I Think I Love You: An Oxford Novel

I Think I Love You: An Oxford Novel

by Lauren Layne

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

Praise for I Think I Love You

“This girl always makes me smile—another must-read by Lauren Layne.”New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett

“Poignant, sexy, and romantic . . . I Think I Love You will leave readers wanting more.”—Tracy Goodwin, internationally bestselling author of Ice Hot: A New York Nighthawks Novel

I Think I Love You is a sweet, charming, sexy friends-to-lovers story and a fun return to the Oxford/Stiletto characters. I can always count on Lauren Layne for a five-star read!”—Jessica Lemmon, bestselling author of Rumor Has It

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

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Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101969557
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Series: Oxford , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 8,377
File size: 1 MB

About 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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Chapter One

“I mean, what is wrong with the men of New York City?”

Hunter Cross adjusted his glasses, the ones he wore as seldom as possible but needed more often than he liked to admit. He pointedly kept his attention on his iPad and ignored the question altogether.

Hunter flipped between the two advertising proofs. Black watch on red background? Navy watch on gold background . . .

The iPad was snatched out of his hand.

“Are you listening?”

Hunter sighed and finally gave in to the inevitable, pulling his glasses off and fixing his gaze on the semi-irate blonde who’d been pacing around his office for the better part of the last half hour.

As far as employees went, Brit Robbins was one of Hunter’s best. His senior product manager was low-maintenance, efficient, and innovative in her proposed solutions. An excellent skill set, considering they were on the digital-operations team at Oxford, the country’s most popular men’s magazine.

As his best friend, however, she was spirited, fiercely loyal, and currently . . . demanding all of his attention.

“Sorry, what?” Hunter leaned back in his chair, knowing there was little chance of him getting back to work until she’d solved her problem. Which, best he could tell, was her irritation with the entire male population of New York City.

Brit sighed and plopped into his guest chair. “So, you weren’t listening.”

“Ahhh—” No good answer to that question, especially when it came from a woman.

“Never mind,” she said, setting the iPad she’d confiscated on the corner of his desk. “I should know better than to talk at you when you’re in the zone.”

He watched as she used the hairband around her wrist to pile her blond hair into a messy knot atop her head.
He’d known her long enough to know that she always started the day with her long hair down and perfectly styled, only to have it pulled back and out of her face by noon or so. Hunter didn’t know why she didn’t just start the day with her hair pulled back, but he’d asked once and gotten a disgusted eye roll. He chalked it up to one of the hazards of being best friends with a female.

“Sorry, but in my defense, it is two p.m. on a Friday,” he said, trying to reach for his iPad. “Speaking of which, aren’t you supposed to be in a meeting with the design team?”

“Rescheduled,” she said, her voice distracted and a little bit . . . sad.

Damn. Friendship duty called. He leaned back. “Okay. Bring me up to speed. What’s the deal? Short version,” he added quickly.

She lifted a finger and waved it. “Nope. Do I ever short version you when you want to fill me in on every excruciating detail of the Yankees game?”

“You like the Yankees.”

“Um, no. Not really. I like the junk food and beer that usually come hand in hand with watching the Yankees. Crucial difference.”

“Do you want to tell me what’s making you pissy or not?”

“Lenny and I broke up.”

Ah. “Well, I did warn you about the hazards of dating someone named Lenny. . . .”

Her withering look silenced him. “Right. Too soon for that. What happened?”

“He dumped me,” she said. “Can you believe it? I mean, the guy lives next door to his mother, and she still makes him breakfast. And yet somehow I end up on the sad side of the breakup equation.”

“Oh, come on. You’re not actually brokenhearted over that dude. You guys dated for, what, a week?”

“A month. And, no, I didn’t think he was the one, it’s just . . . what is wrong with me?”

“Wait, I thought the question we were addressing was what was wrong with the men of New York?”

“Aha!” She pointed at him accusingly. “You were listening earlier.”

