REVIEW || Fighting For You

FIGHTING FOR YOU, the next book in Layla Hagen’s Connor Family series, is available now! Get your hands on Jace and Brooke’s story today!


Jace Connor has received many titles in his career, and enjoyed them all. Although, he’s working on changing the last one. There’s more to Jace than the media portrays—a man who loves his tight-knit family, being his nieces’ and nephews’ favorite uncle.

The reformed party-boy is now steering clear of anything that could blemish his reputation. But when the coach’s gorgeous daughter is hired on as the team’s new sponsorship manager, keeping on the straight and narrow becomes impossible. Her warm and bubbly personality coupled with her sexy-as-sin body makes her irresistible.

Brooke Derringer wants to prove to everyone that she wasn’t hired due to her personal connections. She’s determined to keep things strictly business and focus only on work. She learned the hard way that the office isn’t the place to make friends.

But a certain smoking hot–and bossy–soccer player is determined to change her mind. Surprising her with clandestine dinners and late-night gym sessions, Jace is inescapable.

For the first time in his life, Jace wants more. He wants the whole package…with the one woman he can’t have. But Jace doesn’t let that deter him. He’s determined to fight for her. And he will.

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About Layla Hagen

Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)

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my review

Finally the book I was waiting on, I’ve loved Jace in every single mention in other books and I am so happy to finally read his book! The Connor family have crept their way into my heart and I think I might’ve been rooting for Jace from the very start.

His romance with the coach’s daughter was a must read from the get go. Now you might know that I love sports romances and especially when there’s a small element of a forbidden romance in it, I just love it so much more.

Jace and Brooke were cute and adorable from the start, amazing in the middle and breath taking at the end. I hope to read a lot more from them in the future, even if it’s just mentions in other books by Layla!

I can’t believe there’s only one more book left in the Connor family series, but I can’t wait to find out what Layla is going to come up with next. Every single book that I have read by Layla since I first read any thing by her, have been absolutely incredible and I feel so lucky to receive these books. I love devouring them and always feel sad afterwards when I’ve finished them!



The next book in Layla Hagen’s Connor Family series, ONLY WITH YOU, is available today! Be sure to pick up your copy now and fall in love with Val and Carter!


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’s 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?

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About Layla Hagen

Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

My Review

For over 3 years I’ve been devouring any book that Layla Hagen puts out into the world. First the Bennett family series and then straight on to the Connors. Only With You was gifted to me as an arc, I love being on Layla’s VIP list and being able to read her books before anyone (well besides other bloggers on her list) can read them.

Only with You was highly anticipated by me as I couldn’t wait to read who Val would fall in love with, she needed someone to take care of her for once instead of her taking care of her siblings. I loved this so much, making it a solid 4 stars from me!

Val and Carter had such amazing chemistry from the very start and Carter’s nieces were the perfect add to the family. I love the crazy Friday dinners with the Connor’s, how protective Val’s brothers are and how they all try to set up Jace.

Thank you once again for an incredible read, this was another amazing read. I can’t wait what is next in store for the Connors!




Sexy. Sweet. Unapologetically romantic.

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 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 mu

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.

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?

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About Layla Hagen

Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)

Website | Twitter | Facebook



While reading the Bennett family series, I loved getting snippets of the Connor family. Especially where Landon would come to family gatherings.
This book tells the story of Landon and Maddie. Landon lost his wife four years ago and since then has lost himself in his job.
Maddie owns a landscaping business and is working on Landon’s sister Val’s yard when Landon arrives for a two week vacation.
It doesn’t take long for them to hit it off and oh. my. god. was it a whirlwind!

Layla does an amazing job making you fall in love with all of the characters. She did so with her other series, which books I devoured every single time they’d be released and I have a feeling the same will happen with this new series.
I loved having the characters from the other books appearing in this book, it was nice not to have to say goodbye to the Bennett family just yet.

Layla, thank you again for another perfect romantic read. Is it time for book two yet?


Cover Reveal || Your Inescapable Love – Layla Hagen

Today we have the gorgeous cover for Your Inescapable Love by Layla Hagen! Preorder your copy today and enter Layla’s giveaway today!

Title: Your Inescapable Love
Author: Layla Hagen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 10, 2016


About Your Inescapable Love:

*A new sizzling friends-to-lovers romance from a USA TODAY Best-selling Author*

*This book is a stand-alone. Each book in The Bennett Family series will follow a different couple.*

Max Bennett was nine years old the first time he met Emilia. The two formed a tight friendship that lasted for years until she moved away. Now, years later, Max enjoys a successful career, and his brilliant business sense helped him take his family’s company to the next level. Max loves his life: carefree and fun. He has everything he wants and does not intend to settle down anytime soon (even though his family might have other ideas).

But when a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Emilia, he starts questioning everything. The girl he last saw years ago has grown into a beautiful woman with sensual curves and a smile he can’t get out of his mind. Their chemistry is sizzling, and between old memories and new challenges, the two form an undeniable connection.

Emilia Campbell has a lot on her plate, taking care of her sick grandmother. Still, the twenty-eight-year-old physical therapist faces everything with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. The one area in her life where she’s not too optimistic is love. After practically being left at the altar, Emilia has sworn off men. Until the childhood friend she hero-worshiped and hasn’t quite forgotten steps into her clinic. Max is every bit the troublemaker she remembers, only now he has a body to drool over and a smile to melt her panties. Not that she intends to do the former, or let the latter happen.

They are both determined not to cross the boundaries of friendship. But as they spend more time together, their chemistry spirals out of control. Can Emilia trust her childhood hero with the key to her heart and accept she might have found her one true love?

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Laughter rumbles out of Max in a deep, heartfelt sound. I desperately try to come up with something clever to say. A strand of my blonde hair falls from my ponytail, and Max tucks it behind my ear, the pad of his thumb lingering on my earlobe. Heat radiates from that small point of contact, spreading to my cheeks, my neck.

“Lie on the table, Max,” I eventually say. He does as I instruct him, and once he’s on his back, my fingers accidentally touch his chest and an electrifying zip makes every part of my body heat up. He exhales sharply.

I attempt to decipher the expression on his face. There is heat in his eyes—that much is clear, but the way his brows are arched indicates that he’s as surprised by my reaction to him as I am by his reaction to me.

“Emilia,” Max says in a low voice. “I think we have a problem.”

“Mmm?” I urge, not wanting to say anything unless I’m certain we’re on the same page. I wouldn’t put it past my sex-deprived body to be messing with my mind.

“When I found out you’d be my therapist, I thought we’d pick up where we left off years ago. But then I saw you all grown up and sexy and… well.” He cocks an eyebrow, a devilish grin crossing his lips. “Just thought I’d put this out there. They say communication is the key to everything, right? And it used to work for us.”

I chuckle, shaking my head. His breathing is labored, and so is mine. Stepping back, I put some much-needed distance between us.

He nods slowly, scratching the faint stubble on his jaw. “It’s only a matter of time.”

“What is a matter of time?” I ask, not following.

“Until we’re comfortable with each other again.”

Oh, I hadn’t thought about it like that. “Maybe you’re right.”

Judging by the way my entire body seems to go hyperalert when he’s around, that seems like wishful thinking.

“Let’s start with your exercises.”

He groans. “I hoped you’d forget about that.”

“No chance.” I explain the exercise in detail for the next few minutes, and Max’s already nonexistent enthusiasm for the exercise turns to downright annoyance. To his credit, this particular exercise is a bitch. He follows through with my instructions and does a set of twenty reps.

“You’re in great shape,” I commend him. “Most people are out of breath by the time they reach twelve.”

Max draws a deep breath. “I worked out a lot before the accident, and I also play water polo on occasion.”

The thought of Max in a pool, shirtless and playing polo is fodder for my brain, which turns everything into a dirty picture.

