RELEASE DAY LAUNCH AND REVIEW: Once Upon a Real Good Time by Lauren Blakley

Are you ready to have a real good time?

What do you get when you mix a smoking hot one-night stand, a swoon worthy former rock star, and a quirky single mom ready to paint the town red? Add in a morning after that surprises them both, and you get a laugh-out-loud and insanely sexy new romantic comedy from #1 NYT bestseller Lauren Blakely that you’re guaranteed to love!

✔ Campbell, a charming, clever, inked single dad and former rock star you’ll swoon for!

✔ Mackenzie, the kind of quirky, smart, loyal heroine you want to be besties with!

✔ A forbidden romance between two funny, caring single parents!

A little bit forbidden, a whole lot of dirty, and filled with everything in between, ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME is a full-length standalone romance that’s full of heat, heart, humor and sexy times sure to keep you up all night.

Get your copy of ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME today!


That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star?

Turns out he’s my son’s new music teacher. Oops.

But I didn’t know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it.

My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything.

That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy.

Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done.


I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked.

After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day.

Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter.

All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt.

It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one.

Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?


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“There is a reason Lauren Blakely is the queen of the romantic comedy. The chemistry and banter between her characters never ceases to charm me, and her stories just fill me up with that euphoric high that comes from reading a fantastic book.”

Sarah at Musings of the Modern Belle

“HOLY HOTNESS! Lauren Blakely is on fire with this story! I LOVED IT! Campbell and Mackenzie’s story is sexy and fun . . .The chemistry between these too is white hot and delicious . . . and I just adored the kids.”

Lys at I Love Story Time

My Review

Once Upon…

Campbell Mason Evans was known as Mason Hart, one third of the band the Heartbreakers, but all of that changed when he became a father to Samantha, and while he still keeps his passion for music alive, the musician lifestyle and everything that comes with it is not who he is anymore and he’s more than fine with his new life.

A Real Good Time…

That’s something that single mom, Mackenzie, hasn’t had a lot of lately, unless you count the time she spends at The Grouchy Owl proving that her moniker of ‘trivia queen’ is more than appropriate. Mackenzie’s priorities are her 13 year old son and her job, which doesn’t leave time for anything else, at least according to her.

Once Upon A Real Good Time…

The instant spark between Mackenzie and Campbell led to a night where they could just be themselves, giving into their desires for one another and remembering what it’s like to go a little wild in the most delicious ways possible. But what that means for who they are outside of their glorious night together is still in question, especially when their ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ lives intersect. 

The circumstances that Mackenzie and Campbell find themselves in due to the direction their lives took and the difficult choices they made are relatable and realistically portrayed and the fact that Lauren Blakely allows both of her main characters’ voices/perspectives to be heard as they juggle parenthood, a career, and a blossoming personal life – all factors that overwhelm, frustrate, and amaze them on any given day – provides the perfect amount of insight to understand why Mackenzie and Campbell can’t just completely give in to the chemistry between them without considering the potential risks.

The supporting characters, particularly Campbell’s brothers and daughter as well as Mackenzie’s best friend and son, make this story even more well-rounded and entertaining because Lauren Blakely makes them a priority; she understands how pivotal the main characters’ children are to the big picture and to any relationship that may develop between Campbell and Mackenzie and the insights that the other characters help to expose proves why the main characters have chosen the path they’re living and why it would have to be something extraordinary for them to deviate from the status quo.

Lauren Blakely, once again, proves why her romantic comedies are some of the best around; her characters are extremely likable, their perspectives are emotionally rich and thoughtful, and the plot line flows organically based on the conflicts the hero and heroine must struggle through in order to appease everyone and everything involved.

Once Upon a Real Good Time has a great mix of sweet and sexy as well as family time and personal time, and it also allows readers to truly see who the hero and the heroine are and why they, too, deserve to be happy in every sense of the word.

4.5 Poison Apples

The Heartbreakers is a series of standalone rom-coms and will be narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt!
Grab your copy of ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME today!


“Campbell is hands down the hottest hero Lauren Blakely ever created. I loved his dirty mouth and golden heart.”

Becca at Little Red Reading Hood

We’ve got your next binge read right here! Don’t miss the next two standalone full-length novels in The Heartbreakers Series!

Three brothers. Three rock stars. Three standalones.

The Heartbreakers Series—full-length, standalone romantic comedies with no cliffhangers releasing within one month so you can binge read these sexy novels! You can indulge in three delicious romances — a sexy one-night stand with an off-limits woman, a best-friends-to-lovers tale, and a falling-for-my-buddy’s-sister love story.All come with banter, sexy times, and single parents! So get your one-clickers ready for these sexy & charming men! Each love story will make you laugh, swoon and fan yourself from the heat!

September 10: Once Upon a Real Good Time

September 24: Once Upon a Sure Thing

October 8: Once Upon a Wild Fling

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 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In September she’ll release ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME, a fun & sexy rock star romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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