Review Tour: One Time Only: Lauren Blakely

by - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

One Time Only
Lauren Blakely
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Release Date November 18, 2020

A fiery, passionate MM romance novel from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely…

Ever hear the story about the bodyguard who falls for the rock star?
Yeah, it never ends well.
Each day I remind myself that it's my job to protect Stone. And nowhere in the job description does it say I should lust after the charismatic, charming rock star.
But every night I spend with him the attraction grows more intense, electric, undeniable.
Until one night in a limo when we combust.
One time only will have to be enough.
Because the mistakes from the past are chasing me.
And If I give in again, I might lose everything.
Good thing I’m strong, determined, and dedicated to resisting him.
But after a close call at his concert, all bets are off.
And in his hotel room, we strike a brand new deal.
One that can’t end well for me, but I do it anyway. Because sometimes you grab hold of the desire. And other times, the desire takes hold of you.

OH, HOLY SHIP! It's rockstar, Stone Zenith, and his big, burly, hot bodyguard, Jackson Pearce! Oh. Hell. Yes! 

I have loved Stone since we met him in One Night Only. He is a vibrant, charming, cocky rockstar, but he has a good heart and really pays attention to people. He is a bit impulsive and lives for music and sex...and he is an equal opportunity lover. He has been denying he has the hots for his stoic and straight bodyguard and just living his best life. 

But then one night leads to some revelations. The plot thickens...maybe Jackson is not what Stone thought at all...

Jackson is intense, focused, and thrives on control. He needs his job and he does it well. His eyes are on Stone all the time...and that means he notices his tight a** and sexy grin...and his sexual exploits.  He tries to stay guarded and detached and avoids unnecessary risks. But he has a wicked sense of humor and is having a hard time hiding his attraction to his boss. 

Jackson likes to needle Stone for fun. Stone loves to get a reaction out of Jackson. Even once Stone knows the truth, he tries to resist the attraction. And Jackson knows anything between them would be a bad idea. Not only due to his employment status, but he is emotionally unavailable and does not usually do casual. And Stone has been all about hookups and nothing serious. 

But sometimes the lure of just one time can be an easy way to justify acting on urges that should be buried. But is one time ever really enough? Can they up the ante and still have things return back to normal?

These two are so freakin' H-O-T! The resistance. The sexual tension. The pure lust. The aching need.  The sheer combustion and unavoidable collisions. The forbidden element. The connection that they cannot deny. The rules. The risks. The possible rewards. 

It is a tangled mess of sheets and of their professional and personal lives. And I loved every second of it!

This is an intense, passionate, humorous, heartfelt, and swoony opposites-attract, bodyguard-rockstar M/M romance. I loved getting both Stone and Jackson's points of view. I adored both of them and thought their personalities were unique and equally likable. I enjoyed seeing them challenge and push each other, and begin to crack each other's defenses. They are not afraid to get vulnerable and really communicate, and Stone appreciates that Jackson treats him like a man and not a celebrity. They try so hard to deny what is really happening between them so they can avoid thinking about the consequences. But despite the good stuff between them, there are some big obstacles. 

I laughed, I swooned, I fanned myself. I was all in with these guys! My heart hurt at times but overflowed with happiness at others. This is all I wanted for them!

This can be read as a standalone and even though we did meet Stone and Jackson in the prequel novella, One Night Only, she provides enough info to catch up without missing a beat. Fans will enjoy that some other characters make cameos, but the author has written this story so that it can be enjoyed on its own merit without having to read any other books. 

I have always loved this author's heroes in her books, but when she writes TWO dynamic and lovable ones, her stories are just that much better! Both of these guys are sarcastic, fun, deep, loving, and sexy as sin. I love them both equally and refuse to pick a favorite! This book is off the charts in the categories of heat, sweetness, with, and swoon!

I did enjoy their relationships with their younger siblings as well. I wonder if we might see them pop up again in future stories. Personally, I am loving this author's M/M books so much that I hope she brings us more of them in the future. 
Stone and Jackson finally get their story! I have to say, I have been waiting for this book since we met Stone in One Night Only and saw the hidden chemistry crackling between them. Lauren Blakely may be new to the M/M world, but she can write some dang hot men!

Stone Zenith is a rock star with a reputation for fun. He has never hidden his physical desires, and is openly bi, preferring to keep his options open to his mood. He has built a solid friendship with his bodyguard, trying to keep his attraction to the man to himself, since he isn’t sure Jackson would appreciate the attention. 

Jackson Pearce has been guarding Stone for some time now, and knows his moods better than anyone. Jackson knows that Stone isn’t picky about the gender of his partners, though as time has progressed and their friendship developed, it has gotten harder and harder to know what is going on behind the closed doors. But he has a code that is important to him, and he wouldn’t cross the line between bodyguard and lover with a client.

The temptation to cave and test out the chemistry between them becomes too much and they decide to forget boundaries just one time. But one time is hard to stick to when that one time is oh so good. 

This was a steamy quick read. As I have come to expect with Blakely’s writing, there is so much heat and heart in this story. I found myself grinning at their banter, and also holding my breath wondering how Jackson and Stone could reconcile their attraction with the code Jackson believed in with his work. The inspiration Jackson provided to Stone’s music made me giddy and I loved the way their entire story played out.

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