I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford Series #4)

I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford Series #4)

by Lauren Layne

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

Praise for I Knew You Were Trouble

“Lauren Layne is one of a handful of authors that can break your heart, while keeping you smiling the whole time.”—I Love Romance (five stars)

“It is a fun and flirty battle of the sexes that will leave you giddy over the sheer romance of falling in love.”—All About Romance

Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order:

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



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

The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399178726
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Series: Oxford , #4
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 6,066
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels. A former e-commerce and Web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated in 2011 to New York City, where she left the corporate world to pursue a full-time writing career.

Her hobbies include maintaining a designer purse addiction and observing cocktail hour. Lauren lives with her high school sweetheart in midtown Manhattan, where she writes romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush.

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More than eight hours later, Taylor shrugged on her trench coat and made her way toward the elevator lobby, refusing to limp even though the Jimmy Choo sandals had declared war on the outer edge of her pinky toe.
It was past seven, and most of the Oxford crew had started clearing out a couple of hours ago, so she had the place mostly to herself.

She’d stayed late to finish up the new-employee training—all those HR-mandated online courses that mostly pointed out the obvious and fried the brain.

The doors on one of the elevators were just closing as she approached, and she hurriedly punched the down button in an attempt to catch it.

The doors reopened, and Taylor stepped inside, only to falter for reasons that had nothing to do with the shoes.
It was him.

The deliciously unpolished guy who’d been watching her earlier.

She’d been wrong about the white dress shirt. It wasn’t untucked after all, but shoved into dark jeans with just the right amount of carelessness.

Taylor hadn’t worked up the courage to ask Brit about him when they’d gone to lunch. She wasn’t even sure why she wanted to know.

Up close, it was even more clear he wasn’t her type. Taylor had always gone for clean-cut and serious guys. Guys she could count on.

This one was leaning against the back wall of the elevator as she stepped into it, looking up from his phone just in time to see her stumble.

“You okay?” he asked.

Brown. She’d been right about his eyes being brown.

“Of course.” The self-conscious retort came out a little more haughty than she’d intended, and he lifted his eyebrows in amusement.

Taylor turned around to face the elevator doors as they shut, her gaze locked straight ahead, but out of the corner of her eye she saw him shift around to the side wall of the elevator car, sliding his phone into his back pocket.
He leaned a shoulder against the elevator, studying her unapologetically.

“Really?” she snapped, irritated by the scrutiny.

He merely smiled and straightened, extending his right hand. She wanted to be petty and ignore it, but manners demand she turn and shake it.

Taylor regretted it instantly. The contact of his palm against hers was electric, and she sucked in a quick breath.
He grinned wider. “Nick Ballantine.”

“Taylor Carr,” she said, tugging her hand free and turning once more toward the front of the elevator so he wouldn’t see how flustered she felt. What was wrong with her? He was just a guy.

The elevator stopped on a lower floor, opening for a group of gorgeous women. Taylor took a moment to admire their fabulous stilettos, wondering if their shoes were pinching as much as hers after a long day.

“First day?” Nick Ballantine asked, ignoring the newcomers, all of his attention focused on Taylor.


“What team?”

“Advertising. You?” she asked, glancing back at him.

Nick shifted his bag higher on his shoulder. “None. I’m a contractor. I fill in when Cassidy needs a spare writer.”
“So you’re not at the office full-time?”

“Is that disappointment I hear, Ms. Carr?” he asked, rubbing his palm idly along the dark stubble on his jawline.
“Is that ego I hear, Mr. Ballantine?” she countered.

He merely grinned wider as the elevator reached the lobby and the door opened. The chattering women exited first, and Taylor was right on their heels.

“Ms. Carr.”

She sighed and turned back to Nick Ballantine, who’d followed her into the opulent lobby. “Yes? What?”

He walked toward her, stopping just near enough that she had to look up. “Why don’t you like me?”

He sounded genuinely curious, maybe a little amused, and though candor was usually a trait Taylor liked just fine, she didn’t appreciate being called out on her strange reaction to him.

“I don’t know you,” she replied.

“So everyone gets the ice-princess routine?”

The question was teasing, but it still stung.

Ice princess.

The label was hardly a new one, but she’d worked hard to eradicate it in recent years—to remember that just because she’d been raised by Karen Carr didn’t mean she had to become Karen Carr.

Still, there were times Taylor wondered if icy distance was part of her DNA or something. Because she didn’t make friends easily—Brit Robbins being a hopeful exception.

And though she knew men liked the way she looked, she’d learned the hard way that she apparently had one-night stand written all over her instead of take home to Mom.

She was prickly, and she knew it. But she wished that, just once, someone would get it. That they would understand she wasn’t icy so much as careful. That she didn’t know how to show vulnerability or softness, not because she didn’t feel it, but because she’d spent the past twentysomething years being told that crying made you weak, feelings left you vulnerable, and the only person you could count on was yourself.

Taylor had hope that someone would see it someday—would understand her.

Today was not that day, and Nick Ballantine was not the man.

She lifted her chin and met his dark gaze head on. “I changed my mind, Mr. Ballantine. I don’t have to know you to decide whether or not I like you.”


She stepped forward and tapped a red nail against his chest twice. “Definitely. Not.”


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I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this enemies to lovers story. This was a pretty quick read and I found myself flying through this fun little book. This is the fourth book in the Oxford series and while fans of the series will enjoy seeing some of their favorite characters, this book could easily be read as a stand alone novel. This was one of those books that I could just totally lose myself in and ended up reading it for hours at a time. It definitely lived up to all of my expectations. This book is about Taylor and Nick. The book starts out with short chapters showing some of their history with each other which I thought really set the stage of the book quite well. Taylor is planning to move in with her boyfriend, Bradley, but is surprised to find a break up note at the new apartment. When Taylor starts looking for a roommate, Nick decides to taker her up on it and the stage is set for a whole lot of fun. I thought that Taylor and Nick had wonderful chemistry together. Each of these characters had some very painful moments in their past that really shaped how they deal with life. It became quite apparent that Taylor was very misunderstood because of how she was raised. Nick is a really good guy and sometimes others have taken advantage of his kindness. These two just seemed to fit together perfectly once they gave each other a chance. I really liked the way this book was written. The characters were wonderfully developed. Their chemistry with each other was intense and their banter was a lot of fun. I liked the fact that it took this pair some time to really get together since it felt more realistic. I must admit that I was pretty sick of Bradley before the book was over but Taylor and Nick seemed to feel the same way so I guess that is okay. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This is a fun little book that tells a really wonderful story. Lauren Layne is one of my go to authors when I am in the mood for contemporary romance and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
gaele More than 1 year ago
From the start, I’ve always enjoyed the interplay between the characters of Oxford and Stiletto, and this novel brought plenty of moments from old favorites back for interactions. Fast paced dialogue, clever twists and a touch of static electricity from the attraction between Nick and Taylor will steam up your ereader, just before you find yourself laughing with another quip or smart-aleck comment. Taylor is a bit difficult to get to know – she’s a hedgehog with all its prickles out: hurt before and sure that it meant she’ unlovable, she’s not particularly open to a relationship, particularly when it will end badly: and she knows it will. Yeah, she was a bit melodramatic where she and the thought of relationships are concerned, and meeting Nick just set all of her red flags waving. The connection sparked between them like lightning, and she felt it – and was scared by it. And then discouraged as the timing just wasn’t right. But Nick – oh goodness – a bartender and freelance journalist with Oxford is just adorable – and patient, curious, friendly and not able to hide the fact that he wants more from Taylor than just friendship. And, when the time is right, he’s willing to take that chance. He likes her spunk, her loyalty and determination and the friendships that she’s made – she’s not incapable of a relationship, she’s just scared. And he realizes it – and sets out to plan his way into her life. Oh this was cute, and despite a few minor bumps in the road, mostly lighthearted and feel-good summer reading. As a reader, we get to see both perspectives on the budding relationship, and see that Nick is just what Taylor needs, even as she is doing her best to run him a merry chase. But, when she takes that chance – OH THE STEAM….. it was slow to fire up – but then you need ice, hoses and plenty of water! It’s not easy to pick a favorite couple in this mix – but this was a Lauren Layne book – meant to tease you almost as much as it pleases. 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.
