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Review: The Hot One by Lauren Blakely + Teaser and Excerpt

Monday, February 27, 2017
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The Hot One by Lauren Blakely
 
 
synopsis
A sexy, swoony standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely...

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
4 out of 5 stars
This was just so fun and sweet and swoony. I love Lauren Blakely’s style, she always pulls me in. The Hot One was another fantastic read!
 
I enjoyed Tyler and Delaney so much. Them reconnecting was super entertaining for me and had me smiling big time. So, Tyler stripping at her work place was rather over the top but it was SO funny and sincere, I couldn't help but love that scene. I loved learning about their past history and how their breakup went down. I loved Delaney and her positive attitude, willing to accept and move on.
 
I loved Tyler and Delaney's flirting and banter as they get to know each other all over again. I like how Delaney was cautious but open. Tyler was so, so sweet. Really wooing her and that made me melt. He was such a likable character. I loved their flirting and the build of heat they had, seriously great connection. There’s mild drama, some things and some things from Delaney's past that are thrown into the mix rounding everything out.
 
I enjoyed all their friends and the tie-ins from previous books. I also loved the fierceness of Delaney’s friends and the sisterhood they formed. As much as I loved her and Tyler and their relationship, I thought that was a really special thing too.
 
Entertaining, sexy, and oh so sweet! Another Lauren Blakely book that leaves a smile on my face and my heart happy!
 
Complimentary copy received for honest review.



teaser
 

excerpt
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.
 
Just kidding.
 
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.
 
Game on.
 
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 f*cking 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. F*ck 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.
 
Jesus Christ.
 
It had to be illegal to be that smoking hot.
 




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