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Irresistibly Yours: Oxford 1 by [Layne, Lauren]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1496 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (6 Oct. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015NA9S54
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for a Wicked Reads~~

This is a wonderfully fun and highly entertaining book - and heralds great things for the new series.

The writing is good, and the ease into the world of publishing is smooth and understated. Great start and it never falters. I read it straight through the night (which I may be regretting later today!) because I was invested in the outcome, and the journey to get there from the very beginning. By having most of the men in happy relationships, it was so easy to make the office atmosphere full of banter and wit, rather than excessive angst- which was both refreshing and great fun. I enjoyed the sports side too, which was interesting from the journalism viewpoint. As the story progresses and things heat up, it is impossible not to be swept along, and by hearing their thoughts, it adds both to the amusement and the frustration at them both.

If you want an entertaining, fun, sexy and very satisfying read - this will definitely bring a smile to your face. Thank you Ms Layne for a winner!

~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 5*

Cover: Yay

Chemistry: Simmering

One-Sentence Summary: A sexy freelancer and a tomboy go head-to-head for an editorial position at a magazine

Review: Reading a Lauren Layne book is like eating a tube of Pringles: once you pop, you can’t stop! You gorge yourself on the feast for heart and mind and then when it’s all over you end up in withdrawal because you have to wait another 6+ months for the next book in the series.

Well, I have been looking forward to Cole’s story since the moment we first met him in the Sex, Love & Stiletto series and I am pleased to say it didn’t disappoint.

Cole smiled. “Penelope. Are you physically shaking it off right now?”
“Don’t judge, it helps,” she said.
He lifted his arms and mimicked her motions so they were both flapping like birds. “You’re right. It does.”
“What are you shaking off?” she asked.
Cole shrugged. “Nothing. I’m flawless.”
There was throat clearing from the doorway and she turned to see Lincoln Mathis watching them with raised eyebrows.
“Oh, hi, Lincoln!” She let her arms drop to her sides.
“Oh, hi, Lincoln!” Cole mimicked in a breathy voice.
She ignored him, mostly because he had a point. She probably had been a little breathless, but it was one hundred percent justified ………
…… Penelope felt a blast of misty water hit her cheek and turned around to see Cole holding a blue squirt bottle. “What are you doing? That’s for misting my plants!”
“You looked hot,” he said with a shrug, setting the bottle aside.

Penelope is a sport fanatic who is up against Cole for the position of senior sports editor at the highly successful Oxford magazine.
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Basic story: Cole Sharpe is a high-flying sports editor who, after years freelancing, is finally ready to become a staff member at Oxford magazine. He has his reasons for needing the job and has been assured he’s a shoe-in. It soon becomes clear however, that he isn’t the only contender, and his competition is the perky, diminutive and tomboyish woman he was eyeing up at a recent ball game. Cole finds her fascinating. And she’s not his usual type. At all.

Penelope Pope (isn’t alliteration great?) eats, sleeps and breathes sports. She moved to New York from Chicago for a fresh start and is desperate to land the job at Oxford. She’s not bothered about being one of the few females on staff, she’s used to a predominantly male environment. She’s always been one of the guys and is comfortable remaining in the friend zone. When she gets to know Cole, she sees no reason why this would be different. The Cole Sharpes of the world do not go for awkward, skinny women, not when there are glamazons at every turn. He’s easy on the eye and could just be her first friend in the Big Apple. So what if his sexy smiles warm her on the inside and his presence gives her goose bumps. He’s way out of her league.

Soon the pair are spending almost every moment together and the idea of friends with benefits may not be so far-fetched after all…

Why you should read it: I love Lauren Layne! If you have read the Stiletto series (which focuses on the women who work at Stiletto magazine, Oxford magazine’s sister publication) then you will definitely want to read this. Cole was a peripheral character in the series, so it’s great to see his character in greater depth. I liked Penelope, low self-esteem notwithstanding.
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Cole Sharpe is a freelance sports editor for Oxford Magazine, who is hoping to become a permanent member of the team when it is decided that the sports section will expand. He thinks he has it in the bag, but soon gets a shock when he realises that he has to compete against another person, but not only that but she's a woman!

Penelope Pope is new in town, having moved to NYC form Chicago when she realised that she was in unrequited love. She is a tomboy and loves sports and is determined to start a new life. She knows that Cole is good at his job and has been a regular at the magazine for a long time, but she's determined to get the job.

Here-forth starts a rivalry that escalates into something neither of them were expecting. Penelope has self delegated herself into the eternal friend zone, and Cole finds himself attracted to a woman who is the complete opposite of his usual type.

I enjoyed reading this book, as I always do with Lauren Laynes' books. It was a light fun read, low on the angst and drama, sweet and sexy with likeable characters.

