Release Day Launch & Review: Far Too Tempting: Lauren Blakely

Far Too Tempting
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Expected October 21, 2013
Jane Black has written the break-up album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn’t done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits. 

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break-up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?

But if your heart's been stomped on, your emotions shattered, your feelings maddeningly unrequited, then you stand a much better chance of writing an opus.

Jane Black has been totally broken. But her music, her pain and her son gave her the inner strength to rise above it and make something positive out of it. She created the ultimate break up album called Crushed. But even though she and her music have gained respect and popularity, she still has fears, insecurities, and is still amazed how her life has changed. She is real. She is caring, sweet, still a bit awe struck, and does not act like a celebrity. Jane is somewhat messed up, but still really likable. But she is having trouble figuring out where to go with her next album. She is beginning to hit panic mode. She needs inspiration. 

Yep, that's me. Patron Saint for the Unhappy. Guardian of Broken Hearts. Defender of the loveless.

Enter Matthew Harrigan...a renowned reporter for the famous Beat Magazine. He wrote a review of Crushed that Jane holds near and dear to her heart. Now he wants to do a behind the scenes interview as she records her new album...yeah, the one she has not written yet. 

"I feel like I should think you're stalking me..."
"And yet you don't really feel that way because you know what I'm actually doing is pursuing you..."

I loved Matthew! He is not an over the top domineering alpha, but he is still totally hot and sexy. He is handsome, charming, and a sought after bachelor. Not only does that British accent give him the edge, but he is also confidant, flirty, funny, and genuine. He really just sneaks up on you in the best kind of way. His innuendo is witty and seductive. He is utterly swoon worthy and magnetic. 

As they begin to spend time together, they develop a humorous, sexy foreplay that is slow and intense. Matthew just pulls you in right along as he does Jane and completely ensnares you. They try to be professional, but it is torturous for them both. Their chemistry literally smolders under the surface waiting to be unleashed. 

"But then, when we're done with the story, I would really like to take you out and date you and do all sorts of other things to you that hopefully result in your calling out my name at the top of your lungs with your hair in that wild crazy mess, like it is right now."

And together they are HOT! But their situation is complicated. Their two worlds mesh perfectly together in some ways, but can also lead to disaster professionally if it goes wrong. It is hard to fully trust and believe when so many people in the business have ulterior motives. And Jane's history with men definitely does not help. And when Jane cannot find her muse for her music, she wonders if maybe she has to choose: love or music. 

I want to move on musically, and I want to be happy personally. But those good, floaty, buzzy feelings for Matthew don't come with any notes; they aren't paired with music; they don't elicit melodies. Maybe it's only the broken part of my heart that can produce a song, not the part that might be finally healing. 

She can write heartbreak songs when in pain, but when she is happy her inspiration seems to elude her. Is she destined to the the girl who is left heartbroken or can she find her own happy ending?

Lauren Blakely delivered a fast paced, engaging read with a creative plot, one majorly sexy, funny Brit and a strong independent heroine. There was also a loveable group of friends, family and sidekicks that added more fun to the mix. This book was humorous, steamy, flirty, emotional and romantic. It dealt with acceptance, forgiveness, trust, and moving on. There were some things that totally surprised me. There were plot twists and turns that caused angst and drama. I was highly invested in Matthew and Jane's relationship and I think I was just as tense about her song writing as she was. And I was certainly rooting for her and Matthew all along. This is a sweet standalone read with an emotional edge that you will quickly devour. 

Thanks to Lauren Blakely for providing me with and arc in exchange for an honest review. 

Lauren Blakely 

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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