You can have all the dominant billionaires, ex-Navy Seals, and alpha werewolves. Let them out-posture each other in an arrogant fight for your love. I’m here to speak for the other kind of quiet hero: not the strong, silent type, but the shy, socially awkward type. The misunderstood genius, the stodgy aristocrat, the introverted businessman. The men who are so far from alpha that they’re all the way to zeta. In my armchair analysis, I’d say that one of the best characteristics of the awkward zeta hero is that, once he’s won, he is singularly focused on his heroine. Unlike the alpha hero, who sees the outside world as a threat to his relationship and stands aggressively in front of his heroine, the zeta hero barely notices the outside world at all. His thoughts and … Continued
Brynn is celebrating her thirty-first birthday in a bathroom stall. Well, the party is outside, but she’s having a meltdown on a toilet seat after having been ambushed with a surprise party by her younger sister Sophie. This is not how Brynn had planned her life, still single and childless at thirty-one. She has made very rigid lists and goals of what she wants to complete and the timeline in which she wants it done. When her boyfriend fails to propose at the party and later breaks up with her, her meltdown grows to epic proportions as she tries to find her real happiness, not the happiness she had planned as the perfect orthodontist everyone knows her as. What will it take for Brynn to realize where her true happiness lies? Will it be too … Continued
I’m a huge fan of Lauren Layne because she shines in writing witty, chemistry-laden romances guaranteed to tug at your heart! I loved the first in this series, Isn’t She Lovely, so I was thrilled to have Olivia’s story. Even though she was technically the cheating girlfriend (not as bad as it sounds, I promise) I felt bad for her. Olivia is trying to escape and redeem herself for a mistake that cost her longtime boyfriend. Taking a job as a caretaker for an injured veteran satisfies her need for penance and to get away from all her friends, but Olivia doesn’t really know what she’s gotten herself into. Thinking she’ll be caring for an old injured man, she’s shocked when she finds out that she’s the paid companion to a hostile man just a … Continued
I’m going to hazard a guess that every reader of romance has a list of Book Boyfriends (goodness knows I certainly do). But what I recently realized is that I never thought about creating a list of Book BFFs. The reason for this is because after I read Only With You by Lauren Layne, the first book in her “The Best Mistake” series, I knew who I was going to put at the top of my list—the heroine, Sophie Dalton. I laughed with her, and then felt her pain when the hero, Grayson (Gray) Wyatt, acted like a total jerk towards her. Don’t get me wrong. Gray isn’t always a jerk with her, but during their first encounter, he wins “Jerk of the Year” hands down. In a Vegas hotel elevator, Sophie is dressed trashy … Continued
Honestly – it would be terrible if we didn’t offer up some instruction to this special holiday — not that we all don’t know how to kiss – but it’s fun to see how the Hollywood ‘experts’ do it – – – – – Photo courtesy of weregonnaneedabiggerblog.com Remember Friends? Ross & Rachel had it down! Photo courtesy of filmfoodie.blogspot.com And really, Rhett did not really give a damn. I’m not sure who these people are but they seem to have the swing of it. Photo courtesy of telegraph.com 1933: Grace Bradley prepares to kiss a reluctant Charles Farrell (1901-1988) Photo courtesy of dailymail.com Selena Gomez Humiliated for Kissing Justin Bieber On Camera That should do it – a few visual tips from newbies to classic. Now go kiss your mate!
Well, it’s Kiss Your Mate Day, and I figure there are two groups of people that are bound to know about this under appreciated holiday:
(1) romance authors (that’s me!)
(2) magazine columnists who write “the sexy stuff” (my characters!)
For those of you new to my Stiletto series, is about the women of Stiletto magazine who will do anything for a story … except fall in love. (Ha! We’ll see about that, ladies!)
If you have ever, EVER wondered what my perfect preference of storyline would be . . . here it is: A girl with secrets —- a guy with scars — and a love that could save or destroy them both. One word: Intense. And, a fabulous cover at that!! Happy Romance! ** Teaser Reveal!** Olivia squirms. “Why are you looking at me like that?” “I’ve never known a female to acquiesce that easily without a catch. How about you hit me with it now and get it over with?” Olivia shrugs. “Fine. I was going to say that I won’t run alone, if you promise to go with me.” “No,” I say, almost before she’s finished her sentence. “Why not?” I rap my cane once against the ground. “Well, for starters, despite the fact that … Continued
Winners Announced!! _ When Story-Tropes Collide: Best-Friends-To-Lovers Meets Brother’s-Best-Friend + Giveaway
When I first set out to write Just One Night, I figured it would be the easiest of the Stiletto series to get on paper. For starters, it’s the third book in a series, so I had plenty of time to get to know my characters while writing the first two stories. I also was thinking it would be easier because it was a friends-to-lovers story. I thought that since Riley and Sam had known each other for a decade, I’d be able to skip their “getting to know you” phase and get straight to the good stuff. But I was only partially correct. While it’s true that the Stiletto girls were pretty much having full conversations in my head by the time I sat down to write Riley’s story, when it came to Riley … Continued
All of these fabulous Loveswept titles just .99 —- for a short time only – buy your copies now! Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund . . . or does he? As the summer scene kicks off in the Hamptons, Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget the pedigreed girl who broke his heart. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. She may not love the … Continued
Kindle Gal & Emily’s Joint Review Kindle Gal: I don’t know about you, Em, but I really like Lauren Layne’s voice. This is the third book of hers I’ve read, and there is something about her writing style that just works for me. Like this: When their eyes met, he grinned, his teeth perfectly white and perfectly even. This man knew what he had going on and was well accustomed to peddling his wares.
