can I say that I am extremely glad she decided to change her mind? The woman I’d thought I wouldn’t like had me eating out of the palm of her hand. Honestly? A lot of how she was as a person reminded me so much of myself. It was freaky. I utterly loved that Daisy wasn’t this selfish person when it came to Lincoln and his issues he was facing. I think if she came across as whiny at any point, it would have turned me off from her. She was the PERFECT match for Lincoln. I think she’s my favorite heroine I’ve read in quite some time. And Lincoln. I really didn’t think it could happen, but he has blown my love for Vin straight out of the water. Move over Vin, Lincoln is top dog now! He always intrigued me from the moment he was introduced in previous books. There was something about him that jumped off the pages and said, “this guy right here is going to have the story that will matter most.” I went into his story knowing that whatever his backstory was, it was going to be emotional. Boy, was that an understatement. It was an emotional journey. Not a rollercoaster. I felt like I was along for Lincoln’s journey of healing from his past/present. Yes, there were very nice ups, but there were also parts that had me bawling my eyes out. I love when a book can get me so involved and invested with their characters and storyline that I’m an emotional mess over things. It shows me that the author has a precious talent for words that should be cherished and celebrated. I will end this long, emotionally charged/written review like this…I have officially added a 4th book to my list of books that make me bawl like a baby. (Not counting the 6th Harry Potter book-only romance-because, hello! Dumbledore! Lol.) And I’ve been reviewing books for over 5 years now, so you know that is a large pool to pick from. I want to say one last thing to Mrs. Layne-I loved every book of yours that I have read, but you now have a lifetime fan in me. This book has solidified it, ten-fold. Bravo!
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! “For a moment they both froze, and there was something strangely electric about the moment, as those they were both on the precipice of something both epic and wonderful.” Someone Like You is Lincoln’s much anticipated story. It is a heartbreaking and beautifully written second chance romance that does not disappoint. Told from dual points of view, Someone Like You follows the story of Lincoln and Daisy. On the outside, Lincoln is charming, sophisticated, and a total ladies man. He is the total package, however there is more to Lincoln than meets the eye. The only problem, Lincoln never lets anyone get close enough to see passed the facade….That is until Daisy comes along. Daisy is everything that a man could want, but has been warned to say away from Lincoln and his playboy ways. Still reeling from her divorce and all the hurt that went along with it, the last thing Daisy needs is a player. But, when fate decides to intervene and bring these two close for Daisy’s sisters wedding, these two will both find that there is more to both of them than meets the eye. Both have been hurt by fate and circumstance. And both are so deserving at a second chance at life and love. They just have to be wiling to take the leap…. When I first picked up this book, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting into. But, I just knew I had to read this book. And I have to tell you, I was not disappointed. This story grabbed a hold of my heart instantly and took me on the most amazing journey. It was so unexpected, but so worth the ride. Lincoln’s story is not an easy one and you can’t help but feel for him. He is in a difficult situation with no one he can really talk to. But, there is just something about Daisy that makes him want to open up. She makes him want to spill all of his secrets and she reminds of him of how easy it could be to fall again…And Daisy…She wants nothing more to move on with her life and show that her ex didn’t take everything from her. Her bravery and independence is remarkable. She is so positive and outgoing despite having her heart broken. She knows that she should stay away from Lincoln because he has heartbreaker written all over him. But, she can’t stop the pull that she feels to them. The chemistry between them is so much more than sexual. The friendship and ease between them is just what they need. The potential for so much more is there if they can just open their eyes and their hearts to it. Someone Like You is a fantastic addition to the Oxford Series. I do believe that this story could be read as a stand-alone, but I do think you will enjoy it more if you read the entire series. I thoroughly enjoyed Lincoln and Daisy’s story. I am a sucker for a good second chance romance and this one hit all the marks for me, making me feel so many things. My emotions are still all over the place and I couldn’t be happier about it. I loved every moment of this story from beginning to end and look forward to see what this author has in store for us next.
