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Published by Lauren Blakely Books on October 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Inkslinger PR
From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a sexy new standalone romance…
Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…1. She works with me every single day.Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?2. She works in my home.Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…3. She's the nanny.And that makes her completely off-limits…But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.
The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.
I can't risk my job for a chance at something more…can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…
The SEXY One
By Lauren Blakely
Falling in love with The Sexy One
What if I told you I found a hero that’s the whole package. Good looks and muscles (please note the book cover…or, like in my case, note again and again and again), smart and ambitious, sweet, thoughtful, an awesome Dad to his daughter…AND learns from his mistakes. Yes peoples, by the end of the book her got his priorities straight and put love first. Now, don’t go freaking and calling me bad names because I spoiled the surprise, I was actually talking about his daughter. His love, love life is yours for the taking. I would never, ever imply that a love story could possibly finish on a high with an HEA. Never, I tell you.
I could really finish the review here, to be honest. I found the other characters great and thought that Abby was perfect for Simon and Hayden, the sweetest little girl ever. But really, Simon is the star of the show. Well, in my eyes he was.
I found this story somewhat refreshing. Simon is a thirty-something guy, divorced and has primary custody of his 5-year-old daughter, Hayden. His life revolves around his little girl’s happiness. Yes, his work does take up a lot of his time, but he manages to still make Hayden his priority. To do this effectively, he hires a nanny for the times he really has to go to business meetings. Through a mutual friend, Harper, he manages to get an awesome nanny in Abby. Even though Abby is awesome, there is one slight problem. Simon is completely in lust with his nanny. A wee bit cliché, unfortunately.
Abby is the nanny and she absolutely LOVES her job. It helps that Hayden is a sweetheart and her boss is a good man…who has the body of Chris Hemsworth. Now, Abby kind of has a crush on her boss. It’s totally understandable considering his looks and personality, but she LOVES her job and doesn’t want to jeopardise it. She pushes back her feelings because she doesn’t want to be a wee bit of a cliché.
As times goes on their feelings grow for each other. It’s not just lust anymore, now they have to deal with FEELINGS too. They like each other. Their personalities seem to suit and they never struggle with finding something to talk about. How long can they keep fighting their attraction?
The Sexy One was a great story. It’s a little bit of a slow burn but the tension starts from the very beginning. Simon and Abby are not silly people…well not normally. Abby does have one brain malfunction but luckily, Lauren Blakely again proved why I like her stories so much. The silly situation is dealt with, with maturity, truth and no unnecessary drama. Bravo!!
Did I mention that Simon also speaks my favourite language – Dirty Talk. It is not crass or OTT but it did make me sit up and take notice.
Talking of languages…I am very jealous of Abby’s characters ability to learn languages so easily. I speak English and I can count to ten in Japanese. WOW!! I think my kids know more than I do. What a shame out?
Anyways…I really did enjoy The Sexy One. Simon and Abby’s love story gave me happy buzzes and big goofy smiles.
At the end of the book, we get a glimpse into what’s coming our way and I can definitely say that I squealed just a wee bit. Hot Doc’s, Hot Chef’s and THE HOT ONE who’s determined to win back his ex even if he has to fight for her. BRING IT ON!!
From NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a swoony new standalone romance…
THE SEXY ONE!
Want a romance guaranteed to make you melt? Get ready to fall in love with THE SEXY ONE!
Check out this “crazy-good” Excerpt…
“I want to talk to you about the other day.” He sounds so serious.
All of a sudden, the weight of my mistake crashes down. “Are you firing me?” I blurt out.
His jaw drops. “What?”
“I’m sorry,” I say, and the wild anxieties consume me once more. “I love this job, and I love working with Hayden, and I didn’t mean to jeopardize it by . . .”
By making out with you? By touching you? By murmuring your name when you kissed me senseless in the cab, and would you please just do it again?
He steps closer. My stomach makes like a skydiver.
