The Hot One by Lauren Blakely | Release Day Blitz, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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The Hot One by Lauren Blakely | Release Day Blitz, Review, Excerpt & GiveawayThe Hot One by Lauren Blakely
on February 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely...

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I'm that guy. But the moment I run into the woman I once loved madly, I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And 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. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He's the one who got away . . .

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that 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 jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not . . .? I've tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I'm cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one…

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Second chance romances always tug at my heartstrings. The Hot One made my heart hurt and flutter for Tyler and Daleney, even with the little angst it had.

Entertainment lawyer Tyler Nichols is having a lovely day at the park, juggling for his niece’s delight, when he spots a woman he hasn’t seen in more than seven years. The love of his life, the one he let go, Delaney. She’s still as beautiful as he remembered. He’s curious about the woman he was with before law school, and would like to get to know her again.

Massage therapist and business owner Delaney is jogging with her best friends when she sees her first love, the one who broke her heart and ended her old dream to become a lawyer, literally juggling in front of a little girl. It seems Tyler can actually juggle, even if he failed to do it for their relationship. Seeing him made her realize how strong his hold is on her, and she wants that to change. She tries to date and focus on other things, but when Tyler goes to her spa and literally strips to show her he’s serious about reconnecting, she can’t resist.

Still, her friends advise her to be careful. He broke her heart once, and he can break it again. So she reluctantly goes out with him, but she’s not going to welcome him back just like that, even if their conversations and bonding are still as effortless and wonderful as when they were young. Tyler has to prove himself to Delaney that he’s changed and he’s there for the long haul.

I could definitely relate to Delaney and Tyler when they reconnected. Sometimes when we lost contact with special someones and reunite years later, it’s easy to go back to where we were. Like years of no contact didn’t happen at all. I was grinning ear to ear when Delaney and Tyler were getting to know each other again.

Delaney is relatable. She relies on her friends but can still stand on her own. She’s also level-headed and understanding. Her hesitation to accept Tyler back into her life is understandable with the way he left her.

“He was my best friend, my boyfriend, my most fearsome competitor, my greatest ally, and my first love.
Then he broke my heart…”

She listens to his suite, and I am honestly relieved for that! There are no dramatic fights or messy confrontations.

What I love about Lauren Blakely is that she writes strong independent heroines and and endearing and charming heroes with amazing sexual chemistry and witty banter. The Hot One is no exception. Obviously from what I’ve said above, I like Delaney. Tyler makes me smile and laugh, and he makes me swoon. His nickname, “Bungee Jump Tyler“, is perfect for him because he jumps into things without hesitation. l want that in a man. He knows what he wants and will do his best to get or achieve it.

I love love loooove the cameos! It made me so happy to see a lot of familiar faces, even if some of them were just mentioned in passing. I’m not going to enumerate them because I want you to see them again for yourself. It’s like reuniting with friends you haven’t seen in a long time. I love it!

I would have wanted a little bit more grovelling from Tyler though. Delaney didn’t welcome him into her life in a snap and Tyler’s grand gesture made me grin, but hey, I wanted him to suffer a little. But other than that, I’m a pretty happy camper.

The Hot One is a fun and sexy second chance romance told in dual POVs. It has a lot of steam, slow-burn, and a little angst. If you’re looking for a quick and fun read with a bit of a slow burn, lots of sexual tension, and a happily ever after, you might enjoy The Hot One.

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She turns her head.

And waves.

And smiles.

That smile makes me feel like I can do this. Like I can win her heart again. Mine pounds faster as I near her, and it’s not just because I happen to think she’s the most stunning woman I’ve ever seen, but because of who she is.

I arrive at her side, and she straightens. “Hey.”

“Hey.”

There’s that awkwardness again, and I want no part of it today. Like the bungee jumper I am, I lean in and dust a quick kiss on her lips. At first, she freezes. That won’t fucking do at all. My tongue darts out, flicking her top lip. A soft breath escapes her, and she gives in. Her sweet lips linger on mine, sending a charge down my spine. My brain leapfrogs ahead, and I picture scooping her up in my arms, carrying her to a quiet little patch of trees, and kissing her till she begs me to take her home.

I want that badly—I want her to beg for it because she’s at her happiest when she’s overcome—but I suspect it’s too soon for her.

Not to mention, screwing in Central Park usually results in a public citation. Public fornicators are never as clandestine as they think they are.

I nibble lightly on her bottom lip for a few seconds, drawing out a throaty murmur from her. Then I somehow find the will to separate.

She blinks. Several times. She sways the slightest bit, like her feet barely touch the ground. Good. I want her to be affected.

She furrows her brow. “I’m sorry, but do we kiss now when we see each other in the park?”

“Evidently we do.”

“Weird. Because I didn’t get that memo.”

I rock on my heels. “Want me to take it back?”

“The kiss or the memo?”

“The memo,” I say matter-of-factly, like this is all so obvious. “You can’t take a kiss back.”

“You sure on that, Nichols?”

“I can try to take back the kiss. Want me to, sweet girl?” I use the term of endearment I once called her. She doesn’t blanch, and that’s a damn good sign.

She smirks. “Be my guest.”

I kiss her once more, like I’m reversing the lip lock, doing it all in rewind, pulling away ever so slowly, ever so softly, leaving her dazed once more.

Perfect.

If she can drive me this crazy, make me this hard, send the temperature in my blood to beyond incendiary, the least I can do is return the favor.

Judging from her reaction, I’m doing it right.

I gesture from her to me. “Like that. I think that’s how you take back a kiss.”

Chuckling, she nods to the running path. “Ready for me to kick your ass?”

Every competitive bone in my body snaps to attention. “We’ll see about that,” I say, then I smack her pink nylon covered behind.

Her eyes widen, saying oh-no-you-didn’t.

But there’s a twinkle in those baby browns that says the lady might like spanking.

That’s new, and it’s most interesting.

I pencil in a new item on my mental to-do list. Find out how much she likes spanking. I never spanked her in college—just wasn’t part of the repertoire. But judging from her response now, I’m more determined than ever to find out everything she likes in and out of bed.

 

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About Lauren Blakely

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 eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In October she'll release HARD WOOD, a sexy, standalone romantic comedy.

Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK, MISTER O and WELL HUNG, which were instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she'll release THE SEXY ONE, a swoony contemporary romance.

 

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