Monday, February 27, 2017

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


At first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend’s place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her back.

But trust me on this count – she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you’ve got to play to your strengths when you’re fighting an uphill battle. I’m prepared to fight for her…and to fight hard. I might have let her slip through my fingers the last time, but no way will that happen twice.


He's the one who got away…

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that, stripping at my job, showing off his rock hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky, arrogant jerk to saunter back into my life. He's the one I've tried like hell to forget but just can't. Maybe I’m cursed to remember him. My money is on him being the same guy he always was, but what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he’s a new man? I won't fall for him again.

But how do you resist the hot one…

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She turns her head.

And waves.

And smiles.

That smile makes me feel like I can do this. Like I can win her heart again. Mine pounds faster as I near her, and it’s not just because I happen to think she’s the most stunning woman I’ve ever seen, but because of who she is.

I arrive at her side, and she straightens. “Hey.”


There’s that awkwardness again, and I want no part of it today. Like the bungee jumper I am, I lean in and dust a quick kiss on her lips. At first, she freezes. That won’t fucking do at all. My tongue darts out, flicking her top lip. A soft breath escapes her, and she gives in. Her sweet lips linger on mine, sending a charge down my spine. My brain leapfrogs ahead, and I picture scooping her up in my arms, carrying her to a quiet little patch of trees, and kissing her till she begs me to take her home.

I want that badly—I want her to beg for it because she’s at her happiest when she’s overcome—but I suspect it’s too soon for her.

Not to mention, screwing in Central Park usually results in a public citation. Public fornicators are never as clandestine as they think they are.

I nibble lightly on her bottom lip for a few seconds, drawing out a throaty murmur from her. Then I somehow find the will to separate.

She blinks. Several times. She sways the slightest bit, like her feet barely touch the ground. Good. I want her to be affected.

She furrows her brow. “I’m sorry, but do we kiss now when we see each other in the park?”

“Evidently we do.”

“Weird. Because I didn’t get that memo.”

I rock on my heels. “Want me to take it back?”

“The kiss or the memo?”

“The memo,” I say matter-of-factly, like this is all so obvious. “You can’t take a kiss back.”

“You sure on that, Nichols?”

“I can try to take back the kiss. Want me to, sweet girl?” I use the term of endearment I once called her. She doesn’t blanch, and that’s a damn good sign.

She smirks. “Be my guest.”

I kiss her once more, like I’m reversing the lip lock, doing it all in rewind, pulling away ever so slowly, ever so softly, leaving her dazed once more.


If she can drive me this crazy, make me this hard, send the temperature in my blood to beyond incendiary, the least I can do is return the favor.

Judging from her reaction, I’m doing it right.

I gesture from her to me. “Like that. I think that’s how you take back a kiss.”

Chuckling, she nods to the running path. “Ready for me to kick your ass?”

Every competitive bone in my body snaps to attention. “We’ll see about that,” I say, then I smack her pink nylon covered behind.

Her eyes widen, saying oh-no-you-didn’t.

But there’s a twinkle in those baby browns that says the lady might like spanking.

That’s new, and it’s most interesting. I pencil in a new item on my mental to-do list. Find out how much she likes spanking. I never spanked her in college—just wasn’t part of the repertoire. But judging from her response now, I’m more determined than ever to find out everything she likes in and out of bed.

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:

Who doesn't love a second chance romance? It's probably my all-time favorite trope and I LOVE the fact that Lauren Blakely has written another spellbinding love story about a couple reuniting for another chance at happily ever after. In The Hot One, college sweethearts, Tyler and Delaney, are brought back together by fate but, once fate intervenes, it’s up to them to take the next step. Theirs is a story about seizing the moment and following your heart, complete with witty banter, an impulsive, risk-taking hero on a mission to win back the one who got away, and a strong-willed, sassy heroine determined to guard her heart. Humorous and lighthearted, with more than enough steam to keep your cheeks aflame, and just a touch of angst to set your emotions awhirl, The Hot One is a perfect escapist read.

What I enjoy about second chance romances is getting a couple's backstory – discovering why they were great together, what went wrong, and what feelings, if any, still remain between them. From the first moment that Tyler and Delaney see each other after years of being apart, it’s glaringly obvious that things aren’t over between them. Thank goodness for dual perspectives because it’s through their respective viewpoints that we learn the extent to which each is on the other’s mind. With Tyler and Delaney, they try to start with a blank slate but each knows the other inside and out, which means the past constantly hovers between them. Attraction, sexual tension, and an acute awareness of each other meld together into a combination too powerful to ignore, yet mistrust and insecurities keep them from immediately falling back into each other’s arms. I appreciated that the author embraced their past rather than shying away from the regret, the awkwardness, and the unresolved issues between Tyler and Delaney. Not only did it make their relationship more raw and real, but it laid the groundwork for these characters to rebuild the connection they previously lost.

While Tyler and Delaney have to work on the emotional aspect of their relationship, they have few hesitations when it comes to getting intimately reacquainted with each other. With her previous books, Lauren Blakely has proven herself beyond capable of writing scorching hot love scenes but my goodness, she never ceases to surprise me with the levels of heat and sensuality she injects into each unforgettable sexual encounter. I actually whooped out loud after reading a particularly naughty one-liner delivered by Tyler. Whooped. Out loud. I'm fanning my face just thinking about it... The man has a way with words, especially those of the dirty variety, which definitely goes a long way toward his tireless efforts to chip away at Delaney’s armor. And what I love most of all? Tyler’s unrelenting need for Delaney (and vice versa) and their unapologetic lust for each other. They each revel in the other's physical attributes to the point of worship, which gives their love scenes an uninhibited, primal quality.

It's not often that I read a book and get so anxious/excited/impatient that I have to actively slow myself down so as not to devour it at warp speed. Perhaps it was the anticipation of a second chance romance or perhaps it was the evident feelings still lingering between Tyler and Delaney, but when I started The Hot One, I felt as though I couldn't get through each page fast enough. The Hot One is another must-read rom-com from Lauren Blakely, perfect if you’re in the mood for something with heat and heart that’s guaranteed to entertain you from start to finish.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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