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Release Launch. Reviews, and Giveaway: Full Package: Lauren Blakely

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Lauren Blakely

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Releasing January 9, 2016


From the New York Times Bestselling author of MISTER O and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…

I’ve been told I have quite a gift.
Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.
Surprise—neither one of us sleeps.
And even though we agree to return to roomies-without-benefits, I quickly realize I want more than someone to split the utilities with. Now all I want is to spend every night—and every day—with my gorgeous roommate.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

Chase Summers is an ER Doctor in need of a place to live. His good friend, Josie Hammer, just happens to be in need of a new room mate. They've been friends for years and she is his best friend Wyatt's little sister. They are both attractive and they have a flirty banter, but they've never acted on anything.

What could possibly go wrong if they start sharing a small apartment?

A whole helluva lot...

Josie is sassy, outgoing, bright, and a bit quirky. She wants the full package and an all inclusive happy future. But she is stumbling around with online dating trying to find her Prince Charming. Chase is charismatic, intelligent, dedicated, funny, and caring. But he is untrusting of relationships especially involving already established friendships for good reason.

Chase has faith in his ability to avoid any complications due to his compartmentalization skills. Josie thinks she can control herself despite his good looks and the way he makes her laugh. Friendship has to come first...lust needs to be kept locked away. 

But they eventually start breaking some friendship rules: Friends should not flirt. Friends should not get jealous. Friends should not ogle each other. Friends should not talk about sex. Friends should not ever be in the same bed together (or heck, a couch or kitchen counter might even provide too much temptation)...

Will their resistance hold up or will the walls come tumbling down? Can they manage a friends with benefits situation? Or will it all get messy and end up damaging their close bond?

Complications arise as his ability to keep things compartmentalized starts to get a bit muddled. And she knows she is an emotional person and does not do as well keeping things in separate boxes. And both have fears of sharing too much and ruining the good thing they have going.

Friendship, lust, fear, fun, avoidance, secrets, and hidden feelings could be a recipe for disaster. Or the right combination could mean everything. 

This is told in Chase's point of view with just a bit of Josie mixed in the story in a creative way. I really liked them both so much. I loved their rapport and banter. They were fun, flirty, and playful, but also had serious sexual tension and chemistry. They were totally hot together, but also sweet and compatible. It becomes a flurry of lust and hidden feelings. I was so tense waiting for one of them to admit to their feelings.

It's about realizing how important it is to live life without regrets. But it also involves taking a risk of losing a friendship in the pursuit of something more. Is it better to take the safe route or the leap of faith? Are the risks worth the possible rewards?

Lauren Blakely puts together a hot, charming, and swoony hero then adds a saucy, sweet heroine and delivers the full package in the form of an engaging, heartwarming, panty-melting story...and finishes with a little extra delectable treat with the epilogues! Oh how I adore epilogues!

I enjoyed getting more with other friends from this series of stand-alones especially with her brother, Wyatt, and his brother, Max. This whole group of friends and family is fun and interesting, and I enjoy getting to spend more time with them. I am really looking forward to Max's story in Joy Stick

I was gifted a a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Chase is in a bind. When he can’t find a place to live in Manhattan, his best friend offers a spare room. It seems the perfect arrangement for both of them, until Chase realizes he doesn’t just have platonic feelings for his new roommate, he just might love her. They have always been close, but neither have acted anything other than friendly. Can he convince Josie that he can be what she is looking for in her life, not just the friend in the other room?

The chemistry between these two grows off the charts as the flirtation that has always been between them is confined within 600 sq. ft. What started out as casual, feelings easily kept tamped down in favor of their solid friendship, quickly morphs into a fire neither one of them expected nor has the willpower to deny.

Chase is such a suave character that is would be easy for this to become a macho, chest beating narrative. But while he may project the confident doctor to the world, Josie has always gotten a different side of him. There are several very key moments in the story where Chase shows that his armor isn’t nearly as impenetrable as others think, and Josie is the only one (besides his brother) that gets to see those weak moments. He is the full package, he just has to convince Josie that he can be it for her.