adet More than 1 year ago
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE is the Oxford Series at its finest. Taylor Carr is a woman on a mission, and only one man can simultaneously stand in her way, but also help her get exactly what she never knew she always wanted: him. Nick Ballantine is Taylor's ultimate match: he's feisty, hot, and won't back down from what he wants, and what he wants is one Taylor Carr. I could not put this one down. I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE is everything Oxford in one perfect package: it is hot, intriguing, and will make you want even more love stories from Lauren Layne.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
A delightful romantic escape. Lauren Layne writes up a fun, flirty and highly enjoyable story about a woman who doesn’t believe in love thinks the predictable good guy is the way to go, but actually wants the roguish bad boy with the scruff and sexy smile. Taylor Carr and Nick Ballantine’s relationship can be described as complex mix of “bad timing and worse decisions.” But when Taylor gets dumped the same day her ex was supposed to move in with her, her no-nonsense and very pragmatic character resolves to accept Nick Ballantine, the sexy freelance writer/bartender who knows how to infuriate her in less than five seconds flat, as her roommate. How will she ever survive his infuriating attractiveness? Ever since he first met Tayler, Nick liked her. She was a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of girl. He saw past her icy exterior and saw the lonely, competitive, sarcastic and gorgeous woman. So when he saw the opportunity to create mischief, he happily volunteered to move in with her because deep down he knows there’s an attraction neither are acknowledging. Can he convince Taylor to blur the enemy lines and take a chance at love with him? This book was fun! It was so much fun I read it in a single sitting grabbing me with the amusing tension and quick wit banter between the protagonists. I was snickering, laughing and fanning myself while swiping left as fast as possible. I was sad for Taylor as she felt herself unlovable but absolutely admired her backbone. She’s one tough chick and deserved a man who not only understood her but made her complete happy. And who better to do that than funny and sweet man who had no qualms in calling her BS. I absolutely adored Nick! He’s such a great guy. Besides being carefree, smart and attractive, he’s caring and understanding, especially when Taylor’s jabs strike hard and deep. I liked that he could read woman because he had two sisters he loves. I liked that he indulged his mom, and I think my ovaries exploded along with Taylor’s in a scene where he’s carrying a baby. I’m almost sure I smiled every time I read from his perspective or he was in a scene. Even though there are some touching and sad moments, the overall feeling while reading this story is a feel-good, light-heartedness that comes from the quick banter, fiery chemistry and slow build up between Taylor and Nick. I only wish there had been more of their story to read as I felt the ending was on the rushed side. Lauren Layne has great skill at creating relateable characters you want to get to know and hang out with. The Stiletto and Oxford series are proof positive of that. I’ve loved getting to know every one of the characters in the series and enjoy every time they get together, gossip and conspire to get another couple into the HEA club or just pop up whenever. I Knew You Were Trouble is book #4 in the Oxford series by Lauren Layne. It is a standalone romantic comedy. Told from both points of view with a happy ending.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: She hated being the newcomer— hated feeling vulnerable in any way for fear that someone would see right through her shield of confidence and call her out as a fraud. To expose her as what she really was on the inside: lonely. Maybe a little unlovable, if she wanted to get melodramatic about it. We talked. That was it. Why is it that everyone seems to think carnage will follow whenever I have a conversation with someone? I’m not seeing anyone else, Taylor. I couldn’t even if I wanted to. You consume me. I’ve got three sisters and four nieces, and my best friend is a woman. I’m fluent in the language of lady tears. My Review: I find I am rather conflicted in how to rate this book. While, as always, Ms. Layne’s work was amusing and well-written, I had considerable difficulty in appreciating the female main character of Taylor. Taylor was a cold fish and an aloof ice princess who was instantly and unnecessarily sarcastic and antagonistic toward the adorable Nick. Nick was a nice man – but she had disliked him on sight and turned him into her nemesis by going all mean girl. As the story and her childhood history unfolded, she began to thaw and I did too, and although I totally adored Nick - I could not find Taylor endearing. On the plus side, I found much of the storyline witty and amusing. I enjoy Ms. Layne’s snarky humor and always look forward to the clever and easy banter among the smart and feisty characters from previous books. I will recall this group fondly, and with a smile, whenever consuming a tuna roll.