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What do you get when you mix a hot nerd, a quirky heroine, and a hilarious meet-cute (featuring a boombox) that goes terribly awry? UNZIPPED!
Don’t miss this brand new standalone romantic comedy from #1 NYT bestseller Lauren Blakely! Brilliantly funny and spectacularly swoony, UNZIPPED—with its nod to the great silver screen romantic comedies—is available everywhere for your pleasure!
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Wanted: hot nerd seeks dating coach.
Picture this – I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I’m good and ready this time around. After all, if you’re going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops.
There’s only one little problem.
My college girlfriend isn’t the one who shows up when I play my “I’ll do anything to win you back” tune. The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore. But she’ll help me win her back. Anything for romance, anything for a guy so willing to go big for love. And that’s what I want at first. Until I get to know my new “romance coach” and discover she’s funny, clever, and keeps me on my toes. Now I don’t want to win anyone else’s heart. I want the woman who’s been helping me all along. Trouble is – she thinks I’m in love with someone else, and when we take off on a road trip, everything I think I know about women is about to be unzipped and turned inside out.
He’s the last person I ever expected to pop into my life, but he might be exactly what I need to save the thing that matters most to me. All I have to do is not fall for him.
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Clearly by his meticulously planned big gesture to reconnect with his college girlfriend, Kyler, aka Tom, doesn’t understand the first thing about women nor does he understand that he can’t rely on gimmicks and his love of 80s pop culture, especially movies, to woo back a woman he hasn’t seen in over 8 years. And even though Tom is adorkable and quite intelligent, the fact that he’s clueless about what the opposite sex wants and needs is made clearer and clearer the longer he communicates his thoughts and ideas to the woman who had the ‘unfortunate or fortunate’ opportunity, depending how you look at it, to witness his public humiliation…maybe that’s too strong a word but it’s definitely something I wouldn’t want to see again;)
From awkward strangers to quirky fast friends to a couple who don’t quite know how to act on their growing feelings towards each other because the basis of their time together has been about Tom reconnecting with the woman who could have been the love of his life. But as Tom and Finley’s story continues, it becomes beyond clear just how perfectly matched these two are…now Tom just has to find a way to prove to Finley that she’s the only one he wants regardless of how they met and Finley needs to be willing to put her heart on the line again after it was mangled by her last boyfriend who used her as a rebound and then went back to the woman he had always and only wanted, his ex.
What I loved most about Finley was her honesty when it came to, not only helping Tom come up with a new plan to ‘get back his lost love’ but also laying out the reasons that his ‘Say Anything’ scene remake was not something he should ever try again. And because Finley can’t help but be her perceptive self, she had Tom pegged from the very beginning, which helps her to truly get to know who he is and it also helps him to learn what he truly wants in a significant other – not the idealized version he’s had in his head for the past 8 years.
The use of movie one-liners was a perfect way to bond Tom and Finley,
because it not only illustrated how much they had in common but it also allowed their relationship to grow naturally, even if his original reason for meeting Finley had to do with another woman.
I loved the whole art imitating life plot line, especially since Finley could use the reality of Tom’s actions as well as her own to hopefully help restore life to her flatlining comedy series, but I also felt like even if it didn’t save her show, she could easily come up with new ideas based on everything she experienced with Tom while being his travel buddy as well as his mentor, his friend, and ultimately, the woman he wanted.
UnZipped is an adorable, feel good romantic comedy – one that reminded me of all the 80s movies that I loved and just how awkward things can be at the beginning of new relationships, especially ones that start in unique ways. I’m glad Lauren Blakely gave her readers both her main characters’ perspectives because they each had their own unique way of seeing things and their respective pasts led them to who they are today, which is pivotal in truly understanding why these two make the decisions they do.
I’m sure after reading UnZipped there was a spike in the amount of 80s romantic comedies watched because that’s exactly what I wanted to do after finishing Tom and Finley’s story.
4 Poison Apples
“UNZIPPED was such a fun and adorable half meet-cute-getting-to-know-you – half road-trip love story!! Run to your nearest amazon asap for your own Kyler Tom – this one is MINE!!!”
~Bianca, BJ’s Book Blog
I part my lips to speak, but I don’t know how to answer her. Or that. She rocks back and forth on her heels like she’s waiting for me to say something, and I realize I don’t know what I’m doing with her. I don’t understand her.
Is this her ruse to get me in bed? Calling me a boy toy?
Truth is, I wouldn’t mind getting naked with her because, hello, hot chick, but I need to keep my eye on the prize, so I’m going to have to cut this seduction strategy of hers off at the knees. “I want to level with you. I’m not interested in you that way.”
She blinks, coughs, and then laughs. For several seconds. Okay, more like half a minute. “I’m sorry. Say that again.” She gestures for me to keep going.
“I’m interested in Cassandra.”
She points at her chest. “And not me, right? I just want to make sure I understand. It’s a touch confusing, and I don’t want to miss a beat.”
I frown, totally confused now, because isn’t it self-evident? “That’s what I said.”
She shakes her head, amused. “Tom, I need you to know something.”
She brings her hand to her chest. “I solemnly swear I have not once thought of you naked. I absolutely haven’t dirty-dreamed of you. And I’m definitely not harboring delusions about stripping you down to nothing and having my wild, wicked way with you.”
Wild, wicked way.
What does Finley think is wild and wicked?
My brain spins, crafting scenarios that involve her bent over the Batmobile, or daring me to climb the fire engine sculpture and test its strength for a wild, wicked screw. I have no fucking clue why my mind finds these images permissible for assembly, so I shove a hand roughly through my hair, trying to clear my head.
“And I’m not thinking of stripping you down to nothing and having my wild, wicked way with you either,” I say.
She dusts one hand against the other. “Good thing neither one of us is remotely attracted to the other.”
“Yeah, not at all,” I say flippantly. But wait? She’s not? “You’re not?” My voice ticks up. Why does her statement bother me?
“Did you want me to be remotely attracted to you?”
“Packed with flirtatious banter and lighthearted humor, Unzipped is a rom-com that’s cleverly written, refreshingly self-aware, and just plain entertaining.”
~Yvette, Nose Stuck in a Book Blog
“I loved everything about this book. It was the perfect romantic comedy about 2 nerdy people who find love the unconventional way.”
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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, including her smoking hot and funny husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six 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 December she’ll release UNZIPPED, in January BIRTHDAY SUIT, and in March BEST LAID PLANS. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter