Author: Lauren Layne
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb: Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.
Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.
Review: This book was my favorite kind of romance. You know the ones–the girl is really smart and good at her job but unsure about her looks and how beautiful she really is. The guy is a know-it-all who’s handsome and charming and has no trouble getting women to flock to him but for no discernible reason he’s drawn to her…just her. She’s the golden ticket, the one he can’t keep his eyes off and he can’t figure out why, dammit!
We know why, though, right? Because she’s the one.
This is the first novel situated in Stiletto’s brother magazine, Oxford. If you haven’t read the four novels in the Sex and Stilettos series, don’t worry because you’ll be just fine. They’re amazing, though, so you might want to take a gander after this book and read them. They’re funny and steamy and great with the story, just like this one.
I really loved Penelope. Moving from Chicago to New York City was hard, especially without having the safety net of a job. She was determined to get the Sports Editor position at Oxford, though, and had spent plenty of lonely nights in her apartment practicing for her big interview. Meeting her competition, one Cole Sparks, at a baseball game in the magazine’s suite was funny, and she didn’t let it affect her in the least. In fact, it seemed like Cole was more upset about meeting his rival than she was.
Of course, the situation plays out to their mutual benefit, as does their romantic relationship. Drawn to each other because of the incredible chemistry they share, Penelope and Cole are always one step away from taking their casual bantering into flirtation and sexual innuendo. When they just can’t stand it anymore…
Well, you’ll need to read the book to know. It’s delicious and naughty, a feel-good romp from start to finish with a colorful cast of secondary characters that you’ll grow to love and probably want to read about! I did, at least, and have gone back and started rereading the Stiletto books again. Now I’m ready for the next two Oxford books, which should be out shortly. Who’s with me?