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Crushed by Lauren Layne (Redemption #2)

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5 Star Review

 

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?

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This is my first Lauren Layne book, but it definitely will NOT be my last. I loved this book!! Loved it. Chloe is definitely my favorite female lead in ages, possibly ever. Chloe is funny, smart, caring, a straight shooter and, most importantly, normal. She’s not stunningly beautiful, she’s not stick figure thin. She’s just normal and occasionally overlooked, especially when her gorgeous older sister is around. And when she meets Michael it’s more of the same. Michael is running from a messy pas This is my first Lauren Layne book, but it definitely will NOT be my last. I ♥♥ loved♥♥ this book!! Loved it.Chloe is definitely my favorite female lead in ages, possibly ever. Chloe is funny, smart, caring, a straight shooter and, most importantly, normal. She’s not stunningly beautiful, she’s not stick figure thin. She’s just normal and occasionally overlooked, especially when her gorgeous older sister is around. And when she meets Michael it’s more of the same.Michael is running from a messy past and working a summer job as the tennis pro/personal trainer at the country club Chloe’s family belongs to. He’s got dark secrets and a hidden agenda. He decides Chloe’s friendship can definitely help him achieve is goal. What neither of them expects is how real their friendship is about to become. I’m a sucker for the friends become more trope and this book is one of the best. A four star book for me is a book that I loved. But a five star book is one I can’t leave behind, I keep thinking about it, I keep going back and rereading my favorite parts, I’ll read the entire book more than once. That is this book. I’m going back to read the first two books in the series too.

This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.