Hunter dragged his hands down his face and prayed for patience. “Brit. You know I’ve got your back. But if we’re going to talk in circles, can we do it after work when I can have a mammoth-sized beer in my hand?”

“Yeah, that’s fair,” she said with only a slight sigh. “God knows I’ve put you through enough of these talks the past few months.”

“Do what I do,” he said with a grin. “Don’t date unless you feel like it, and keep it casual.”

“Yeah, well, I do feel like it,” she said moodily. “But I don’t get to just snap my fingers like you when I’m in the mood. I’m not a six-foot dude with a six-figure bank account who can get anyone I want just by smiling.”

“You can too,” Hunter said emphatically.

And he meant it.

His feelings toward Brit had always been entirely platonic, but he wasn’t an idiot. This woman was one of the good ones, the type that any guy would be lucky to have. For starters, she was attractive. Very. Average height, but with curves in all the right places, blond hair, big old blue eyes. And a great smile. Which sounded clichéd only if you hadn’t seen Brit Robbins’s smile. The woman seemed to glow.

So yeah, any guy who didn’t get that, didn’t get her, was a moron. At least as far as Hunter was concerned.

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I Think I Love You: An Oxford Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Wrapping up the Oxford series we hit on a friends to lovers story with a twist. Brit and Hunter have been friends, just platonic friends for a while now. Not surprising as Brit is friends with just about everyone. It’s just strange that she and Hunter have never crossed the line. She’s tired of it all, though: she wants to be wanted and be in love like her friends. And, when the latest ‘prospect’ dumped her, she’s feeling like it is a problem with her. If only she knew how to move from the friendly banter she has with everyone, and find a way to femme fatale…… Hunter is a chick magnet, but in a way that doesn’t make him one of those ‘poster boys for douchery’. He’s content with the friendship with Brit – in fact, it’s nice to have a female’s perspective when she’s got no ulterior motives where he’s concerned. And he trusts Brit to be his friend, and that they can share everything, implicitly. But, when her last option heads south for greener pastures, and she asks him to show her just what men want, and how she can seduce them with an eye to more – he’s conflicted. He helps, but he’s conflicted. Of course, we all know that the lessons bring them both to new revelations: perhaps Brit’s looking outside of the office for a new man that isn’t her boss isn’t what she wants after all. But, will Hunter stop being immovable in the face of her more ‘obvious’ plays for him, or can they find a way to discover one another along with a hope for the future? Told in 3rd person POV, the story is light and quick, with plenty of moments from the whole crew that we’ve met earlier, showing connections and friendships as they’ve grown and developed over the years. Brit is particularly adorable with her series of challenges as she is trying to epitomize the standards she believes are needed to achieve her goals. And when she starts to set her sights on Hunter, the awkwardness of her ‘new skills’ combined with Hunter’s hands-off policy just show the sweetness of their relationship as it is, and what it could be. A solid conclusion to the series, and sure to bring a tear to many as they think of another series end. 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.
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2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #5, on the Oxford series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and enjoy this amazing series, I recommend reading this in order. Brit and Hunter are best friends. They work together, and he is her boss, technically. They make a great team. So he is the ideal man to ask why everyone friend zones her instead of wants to date her seriously. Hunter has recently noticed Brit as a woman and more than a friend. Her asking him to teach her seduction is apparently working too well. Now he has to figure out how to help his best friend without hurting her and their friendship on the way. This was a great end to an incredible series! I love this author, and all her works. Always worth reading. This book was a great fast pace, with some serious humor and side order of heat. I absolutely adored reading about this couple falling in love.
StephPhillips More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. You know - who better to see if your dating skills totally suck than your best guy friend. Right? Well in this instance it's the perfect way for Brit to have Hunter help her with her dating faux pas because she's having no luck finding "Mr. Right." Now let's just say that these two really didn't see each other as dating material. That doesn't mean that it stays that way though. Once you finally see someone as attractive and those pheromones start seeping in it's hard to pull away. But that's not the purpose of this exercise is it? They're suppose to be helping Brit learn how to date...not learning how they'd work as a couple. This book is a cute friends to lovers book. I enjoyed the characters and think you will too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved reading the stilleto and oxford books! I hung onto every word! Love the plot and humor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a cute friends to lovers story! I don't always like those but this was so well done. I loved Brit and Hunter. Also, you can read it as a standalone, but since this is the last one, I'd suggest reading at least a few of the others first since this has a lot of cameos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hunter and Brit are great together! Loved all the characters in the Stiletto and Oxford series. Hate to see the end!
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Witty, charming, and delightfully romantic! I Think I Love You is a passionate, friends-to-more RomCom about the determined and focused Brit who doesn't want to be just one of the guys anymore and decides to undertake lessons in the art of seduction, and the sexy, considerate Hunter, who suddenly finds it harder and harder to keep his attraction for his best friend in check. The writing is crisp and light. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are charismatic, fun-loving, and lovable. And the plot is a perfect blend of drama, heat, emotion, hilarious hijinks, sassy banter, unconditional friendship and true love. I Think I Love You is the fifth and final story in the Oxford series, and even though it's a little bittersweet to say goodbye to the characters we’ve come to know and love from the Stiletto and Oxford novels, it is nevertheless a lovely way to catch up on the whole gang and give Brit and Hunter the happy-ever-after ending they undoubtedly deserve.
SmutCrazy More than 1 year ago
Brit and Hunter have been best friends for years. They are like brother and sister. Brit wants to meet the right guy and have him sweep her off her feet, however, it seems like every guy she dates, put her in the friend zone after a few weeks. She needs to get her sexy on and who better to show her than her best friend. Hunter never lacks for a date, he’s good looking with a Hot body. At first he is against Brit’s idea, but then when he thinks about it, who better to teach her the art of seduction than her best friend. Why is it that all of a sudden, Hunter is getting these feelings of jealousy when he imagines Brit on a date with another guy. Brit doesn’t understand these warm feelings when she’s around Hunter. What’s up with that, he’s her best friend. As their lessons get more intense, Brit is afraid they might cross a line that they won’t be able to navigate back from. Can two best friends become so much more. I loved this book, it was sexy and funny, plus I loved the ending.
SmutCrazy More than 1 year ago
Brit and Hunter have been best friends for years. They are like brother and sister. Brit wants to meet the right guy and have him sweep her off her feet, however, it seems like every guy she dates, put her in the friend zone after a few weeks. She needs to get her sexy on and who better to show her than her best friend. Hunter never lacks for a date, he’s good looking with a Hot body. At first he is against Brit’s idea, but then when he thinks about it, who better to teach her the art of seduction than her best friend. Why is it that all of a sudden, Hunter is getting these feelings of jealousy when he imagines Brit on a date with another guy. Brit doesn’t understand these warm feelings when she’s around Hunter. What’s up with that, he’s her best friend. As their lessons get more intense, Brit is afraid they might cross a line that they won’t be able to navigate back from. Can two best friends become so much more. I loved this book, it was sexy and funny, plus I loved the ending.
MalkaShayna More than 1 year ago
I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review. Hunter Cross has been best friends with his senior production manager, Brit Robbins, at Oxford magazine for 6 years. But Brit has a problem. While all their friends at Oxford and the sister magazine, Stiletto (like Men's and Women's Health), seem to have paired up and found their someone special, she seems to be put into the friend category by all her dates. So she asks her best friend, Hunter, to be her dating coach, like Will Smith, in the movie Hitch. Hunter reluctantly agrees, but as he helps her, he finds that their relationship shifts and he doesn't want anyone else dating her. Although this is the 5th and last book in the series, it is the first that I have read, but worked for me as a stand alone. While there are quite a few secondary characters from the previous books, enough context is added when each is introduced, so that it is not an issue. The main characters are masterfully developed as their relationship shifts. Friends to lovers stories are especially close to my heart, as I married my best friend 39 years ago.
Elisa_Booklover More than 1 year ago
Thank you thank you thank you Lauren Layne for giving us the story of Hunter and Brit, and even more for giving them the most perfect story we could wish for! My gosh, I’ve just finished the book and I have a huge small fixed on my face. This book has, once again, confirmed Lauren as one of my absolutely favourite authors. She just has a way with words, dialogues, with everything concerning creating a story, that is simply catching and mesmerising. The book is about a friends to lovers story, and it was written with such a maestry that I couldn’t literally put the book down. I already loved Hunter and Brit from the previous books, and I fell even more in love with them after their story. I can now confirm that they are quite simply a perfect couple. They balance each other, Brit with her bubbly and warm personality, Hunter with his more subdued but oh so sexy character. I loved how their relationship morphed from friendship to something more, and from something more to more more. They had their up and downs, but one thing that I appreciated was that deep down they always knew how much they meant to each other, and even after some disagreements they managed to find the way back to each other really quickly, and without meaningless dramatic scenes. The whole family of Oxford and Stiletto was just amazing, so heartwarming and just great. It’s breaking my heart a little bit knowing that this is the last book of this huge and happy family, but I hope we will get some small novellas in the future!! I need my Oxford/Stiletto family fix every once in a while! So yeah, definitely read this book, you won’t regret it. And if you’ve not read the previous books of the series, what are you waiting for??? Go pick them up, you can thank me later ❤️ Living in Our Own Story blog
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars I think I Love You by Lauren Layne is a very enjoyable friends to lovers romance. The storyline is well written, the plot easy to follow and once you start you won't want to put it down. Brit and Hunter have been in each others lives for a long time, they've been there for each other as best friends, never letting themselves think about the other in a romantic way as they didn't want to ruin their beautiful friendship. But after Hunter agrees to help Brit with her dating life things start to change. Feelings are awoken and suddenly helping their best friend isn't what either one wants. I loved watching Hunter and Brit move from friends to so much more. They share that something special that a lot of couples want but never find. It might have taken years for these two fall in love but once they open themselves up they made a beautiful couple and I loved them together. Being a huge fan of both the Sex, Love & Stiletto Series and the Oxford Series revisiting the previous couples helped make this read even more memorable. I've loved watching their friendships grow, watching them find their soul mates and living the best life. I'm going to miss the gang, it's truly been a joy getting to know them and I'm very thankful author Lauren Layne shared her words and characters with us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all the books in the series, well all of her books, and this is another joy to read! What a beautiful way to end a series, you will not disappointed! Beautiful writing and always keeps your attention, you can't put it down until it's done and then you want to start the sees again!!!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was a fun little book! My actual rating is closer to 3.5 stars but I have decided to round up. I knew I would want to read this book as soon as I saw it. I have had a great time with the Oxford series so far so I had to see how everything would wrap up. This book is the fourth book in the Oxford series but it works perfectly well as a stand alone. This wasn't my favorite book in the series but I thought that it was a very enjoyable and solid story. I thought that this was a well done friends to lovers story. Brit and Hunter are best buds and often tell others that they see each other as siblings. Brit tends to be pushed to the friend zone whenever she tries to start a relationship and she cannot figure out what she is doing wrong. She decides that she needs a man's perspective to help her seduce future potential suitors so she asks Hunter for instruction. You can probably guess how that is going to work out. The story was pretty predictable in some ways but it was still a lot of fun to read. Even though I knew going in that Brit and Hunter were going to fall for each other, watching it happen was an enjoyable experience. I did think that it was a little strange how both of them felt no chemistry with each other but everything changed suddenly for both of them at the same time. Who knows...maybe it really happens like that. I do know that it great to watch them as the sparks started to fly. I did like Brit and Hunter as a couple and individually as characters. Brit is ready for a relationship and isn't afraid to let others know. She knew what she wanted and was willing to do the work to make it happen. Hunter is happy with his life the way it is. He has some great friends including Brit and dates when he wants. Hunter does make some bad decisions in this book that did make me cringe more than a bit. As a couple, they worked really well. They knew each other really well and were very comfortable with each other. There were some pretty steamy scenes in this one. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This book had a lot of great elements including great characters, fun banter, heartfelt moments, and a bit of heat. I had a great time watching Brit and Hunter find their happily ever after. I look forward to reading more from Lauren Layne soon. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
