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.
Praise for Someone Like You
“Lincoln and Daisy’s tale is expertly crafted, full of wit and heart. Layne is equally adept at writing heartbreaking portrayals of grief and scenes of steamy passion that will get hearts racing. Exemplary contemporary romance.”—Library Journal
Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order:
I WISH YOU WERE MINE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
I THINK I LOVE YOU
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED
The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM
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“Lincoln, you know that I love you like a brother, but if you make a move on my sister, I will end you.”
Lincoln Mathis took a slow sip of his cocktail as he studied the fierce bride-to-be. “I hope Cassidy knows how lucky he is. You’re so delicate and gentle.”
Emma Sinclair, soon to be Emma Cassidy as of this time tomorrow, lifted one elegantly manicured fingernail and flicked his chest. “Promise, Lincoln. No hitting on Daisy.”
“I don’t hit on women.”
Emma gave him a look.
He held up his free hand in surrender. “I don’t. They come to me. I’m like the stamen.”
Emma stared at him with wide, slightly accusatory brown eyes. “The what?”
“The stamen. The pollen-producing part of a flower, Sinclair. Don’t you watch the Discovery Channel? Animal Planet? I just saw a fascinating documentary on bees. See, when the bees land on a flower, their little feet pick up pollen from the stamen—”
“Mathis. Are you talking to my fiancée about semen?” Alex Cassidy asked, coming up beside Emma and setting a possessive hand on her waist.
“Stamen,” Lincoln clarified. “Not semen. Honestly, is sex all you people think about?”
“Yes.” This came from Riley Compton, a brunette bombshell whose status as New York’s foremost “sexpert” meant she had zero qualms about discussing sex at her best friend’s rehearsal dinner. “And you know, actually, the stamen is rather sexual. I saw that bee documentary too, because these are the sort of things you do when you’re nursing a never-satisfied baby, by the way, and the stamen is a flower’s male reproductive organ. Sexy, right?”
Emma inserted the arm not holding her champagne flute between the two of them. “Guys, it’s my wedding weekend. Can we not talk about flower boners?”
“Fair enough, bride,” Lincoln said. “What do you want to talk about? Cassidy’s boner?”
Alex Cassidy choked into his champagne.
“There will be no boner discussion,” Emma said. “Lincoln and I were just having a chat about how Lincoln will be maintaining his distance from my sister.”
“Speaking of flowers, where is Daisy?” Riley asked, scanning the room.
“Running late. Knowing my sister, her dress had a slight crease from the suitcase, and she won’t make an appearance until every wrinkle’s banished, every hair’s in place, and there’s not a speck of lint anywhere.”
“Gosh, however will I keep my hands to myself?” Lincoln muttered.
“Lincoln, I swear to God—”
“He’s messing with you, Em,” Cassidy said, carefully tugging his fiancée away from Lincoln. “Don’t let him press your buttons. And Lincoln, man, what is with that drink?”
Lincoln glanced down. “It’s called a Jasmine. Gin, lemon, some Campari—”
“It’s pink,” Cassidy observed.
“Right? You want one?”
Cassidy rolled his eyes. “I’ll stick with champagne, thanks. Ah crap, there’s my grandma waving us over. Emma, you up for talk about the state of your uterus?”
Emma groaned. “Oh no. I thought she’d agreed to wait until after the wedding to talk about my eggs.”
“I’ll go with you,” Riley said. “As the only one in our little group of friends who’s ever pushed a human skull out my—”
“Okay, I’m going to expand my taboo list,” Emma said. “No talking about boners, flowers, or vaginas.”
“Fine,” Riley said as she entwined her arm in Emma’s and started leading her toward Cassidy’s grandma. “But if Grams starts talking about fertility, just follow my lead . . .”
Lincoln smiled as he watched his friends walk away. He could follow, certainly, help run interference, but new mom Riley was a far better choice for this particular bridal-party duty.
Besides, as best man, Lincoln had enough to worry about. The ring, reconfirming transportation to the church tomorrow, the speech that he was going to slay tomorrow, the—
Lincoln’s best man to-do list scattered as his eyes landed on a woman standing in the doorway to the private event room. He did a double take. When had Emma found time to change? Generally speaking, he didn’t consider himself particularly in tune with his friends’ clothes. Especially the women, because, well . . . he didn’t really give a crap. But he was pretty damn sure Emma had been wearing a white dress just ten seconds ago.