SaschaDarlington More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 stars True confession time: I stopped reading romance novels a few years back unless they were paranormal or suspense or comedic because it had begun to feel like I was reading the same novel over and over again. Since I started book blogging, I have picked up several. Some have been of that previous ilk, but some have just knocked the notion of a “typical” romance novel right off of its foundation. Someone Like You is one of the latter and has had me asking how it is that I have only now just discovered Lauren Layne? Daisy Sinclair is in New York to celebrate her twin sister’s marriage and has been warned to stay away from the best man, Lincoln Mathis, because he’s a player. Lincoln has been warned to stay away from Daisy because, well, he’s a player, and there would be hell to pay if he hurt Daisy. But the instant that Daisy and Lincoln see each other, it’s not love at first sight. It’s something else, something far deeper. They see like souls and they have an immediate connection that goes far beyond immediate attraction. There is something about the tone of Someone Like You that makes it feel a bit more like a chick lit novel with a focus on relationships of all kinds and deeper, I hesitate to say, values, because that just goes off into another territory. The introspection makes it feel far more mature. But, there is also a playfulness that rounds out the seriousness very well. The dialogue between Daisy and Lincoln is smart and funny. Both the characters of Daisy and Lincoln move beyond the typical mainstays of romance novels. They seem like real people. There are several instances in which a situation would have incited an overreaction in the typical romance heroine, but Daisy handles it with empathy and maturity and aplomb. Likewise, Lincoln is vulnerable and perceptive and just really, really (can I add another “really” without going over the top?) appealing. He is so perceptive and in touch with himself and others. Ideal comes to mind. Whitney, Daisy’s divorcee best friend, could have been a funny stereotype, but here again Layne created a character with depth. Whitney is the best friend we all dream of having. She is funny and sexy but knows when to tone it down, especially for her beloved friend. There is just a tremendous amount to like about this novel and that is without having read the previous ones in the series. So, I’m off to write a note to Santa to ask for some Lauren Layne novels for Christmas. Oh, Santa please! Especially if the men are like Lincoln! And, pffft, yes, I pretty much thought Daisy was cooler than all get out too. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
This story will stick with you for sometime after reading. It is an emotional, steamy, and heartfelt read. The author grabs your attention from the beginning and keeps your attention to the end. Lincoln and Daisy are both going through some difficult struggles in their life and the reader could feel their emotions. Boy, could you ever feel their emotions. I think this is why the story stays with you. Just thinking about this story I start to feel some of the emotions that Lincoln and Daisy went through. This was a powerful story of trust and learning to love again! "Someone Like You" by Lauren Layne is book number three in the "Oxford" series. This is Manhattan's ultimate playboy, Lincoln Mathis and Daisy Sinclair's story. Lincoln has a reputation for being a playboy and doesn't do anything to hide it. He has secrets from his past that his closest friends don't know. At his best friends wedding he meets the bride's twin sister, Daisy. Lincoln is attracted to her but she is off limits to him in more ways than you think. When Daisy meets Lincoln she sees this good looking and sweet talking playboy. After going through a terrible divorce Lincoln is the type guy that she needs to avoid. As the story progresses Daisy finds out about Lincoln's secret. She realizes that there is more to Lincoln than what he portrays to his friends. But Lincoln is not the only one with secrets from the past. Lincoln's character was amazing. Daisy and Lincoln are perfect for one another. Will they be able to love again? A fun and steamy read that really tugs at your heart. This is a ride you do not want to miss! FYI, includes mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
gaele More than 1 year ago
I took my time with this – reread the Sex, Love and Stiletto series and then the first two of Oxford JUST to make sure I was primed and ready for Lincoln’s story. Oh Lincoln – enjoyed you from the first flippant comment, your habit of holding everyone at arm’s length just because you are working really hard to prove to everyone who you are. Guess what – you don’t have to anymore…. We know your secrets and if it is possible, love you even more for them and your attempts to cover them up. Fortunately for you Daisy couldn’t bear to be away from Emma much longer, and after her divorce she ran off and headed to New York. It just so happened to be coming up to the wedding, and you’ve been warned off her repeatedly-but still – she catches your eye every time. But you have told yourself she is hands-off, and you are determined that you will, this time, follow through. Daisy can see right through Lincoln’s façade, and many (her sister Emma included) think she’s deluding herself. But when he shared his story with her, and let her in just a little, she KNEW he was the man for her. Now it’s just a matter of convincing him of that fact. Lauren Layne has made us wait for this one – perhaps because achieving that balance of emotion as she rips your heart from your chest only to wrap it up with a bow and give us moments so sweet and heartfelt that you can’t put away the tissues fast enough. A roller-coaster ride of emotions, readers will need to come with tissues (boxes), a cold drink and some sparkling confetti to throw about at the end. There couldn’t have been a better match for Lincoln, and his story is perfectly suited to him. You don’t have to read the other books in the Oxford Series or even in the Sex, Love and Stiletto series – but this will be a better experience for having done so. 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.
