RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: REVIEW AND EXCERPT: STUD FINDER by Lauren Blakely

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes the sexy and hilarious title…STUD FINDER, a new novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights!

As a broker of happily ever afters, Evie Milligan’s job is to serve as a “stud finder,” pairing wildly successful women with men who won’t fleece them and will adore them. Her next assignment ought to be an easy one — the man she’s seeking a match for is fun, smart, rich and in demand. The trouble is, Evie is falling hard for her client. What happens when the matchmaker meets her match?

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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.

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“Witty dialogue, fun dates, and a deliciously nerdy hero all match perfectly with a heroine who doesn’t really know she needs all that until it’s right there in front of her. Lauren Blakely has another winner with this one!”

~Crystal, Bookseller

Excerpt

What am I doing?

Dylan is my client’s brother.

Dylan is now my client.

I’m not interested in a match for myself. I’m not looking for love. I’m focused on work, and Dylan is my work.

The trouble is, my work turns me on more than I expected, and that’s for one elemental reason—I like him.

I like him so very much.

That’s why I jerk this conversation back to the purpose of these get-togethers—prepping him for his princess charming, whoever she may be.

I brush one palm against the other. “The big question is—are you ready for me to set you up on your first date? Or do you think the fall in yoga has set you back?” I wink.

“You think falling in yoga means I’m not ready to date?”

I laugh. Nervously. “Well, not entirely. But it did remind me what we talked about before we had tea. That we all have a bit of dork in us. So, I didn’t know if you wanted to walk through all the potential topics, moments, pitfalls, and so on.”

“Like a pre-date prep? Or maybe even a practice session?”

“Sure, we can practice now if you’d like,” I offer.

He doesn’t answer right away. When he does, he takes his time, like he’s making an offer. “Or maybe we can practice in a true date simulation.”

Tingles race over my shoulders. “Like a practice date?”

His eyes twinkle like stars. “I need a practice date badly. Can I take you on one? It would be so helpful to review everything. Make sure I’m ready.”

When he puts it like that… “Yes, of course.”

I want him to put his best foot forward. I didn’t say yes because I want to date him. I wouldn’t do that, even though when he walks away, all I can think is how on earth did I wind up with a pitter-pattering heart for a man I’m handing off to another woman?

“Warning: You will get addicted to the DRUG that is Lauren Blakely’s writing!!!”

~Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog

Review

Once upon a time, there was an author whose stories managed to make readers swoon, laugh, and sigh on almost every single page as she allowed her heroes and heroines’ voices to be heard by a multitude of romance readers – those of us who love romantic comedies and who adore quirky, irresistible male and female leads who allow us a bit of escapism and a whole lot of feel good moments to revel in from the beginning of each story all the way to its ending.

This author also has the uncanny ability to create an entire supporting cast of characters who are dynamic characters in their own right…those who help their friends and family members recognize what’s right in front of them, even if it takes some manipulation and stealthy moves to get them headed in the right direction, and Lauren Blakely’s newest release, Stud Finder, definitely illustrates her ability to write multifaceted characters and story lines as well as add in a few unexpected twists that even Grimm himself would enjoy, even if Blakely’s a whole lot lighter and sexier in tone and situations than he is!

Stud Finder has a multitude of connotative meanings, but in Evie and Dylan’s story, it describes Evie’s profession…a job that she loves and a way for her to help those in need of some guidance when it comes to finding Mr. or Mrs. Right. As a stud finder, Evie vets all potential suitors for her clients and matches them up with the most compatible options, hopefully putting in motion a relationship that will not only lead to satisfied customers but happily ever afters as well.

I’m a huge fan of sexy nerds and Dylan Parker is exactly that! He may be a bit of a departure from Blakely’s usual heroes, but that’s what I adore about him. Dylan is who he is and even though he logically understands that there are things about him that might turn the opposite sex off, what he also knows is there’s a woman out there who will accept him for who he is and revel in his eccentric qualities because those are the ones that make him funny, adventurous, and honest. The fact that he’s one hell of a hottie doesn’t hurt, but it’s more so his personality that endears him to readers and to Evie, which might not be helpful on a business front, but it does wonders for her non-existent attraction to her male counterpart.

Evie doesn’t quite fit the mold of Blakely’s heroines either, but, once again, it’s not going to be her standard female lead who fits with Dylan. She’s one heck of a matchmaker for everyone but herself and that works for her because she’s passionate about what she does and who she helps and while she doesn’t seem to use her skills for the good of herself, when she’s with Dylan, she finds herself fighting her own attraction to him and wondering just how bad for business it would be to pursue something with a client she no longer wants to help find his match because she wants to be it.

Everything about Stud Finder worked for me…its characters, the pace of the story line, the characters’ overthinking. All parts of the text fit who Dylan and Evie are and just how oblivious they both seem to be when it comes to what they want for themselves. Getting inside Dylan and Evie’s heads allows readers to truly understand how they see themselves and why they second guess things and seem surprised with certain situations. Nothing seemed contrived or overdramatic in the story and the fact that their happily ever after comes about the way it does proves that sometimes Fate needs a little push when it comes to deciding who should be with whom and making it happen.

5 Poison Apples

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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. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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