Love the One You’re With (Stiletto #2) – Lauren Layne

cover-LoveTheOneYoureWithWe all have alter egos, don’t we? That part of ourselves with whom we have long drawn out discussions about all aspects of life. The proverbial “angel vs devil” on our shoulder if you will. Grace Brighton is a relationship expert, she is Stiletto magazine’s go to for advice on how to manage your man. As such it is a tremendous blow when she discovers her long time boyfriend has been unfaithful. She counters this devastating news with a personality overhaul, cue Grace 2.0 the better, savvier and street-wise edition.

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.

Grace’s resolve is tested the very first morning when her cab is hijacked by a not just attractive, but infinitely more rare and dangerous creature, an intelligent, charming man. That first hurdle easily crossed Grace doesn’t anticipate any challenge that the new “Grace” can’t handle. Until she returns to the office and gets her assignment, a “He Said, She Said” piece to end all with the spoils going to the publication who proves they know more about the opposite sex. Slam dunk, right? Not so much, of course Murphy’s Law dictates that the “He Said” component would be written by none other than the taxi terrorist more commonly known as Jake Malone confirmed bachelor and Kryptonite to women everywhere.

Too often nowadays I find I just don’t like one of the characters in the stories I read, this is not the case with Lauren Layne‘s writing and in particular Love the One You’re With. If I were to identify her greatest strength it would be in her realistic depictions of characters who are likable and equally relatable in this funny, witty gem of a story.

AUTHOR: Lauren Layne

RATING: 4 Stars

GENRE: Romance

Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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