Lemmon Recommends: The Prenup
LOOKING FOR A Fun summer read?
If you’re looking for a great read to while away your summer hours, I have just what you’re looking for!
You all (probably) know by now that author Lauren Layne is one of my besties. She’s my iMessage pal throughout the week and we pretty much keep our sanity by having those water-cooler-like discussions throughout our workdays. It’s also no secret that I absolutely adore her books.
And (dare I admit it?!) this is my new favorite LL book. It seems with each release she outdoes herself. Her first independently-published book has everything you love in an LL book. It’s jam-packed with quick wit, sexual tension and fun rom-com moments to make you swoon.
It’s always a treat to read a fantastic book by my friend, but it’s an extra treat to read it early. I went in having no idea what it was about, save what the title pointed out. This book is about a prenup between a heroine and a hero who married a decade ago and haven’t seen each other since.
You should be!
There’s an eensy-weensy clause in said prenup which introduces forced proximity into the story and that, my friends, is Jessica Lemmon catnip. Throw in the fact that he’s Irish and our heroine is financially fantastic, which only adds to the light, fun romance. But as delicious as the snappy banter is in this book, LL didn’t short you on The Feels. There are plenty of vulnerable moments for Charlotte and some definitely chest-achey moments of angst when it turns out Colin has a secret of his own…
Yep. I said Irish. Brush up on the accent in your head. It’ll add a certain yumminess to your read.
Colin is rigid and aloof, closed-off and doesn’t show his emotions on his sleeve. What’s that mean? SEXY. SEXY. SEXY.
Charlotte tells the story of the Prenup in my favorite way to read first person POV: present tense and without that pesky fourth wall. That means she’s talking to you, keeping you up to date on each layer she peels back.
The ending? Tissue time. I was fighting tears when I got to the end of this book. I promptly texted LL and let her know that she’s a brilliant genius.
From the Author
I asked Lauren to share her favorite thing about The Prenup. Here’s what she had to say!
Ever wondered if we authors have favorites among our books? I can’t speak for all authors, but if I’m being really honest .., *leans in to whisper* … some books are special. The Prenup is one of those books for me. I knew the second I had the idea, that it was a story I had to tell: a couple who’d gotten married years earlier for the sake of a green card/inheritance and has been living separate lives, finally gets around to divorcing. Only to learn that that the terms of their prenup stipulate they must have lived under the same roof for 3 months before they can file for divorce. Cue some of my favorite romance novel elements: marriage-of-convenience, forced-proximity (roommates), and all the antagonistic banter that happens when opposites truly do attract. It was one of those books where instead of eagerly awaiting the moment where I typed “The End,” I found myself deliberately slowing down, savoring the writing process. That’s how much I love Charlotte and Colin’s story, and I hope readers get the same butterflies I did. Fair warning—it’s the ultimate slow-burn story. No super steamy scenes in this one, just lots of longing, tension, and stomach-flip moments!
About the book:
Ten years ago, I married my brother’s best friend. I haven’t seen him since. Until now ...
Charlotte Spencer grew up on the blue-blooded Upper East Side of Manhattan but she never wanted the sit-still-look-pretty future her parents dictated for her. Enter Colin Walsh, her brother’s quiet, brooding best friend, and with him a chance to pursue her dreams. One courthouse wedding later, Charlotte’s inheritance is hers to start a business in San Francisco and Irish-born Colin has a Green Card.
Ten years later, they're happily married. On different coasts. With separate lives. In fact, she hasn't even seen Colin in a decade, and that's just fine by her.
But fate throws her a curveball when her husband calls her back to New York, and she realize the boy she's married is long gone. In his place is a shockingly appealing man ... who wants a divorce. The problem? The terms of their prenup arrangement state that before either can file for separation, they have to live under the same roof for three months.
Now, in order to get divorced, they have to pretend to be married. For real ...
What are you reading right now?
xo, Jessica & Lauren