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Monday, October 17, 2016

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

A Review by Wendy
 5 Instinctual, Gut Knowing, Real Truth Stars
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Now before this is dismissed as a promotional 5 Star review of this book...Please take a second and remember, it is brought to you by a gal who has no shame in her game. I have always believed in letting you know when I am thrilled to be reading a favorite author... and with this new Stand Alone/Loosely Connected Grouping Lauren Blakely has created...I AM ALL IN. I have written before about Blakely's ability to Touch All the Bases (heh heh) in some of her books...
She brings the humor, the heat, the heart... and ties it all up with a focused plot which falls into place perfectly. She does it time and time again...and in this latest entry of her stand alone grouping, this is the sweetest, coolest one yet.

If you have been reading these books, Big Rock, Mister O, and Well Hung then you have met the circle of friends and know the environment of these stories. It is New York City at its best. It is creative people who have found careers, focus and friendships. It is about Grown Ups...people who have mostly worked out a lot of their angst and are pretty settled as to who they are. The men do have strong bank accounts and the women are never interested in them because of it. All of the relationships are based on a pretty equal footing ... meaning there may be financial gaps...but it is the people and who they are which is the draw. That is not to concede in the course of these stories it allows things to happen easier. Blakely is aware and does not take advantage; meaning her draw is solely not the opulence that money brings...her focus is more of the what takes place between people who have the freedom to live without the worries ... and this allows us to spend time doing the same.

In The Sexy One the title is not a pun on package like all the others. As wonderful and as gloriously fun the other books were...AND THEY WERE...This book focuses on a couple with a sweet attraction; a real love which was enhanced by each person's true nature....and that truth and real sense of self is the sexiest thing ever.

The love of a father for his daughter...
The openness and guile of a woman who knows who she is and is authentic 100 percent of the time.

Yes, at 34, Simon Travers being the walk out of the boardroom, be the cover of the Sexiest Dad in the World People Magazine issue handsome didn't hurt.. but what really struck every chord of all the women who gazed at him interact with his daughter was the undeniable love and bond he had with her. This was not a man who came and picked up his kid at the pool from his nanny because it was time... or it was his weekend to have custody ...No, this was a man in love with his daughter and everything she did or uttered was important to him. It was sincere and real.

And Sexy as Hell.

And this was what 26 year old Abby Becker had to deal with every single day since becoming Hayden's nanny 7 months ago. It only took 3 days for her to fall head over heels for this man. It was impossible to not watch how the father and daughter talked, played and just be ...without sinking into that gooey places of Gahhhhh. That Simon was tall, strong, had a quick mind and interacted with Abby like she was a person, not an employee, didn't help. Simon was the perfect father, boss and all around cool guy.

Too friggin' bad he is her boss...
Good thing she has mastered the ability to pretend all the hotness doesn't phase her in front of others...
Good thing she holds those moments when they sometime have a little time together when no one else is around and she can experience him with no filters...
Yup, Too Bad He Is Her Boss....

Simon is in a place in his life where he finally has his priorities in order. He did the fight to climb to the top of the Financial Industry...and it was not the end all be all he thought it would be. He loved the putting the deal together... capturing the prized negotiation. He was good at it...but it also took him away from his marriage and daughter. It became clear when the marriage was not working and his ex decided a co worker was the better use of her time. Luckily, Simon realized it would be the loss of his daughter in his every day life which would cut him to the quick. Life decisions and focus changed; Simon was able to obtain primary custody of Hayden because her mother traveled so much.

Enter Abby into their lives. Simon worked hard to locate the Right person for Hayden and when Harper, the party magician Simon had hired for a party became a resource, Simon asked her if she had any ideas for what he was looking for in a nanny .Abby had been best buddies with Harper since college and Abby's ability to be fluent in languages and was a teacher... sounded wonderful. When she came to interview for the position, it was a no brainer...she was gift. A beautifully, smart open-hearted gift for Simon and Hayden.

However, Simon never planned on being that cliche...falling for the babysitter or nanny. He respected who Abby was... understood her life goals and admired how real and truthful she was...something so opposite of his ex. Her way of handling Hayden, her introducing them to the love of nature and all its creatures was a catalyst.

Who knew Eagle TV could be so enticing...
Who knew watching the Male Eagle bring a squirrel to feed the Mother and Babies would stimulate the Alpha/Caveman in him and the want for a hero in Abby...

These two are destined to be together... it is only a matter of time and figuring out how to work out the blatant pitfalls....

This book was the most delicious of delicious...It was never too sweet or saccharine. It had bite, interest and real struggles...but not ones that were made up or overly angsty. There was no husband cheating with the nanny bow chicka bow wow scenario...Neither adult was involved with someone else... The complication was real...and both Abby and Simon where fighting their attraction because of it.

Yet, when they finally give into to their feelings...People...A First Kiss has never been so good....Just sayin'...This Blakely... so you know all their sexy times cause my kindle to almost short out...

This was a terrific read (can ya tell I loved it). It wanted to show when things are true, real and undeniable... then they have a way of working out. It is important to see what is important in life; do not let others judge or keep you from loving...for it is in the loving of others, we find ourselves and are able to share so much more...

The thrilling news is Lauren Blakely has tapped into a creative gusher and more books are on the way. With characters we have already met, we are first getting a special taste of a couple who rocked each others worlds only to not see each other for 10 years...and then meet under very different circumstances. The Only One is coming in December 2016. Next The Hot One will have one of our guys aiming to make his past love his present and future...and use all of his "past appreciated talents" to make it happen. March 2017 will be a great month.

These can be read in any order and how they were published:

Big Rock by Lauren Blakely Big Rock

Mister O by Lauren Blakely Mister O

Well Hung by Lauren Blakely Well Hung

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

6860216 Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With eleven New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than sixty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romantic comedies like BIG ROCK, MISTER O and WELL HUNG, which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she'll release THE SEXY ONE, a standalone romance.

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