Mar 02

One Night Stand-In by Lauren Blakely Review


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Lucas Xavier is the last person I want to spend 24 hours with, let alone two minutes. Exes are exes for a reason. In his case, for a million reasons. Because he’s not only an ex-lover, he’s also an ex-friend. We didn’t just break up – we combusted in a spectacular bonfire of barbs and doors slammed.

Nothing will change that. Not his clever wit, not his ridiculous good looks, not his unfair levels of charm. And definitely not a wild dash through the city that takes us on an accidental scavenger hunt through our past, where we stop for a tango lesson, pancakes and a visit with some llamas.

And certainly not time together to make amends and say we’re sorry.

But, let’s say that was enough…it’s not like you can fall in love in 24 hours.

Indulge in the BOYFRIEND MATERIAL series! Three best friends. Three outrageous proposals. Three chances to fall in love. Three brand new standalones from Lauren Blakely! ONE NIGHT STAND-IN is a standalone romance in this series!

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There is so much I love about Lauren Blakely’s writing. Stellar storytelling, thorough character development, entertaining plots and romantic love stories that she threads together with keen attention to detail. For me, this always results in an unputdownable, wholly addictive reading experience. A rock-solid, never-let-me-down kind of author, Blakely is a top favorite of mine for many reasons, and it seems like I’m always in a perpetual state of waiting for her next book.

One Night Stand-In is the third standalone novel in her Boyfriend Material series, and it reunites former college friends and almost lovers in a second-chance romance that takes place largely over the course of 24 hours. Set in New York City, Blakely perfectly captures the vibe of this one-of-a-kind city, and her focus on those details really paid off in painting the backdrop for this love story.

The creative, interesting plot immediately pulled me in, and I enjoyed Lucas and Lola’s escapades as they raced around the city trying to solve a series of wacky riddles on behalf of their quirky younger siblings, Rowan and Luna.  Right from the start, Lucas and Lola had so much fire burning between them. At first, anger and hurt from the wounds of their shattered past were stoking those flames, but it quickly shifted to smoldering attraction.

Their snappy banter flowed easily and naturally as they worked through the clues together. Each one seemed to remind them of their own bittersweet history and forced them to re-examine the past through more mature eyes. With each riddle they solved, understanding of their own past mistakes dawned, forgiveness was granted, and in letting go of the anger and hurt they’d been holding on to, hope built. This is exactly why I love second-chances so much, and the rekindling of this relationship was the kind of heart-racing romance I want in a romantic comedy.

Full of fun, fire and feels, One Night Stand-In was a feel-good, low angst, super sexy romantic comedy. With a fresh, entertaining storyline and sweet, sexy, second-chance love story, One Night Stand-In was an absolute pleasure to read. This whole series has been fantastic, and without question, these titles are destined to become classics in her extensive catalog. While I absolutely loved the entire series, One Night Stand-In rises to the top as a new favorite from Lauren Blakely and a favorite for the year. Five smooches from me for One Night Stand-In by Lauren Blakely!

~Danielle Palumbo




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