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing read in the Stiletto/Oxford world! As expected in a Lauren Layne novel there is plenty of snark, humor, yummy men, and romance. To the outsider it would appear that Taylor Carr and Nick Ballantine can't stand each other. Funny though how there is such a fine line between love and hate and that line is getting pretty fuzzy between these two. When Taylor finds herself with an apartment she can't afford and desperately in need of a roommate how can she afford to turn down Nick's request to move in. Taylor's determined to keep things platonic. Nick might have different ideas though! This is one for the must read list! I highly recommend it.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
So Sexy, Fun and Sweet! So, Sexy, Fun and Flirty! This was such a fantastic read. I just can’t get enough of Lauren Layne’s Stories. This one took my breath away, making me giddy and happy. Get ready for the hot suit wearing guys of Oxford Magazine, some serious fun, a whole lot of sweetness and off the charts sexy in this incredibly entertaining story. Taylor Carr has landed a job at Oxford Magazine the headquarters of Hot Guys and these polished, successful, serious, clean cut guys are just her type. Except for one of the part time writers who seems to constantly gets under her skin. But when Taylor’s boyfriend of ten months Bradley Calloway backs out on move in day, into a new two bedroom apartment, she is in need of a roommate fast. Nick Ballantine has been a constant thorn in Taylor’s side since the first day on the job when he labeled her the Ice Princess. The last several months their animosity and heat towards one another is off the charts. Their conflict is full of the best one liners, great verbal sparing and sizzling Chemistry. So when Nick volunteers to be her new roommate in front of Bradley, she accepts. These two clash and it is ridiculously fantastic! I loved being absorbed into all, the bickering and the tension. And when they combust Lauren Layne brings it, with some great sexy scenes. I also enjoyed getting to see other characters from previous stories as well. I enjoyed the animosity of their relationship immensely and loved the many great moments between them and I couldn’t get enough. You do not want to miss Taylor and Nick’s story! Loved, Loved, Loved it! Highly Recommended! Received an ARC through Tasty Book Tours via NetGalley and voluntarily wrote an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Lauren Layne is one of a handful of authors that can break your heart, while keeping you smiling the whole time. Readers don't have to like every character, but by the end, it's hard not to love them. I Knew You Were Trouble is an ideal example of that. Taylor is a little much at first meeting, but as more is revealed about her, it's easy to understand why. She hides painful insecurities. Nick pushes her, because he sees the beautiful woman behind the abrasive attitude. Another winner.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Enjoyed very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's nothing better than a hate-to-love story. Such a great book. The characters are very real and believable, and likeable.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Lauren Layne's books and am a big fan of the Oxford series. This one is a fun enemies to lovers premise, a slow burn romance between two part time co-workers, with some sexy heat and touching emotional scenes. The heroine doesn't like to show emotions so it makes it hard for her to open up while the hero is generous to a fault and people (women) take advantage of that. They make a well balanced couple and I loved how their romance played out. Witty banter is always welcome and Lauren Layne is an expert. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story! More please.
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Please give us more!
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
I Knew You Were Trouble: An Oxford Novel by Lauren Layne This is Taylor Carr and Nick Ballantine's story. Oh my goodness!!! This was a great story. I was hooked from the beginning to the end. Taylor doesn't know what it's like to be loved. Nick has a loving family but was hurt in a bad relationship. They seem to get on each other's nerves don't like each other. Well, the chemistry is so intense between them. Will they ignore this chemistry and put aside their stubbornness to take a chance on love? A fun, steamy, and entertaining read with characters that were so relatable and fun. With Nick and Taylor I could feel the passion they had for each other and the pain they had suffered in their life. I just love how the author incorporates so many emotions in the story. This is a must read! FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
Anytime I pick up a book and I see Lauren Layne's name on the cover, I know that I am in for a real treat. Layne always offers her readers a story that is full of romance, heat, laughter and most of all love. Layne has the ability to draw her readers in and capture their undying attention as she creates a story that comes to life. Layne is such a talented and dynamic author, whose writing is cherished by all who are fortunate enough to read her books. Taylor Carr meet Nick Ballantine, enemies at first sight. However, as circumstances change and the two are put together in domestic bliss .... or maybe not so much bliss, Layne does what she does best and creates a storyline that will capture your attention. Taylor and Nick have chemistry like no other, their banter back and forth is so quick and humourous, it leaves you wanting more. Layne is a fantastic author who I absolutely adore and think the world of. I love the story line, the characters and the romance that Layne brings to her latest novel. If you are a fan of Layne, "I Knew You Were Trouble" is a definite must read for you!
LaurenOBN More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Taylor and Nick. While they were oil and water, they clashed in the best possible way and I loved it. Taylor was horrible at showing and sharing her emotions, so it was easy to see her as a snob. But she wasn't and for a while, Nick was the only one who saw through the iciness. I just loved the plot and the whole, "when will their timing match up?" I Knew You Were Trouble was fast paced and pretty darn steamy. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m pretty sure my love for Lauren Layne is already so obvious. It's no lie her name is spread out all over my blog. I’ve pretty much read all her books already, sorry not sorry. If we’re talking guilty pleasures, Lauren Layne’s romances are on my top five… next to nude matte lipsticks and cherry flavored candies. We meet Taylor Carr, the no-nonsense newcomer into the Oxford family. While she's not exactly Ms. Ice Princess, she's not Ms. Congeniality either, especially upon meeting Nick Ballantine, who she can't help but butt heads with after every five seconds. Their dynamic is all blunt and snappy dialogue, surrounded by their explosive chemistry and their unapologetic desire to choke each other to death. Hah! Their romance borders on complicated, which funnily enough eases into a domestic phase as they become roommates after Taylor's boyfriend ditched her for an ex on 'moving in' day. Lauren Layne is no doubt a star in writing enemies to lovers romances. I love how Taylor and Nick's relationship slowly evolved throughout the story. While there were periods of amusing snarky and witty banter and steamy flirting between the duo, this Oxford series author managed to weave in a few heartfelt moments. The more time they spend together, more layers are shed—especially with Taylor revealing a vulnerable and sensitive side behind her seemingly icy and sarcastic demeanor, a trait influenced by her by her Aunt Karen, the woman who raised her after she was orphaned as a youngster. Nick also reveals a glimpse of skeletons, despite his carefree and laid back lifestyle. He juggles at least three jobs—part-time Oxford writer/bartender/fiction thriller writer—which makes him seem not exactly into committing and settling down, but there's more to his cool attitude, because deep inside, he's a sweet and relationship type of guy. Despite his jabs at Taylor, he reveals a tender and understanding side during her inferior moments. And while this book is being marketed as a love triangle, rest assured... it really isn't (if you're like me and not really into that sort of thing). Take it from a person who hates reading about love triangles, unless they're amazingly written. Although the Stiletto girls don't make an appearance, meeting some of Oxford girls and guys, including Taylor's new-found friends Daisy, Brit and Hunter, was a blast. The characters were a total hoot, especially the way they tried to knock some sense into Taylor and Nick to finally get together! I'm not sure about this, but I'm guessing the next book would feature Brit and Hunter... right? Right??? In retrospect, I Knew You Were Trouble is a great addition to the Oxford series. It's a flirty, light-hearted read, mashed with the right amount of sexy scenes and angst. Taylor and Nick will definitely keep you entertained and wanting more. I definitely can't wait for more books by Lauren Layne!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Lauren Layne's characters. Taylor and Nick's story is a fun read. Definitely want more in the Stiletto/Oxford series!