abailey410 More than 1 year ago
I knew Lincoln's story was going to be special, but this was way more than I expected. It is safe to say that Lincoln is my new favorite Stiletto/Oxford man. There is so much more to the charismatic ladies man that we have grown to love over the course of this series and it really was special to peel back all of those layers and see the "real" Lincoln. My Thoughts From the other books in this series we have met the infamous ladies man Lincoln Mathis, but what you see is not always what you get. I had a feeling this book was going to pull out all of the stops and bring all of the feels, and I was not disappointed. The man behind the reputation is incredible, his story is moving, and his journey is both heartbreaking and endearing all at the same time. Daisy is Emma's twin sister, but is so wholly and completely different from Emma that if they didn't look alike you would never know. Neither of them are what they show the world, so it is no surprise that they become fast friends. Lincoln lets her see behind the veil so to speak and both of their worlds change from that moment on. I loved every second of this book. I forced myself to slow down several times so that I could savor the story a little more and have it last just a little longer. After 2 readings I still think this is my favorite Lauren Layne book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it if you like strong characters that grab you from page 1 and don't let go until long after you have finished the story.
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Lauren Layne's romances! She had me hooked after I read her book "Blurred Lines" and since then I've instantly picked up anything that she's written. I absolutely LOVED the Sex, Love, and Stiletto series and the Oxford series. I'm actually sort of depressed to see it ending. I loved all of the characters so much! But this is the one I was really waiting for ever since we first met Lincoln, I needed to have his story. After waiting so long for it, I am happy to say that I wasn't disappointed at all. This book is connected to both the Sex, Love and Stiletto series and the Oxford series, but I think it could be read as a stand alone. That being said, I strongly suggest you read the others in the series first because you really get the background of the secondary characters better (whom you do see fairly often in this book, as with all the others). As I said earlier, I've been waiting to hear Lincoln's story because the previous books have left me wondering about him. They allude to something a few times in a previous story but don't go into his past until this book. I really felt for Lincoln and it kind of blew my mind when the secret came out. I won't say much more than that because I don't want to ruin anything. I will say that I missed some of Lincoln's playfulness and cockiness in this one tho. I love that the female MC in this one was Daisy, whom we heard a teeny bit about in a previous story. She also has a few secrets and some baggage that she brings to the table. I really loved these two together (even when one or both of them were being dumb and I wanted to shake them!). Can't wait to see what Lauren Layne comes out with next! **I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Someone Like You, An Oxford Novel, Lauren Layne Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:   Romance, I’ve read a couple of Lauren’s books, would love to read more but its that old conundrum, time and money – mostly the money side :-( I’d read one of the Oxford books, so the characters in this were familiar, and Oxford and Stiletto are series I’d definitely like to read more of...one day ;-) The original characters from each book come up in all the books, along with new ones to the group. Each book is stand alone, but reading this way is like meeting a group of friends, and though I’d only read one of the books, they were “real” people, ones I could understand, like, want to be with. Lincoln has the playboy rep but he’s hiding a huge secret, something really heart-breaking, and even his closest friends don’t know that his outward appearance is all a false front. Then Daisy comes into his life, at her twin sisters wedding. He’s worked with her twin for some time, is a good friend to her and her new husband, but hasn’t met Daisy. He gets warned off her, her sister sees Daisy as Fragile, Damaged, in need of protection as she’s been through a bad divorce. Daisy has her own secrets though, and when she meets Lincoln she recognises his front, that his public persona is fake, because she’s doing exactly the same. Its a shock to the others but Daisy and Lincoln become friends, though Daisy lives in a different state and its a text only friendship. They get along so well, make each other laugh and Daisy is the only person to know Lincoln’s secret. Somehow in the couple of days of the wedding they fast forwarded friendship to where he trusts her, and lets her know about his past and why he’s not as everyone thinks he is. Then the guilt falls in, and Lincoln tails off the texts, poor Daisy is upset but understands. She really is a gem, a real Southern Lady, so kind, so always wanting the best for others, and though she’s feeling more than she ever expected for Lincoln she respects his decision and doesn’t text him. He never actually says anything, just lets time