This has got to be my favorite book from Blakely in almost a year (which, considering how many books she publishes, is saying something), and I can only attribute that to the addition of the adorably sexy male perspective. It’s a quick, playful read with a whole lot of sweetness, and it absolutely flew by. Sitting somewhere between 4 and 5 stars for me, this is the kind of book that I devoured in one sitting, but isn’t likely to leave a lasting impression. It’s easy, charming, and highly readable, but the romance lacks the level of depth needed to stick with me. That being said, I loved the male perspective, the endearing feel, and the amount of humor – which all added up to a thoroughly enjoyable read.
The story follows Teddy, a genuinely good guy who is a little unlucky in love. After his last relationship left him both heartbroken AND jobless, he’s committed to keeping his love life separate from his work life. But that gets complicated when he meets a girl who catches his interest immediately – and just so happens to be connected to his job in a big way. Teddy and London both readily acknowledge that there’s chemistry and the potential for something more between them, but they know that keeping things platonic is the best course of action. As they spend more time together, that’s easier said than done, and the lines become blurred.
This is the kind of romance that you can read in one sitting, and will likely enjoy from start to finish. It’s exceedingly low angst, all kinds of sexy, and has enough lighthearted humor to keep things interesting. While I’ve always enjoyed Blakely’s work, the addition of Arden’s perspective seems to have added a little something extra. I loved the focus on Teddy’s viewpoint, the self-deprecating charm, the focus on the emotional connection, and the level of sweetness. And the steamy scenes felt sexier than normal, since they’re written entirely in the male perspective. It’s not a perfect read, but it is one that will keep you smiling, and I am very much looking forward to more from this writing duo. I received an early copy via Candi Kane PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this light, sexy forbidden romance.
A sexy standalone romance written by #1 NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely and Award-Winning Romance Narrator Joe Arden!
Every man knows there are lines you don’t cross. Like this one — don’t bang your boss’s little sister.
Too bad I didn’t know sexy, clever, irresistible London is related to the guy who signs my paychecks. Would have been helpful to have that intel before I took her out on that first date, before I kissed her on the beach, before I made plans to take her home that night.
But now I know and I’m going to be so damn disciplined. I’m a good guy, after all. And good guys don’t break the golden rules of the bro code. I’m going to follow the heck out of all the rules. I won’t break a single damn one.
Even when London asks me to help her with a work project. One that has us working late every night, all alone, in my tiny apartment.
One that tests every ounce of willpower I have.
One that is driving me out of my ever loving mind.
But I resist.
Until the night she issues a challenge I can’t refuse.
Joe Arden performs the book, with cameos from special guests Erin Mallon, Emma Wilder and Maxine Mitchell!
About the Authors:
About Lauren Blakely:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, escapist love stories. She’d love to give you a free book today! Check out her web site to grab your free read: https://laurenblakely.com/one-free-book
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About Joe Arden:
Joe Arden is one of the industry’s most prolific and decorated narrators of Romance and Erotica. He has been nominated for multiple Audie and SOVAS Awards and has received AudioFile’s Earphones Award numerous times. He is a vocal advocate for consent and equality. In his free time, he trains and fosters rescue pit bulls. This is his debut novel.
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