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I am a big fan of the author and this series is my FAVORITE. I am so glad the author is introducing new characters at Oxford. This is Nick and Taylors story and they were characters introduced in the last book featuring Daisy and Lincoln. If you love frienenemies stories or enemies to lovers story or work romances then you will LOVE this story. Taylor is gorgeous but inside she is beyond lonely. Her life will make you cry. She really has never had anyone stay and love her. So many people think she is cold and unfeeling, ice princessey. And that is what happens when she meets Nick, a part time writer at her new job. He calls her an ice princess and she never forgives him for that. Nick is actually going thru a rough time when he meets Taylor and he is sorry he said that to her but she won't let it go and so they become enemies. They also have a very strong attraction but he can't be with her because he has a girl friend and when he doesn't then she is with a co worker and so they form this attraction/hate relationship. Now here is a warning: This story features exes a lot. Nick is dating someone when he meets Taylor and he has many girlfriends after. Meanwhile Taylor dates Bradley and it gets serious and you see that alot during the beginning of this story. So while it should not stop you from reading this story, it is something you should expect. This story starts out very slow burn like. It starts one year before and then fast forwards with significant events throughout that year. The dating of the beginning is very important and I loved that the author wrote it in this way. It was unexpected though and so I had to go back and read from the beginning as it was not what I expected. For a bit of the story Taylor dates Bradley a co-worker but on the day they move in together, he writes her a Dear John letter. So she gets stuck with this beautiful apartment but needs to share the rent. Nick, has an ex who won't leave his place, so he decides to move in with Taylor, his friendenemy. And shall I say this is where the fun starts. The two don't magically fall in love. They have lots of more banter and anger for the other. And I liked that they never rush anything, even when they both agree they are very attracted. Beyond that I am not spoiling anymore about this story. It was a wonderful trip to Oxford and I cannot wait for more stories.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
I Knew You Were Trouble was just reason 100 why I LOVE Lauren Layne! I adored this book and the characters. It’s an enemy to roommates to friends to lover’s tale, and it was addictive from the beginning to the end. Taylor has just started a job at Oxford. For those of us who have read the previous novels in the series, we all know how sexy the men are. One of the first ones she encounters is Nick. He gets under her skin from the very first time she sees him. He looks at her as though he gets her, and that definitely unnerves her. Taylor doesn’t let anyone in. Of course, they get off to a rocky start…attraction, hate, bad timing, until they end up as roommates. As they spend more time together, the attraction ramps up and who could believe it, but they actually begin to like one another. As you can imagine, this is quite the love story! One thing I really liked about this book was that it took place over a long period of time. In Layne’s very capable hands, it never drags, and it allows the reader to really get to know Nick and Taylor. They are extraordinarily complex characters. Layne describes them perfectly: “He was too much like her---likely dying to know her thoughts, but too proud to lay himself bare in front of his nemesis.” Because of their love/hate relationship, there were so many times I laughed out loud. “Never pegged you as a reader.” ~ Nick “What did you think I did in my spare time, killed cats?” ~ Taylor “Nah. Men.” ~ Nick With that banter, the sexual tension between these two just jump off the pages. I, like their co-workers, just want them to do the deed and get it over with. But, the wait is well worth it. With all that chemistry, there is a sweetness that also develops between them. Nick has seen parts of her no one has. Deep down, Taylor doesn’t believe she is worthy of love because of her childhood. Nick is somehow able to penetrate that strong armor and show her she is worthy. Little did he know when he told her someone would love her, it would be him. SWOON!!!! Speaking of Nick, it’s hard not to love him. Taylor always does things with a plan and safety, alas her relationship with jerk, Bradley. Nick shows her how to just enjoy life. He only works part-time at Oxford. He is also a legendary bartender and writes fiction. Yet, he’s able to enjoy life. He wants to fix the broken part of Taylor and wants her to be able to enjoy living. Of course, he’s by no means perfect, but he is perfect for her! GAH…I just love these two! As with Layne’s books, readers get to see the other characters from the series. Through them, you see Taylor finally able to form meaningful relationships with other people, Brit and Daisy. In the beginning, she was so closed off. By the epilogue, she a completely different woman! Layne also gives us a hint of her future book in the series which I hope is about Brit and Hunter. That one is going to be epic!!!! ***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
