2/27/17

NEW REVIEW AND EXCERPT ALERT: THE HOT ONE BY LAUREN BLAKELY!! <<--- LOVED THIS BOOK!

Tyler and Delaney are here! Oh man, this book is so sweet, you guys. So sweet. I cannot wait for you to read. It's the perfect afternoon read, steamy, fun and well written! Review below! 

Title: The Hot One
Series: Standalone
Author: Lauren Blakely
Release Date: 2/26/2017
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SYNOPSIS:
A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely…
Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?
Yeah. I'm that guy. But the instant I run into her again I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.
Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.
He's the one who got away . . .
The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not . . .? I've tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I'm cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's changed in the ways that matter?
After all, how do you resist the hot one . . .?
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Lauren Blakely is the QUEEN of sweet, fun, and steamy reads. I swear, every single time I sit down to one of her novels, I end up feeling like I'm walking on cloud nine. She fills me up with so much happy, I can't stop myself from going back to her time and time again. Her books are utterly addictive. Little morsels of yum that are always so solid. I know what I'm going to get from her. She's consistent, and never fails. And The Hot One was exactly what I was wanting. It was bookish comfort food at it's best. 

So here is what you need to know: 
1. I read this in one sitting. It's fast. It's easy. And it's thoroughly enjoyable. 

2. When I was done, I was a swoony mess. I went to bed with a ridiculously huge smile on my face, and I absolutely LOVED it.

3. This is a SLOW BURN THAT MORPHS INTO A MAJOR STEAMY AFFAIR. I'm talking 'WHOA. WHOAAAAAAAAA. WHOA' on the hot-o-meter! This author does not hold back in the sexy department. In fact, The Hot One has the hottest BJ scene I've ever read. I literally found myself panting (LMAO). 

4. The writing is PERFECTION. Lauren is a great writer, and because of that, she tells a great story that flows seamlessly. The pacing in this book was just flawless. 

And 5. There is NOTHING in this story that you wouldn't like. At least, I don't think there is. It's just fun. A FUN read and an absolutely perfect way to lose a couple hours of your life. You won't cry, you'll smile. A lot. There's nothing over the top or crazy angsty, just easy goodness. 

I'm telling, this novel defines the perfect escape. The Hot One has all those decadent feels we love in our books and on top of that the second chance romance is ON POINT. From the moment we meet Tyler who is juggling in the park, to the second that he lays eyes on his ex-girlfriend once again, you feel the burn in your gut. The chemistry between our two main characters is delicious, and the dynamic between them is intoxicating. I was sucked in from the very second that Tyler and Delaney (who, by the way, has the best name) exchanged their first words. And man, I LOVED it. I adored the way I was able to disconnect and absolutely lose myself in their romance. 

And ooohhhh, was their romance ever so sweet. Tyler and Delaney have a past, one that ended in heartbreak for Delaney. But when Tyler see's her, he's struck mute by her beauty and is absolutely curious to see how she's changed and what's going on in her life. When he dumped D, he made a CLEAN BREAK. So it's been years with no communication. Delaney, however, is not interested in getting to talk to her ex. She's been there, done that, earned the T-shirt, and all that jazz. And so the back and forth ensues. Tyler's NOT a man who takes no for an answer. Ever. He is, after all, a lawyer. And so, his pursuit of Delaney is relentless and admittedly, completely charming. 

**Sigh! 
Double sigh. 
Tripple sighhhhhhhhhh**

This was so freaking sweet. I was smitten with Tyler. He's the perfect Alpha and Delaney is the sweetest heroine. 

Overall, I just LOVED this story. It was the perfect afternoon delight. An escape so fun, so lovely, and so well written that I absolutely recommend it. I think second chance romance fans will adore every minute! 

 Angie's Rating:

She turns her head.

And waves.

And smiles.

That smile makes me feel like I can do this. Like I can win her heart again. Mine pounds faster as I near her, and it’s not just because I happen to think she’s the most stunning woman I’ve ever seen, but because of who she is.

I arrive at her side, and she straightens. “Hey.”

“Hey.”

There’s that awkwardness again, and I want no part of it today. Like the bungee jumper I am, I lean in and dust a quick kiss on her lips. At first, she freezes. That won’t fucking do at all. My tongue darts out, flicking her top lip. A soft breath escapes her, and she gives in. Her sweet lips linger on mine, sending a charge down my spine. My brain leapfrogs ahead, and I picture scooping her up in my arms, carrying her to a quiet little patch of trees, and kissing her till she begs me to take her home.

I want that badly—I want her to beg for it because she’s at her happiest when she’s overcome—but I suspect it’s too soon for her.

Not to mention, screwing in Central Park usually results in a public citation. Public fornicators are never as clandestine as they think they are.

I nibble lightly on her bottom lip for a few seconds, drawing out a throaty murmur from her. Then I somehow find the will to separate.

She blinks. Several times. She sways the slightest bit, like her feet barely touch the ground. Good. I want her to be affected.

She furrows her brow. “I’m sorry, but do we kiss now when we see each other in the park?”

“Evidently we do.”

“Weird. Because I didn’t get that memo.”

I rock on my heels. “Want me to take it back?”

“The kiss or the memo?”

“The memo,” I say matter-of-factly, like this is all so obvious. “You can’t take a kiss back.”

“You sure on that, Nichols?”

“I can try to take back the kiss. Want me to, sweet girl?” I use the term of endearment I once called her. She doesn’t blanch, and that’s a damn good sign.

She smirks. “Be my guest.”

I kiss her once more, like I’m reversing the lip lock, doing it all in rewind, pulling away ever so slowly, ever so softly, leaving her dazed once more.

Perfect.

If she can drive me this crazy, make me this hard, send the temperature in my blood to beyond incendiary, the least I can do is return the favor.

Judging from her reaction, I’m doing it right.

I gesture from her to me. “Like that. I think that’s how you take back a kiss.”

Chuckling, she nods to the running path. “Ready for me to kick your ass?”

Every competitive bone in my body snaps to attention. “We’ll see about that,” I say, then I smack her pink nylon covered behind.

Her eyes widen, saying oh-no-you-didn’t.

But there’s a twinkle in those baby browns that says the lady might like spanking.

That’s new, and it’s most interesting.

I pencil in a new item on my mental to-do list. Find out how much she likes spanking. I never spanked her in college—just wasn’t part of the repertoire. But judging from her response now, I’m more determined than ever to find out everything she likes in and out of bed.

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she's sold more than 1.5 million books. In February she'll release THE HOT ONE, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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