Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely
Series: 1001 Dark Nights
Published by Evil Eye Concepts on September 26th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Novella
Source: Blog Tour Host
Man seeking woman: Hot, rich, smart, witty, self-made multimillionaire Internet genius seeks classy, intelligent, sexy, fun-loving woman who’s interested in settling down and sharing all the good things.
There. Best. Ad. Ever.
I will absolutely find the woman of my dreams, someone who’ll love me for me. Even if my sister thinks I need help dating, I’m confident I can pull this off, courtesy of the great worldwide web.Let me just hit the upload button right now...***No. Just no. As a woman and a professional matchmaker, I can’t let Dylan Parker run this ad. He’s the catch of all catches. That’s why his sister has asked me to help her ridiculously good-looking, insanely rich, but socially clueless brother find a woman. As a broker of happily ever afters, I’m known as the Stud Finder since I make a great living pairing wildly successful women with men who won’t fleece them but will adore them. After all, what woman in her right mind wouldn’t fall in love with Dylan?
I mean, besides me. It totally won’t be me.
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.
This book is so adorable! It’s the kind of story that will make you grin and fan yourself because of the heat, pretty much like when you eat a delicious taco with the spicy salsa. Yum.
It’s impossible not to approve, Mr. Darcy.
A matchmaker extraordinaire and a smart but socially clueless tech multimillionaire walk into a boba tea shop called Quickie, and it’s not a joke. When Evie “Stud Finder” Milligan’s good friend shows her the dating ad her brother posted online, Evie knows it in her heart that she has to help the nerdy hot tech mogul and prove to him she can find his perfect match better than his most trusted worldwide web can.
Dylan Parker is so sure he’ll find his future wife once he posts the ad he wrote himself, but when he receives nothing but questionable proposals from countless women (and men), he gives in to his sister’s suggestion to enlist the help of her friend. When he and Evie starts working on Dylan to figure out his perfect match, Dylan realizes that Evie isn’t so different from him after all. But how can he convince his matchmaker that the one he wants to be matched with is her?
This novella has a fresh yet familiar writing style that I love and would definitely love to have more of. With Lauren Blakely’s signature humor, Stud Finder is a fun, playful read that is seeping with sexual tension and a strong connection between two extremely lovable characters.
I adored both characters, but I have a special place in my heart for Dylan, a man I think is different from the other heroes in the Big Rock world. He’s not as smooth when it comes to dating, but his efforts to win over Evie in his own way made me swoon so much.
It was a delight to read about their non-dates, the ease in their banter, and the palpable chemistry between Evie and Dylan. I had a perma-grin on my face as I read this story, I swear.
And that ending. ❤️❤️❤️ especially the last few paragraphs. Ahhhhh. That’s all I’m going to say. So sweet.
If you’re looking for a quick but incredibly satisfying read that will make you giggle and smile and feel butterflies all over, I recommend reading Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely. If you haven’t read any of her books yet and would like to dip your toes in LB’s writing style, I think this would be a lovely book to start.
And I’m sure Lauren Blakely fans will have a hoot reading this and trying to find the connection between the Stud Finder characters and the rest of the Big Rock world books.
Now, I’m off to wallow in my cave as I wait for Mia and Patrick’s story!
Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Matchmaker
POV: First Person, Dual POV
The waiter leaves, and Evie is grinning at me.
“What?” I bare my teeth. “Do I already have seaweed stuck in my teeth, and I didn’t even order it?”
She shakes her head, her smile never vacating her pretty face. “They say on a first date, you can tell more about a man from how he treats the waiter than anything else.”
“And what did you learn?”
“You were quite nice to him.”
“Why would anyone not be nice, though? I don’t get it. I don’t get why someone would treat a waiter, a server, a cabbie, a hotel clerk, a salesperson—anyone—like a douche.”
“I don’t know, either, but it happens.”
“I don’t need to put someone down to feel good about myself.”
She rests her chin in her hand, studying my face. “You’re an interesting man, Dylan.”
“Am I?” I peer at her over the top of my glasses.
“You are. So tell me, what do you do for a living?” She rolls her hands, saying go with it.
“Oh, is this the role-play?”
She nods. “Practice date banter.”
I chuckle, mostly to myself, since it seems too silly to put the car in reverse. But I have to remind myself that Evie is on the clock and doing her job. “I’m an entrepreneur.”
Her blue eyes sparkle. “How interesting. Do you love it?”
“Absolutely. I’ve wanted to start my own company since I was a kid, and I love making things, growing a business, building it up, and selling it for gobs of money. What about you?”
“I’m a matchmaker, and yes, I always wanted to do this.”
“When I was a little girl, I loved setting up my dolls.”
I crack up, enjoying the image of her playing matchmaker to dolls. “Seriously?”
“I had a purple bucket of Ken and Barbie dolls as well as a stuffed panda, and the panda served as the great arbiter of romance amongst the dolls, deciding which couple would be allowed to spend a night in the Barbie house.”
I drag a hand through my hair. “That might be one of the best stories ever. Since basically, you are now the stuffed panda.”