This one might be my favorite book of the entire series. Not only does it feature Lincoln Mathis (YUMMY). It also has a lot more depth. Someone Like You is a sad story that really tugs at the heartstrings. What I really like about it, is that it takes place over a year. I am never a big fan of the books where the characters meet and fall in love in the time-span of two weeks. Not realistic.
The book starts at Emma and Alex’s wedding. Which is absolutely adorable and only about seven years overdue. Emma’s twin sister Daisy is the off limits bridesmaid. No worries, because Lincoln isn’t truly interested in her. As we have picked up in the last couple of books, he has some hangup where he needs everyone to think he is a playboy but he isn’t. Being at the wedding is almost too much for Lincoln though. The easy charm is gone and he finds he doesn’t want to fake it today. Cue Daisy, the adorable twin with her own secret past. They have their witty banter and realize that they feel far too comfortable with each other.
Instead of running far from each other, they are drawn like the moth to the flame. Both of them over the wedding, they leave together to a pub. Baiting and ignoring each other, Daisy gets hammered. She wakes up only to find herself in Lincoln’s bed, wearing his clothes. No, they didn’t engage in any mattress dancing. Lincoln was the perfect gentleman. When he goes to drop her off, he decides that he isn’t ready to be finished with her company. Shocking himself, he invites her on the trip he makes every fourth Sunday.
The trip is to go see his fiance. I know I was shocked too. Sadly, his fiance is a mere shell of the beautiful and vibrant woman that he fell in love with. She was severely injured in a car accident. (DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE). Shocked that he shared this with her, she returns to her hotel unknowingly smitten by a man she can’t have. The two part ways. Over the course of the next several months, they engage in flirty banter until a guilty Lincoln breaks it off.
During a card game, Lincoln receives the news that his fiance had passed. This sends him into a tailspin that prompts Alex to make him take a sabbatical. This takes him to North Carolina and our very own Daisy. Since he is still grieving, Lincoln is still the perfect gentleman. Although he is starting to have very ungentlemanly thoughts. He defends her against her abusive ex-husband and he even helps her land a date. This doesn’t please him and he gets too close to wanting her. Freaking out, Lincoln bolts and finishes his sabbatical taking the honeymoon he never had.
Cue another couple of months later, Daisy is now in New York and working as a temp for the Oxford magazine. Lincoln returns feeling fresh and ready to move on. Until he sees Daisy. This sends him into a smaller tizzy as he learns she is sort of dating Nick (Cue the next book). After a heated argument the two finally get together.
The conflict arises as Lincoln’s guilt eats him alive. He breaks things off in one of the saddest moments of the entire series. He turns into a zombie, becomes a jerk to his friends, and gets lectured by everyone. He finally has the talk with his late fiance. After bearing his guilt and his feelings for Daisy, he feels like he can finally move on.
Daisy, smart girl that she is, tells Lincoln that she just can’t trust that he won’t do this to her again. (I was very proud of her for this). She then promptly caves. (Oh well, the book has to end). They go off to live happily ever after.
I loved that Layne touched on some serious subjects. It felt deep without being too heavy for a romance novel. She was able to tell Lincoln’s story through the books prior so I really felt like I knew him. I grieved with him. I felt his anguish. It was a different feel than the other books. Darker, but also longer as it spanned an entire year. I enjoyed the change of pace.