“You know, the faster you finish the physical therapy, the faster you can do your regular workout again and keep those hard abs of yours in place.”

“You noticed?” he asks smugly.

“Couldn’t help it,” I admit. “It’s all messing with my hormones big time. Like you said, just putting it out there.”

“Maybe communication doesn’t always help. It didn’t really clear the air, did it?”

I chuckle nervously, pulling with my fingers at the hem of my shirt.

Seeing as how the air seems to consist of hormones and sexual tension, the question is almost rhetorical. When we were kids, we used to talk out loud about everything, and it helped us put some awkward incidents behind us fast. But openly admitting our attraction for each other just seems to be making everything worse.

Clearing my throat, I say, “Okay, new resolution. We’ll just ignore the chemistry until it goes away.”

Max curves his lip up in a smirk, and I can tell he has a witty reply in mind. He remains silent, though, and now I’m dying to know what he’s thinking, of course.

“Are you seeing someone?” I ask, realizing I have no idea what the status of his love life is. My stomach is in knots as I wait for his answer.

His smirk becomes more pronounced. “This coming from someone who wants to ignore the chemistry?”

“Just hoping to alleviate my conscience. As light as our flirting was, I’d feel like shit if there’s a woman in your life.”

“I’m not an ass, Emilia. I wouldn’t have flirted back if I was seeing someone. What about you? I have to say right off the bat that if you are, and you’re blushing like that when I’m just looking at you, dump him. He’s clearly not good enough.”

“You know, one thing did change about you, Max. You weren’t so full of yourself before. Now you’re bordering on being cocky.”

“Bordering? Please. I’m far past that border, deep into Cockyland.”

“Cockyland?” I giggle, then remember what Mrs. Devereaux said, that confident men are usually great in bed, and I can’t help the heat rushing to my face.

“Something about you changed too, Jonesie. You laugh a lot more. It suits you. But you haven’t answered my question.”

“I’ll tell you everything while you do another set of twenty.”

He gives me the stink eye but doesn’t argue.

“I’m not seeing anyone. But I almost got married six months ago.”

“What happened?” Max asks in a soft voice, pausing for a split second.

“He dumped me three weeks before the wedding.”

“That son of a bitch.”

I smile at his indignation. “How do you know it’s not something I did?”

“I have a hunch. Tell me.”

I instruct him to do a set of straight leg raises, then tell him what happened.

“We’d been together since college, and we got along well until Grams got sick. Things became more difficult, I was stressed…. Three weeks before the wedding, he said it was all too much responsibility for him, and he hadn’t signed up for this.”

“He was a jerk. You got off easy.”

“Maybe, but it still hurt. Like I wasn’t worth fighting for, you know.” It also twisted the knife into an age-old wound, hitting too close to home. My father took off right after Mama’s funeral, claiming that raising a kid was too difficult and he was meant for other things. “I suppose it’s better that it happened so early in the game before we signed the papers, but it hurt. I’ve put my romantic life on hold since, but I could use a friend, Max.”

My fingers are on the edge of the treatment table, and Max feathers the back of his hand over them, a devilish smile on his face. “I volunteer for that spot, Jonesie. Now, if I accidentally make an inappropriate comment or look at you the wrong way, please chalk it up to the fact that I’m a weak man.”

I point a menacing finger at him. “No messing around with me. I mean it.”

“Or what? Will you spank me?” He wiggles his eyebrows. “You already have me lying down.”

“You’re a pest, you know that?” I say under my breath, but can’t hold back a smile.

“I’ve been called that before. Nuisance, plague.”

“You say that with pride, as if it’s a badge of honor.”

“It is. It means I’m determined.” Max resumes a serious expression. “And I’m determined to be a good friend to you, Emilia. I promise. Now, what’s the next torture you have in store for me?”

As I explain the next exercise, his eyes zero in on my mouth. Nervously, I lick my lower lip, and Max’s gaze smolders me, like that of a man ready to break his promise. Damn it. How is this ever going to work?

About Layla Hagen:


I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it


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