Review from Girl Meets Books: I had such a good time reading Lauren Layne’s first book in her Sex, Love, & Stiletto series, After the Kiss, I knew I am going to be reading her succeeding books. I was eagerly awaiting her sequel which features Grace Brighton. Grace is part of the successful Trio of Stiletto‘s most popular department but in the latter part of the 1st book, Grace suffers a big blow courtesy of her cheating boyfriend, a boyfriend she’s been with for 8 years. Not only is her heart in shreds, her pride had taken a hit as well. She was supposed to be a dating expert. She even published an article on how to tell if a man is cheating on you. She has listed down the signs but was unable to … Continued
Brand new excerpt from Love the One You’re With. Jake Malone has a bad habit of getting into Grace’s cab . . . a habit she’s starting to like – Enjoy! Grace wouldn’t admit it out loud even if someone paid her, but she had no idea what made Jake Malone tick. Like, none. The man had taken Cole’s public pronouncement that Jake was hot and heavy for Grace with a fair amount of dignity, and Grace thought for sure she had the upper hand . . . for all of about two days. Right up until the moment Jake climbed into the backseat of her cab following Alex Cassidy’s birthday celebration at a trendy West Village gastropub.
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And now, the FREE Snippet — actually a little more than a snippet but who’s going to complain? ENJOY! Grace weaved her way around the tight-butt, yoga-pants-wearing, stroller-pushing moms until she turned up one of the quiet side streets that would have less cab competition. Sure enough, a taxi rounded the corner onto the street and was making its way toward her. Finally. A little luck. Grace raised a hand to hail it, only to watch in dismay as an arm in front of her moved in the exact same gesture at the exact same time. She hissed in annoyance, even though the man had obviously been there first and the cab was rightfully his. She swore under her breath anyway. This was not the way she’d envisioned Grace 2.0 starting out. She was supposed … Continued
Happy #ThrowbackThursday! So remember last week when Grace filled you all in on the Stiletto holiday party, and the girls’ less than classy costumes? Well, let’s just say . . . the ladies are still hung over, so I’m filling in for this week’s post. Today’s topic? Throwback Thursday. Or, should I say: #ThrowbackThursday or #tbt. Now, I’m not what one would call a “social media natural.” It still takes me fifteen minutes to write a tweet, because the 140 character limit is just so not my style. And I avoided Facebook for years, because as a private person, posting pictures and status updates for hundreds of people to see felt completely unnatural.
The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet.
In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love. Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more. Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie … Continued
Hi Stiletto readers, Grace here, wishing everyone a very Happy Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, mainly because it’s easier to justify eating chocolate for lunch, but also because of the annual Stiletto Halloween party. See, Riley, Julie and I take turns choosing the theme the Love & Relationship department’s costume, and we’ve won the Best Costume award three years in a row. We only have one rule: no arguing / criticizing the other’s costume selection. This rule kept Julie from strangling me last year.
5 Star review – thanks to Rachel at The Readers Den – Isn’t She Lovely on sale soon – 10/28 Isn’t She Lovely was a classic romance of opposites attract; a story that was just pure unadulterated enjoyment! Filled with snarky banter providing entertaining push and pull, I was smiling, laughing and swooning throughout! *sigh* I just love it when a story leaves me happy and satisfied!
I remember my first crush very clearly. I was eight, and he was a bit older. Ok a lot older. And he was was taken, but that that wasn’t even the real problem. The problem was that he was taken by none other than Nancy Drew.
In Lauren Layne’s sizzling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest . . . all night long.
