Monday, January 9, 2017

Full Package by Lauren Blakely: Release Blitz w/ Excerpt & Giveaway

About Full Package:

From the New York Times Bestselling author of MISTER O and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…

I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Surprise—neither one of us sleeps.

And even though we agree to return to roomies-without-benefits, I quickly realize I want more than someone to split the utilities with. Now all I want is to spend every night—and every day—with my gorgeous roommate.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

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I turn into the kitchen. She pulls a tray from the oven and smiles. She still wears the date outfit, but the heels are gone. She’s adorable in her fancy dress and bare feet.

“Date ended early?”

She nods. “When he invited me to see his gerbil, I thought it was time to go.”

“That doesn’t entice you?”

She shakes her head. “Had he said ferret, perhaps. Alas, with gerbil I’m a firm no.”

“Was it in his pants or a cage?”

“We didn’t get far enough to find out. I said thanks, I need to water the plants, and I got the hell out of Dodge.”

I curl up the side of my mouth. “Guess that explains why Trish didn’t invite me home, either. I tried the hamster line on her.”

She smacks me with a panda potholder. “I suppose I should have known better, though. Earlier in the date, he made a ton of masturbation comments.”

I lean against the kitchen counter. “And that concerns you, since you never do that, right?”

As she slides the spatula under the dessert, she gives me a side-eye stare. “Exactly, Chase. I never rub one out. Never.” She waves a hand over her crotch. “Total hands-free zone.”

I take her comment seriously. “Fine. You use toys. I get it. What kind?” I ask, because I can’t help myself.

She rolls her eyes. “Not telling you.”

I harrumph and grab for a bar from the pan. She swats me with the spatula.

“Ouch,” I say, yanking back my hand.

“That didn’t hurt. And you should know better than to steal my dessert before it’s ready.”

“You should know better than to hit my hands.” I hold both up in the air.

With a quickness I don’t see coming, she whacks me again with her utensil. This time on the other hand.

“That’s it.” I charge her, tickling her waist. “Tell me what toys and I’ll stop.”

She cracks up and flails her arms, knocking me with elbows and hands and the spatula, too, until I give in to her cries for mercy.

I stare at her in our tiny sliver of a kitchen. “Waiting.”

“You really want to know?”

I nod eagerly. I’m playing with fire, but I can’t resist. The desire to know outweighs all else.

She works the spatula under the bars again, shaking her head. “I can’t believe we’re having this conversation.”

I hold out my hands. “C’mon. We talk about all sorts of stuff.” Then, an idea strikes me. I open the kitchen cupboard, grab a bottle of Patron, and hold it up. “This will help all that shyness.”

She stares at me with narrowed eyes. “I’m not shy at all.”

I grab two shot glasses and pour. “Better safe than sorry, Miss Not Shy At All.”

I hand her one, and she takes it. Then I raise my glass, and the drink goes down the hatch with a burn. She follows suit, swallowing it quickly, then sets her glass down. I do the same.

I rub my palms together. “Toy confessional time. What have you got?”

She arches an eyebrow. “Really? You really want to know?”

I narrow my eyes. “What part of your roommate being a dirty bastard do you not understand? Obviously, I want to know. I’m a guy. This is like Christmas morning. But if this helps . . .”

I pour two more shots then slide her glass over to her. Once more, we down them.

She draws a deep breath. “Since you asked . . . I have a few toys. A little silver bullet. A bigger dolphin. And I have a waterproof finger vibrator.”

And the temperature in me shoots through the roof. I tug at the neck of my shirt. “For the shower?” I croak out.

“Seeing as we don’t have a bathtub, yes, it would have to be for the shower.”

“You masturbate in the shower?” I ask, and the visual is so fucking clear in my mind—Josie under a hot stream of water that slopes off her breasts, a finger vibrator working between her thighs. She nods as she slides the bars onto a cooling rack. Just then I remember she promised me seven-layer bars when she freaked out the other night. And she delivered. Fuck, I think she might be perfect, what with her desserts and her shower hobby.

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:

Lauren Blakely and romantic comedies go together like peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. In other words, completely and perfectly. This lady is single-handedly responsible for several of my top favorite reads of the year and, her next rom-com, Full Package, just might be my favorite of them all. I realize I’ve said this before but I loved Full Package so much, I had to give it 6 Stars because it’s the type of book I want to read: lighthearted, humorous, outrageously sexy, and just plain fun. I adored everything about this book, especially the relationship between protagonists, Josie and Chase. Full Package is a roommate romance, a friends-to-lovers romance and a best friend's little sister romance all rolled into one. The premise alone is like a guarantee for off-the-charts sexual tension! And you know Lauren Blakely always delivers on the promise of sexual tension...

What happens when you take two longtime friends who have a glaringly obvious (to everyone but each other) mutual attraction and put them in close, intimate quarters? Sparks fly, flirtatious banter abounds, and emotions are spun awhirl! After having zero luck finding a decent place to live in New York, Dr. Chase Summers moves in with his best friend, Josie Hammer. The poor, sweet, delusional man believes he can compartmentalize his attraction to Josie the way he does with other aspects of his life, not taking into account that they’re incredibly compatible, their chemistry is palpable, and that Josie is the star of his dirtiest fantasies. For the first part of the book, I was (metaphorically) rubbing my hands together, eager for Chase to realize that Josie isn’t just a friend. The two of them are ridiculously adorable together, so much that I was awww-ing and swooning pretty much after every sentence, wondering just how long I’d have to wait before they crossed the line between friends and something more.

Not only is Full Package heart-meltingly sweet, it’s undoubtedly the most erotic book I've read this year. There needs to be a new word for sexy invented to accurately describe a Lauren Blakely sex scene because scorching, steamy, and holy-crap-that's-hot just don't quite suffice. Together, Chase and Josie are the perfect mix of sensual and naughty, each possessing a genuine need to fulfill each other's every desire. The sheer pleasure they derive from being the one person to drive the other insane with lust is enough to leave you furiously fanning your flushed cheeks. Everything about their relationship – their effortless rapport, their inside jokes, their overwhelming passion for each other – is captivating, and I don’t think I’ve ever rooted so hard for a couple to find their happily ever after.

With a smart, charismatic, and genuinely decent hero, a heroine who’s bold, vivacious, and determined, and a romance that’ll make you exceedingly jealous of fictional characters, Full Package is a book that I found to be impossible to put down once I got started. I swooned. I sighed. I smiled. I blushed. I. Loved. This. Book! I can’t recommend it enough. Buy it. Read it. Love it. You’re welcome.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 6 Stars

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