“You did not jeopardize a thing. I’m not firing you. I promise.” His blue eyes are locked to mine. “I hope I didn’t make you uncomfortable. And I hope I didn’t lose you, either. You’re so good at what you do, and I value your skills so much. You’re great with Hayden, and I don’t want to mess that up. I’m sorry for crossing the line.”
I shake my head. “It’s okay. I crossed it, too.”
He licks his lips. “And I really appreciated you inviting me out with your friends. I wanted to go, but I didn’t want to mess up your night. I didn’t want to make you uncomfortable.”
A grin threatens to take over my face because my heart soars. I thought he was turning me down. Instead, he was thinking of me. “You wouldn’t have messed it up.”
“I wouldn’t have?”
“No.” I latch onto Harper’s advice. Talk to him. “I wanted you there.”
My breath comes fast, and the hairs on my arms stand on end. We’re so near to each other—our words, our voices, our bodies. Everything in me reaches for him.
“I’m glad,” he whispers.
“And you don’t make me uncomfortable. I promise.”
He doesn’t say anything in response. Just nods. I press my teeth into my lips. My back is against the sink, and he’s standing so close I can smell him. The faint scent of his soap intoxicates me. He must have gone to the gym after work and taken a shower, and oh God, now I’m imagining him naked in the shower, soaping up his strong body. I go up in flames.
“What happened in the cab was”—he pauses, as if he’s searching for the right word—“crazy.” But the way he says it in a voice full of longing doesn’t sound like crazy-bad. It sounds like . . .
“Crazy-good,” I supply.
He nods. “So good,” he whispers, and inches closer.
“It was so good,” I echo, my voice breathy, full of this potent need for him.
He stares at me, his eyes brimming with heat. I exhale, and my lips part slightly. He’s looking at my mouth now, and I’m burning all over.
His hands are in my hair, and his lips crush mine. My fingers race up his shirt and around his neck. I pull him against me, his strong, hard body aligned with mine. His erection presses against my belly, and the realization that he’s already hard thrills me. Sparks fly through me as I register how hard he is, and my God, I want him. I want to feel him slide into me, I want to take him deep into my body. I want him to know what he does to me, too—that I’m as turned on as he is, and I can’t stop kissing him.
His big hands curl around my head, and I moan into his mouth. I love how much bigger he is than I am—taller, broader, stronger. He meets every primal desire I have to be taken. I want this man to consume me. I want to be under him, I want to be pinned by him—I want the full weight of him moving over me.
His lips are demanding, coaxing out more and more kisses from me. More murmurs, more sighs. As I arch into him, he groans, rough and husky.
Then, he breaks the kiss.
“This is bad,” he says firmly, his breath coming heavily. But then, he’s not so certain at all. “Is this bad?”
“Yes,” I answer quickly. “It’s bad. But it’s so good.”
“Swoony, passionate and oh-so-romantic!”
~NYT Bestselling author K Bromberg
“Insanely romantic and so genuinely charming…”
From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a sexy new standalone romance…
Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she’s gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…
3. She’s the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits…But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.
The other nannies in this city don’t call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.
I can’t risk my job for a chance at something more…can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…
With all the heat, heart and humor readers have come to expect, this newest standalone will make you laugh, swoon and feel like you’re falling in love!
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A swoony, forbidden standalone contemporary romance, THE SEXY ONE is a forbidden love story, the romantic tale of a single father falling head over heels for the smart, kind and beautiful nanny. Resistance is hard as these two fall deeply in love while she works in his home. But forbidden romances are fraught with their own challenges, and nothing comes easily for this couple. Told in dual POV, THE SEXY ONE is being called Lauren Blakely’s most romantic novel yet. THE SEXY ONE is swoony, sweet, hot and forbidden.
“A good old-fashioned love story with a forbidden twist.”
~Bookalicious Babe Blog
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About Lauren Blakely:
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 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. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter at laurenblakely.com/newsletter.
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