I've only read one other book in the Oxford series but reading the final book has me moving the rest of the series to the top of my TBR. I love a good friends to lovers story and I feel like everyone has felt like Brit at one time or another. Why am I constantly getting friend-zoned? Why don't I feel a spark with anyone even though I go on regular enough dates? Good for Brit that her male BFF can give her advice about how to be right? I loved everything about the lessons that Hunter and Brit had. This book had just the right amount of angst that kept me reading until I was bleary eyed and exhausted. The ending made me want to read all about the Stiletto and Oxford crews as soon as possible! I'm sure once I've read the books before this one, I'll be super sad that this is the end of the Oxford series. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
Hunter and Brit’s story has been long awaited, but with that, also meant the Oxford series coming to an end...and that is bittersweet. With each couple in the series making an appearance here it felt like visiting with old friends. I was thrilled when “I Think I Love You" came out, this couple has been on my radar for their own story for some time. With Hunter and Brit there was a vulnerability that truly tore at my heartstrings...with the emotional attachment that has formed over time with these two, their journey was joyous and rewarding in their finally having their own HEA...especially when all their friends had already found their own. You just knew Hunter and Brit would have their own happy ending, but when it finally came about, I'm embarrassed to say, I gave a joyous Whoop Whoop with a raised fist. Thank you Ms Layne for providing a host of friends who brought endless hours of heartfelt joy, emotional tugs at the heartstrings, and many many instances of hilarious entertainment. You've created characters who are larger than life and will be long remembered. This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher and NetGalley. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
The final novel in the Oxford/ Stiletto crossover series – what is the plural of series? Brit Robbins and Hunter Cross have worked together for years and are platonic best friends. But when yet another guy dumps Brit giving her the ‘you’re a nice woman but there just aren’t the sparks’ line she’s had enough and wants to know why guys always see her as “good ol’ Brit”. After a few glasses of wine with her friends Brit decides that she must be giving off a friend vibe rather than a girlfriend vibe and who better to teach her how to be seductive with men than the King of dating, Hunter Cross? Of course, when Hunter and Brit start talking seductive moves (and no batting your eyelashes is not seductive), they realise that beneath their platonic friendship could be something stronger. I read a few reviews of this before I read the book (mainly because I had requested an ARC on NetGalley and was surprised I hadn’t received it/ read the book already) and got the impression that reviewers felt this was okay but not necessarily one of the best. I have to disagree. I love the friends to lover trope, especially the dating guru version and this did it for me in spades. Hunter and Brit were best friends, the whole ‘you’ve got lettuce in your teeth’, sitting on the sofa in ratty sweats, hold my hair while I puke kind of friends. And they were work colleagues, Hunter was Brit’s boss. And yet the moment Hunter shows Brit how to say goodbye at the end of a date and they look into each other’s eyes? Bam! Suddenly there’s a whole load of tension that wasn’t there before. Having said that, as befits the final book, most of the old characters make a come back in one way or another and I think I would guess that maybe Lincoln Mathis was Lauren Layne’s favourite character. Or maybe it’s just that his predilection for pink foamy drinks is such a unique characteristic that he is instantly memorable. In summary, a glorious friends to lovers romance with just enough angst to create a plot but not angst, angst, angst, a farewell to our favourite characters from the previous books and certainly a must-buy for anyone who has read any of the previous books.
