Anything with You by Layla Hagen
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Hotshot CEO Landon Connor knows what he wants: success. He knows his way around the boardroom, and his work has been front and center for him ever since losing his wife. But after sealing the biggest deal of his career, he decides to take a trip to his hometown. Nothing spells vacation like a little time in the LA sun with the boisterous family he’s missed so much.
But the tempting landscape designer working for his sister spells a whole lot more than fun. Maddie Jennings is everything Landon didn’t think he wanted anymore. He can’t get enough of Maddie’s sweetness, or her sensual curves, and he pursues her every chance he gets.
Despite fanning herself every time Landon comes near her, Maddie tries to ignore their attraction. But Maddie hasn’t met anyone quite like Landon. He’s sexier than anyone has the right to be, and more intense too.
When Landon romances her with late night walks and flowers, she can’t help giving in to him. His touch is intoxicating, and his love is beautiful.
But can Landon open up his heart for longer than a summer?
This is the first book in Layla Hagen’s Connor family series. This story is about Landon Connor and Maddie Jennings and their love story.
Landon is the oldest (along with his twin Valentina) of the Connor family. He is a CEO who works way too much who lost his wife 4 years ago. He had decided to chose not to put himself out there after his wife passed away. And instead he focused on growing his business. He never took vacations or time off. But at the beginning of the story, he just wrapped up a big deal with his company in San Jose and decided to take a two week vacation back to LA where the rest of his family lives over the Fourth of July. This vacation is supposed to be just for fun and absolutely no work.
Maddie is a landscaper, who Valentina (Val) had hired to landscape her yard. The project had just started as Landon decided to come back to LA, so Maddie was working on Val’s yard during the time that Landon was visiting.
Landon is a workaholic who has a very hard time not working. His entire family has ganged up on him to help him actually relax and not work for his two week vacation.
Can these two actually make a relationship work?
I love this this book is a part of series and the author weaves the other characters from the series into the book throughout. Layla did this throughout her Bennett series books too and I absolutely love this part of both of these series. Plus with this being the first book in this series, we get a little more background on all of the Connor siblings and what each of them does as well, before we see them in their own books.
Both Landon and Maddie are afraid to commit to each other and have insecurity issues based on their past relationships. And I understand this. But the two of them are attracted to each other like they’ve never been with anyone else.
They both like to bite off more than they can chew too and then not admit to anyone, including themselves that they have taken on too much. I think in a way, this really relates them to almost everyone I know in my life. But both of them also learned to read each other as their relationship grew stronger. This meant they knew when one of them wasn’t speaking their truth.
Maddie and Landon also didn’t know how to actually admit to each other how they really feel after they had fallen in love with each other because like most people, they were just afraid of getting hurt. And not admitting this, made both of them go crazy thinking the other had ended the relationship. This is the communication issues that I see so many people in real life have, so seeing this in a book like really tugged at my heart strings, because as an outsider you can always see what is going on, but your friends are stubborn and won’t admit that they need help or just talk to each other.
This book really opened my eyes to all of the things that I see happening on a regular basis with people all over the place and I love that I could see it all happen and see the ending that this book had.
My favorite part of this book is when Maddie is helping her sister at her sister’s job and gets really drunk. Then Maddie’s sister calls Landon to assist Maddie getting home safely that night. And the next morning to help Maddie with her hangover, Landon attempts to make the Connor hangover cure, but Lori and Will are needed to assist with the cure so that Landon doesn’t poison Maddie since he is such a horrible cook.
The audiobook is narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt. The combination of these two narrators is one of my favorites among all of the narrators that I have listened to. Both Sebastian and Andi have a way of really bringing the characters to life when they narrate books. I love finding books that have been narrated by one or both of these two, and it’s even more enjoyable when I actually get both of these narrators in the same book.
Would I Recommend this book?
I most definitely would, but then again, I am probably a little biased towards Layla’s books. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Layla’s books and continue to listen to the audiobooks every once in a while. If you liked any of Layla’s other books, you’ll enjoy this one too. It’s not a requirement, but I would recommend that you start with the Bennett series first before jumping into this series. All of the books can be read as standalone books, but when read as a part of the series, they are much better.
One of the other more attractive features for me with Layla’s books is that they are about couples in their late 20s and early 30s and this is an age group that really appeals to me, over the college students and younger adults.
I did receive a copy of an Advanced Reader Copy of the Kindle version of this book, but purchased the Audible book myself.