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From #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance!
I couldn’t have scripted a more perfect night.
For one fantastic evening, at a masquerade party in the heart of Manhattan, I’m not the millionaire everyone wants a piece of. Fine—multimillionaire. But who’s counting all those commas? Not me, and not the most intriguing woman I’ve ever met, who happens to like dancing, witty banter, and hot, passionate up-against-the-wall sex as much as I do.
There’s no need for names or business cards. And that’s why I’m eager to get to know her more, since my mystery woman seems to like me for me, rather than for my huge…bank account.
Everything’s coming up aces. Until the next day when things get a little complicated. (Newsflash — a lot complicated.)
He’s charming, brilliant, an incredible lover, and right now I want to stab fate in the eyeballs.
I’ve had one goal I’ve been working toward, and lo and behold, my mystery man is the very person who stands between me and my dream job. A job I desperately need since my hard-knock life has nothing in common with his star-kissed one.
But it’s time to put that fairytale night behind me, and focus on learning what makes him tick. Too bad it turns out his quirks are my quirks, and his love affair with New York matches mine.
And as we spend our days together, I discover something else that feels like a cruel twist of fate — I’m falling for this naughty prince charming, and that’s not an ending I can write to our story.
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The title of Flynn and Sabrina’s book speaks to the people they are beneath their professional personas…the ones who don’t have to consider the risks…who adore witty grammar exchanges, willingly follow their heart instead of their head, and dirty each other up in all deliciously decadent ways.
But that’s not Flynn or Sabrina’s reality…
In the real world, the in-your-face New York City business world, Flynn Parker is a visionary – one who has made millions due to his brain power…one who endures impromptu wedding proposals and countless business pitches from almost everyone who crosses his path…one who doesn’t know who to trust when it comes to the opposite sex because he’s been burned before with someone’s desire over his money more than anything else. He’s ‘millions’…he’s polished…he’s a self-driven multi-millionaire.
And, it’s the man who Flynn is in the business world that Sabrina Granger can’t allow herself to fall for…because she’s ‘pennies’ and ‘do-it-yourself’ attire, and she doesn’t add up to anything close to who and what Flynn has in his life…at least when it comes to the numbers and the professionalism she must exude in order to take care of herself and her brother and given the disastrous state of her circumstances, the reward of her attraction to Flynn is not worth the risk that comes with it, not because she doesn’t want him or think about him all the time, but because in the grand scheme of things, they come from two different worlds and she just can’t find a way to fit into his without compromising her principles and becoming someone she vowed she never would be.
Regardless of Flynn and Sabrina’s differing lifestyles, their chemistry and attraction cannot be denied, so while they ‘try’ to be professional and not cross the line that Sabrina needs to remain behind, it’s clear that they’re falling for each other and complement one another in so many ways. The struggle they both have to not go back to Duke and Angel is always festering just beneath the surface, and Lauren Blakely does a great job of illustrating both Flynn and Sabrina’s internal struggle. There’s so much more on the line for Sabrina when it comes to her profession, but there’s just as much for Flynn to lose, even if it comes in a much different form of loss and Blakely examines all of the whys and why nots and then allows the hero and heroine to make up their minds and truly figure out the risk versus the reward…the idea of what taking a chance could cost them, and ultimately, they both realize things about themselves, their lifestyles, and their hopes/dreams and the only reason they do is because they took a chance that first night, even behind masks and no names, to be honest and to free themselves of societal constraints, so the crux of the story focuses on how to come to an equal balance when it comes to Sabrina’s career and the fact that they’re falling for one another regardless of the conflict of interest that compounds all of Sabrina’s decisions. Because when it comes down to it, their grammar games, Flynn’s knock, knock jokes, their dirty Cinderella and dirty Prince Charming experiences clearly illustrate just how perfect they are together and just how much they want to be themselves – the ones who met at the masquerade party and ended up unmasking each other to the point that they both wanted more.
Lauren Blakely has a way of making her readers not only fall in love with her hero and heroine but also with the story’s setting, and New York City is the perfect place for Flynn and Sabrina’s love story because not only does it show the endless possibilities that are at their fingertips, both in life and in love,=, but it also illustrates their love affair with their city itself, not just the sights that everyone knows, but those secret and hidden places, which makes it that much more amazing to be able to truly experience a side of NYC that most can only dream of seeing.
‘Nerds for the Win!’
That’s exactly how I felt after I finished reading Flynn and Sabrina’s story, and because I’m quite the nerd myself, I could not get enough of Flynn’s hot and witty nerd game as well as Sabrina’s love for words and historical romances.
Such a great story!
4.5 Poison Apples
The door crawls shut.
Inch by inch.
A slow-mo door.
I have no patience for its theatrics. I kick it shut, eager for the next part of the evening to begin.
Her laughter sounds across the library and echoes off its dark wood shelves bursting with books. A leather couch takes center stage, flanked by a mahogany table.
“Are you in a rush to read something?” she asks coyly.
Her voice turns me on. It’s like bourbon and honey. A little throaty and husky, but with sweet undertones. Funny, how when you can’t see someone’s face—at least not all of it—your other senses heighten. Your ears work harder, homing in on the voice, or you zoom in on the eyes. Hers are warm hazel with flecks of bronze and green.
“Why, yes, I was looking for a particular book.” I stroll to the bookshelf along one wall, running my fingers across the spines, from old hardcovers like Tess of the d’Urbervilles to modern thrillers from the likes of Clive Cussler to non-fiction reads on the habits of highly effective people. “I thought if you wanted to go to the library you’d want to read. Naturally.”
“Of course. Read me a story. A bedtime story.” She leans against the wall next to a writing desk with a green lamp on it, the kind that has one of those chains you pull down to turn it on. She goes with the moment, and this night seems like role-play with her. I half want to understand who she is. But in a way, I’d rather experience everything she seems to want to give. Her body. Her mouth. Her mind. Whoever she is here in the library is as real as whoever she is behind the mask. My mission is to make sure she gets everything she wants.
I grab the nearest book and crack it open. It’s a James Patterson. “Once upon a time, there was a woman at a party who wanted to be kissed,” I say, walking to her, the pages open.
The angel raises her hands to her hair and sweeps off the headband that holds her halo. She tosses it to the desk. “That sounds like a very scintillating tale.”
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About Lauren Blakely
A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal 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 90 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In April she’ll release COME AS YOU ARE, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter