Release Date: August 29th

Cover Designer: Helen Williams

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I need a fake date. She needs my late-night expertise. Now, if we can just keep our hands off each other…

As the premier best-man-for hire in all of Manhattan, I promise discretion, so when I need a plus one for a couple of “I dos,” I turn to my gorgeous, clever, witty best friend’s sister. She’s my good friend, too, and I lust after her completely. I mean, I TRUST her completely.

After all, just look how she’s kept her lips sealed about the hot, multi-O night we spent together. Yes, just look at those sexy lips.

In any case, we only fell off the wagon once, and it was months ago. I’m sure we can make it through these weddings without banging each other in the limo.

Or can we?

INSTANT GRATIFICATION is a sexy, standalone romantic comedy!


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My Review

I love when the implications of a story’s title don’t quite ring true…when it seems to indicate one idea but then as the book begins and continues, that meaning holds little significance and, in fact, leads to a much more complicated understanding. 

Instant Gratification, the two word title of Lauren Blakely’s latest release, seems to imply that pleasure is experienced ‘without delay or deferment’ and when it comes to Blakely’s hero and heroine, Jason Reynolds and Truly Goodman, even though they gave into their desire for each other one-time, they immediately declared it an ‘incident’ that would never be acted on again, meaning that what could have been described as ‘instant gratification’ now becomes ‘delayed gratification,’ but hopefully not ever due to a number of mitigating factors – one being the fact that Jason is Truly’s brother’s best friend.

There’s attraction, chemistry, and a more than friends’ connection between Truly and Jason, which means that it’s going to be way more difficult for them to remain just good friends when they can’t stop thinking about their one night together and how desperately they both seem to want more from each other, and the fact that they spend so much time together and even become key players in each other’s businesses complicates an already tenuous situation, but I feel like these two intelligent individuals can figure things out in a way that doesn’t destroy the people they care about but also gives them a chance for more.

I found Jason’s business quite intriguing and he seemed to have it down to a science, offering services that, surprisingly, were in demand, and while it’s a strange occupation, he kills it, which makes sense given his dapper looks and sexy accent.Truly’s drink recipes are a nice touch and relate to not only her business but also to some aspect of the story line, making them interesting as well as thought provoking. 

I’m a huge fan of Lauren Blakely’s romantic comedies and one of the main reasons I find them so entertaining is because of the way she writes the hero’s point of view.  I love how she takes readers inside her male characters’ heads and offers honest and hilarious insights about the male gender and their idiosyncrasies. I also enjoy Blakely’s books because even though they may start with similar plot lines, the unique conflicts and/or content that’s added keeps my interest and offers quite a few varying perspectives, which is not something that most writers provide.

4 Poison Apples


From: MixologistExtraordinaire at gmail

To: LuckySpotGirl at gmail

Re: Confessions of a Bad Girl

I am the worst twin sister in the world.
The absolute worst.
How could I do this?

And by this, I mean engage in earth-shattering, toe-curling, bend-me-over-the-bed-and-take-me-hard sex with my brother’s best friend. By the way, did I mention the sex was incredible?

Oh, wait. I did.

But I’m not surprised, because I’ve always liked his company. He’s funny and clever, and he has this irreverent side that’s fascinating and wildly entertaining.

But we were only supposed to go snowboarding.


It all seemed innocuous, right? A day on the slopes in January.

At the end of the final run, the sun had already set, and we headed into the ski lodge and made plans to meet for dinner.

I didn’t even drink at dinner. Neither did he. We just talked the whole time, and there was candlelight. Stupid candlelight. And he was flirting, and he always flirts, but this time . . . this time we weren’t in New York. We were far enough away I could forget everything that went wrong years ago.

About the Author

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives on the West Coast with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind teenagers. 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 3 million books. In October she’ll release Never Have I Ever.

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