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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review & Excerpt: FULL PACKAGE by Lauren Blakely!

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FULL PACKAGE by Lauren Blakely is Here!

A sexy and funny friends-to-lovers standalone romantic comedy, FULL PACKAGE is about a sexy, witty man as he falls head over heels for a woman, who just happens to be his roommate. It takes everything you love about a Lauren Blakely novel –witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments –and puts them into one fantastic book! Told in the guy's POV, with a creative look into Josie’s POV as well, FULL PACKAGE is the laugh-out-loud and insanely hot story of what happens when a sexy ER doc falls madly in love with his gorgeous roommate...and they’re forced to deal with all that simmering desire in a mere six hundred square feet of living space.

"Lauren Blakely has mastered the recipe for delightful and delicious. It's called Full Package. I can't find words to tell you how much I enjoyed this friends to lovers romance with enough sweet to melt in your mouth and enough spice to melt your panties.”

~ iScream Books

Type: Contemporary Romance, Stand Alone, Series-tie-in, Best friend's little sister

My Review: There's a reason Lauren Blakely is on my watch-list. Everything I've read by her has been absolutely delicious, and Full Package is no exception! Not only does this author know how to write some hot scenes, she also really nails the banter between the hero and heroine - making it both hilarious and incredibly believable. I love a little humor in my romance, and Blakely never fails me there. There's just something sexy about a man who can crack a good joke. And while we're on my gush-fest, I really enjoy how these characters are tied together. You don't have to know who everyone is, but if you're a fan of this author and have read several of her books, you will see characters pop up again and again that have either already gotten their own story, or will in the future. And even better - you can jump right in at any time - no prior knowledge necessary.

Another little tidbit that made me more than a little giddy while reading - Josie is a baker, and her chapters are essentially told in the form of recipes. You get a list of ingredients, and her commentary about her living situation, her romantic fantasies, and her love life are mixed into the instructions. So not only do you get a fascinating look into her mind while she's baking away her worries, you also get some seriously awesome sounding recipes. There's a recipe for seven layer bars that I had my eye on, and even one for candy sushi - which I might have to try for a girls movie night. So think of Full Package as an awesomely hot book with the added benefit of a little culinary instruction.

Cover Lovin': I need a towel for all this drool.

Recommendation: No prior knowledge necessary!

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)!! Loved this, which is so not surprising since I'm a firm believer that Lauren Blakely can do no wrong.


Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~

   

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“Lauren Blakely nailed it AGAIN. This man man is perfection! HOT, SWEET, FUNNY, SMART.”

~ Queen of Hearts

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✮✮✮FULL PACKAGE is here!✮✮✮

From the New York Times Bestselling author of MISTER O and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy...

I've been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don't just mean in my pants. I've got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard...place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy's smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

I can resist Josie. I'm disciplined, I'm focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It'll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Spoiler-neither one of us sleeps.

Did I mention she's also one of my best friends? That she's brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What's a man stuck in a hard place to do?

 EXCERPT:
I turn into the kitchen. She pulls a tray from the oven and smiles. She still wears the date outfit, but the heels are gone. She’s adorable in her fancy dress and bare feet.
            “Date ended early?”
            She nods. “When he invited me to see his gerbil, I thought it was time to go.”
            “That doesn’t entice you?”
            She shakes her head. “Had he said ferret, perhaps. Alas, with gerbil I’m a firm no.”
            “Was it in his pants or a cage?”
            “We didn’t get far enough to find out. I said thanks, I need to water the plants, and I got the hell out of Dodge.”
            I curl up the side of my mouth. “Guess that explains why Trish didn’t invite me home, either. I tried the hamster line on her.”
            She smacks me with a panda potholder. “I suppose I should have known better, though. Earlier in the date, he made a ton of masturbation comments.”
            I lean against the kitchen counter. “And that concerns you, since you never do that, right?”
            As she slides the spatula under the dessert, she gives me a side-eye stare. “Exactly, Chase. I never rub one out. Never.” She waves a hand over her crotch. “Total hands-free zone.”
            I take her comment seriously. “Fine. You use toys. I get it. What kind?” I ask, because I can’t help myself.
            She rolls her eyes. “Not telling you.”
            I harrumph and grab for a bar from the pan. She swats me with the spatula.
            “Ouch,” I say, yanking back my hand.
            “That didn’t hurt. And you should know better than to steal my dessert before it’s ready.”
            “You should know better than to hit my hands.” I hold both up in the air.
            With a quickness I don’t see coming, she whacks me again with her utensil. This time on the other hand.
            “That’s it.” I charge her, tickling her waist. “Tell me what toys and I’ll stop.”
            She cracks up and flails her arms, knocking me with elbows and hands and the spatula, too, until I give in to her cries for mercy.
            I stare at her in our tiny sliver of a kitchen. “Waiting.”
            “You really want to know?”
            I nod eagerly. I’m playing with fire, but I can’t resist. The desire to know outweighs all else.
            She works the spatula under the bars again, shaking her head. “I can’t believe we’re having this conversation.”
            I hold out my hands. “C’mon. We talk about all sorts of stuff.” Then, an idea strikes me. I open the kitchen cupboard, grab a bottle of Patron, and hold it up. “This will help all that shyness.”
            She stares at me with narrowed eyes. “I’m not shy at all.”
            I grab two shot glasses and pour. “Better safe than sorry, Miss Not Shy At All.”
            I hand her one, and she takes it. Then I raise my glass, and the drink goes down the hatch with a burn. She follows suit, swallowing it quickly, then sets her glass down. I do the same.
            I rub my palms together. “Toy confessional time. What have you got?”
            She arches an eyebrow. “Really? You really want to know?”
            I narrow my eyes. “What part of your roommate being a dirty bastard do you not understand? Obviously, I want to know. I’m a guy. This is like Christmas morning. But if this helps . . .”
            I pour two more shots then slide her glass over to her. Once more, we down them.
            She draws a deep breath. “Since you asked . . . I have a few toys. A little silver bullet. A bigger dolphin. And I have a waterproof finger vibrator.”
            And the temperature in me shoots through the roof. I tug at the neck of my shirt. “For the shower?” I croak out.
            “Seeing as we don’t have a bathtub, yes, it would have to be for the shower.”
            “You masturbate in the shower?” I ask, and the visual is so fucking clear in my mind—Josie under a hot stream of water that slopes off her breasts, a finger vibrator working between her thighs.
            She nods as she slides the bars onto a cooling rack. Just then I remember she promised me seven-layer bars when she freaked out the other night. And she delivered. Fuck, I think she might be perfect, what with her desserts and her shower hobby.

You can find this sexy standalone romantic comedy across all retailers!

Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUiBooks

Barnes & NobleKoboGoogle PlayAmazon Paperback

Audio (Sebastian York!)or via Audible

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“Fresh, fun, flirty, and fabulous.”

~ Karen at Bookalicious Babes Blog

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And don’t miss Lauren Blakely’s other standalone Romantic Comedies!

BIG ROCK MISTER O WELL HUNG

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Josie and Chase put together some of their favorite things just for you to celebrate the release of FULL PACKAGE!

The FULL PACKAGE is filled with:

$50 Gift Card to Lush: Fresh Handmade Cosmetics for fruity scented bath products that Chase loves so much.

$50 Gift Card to Sugarfina: A Luxury Candy Boutique where you can sample some of Josie's favorite gourmet candy.

A lovely Coach Wristlet containing a $50 Amazon Gift Card for you to spend on whatever your heart desires.

And last but not least, my entire Audiobook Collection minus Full Package on Audible. It is aurally delicious!

 
    author-pic-lauren-blakelyAbout Lauren Blakely: Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she’ll release FULL PACKAGE, a 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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Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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