Now she was wearing a short yellow dress, with fussy, flowy sleeves, high-necked and a bit demure—
No, not demure, Lincoln amended as she turned. Hot. The dress was backless, showing a smooth expanse of lightly tanned skin from the small of her back all the way up to her long dark blond hair.
. . . Blond hair.
Emma had shoulder-length brown hair. A wardrobe swap, he might be able to buy, but the hair?
He was looking at none other than Daisy Sinclair, the forbidden fruit, in the flesh.
He’d forgotten that Daisy wasn’t just Emma’s sister—she was Emma’s identical twin.
Other than the fact that she was, apparently, not to be hit on, Lincoln didn’t know much about her.
Well, he supposed he now knew that she dyed her hair blond.
Or maybe Emma dyed hers brown?
Whatever. Girl stuff he didn’t care about one way or the other.
And yet he didn’t look away, captivated somehow. He racked his brain for everything he’d heard about Daisy Sinclair.
He knew that she and Emma had grown up in North Carolina. But Emma left for New York City shortly after college, and Daisy had stayed. He thought he remembered talk of a recent divorce, although he didn’t recall the details.
Didn’t need to, really. Lincoln knew better than anyone that not all relationships had happy endings.
Lincoln watched as Daisy hesitated just inside the doorway, unnoticed yet by the rest of the bridal party and out-of-town guests.
Making people comfortable was a particular skill of his. Normally he’d be over there in a heartbeat with a glass of wine and some of his best banter until her shoulders relaxed and he’d coaxed a smile from her pretty face.
But he wasn’t entirely convinced Emma wouldn’t make good on her castration threats, so instead Lincoln merely studied Daisy. The woman was beautiful. No surprise there, since Emma was gorgeous. Yet, though their features were identical, they were attractive in entirely different ways.
Emma was all polished confidence, stunning in an untouchable sort of way.
Daisy was softer somehow. Gentler. She seemed . . . touchable.
Lincoln’s cocktail froze on its way to his mouth as the forbidden rocked him back on his heels. Daisy Sinclair was not for him to touch, for reasons that had nothing to do with Emma’s threats.
As though sensing a man’s brooding thoughts on her, Daisy turned slightly, her eyes locking on his. Eyes that he’d known would be dark brown like Emma’s, and yet eye contact with Emma had never felt like this.
Lincoln felt something akin to panic, because for a heart-stopping moment, it felt like Daisy Sinclair was seeing him. Not seeing the Lincoln he wanted everyone to see.
The real him.
He gave himself a little mental shake. Get it together, Mathis. The woman doesn’t even know you.
None of them did.
He saw the moment of answering shock in her own gaze, sensed that for a split second, she considered turning and running. From him, from the party, all of it.
Then he saw something else. Something familiar, because he’d done it a thousand times himself. She squared her shoulders, and he watched as a mask slid into place.
He knew even before she approached that Daisy was exactly like him—good at being around people only because she chose to be. Knew that perhaps once it had been second nature, and now it was nothing but a deliberate attempt to make sure everyone thought she was okay.
Daisy began making her way toward him, and he tensed for reasons he couldn’t identify, before ordering himself to chill out.
It was just his friend’s sister. The maid of honor to his best man.
She stopped in front of him, and he caught just the faintest whiff of her perfume, a surprisingly elegant scent for someone named Daisy, before she extended her hand.
“You must be Lincoln Mathis, The Manwhore of Whom I Should Beware?”
Her voice was a surprise. It had the same low huskiness as her sister’s, but years in New York had all but erased the Southern from Emma’s whiskey-raspy voice. Daisy’s drawl was very much intact—a mint julep on a hot day.
He grinned and took her smaller hand in his. “Which would make you Daisy Sinclair, Delicate Flower to Whom I’m Not to Speak.”
She grinned. “Nailed it.”
“And tell me, Daisy Sinclair,” he said, “why is it that you’ve been deemed off-limits?”
She batted her eyelashes, looking every bit the Southern belle she sounded like. “Isn't it obvious? Divorced, damaged, and ever so fragile. You? Why is it that you’re to be avoided?”
Nicely done. Preempting assumptions by announcing them before anyone could speculate.
