***Review – Crushed by Lauren Layne – Redemption #2 – 3.5 Stars***

Crushed by Lauren Layne
Redemption #2

CrushedLauren 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?

My Review

3.5 Classic Love Story Stars


Crushed is book #2 in the Redemption Series and the first book I have read by this author. I was gifted a copy to read for Gemma reads too much.

I really enjoyed this book, it’s a total cheesefest but this somehow totally works in its favour.

Michael is the stereotypical tortured soul and really what’s not to like about that!!!

Chloe is a sweet girl; I really wish that she didn’t have to diet and learn to live salads to get happier though. I hate when authors make the curvy girl fat and then have her lose weight to find happiness!!!

This is classic chick lit and its lovely, Chloe is witty and funny which is a nice addition to this Classic love story.

This is a standalone novel but I do feel like I would have benefitted from reading the first book in this series to get more background info about Michael.

This romance novel is actually not that romantic, Michael and Chloe sort of drift into love it’s a slow but inevitable road to love for this couple.

I really didn’t like either Kristen or Devon they both just seemed vapid and shallow.

This book isn’t groundbreaking or new but it’s a guaranteed happily ever after. This is the type of book you can recommend to a friend because everyone will enjoy it.

Crushed gets 3.5 stars from me.

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