Oxford, Book One
featuring Cole Sharpe and Penelope Pope
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Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.
Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.
Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.
He winked. “Fishing? Seeing if I’m available?”
Penelope patted his arm. “Definitely not. You’re pretty, but don’t worry. You’re safe with me.”
Cole lifted an eyebrow. “How’s that?”
She pursed her lips and tilted her head to study him.
Cole laughed. “Why do I feel like I should be giving you my good side? To see if I pass muster?”
“Oh, don’t fret, this is quite nice,” she said, lifting her hand to gesture over his face.
“But you’re still not feeling the pull, huh?”
Penelope took a sip of beer. “Are you?”
He blinked in surprise. “What?”
She shifted in her bar stool to face him. “Take it all in. Are you feeling light-headed? Dazzled by my feminine charms?”
“Exactly,” she said, looking strangely satisfied with his nonreaction. “You’re out of my league, Sharpe.”
He opened his mouth, and she shocked the hell out of him by leaning forward and tapping a finger over his lips very matter-of-factly.
“Don’t even,” she said. “This is how it’s going to be, okay? I don’t have any illusions about the fact that I’m a friend-zone kind of girl, and I’m okay with that. Plus, lucky for you, I’m a darn good friend.”
He opened his mouth, but she kept right on talking.
“Plus, we have a career in common, and let’s be honest, there aren’t that many sportswriters out there, so we should stick together, right?”
“You can’t say no,” she chattered on. “Because I’m new to the city and desperate for a friend, and I like you. But that’s where it ends, okay? At like. You don’t have to worry that I’ll get the wrong idea about what this is because I won’t. But in return, you have to promise not to flirt.”
Cole could only stare at her.
It was the strangest conversation he’d ever had with a woman. He wasn’t sure he’d ever had a woman tell him quite so plainly that she didn’t want anything romantic from him.
“Irresistibly Yours has it all: fun banter, hot chemistry, and a couple that you just can’t help but want to be together!”—New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine
“Lauren Layne had me at baseball, and I stayed up way too late devouring Cole and Penelope’s story. Sassy, sizzling, and sexy (with sports!). This one’s a grand slam!”—Tracy March, author of Should’ve Said No
“After reading the irresistibly sexy, funny, and fantastic Irresistibly Yours, Lauren Layne is a new auto-buy author for me. I can’t get enough of the men of Oxford!”—Christi Barth, author of Risking It All
“Fun and flirty with some laugh-out-loud moments, Irresistibly Yours irresistibly drew me into turning page after page well into the early morning.”—The Romance Reviews
“This is Lauren Layne we’re talking about. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—I’ll pounce on any of her books. Five fantastic stars!”—Will Read for Feels
“We get to see a whole new Cole in this book and I loved every second of it. I cannot wait to continue this series.”—Jack of All Trades, Master of None
“Once again, Lauren Layne has a winner. Irresistibly Yours is fun, sexy, full of heart and an absolute pleasure to read. It was so, so good to see the whole Stiletto gang together again and I, for one, cannot wait to see Lincoln’s story soon!”—Rhea’s Neon Journal
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“This is a series starter that has me excited for the books to come and for the series that came before it, and you can’t get much better than that. Five stars for Irresistibly Yours.”—Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
“If you’re a newcomer to the Lauren Layne circle, don’t fret! Her books can be read as standalones. . . . Irresistibly Yours is a fun read, with moments of giggles and the right amount of drama, you’ll want more!”—Mischievous Reads
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“A light, sweet romance . . . easy and fun to read . . . perfect for when you need that type of quick, headache-free read.”—Way Too Hot Books
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