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Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Romance With An Underrated Trope: I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne

I THINK I LOVE YOU

by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #5
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: July 10th 2018
Source: ARC received for review purposes
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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I can always count on Lauren Layne to deliver a charming story to take my mind off things for a couple of hours a day. Though I wasn't the biggest fan of the previous book, The Oxford series remains one of my favorite series from her. Going into I Think I Love You was a bit of a bittersweet experience since this was the last book, but I thought Layne wrapped it up solidly.

In I Think I Love You, we have a friends-to-more romance, which in my opinion is an underrated trope. I was eager to find out how Hunter and Brit, who we met in the previous book, would move past their friendship to more. It's a slow process here, but so worth the wait. Brit is living the life - she has a good job, lives in her dream city, has fabulous friends and is generally happy. For some reason though, men don't take her seriously and she is often friend-zoned. She wants to change that, and she decides to enlist her best friend, Hunter's, help to teach her how to seduce a man and feel sexy. Nothing sounds like it could go sour with that plan! ;) I enjoyed Brit's character a lot. She's a sweet girl who has some self-confidence issues because of not being able to move beyond the friend-zone. She's dedicated, hardworking and is a good person, so I certainly wanted her to find her happily ever after. With Hunter's help, she begins to gain a confidence that she didn't possess and we see her really flourish.

At first, Hunter is extremely reluctant about Brit's plan, but he eventually gives in and agrees to teach her the ropes. It's incredibly awkward at first and I actually appreciated how it wasn't entirely smooth-sailing for them. It takes time for the chemistry to start building beyond the friendly banter. And boy does it grow! Layne is good at writing romantic tension between her couples and Brit and Hunter have really good chemistry. It was fun for me as a reader to watch their friendship evolve into so much more. It was so obvious to me what a good couple Brit and Hunter made. I always love romances where the couple is only pretending to be in a relationship, but then real feelings bubble to the surface and they don't know what to do with all these new emotions. It was very entertaining here. I was also pleased to see the rest of the Stiletto and Oxford gang. These friends always make me smile and I'm going to miss them like hell.

I Think I Love You was another Lauren Layne winner for me. She's the queen of rom-com for a reason. If you're looking for a good friends-to-more romance, I Think I Love You is the book for you.

What are some of your favorite friends-to-more romances?
Let me know in the comments below!

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