Review: I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

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Title: I Knew You Were Trouble
Series: Oxford #4
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: 13 June 2017
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

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REVIEW 

I was a little worried when I first saw I Knew You Were Trouble involved a love triangle – so over the whole who will she choose scenario. The tangled relationship status involved in I Knew You Were Trouble is a lot more complicated than simply choosing between two people. Rather than a love triangle it is the regrets and mistakes of the past that overshadow the present that create the complications experienced between Taylor and Nick within I Knew You Were Trouble. 

The format of the chapters works from the past to the present day, adding detail and understanding to the relationships and interactions in an in-depth manner allowing more of a connection to the characters.

Taylor is an ad executive for Oxford, talented and intelligent along with her striking good looks fit right into the Oxford dynamic. Taylor is very career driven and has focused on this aspect of her life rather than personal relationships. Raised by an emotionally unavailable aunt since the age of five; Taylor has had very little nurturing in her life. She had to build a barricade around her emotions in order to survive. Unfortunately, her defence system also labels her as an ice princess by some people adding to her barriers.

We first met Nick in Someone Like You when he covered for Lincoln at the Oxford offices; charming and flirty Nick is essentially a charmer with a heart of gold. Not that you would believe it from his behaviour to Taylor. Nick and Taylor clash from their very first encounter, though there is a simmering attraction bubbling below the surface between them. Each subsequent encounter inadvertently adds to Taylor’s animosity to Nick!!!

Events transpire to bring Taylor and Nick together, initially as roommates and then as friends with benefits. The relationship between Nick and Taylor is effortless, they bring out the best in each other. Although the past still hangs between them.

Under all her aloofness, Taylor is desperate to be loved unconditionally, unfortunately, due to her upbringing she subconsciously believes she must be unlovable. Manifesting as a need to maintain a certain amount of distance between herself and those closest to her. As well as the conviction she has to not having children of her own in case she is unable to love them as she should. She really doesn’t see herself clearly, every indication and interaction she has with others shows Taylor’s huge capacity for love and affection. My heart ached for Taylor and the lack of faith she has in herself.

Nick has a very different plan where a family is concerned especially after the soap-opera style implosion of a previous relationship and the raw wound Nick carries as a result. It is this trauma along with poor timing that creates a dilemma for Nick and Taylor.

Taylor’s character development through I Knew You Were Trouble is tremendous, I loved watching her open up to her emotions and embrace the situations she encounters both good and bad. While I could have physically hurt Nick for his actions, I could also empathise with him being overtaken by the ghosts of his past.

While I did find the ending of I Knew You Were Trouble a little abrupt in respect to Nick and Taylor’s relationship, it has paved the way for Hunter’s story!!!!!

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