Series: Oxford #1
Published by Loveswept on October 6th 2015
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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.
My first foray into Lauren Layne’s chick-lit writing was a pleasant surprise, even though I have the sinking feeling that what I’m going to get in this series is a string of womanising men (to the point where it gets nearly unreal) and gorgeous women who finally get them to change their ways through differing circumstances that revolve around magazine publication in New York.
‘Irresistibly Yours’ is funny, sharp and fun, ultimately proving to be irresistible because of the guileless and very refreshing heroine whose boyish figure and no-games nature carried the story from start to end. Finally, a geek chick with no pretenses or overly dramatic awkwardness! I didn’t know who Cole was at all because I didn’t read Ms. Layne’s previous books; neither was I armed with the back-stories of the rest of the characters (though I could guess what their personalities and stories would have been like) but this was an easy book to go through because I found myself rooting for Pen the whole way, even if her willingness to let Cole’s appalling behaviour off the hook so easily seemed to cheapen her strength of character.
I’d hoped to see more varied characters really, rather than read about differing reasons for why a particular behaviour (womanising in this case) exists, to the extent where Jake and Cole simply looked like peas in a pod lining up on a factory conveyor belt for their own HEA sunsets.