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I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #5
Published by Loveswept on July 10, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?
Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.
I Think I Love You is the finale to the Stiletto/Oxford series by Lauren Layne, which also just happens to be my favorite contemporary romance series to date. It is bittersweet to say farewell to all the characters I’ve come to know and adore. It is also the friends to lovers trope I usually crave in a romance as well.
Brit and Hunter have been BFFs for years. He really isn’t looking to settle down but does love to date. Brit, on the other hand, wants to find someone to date long term but everyone she meets likes to put her in the friend zone. So, who better than her best friend to help her figure out a way to go from a girl I like to a girl I want to love.
Brit is adorable, she is cool, confident and isn’t throwing a pity party over the lack of passion in her life. She has a plan of attack and is going to make her best friend help her come hell or high water. Hunter is a good guy overall. He likes dating but isn’t exactly a man-whore, which let’s face it ladies, is a nice change up sometimes. I like the easy way Brit and Hunter have with one another and how they can open up to each other since they are such good friends.
As Brit learns how to play act at being attracted to Hunter during lessons on flirting and getting a second date, it becomes clear there isn’t anything close to platonic between them.
As always, the banter and dialogue between not just the romantic couple but also the friend in this book is what makes it special. Lauren Layne does group dynamics so well and makes you want to hang out with this group of friends and get in on all of the shenanigans.
You don’t have to have read the rest of the Stiletto and Oxford series to jump into this one. It is a stand-alone romance and will hold up just fine on its own. But if you have read the other books in the series, there are cameos from everyone, and it is a good send off for all the couples into the future.
“I wouldn’t have asked anyone else,”she said quietly. Truthfully. “I can’t imagine anything more vulnerable than asking someone to tell you why you’re unlovable.”
“Brit.”He put his glass down sharply.
“I didn’t mean it like that,”she rushed to explain. “Really, I didn’t. I promise I don’t think I’m not worth loving. I just . . . I do sometimes wonder why I’m not finding love when everyone around me is.”
“Yeah, well . . .”She smiled a little. “You don’t want to.”
“How do you know?”
“Because you’re good with women. Really good. If you wanted to make one of those relationships last, you’d have your pick of anyone.”
—Brit and Hunter
“Be brutally honest. Am I giving off some sort of weird vibe? Does it say platonic across my forehead? Or do I have an unremarkable label on my boobs?”
Taylor leaned in and studied Brit’s chest. “Nope, all good there.”
—Brit and Taylor
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