He leaned forward slightly and lowered his voice. “Consummate playboy, intriguingly unattainable, with just a dash of dangerous secrets.”
She leaned in, matching his low tone. “Sounds dreamy. Do you think we should tell Emma we’re running away together now or later?”
Lincoln would bet his 401k she was faking all this bold sassiness, but since he understood, he played along.
Lincoln pretended to think on her proposal. “Let’s wait until after we give our respective speeches at the reception tomorrow. Which, by the way, my speech is awesome, so sorry in advance for making you look bad.”
She slowly reached out and plucked his drink from his hand, holding his gaze as she took a sip, not flinching in the slightest at its bitter tartness. “I’m not worried. Rumor has it you got your best man gig in a game of paper football.”
“Hey, at least I had to work for it. All you did was share a womb.”
Daisy handed his drink back. Her fingers brushed his in the process, and Lincoln was a little surprised to realize that he noticed. Generally speaking, he didn’t let himself become aware of women, and it was annoying as hell to realize how aware he was of this one.
“Bet I can get more people crying than you tomorrow,” she said.
“Their tears are all yours to be manipulated. I’ll be playing the laugh angle.”
She pursed her lips and nodded appreciatively. “Hiding your private pain behind jokes. Nice.”
“Directing conversation to someone else’s private pain to avoid your own,” he countered. “Nice.”
She smiled, slow and genuine, her brown eyes lifting to his. “I think we’re going to get along just fine, Mr. Mathis.”
Lincoln smiled back, but it wasn’t the usual deliberate grin he’d been practicing for so many years now that it had become second nature.
This smile was real, because she was right. They were alike, he and Daisy.
And they were going to get along, because in only a couple of minutes, under the guise of casual quips, they’d just exchanged more truths with a perfect stranger than they had with anyone else in years.
Lincoln couldn’t explain how he knew it, but he and Daisy Sinclair got each other. Their respective walls had been acknowledged, a silent agreement passed that neither would try to scale the other’s.
Here, in the unlikely place of his best friend’s wedding, Lincoln had found someone else who understood that the best way to cope with hidden secrets and quiet pain was to simply pretend.
And yet, beneath the relief that Daisy was perhaps the woman who’d never ask for more than Lincoln could give, there was something else . . .
An unsettling and unfamiliar realization that for the first time in a long time, Lincoln wanted something more than to protect his own secrets.
He wanted to know hers.
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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.
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.
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. **
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.
SOMEONE LIKE YOU is Lauren Layne's most anticipated release to date, and it lives up to the hype every step of the way. Notorious playboy, Lincoln Mathis, has everyone in his life right where he wants them - close but not too close. That is, until, hot, Southern Belle, Daisy Sinclair saunters into his life. Daisy Sinclair is hot off of a new divorce, and quite the damaged flower...or so everyone thinks. A couple of long nights lead to fun-filled days and incredibly, dangerous lines. Lincoln Mathis has one hell of a secret, and the only person close enough to figure it out is the one person with a big secret of her own. If you're looking for a book with heart break, love, intrigue, intense chemistry, or everything in between...you HAVE to HAVE SOMEONE LIKE YOU. Lauren Layne is at her absolute best in the one story fans have waited years to hear.
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.*** Sigh!! I just finished this book and I just don't have the words. At times I loved it, at times it got hard to read but the end OMG totally amazing. And here is some news, there will be one more in the series, about two new characters who work at Oxford. I absolutely loved the ending. We get to see three years in the future and OMG it was a wonderful way to end the book. Now before I get started on this review I want to mention, I am a big fan of the author. I have read every book she has written and some I loved to death and others not so much but the Stiletto and Oxford series I LOVE so much. Now before you read this book you need to go back and read Oxford's series 1st book starring Emma and Alex "The Trouble With Love." Can this book standalone?Yes, but trust me you want to read this book either before or again because this book starts about a year or two after that book ends. It also really introduces Daisy and Lincoln and Emma and Alex are heavily featured in this story. This story....is in three parts. The first part introduces Lincoln and Daisy and features Emma and Alex's wedding. Part 2 is when Daisy and Lincoln really start spending time together as he goes to visit her back in Charlotte, NC. In this part we are introduced to Daisy's BFF, Whitney who I loved. She is a total hoot and I hope one day she gets a story too. Part 3 is when Lincoln and Daisy end up back in NY again and this part was my favorite part as we get to meet the newcomers at Oxford and we hang out with the whole gang. Now this is a spoiler free review, so I can't tell you the details. But I felt Daisy and Lincoln have a lot in common. They both have secrets and painful pasts and they really get each other. This is a great 2nd chance at love story with two very broken people who become very close friends very fast and who need to learn to face their pasts and work to overcome it.
