"The queen of contemporary New York City romance." —Booklist

"The queen of contemporary New York City romance." —Booklist


"Exemplary contemporary romance."

—Library Journal

The Books

The Mission

My books are generally light-hearted and banter-filled, but they're not afraid to make your heart ache during the Dark Moment. The books vary in heat level from quite steamy to no sex at all. Happily-ever-after is always a non-negotiable.

Every time I sit down to write a story, my aim is actually pretty simple: I write the story I want to read. I love quippy comebacks, accidental hand touches, eye contact that lasts a beat too long and makes the stomach flip, and big, over-the-top gestures at the finale.

The Vibe

The Structure

I'll be honest, realism is never high on my list when I write a romance. I write to entertain, I write to provide an escape. I don't shy away from real life issues, but my stories often have an idyllic, aspirational, and even glam vibe, especially the ones set in NYC.

I structure my books after the classic hero's journey and 90s rom-coms. My characters generally don't get together as a couple until the very end. Why? Because once they get together, all of the tension is released. Tension is key. Conflict is key.  If you love pages and pages of seeing the couple in a relationship, I am not the author for you!

Official Bio

Lauren Layne is a New York Times bestselling author of more than forty love stories. With millions of books sold worldwide, Lauren has been featured on Inside Edition, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, TheSkimm, Oprah Magazine, PopSugar, and Cosmopolitan magazine. She lives in New York City.

favorite indulgence

Extra-Toasty Cheez-Its

non-guilty pleasure

Fresh Flowers

favorite rom-com

While You Were Sleeping

take my money

Parachute Bedding

favorite superhero

Captain America

cocktail hour

Woodford Manhattan, no cherry


Absolutely. Just black, please!

listening to

Michael Bublé or Taylor Swift

writing uniform

Vuori Joggers + Gap Crew Tee

favorite TV re-watch

New Girl and Psych

some facts

real life love story

❤️ I'm married to my high-school sweetheart! 

Prom At 17

Married at 23

Happy at Forever

Anthony LeDonne

I'm not the only one in the family to have quit my day job to chase daydreams. Anthony is a standup comedian, writer, and you may have even seen him in Carl's Jr/Hardee's commercials or on Epicurious!  // Website →