and distance do it. He’s got a kind of war going on internally about his feelings, so though its a cowardly way I do understand his actions. Something big happens in his life that changes it, the secret comes out and its a time of rebuilding his life. His mind though and conscience are still troubled, he thinks he's ok but really he's not. By chance he sees at first hand exactly what Daisy is hiding, and it makes him angry, makes him look at how he feels about it – and her.... I loved them both, such a lovely couple, get on so well, but with those secrets hidden in their pasts they have a couple of huge barriers to overcome. I really felt for Daisy, she’s such a lovely lady and to have that happen....well, sadly its not uncommon, and I understood how her confidence had plummeted. Lincoln, when we first meet him he’s almost a stereotypical gay, at least a very Metrosexual man, well dressed, chats easily with the ladies, happy to wear pink, loves frou-frou sweet drinks, had a tiny fluff-ball Maltese terrier who he loves....but he’s not, far from it, and he’s carefully cultivated that image as a kind of protective front it seems to me. When we learned what he was hiding I was gutted for him, really didn’t know if or how he could get past that. Its a terrible thing to have that in your life, and an unusual storyline that was really heart wrenching.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 "It's better than I thought it would be. Stars! I think it’s safe to say that Someone Like You is probably one of the most anticipated reads of 2016 for a lot of people, and I think Lauren Layne made it worth the wait with the story she gave Lincoln Mathis. This is one of those books, that as a reviewer I want to gush wholeheartedly about, but there isn’t a huge amount I can actually say about the plot and characters without giving a massive amount away, and I definitely think this is a book you need to go in without any pre-conceptions as to what is going to happen, because for me that was half the joy of finally getting Lincoln’s story. "I think we’re going to get along just fine." Lauren delivered up a slightly different story this time, in that it was very much character driven, that’s not to say that her books in the past haven’t been, but I just found everything with Lincoln and Daisy’s story to have an added depth and emotion to it. Sex comes a long way into the story, but it works well because of it as these two characters have an awful lot to work out between them and individually before they can take the path towards a fully fledged relationship. You get the usually back-up with the rest of the Stilletto and Oxford characters, and as in all of the previous books, their addition brings great entertainment to the proceedings, but there were points where it just added to the whole dynamic of the story. Lincoln is not the character you have been lead to believe over the course of the previous books, and the more you see of the real guy that hides behind the charming facade, the more emotional certain aspects of the story make you as things move along. It was odd that it was the person who’d known him for the least amount of time who could expose him... Kindred spirits that inevitably pull together due to the connection and emotional understanding they have to what the other has been and is going through, both of them present a front for the world to see, and it seems that the only ones to have ever seen past the facade is the other. I loved this couple as friends, more than friends and eventually lovers. "I want your hands on me, I want you gentle, rough, desperate, because I’m feeling all those things... I’ve been feeling them." For me this is some of the best writing I have had the pleasure to enjoy from this author. I loved her work before Someone Like You, I am pretty sure I will continue to love it for many years to come. "I don't know if I can let you go..." Luckily we get more from the Oxford series in 2017, with I Knew You Were Trouble due for release in June, and I cannot wait! This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Janet_Reads More than 1 year ago
I am convinced Lauren Layne and I were sisters in a past life. It’s the only reasonable explanation for this intense connection that we seem to share. She just gets me – like really gets me – and I swear she’s writing books with me in mind. How else could almost every one of her books feel like a winner to me? She strikes the perfect balance of laughter, tears, hope, angst and love. She’s not afraid to tackle tough subjects, and her writing always evokes the gamut of human emotion. I am a little addicted to the heady sense of satisfaction that always stays with me after I am done reading a Lauren Layne book. I look forward to everything Ms. Layne writes, but I have never anticipated one of her books as much as Someone Like You. It’s the third book in the Oxford series and features the enigmatic, mysterious and hunky Lincoln Mathis. If you’ve read the previous two books in the series (or The Trouble with Love in her Love, Sex & Stiletto series) then you’ve met and invariably noticed Lincoln. He’s one of those rare secondary characters who leaps off the page and demands his own story, and readers have been a little obsessed with him since he first appeared. Lincoln is a journalist who writes a column about dating, women and sex for