Thursday, October 30, 2014

review || MADE FOR YOU { blog tour }

To borrow the opening lines from my ONLY WITH YOU review...

So I haven't exactly made it a secret that I really, really heart Lauren Layne. It has been a minute since I seriously fan-girled over a contemporary author. Don't get me wrong, I love many contemporary series and many authors, wanting to get my hands on as many of the books as possible, but when it comes to Lauren...
It's more of a 'need' than a 'want'.
The newest installation to her THE BEST MISTAKE series was just as good as I was hoping it would be.
Made for You by Lauren Layne

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (10/28/2014)
Series: The Best Mistake, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
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My Rating:

Some mistakes are worth making...

Lauren Layne's Best Mistake series continues with MADE FOR YOU.

When the Wrong Guy is Oh-So-Right

Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn't resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans . . .

Back in town, Will intends to get what he's always wanted-gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he'll do anything to rewrite their stormy past. This time, he's out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life . . .

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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House(Loveswept).

After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.

Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
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We first met Brynn and Will in ONLY WITH YOU (which takes place a few years prior), but by no means do you need to read that book in order to read this one. Do I recommend reading ONLY WITH YOU? Absolutely. Do you need to? No.
...but you should.
Now, there's a bit of history between Brynn and Will -- they've known one another for years and he's her sister's best friend, after all. While you learn of Brynn and Will's bickering ways in ONLY WITH YOU, you get flashbacks from over the years in MADE FOR YOU -- so reading book one isn't imperative to knowing what makes Brynn and Will tick. And what makes them tick? Why, the other person, of course.
'Will knew exactly the moment she’d seen him. He felt it like a shock to the balls, and he wanted a shot of whisky. Now.
It had taken a full fifty-seven minutes since he’d walked into the door until her ice blue eyes had locked on him, and that was including the ridiculous amount of time she’d spent in the bathroom.
She made him wait another twenty minutes before seeking him out.
But what was an extra seventy-seven minutes when you’d already waited a lifetime?
 You see, Will and Brynn have been playing this game for years. When the uptight, seeming self-assured (but really lacking in self-confidence) Brynn ignored Will and his interest in high school, well, he did what most 'children' do...

...he became her biggest enemy. And in retaliation, he decided to go for and date her little sister, Sophie (which, most of us know, turned into a really good friendship).

And because that being enemies was easier, that became what Will and Brynn were known for.

Around the Dalton dinner table every Sunday night?


At Brynn's (unwanted) birthday party (as shown below)?
Will watched her approach, her expression schooled into an expression of polite indifference. She stopped a several inches in front of him, and only the slight narrowing of gray-blue eyes giving any indication that she wanted him dead. Which of course, she did.
“Brynn,” he said, matching her prim tone.
He felt a little jolt of disappointment at her vapid smile. It was the same courteous, reveal-nothing expression she’d given everyone else in the room. He’d been kind of hoping for that special brand of bitchy that she’d always reserved just for him.
“You’re looking a little wider around the hips,” he said with an insulting glance up and down. She hadn’t, but the thought that she’d gained an ounce would keep her up at night.
Her smile slipped for a second, and for a moment he realized if he’d struck a nerve. Normally he wouldn’t dare touch the subject of a women’s weight. He wasn’t a total ass.
But Brynn had had the same perfectly slim figure as long as he’d known her — she wouldn’t tolerate anything else. Her physical appearance was flawless.
Her personality, however…
“And you’re looking…manwhorish,” she said with the usual venom.
Ah. There the old Brynn. He nearly smiled. “So. Nice party,” he said blandly.
“Yes, it was sweet of Sophie to put it together.”
“Mm hmm,” he said, taking a sip of his red wine. “And exactly how intense was the urge to strangle her when you learned that she’d planned a surprise party instead of the usual boring birthday dinner with your family?”
This time the smile faded all together. “Don’t. Don’t do that thing.”
“What thing?”
“That thing where you make it a point of thinking you know me better than anyone else.”
Don’t I? He stifled the thought. For now.'

Oh, who's Brynn's new neighbor?

Yeah, she's going to go over there and yep... Bicker.

It's annoyingly cute.
'"I've visited," he interrupted. "Not often, but I've been back to Seattle a couple times each year."
'She blinked in surprise. "Do my parents know? God, Will, you were like a son to them."
'Will leaned forward slightly. "Last time I was in town I stayed in your parents' guest room. The time before that, I slept on Sophie and Gray's couch. So you see, Princess...the only Dalton I was ignoring was you."
Some books I have a 'favorite scene'. Sometimes it's in the beginning (Matt meeting the kids in WORTH THE FALL), sometimes it's the end (the epilogue of OVER THE LINE). In ONLY WITH YOU, it was the bounce-house-castle scene (I may just have to go and re-read that tonight).

In this book, I'm pretty sure it has everything to do with when Brynn gets her tattoo. And then when she finally gets to see it and asks about it, Will's explaination... oh, it melts my heart.

Will melts my heart.
'He ignored her question. "What exactly are you so scared of Brynn? That all your friend will turn their backs on you because you didn't marry a doctor? My God, do you really think a friend would even care?"
'"No," she said in a small voice.
'"Then why? Why don't I even get a chance?"'
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'"Brynny. Do you have an idea what I felt when you showed up on my front porch that night three years ago?"
'She tried for a smile to lighten the mood. "Horny?"
'He didn't smile back. "I felt like my entire life was finally about to start." 
Oh, Will, you slay me.

He may just very well be my favorite hero of Lauren's... and I really loved Sam, so that's saying something.


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