JenPH More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, LOVED the back and forth between Nick and Taylor. He gave as good as he got and so did she. They were brutally honest with each other, and that lack of BS was exactly what Taylor needed but didn't realize it right away. I could see they were so meant to be together, so you can imagine my frustration since it felt like it took forever for them to get with the program, especially Taylor! Can I just say that I wanted to stand up and applaud the manner in which Nick wanted to handle the potential shift in their relationship from frenemies to lovers? It showed his respect for her and himself. He never coddled her but did offer comfort whenever she needed it. That was the thing with him--it was as if he knew her better than anyone else in the world and all he did was observe her. If you're familiar with the Sun Tzu quote about knowing your enemy, you will get how it was apt for these two. Over the span of four books, this series has become a favorite for me. I have yet to get around to reading the series it was originally spun off from, Stiletto, but I'm hoping to get to those before the year end...or before the fifth book in Oxford is released. Yep, I've got a feeling there's at least one more book in the offing, thanks to two supporting characters, Hunter Cross and Brit Robbins, who are best friends that could very well be perfect for each other. Then there's also Jessica Hayes who so deserves to be with a guy who deserves someone as nice as her. So, I've got my fingers crossed we haven't seen the last of the Oxford crew, but whoever gets their story told next will be faced with a bar set REALLY high, not just by I Knew You Were Trouble but the three other novels in the series. Nick and Taylor left me smiley and satisfied as well as wanting even more Oxford goodness. This favorite gets five-plus stars. ♥
shortsassyblog More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I am a fan of the Oxford Series, and I knew I had to read I Knew You Were Trouble as soon as I could! That being said, this was not my favorite book in the series, Taylor has it all. Good Job, Boyfriend. Life is good, Until she gets dumped the day she is to move in with her boyfriend. Her leaves her a "Dear John", leaving her stuck. She has to move in and needs a roommate. Enter Nick. I liked Nick (most of the book). Him and Taylor has a love/hate relationship. It kept you on your toes. You knew from page one that they would end up together... and I loved seeing them get there (the long roundabout way!).
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Nick Ballantine and Taylor Carr are so perfect for each other but it not only is the timing off for a while but they rub each other the wrong way. Watching these two circle each other along with the rest of the gang at Oxford was not only enjoyable it was so much fun! They started as enemies then reluctant roommates and then finding their way to friendship and finally to a relationship. The dialogue alone was worth reading this one! This one can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend this one! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
NightbirdNovels More than 1 year ago
The day Taylor Carr meets Nick Ballantine it is hate at first sight. Someone who is such a jerk just shouldn’t be that good looking. But when a moment of weakness leads to a slight softening of her strong anti-Nick feelings, she and her nemesis discover they might not hate each other so much after all. Nick isn’t a commit-to-the-9-to-5 type of guy. If people (ahem, Taylor) think he is juvenile for his less-than-stable career, then she can go on thinking what she wants. Luckily, while being in the right place at the right time, Nick uses an awkward moment to get as close to Taylor as he could possibly get… as new roommates. When Taylor and Nick start to spend real time together, and start to see past their mutual first impressions, will they finally realize they want to be with the other, or will their time ever be right? This was another lovely Lauren Layne book! What starts out as a slow burn, love/hate storyline, develops into tentative friends, roommates, and eventually… more? Taylor and Nick both realize they are attracted and interested in each other, but with their bad first impression coupled with their mutual relationships, they just never seem they will ever be in the right place. I absolutely love the Stiletto and Oxford series, and this book, while set in the Oxford series almost feels like the start of a new series on its own. We were introduced to Nick and Taylor previously, and I am so glad that we got their story! As usual I loved all the characters! We got very small glimpses into some of the original Oxford men, and I loved Taylor’s friendship with Daisy and Brit! Fun, witty dialogue coupled with fantastic writing makes this book a must read! I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.