amatate More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars- I Think I Love You is the fifth in the Oxford series which features a collection of standalones about the crew at Oxford magazine finding their happily-ever-after. Although fans of this and the Stiletto series will appreciate the multitude of cameos with previous couples, I Think I Love You can easily be read as a standalone. I’m partial to friends to lovers romances and this title is the perfect example as to why. I loved how the author immediately established the easy comradery between Brit and Hunter- their connection was evident in their thoughts, actions, and especially their dialogued exchanges. This led to a story that brimmed with an undeniable chemistry which felt natural and easy in all the best ways that only comes with people who know each other for years. The general plot wasn’t anything new in the friends to lovers trope, but it never felt tired; rather, the way the romance unfolded was easy and engaging, making for a believable relationship and an entertaining read. I also really enjoyed the characters. I found both Hunter and Brit likable and approachable throughout the book. While they definitely fit with the Oxford cast, they were unique in their own right, ensuring this is a series that simply doesn’t get old or fall into overly predictable patterns. As always, Miss Layne’s writing is polished, but fresh and easy-to read. I found the plot, characters, and writing in I Think I Love You irresistible and blazed though this title. This title is an easy recommendation to any fan of friends to lovers romances. *eARC received via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
Jen-Star-CrossedBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I Think I Love You was a wonderful end to the Stiletto/Oxford Series. We got to catch up with every couple from the previous books, and I loved seeing all of the people I had fallen in love with. And while his book could easily be read as a standalone, I definitely recommend going back to the very beginning with Julie and Mitchell in After the Kiss from the Stiletto Series. Trust me, it's so worth it! This final book was about Hunter and Brit and their story was sexy, charismatic, funny and charming! If you've read the previous books, you know that Hunter and Brit both work at Oxford and have been best friends for the last six years. But over that time, Brit's dating life had been dismal. She was desperate to figure out how to secure that second date, how to find a spark with someone else and ultimately feel sexy. Who better to ask to help her than her bff, Hunter! Right? While I ultimately knew how this book was going to end, I loved watching the journey. You see, Hunter and Brit didn't see each other as anything more than best friends. So while Hunter was helping Brit work on her dating skills, I loved how a moment or feeling would make them pause. And even second guess what happened. Because they shouldn't be feeling sexual tension or interest in each other right? They were just best friends, that was it. But the further they went down the road of helping Brit's dating life, there were more and more moments where electricity seemed to course between them. From the previous book, I Knew You Were Trouble, I liked Brit. It was impossible not to like her loving, friendly attitude. She had this way of making you comfortable while also wanting to be her friend. She definitely rocked the girl next door vibe hard and I loved her for it. And when she was around Hunter, I loved their moments together. Their friendship felt so solid and real and I loved watching it slowly turn into something more. Hunter at times tested my patience. He didn't always make the best choices and he could be clueless when it came to Brit. But he had a good heart and he loved her, so I was patient with him. Thank goodness he had great friends to help steer him in the right direction when needed! I actually loved being in Hunter's head, when we alternated between them, because his thoughts were so complicated. Yes he was sexy, loyal and tried to do right by Brit but I loved how honest he was with himself. So I easily saw all of the good that Brit saw in him and I kept my fingers crossed that it would all end up good in the end! I Think I Love You is definitely for those that love friends to lovers romances and who want to see what all of their favorites, from the previous books, are up to. This book was such a wonderful end to the Oxford and Stiletto saga and I'm so thankful that I got to go on this journey and discover so many books that I treasure with my whole heart. And if you haven't read the previous books in the series, I can't recommend them enough. They were absolutely amazing! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by Random House - Loveswept. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