Chapter One (Grace’s Story) In hindsight, she should have taken the subway. But today was the launch of the new and improved Grace. Or Grace 2.0, as she’d begun thinking of her improved self. And Grace 2.0’s shoe choice really wasn’t suited for the New York subway system. Between the grates and the stairs and the roaches, Grace Brighton’s four-inch Jimmy Choos would be lucky to even make it to the office. And that whole wear-comfy-shoes-now-and-change-later just wasn’t Grace 1.0 or 2.0’s MO. Then of course, there was the hassle of rush hour to contend with, not to mention . . . Oh, who was she kidding? The Brightons of Scarsdale, New York, didn’t do subways. In fact, Grace’s mother would probably faint if she knew her only daughter was about to slide her pencil-skirted … Continued
The Male Perspective: What He’s REALLY thinking . . by Brighton, with special guest Mitchell Forbes Grace Brighton: Hi Stiletto readers! Welcome back to another week of sassy goodness. This week we have a special guest, and a rare breed around the Stiletto office . . . a man. We love good girl talk as much as the next woman, but every now and then we like to keep ourselves honest by hearing the male perspective. Some of you likely know Mitchell Forbes as Julie’s man from AFTER THE KISS, but today, he’s just another handsome guy, here to give us an inside look about what makes men tick. Mitchell: *gets up from his seat* Grace: Hey, where are you going? Mitchell: I’m out of here. Julie told me I was here to give some … Continued
I’m happy to introduce my first guest at Monica’s Musings, the lovely Lauren Layne! She’s the author of ISN’T SHE LOVELY (Flirt), which is coming out October 28th! Welcome Lauren, to Monica’s Musings! So excited to have you here today! 1. First, tell us a little bit about yourself. LL: Thanks so much for having me! The best thing about these virtual interviews is that one doesn’t have to get all gussied up, but I just wanted you to know that as a huge fan of yours, I did shower before tackling this interview. Trust me, you should be flattered. MM:(Awww….*blushes* You are too sweet. And you look extra pretty today!)
Julie: It’s no secret in the Stiletto world that I’ve always known my way around the first date. And the second date . . . and well, actually, that’s pretty much it, because my dating history has been a little, how should we say this . . . Riley: Trampy? Grace: Prolific? Julie: I was going to say diverse. I had diverse dating habits. I was all about getting gussied up in my newest, cutest top, and putting on my highest, most impractical shoes . . . Riley: Your skankiest bra and panties set. Julie: No, that’s you. Riley: Oh, that’s right . . . Julie: Anyway, I used to be all about the night-out-on-the-town scene until I met—
Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne 5 Star review from The Chiq Blog Wow, wow, wowie, wow… This book is flipping FANTASTIC! I loved absolutely everything about the characters, storyline, setting, just… Everything! I seriously LOL’d through most of it, and swooned through half of it. Ethan and Stephanie were pure perfection, and I’m going to make a point now to look for and read Lauren Layne’s other books! I cannot gush any more about how much I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! Now that’s an honest review – thanks Chiq!
Shower Sex: A How-To by Riley McKenna, Stiletto’s resident “sexpert” . . . I’m not going to lie: I watch James Bond movies for the eye-candy. And that goes for all the James Bonds. Connery. Brosnan. Craig. Especially Daniel Craig. And his most recent one—Skyfall? Um, who cares about the guns and the gadgets, because did you see that shower scene? Sex in the shower is like sex on steroids. It’s steamier. Literally. It’s hotter. Literally. It’s wetter. Literally.
Introduction from the editor: Hi Stiletto Readers! Last week we heard from Julie Greene, Stiletto’s expert on flirting, kissing and all things involving a little wink and hair flick. This week we’ll be hearing from columnist Grace Brighton, who’s all genteel classiness on the outside, ovaries of steel on the inside. Grace’s usual schtick is love & relationships: keeping the spark alive, anniversary gift ideas, etc. Today, however, Grace asked to take on something a little different … THE MODERN GIRL’S GUIDE TO BEING A LADY by Grace Brighton And when I say lady, I’m not talking about the generic term for women that you’ll see written in plastic beneath the little female icon in the triangle skirt you see on the bathroom door at Applebee’s. No, I’m talking about being a lady in the … Continued
Stiletto Magazine: The Elusive . . . Perfect . . . First Kiss by Julie Greene (Aka, Lauren Layne *wink*)
What’s up, Stiletto readers? Julie Greene here–Stiletto magazine’s resident dating expert. Rumor has it that this Thursday’s post was supposed to be a tour of the office …. (Excuse me while I wake myself up from my nap). Seriously though, I’m sure the tour will be a blast when it happens next week, but take it from someone who works at Stiletto, the tour of the office can wait. Because I have something far, far sexier to talk about. Kissing. I worry that kissing is becoming a lost art these days as it’s the “main course” that gets all the attention. And while I love a good sex-in-the-shower (or on the counter, or at the opera (!!) session as much as the next girl, but there’s is nothing—nothing—like magic of the first kiss.
Review by Abigail: I could not stop reading this story from the first page. These characters are so lovable and relate able that many reader can connect to. Julie is the Dater Queen. She is the perfect girl to have if you are looking for no commitment. However, everything changes when her boss tells her to do an article on relationship. She decides to pursuit Mitchell because he seem the “boring” type. But Mitchell is looking for a change since he made a bet on not being in an relationship. Mitchell and Julie are totally opposite but are totally perfect for each other. They truly begin to fall in love with each other that it freaks them out at first. They try to out each other that they both realize they want more from each … Continued