Sometimes you find your heart where you least expect.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Book Length (Est.): 304 Pages
Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.
Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.
Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.
After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?
*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*
Chloe is the perfect example of someone who covers pain with humor. Oh and she’s really good at it. Some of the things that come out of her mouth are so funny you just want to give her a high five on execution. But underneath all that humor is someone who needs a friend like Michael…even if she doesn’t realize it.
Michael has that smackable quality and thank goodness Chloe has no problem putting him in his place. But beneath his rough exterior is a broken man who doesn’t need perfect, he needs imperfect and challenging…even if he doesn’t realize it.
Chloe and Michael together are sweet, challenging, and at times downright hilarious in Crushed. They have a connection from the very beginning that keeps you flipping the pages just to see what will happen next and if they’ll end up where you want them.
My Favorite Moment: Michael’s reaction to Chloe in her Fourth of July bikini.
My Most Heartbreaking Moment: When a confession goes completely wrong. Luckily Michael has some really good friends and they’ll know exactly what to do to “fix” things.
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