I freaking love this series! Lauren Layne writes such great, perfectly flawed characters and gives them such fun and sexy stories! Hunter Cross loves having Brit Robbins as his best friend, even if she is a female, and one of his employees. She is smart, gorgeous and very dedicated to her job. When Brit comes to him one day complaining that she sucks at dating....everyone just treats her as one of the guys, not as a sexy woman, she decides she needs to take drastic action. She asks Hunter, a huge playboy, to help her learn how to be sexy and how to date. Reluctantly, Hunter ends up agreeing and this is where the fun really begins. Slowly as Hunter is "teaching" Brit dating techniques, their feelings towards each other start to change until they both finally give in. Oh my gosh, the things these two went through were so laugh out loud funny, while being sexy as hell at the same time. The journey they took to get to their happy ending was wonderful and perfect!
Misty_EBB More than 1 year ago
Friends to lovers? SIGN ME UP! I love these kinds of stories and this is a fabulous one to add to my collection! Hunter is fantastic! Not only is he sexy and charming, but he is a really good guy with a great heart. He's funny, sweet, and sophisticated. And did I mention sexy? Because he's got sex appeal in spades. Brit is perfect in this story! She's got her whole life worked out with the exception of one thing: her love life. She's smart, beautiful, and successful, but she's convinced herself there's something wrong with her. This story is so fun to read! Hunter and Brit have the perfect friendship and it was fun watching it change as the book went on. The chemistry between the two was off the charts, even if they didn't always see it. This was a great book and I really enjoyed reading it. I love the men of Oxford!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Brit Robbins is nearing a certain age when most women have already met "the one" and have begun to settle down, but her one just hasn't wandered in to her life yet, there have been plenty of Mr. Wrong's though. Her most recent break-up has her thinking it is her that might be the problem, so she decides to shake up her approach to dating, and she has the perfect man in mind to teach her the ways of seduction. Hunter Cross always seems to have good luck with the ladies and she is thinking he can teach her a thing or two.... she wants to learn how to seduce the right man, and she finds him, just not the way she expected, or who she expected! Once again I am left in awe of Ms. Layne and her talents, she has created a mesmerizing story here, with some unforgettable characters that I fell for as soon as I opened the book! They drew me right in, dazzled me with their wonderful story and kept me up into the wee hours of the morning flying through the pages until I had devoured every last one! As much as I have loved the previous installments in the series, I have to say she saved the best one for last, there was so much to love about this one, it struck a cord with me, and left an impression that is certain to stick around for a while. This is a series I think everyone should add to the top of their reading lists, each one is crafted to make you swoon, make you smile, and make you fall in love... and I guarantee you'll find that and much more!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
rc1836 More than 1 year ago
Fabulous friends to lovers romance. Lauren Layne's I Think I Love you, the last book in the Oxford series was an absolute delight. I'm just sorry I didn't find this series earlier. Though the book reads well as a stand alone all the secondary characters/couples were so interesting I want to know more about them. Brit and Hunter made excellent friends but I loved watching as things shifted and they started to be aware of their attraction. It was a fun sexy ride to their HEA. I highly recommend this book. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! It is with a heavy heart that I write this review about I Think I Love You, the final book from Lauren Layne's Oxford series. This book concluded all the happenings with the characters, while telling a best friends to lovers romance. This story may be enjoyed as a standalone, however, a true contemporary romance lover will relish the entire series. Brit Robbins and Hunter Cross are best friends. Hunter is Brit's boss and they both work for Oxford, the most popular men's magazine in the country. They both love living and working in New York City, and at this time in their loves call "the big apple" home. Brit is looking to settle down but finding the right guy has proven to be quite challenging. She believes her seduction skills need work, so she enlists Hunter's help with her problem, since Hunter's wooing abilities are top notch. Their fake dates, kisses and caresses evolve into the real thing, and lust turns into love shortly thereafter. This is a nicely-written romance, and the camaraderie between the Oxford friends is replete with quick-witted ribbing and fun. A few of the scenes had me laughing, while others just left me smiling. Brit and Hunter are a hot couple, and the build-up to their sexy times left me longing for more. This book is the perfect combination of strength-of-character, friendship, and passion. Don't pass up the opportunity to read I Think I Love You along with the entire Oxford series. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.