5 Emotionally draining and super uplifting stars This is the third in the series and much awaited (certainly by me!) Whilst you could read it as a standalone, I would HIGHLY recommend that you read them all and in order, as previous couples appear here, and there are 'in' sayings which make so much more sense in context. What a beautifully, but not excessively, emotional read. There is good signposting, which means that whilst some of the revelations aren't exactly a shock, they are still incredibly moving, and pull very hard at the heart strings. For all the drama, there are also some wonderfully funny and light moments – so it is a real rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. The heat between Lincoln and Daisy simmers so madly, that we just know just how it will boil over. All that said, it is not so far from reality that fairy tale takes over. Introducing characters such as Brenda add poignancy and pathos. Kiwi once again takes the limelight on occasion too. If you have time for a beautiful, meaningful, and fundamentally delicious love story, then this would be the read for you. **This review was written by Ruthie on the Wicked Reads Review Team.** Reviewer received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
This book did NOT disappoint!! Lincoln!! OMG Lincoln!! what a story!! 5 darn near perfection stars Lauren Layne is my number one author. She is my go to girl when I need to read a good book. You know, when you are in a rut and want a GOOD book??? Lauren is it for me. She is my spirit animal. My soulmate. My fav. She is it for me. Someone Like You had me giddy and wiggling all around when I read it. When I was reading the book, Adele was playing in my head. I was signing her version of "Someone Like You" and thinking, this book is as good as the song! I feel in love with Lincoln the second the book started. Swoon!! He is my everything wrapped in one. He is sensitive and sweet and handsome and sarcastic all rolled into one ! Then there is Daisy. I can't not think of one bad thing to say. She was awesome in her own rite. When you put them together, you have something special. Alone, they are good, together they are better. See, each of them has their own past (but don't we all) and when they become friends, they complete each other. Friends turned lovers is one of my favorite type of reads. So this one was a win for me!! I love everything about this book. 5 amazing starts from me!!
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.
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).
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.
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
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?
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.
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. ♥
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.
Oh my!! Yummiest series ever...Definitely worth it! If you're looking for a great summer series, you've found it. Start with the stiletto series since there are characters from both Stiletto/Oxford series that make appearances through both. You will not be disappointed. TRUST me!!!
Someone Like You is the 3rd book in the Oxford Series and it can be read as a stand alone issue, you will not get lost if you do not read them in order. I have to admit i cried most all way through this book, it's a heart wrenching tale of death, abuse and a second chance at finding love. The dog Kiwi is adorable and is a bonus IMO. This book is the story of Lincoln Mathis and Daisy Sinclair, one who lost a loved one and the other who endured abuse. They both come with baggage and start out as friends and have been warned to stay away from each other by Daisy's twin sister. There is an instant connection between these characters but can the issues that hold them back be overcome to find love that will last a lifetime. Love the secondary characters and the updates of the happenings in theirs lives. I also look forward to the next book in this series. I most definitely recommend this book, you will fall in love....
This was a really great read. I don't normally write reviews but o honestly loved this book. It was passionate, it made me cry, laugh. It was everything you could want in a book. My heart broke for Lincoln but I loved his dedication and passion for his love. Kiwi was just freaking adorable and I loved how he kept her. Daisy and him really came full circle. There was a few places where I felt the story dragged but I know all the details were needed for the characters to get their happily ever after
What a wonderful, surprising, heartbreaking story! I was shocked by Lincoln's backstory! I knew his character from other books in the series, but this twist made his and Daisy's story so very engrossing and so very meaningful. Two damaged people come together as friends and start their healing process ------ a process that isn't smooth, isn't easy, isn't without further heartache but is oh so necessary and oh so beautiful to watch unfold.
The LONG awaited of Lincoln's story. ...just breathtaking. I did not expect any of this and now it all makes sense. You are taken on a journey of two people that you never expected...LOVED it and it is my favorite of all the books, but they are ALL a MUST READ
Another great one
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.