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Series: Love Unexpectedly #3
Published by Loveswept Genres: Contemporary
Lucy Hawkins has landed her dream job after graduating college at a winery in Napa Valley. The only problem is that she has no way to get there since her car recently broke down. She had a nice two week trip planned to tour the county as she made her way to her new home. When arriving back home to visit her family for her big fair well her parents offer her their old car so she can make the trip, but there is only one catch and that is she has to ride with her brother’s best friend and the guy who broke her heart, Reece. Can they last two weeks on the road without killing one another?
Reece Sullivan is tired of living in the past and is ready to get out of a town that holds so many painful memories. He fixed up the Hawkins’ car so he would be able to make the drive out to California to start his new job as a wine maker. The last thing he expected was to be stuck with Lucy for two weeks. Reece doesn’t know if he wants to strangle her or kiss her. Can they finally let go of the past or will this two weeks of traveling tear them more apart?
Love Story is done in dual povs which I loved but what really captured my interest were the flashbacks that Lauren Layne included showing her readers how they became friends at such a young age, to first loves, and through heartbreak with many more moments in-between ensuring that I never felt lost.
I really love the whole road trip plot and Ms. Layne told it well. Lucy and Reece were total opposites to begin with while she comes from a close, loving family he came from one that was broken after his mother passed away. The Hawkins pretty much adopted him and he became one of the family with sleepovers and more. They were always opposites but always got along until she gave him her virginity and then the same day caught him kissing his ex. Since then they don’t see each other much and when they do all they do is bicker and fight.
I did adore Love Story but there were moments of the constant going back and forth that was giving me a headache feeling like I was riding in the car with them on this trip out to California. At times they showed they still cared about one another but I didn’t really feel the romance between them. Did they have chemistry? Yes, but I did feel as if it was only sexual.
In the end Love Story wasn’t one of my favorite stories by Ms. Layne but I am glad that I read it. I loved knowing that their HEA was just around the corner after all they both went through. At times I wanted to weep for them both but I was rooting for them the whole time. There was plenty of humor while they were on the road that kept the story fun and uplifting. I can’t wait to see what will be next for the talented Ms. Layne.