Reeling from a breakup, Taylor reluctantly teams up with her workplace nemesis in order to win back the love of her life, but soon as to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving into Mr. Wrong.
Trope: Enemies-to-Lovers, Roommate-Romance
“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
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.
This heroine has a lot of walls—fair warning, it takes her a while to let her guard down!
This book is written in third-person, with alternating POV. Some people only like first-person. You've been warned!
This series is great for fans of "found family" where friendships build over the series in FRIENDS-esque style.
This is a fun combination of enemies to lovers and roommate romance.
I did something toward the end of this book that I swore I'd never do with a story, and haven't done since 😏
🔥 This book is steamy with explicit sex scenes.
“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
“Answer something for me.”
She tried to jerk away, but he held her fast. “What?” she snapped, trying to tell herself that her increasing agitation stemmed from annoyance and not something more dangerous.
“If you weren’t dating him, would you have dinner with me?”
“I don’t like you,” she whispered.
He eased closer until his mouth was inches from her ear. “Liar.”
It was a whisper, and it sent shivers down her spine and then back up again. The good kind of shivers, the kind that made her want to lean into him and beg him to put his mouth all over her.
Sexy, witty, and addictive. If you love glamorous office romance set in New York City, women in high heels, men in suits, and found-family, this 9-book series makes for the perfect binge-read!
❗️This series is not available as a paperback or print version. Penguin Random House controls the print rights, and has declined to make a paperback available for my readers.