This is book 1 in a series of stand-alones, told in dual POV.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96c68024) out of 5 stars Utterly funny and totally romantic 7 Oct. 2015
By JG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Irresistibly Yours is the first book in Lauren Layne's Oxford series, a spin off from her very successful Sex, Love & Stiletto series and this one brings back one of readers favorite secondary characters. Cole Sharpe freelance sportswriter for Oxford is a shoe in for the sports editor job. A permanent position that he's eschewed quite a number of times but has suddenly found himself wanting badly. But then his chances of getting it is cut down to fifty percent when someone else is after the spot. Surprisingly, his rival is cute and friendly sports genius Penelope Pope, someone who he can't really find himself being indifferent to, in fact they're becoming BFFs fast. Who would have thought, Penelope aka "Tiny" would end up his best buddy and co worker to boot. But then when did he start lusting after cute brunettes rather than tall curvy blondes? Penelope has always known she'd be friend zoned for life and so when ever charming Cole starts showing signs of interest she decided to put up barriers fast. She didn't want to end up hurt again. But when lust seems greater than logic what are they supposed to do? This enchanting, funny, sweet and so hilarious take on the rivals to friends to lovers trope is guaranteed to keep you reading well past your bedtime. Cole and Penelope's journey into the ever confusing world of relationships is one entertaining moment after another. For them sports seems way easier to navigate, but someone to hug at night is so worth the heartache. Irresistibly Yours is so, so good, its going to be one of those books you'll keep re-reading. This is a great first book into what looks like another great series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96c68078) out of 5 stars Irresistable 10 Oct. 2015
By TheBunny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved it. It was wonderful and I loved the friends to lovers build of the story. Penelope and Cole were both likeable, relatable, and enjoyable characters to sirens time with. I didn't have a single issue with the story, the characters, the pacing. Nothing. The only complaint, and its minor, is that the epilogue was more to set up the next book than to tie up this one. But that was OK to, as it was left in a pretty perfect place all in its own.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94274b88) out of 5 stars A rating... 7 Oct. 2015
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My Review:
I've said it again and I'll probably say it every time I read one of Lauren Layne's books...these are, hands down, some of the most intelligent, fun, entertaining contemporary romance stories on the market today. Every single book I've read of hers has been just brilliant with characters that I fall in love with. I smile almost the entire time I read because her dialogue is always spot on and witty and just so intelligent. I always feel better, happier, for having read one of her books.

This one was no different, but what was different in this book was Penelope. Wow, I LOVED her.

The Oxford series is a spin-off from the Stiletto series. Both these books are built around the high-fashion, high-social life of the NYC magazine scene. Oxford is a men's magazine and they've decided to expand their sports section to a significant portion of the magazine. To achieve that, they need an editor for the job. Cole, who's been working freelance for the sports section of the magazine for years, should be a shoe-in for the job, but that's before Penelope applies.

Penelope is the antithesis to this group of characters that have made appearances in the series. She's a transplant from Chicago and is not one of the beautiful people. She's a tomboy completely obsessed with sports. She's one of the guys. Cole calls her Tiny (I LOVE his nickname for her) because she's a diminutive little thing, completely lacking in feminine curves. In other words, NOT his type at all. But she adores sports as much as he does and he's fascinated. Add to that, she's just an upfront girl...what you see is what you get. She's genuine, doesn't play games, and is truly a nice person. She's a good friend...so why is he so turned on by her?

Honestly this is just one of those books that's a pure joy to read. My one issue with Lauren Layne books is that they end. I hate watching that countdown on my kindle when I know the book is going to end because they are just so much fun to read. The snappy dialogue and the beautiful people are fabulous, but I loved this one because the girl next door got the playboy. Cole has been around the Stiletto girls for a long time as their resident manwhore. I loved watching him fall in love. It was a GREAT book. Now, I'm ready to find out what's behind Lincoln's facade...something happened to him and I'm dying to know what it was. Who broke his heart? The scenes with him hurt my heart. I can't wait for his HEA.

I highly recommend!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96c68300) out of 5 stars SO MUCH LOVE!!! 7 Oct. 2015
By FFpassion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
5 stars

Sigh... so much love for the Oxford men, loved Irresistibly Yours!

Can't stop smiling, loved Cole and Penelope.

From the first page I was hooked, I fell in love with the storyline and characters. I read it in one sitting.

The chemistry between Cole and Penelope was believable and well written, loved their banter and humor, it really added to my enjoyment of the story.

Once again Lauren Layne has written a heartwarming and entertaining romance with lovable and relatable characters that will touch your heart and leave you with a very satisfying smile on your face.

I highly recommend this book and everything else this talented author has written!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96c68540) out of 5 stars this is my 1st book read by the amazing author Lauren Layne 16 Jun. 2016
By Elizabeth Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Oh my goodness, this is my 1st book read by the amazing author Lauren Layne, she is too great! love her style. I read some where that she is not online much 'cause she doesn't wanna see the negativity that is here, that breaks my heart 'cause I hope she realizes that we appreciate her books so much & we hope and pray she will continue writing these awesome books. I will be reading more of her work very very soon. That is where the internet stinks, that we allow the haters to be mean to our authors or any one else. Take the hate other places please. this is a Must read. "Tiny" ... I love nicknames, If you are sports fan, like I am ... I love baseball. Two sports writers, office work place setting. Penelope's family is the best! So supportive & funny! Her Mom (Lydia Pope) is the best caring Mom ever! posting FB naked pics of her & her sister all the time. giggles. older Moms on FB are 2 much!... hilarious. Can't wait to see where Lauren takes this series, I hope she will write more for this series very very soon. I fell in love with these characters. Maybe one book about her sister .

(added later) ... after doing some research on Amazon & here on Goodreads I find there are 2 more books in this series, WHAT?? i didn't know that, weird??! I know now. they are on my TBR list for future reads. sometimes to net is just plain weird, keeping secrets. ( ;
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