Good Sportsmanship: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS by Lauren Layne




Book 1 in the Oxford series
Author Lauren Layne
Narrated by Lucy Malone
Publisher: Tantor Media
Publication date Dec 15, 2015
Running time 8 hrs 23 min

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford magazine for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures that he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes and write circles around them, too.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope is resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around or starting something real.

Contains mature themes.


My Take Oblong


The issues in IRRESISTIBLY YOURS are the “taming of the man whore through the love of a good woman” and “office romance.” And the romance between the couple is reasonable and believable! And, hot – quite hot!

The characters are interesting; not cookie cutouts with anatomy. Cole is surprisingly sensitive and devoted to his family, but fails to pick up on his brothers abilities; focusing on his disabilities.  Penelope is probably the perfect woman for him – or any decent sports-loving guy.  If they didn’t get together well, that would be a shame. Why are guys such jerks about relationships?

One thing I didn’t get was that Cole writes freelance and is up for a job he really, really needs at the place he does most of his freelance work, but doesn’t seem to try for any other jobs or have an agent.  That felt a little inconsistent to me — if you needed a job wouldn’t you be doing everything you could do to get one? 

I haven’t worked in an office for a really long time so I don’t know if office romance is a big deal and if it is likely to be a big deal when the milieu is artistic/writing. Seems like artistic/writing workplaces might be a little different because, well, artistic temperaments.

The narration was good  — with a decent rendering of both male and female voices. 

It was interesting to read that this is a spin off of another series; I didn’t feel any lack of backstory. So, if you like sportscentric romance IRRESISTIBLY YOURS might be a good choice for you!


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