Updated: Jan 15
Only With You
by Lauren Layne
Published by Forever
Book #1 in Best Mistakes series
Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . .
Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.
Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing...
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Rom-Com Feel Good
Spoilers below fellow book nerds
Only for you could be made into an adorable rom-com movie. It has great protagonists, who both have insecurities that get in the way of enjoying life (insecurities pounded into them by their families), but despite that, they overcome them and find themselves in love. I loved it. A very simple story, but funny and sweet.
Gray seems cold and distant at first. I mean, from Sophie's point of view for sure. The guy thought she was a hooker, and wasn't very kind. When they meet again at her families Sunday dinner unexpectedly, it doesn't take long to learn that he is shy. People make him uncomfortable, but he also doesn't want to let anyone down ... which is why he couldn't bring himself to say no to hiring the recently unemployed Sophie. Throughout the book, we learn that Gray has always been an introvert, and because of this, his father was very hard on him. He had a horrible break up, who cheated on him with his partner and essentially called him heartless and boring. I could see why he would be hesitant to put himself out there, when those who are supposed to love him reject him. Thankfully, Sophie can't back down from a challenge, and Gray hires her. What I love, is that Sophie falls in love with introverted Gray, and doesn't try to change him. She does give him advice, but doesn't expect him to suddenly be like her.
Sophie is the total opposite. Obvious people person. Fun. Confused. Much like Gray, she also deals with insecurities placed on her from her well-meaning family. Despite having two degrees from Stanford, she would rather waitress than work in fields that don't make her happy. While it sucks that Gray's first impression of her was that of a hooker, it made her want to push herself to find what makes her happy, and pursue it. Sure, she wants to drive Gray crazy first, but what started as a way to punish him for hurting her feelings, turns into two people healing each other, and ultimately falling in love.
She is extroverted, him introverted, and together they balance each other out. Only For You gets 5/5. Original story, interesting characters and plot (including setting up for a sequel with Sophie's sister and best friend), consistent story and I would recommend to any of my adult friends who have a love for romance :)
Top 3 Favorite Moments
1. Gray, Ian, and Ryan at the baseball game. It was nice to pair Gray with someone he could let his guard down around, and having a kid around made it fun for them to talk about adult issues without being too obvious.
2. The Castle Maze - loved to see Gray and Sophie have fun ... and that kiss, and Gray saying that he thinks Sophie may be his ... hot and sweet.
3. The proposal. I loved that it went full circle, and he proposes to Sophie in the same elevator, while she wears the same hooker boots, the night they first met.
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"This guy's idea of sex was probably the equivalent of a nap. Efficient missionary position. Bra on. Disdain for messy bodily fluids. Yawn." - Sophie
Gray: "Explain to me why you want this job."
Sophie: "Well, gosh, unemployment does have a certain appeal, but I find I'm rather fond of having money for frivolous things like food, rent, condoms."
Will: "C'mon, it'll give you a chance to critique my driving, and I know how turned on you get by nagging."
Ryan: "Beer's gross."
"She might suck at everything else, but she was pretty sure she'd make a kick-ass alcoholic if she put her mind to it." - Sophie
Gray: "You're going to make me converse, aren't you?"
Sophie: "Absolutely. It'll help build your character."
Jenna: "You lack these. The only numbers men like the Blackwells deal in is cup size."
Gray: "Aside from the fact that I absolutely do not want to be hearing about my little sisters breasts, is that why you've been letting that buffoon dry hump you out there? To help my company?"
Jenna: "It seemed the least I could do. Sophie mentioned that you were in the middle of a tough deal, and when she orchestrated this entire charade, I thought maybe I could lend a hand. Or a boob."
Sophie: "It's me."
Sophie: "Um, no, this is Mimi, the hooker from Vegas? You called for a genital massage?"
Sophie: "Eh, let's say almost-girlfriend. Let's pretend its the third date, and that we're moving in the direction of a committed relationship."
Gray: "This is insane. I don't know why the hell I agreed to this dinner in the first place, and now I'm stuck with you."
Sophie: "That's lovely. I have to say, you're a pretty awful boyfriend so far."
Gray: "Quit checking out my ass."
Sophie: "Gray, I am not coming into the office on a Saturday, I don't care how far behind you are on your plan of taking over the world."
Gray: "I like lace. Lacy panties. Tiny ones. Black is nice."
Sophie: "Oh really, you prefer your women in tiny black lacy panties? That's completely new to me, since most men I've been with preferred faded white granny panties."
Sophie: "Wanna make babies?"
Gray: "Will they be quiet and well behaved, and read non-fiction?"
Sophie: "No chance in hell."
Gray: "Then yes. Definitely."
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