From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a new and sexy romance…THE KNOCKED UP PLAN!
A standalone romance told in dual POV, THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is about all of the fun, hotness, and heartfelt emotions that come when a single woman asks her gorgeous, jaded, sworn-to-be-single-forever good friend to get one particular job done.
What happens next when he agrees to provide the bun for her oven are lots of hot sexy times and heartfelt moments.
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There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I mean these… “knock me up.”
This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.
I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.
There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date — “your place or mine?”
When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place — as well as any position — I can’t refuse. Besides, I’ve got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.
There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?
Be prepared to swoon and fan yourself from the heat! This full-length standalone contains lots of hot baby-making s-e-x, happy tears, playful jokes and a hot, swoon worthy hero you will fall madly in love with. One-click now for pure reading enjoyment!
✦The audiobook will be narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt! Link coming soon! ✦
Once again, I bow down to the greatness of Lauren Blakely’s comedic writing prowess and her ability to craft realistic and complex characters who traverse the modern dating world with a plethora of hang-ups and cynical attitudes.
And, in her newest release, The Knocked Up Plan, Blakely constructs her story around two characters who are considered “dating gurus;” a hero and heroine who serve as life coaches to their radio and newspaper audiences, offering “dating, mating, and cohabitating” advice in order for their listeners to have a chance at a happily ever after in contemporary society.
What’s most interesting about these romance instructors is that they don’t practice what they preach…for Nicole, it’s because she feels defective when it comes to giving her heart to someone, and for Ryder, it’s because he gave his heart to the wrong person who then proceeded to destroy every romantic notion he ever had when it came to his own love life.
But despite their personal love issues, Nicole and Ryder join forces for “Project Bun in the Oven,” which means that as Ryder works to get his wingman mojo back by constructing a field guide to dating, Nicole and Ryder take a ride on the “baby-making train” allowing Nicole to get her heart’s desire and Ryder to “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” when it comes to winning the right woman’s heart, making his boss happy and perhaps re-educating himself about romance and intimacy.
I absolutely adored Nicole and Ryder’s story. Because readers are privy to both characters’ internal musings and gain insight through both of their perspectives, we’re able to understand what’s led them to their personal feelings about love and marriage as well as the successes and failures they’ve had with their on-air romance personalities. Blakely draws on the chemistry that exists between Nicole and Ryder as well as their mutual attraction to help illustrate why their contracted business deal can easily segue into a relationship, especially since the activities involved in their arrangement center around intimate interactions.
Lauren Blakely’s newest romantic comedy has a movie-like feel to it more so than her others simply because of the setting of the story and the main characters’ careers. Blakely never fails to craft comical one-liners that readers can picture their favorite comedic actors voicing and the way the storyline is laid out in The Knocked Up Plan perfectly fits the big screen formula.
I truly believe that Blakely should create the Consummate Guide to writing Romantic Comedies because she definitely knows how to deliver a hilarious story that is both sweet and sensual, humorous and heartfelt, as well as witty and a bit dramatic. Nicole and Ryder’s story is told so well that it’s easy to visualize each scene and as everything plays out between them, readers are able to pinpoint the exact moment it becomes about so much more than an exchange of DNA.
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“How does it work?” I ask. “The whole donation process.”
She stabs a carrot slice, chews, and swallows. “Well, there’s this thing guys do when they’re horny. It’s called”—she glances furtively from side to side—“jacking off.”
“I’m well aware of how the protein shake is made. What I mean is, are we talking about one of those little rooms you go into?” I ask, since what man doesn’t have an image of a jerk-off chamber? “With magazines or porn or whatnot?”
“Yes, they schedule the donors for forty-minute sessions in them.”
“I’m more efficient than that, but that’s good to know.” I take another bite and chew. I set down the burger. “So, a nurse or orderly would escort me to a special room, and then I’d need to drop my
drawers and whack off. Into a cup, right?”
“A plastic sample cup. With a top,” she says, and I’m kind of amazed that she’s answering every question like a champ. No blushing, no stammering.
“What do they provide for entertainment? Laptops? Computers? Or is it old school with Playboy?”
“They provide pornographic material in printed form as well as video on a TV screen.”
“Awesome. So I just choke the chicken in a room with a ton of other dudes going at it in their own rooms, too. Hand a cup to the nurse. She seals up the goods. Then, what’s next?”
“They do tests on your swimmers.”
“They’ll pass. Then you come in, maybe the same day, maybe a few days later?”
“Same day. We’d have to time everything to my cycle and when I’m ovulating.”
“Fine, so they undress you, prop you up on an exam table, and stick a turkey baster into you?”
“You paint a lovely picture of the process.”
I hold up a hand, waving her off. “Wait. I’m not done. You’re in nothing but a hospital gown. The doc tells you to put your cute little feet in stirrups, and they stick that baster up inside what I am sure
is an absolutely gorgeous and heavenly home,” I say, because if she can complement my tadpoles, I can say something nice about the paradise between her legs. She mouths a thank you. “After the boys
make the upstream trip, they send you home.” I mime patting her on the rear and then sending her out the door.
“I think you’ve got the basic idea.”
“And after that?”
“That’s all,” she says. “That’s all I’d want you to do. I don’t expect or want any involvement. I’d have all the paperwork drawn up in advance saying there are no legal rights, responsibilities, or expectations of parenting, and no financial commitments required.”
I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but that’s the clincher for me—the lack of involvement. If I’m ever going to raise a child, I’m damn well going to do it right. The whole nine yards, two parents, just like my mom and dad raised my brother, my sister, and me.
Nicole isn’t asking me to sign up for daddy duty, though. She doesn’t want me to help with diaper detail or midnight feedings.
She’s a friend asking for the help she needs so she can then do those things on her own.
And helping a friend seems like something I should consider.
Fine, she’s asking for a hell of a lot more than a dude to put together an IKEA TV stand, and those things are beyond Da Vinci Code-level cryptic. I’d like to see Robert Langdon decipher some IKEA assembly instructions. Good luck with that, Harvard symbologist.
I like Nicole. I respect the dickens out of this woman. I want to take her request as seriously as she’s asking it. “Can I have a few days to think about it?”
“Of course. Take all the time you need,” she says, then glances at an imaginary watch on her wrist. “It’s only my biological clock ticking.”
“The chemistry between Ryder and Nicole is COMBUSTIBLE!!! They are magic together.”
– Bookalicious Babes Blog
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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 June she’ll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter