Love the One Your With by Lauren Layne Book Review

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Love the One You're With

by Lauren Layne

Published by Loveswept

Book #2 in the Sex, Love and Stiletto Series

As a leading columnist for Stiletto,

Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?

Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously.


Steamy Rom-Com Feel Good

Love The One You're With is the second book in the Sex, Love and Stiletto series by Lauren Layne, and centers on Grace Brighton, one of Stiletto's relationship and dating columnist, and Jake Malone, Oxford magazine's dating expert. After both magazines get complaints that neither magazine truly knows the opposite sex, both editors in chief decide to do a joint study on reading the opposite sex over a series of dates. Grace feels like she has to prove to her readers that she does know how to read men, despite not seeing the warning signs her long term boyfriend was cheating on her, so she volunteers herself for the competition. Jake, being Oxford's relationship guru, is bribed into it with the promise that he will get the travel columnist gig that he has wanted to years.

As for originality, it's kind of cool that Grace and Jake, who had only met once previously in a taxi (and the sexual chemistry was intense), only end up seeing one another because of a competition between a womens magazine, and a mens magazine. Especially since Jake doesn't really date for the sake of finding "the one", and Grace is on a men hiatus since her disastrous nine year relationship. Despite their chemistry upon first meeting, Grace for sure would have said no to a date, and even if she did say yes, Jake wouldn't have stuck around long enough to actually get to know her.

I didn't find this book as emotional as the first book in the series. The climax is a bit lukewarm. I was sad for Grace, because just when she decides to take a chance on love, and try a relationship with Jake, he gets the travel gig, and leaves. It was not as heart pounding as Julie and Mitchell's story, when Mitchell finds out about Julie's story, and they break up. No. Much like Grace as a character, it was classy and calm. It just didn't make it interesting reading.

Despite being a bit boring at time, I do like the characters. I like Grace. She is classy and smart, and a bit sarcastic. She is also a romantic. One of the things I hated though, was the whole Grace 1.0 and 2.0 ... it kind of reminded me of Anastasia in Fifty Shades of Grey's whole inner goddess thing, and believe me when I say, nothing annoyed me more. I really enjoy Jake's character. Smart, sophisticated, funny, and a sweetheart, what's not to like?

Neither character had pasts that affected the story line in any way, like a lot of other romances do. Their issues in their relationship stem from present issues, like Jake's feeling of being meant for bigger things, and Grace's failed relationship, which is a nice change of pace, if a bit boring at time.

Love The One Your With is a quick read about two people falling in love, despite neither one of them actually wanting to. While not my favorite of the series, I still recommend it, as its cute, and leads in to the rest of the series, and it's spin off, the Oxford series.