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Monday, January 8, 2018

Review by Wendy ♥ Most Likely To Score by Lauren Blakely

 A Review by Wendy

5 Snuck Up On Me Stars
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Spoiler Free
Have you every planned on reading a book with a certain expectation in mind... You think you know what to you are going to get and are happy being involved for a couple hours with something other then your job, state of affairs or whatever is going on in your life..Well, that was what I expected when I opened Lauren Blakely's latest book, Most Likely To Score...And like my title says, this book snuck up on me big time.

It had all the trappings of a fun, flirty read Blakely is known for... all the Delicious, Sexual Double Entendres right from the start creating just the right mood to settle in and allow the characters to show who they are and what was in store.

We have the Football Player known for his Big Hands...and trying to rehab his image after having a bad run of luck with publicity and a thieving manager. This is matched with a sharp and savvy woman who is the team's PR person.

Both have interest in each other but haven't acted on it.

Jillian Moore has good reason...
He is a player on her team...
And seems to be a player off the field too...
Also he goes for Blond, Busty and Model...
She is nothing like that...

Jones Beckett has been trying to catch Jillian's attention from the start...
He has been captivated by this smart, quick witted woman with a smile he wishes was just for him. As much as he tries to make her professional facade crack with dropped towels or discussion of how big his hands are... she keeps her eyes directly up to his and never wanders...

Jones has changed over time. His manager's theft was a huge wake up call. Jones was smeared by the same tainted brush making people forget he was victimized by this guy, too. Instead, Jones has been keeping away from all of the usual situations a football player is presented...Times that can be caught on a photo to be plastered all over social media...

A opportunity presents itself to Jones through his new agent. He has an up and coming organic pet food interested in him and his pooch. Jones has a rescue pup he has taught to do obstacle courses and is a big presence on Jones' Instagram and other social media. Jones agrees to have Cletus try the food and if it is a go, negotiations will happen.

Jillian is on the fast track with her career. She is the product of a loving family. An Asian child adopted and raised to embrace who she is. Having two parents who gave her the security to be strong, focused and feel loved. Her mother relished her own career and taught Jillian to find satisfaction in a job well done... to find self worth on her own not through others.

Jillian has but at the same time has the same insecurities one can have when a boyfriend cheats... when he thinks what he has done is just the way of the world and they should still be "friends". It doesn't help she has to deal with him through her work. She thinks it is her lousy judgement of men which causes Jillian to feel there could never be anything with Jones...Plus there is the complication of their being part of the same organization.

Things become interesting is when this couple is chosen to work together on a Calendar and Jillian is to do the publicity for the pet company. It is through all of this time together, Jillian's assumptions of Jones start to slip away. She see the man for who he truly is... a product of his parents and siblings.

He is one of the good guys. Respectful, Caring and He Listens... No, actually he hears what she is saying...

Jones is so taken with Jillian, he doesn't know what to do... But he knows not to push or force anything. These two learn about each other over the calendar shoot and what they both feel rings true...They both know they are playing with fire... but this match is getting to hard not to strike...

And in True Lauren Blakely Form, the fire that burns between these two could have been the trigger to all the recent flames ... Blakely comes up with fantasies so hot you will need a back up Kindle because the one you are using risks shorting out!

And here was the kicker for me with this read. I had gone into this thinking it would be a lovely little joyride and that would be fun a 4/4.5....But as this tale went on with all the details and insight to these people...I was so taken with the depth of feeling I was having... Here I was thinking about how fame can be so complicated and how a random moment could kill a career... or how with all of the perks of being a sports figure it can all end in a heartbeat on the field.

I caught myself thinking about how difficult it is for women to be able to do the jobs they love, especially in such a male driven industry. I was also taken down the road of family bonds and how these two characters were blessed with the support of parents who were there for them and understood who exactly who they were... and loved them unconditionally.

And the best about this book was all of these details flowed naturally in the story... they just happened and to me, never felt forced... and that happens to highlight exactly the talent Blakely has...She can take a story that has basic elements and make them special before you realize what she has done. Her books have everything we all want; sexy men, strong women and a story to take us out of our everyday lives...But She Does Much More...She gives us heart and hope and that is so very special.

This new group of Football books hopefully will have another one coming... I would lay odds on it...Think Harlen and Katie, Hint hint.

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

6860216 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 85 times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In December she’ll release THE V CARD, a a sinfully sexy standalone. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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