Jul 15

Dating Mr. Right: A Collection by Lauren Blakely Review


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Indulge in four delicious tales of true love! In Dating Mr. Right, you’ll devour an online dating meets secret identity romance, a friends-to-lovers plus best friend’s brother scorcher, a story of a pair of jaded lovers bitten by the insta-love bug, and an office romance with an age difference.

Lucky Suit…

I’m breaking up with set-ups. No more “can I introduce you to my son, nephew, grandson, the butcher, the guy down the street who mows my lawn.” Machines know what’s best, and I’ll rely on the great dating algorithms of the web to find the ideal man, thank you very much.

Soon enough, it looks like I’ve found him — his nickname is Lucky Suit, and he’s hilarious, quick-witted and full of heart. But when I finally get together with him in person, I have the distinct feeling I’ve met him before.

Turns out there’s more to our meeting than I had thought, and when we discover what truly brought us together, all bets are off.

Once Upon A Red-Hot Kiss…

A man needs to stay far away from falling into bed with his best friend.

Even if she’s sexy as sin, sweet as candy, and damn near irresistible every single day.

But not only are Macy and I best friends, we’re also complete opposites. She’s perky, upbeat, outgoing and I’m . . . how shall we say . . . a little bit broody.

Then, she reveals something to me that just might lead me to revise all my rules on friends in bed…

Too Good To Be True…

To say I’m wary of love would be an epic understatement. Keep that four-letter word far away from me.

But then a matchmaker friend insists she can pair me with the perfect man for me.

Even when sparks fly and chemistry crackles from the first date, I refuse to believe this kind of insta-connection can be the real thing.

Even though for the first time it feels like it could be.

Or is it just too good to be true?

Strong Suit (a short story)…

From the day I meet Ginny in the conference room, I’m smitten with the co-worker who’s ten years my senior. And I’m going to pull out all the stops to win her over.

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Any chance for me to dive back into one of Lauren Blakely’s worlds is a chance I’m going to take. I’ve read the overwhelming majority of her romantic comedies and contemporary romances, and there’s always a side character or two that I wish I could see get their happily ever after. Blakely gives readers that opportunity in this collection.

Lucky Suit takes readers back to the Birthday Suit world with Cameron, the best friend/business partner of that book’s heroine, Lulu, as he meets the woman of his dreams. It was fun, it was sexy and full of quirky humor as Kristen, a smart and sweet nerdy girl, gets the hottest guy to ever land in her galaxy. Once Upon a Red-Hot Kiss returns readers to The Heartbreakers series, a personal favorite of mine, with a best-friends-to-lovers Valentine-themed romance that was short, sweet and full of red-hot heat. Too Good To Be True brings together the Come As You Are and Satisfaction Guaranteed worlds with two characters who’ve been burned by love taking a chance on it again. I cheered Olivia and Herb on the whole way in this heartwarming, heart-mending, pinch-me-is-this-real romance as their luck turns, and they find out that sometimes things aren’t too good to be true, they’re just simply true. Finally, the short story in this collection, Strong Suit, picks up the breadcrumbs that Blakely laid in Birthday Suit with an older woman, younger man age-gap/workplace romance. Noah was persistent, determined, and patient as he worked his swoony magic to win over Ginny—something I’d been wanting to happen the whole time I was reading Birthday Suit!

Each of these novellas can technically be read as a standalone, so for new-to-Lauren Blakely readers, the Dating Mr. Right collection is a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of the worlds that she’s created in these stories’ full-length counterparts. The short story, Strong Suit, is just that—a short story, tying up a romance that was just beginning to spark in Birthday Suit, and it’s the only story in this collection where I’d encourage readers to read that book before diving into this short story.

Nicely developed, fast-paced quick reads, full of all the sexy, fun and sigh-worthy romance I’ve come to love from Lauren Blakely, Dating Mr. Right was a chance to catch up with characters I loved and see them get their own happily ever afters. For new readers, it’s a chance to check out some of Blakely’s worlds with a couple of satisfying, sexy and sweet little love stories. Entertaining and amusing, the entire Dating Mr. Right collection of stories was romantic, very sexy and a whole lot of fun to read. Dating Mr. Right by Lauren Blakely gets 5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo




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