Monday, October 8, 2018

Once Upon a Wild Fling (Heartbreakers #3) by Lauren Blakely: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


There are a million reasons why Miles Hart isn't the man I should date but allow me to enumerate the top three.
He's friends with my brother, he's a single dad, and he's a sexy, in-demand rock star. He might as well wear an off-limits, totally unavailable, and don’t-even-attempt-to-ride-this-ride sign.

And there’s one more, little itty-bitty thing -- he's never asked me on a date.

That is, until he asks me to be his plus-one when his band plays at his high school reunion. It shouldn’t be a big deal. After all, we’re just friends, and no one is giving us our own hashtag. Except me . . .


I have three good reasons to keep my hands off Roxy Sterling—her brother’s my business manager, my kid is the center of my world, and the last time I fell hard for a woman I was burned so badly that my interest in relationships has gone up in flames. But once I bring Roxy’s body next to mine on the dance floor, I want all the not-safe-for-work things I can't have with her.
My brain knows there’s no way for us to work, but tell that to my big mouth. Because the second she plants a hot, sexy kiss on me, I have the bright idea to ask her to keep being my plus one—turning one night into a few.

What’s the harm in spending a little more time with her and having her by my side at all these events? Nothing at first, until I learn exactly how risky we might be.

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I find Miles behind a stage that has probably witnessed high school graduations, speeches, and musicals. His eyes take a leisurely stroll up and down my body. The way he stares, every zone in my body feels erogenous. Especially the boob zone, where he spends more time than usual.

When he slides his gaze up to my face, he looks hypnotized, then he shakes it off and brings me in for a hug. “So glad you’re here, Rox. Now go enjoy the show, and I’ll find you the second we’re done.”

Once it starts, I do enjoy the show. I never saw the Heartbreakers in concert when they were in their heyday. I’ve never been a concert person. Not that I’m opposed to music, but my mother set a precedent when I was in the eighth grade and my friends had a chance to see P!nk perform. I asked her if I could go, but the next day I had to take the prep school entrance exam, so the answer was no.

“It’s a better use of your time to stay in and study,” she’d said.

That’s what I mostly did in high school, listening to music on the radio as I worked through math problems and wrote essays on the Vietnam War. The Heartbreakers kept me company that way. Later, when Miles became a solo artist, I’d find myself humming his tunes when I heard them play in Starbucks, or while riding the escalator at Bed Bath & Beyond.

I became a fan, but I’m not a fangirl like some of the others here tonight. I don’t just mean the women. The Heartbreakers have fanboys and fangirls, singing along, belting out tunes. They’re crowding the stage, and the security guards hired when the Heartbreakers were confirmed for the event are standing on alert, arms crossed. Fortunately, there are no bras or panties thrown at the stage, nor briefs or belts either. I’m glad Miles’s high school class is full of fans but not crazy groupies.

The music reverberates in the gymnasium as the trio of gorgeous brothers sings love songs and fun songs and sexy songs while disco balls twirl from the ceiling and strobe lights flash.

When the set nears the end and they dive into one of Miles’s most popular solo tunes, a love song called “Today,” I swear his eyes find mine in the crowd as he sings about yesterdays and tomorrows. The way he sings turns the tingles into sparks, and I’m feeling it now for sure—that click, click, click of my heart, or maybe it’s my hormones.

Whatever it is, my breath comes faster as I dance.

When the show ends and the band thanks the crowd, that’s my cue to find him backstage. He’s sweaty, and I’ve never found sweat so sexy before. He drapes an arm around me, drops a kiss to my cheek, and says, “Hey, sexy bodyguard.”

My voice is a little breathier than I expect as I reply, “Reporting for duty.”

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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Yvette's Review:

If you’ve been following along with Lauren Blakely’s Heartbreakers Series and you’ve read your fair share of romance novels, you probably saw Miles and Roxy’s story coming a mile away, right? Just because I suspected the two would be paired together the minute Roxy mentioned Miles and her brother in the same sentence (helloooo friend’s sister trope), doesn’t make it any less exciting having my suspicion confirmed. Especially when said friend’s sister romance is also a rock star romance AND a single dad romance, all of which is wrapped up in one lighthearted, steamy rom-com in Miles and Roxy’s story, Once Upon a Wild Fling.

Needing a plus one to his fifteen-year high school reunion, Miles Hart recruits his friend’s sister, Roxy Sterling, as his strictly platonic, but nevertheless tempting, date. The Wall Street worker turned pet salon owner is more than up for the task of protecting Miles against overly friendly groupies. She’s certainly not supposed to be attracted to her brother’s close friend and client and she really shouldn’t want to rip his clothes off when their fake date seems all too real. Miles is likewise tempted by vivacious redhead, though the two self-professed commitment-phobes have more than themselves to consider, which prevents them from diving headfirst into a hot and heavy romance. Instead, they strike up a friendship, tip-toeing around their attraction, and stoking the sexual tension between them with flirtatious, innuendo-laden banter.

What I love most about the slow-burning romance between Miles and Roxy is that it gives the reader ample time to get to know every aspect of these characters. Their playful rapport and effortless connection left me with butterflies in my stomach and a big smile on my face, while their unadulterated, blatant passion for each other had me blushing nonstop. And then there’s Miles. *sighs* Being a dad to six-year-old Ben is a huge part of his character’s identity, so getting to witness him interact with his son is just as sweet, just as adorable, and just as swoon-worthy as his rock star persona. The youngest Hart brother definitely gives his brothers a run for their money in terms of charm and sex appeal.

With a fast-paced, engrossing narrative, characters that are emotionally compelling and endearing, and a fan-your-face steamy, whirlwind romance, Once Upon a Wild Fling is the perfect end to Lauren Blakely’s binge-worthy rock star rom-com series, Heartbreakers. From the ups, downs, and everything in between, we get to see how far the entire cast of characters have come in their love lives, their personal lives, and in their careers. As much as I’m reluctant to say goodbye to these characters, the journey was wild and unforgettable, and I loved every minute of it.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

✮✮✮ A giveaway that will bring music to your ears.✮✮✮

Let’s celebrate the release of ONCE UPON A WILD FLING! One lucky person will receive a gorgeous Kate spade tote bag for fun on the go, an Amazon echo dot to play all your favorite music and audiobooks, and an Amazon gift card to help you add to your music and audiobook library.

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