THE HOT ONE (One Love) by Lauren Blakely-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 27, 2017
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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. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I’m prepared to fight hard for her. 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. Except, what if he’s not a jerk . . .? 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…
REVIEW: THE HOT ONE is the second full-length installment in Lauren Blakely’s contemporary, adult ONE LOVE erotic, romance series. This is entertainment lawyer Tyler Nichols, and massage therapist Delaney Stewart’s story line. THE HOT ONE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Tyler Nichols is Simon Travers best friend (The Sexy One).
Told from dual first person points of view (Delaney and Tyler) THE HOT ONE is a second chance romance between two people pulled apart by ambition and greed. Delaney and Tyler were college sweethearts but a ‘well-meaning’ professor suggested that Tyler would be more successful removing the ‘outside’ interferences in his life. A promise for the future meant nothing when Delaney found herself single, and walking away from a profession she thought she would share with the man that she loved. Several years would pass before Delaney and Tyler would come face to face, and Tyler wants a second chance with the woman he loved and lost. What ensues is Tyler’s pursuit of Delaney Stewart, and Delaney’s reluctance to trust the man who destroyed her heart.
Tyler is a man sure of himself with an ego that goes with the territory. Well built and cocky, Tyler is determined to get back the woman he pushed out of his life. Delaney’s future plans were derailed and destroyed by two men who unknowingly opened her eyes to what was and what was never to be.
The relationship between Delaney and Tyler is one of second chances. Tyler walked out of Delaney’s life years before on the advice of a man who pushed Tyler to succeed. Delaney thought that one day she and Tyler would work side by side-both attorneys-but life had a way of coming up short, putting the brakes on everything Delaney once held dear. Their rekindling romance finds Tyler pushing the envelope while Delaney struggles with memories of the past. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense.
The secondary characters include Tyler’s best friend Simon Travers whom we first met in THE SEXY ONE. We are also introduced to Delaney’s besties Penny and Nicole, and a couple of Delaney’s massage therapy clients.
There is very little conflict between our leading couple. THE HOT ONE is a story of second chances; a rekindling of love between two people who have never stopped loving one another but I wondered why Tyler never made an earlier attempt to find the woman that he had always loved. The premise is entertaining, heartwarming and passionate; the characters are animated and spirited; the romance is lighthearted and captivating. THE HOT ONE is an enjoyable and consuming read; an intimate look at two people who have never stopped loving one another.
Click HERE for Sandy’s review of THE SEXY ONE.
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Reviewed by Sandy
Technically, I didn’t drop my drawers the first time I saw her again. Just my balls.
The ones in my hands. Juggling balls.
Here’s how it went down. Picture a Sunday morning in Central Park. A perfect summer day. The grass was green, the breeze was warm, and I’d just spent the last few hours getting acquainted with turtles and frogs at the children’s zoo because I’m an awesome uncle. And Carly’s one cool seven-year-old.
The kid loves all creatures, but especially the ones that jump and crawl, so I took her to the enchanted forest part of the zoo. When we finished, she tugged on my shirt sleeve, batted her hazel eyes, and asked ever so sweetly for an ice cream cone.
Like I stood a chance at resisting her. C’mon. She’s my cousin’s kid, and clearly she gets her charm from our side of the family.
With her hand in mine, we strolled across the grass near the running path, hunting for the nearest ice cream dealer.
And then Carly did that thing little kids do.
She shrieked for what seemed like absolutely no reason. Next, she pointed to an impossibly tall dude wearing a beret while juggling two Rubik’s Cubes, two orange balls, and a small green beanbag.
“He can do five, Uncle Tyler!” Carly shouted, her eyes going wide.
“Five isn’t too shabby,” I said with a shrug.
She turned to me with a questioning stare. “I’ve never seen you do five.”
“That’s because I haven’t shown you all my tricks yet.”
“Can you really juggle five balls?”
I scoffed. “Please, I can do that with my eyes closed.”
I didn’t put myself through law school juggling for nothing.
You can’t put yourself through law school juggling anything but insane class schedules and lack of sleep.
Carly arched an eyebrow. So did the juggler, as he kept up the cascade of his quintet. Show-off.
“I want to see. Show me,” Carly urged.
Yeah, Carly’s a chip off the old block. She’s all about challenging me, and I’m all about rising to the challenge.
The stick-thin guy with the beret raised his chin. “Have at it, man.”
With clockwork precision, he let the balls fall out of orbit and into his palm. Next, the Rubik’s Cubes. Then the beanbag. He stepped closer, handed me the objects, and flashed a crooked, put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is grin.
Packs of runners jogged along, cyclists wheeled over the black asphalt, and rollerbladers whizzed by on the concrete. With my feet parked hip’s width apart, I stood at the edge of the grass getting a feel for the items, weighing them, and then one, two, three, four, five, I whisked each one up into the air in a high oval arc. Round and round, in a perfect five-ball cascade.
Carly clapped, then demanded more. “Yes, now close your eyes!”
I groaned. What was I thinking? Juggling with eyes closed is fucking hard. But I could pull it off for a couple seconds. My special skill. I obliged my niece’s request, pulling off a few quick blind ovals. Five seconds later, after I’d shown off that particular party trick, I opened my eyes.
And I saw a vision from my past.
A blond beauty, with long legs, a lovely round ass, and a high ponytail swishing back and forth across her shoulders. She ran along the path in tiny orange let-me-peel-them-off-with-my-teeth-pretty-please running shorts. And that face. Dear Lord, the stunning face of an angel. High cheekbones. Deep brown eyes that saw me like no one ever had. Those red lips, shaped like a bow. Fuck me, the things she could do with those lips. The things I taught her to do with that sinful mouth.
Delaney sure as hell knew how to use it, and I don’t just mean in the bedroom. We used to talk about anything and everything when we were together in college. Days with her. Nights with her. Best time of my life. That woman was full of spark. Full of fire. So damn passionate. And look at her now.
It had to be illegal to be that smoking hot.
About Lauren Blakely:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she’s sold more than 1.5 million books. In February she’ll release THE HOT ONE, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter
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