New York based Oxford magazine. He’s every man’s best friend and every woman’s fantasy; sexy as hell and alluringly enigmatic, he’s one of Manhattan’s biggest playboys. Or is he? It is obvious that Someone Like You was written from the very depth of Ms. Layne’s heart. She pours herself into Lincoln and Daisy and crafts a beautiful and thought provoking story that will move the most stoic of readers. Lincoln seeks to feel in control in an uncontrollable world by manipulating what people think of him. It’s a dangerous and futile game, but sometimes life is so painful that the only comfort to be found is through these small acts of pretending to be in control. Lincoln’s transformation and rebirth is enthralling, gut-wrenching and poignant, with plentiful doses of laughter and charming appearances by Layne series regulars. Someone Like You entertains and inspires, as a well-written romance should. This is why so many of us read romances, aside from the the assurance of a happily ever after for the characters. We want to see love allowing someone to abandon their defenses and be their most unfiltered self and still feel acceptance. Daisy helps Lincoln find the strength to find himself again, and – while he’ll never forget the pain he experienced – he discovers hope again, and his tale will encourage anyone who has suffered. Ms. Layne has created a truly heartfelt story that will resonate with readers and have you thinking about Lincoln and Daisy long after you’ve finished reading. ARC provided by publisher, but no one made me write this review and my opinions are honest and my own. See full review here! http://allaboutromance.com/book-review/someone-like-you-by-lauren-layne/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first came to the series with Penelope and Cole, and I couldn't wait for Lincoln story! It is emotional and I couldn't put it down! Good story with a HEA ending.
adet More than 1 year ago
SOMEONE LIKE YOU is Lauren Layne's most anticipated release to date, and it lives up to the hype every step of the way. Notorious playboy, Lincoln Mathis, has everyone in his life right where he wants them - close but not too close. That is, until, hot, Southern Belle, Daisy Sinclair saunters into his life. Daisy Sinclair is hot off of a new divorce, and quite the damaged flower...or so everyone thinks. A couple of long nights lead to fun-filled days and incredibly, dangerous lines. Lincoln Mathis has one hell of a secret, and the only person close enough to figure it out is the one person with a big secret of her own. If you're looking for a book with heart break, love, intrigue, intense chemistry, or everything in between...you HAVE to HAVE SOMEONE LIKE YOU. Lauren Layne is at her absolute best in the one story fans have waited years to hear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren Layne has done many things since I began reading her books, and it’s nothing short of impressive. I’ve followed her through almost everything, I’d say, and she has never failed to produce a book that makes me smile. But, on the flip side of that, she’s only ever once brought tears to my eyes-whether from cruelty like in Good Girl, or from happiness in, well, many of her novels. But never once has she brought me to choking, knot in the throat tears…until now. Let me preface this short review by saying that my heart is in the worst shape its ever probably been in, emotional wise. I won’t get into the details, because I don’t think I’m strong enough to type it out for a bunch of people I barely know so soon. But, just know, I have not been myself since November 1st, and I really don’t know when I’ll be my happy go lucky self again. I miss being carefree…life seemed so much simpler, lighter. And, even with 4 long months of morning sickness, nothing has compared to the heartache I feel now-That was nothing. I’ll stop here, lest I begin to cry at my desk, but just know that this review isn’t easy for me, nor was the content of this story. Maybe this was a five star read, maybe in a different time I’d have gobbled this up without any reservations…but, as it is, my heart is guarded and I didn’t let myself fully immerse the whole time, because I quite frankly can’t take that kind of emotion, at the moment. And that’s not the book’s fault, it’s mine. So, anyway, my point is, I am rating this four stars, but the content is by far heavier than anything I could handle, so my rating may not be what it normally would. In response, Cole ambled over to the counter, picked up the eggroll, took an enormous bite, and knelt to offer the rest to Kiwi, who wagged happily. “There you go, baby. Who’s your favorite uncle now?” “It should be me,” Mitchell grumbled as he helped himself to a beer from Lincoln’s fridge. “I’m the one that took her to do her business. Lincoln, you know they make crap bags in colors other than pink and purple.” So, anyway. This book isn’t what you’d normally expect from LL, and that’s most likely a good thing. The depth here is astounding, and whether you can relate or not (I imagine most can’t), there is something tangible here that will resonate deeply within you and make you feel deeper than perhaps you ever have before in an LL novel. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies, its life and lessons and learning and doing what you can to get by-Now hey, this? This I can relate to-that endless blur of each passing day, just doing your best not to crumble to the floor and leave your heart in pieces for everyone to see. Daisy put a hand over her heart. “You wound me. Say Anything. I’m due for a rewatch. You could come.” Emma made a gagging motion. “Pass.” “Oh come on. I don’t know how twenty-two-year-old John Cusack didn’t steal your heart in that scene.” “Um, no. Nothing against the actor, but any guy holding a boom box outside my bedroom at dawn is going to get a swift kick to the balls. And I don’t know how you can possibly find it romantic. You’re the least morning person I know.” I was truly shocked with the direction this took, but humbled in a way that was grounding. My only complaint stems from the ‘three months later,’ and ‘two weeks later’ stuff. I’ve never been a huge fan of that, but I did understand the need not to dwell on current circumstances the whole novel. But perhaps one or two time
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.*** Sigh!! I just finished this book and I just don't have the words. At times I loved it, at times it got hard to read but the end OMG totally amazing. And here is some news, there will be one more in the series, about two new characters who work at Oxford. I absolutely loved the ending. We get to see three years in the future and OMG it was a wonderful way to end the book. Now before I get started on this review I want to mention, I am a big fan of the author. I have read every book she has written and some I loved to death and others not so much but the Stiletto and Oxford series I LOVE so much. Now before you read this book you need to go back and read Oxford's series 1st book starring Emma and Alex "The Trouble With Love." Can this book standalone?Yes, but trust me you want to read this book either before or again because this book starts about a year or two after that book ends. It also really introduces Daisy and Lincoln and Emma and Alex are heavily featured in this story. This story....is in three parts. The first part introduces Lincoln and Daisy and features Emma and Alex's wedding. Part 2 is when Daisy and Lincoln really start spending time together as he goes to visit her back in Charlotte, NC. In this part we are introduced to Daisy's BFF, Whitney who I loved. She is a total hoot and I hope one day she gets a story too. Part 3 is when Lincoln and Daisy end up back in NY again and this part was my favorite part as we get to meet the newcomers at Oxford and we hang out with the whole gang. Now this is a spoiler free review, so I can't tell you the details. But I felt Daisy and Lincoln have a lot in common. They both have secrets and painful pasts and they really get each other. This is a great 2nd chance at love story with two very broken people who become very close friends very fast and who need to learn to face their pasts and work to overcome it.
Wicked_Reads More than 1 year ago
5 Emotionally draining and super uplifting stars This is the third in the series and much awaited (certainly by me!) Whilst you could read it as a standalone, I would HIGHLY recommend that you read them all and in order, as previous couples appear here, and there are 'in' sayings which make so much more sense in context. What a beautifully, but not excessively, emotional read. There is good signposting, which means that whilst some of the revelations aren't exactly a shock, they are still incredibly moving, and pull very hard at the heart strings. For all the drama, there are also some wonderfully funny and light moments – so it is a real rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. The heat between Lincoln and Daisy simmers so madly, that we just know just how it will boil over. All that said, it is not so far from reality that fairy tale takes over. Introducing characters such as Brenda add poignancy and pathos. Kiwi once again takes the limelight on occasion too. If you have time for a beautiful, meaningful, and fundamentally delicious love story, then this would be the read for you. **This review was written by Ruthie on the Wicked Reads Review Team.** Reviewer received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
shortsassyblog More than 1 year ago
This book did NOT disappoint!! Lincoln!! OMG Lincoln!! what a story!! 5 darn near perfection stars Lauren Layne is my number one author. She is my go to girl when I need to read a good book. You know, when you are in a rut and want a GOOD book??? Lauren is it for me. She is my spirit animal. My soulmate. My fav. She is it for me. Someone Like You had me giddy and wiggling all around when I read it. When I was reading the book, Adele was playing in my head. I was signing her version of "Someone Like You" and thinking, this book is as good as the song! I feel in love with Lincoln the second the book started. Swoon!! He is my everything wrapped in one. He is sensitive and sweet and handsome and sarcastic all rolled into one ! Then there is Daisy. I can't not think of one bad thing to say. She was awesome in her own rite. When you put them together, you have something special. Alone, they are good, together they are better. See, each of them has their own past (but don't we all) and when they become friends, they complete each other. Friends turned lovers is one of my favorite type of reads. So this one was a win for me!! I love everything about this book. 5 amazing starts from me!!
