I grew up in Federal Way, Washington, a smallish city south of Seattle. And here’s the first thing you need to know about Washington State. It’s really, truly beautiful! I promise, flying into SeaTac airport will take your breath away. Providing, of course, that it’s not a rainy day. Oh wait …
- Go to Pike Place Market (note: it’s Pike Place, never Pike’s Place!), but for the love of God, don’t you dare go on a weekend! Seriously, it’s one of those touristy places that’s truly worth seeing, but you’ll be miserable if you tackle it on a Saturday when the crowds are out!
- While you’re at Pike Place, check out the original Starbucks!
- Go wine tasting in Walla Walla (about four hours east of Seattle). It’s a darling little town, every single winery is friendly and approachable, and it’s much less expensive than Napa.
- Mount Rainer. Even if you’re not the nature-loving hiker type, you’ll find yourself a little slack-jawed at how pretty it is!
- Take a ferry ride to the San Juan Islands, even if just for a day trip. So much green!
- If you’re lucky enough to be in Seattle during the summer (August is the best month), you can’t go wrong with a Mariners game at Safeco field. The garlic fries alone are worth it.
- Check out Snoqualmie Falls. It’s probably the prettiest thing you’ll see in Washington State that’s within an hour drive of Seattle (where most people stay).
- Eat at the top of the Space Needle. Full disclosure, the food’s not amazing, but the restaurant slowly spins while you eat, which let’s face it, is just COOL.
- For you shoppers, the Premium Outlet Malls are worth the trek. I go for the Kate Spade store alone!
- Grab a cocktail at Oliver’s Bar in the Mayflower Hotel (Seattle). It’s old-school and lovely. Especially fun during the holidays when you can people-watch all the shoppers!
The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love and Stiletto #4) by Lauren Layne
Release date: March 3, 2015
As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.
As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.
After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.
Add The Trouble with Love to your Goodreads shelf.
About Lauren Layne
Lauren Layne is a snarky cynic with a serious weakness for happily ever afters.
Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.* But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time.
Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books. Don’t worry. You will.
Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she’s on the laid-back train in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she’ll probably buy you a drink. Maybe.