Thursday, June 20, 2024

Layla Meets Her Match by Ranee S. Clark: Book Review

 **ARC received for consideration. All opinions are my own.

The Book

I’m not interested in falling in love.

I used to dream of a glamorous life, falling in love, being a star. But between working at my best friend’s bakery, taking care of my sweet baby girl, and dealing with the fact that my movie star ex is nonexistent in her life, reality has replaced my dreams with a new one: living a small, safe life with my amazing friends and daughter, and staying far away from romance.

So when I see my new friend, Astrid, making the same mistake I did of falling for a charming actor who will leave her in the dust the moment some big part comes along, I enlist my friend, LA Rays running back Lincoln Knight, to help me set her up with dependable, disciplined guys from his team.

Lincoln is everything my ex wasn’t—patient, loyal, and there for me and my daughter. And soon, Astrid also sees how amazing he is. When my matchmaking efforts start to push the two of them together, I realize I may have made a huge mistake.

I’m not interested in anyone but her.

I’ve been head over heels for Layla since the moment we met, and I’ll do anything to prove it to her—like dropping her name to convince a director to put her in a new TV show, low-key guilting her ex into helping her with expenses, and respecting all the boundaries she’s put up to keep her heart from getting broken again. I can be patient as her friend until she’s ready to risk her heart on me, even though I know we’re a sure thing.

So when she asks me to set Astrid up with someone on my team, I readily agree. Even though my hands are full with football season and also trying to figure out why the bakery treats I buy from Layla are making people I care about—and no one else—sick.

Now I think her friend might have developed a crush on me, and Layla feels as untouchable as ever. And with her ex trying to slide back into the picture, my time to let her know how I feel is running out.

With more than our hearts on the line, I have to get this play right or … I might lose her for good.

Layla Meets Her Match is a sweet sports romance inspired by Jane Austen's "Emma."

The Author

In a house overrun by boys, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Raneé loves football and enjoys watching (and playing!) other sports as well, like basketball and baseball. When she’s not chauffeuring three busy boys to various activities (and sometimes while she is!), Raneé is either writing, reading (usually romance), obsessing over clothes in the form of her online boutique, or figuring out how to get a Crumbl cookie in rural Wyoming. When her real-life love interest can drag her away from imaginary worlds, she doesn’t mind spending some time with him in the great outdoors that he loves.

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Book Review

Layla Meets Her Match is the second full-length novel in the LA Rays Sports Romance series. While readers who have read the previous books will enjoy seeing some familiar characters, this could definitely be enjoyed as a standalone as well. 

Oh my goodness... Lincoln might just be the sweetest MMC ever! I loved that while he was this famous football player... he was also a little bit shy and awkward around Layla. His crush on her was so sweet. Having been burned by her famous ex, Layla has no desire to date again, keeping her daughter her sole focus. I loved how he kept showing up and gave her the space she needed to be ready. These characters were hard not to love and I loved seeing their romance play out. It was definitely a slow burn, but it felt perfect for these two and the payoff was most certainly worth it. In addition to the romance, there was a little bit of a mystery going on too which made the story even more fun. Did I figure out one of the 'bad guys' fairly early on? Yes, but I enjoyed seeing how it would all play out. I've enjoyed the previous stories in this series very much, but this one is a new favorite. If you're look for a great read with a super sweet football MMC and a single mom with great side characters too, this is absolutely one to check out. 

Layla Meets Her Match is a closed-door romance with kisses only and no language. 

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