Review & Giveaway: I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

Oxford Series #4
Lauren Layne
Releasing June 13, 2017

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.  



I'm one of those lucky people that really do like most of what I read. Even with liking most everything I'm still one of those people that usually don't just read in a quite room. I need sound around me like the TV or even sometimes the radio. 

More often then not I have the TV going. Which means that I usually take slightly longer to read because I'm paying attention to two things at one time. 

It's how I am, and I deal with it. But sometimes I will read a book that totally takes me away from my love of the TV and is all consuming. I Knew You Were Trouble did just that. I missed a whole part of my show while I was reading it. Not that I minded of course, I was to busy enjoying the story. 

We know both Taylor and Nick from a prior book. I wasn't really sure about either. Mostly because we really didn't get to know them that much, plus I wasn't sure about their characters. Taylor came off cold and Nick a trouble maker. 

Two peas in a pod, right? Well it turned out that there was so much more to them. This is why you shouldn't rush to judge. As I read the beginning of the story I was still on the page of...crap, not going to be my thing, then the story opened up for me and I swear I heard music (not the TV theme song type, more the birds and church type) above me. 

I found myself so lost in their story and unable to get out. I, needed to know what was up with these two. I totally loved the idea of them moving in together no matter what their personal reasons for doing so was. It really helped these two characters move forward as a couple. 

I Knew You Were Trouble is just like all of Layne's books, it's full of humor, love, great characters and is well written. You'll find yourself lost in the moment and it will be hard to pull out. I have a feeling I'll be thinking about this one for a while to come. As much as this story can stand on it's own, I'd go back and start the series from the beginning. You don't have to go all the way back to the Stiletto Series even though there are a few characters overlapping, but I would start the Oxford series from the beginning and read it through. 

Think of all the fun you'll have this summer. 

If you've read I Knew You Were Trouble or any other book by Lauren Layne I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting and happy reading! ♡


Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 


  1. I should try this one :)


  2. Dumped on move in day? Omg I would be so mad. This sounds like a good one.

  3. Sounds like this is brilliant. I have picked up this author and really liked her. Sometimes I like to read with the tv on, but more often I like to just put on some nice instrumental music that I like to read to, I tend to get more into books easier that way. We all have our own ways of reading, so if watching TV works for you than that is perfect.


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