Tasty_Reader More than 1 year ago
So, I was saving this one for when I was in the perfect mood, and I think anyone who is a loyal LL fan (or just a lover of romance in general) knows that you need to be in a certain mood for different type of books. I knew this one was going to gut me, so I had to mentally prepare and I didn't want to be rushed, I needed time to devour each word, have a good cry and come out feeling light and happy. I have to be honest, I do feel happy but I feel like SOMEONE LIKE YOU will be one of LL's books that will stay with me for a LONG LONG time. I absorbed the sadness and the joy and I just don't know what to feel right now. I feel like I need a BIG LONG cry, but it's not that I am sad, I am so happy I think. The end is just INCREDIBLE....I am getting emotional just thinking about it. Lincoln is a character that for so long lived in a place of fake, always quick with a joke, always flirting, keeping things on the surface, except for the love he had for his friends that had become more like family, but even they didn't know the truth. And lordy, be prepared to just break down, cause you will. The emotions from this book will consume you and you will feel a WHOLE lot from sad to elated, to joy to pain to laughter, and then just happy, you will just be happy, the kind of bawling tears in your eyes HAPPY! And I have to give LL a shout out for the mention of J.C. and a certain scene that always makes my heart melt. SOMEONE LIKE YOU is one of LL's best. 5++ stars for this highly emotional, will wrap around your heart kind of a romance.
Romwrit More than 1 year ago
Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincoln…strong, handsome, funny, dedicated Lincoln Mathis. He’s the honorary poster man for heartthrob. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him, and I couldn’t wait to read his story, and boy did Layne deliver. But, then again, she always does! I was totally surprised by the secret (which is the point of a big reveal). I won’t say too much because I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who haven’t read it, but it’s a juicy one. My heart went out to him. Daisy is lovely. She’s just as fun, friendly, and loyal as Lincoln is, and what’s better for him is she’s capable of seeing thru his outer shell. Although she doesn’t deny he’s some kind of good-looking, she’s able to resist his charms (not that he was trying to charm her, it happened naturally) until they got to know each other. They actually start out as friends – no pretense. They were open and honest with each other; and their connection was solid, despite the situation and Lincoln’s reaction to it. It was obvious that he loved her, he just needed to come to terms with how things had changed. I admired Daisy for going after what she wanted, and I liked that she wasn’t forceful and didn’t play games with him. She was able to give him space when he needed it, but she remained close enough to show she cared. Of course, there was an emotional struggle for both. Things got intense- which is expected once you learn the secret-, but it was not OVERLY dramatic. I loved when the group pitched in to help…”you want us to unfuck it?” Pure genius! I love them all. All the books, all the characters! The writing is beyond expert. The flow is smooth, and the pace is steady. The flirtations, the dialogue, the narrative, the plot, the premise, the well-developed characters, the…well everything!!! The way all of the stories come together, and the familial relationship between the characters make this a Platinum Series. That’s my new name for it. It should be locked in a vault for future generations, and preserved by some governmental agency (right now I can’t think of which one).
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
Someone Like You is by far the best book in this series. I love Lauren Layne’s books and this series is one of my favorites. If you are like me and have been invested in this series from the beginning, then you will understand when I say that I have been not so patiently awaiting Lincoln’s book. Lincoln is known as the ladies’ man, a manwhore who runs through woman like underwear. He is charming, funny, and of course drop dead gorgeous. But behind the perfect personality and devastating good looks hides a man who is emotionally broken. He hides behind this persona he had made and no one knows the true pain he feels, not even his good friends. However, when he meets Daisy he can see and equally broken soul and the longer these two talk the more he feels like he has found someone who truly understands the real him. Daisy is the perfect match for Lincoln. She is funny, outspoken and will not take crap from anyone. However, like Lincoln, few really know the true Daisy and what secrets her past really holds. Someone Like You Teaser 2When their new friendship starts heading towards more these two must decide if they can take a chance on each other and open their hearts to love again. This story was a beautiful and emotional journey through pain and healing. I laughed and I cried but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Ms. Layne nailed this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
5 Heartfelt stars After having read the Sex, Love & Stiletto series and the Oxford series I was so excited to get my hands on Lincoln's book in Someone like You. He was the sexy, sweet, quick witted and romantic guy we'd fallen in love with and couldn't wait to meet the girl who would win his heart. And now after having read Someone like You, I can honestly say it was everything I was hoping for and more. I loved Lincoln and Daisy, they were likable, endearing characters that captured my heart and took me on an emotional journey with their love story. Both Lincoln and Daisy have been putting on a happy and carefree face to their loved ones but underneath they're emotionally shut off and struggling with their pain. From the first meeting Lincoln and Daisy find themselves being drawn to each other, they find comfort, understanding and peace. The more time they'd spend together the more their walls would come down and the deeper their friendship grew. I loved them together, I loved how they would make each other feel and how easily they could talk to each other. Watching them move from friends to more was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. My heart went out to them, especially Lincoln. It's hard to write this review without giving any spoilers away, what I can share is that Lincoln and Daisy made me laugh, they made me swoon, they made me cry and they made me swoon some more. Aside from Lincoln and Daisy, there was so much I loved about Someone like You. I loved revisiting all the characters from the previous books. Loved the banter that went down between the friends, and I loved how much they cared and supported each other. They would do anything for one another, this was a special friendship that would last a lifetime. In closing, Someone like You is a beautifully written, heartfelt and emotional storyline that will pull at your heartstrings and I highly recommend it. Thank you Lauren Layne for writing Lincoln's story and for sharing him with us
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Two wounded souls, past memories and heartache keep holding them hostage ... until their eyes meet across a room and a true connection is made. They just simply GET each other ... they talk, they laugh, they share secrets ... and along the way they start to fall for each other ... but can the past let them go enough to be happy again? This was such a good read! It was sad and meaningful, and also fun and flirty. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud at their sassy antics. Love this group of characters! Lincoln Mathis has the rep of a major ladies man, and he likes it. He needs the buffer to protect himself from a past he doesn't want to share with even his closest friends, but when Daisy Sinclair steps into his life, he sees a kindred spirit who can see through his walls because she has her own set built around her heart as well. Daisy went through a heartbreaking divorce that left scars on her heart that no one even knows about. She's hidden herself away from life for so long that she doesn't know if she has it in her to get out there again. When she becomes friends with Lincoln, she can be comfortable with someone for the first time in a long time. He just gets her. As they each work towards healing themselves, they lean on each other and slowly start to like the support they have and want more ... but can they let their walls down once and for all to achieve it?
LaurenOBN More than 1 year ago
The two main characters, Daisy and Lincoln, were utterly perfect together. The story was so deep and emotional. Yet, I still got that wonderful character banter that Layne is such a genius at creating. This book was PACKED full of the scenes featuring the Sex, Love & Stiletto/Oxford series characters and I loved it. I truly felt like this story was so much more different from her other books. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
JenPH More than 1 year ago
Someone Like You is the third novel in bestselling author Lauren Layne's Oxford series, which is a spin-off of her much loved Stiletto series (which I seriously need to add to my reading schedule since I've come across the couples from that series thrice already). Lincoln Mathis has a reputation for being a ladies's man, and it's reputation he's done nothing to dissuade people from believing. When he meets Daisy Sinclair at the rehearsal dinner for his best friend and her twin sister's wedding, he can't help but feel as if she sees beyond his facade. A friendship is born and it's fostered until Lincoln feels the need to distance himself, experiencing things that he believes he shouldn't. It's a friendship that's rekindled until too many feelings come in conflict with one another. When Lincoln and Daisy see each other again, they will be tested once again, and this time, he will have to decide if he's ready to keep her. Lincoln and Daisy's story is told in three parts, each one with its share of ups and downs, and because I was so damned invested in these two from the get-go, I felt every single one of those ups and downs alongside them. Remember those tissues I mentioned? Well, all the weeping I did while reading this book made my already existent cold worse. Was it worth it? Yes, it was. This is, hands down, Lauren Layne at her finest. The humor that you expect to find in this series is still there, although more muted here in book number three compared to its two predecessors. Yet, Layne strikes this tenuous balance between tugging at your heartstrings and tickling your funny bone. Whatever thought and emotion I had while reading Someone Like You was a reaction to what I was reading, neither one forced or induced for effect. Five-plus stars...multiplied twenty times over. It's that freaking awesome. ♥