Series: Oxford #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Purchase at: Amazon
Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.
Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.
After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.
I had seen this book somewhere when I was looking at upcoming books and thought that it sounded interesting. When I got time to actually read it, well it was “meh” for me. There are two main characters, Lincoln and Daisy. Lincoln’s backstory is creative. Not something I had read before and I liked that his personal life was actually a well hidden secret. Not because I think it should have been one but because that scenario is not something I had read before. It was fresh.
Daisy’s character was sweet but way to accepting. She was always so accepting of Lincoln and in the beginning I would have been too. Daisy had been in a terrible marriage and she was not sure what she wanted and was willing to play everything safe. She gave him space to figure out what it was that he wanted but there was a point where she went from understanding to almost doormat and I did not like that.
As the story went on it was a lot of cat and mouse between those two but there was little heat factor. Lincoln’s character was so torn up about his ex (completely understandable) but it really almost felt like a bizarre love triangle and he was not able to or willing to put it all on the line. Seriously he messed up everything a few times and she just took him back. He would be having relations with one but at the end of it be thinking about his ex and it was tearing him up inside. After the last time he lost his mind I would have definitely had words because he was way beyond disrespectful.
In the end he figured out what he wanted and needed but it came too easy. Hello girl! He was fekker to you and you don’t give him hell?? For the LOVE! At least a “hell no you don’t stroll up here,” something. Nope, she was —accepting and understanding— no, girl, just no.
The ending was nice all rainbows and unicorns. So here is the thing. I read it to the end. I had emotional responses (obviously) and it has a HEA. It was a decent book. Not decent enough for me to want to keep reading the series though. With the other characters it was like an episode of friends but they are all married couples. A little bland and unrealistic for my tastes. Love the cover though. It is a nice cover.