Quick Review: Crushed (Redemption #2) by Lauren Layne

Crushed (Redemption, #2)

AuthorLauren Layne
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published: April 14, 2014
Publication: Flirt
Rating:  ♨♨♨♨♨ 5 of 5 cups
Crushed is the third book in the Redemption series by Lauren Layne and it also rounds up the story involving three close friends who had a falling out. Fans of the series will be very familiar with the male lead, Michael and would be very delighted with his fated partner Chloe. Because this is a romance and we all know how its supposed to end but with this author its always about the hilarious and poignant journey that makes the story worthwhile. Michael has come to Dallas to confront something about his past. Still reeling from his broken heart and his severed friendships he has focused on one thing. Confronting a father who never knew him. This plot line is screaming melodrama and angst in fact MIchael's state of mind reminds you of every broken destructive hero in the new adult genre but there is one saving grace and her name is Chloe. Chloe who goes to the country club and pretends to play tennis while eating chips. Calls Michael Beefcake and makes him all confused and okay maybe crack a smile or two. She who wears baggy clothes because why pretend that she is a bit on the chubby side. She's confident, unafraid of stating her mind (constantly) and is oh ever so intrigued with the brooding but mysterious Michael. She is in fact the epitome of those romantic comedies with a heroine screaming makeover and getting the guy once she ditches the grunge look. However Chloe is no cliche in fact she is definitely kicking and screaming, away from makeovers that is. With her adorable curls and her constant chattering Michael never knew what hit him. There is still angst but its always tempered by witty dialogues, a charming almost self deprecating look at melodramatic moments and above all two very wonderful and amazing leads that make Crush one of my favorite New Adult Romances. And for fans of the series, a cameo of the other couples in the series helping Michael along is a welcome surprise. As always Lauren Layne has written something unique for a common trope in the romance genre. I am now wondering what is the next in the series.

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?