Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.
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.
Wow! This was everything I always look for in NA. I was hooked from the very first page, and I came to care so much for both the main and the secondary characters. I can’t wait for the next one.
Cole’s eyes narrowed slightly as he realized that he’d been the only one doing any staring. Her attention had returned to the field, almost before he’d sat down. What was this bullshit?
I was so delighted when I started reading the first chapter and found out it was from the guy’s POV (although there’s also Penelope’s POV); Cole’s thoughts are unfiltered and funny as hell. When a guy who’s never been in love realizes that he’s falling for someone is always hilarious; they freak out so badly, losing all their confidence and their heads, really it’s so amusing. He’s now competing with Penelope for a position for Oxford. He’s already friends with all the guys there (I loved them all, and I can’t wait for Lincoln’s book *squeals*), so he’s sure that he’s got it; but well Penelope is really driven and good at what she does, so they end up becoming co-worker.
She was used to it, rejection in all its forms. Penelope had no illusions about her place in the world of men: the friend zone.
Cole and Penelope easily become friends, she’s so easy to be around. Pen is skinny, with no curves at all, she drinks beer, doesn’t care that much about clothes, she’s obsessed with sports; so what guys see in her is usually just another guy. She doesn’t feel feminine or sexy, so when Cole takes a liking to her, Pen doesn’t look too much into it. She feels like he’s out of her league. But that’s really not the case. Cole feels like he can be himself with Penelope, he doesn’t need to pretend, and yes he definitely feels attracted to her.
Cole shook his head at how easy this all felt as he went around to the other side of his desk. He didn’t know exactly what this was. But whatever they decided to call it, or not call it, he could all too easily get used to it.
Once they’re already good friends, they end up hooking up, but they both agree on keeping it casual. They both promise to not fall in love with each other. But, well, I don’t blame Cole for breaking his promise, even I fell in love with Penelope. I don’t even blame Penelope, though. Cole is one of the dreamiest guy I’ve ever read about. He could charm the hell out of everyone. In the blurb he’s described as arrogant, but I don’t think he is. He’s confident, yes, well he’s handsome and a great writer for the magazine, so why shouldn’t he be? But he’s also a loyal and caring friend, he’s sweet, and respectful. He hates Pen’s lack of self esteem, so he’s always trying to make her feel appreciated.
She tilted her face up to look at him. “You know you’re ridiculously charming.” He grinned. “You sound grumpy about that.” “Let’s just say I’m not exactly loving the fact that I seem to find myself on the verge of joining the Cole Sharpe fan club.”
The romance was amazing. I felt like cuddling with my cat the whole time I was reading. And then I felt my heart squeeze when something went wrong. I cried, but I smiled and laughed most of the time.
She smiled “That all it takes, huh? A girl who likes bourbon?” “I’m not shallow, Pen. The girl had to like baseball and bourbon.” “Well, then, I’m you’re girl.” “Yeah, you are,” he said with a quick grin.
I highly recommend Irresistibly Yours to every fan of the genre. This is a must read!