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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Release Blitz/Review ♥ Out of Bounds by Lauren Blakely ♥ #giveaway $25 GC

From NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a sexy new standalone sports romance…

Ready to be swept off your feet? Meet the witty, sexy, dirty-talking quarterback Drew in OUT OF BOUNDS! Grab your copy today!

"Out of Bounds smolders with heat, desire, and wicked swoon-worthy excitement!"
~Beneath the Covers Book Blog

"So much passion and intensity that you wouldn't expect in a sports romance, but once again, Lauren Blakely BRINGS IT”
~Shayna Renee Spicy Reads

The first rule of football--don't screw with a streak.
My career is finally looking up, and I'm leading a new pro team down the field every Sunday. No way will I mess with that. But when I meet the most stunning and captivating woman I've ever seen, I tell myself one night will have to be enough.
But it's not. And now I can't get her out of my mind. Even when I'm playing. Even when I need to focus. Even when I’m on the hottest streak of my life.
And it turns out, she's not just some random woman I met. She works for the team. My team.
I only have one goal this season--do my part as the team's lawyer to keep them out of trouble. Help rebuild their reputation on and off the field. There's no room for error and certainly no room for a secret tryst with a player . . . even if he's the quarterback.

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A Review by Wendy

4.5 Making It Work So Good Stars
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So when I think of the next book to read... I ask myself... What Do I Want...and if there is a new Lauren Blakely out there... I will more than likely jump at the chance to consume it immediately. There is no doubt, for me...I will be totally entertained, totally wanting all the action to be happening to me personally, and loving all the heart, care and humor that goes with it. It is a done deal.

Out of Bounds
 is a perfect example of this theory.... it is so Blakely. ...great guy, smart gal and uber sexy! It is a novella full of content. It gives everything you could want within this format. It brought these two characters together; instantaneously establishing the rhythm of banter, smarts, respect for each person...and the understanding of what the scenario was...

We have Drew Erickson, up and coming star in the professional football league... he is taking a timeout of being on...enjoying the beach and trying his hand at surfing. He is built (duh... he is the quarterback), staggeringly handsome... and totally committed to mastering these waves on a long board. The Venice Beach has all sorts doing their thing in the ocean and unfortunately for Drew...a surfer does the unthinkable for surfing etiquette...drops into Drew's wave and then his board goes flying in the direction of Drew's head...

Now Dani Paige has been tracking this fine Specimen of Man...yes, she has been enjoying the display of his athletic ability and limbs...his way of never giving up when smacked down by the waves and when he is in the surfing groove... riding a winner... it is a thing of beauty...

So when she sees the lunkhead cut into her ManVision...and the idiot's board is heading for her Eye Candy...this guy new to surfing. Dani yells out Heads Up in hopes to alert him of what is aiming his way...but the orange board hits its target and Drew's head gets smacked hard.

Dani paddles from her spot to where the Big Fella went under...and as he pops up...even after this whack, he is something to behold. Dani approaches him and asks if he is alright and this is the start. Both of them exchange this extremely witty banter... she first seeing sincerely if he is ok... and him becoming intrigued with this wonder-surfer, quick and who was nice enough to care and try to alert him of the board. Her also being in a bikini, looking amazing and most importantly... comfortable in her own skin, doesn't hurt either.

There is one other thing he is noticing big time...She has NO IDEA of who he is...He is just a guy to her...and that has been so rare for him...So when the introductions are made...He gives her his full first name all know him as Drew in the Sports world.

What Drew doesn't know is Dani is involved in his world big time. She is one of the Los Angeles Knights team lawyers. She also has been weaned on football since she was a baby; her father, a high school football coach, shared his love for the sport with his daughter freely...He would encourage her to talk of plays, to understand why things happened as they did and when she thought he needed to make some changes on the field...he listened.

Football was part of Dani and she was thrilled to be in a position to work with the Knights. When she realizes Drew wants to keep his identity a secret, she goes with it. She has a bit of understanding how it could be hard to live in the public eye 24/7. This allows the two of them to just be... she does not reveal she works for the Knights and he doesn't say he is the up and coming Quarterback for the Anaheim Devil Sharks.

