I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Lauren Layne’s latest romance book release, To Sir With Love.
Check out my book review below to see what I loved about this terrific, slow burn romance!
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When Gracie Cooper’s father passed away, she put aside her own dreams to take over the family-owned Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. But Gracie has her hands full trying to keep the shop in the black out and warding off Sebastian Andrews and his big corporate proposal for a buyout.
Not wanting to admit her troubles to friends or family, she turns to “Sir” whom she’s connected with on the blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages before exchanging real names or photos.
Although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life.
When I’m in the mood for a sweet romance set in New York City, a Lauren Layne book never disappoints, and this one may now be my favorite!
In addition to reading romance books, I also love watching romantic comedies and nothing beats a romance with Meg Ryan. I loved You’ve Got Mail, starring Ryan and Tom Hanks and once I heard that Layne’s newest release was based on that movie, I had to read it.
While the book has many similarities to the movie, Layne took the angle of two people meeting anonymously online and falling for each other while also falling for each other in person, but completely made it her own.
What made this book really stand out was the perfect slow burn romance between Gracie and Sebastian.
I loved the instant connection between Sir and Lady in their email exchanges because they were so honest and open with one another. But it was the growing connection between Gracie and Sebastian that tugged on my heart strings.
The key for me was that Layne made Sebastian a really nice guy. Even though Gracie initially saw him as the man trying to put her out of business and wanted to hate him, he really had her best interests at heart. It was the moments when he just kept showing up and being there for her that made me fall hard for this man.
Gracie was a great heroine in her own right. I could feel for the tough situation she was in, wanting to continue her father’s legacy and yet realizing that she wasn’t living a life she truly wanted.
I think it would be so hard to write a romance where both main characters essentially fall in love with two people, but Layne did it seamlessly.
Even her side characters made fantastic additions to the story which made the book even richer.
While this would have been a 5 star romance for me if Layne brought in a bit more steaminess to the romance, I still loved it all the same and highly recommend it.
*Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.