I Knew You Were Trouble
An Oxford Novel
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
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.
Praise for I Knew You Were Trouble
“Lauren Layne is one of a handful of authors that can break your heart, while keeping you smiling the whole time.”—I Love Romance (five stars)
“It is a fun and flirty battle of the sexes that will leave you giddy over the sheer romance of falling in love.”—All About Romance
Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order:
I WISH YOU WERE MINE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
I THINK I LOVE YOU
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED
The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Fun, witty dialogue coupled with fantastic writing makes this book a must read!
The day Taylor Carr meets Nick Ballantine it is hate at first sight. Someone who is such a jerk just shouldn’t be that good looking. But when a moment of weakness leads to a slight softening of her strong anti-Nick feelings, she and her nemesis discover they might not hate each other so much after all.
Nick isn’t a commit-to-the-9-to-5 type of guy. If people (ahem, Taylor) think he is juvenile for his less-than-stable career, then she can go on thinking what she wants. Luckily, while being in the right place at the right time, Nick uses an awkward moment to get as close to Taylor as he could possibly get… as new roommates.
When Taylor and Nick start to spend real time together, and start to see past their mutual first impressions, will they finally realize they want to be with the other, or will their time ever be right?
This was another lovely Lauren Layne book! What starts out as a slow burn, love/hate storyline, develops into tentative friends, roommates, and eventually… more? Taylor and Nick both realize they are attracted and interested in each other, but with their bad first impression coupled with their mutual relationships, they just never seem they will ever be in the right place.
I absolutely love the Stiletto and Oxford series, and this book, while set in the Oxford series almost feels like the start of a new series on its own. We were introduced to Nick and Taylor previously, and I am so glad that we got their story!
As usual I loved all the characters! We got very small glimpses into some of the original Oxford men, and I loved Taylor’s friendship with Daisy and Brit! Fun, witty dialogue coupled with fantastic writing makes this book a must read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.
Another amazing read in the Stiletto/Oxford world! As expected in a Lauren Layne novel there is plenty of snark, humor, yummy men, and romance. To the outsider it would appear that Taylor Carr and Nick Ballantine can't stand each other. Funny though how there is such a fine line between love and hate and that line is getting pretty fuzzy between these two. When Taylor finds herself with an apartment she can't afford and desperately in need of a roommate how can she afford to turn down Nick's request to move in. Taylor's determined to keep things platonic. Nick might have different ideas though!
This is one for the must read list! I highly recommend it.
I was confused at first thinking that maybe 3 and 4 should have put in opposite order but after looking at the chapter titles I realized I just wasn’t paying attention. 🤦♀️
LL, not surprised that I love this book since I’ve loved ALL THE ONES BEFORE. My new favorite author!