These two experience an afternoon of perfection. Dani checks to see if his head is actually fine from the hit...old Lifeguard reflexes....and Drew is taken with her not knowing anything about him and still trying to help him out. They go for a drink...flirt/banter some more and Dani has decided she would be open to having a night with his amazing fella...

It looks good for the both of them... a kiss at Dani's door leads to an intensity which demands more...and then Drew's phone goes off. Numbers are punched into phones and both hope to hear from each other.

Of Course, Neither Receives a Text or Call....
Both are disappointed...

Which leads to Dani and Drew meeting under different circumstances...and we are off to a fantastic read...

We get POV's from both Drew and Dani. We have the dance of figuring out how to have it all... because there are obstacles to overcome... but there is an undeniable passion and appreciation for the person they each met on the beach. Both of these people are ripe to give this relationship a try...yet there are legit reasons not to...and that is the quandary.

This novella had all the substance you could want in a quick read... not too short but was fully formed and enough. I will not give anything away...but will share Drew and Dani had a very unique way of passing time on the freeway during a Los Angeles traffic jam...

Very Hands On....

We had secondary characters of a manager and sister who add flavor and counter balance. We also have Drew's teammates who could be a possible next tale...

Overall I would say... this was low in angst, high in sexy banter, actions and fun with just the right amount of heart. TOUCHDOWN!

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


When we reach her home, a cute little white bungalow, she gestures to the porch. It’s teeming with potted plants and flowers, as well as pizza coupons and takeout menus stuffed behind the mailbox next to the doorway. “Thank you, Andrew. For the drinks and the escort service.”

I wiggle my eyebrows because she says escort in kind of a naughty way. “And thank you for the surf angel-slash-nurse work.”

“My pleasure. I was happy to save a guy in distress.”

I narrow my eyes and protest her description. “Hey now. I’m not dude in distress.”

She whispers “just kidding” as she leans against her porch railing. I don’t think it’s intentional, but that pose shows off all her assets. The swell of her breasts in her tank top, her curvy hips, her strong legs. This woman just fucking does something to me. Turns me on, that’s what she does. Makes me hard as hell. Though she’s made it clear that the night ends right here, I intend to make the most of this good-bye.

I move closer to her and run my hand down her arm. I watch as goose bumps rise in its wake. My voice goes low. “Do you know what I’ve been thinking about?”

She tilts her head to the side. “What would that be, Andrew?”

It still sounds funny to hear her call me that. But next time I see her I’ll tell her that everyone calls me Drew. With my other hand, I brush her hair off her shoulder, cataloging her reaction to my touch. The way she shivers. How she sways closer. The rush of breath on her lips. I bring my mouth to her ear, and whisper. “What it would be like to kiss you.”

I pull back, wanting to look at her. Her lips are parted, then she licks them and swallows. It’s like she’s taking a step closer, saying go for it. “You should absolutely find out then,” she says, soft and inviting.

My fingers travel from her shoulder, up to her hair, and I rope my hand through those blond locks. I pull her close, savoring the warm feel of her sun-kissed skin and the smell of sand, surf, and sunshine in her hair.

I dip my mouth to hers, clasping her face in my hands. When I nip her bottom lip, she gasps. It’s such an alluring sound, and it turns me the fuck on even more. My dick would very much like to go inside her house tonight, but kissing is all that’s on the menu, so I kiss her in a way that’ll leave her wanting more. Because I want so much more of her, and I also want her to know that.

I’m not sure how I went from leaving the field when practice ended this morning, to spending the afternoon surfing to get my mind off all the changes I’m sure are coming, to kissing this beautiful stranger outside her Venice Beach home. But hell if I want to analyze this moment.

I spend my working hours making decisions, analyzing, choosing. Then executing.

Right now, I want to get lost in something that no one else controls but this woman and me.

"The perfect mix of sexiness, laughter, and sweetness."
~Two Book Pushers

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About Lauren Blakely:

Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 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 twelve New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she'll release FULL PACKAGE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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