I Knew You Were Trouble

A USA TODAY Bestseller

Oxford, Book Four

featuring Nick Ballantine and Taylor Carr

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+ book summary

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.

+ excerpt

“Everything to your liking?” she asked from her place near his feet.

Her words were sarcastic as ever, but her voice lacked heat. Her tone was more husky than usual, as though she was simply . . . tired.

Nick nudged the toe of his shoe against a piece of black lacquered wood as he took a sip of the wine. “Building Calloway’s coffin?”

She pleased him by laughing. “Not a bad idea. But no. I’ve been at this piece of crap for an hour, but I’m pretty sure the little pictures in the instruction manual aren’t even for the right piece of furniture. I mean, what is this one?” She pointed at the paper. “It looks like a penis.”

Taylor thrust up the directions at him. He accepted the rumpled booklet, but kept his gaze on her rather than looking at the illustration she referenced.

She was a bit paler than usual, but there was no puffy redness around her eyes to indicate tears. Good. Good. Calloway wasn’t worth them.

Nick gently nudged a board out of the way with his foot and lowered to the ground across from her, turning his attention to the instructions.

“For as much as you paid for your fussy couch out there, you couldn’t have bought an assembled piece of furniture? What’s with the Ikea flashback to college?” he asked.

She sighed tiredly. “That was the deal I made with myself. I could get the couch if I went thrifty on everything else.”

“What’s its furniture destiny?” he asked. “Bookshelf? Desk?”


“A large one, apparently,” he said, surveying the numerous pieces.

Taylor’s slim shoulders lifted in a shrug. “I have lots of books.”

“Yeah?” he asked, flipping through the manual, getting the gist of which piece went where. “Never pegged you as a reader.”

“What did you think I did in my spare time, killed cats?”

“Nah. Men.”

“I’ve thought about it,” she muttered, taking a sip of wine.

+ praise

“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

“I Knew You Were Trouble is everything we love about the Oxford and Stiletto books. It has the office drama, the incredibly real and vibrant characters, and enough snark and fun to keep you up late into the night finishing the story. Nick and Taylor are one hell of a pair and I can’t wait to re-read their story as soon as possible.”—Hypable

“I Knew You Were Trouble was flirty, sexy, angsty and absolutely fabulous! This was a classic [Lauren Layne] book, and I devoured it in one night.”— Star-Crossed Book Blog

“I Knew You Were Trouble was fast-paced and pretty darn steamy. I loved it.”—Obsessive Book Nerd

“I Knew You Were Trouble is an irresistible combination of funny and sexy in this coworkers-to-enemies-to-roommates-to-lovers tale.”—Harlequin Junkie

“I can always count on enjoying a Lauren Layne book and this was no exception. Looking forward to whatever she’s going to give us next!”—The Book Hookup

“Lauren Layne is a master of the book hangover. I laughed! I cried! I laughed and cried some more! I can’t get enough of Layne’s fantastic heroes.”—Jessica Lemmon, author of Forgotten Promises

“A fun, sexy tap dance around true feelings and emotions that will make you root for these two to finally get together . . . and stay there!”—Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

“A sexy game of cat and mouse where the roles switch constantly and the winner in the end is the reader! Another win in this awesome series.”—New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland

“I love the Stiletto/Oxford books, and I Knew You Were Trouble has it all: a smoking hot hero, a heroine you want to invite to your next girls’ night out, and that fabulous, trademark Lauren Layne sexual tension.”—Serena Bell, USA Today bestselling author of the Returning Home series