Only with You by Layla Hagen

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Author’s Synopsis

Carter Sloane is famous for one thing: winning cases. He’s sharp, astute, and always gets his way. In his private life, he’s constantly fumbling his way around when it comes to raising his two nieces.

When he moves into a new office, he just can’t take his eyes off the fiercely independent woman across the street. He’d love to touch and kiss that irresistible body. 

Valentina “Val” Connor is proud of her booming fragrance company. If only she were half as successful in her love life… Between trusting the wrong men and sheer bad luck, Val is convinced she’ll never find the one.

However, the sexy lawyer in the neighborhood with his sophisticated charm and sex-appeal is hell bent on proving to her that she is wrong. Val’s senses warn her to stay away from men like him–even if her body is begging her to cave. 

But when she finds out about Carter’s nieces, she steps in to help, doting on them with love and care. She can’t believe that the same man who is usually in control is completely in over his head with the girls.

But as Val and Carter grow closer, one thing is clear to him: He’d move mountains to make her happy, but with Val’s career soaring, how can he ask her to commit to the chaos of his life?

What We Know from the Other Connor Books: 

Valentina is the oldest Connor sibling, along with her twin brother Landon. This is the 4th installment of the Connor Family (find my reviews of the other 3 books here: Landon #1, Lori #2, Will #3). This book can be read as a standalone, but I personally recommend that you read the books in order because there may possibly be details that you will end up wondering why they aren’t explained fully because it’s in the other books. 

Val and Landon raised the 4 younger siblings when their parents passed away in a car crash when they were 21. And this means that Val treats everyone with the motherly instinct. But this trait is what makes Val who she is. 

The Story

Val has been in and out of relationships for the past several years and just can’t seem to find the right guy for her. She wants that relationship and to have kids someday, but is it really in the cards for her? She has a successful business and is very good at running her business as well. 

Carter is a good looking lawyer who started his own firm with 2 other buddies because he really wanted to be his own person and call the shots. He is also raising his 2 nieces after his sister passed away. 

So we have 2 Type A people who have their own businesses and love to run things, how well is this really going to go? 

My Review

This has been one of my favorite books from Layla Hagen so far. I wasn’t able to put down my Kindle while reading this book and just had to keep going until I finished it. I think one of the reasons why I love Layla’s books so much is because the characters are older, in their later 20s and 30s and I can relate them to so much more. Plus they have careers and are established. Don’t get me wrong, I love the other types of books too, but when I can really relate to what is going on in the story, I feel even more connected. 

Val and Carter are both 35 and have solid careers underneath their belts. The only thing that either of them seems to lack is that life partner that they both so desperately want. Both are gorgeous people who just haven’t found the right person, not for a lack of trying. And both also have their own insecurities in this new relationship with each other, that really keeps them both on their toes. 

Relationships aren’t easy, but Val and Carter seem to find all the right ways to really test their relationship with each other, but they also enjoy the relationship and each other, too. And their biggest problem is communication. You would think that a lawyer and a CEO would be able to communicate with others, but they have so many communication issues when it comes to each other. 

But can their relationship really stand all of the tests that they put it through with their lack of communication? 

Favorite Part

Val helps Carter with is 2 nieces throughout the book. Val also teams up with Carter’s older niece against Carter when it comes to clothes and shoes. I mean, she’s a woman who loves shoes and clothes. Why wouldn’t she team up against Carter? 

Would I Recommend this Book? 

First off, I (not so) patiently await when Layla’s next books are going to come out. You might say I’m addicted to Layla’s books. I pick up every single one of her books and devour them over and over because I absolutely love the stories that she writes. I have also enjoyed every single one of Layla’s books that I have picked up starting with the Bennett series (check them out here) and now the Connor series. 

I always say that Layla’s books are worth recommending simply because I have really enjoyed these books so much. But don’t just take my word for it, go check out the book yourself and then let me know what you think. 

I did receive an Advanced Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review of the book. 

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