Josie was fun to read. We don’t get quite as clear a picture of Josie’s thoughts, as Chase is the main narrator, but as the format for this series has established, we do get glimpses of Josie’s feelings through short scenes in the form of recipes. I loved how clearly Josie’s emotions are channeled in those short, formulaic moments, and some of her recipes (minus the emotion) sound delicious!
Once again, Lauren Blakely pulled me into her New York immediately and didn’t let me go. Cameos by characters from her other stand alones swept me into the world and tied these characters in. For those who have read her other stand alones, Chase and Josie are not brand new characters, but seeing them as the center of their own story gives them new life. Readers are also introduced to Chase’s brother, Max, and get tiny teasers about his own story that will be coming up in Joy Stick.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I turn into the kitchen. She pulls a tray from the oven and smiles. She still wears the date outfit, but the heels are gone. She’s adorable in her fancy dress and bare feet.
            “Date ended early?”
            She nods. “When he invited me to see his gerbil, I thought it was time to go.”
            “That doesn’t entice you?”
            She shakes her head. “Had he said ferret, perhaps. Alas, with gerbil I’m a firm no.”
            “Was it in his pants or a cage?”
            “We didn’t get far enough to find out. I said thanks, I need to water the plants, and I got the hell out of Dodge.”
            I curl up the side of my mouth. “Guess that explains why Trish didn’t invite me home, either. I tried the hamster line on her.”
            She smacks me with a panda potholder. “I suppose I should have known better, though. Earlier in the date, he made a ton of masturbation comments.”
            I lean against the kitchen counter. “And that concerns you, since you never do that, right?”
            As she slides the spatula under the dessert, she gives me a side-eye stare. “Exactly, Chase. I never rub one out. Never.” She waves a hand over her crotch. “Total hands-free zone.”
            I take her comment seriously. “Fine. You use toys. I get it. What kind?” I ask, because I can’t help myself.
            She rolls her eyes. “Not telling you.”
            I harrumph and grab for a bar from the pan. She swats me with the spatula.
            “Ouch,” I say, yanking back my hand.
            “That didn’t hurt. And you should know better than to steal my dessert before it’s ready.”
            “You should know better than to hit my hands.” I hold both up in the air.
            With a quickness I don’t see coming, she whacks me again with her utensil. This time on the other hand.
            “That’s it.” I charge her, tickling her waist. “Tell me what toys and I’ll stop.”
            She cracks up and flails her arms, knocking me with elbows and hands and the spatula, too, until I give in to her cries for mercy.
            I stare at her in our tiny sliver of a kitchen. “Waiting.”
            “You really want to know?”
            I nod eagerly. I’m playing with fire, but I can’t resist. The desire to know outweighs all else.
            She works the spatula under the bars again, shaking her head. “I can’t believe we’re having this conversation.”
            I hold out my hands. “C’mon. We talk about all sorts of stuff.” Then, an idea strikes me. I open the kitchen cupboard, grab a bottle of Patron, and hold it up. “This will help all that shyness.”
            She stares at me with narrowed eyes. “I’m not shy at all.”
            I grab two shot glasses and pour. “Better safe than sorry, Miss Not Shy At All.”
            I hand her one, and she takes it. Then I raise my glass, and the drink goes down the hatch with a burn. She follows suit, swallowing it quickly, then sets her glass down. I do the same.
            I rub my palms together. “Toy confessional time. What have you got?”
            She arches an eyebrow. “Really? You really want to know?”
            I narrow my eyes. “What part of your roommate being a dirty bastard do you not understand? Obviously, I want to know. I’m a guy. This is like Christmas morning. But if this helps . . .”
            I pour two more shots then slide her glass over to her. Once more, we down them.
            She draws a deep breath. “Since you asked . . . I have a few toys. A little silver bullet. A bigger dolphin. And I have a waterproof finger vibrator.”
            And the temperature in me shoots through the roof. I tug at the neck of my shirt. “For the shower?” I croak out.
            “Seeing as we don’t have a bathtub, yes, it would have to be for the shower.”
            “You masturbate in the shower?” I ask, and the visual is so fucking clear in my mind—Josie under a hot stream of water that slopes off her breasts, a finger vibrator working between her thighs.
            She nods as she slides the bars onto a cooling rack. Just then I remember she promised me seven-layer bars when she freaked out the other night. And she delivered. Fuck, I think she might be perfect, what with her desserts and her shower hobby.




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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she'll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter: laurenblakely.com/newsletter
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