“Tonight, for the first time in a long time, he hadn’t been the odd man out. Tonight he’d been part of a pair. Part of a something.”
If you’re in the mood for laughing, crying, and sighing, then Lauren Layne’s “Someone Like You” is the book for you. This is a contemporary romance novel following the journey of two completely captivating characters, and even though it’s part of a series, this novel can be read as a stand alone without reading the other books first, although don’t be surprised if you find yourself going back to read the other ones.
This is the kind of book you pick up – electronically on your e-reader – and read without being aware of the little things like…time and lunch. I loved every word in this novel, and I even found myself trying to slow down so I wouldn’t binge-read it without breathing.
The author crafted beautiful characters in Daisy and Lincoln, and both had such wonderful, full lessons to learn, making them relatable. I wish I knew Daisy in real life. Lincoln, too, but mostly Daisy. She embodied what being in a contemporary relationship means when it’s worth it to stay in it. Even though she’d been through her own tough issues in life – no spoilers here! – she still maintained her dignity and sweet nature. She didn’t allow the past to ruin her future, but she did learn from the past in order to better handle the time in her life when she met Lincoln.
As I mentioned last week, even though I know romance novels end with a happily ever after, it’s the journey that I love to read about, and Daisy’s and Lincoln’s journeys definitely kept me captivated. The story is told from both Daisy’s and Lincoln’s point of view, and the plot revolves around separate issues in each of their lives. The things keeping them apart had to be resolved on their own, and the book has three parts told over an extended timeline to help portray the way time can heal old wounds.
As a couple, the two first become friends, helping each other through rough times, and that friendship aspect is what really solidifies this book as a five-star read. It was really gratifying for me to find out that Lincoln wasn’t just the fun and flirtatious guy he pretended to be. He made for a great character, the kind of guy you can imagine as your buddy hanging out on the weekend and having a good laugh with. But he hid a major part of his life from the world, and it took Daisy, and everything she’d been through to get where she was, to recognize this part of him.
Okay, so I might be a little bit (a HUGE bit) of a romantic, but this is one of my favorite times of year in Florida, and this book was the perfect read for a random afternoon tucked under a blanket with a mug of hot jasmine tea. I recommend this book for everyone, not just for regular romance readers.
I’d love to hear your opinion! What’s your favorite genre? What’s the last book you read? Do you ever listen to audio books?
Join me next time with the contemporary young adult novel “How It Ends” by Catherine Lo.
As always, thanks for your time!New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. She has a master’s degree from George Mason University and joined The Seymour Agency after she ended an eight-year career teaching students language arts, grades 6-12. Previous to teaching, she worked as an assistant director for a graduate school in Washington, D.C., before settling in Southwest Florida over a decade ago. As a former gymnast, cheerleader and dancer, she understands the importance of balance, and she encourages everyone to stay flexible. Though she’s a painfully private introvert, she can be reached through her website: www.marisacleveland.com or follow her journey on Twitter: @marisacleveland.