Release Blitz: My So-Called Sex Life: Lauren Blakely

by - Wednesday, March 01, 2023

My So-Called Sex Life
Lauren Blakely
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(Narrated by Vanessa Edwin & Sebastian York)
Release Date March 1, 2023

I’ve got a list of people I absolutely don’t ever want to be stuck with on a boat, or a plane, or a train, and it starts and ends with the broody, grumpy, too-sexy-for-my-own good Axel Huxley.

Also known as this romance novelist’s number one nemesis.

The man is legendary for his mighty pen and his even mightier scowl. I tried to work together with the cocky thriller writer once upon a time, but the two of us are like vodka and good decisions. We don’t play well together.

Only now, our publishers are sending us on a joint trip across Europe to mingle with our most devoted readers on an old-fashioned luxury train. And thanks to a booking snafu, we have to share a sleeper car.

You guessed it--there's only one bed.

I'm not sure I can survive the next seven days and nights with my dangerously sexy enemy and all our fiery tension.

Which explodes one night in a desperately needed hate bang.

But the bigger plot twist is this – the more time we spend together, visiting the most romantic cities in Europe by day and discovering each other at night, the more I’m forced to face our past.

To let go of the hurt.

To see the man he’s become.

And when I do, I wonder if it’s too late to write a new happy ending for us?

My So-Called Sex Life is a standalone MF romantic comedy!

Hazel Valentine is a romance author who is witty, plucky, resilient, and independent. She believes in all the good fluffy love tropes for her characters, but her own love life is not fairing so well. But she has a good group of friends that support her. 

Axel Huxley is a romantic thriller author who seems cocky, arrogant, sarcastic, and broody. But he wears it like armor and resists letting people get to know the real man with fears and insecurities. 

These two used to be friends and writing partners. But now they are enemies. But under the snark and taunting, there is pain from the past, secrets, misunderstandings, and insecurities. 

These two have a not-so-cute-meet-up and are forced to converse, but their antagonistic banter and barbs fly fast. But they also realize they have to play nice for some author events and will have to learn how to fake it for their fans...especially the ones eager to have them continue their joint series.

These two are so much fun! They have fiery banter and sizzling chemistry that they try to avoid just like they do with the secrets and pain from their past. But the more time they are stuck together, the more they start letting their walls back down and realize what made them friends before.

These two are really struggling with issues from their past, reconnecting in the present, and fighting feelings that they're just not sure could ever be reciprocated. But then there's a kiss...and some thoughts...and a whole bunch of togetherness in beautiful foreign settings. There’s so much banter and just a general understanding and affection for each other, but their previous relationship was damaged due to Axel's actions and Hazel's not understanding. But now there is also a new sizzle and spark that is heating up their time on a train. 

Axel is the king of self-protection, and has some damage and guards up, but I loved seeing the cracks in his armor and softer heart. He is also protective and caring and even when he is being obstinate, he is careful with his words.  And Hazel has been one of my favorite sidekicks in the LB universe for a while so I loved getting more with her. She is just a firecracker but also has a big heart and such a great sense of humor. But she has her own issues and coping strategies too. The dynamics of their relationship really do change by degrees as certain things are gradually revealed and their outlooks and feelings start to evolve, but there is such delicious tension along the way.  I was totally immersed in their journey that was not just a trip with various destinations, but also an emotional one full of passion and tumultuous thoughts and feelings. 

I was happy to see some cameos from the LB world. Their friends and siblings and the other train passengers all have their roles in this story.  The foreign sights are almost a character in themselves and add depth to many of the scenes.

This is a witty, steamy, former-friends-to-enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity romance with two snarky authors sharing new adventures and falling in love. It is humorous and sarcastic but also brings all the feels, passion, and swoon. The situation overflows with unresolved feelings for them both, but also allows them the time, place, and motivation to actually deal with them, and figure out if they could move forward. 

By the end, I was so excited that I was cheering and clapping even if it was all by myself with my Kindle. I absolutely adored these characters and this story, and they have claimed the top spot in my fave M/F LB couples. Hazel and Axel are couples goals! I could not love them more!

Axel Huxley and Hazel Valentine are fellow writers. She writes romance, he writes thrillers. They do not get along well after a writing project ends quickly and badly. Now, they avoid each other whenever possible and try to play nice when it can’t be avoided. When their publisher puts them on a book tour together, they have no choice but to pretend to get along for the fans on tour with them. But a mixup has them sharing a small space and questioning all the hard feelings between them.

I love these two. Their chemistry is through the roof. Between the tension based on their working past, the building sexual tension as they embark on the book tour, and then fiery temptation in close quarters, these two kept the pages turning. Both characters are dealing with baggage from their past that makes it hard for them to trust and fully communicate their feelings.

Full of European scenery, wishing wells, and one bed, this is a scenic journey that has them testing the boundaries that were once so clear. A little bit enemies to lovers, a little bit working romance, this had all the fun I expect from Lauren Blakely and then some! It was the perfect read for where I was at - quick, snappy dialogue, and swoony, spicy romance. I loved the cameos from other LB characters and the travel aspect that had the characters out of their comfort zones.

This quickly moved to a favorite spot and had me rushing to find out how the story resolves. It’s been a few reads since I truly lost myself in a couple and in a storyline, but this one pulled me in so fast that I couldn’t help but want to keep going.



(Narrated by Vanessa Edwin & Sebastian York)

Lauren Blakely
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A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, sexy romance and USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.

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 100 times, with more than 65 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 5 million books. She likes dogs, cake and show tunes, and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.

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