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Someone Like You (Oxford Series #3)

Someone Like You (Oxford Series #3)

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by Lauren Layne

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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.

Lauren Layne’s USA Today bestselling Oxford series can be read in any order:

Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:

The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL


The Redemption Series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED

Praise for Someone Like You

“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 love Lauren Layne’s books and this series is one of my favorites.”—Majorly Delicious

“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

“I would highly recommend Someone Like You by Lauren Layne if you enjoy the forbidden romance trope or a hero and heroine that desperately need each other to help them heal from the hurts of their pasts.”—Harlequin Junkie

“[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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Random House Publishing Group
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Oxford , #3
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Meet the Author

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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
gaele 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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. **
Anonymous 4 months 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.
Tasty_Reader 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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. ♥
Lashea677 4 months ago
Here's my watershed realization. Lauren Layne, gets me. She writes stories that can breakdown emotions. She can write a story that will have me struggling to keep a straight face or fighting to hold back the tears. Someone Like You is a blend of the two that delivers a freeing experience. Lincoln and Daisy have seen some of their darkest moments play out in real time, right before their eyes. Broken hearts, shattered dreams and devastating losses have resided outside of their front door but a guardian angel has their back. All through this story I kept coming back to the adage about people coming into your life for a reason and that seemed to be the case with Daisy and Lincoln. In order to heal, each needed a friend. In order to move forward, they had to let go of the past. Like a fine wine, the Oxford series keeps getting better with time.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Wow! Of all the books this one I loved the most. Lincoln's story is so sad. I almost cried but glad he had a happy ending.
SaraBetty 3 months ago
Loved, Loved, Loved it... What a beautiful love story... Sad in spots but so beautifully told by the author... About the fourth book in the series but probably my favorite although I very much enjoyed the others...
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 3 months ago
I have been waiting for Lincoln since I first met him in the previous series. I knew there was something there. I knew it was deep. I knew it would change things for him and the status he had worked to cultivate. I knew it would take real woman to get around all that he had in place to seem the ultimate playboy. It was not all that he was about. I just did not think much of it being Daisy. I guess two peas in a pod can make for a perfect pie. I was blown of my rocker by all the revelations. Daisy and Lincoln most certainly have a past they both wish to forget. But moving on with life was not that simple or easy to do. With the help of the other maybe it will be that much easier to cope with. These two broken souls find more of themselves in the other and work to make things more than what it is. I loved the read and the connection for these two characters. The read allowed for more of the other characters from the interconnecting series (Stilettos & Oxford) to co-exist. There are a few more left to have the HEA. I wonder how their stories will play out.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The Stiletto and Oxford series have been among my favorites, but I truly believe Lincoln's was the story I most eagerly anticipated. Though I have to admit his back story was not what I thought it was going to be, this was even better! I laughed, and cried, and fanned myself during the steamy parts. As with all the others in both series, I was not disappointed!
mamalovestoread22 3 months ago
Lincoln Mathis is a man with some serious game, one simple look and he has the ladies quivering, every move he makes is under their watchful eye, each one dying for the chance to score the prestigious place on his arm. But for Lincoln that is all that it is, a little game of sorts, he has no intention of ever letting any of them that close, or anywhere near his heart, that is kept under lock and key. But the moment he meets the alluring Daisy Sinclair he is instantly enamored with her, she is by all accounts as good at the game as he is...and it's downright astounding! Daisy Sinclair has been forewarned about Lincoln Mathis, and his ever-growing reputation for being the ultimate playboy, so she decided early on that she wouldn't be like the rest and fall for his game... but the minute he strides into her life she begins to realize she might be in over head! Nothing could have prepared her the gorgeous Mr. Mathis, he is smooth, charming, and his sex appeal is blinding, so much so, she feels her good sense slipping away, and her resistance to his charms start to falter. But then he surprises her, and makes her an offer she can't refuse... a no strings attached friendship, and that's something she really needs right now. But can she really only be friends with a man as tempting as Lincoln? The second I laid eyes on the cover for this one I was in, SOOOO IN, the intensity in his gaze had me wanting to dive right in and learn every little detail about this sexy specimen! The instant Lincoln appeared on the page I was instantly smitten with him, and continued to fall hard for him with each page I read... you just meet characters quite like him too often. He was every bit the smooth talking alpha he was rumored to be, but underneath his playboy facade was a man with a gentle caring spirit, and a heart of gold. From the beginning it was evident that these two were a match made in literary heaven, watching the two wounded souls heal from their past losses, and discover their happily ever after was truly a beautiful thing to witness. This was by far one of the best takes on the friends to lovers trope that I have ever read, and these two uniquely crafted characters sure to linger with me for a long while, definitely one of my favorites from this author!! I highly recommend this one, it's sure to stir your emotions, warm your heart, and renew your faith in happily ever afters!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
BFF_K_BFF_Book_Blog 3 months ago
Since the first book in the Oxford Series, I have been drawn to Lincoln Mathis. He has been an enigma. The ladies man with a heart of gold, just a little too polished and a little too perfect. Lincoln seemed to romance half of Manhattan, but that character never quite meshed with the wonderful person who created deep and meaningful relationships with his charming group of friends. Enter Daisy Sinclair (twin sister of Emma and new sister-in-law of Cassidy, Lincoln’s boss.) Lincoln and Daisy meet serving as Best Man and Maid of Honor at the wedding and their connection is instant but not romantic. As the backstories of both characters are revealed, your heart will break for them. But, the way they heal themselves and each other is what makes this book a wonderful read. The first moment they ALMOST give into their attraction is one of the hottest no-sex-sexy-scenes I’ve read. But, don’t worry, there’s plenty of steam! There is angst and tears, but also hope and sweetness and romance and love. It is all wrapped up in this wonderful group of “friends as family.” Lincoln and Daisy are one of my most favorite couples in the series. I’m not ready to say goodbye, so I’m glad that Lauren Layne has announced one more book in the Oxford Series. I have read all of them and highly recommend them (as I do everything by Lauren Layne) BUT you don’t need to read the other books in the series to thoroughly enjoy Lincoln and Daisy’s love story. Someone Like You is a solid, sweet, romance with terrific characters and all the feels. You definitely want to add this book (the whole series really) to your TBR today! Lincoln and Daisy’s story was worth the wait! This book received a 4.5 Rating on BFF Book Blog. An advance copy was received. Receipt of this copy did not impact the content or independence of this review. BFF Book Blog also uses a set of icon ratings. This book received additional ratings for: angst, butterflies, character development, hero, heroine, steamy, supporting characters, sweet, tears, romance and happily ever after.
Caroles_Random_Life 4 months ago
Yay...Lincoln's story! This is the third book in the Oxford series and my favorite so far. This book cold easily be read as a stand alone although you will not know the history of some of the characters. Lincoln's character shines from the moment he first shows up on the page. As soon as he had a role in this series, I knew that I needed to read his story. It turns out that his story was worth the wait. I had a feeling that Lincoln was a lot more than what we have seen in the previous books and I was right. He is a gorgeous playboy who can have any woman that he wants. Women literally throw themselves at this man but I had to know what made him tick. Let me just say that I was shocked by what is learned about Lincoln's past in this book. I liked his character before I started this book but I like him even more now that I have finished. Daisy has her own story and everyone seems to be walking on eggshells around her. She has been through a divorce but it seemed that there was more to the story. Daisy's story wasn't as shocking as Lincoln's but it did explain a lot. I liked Daisy a lot. She worked hard to put her life back together and had an inner strength that was impressive. I liked how easily she was able to really see Lincoln for who he is. I loved Lincoln and Daisy as a couple. These two were just so perfect together. From the very beginning of the book, they were just a lot of fun. They connected almost immediately and really were a perfect match for each other. They had wonderful chemistry and I liked how they seemed to feel comfortable with each other immediately. The build up of the romance was intense and I was completely invested by the time they actually acted on it. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. Lincoln is such a great character and I loved his story. I also really enjoyed the fact that the obstacle that this couple had to overcome is a little different than I usually see and was completely unexpected. I am looking forward to reading more for this talented author very soon. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book has the same exact picture of model on cover as Devotion by Amy Smoak. That makes it hard to have the same visual but different character!