Monday, October 17, 2016

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a sexy new standalone romance…

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…
3. She's the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits…But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.


The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.

I can't risk my job for a chance at something more…can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…

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This man can kiss. His lips taste so good as he kisses me with a tenderness and a hunger that’s entirely new in my experience.

This kiss vibrates and spreads through my entire body, as if I’ve been shot full of liquid beauty, like gold and silver flow through my veins. He slides his tongue across mine, and I want to grab him, straddle him, and just kiss the daylights out of him, even in this crazy, dangerous cab.

I hardly care that our first kiss isn’t on a moonlit balcony or under the stars. This kiss was inevitable, especially after the last few nights, all these days, and then this afternoon. All our moments have been marching to this as Simon kisses me with such reverence that I want to melt into him. I rope my fingers through his soft hair, and I truly can’t believe I’m making out with Simon Travers in the back of a cab after we watched a documentary on zebras.

I wish I could say that alarms sound, telling me how risky it is to kiss the man I work for. But all I hear is the rapid beat of my heart, leading me closer to him.

Simon runs his thumb along my cheek, and that soft touch makes me tremble. Somehow I wriggle closer, my breasts pressed to his firm chest. He groans. It’s carnal and masculine, almost like a warning. But neither one of us heeds it. We simply can’t stop. We’re those people. The kind who go crazy in public. I feel insane right now. Crazy and wild and reckless.

His hands are on my face, then my hair, and then the back of my head. He is all heat and passion. The way his lips sweep over mine, the way his tongue explores my mouth, and most of all, the way he holds me—it all makes me want to grab those strong shoulders of his and slam him down on top of my body. I want to feel him slide my wrists over my head, pin them, and then smother me in kisses everywhere. I want to let go beneath his mouth, arch into him, urge him to explore my body the way he seems to want to.

The car jerks to a stop.

Abruptly, we separate, but only slightly.

He blinks and breathes out hard as he glances around. We’re all the way in Columbus Circle. Holy shit. We kissed for blocks upon blocks.

My lips miss his. I thread my hand into his hair. “We shouldn’t do this,” I say, though it hardly sounds like a protest as his hair falls through my fingers.

His eyes float closed, and his mouth is open, his breath coming in harsh pants. “We definitely shouldn’t do this,” he says, his voice low and smoky as he sighs deeply at my touch.

“You’re my boss,” I say, pointing out the obvious.

“You’re my—”

Whatever he was going to say next is cut off when he brushes his lips against my forehead, then over my face, dusting my cheek, my eyelids, my jawline.

My skin sizzles. My stomach flips. I want to live inside this kiss. “Don’t stop,” I murmur as his lips mark me.

He travels to my neck, and I tilt my head to the side. He layers kisses all along the column of my throat, the delicious mix of his rough stubble and his soft lips sending sparks to my very core. My body is hungry, eager for him, and I’m going to need a new word for want because what I feel for Simon is so much more than that.

It’s yearning. It’s non-negotiable. I have to have him.

“I don’t know that I can stop with you, Abby,” he whispers, and my name falling from his lips is exquisite and sensual. In it, I hear his complete and utter need for me, and it’s thrilling—because it matches my heart. It matches my body, too.

About 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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Review by Yvette:

I have been dying to get my hands on Simon's story ever since the sexy single dad made his first appearance as Harper's potential love interest in Mister O. Dying! Knowing that he would be paired up with none other than his nanny a.k.a. Harper’s best friend, Abby? I was undeniably intrigued by the prospect. After all, it’s not every day that I read a single-dad romance. After finishing The Sexy One, all I have to say is…prepare yourself for nonstop swooning. There’s romance. There’s humor. There’s heat and heart. As per usual with Lauren Blakely, The Sexy One is fan-your-face steamy, but it’s also so heart-meltingly sweet, you'll have a smile affixed to your face for the duration of the story. Like all of the author’s recent string of romantic comedies (and a number of her other books for that matter), The Sexy One is an instant top favorite.

Everything you need to know about The Sexy One can be found in the book’s blurb, and that’s precisely all I’ll say about the plot, which is fairly straightforward. What the blurb doesn’t tell you is how much you’ll fall in love with protagonists, Abby and Simon…which I did…pretty much from page one. First, you have Abby, the bubbly, intelligent, and fun-loving nanny, with an affinity for learning languages and a love of nature documentaries. And then we have Simon, devoted single father and successful businessman. *sighs* Can I just take a second and swoon (again) over Simon? The man is sexiness personified. The book boyfriend to end all book boyfriends. He's sweet, funny, and has a dirty mind. *sighs again* I honestly don't know how Lauren Blakely will top this fictional specimen of pure perfection (though I’m sure she will). Theirs is a romance that will give you that butterflies-in-the-stomach, giddy feel, although there’s also the forbidden aspect of their relationship, which looms between them like an invisible barrier, adding just a hint of nail-biting suspense that’ll keep you hanging on their every word.

As much as I love the author's all-male-perspective rom-coms, I must say I'm a dual-POV kind of gal so I LOVE the fact that, with The Sexy One, we get both Simon’s and Abby's side of the story. I mean, how else would we have found out so quickly that the crush Abby has on her incredibly sexy employer is not-so-unrequited? I mean, we would’ve found out eventually but it was so much better knowing early on how much Abby occupied Simon’s thoughts (which was a lot). Can you say holy sexual tension? The barely-disguised need, the overwhelming desire – it's only a matter of when, not if the two would cross the line between employer and employee because there's so possible way their thought-consuming attraction could be contained. Every flirtatious conversation, every longing glance, and every seemingly innocent touch will build your anticipation and test your patience until you’ll be screaming at the Kindle for them to just kiss already! The wait is well worth it, though. They don’t call Simon “The Sexy One” for nothing.

I don't often read a book in one sitting but when I do, it's because Lauren Blakely has written yet another unabashedly swoon-worthy, hopelessly romantic, captivating page-turner. If you're in the mood for a lighthearted, feel-good romance with minimal angst and a guaranteed happily-ever-after, The Sexy One needs to be at the top of your TBR list.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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