Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Out of Bounds by Lauren Blakely: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


The first rule of football--don't screw with a streak.

My career is finally looking up, and I'm leading a new pro team down the field every Sunday. No way will I mess with that. But when I meet the most stunning and captivating woman I've ever seen, I tell myself one night will have to be enough.

But it's not. And now I can't get her out of my mind. Even when I'm playing. Even when I need to focus. Even when I’m on the hottest streak of my life.

And it turns out, she's not just some random woman I met. She works for the team. My team.


I only have one goal this season--do my part as the team's lawyer to keep them out of trouble. Help rebuild their reputation on and off the field. There's no room for error and certainly no room for a secret tryst with a player . . . even if he's the quarterback.


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When we reach her home, a cute little white bungalow, she gestures to the porch. It’s teeming with potted plants and flowers, as well as pizza coupons and takeout menus stuffed behind the mailbox next to the doorway. “Thank you, Andrew. For the drinks and the escort service.”

I wiggle my eyebrows because she says escort in kind of a naughty way. “And thank you for the surf angel-slash-nurse work.”

“My pleasure. I was happy to save a guy in distress.”

I narrow my eyes and protest her description. “Hey now. I’m not dude in distress.”

She whispers “just kidding” as she leans against her porch railing. I don’t think it’s intentional, but that pose shows off all her assets. The swell of her breasts in her tank top, her curvy hips, her strong legs. This woman just fucking does something to me. Turns me on, that’s what she does. Makes me hard as hell. Though she’s made it clear that the night ends right here, I intend to make the most of this good-bye.

I move closer to her and run my hand down her arm. I watch as goose bumps rise in its wake. My voice goes low. “Do you know what I’ve been thinking about?”

She tilts her head to the side. “What would that be, Andrew?”

It still sounds funny to hear her call me that. But next time I see her I’ll tell her that everyone calls me Drew. With my other hand, I brush her hair off her shoulder, cataloging her reaction to my touch. The way she shivers. How she sways closer. The rush of breath on her lips. I bring my mouth to her ear, and whisper. “What it would be like to kiss you.”

I pull back, wanting to look at her. Her lips are parted, then she licks them and swallows. It’s like she’s taking a step closer, saying go for it. “You should absolutely find out then,” she says, soft and inviting.

My fingers travel from her shoulder, up to her hair, and I rope my hand through those blond locks. I pull her close, savoring the warm feel of her sun-kissed skin and the smell of sand, surf, and sunshine in her hair.

I dip my mouth to hers, clasping her face in my hands. When I nip her bottom lip, she gasps. It’s such an alluring sound, and it turns me the fuck on even more. My dick would very much like to go inside her house tonight, but kissing is all that’s on the menu, so I kiss her in a way that’ll leave her wanting more. Because I want so much more of her, and I also want her to know that.

I’m not sure how I went from leaving the field when practice ended this morning, to spending the afternoon surfing to get my mind off all the changes I’m sure are coming, to kissing this beautiful stranger outside her Venice Beach home. But hell if I want to analyze this moment.

I spend my working hours making decisions, analyzing, choosing. Then executing.

Right now, I want to get lost in something that no one else controls but this woman and me.

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:

Why can't life be like a Lauren Blakely book? Is it too much to ask for to run into a sexy, half-naked pro athlete on a beach? We sadly can’t all be as fortunate as the heroine in the author’s new novella, Out of Bounds but we can be satisfied with reading about the scorching hot romance between protagonists, Dani Paige and Drew Erickson. I’m always on the lookout for a book that will make me smile and swoon, which is exactly what Lauren Blakely delivers with Out of Bounds.

What’s better than a hero who’s funny, charming, and always armed with a sarcastic quip? How about a no-nonsense, whip-smart heroine who can go toe-to-toe with him? In Out of Bounds, we have Drew – a professional quarterback looking for his big break with a new team – and Dani – a hardworking lawyer who spends her free time surfing, which is how she meets Drew. The two instantly connect, the attraction between them quickly growing from a spark to a raging inferno. Their relationship is a whirlwind, with only a few snags along the way courtesy of some workplace drama. What makes the couple so engaging (and kept me glued to my Kindle from beginning to end) is the easygoing, playful dynamic between them. Drew and Dani’s romance is sexy, dreamy, and oh-so-naughty – a combination that will have you sighing in contentment one moment and fanning your face the next. And can I just talk about Drew for a second? He's the best of both worlds, with a clean-cut, good-guy persona yet downright filthy in bed (or in the car, or on the phone, etc.). Drew is the ultimate fantasy and a worthy addition to Lauren Blakely’s long line of swoon-worthy book-boyfriends.

I'm typically not a big reader of novellas because I'm greedy and always want more. When it comes to Lauren Blakely, however, I'll take what I can get! With Out of Bounds, the author gives readers a sports romance with a forbidden element, light on the drama and heavy on the romance. Throw in some explosive chemistry and light-hearted banter, and you have all the makings of a fun, flirty, and entertaining read.
*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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