Series: Oxford #3
Published by Loveswept on December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.
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.
If you read the first two books in Lauren Layne’s Oxford series, you know there was something in Lincoln’s past, something he refused to talk about. It was probably worse than a broken heart, but he wasn’t giving anything away, and romance novel history tells us it probably was a broken heart blown way out of proportion. (You know the type. “My high school girlfriend cheated on me, so even though I’m 34, I still think all women are the devil!!”)
Well, if that’s what you thought, you were wrong. I thought I had an idea what was going on, but I was way off base. I won’t give it away; it’s worth reading and finding out for yourself. As much as I’d like to gush about this book, I don’t want to say too much and give that away.
I will say this was a little different than the Lauren Layne books I’ve read in the past. There wasn’t as much plot, it was driven almost entirely by Lincoln and Daisy. And I loved spending time with those two. The Lincoln we met in previous books, the care-free, hakuna-matata, super-sugary-coffee-drinking Lincoln is nowhere to be seen here. Instead we finally meet the real Lincoln, and he’s completely unexpected. He and Daisy meet and form a genuine friendship before they ever start a romantic relationship, and it’s wonderful. It’s exactly what Lincoln needs, and after the first two books in the series, I’m so happy to see Lincoln get exactly what he needs.
There’s not a lot else I can say about this without giving too much of Lincoln’s story away, and I don’t want to do that. So I’ll just say that if you haven’t read this one yet, go get it. You can read it as a standalone, so you don’t even have to wait to read the first 2. Just grab this one and start reading!