Monday, April 16, 2018

Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


I couldn't have scripted a more perfect night.
For one fantastic evening, at a masquerade party in the heart of Manhattan, I'm not the millionaire everyone wants a piece of. Fine--multimillionaire. But who's counting all those commas? Not me, and not the most intriguing woman I've ever met, who happens to like dancing, witty banter, and passionate up-against-the-wall sex as much as I do.
There's no need for names or business cards. And that's why I'm eager to get to know her more, since my mystery woman seems to like me for me, rather than for my account.
Everything's coming up aces. Until the next day when things get a little complicated. (Newsflash -- a lot complicated.)
He's charming, brilliant, an incredible lover, and right now I want to stab fate in the eyeballs.
I've had one goal I've been working toward, and lo and behold, my mystery man is the very person who stands between me and my dream job. A job I desperately need since my hard-knock life has nothing in common with his star-kissed one.
But it's time to put that fairytale night behind me, and focus on learning what makes him tick. Too bad it turns out his quirks are my quirks, and his love affair with New York matches mine.
And as we spend our days together, I discover something else that feels like a cruel twist of fate -- I'm falling for this modern-day naughty prince charming, and that's not an ending I can write to our story.

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Yvette's Review:

A millionaire has an anonymous tryst with a mystery woman at a masquerade ball? Why, yes, Lauren Blakely, I WOULD like to read that story! The author always gives her books I’m blushing just thinking about the deliciously naughty, clandestine circumstances that brought two strangers together in the author’s newest release, Come As You Are. With an oh-so-delectable hero, a heroine who’s a vivacious force of nature, and a romance that’s both adorkable and scorching hot, Come As You Are provides plenty of reasons to make you smile in delight, sigh in contentment, and melt in a puddle of swoon. Come As You Are had me hooked from page one and captured by unwavering attention right up until the very last page.

With faces hidden behind masks and identities concealed by costumes, protagonists, Flynn Parker and Sabrina Granger, meet at a masquerade ball. Sparks fly, flirty banter is exchanged and, like a masked hero straight from a masquerade ball in one of the historical romances Sabrina devoured as a young girl, Flynn whisks Sabrina off her feet. They engage in wild, unrestrained, carefree passionate sex, and plan to pursue their attraction beyond the ballroom. Reality intrudes, however, and their would-be romance comes crashing to a screeching halt. Their relationship is forced to switch gears from romantic to professional, yet an undeniable spark remains between them, as does a heaping amount of sexual tension. Both Flynn and Sabrina are torn between what their brains are telling them what to do and what their hearts and bodies desire.

While there are many things to love about Come As You Are – a fun, lighthearted storyline, witty, engaging dialogue, and just enough angst to tug on your heartstrings (to name a few) – what makes this book so memorable is the connection between Flynn and Sabrina. They have this easygoing rapport and similar tastes, both personally and professionally. Their chemistry is off-the-charts and impossible to ignore, no matter how much they may try, while their intimate conversations, and games of pretend and what-if build the hunger between them to a maddening, all-consuming degree. I was glued to my Kindle for the entirety of the story, experiencing a whirlwind of heart-pounding, gut-wrenching emotions, and I couldn’t help but be wholly invested in the outcome.

A little nerdy, a bit forbidden, and a whole lot sexy, Come As You Are is another must-read romance from Lauren Blakely. The author delivers a swoon-worthy, hopelessly romantic love story that’ll leave you completely and perfectly satisfied.

*complimentary copy provided by the publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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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I part my lips to speak, to tell her I’m not a VC. But I flash back to the racquetball game, to the face-lift suggestion from my sister. If this angel thinks I’m a VC, that means my face-lift is working. My costume is doing what I want it to do—it’s making it possible for me to be me. To have a conversation as Flynn Parker the guy, not as Flynn Parker the multimillionaire.

She doesn’t know who I am. And I don’t correct her. “It can be.”

She nods thoughtfully then roams her gaze over my black attire. She taps her bottom lip. “Hmm. Let’s see what we have here tonight because I don’t think you’re a ninja.”

I punch the air. “Keep going.”

She studies me more closely. “You’re something mysterious. You’re trying to fly under the radar. Am I getting warmer?”

More like hot. “Yes.”

Her brow knits. “You want to go unnoticed, at least for the moment.”

I tense, hoping she’s not putting two and two together as to my identity. Absently, I raise my hand to my glasses, wondering if they give me away. But then I remember. I’m wearing my contacts tonight, something I rarely do.

She snaps her fingers. “I know! You’re a stealth start-up,” she says, using the term for a new company that’s keeping quiet.

I raise my arms in victory, a thrill racing through me. “Everyone else has guessed code ninja or SEO ninja, but you’re the first person all night to get it right. I am, indeed, a stealth start-up.”

Admittedly, donning black pants, a black shirt, and a black eye-mask might have made it challenging to guess. But then again, the angel figured it out, and all without the missing start-up button.

“Your lips gave you away.”

She recognized me from my lips? I furrow my brow behind my mask. “What do you mean?”

“Your mouth,” she says, raising her fingers dangerously near to my lips. “I could tell you weren’t a ninja because your lips aren’t covered. Ninjas cover you’re their mouths.” I relax again since she was referring to my clothes. “Only their eyes show. But you’ve covered most of your eyes, and you’re showing only your mouth and your chin. That’s how I knew you had to be something other than a ninja.”

“I could kiss you for that,” I blurt out. I take a step back and hold up a hand. “I’m sorry. That was probably terribly inappropriate.” A smile slowly spreads across her lips. “No, it wasn’t inappropriate. It wasn’t inappropriate at all,” she says. Something in the way she takes her time with each word tells me she wouldn’t mind being kissed. That gives me one mission and one mission only: keep talking to this angel.

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