Jan 13

Sex and Other Shiny Objects by Lauren Blakely Review


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The second the test-the-sexy-scenes offer landed in my lap, I said yes.

After all, I’ve been damn curious about a few things I’ve read in romance novels. Do buttons truly go flying across the floor when you rip off a guy’s shirt? Is staircase sex hella hot or does it leave you with a big old bruise mark on your back? And don’t even get me started on all that panty shredding, and whether it even works.

Time to find out as I embark on Project Sexy Scenes Research, at the request of my hotshot book editor bestie.

All I need is a willing scene partner. Enter Tristan, my best guy friend. The witty, tell-it-like-it-is, bearded hottie volunteers for the experiment.

He’s also the guy who gave me the most devastating, toe-curling kiss of my life ten years ago. But nothing has happened since then.

And nothing will come between my panties and our friendship now since we have a plan to keep it PG.

But once the buttons start flying, all bets are off…

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Romantic comedies, by far, are my favorite trope to read, and hands down, Lauren Blakely’s are always at the top of the heap for me. Blakely’s writing always draws me in with her wit, her endearing characters and their whirlwind romances. I’ve yet to pick up one of Blakely’s novels and not loose myself in the pages of it. But there was something about the Boyfriend Material that felt different to me, and after reading Asking For A Friend, the first book, in the series, I was hooked.

Sex and Other Shiny Objects, a friends-to-lovers romcom, grabbed my attention right away with a fresh, fun story line. Peyton, a lingerie store owner, and her best male friend, Tristan, a bar owner, team up to help another friend with a special project by testing out some standard romance novel plot devices. As a romance reader, I know I have wondered about some of the things I’ve read. Like ripping panties off – how is that accomplished without delivering a potentially painful, and mood killing, wedgie? And those scattering buttons tap, tap, tapping across the floor after a man’s dress shirt is ripped open… does it really go down like that? Every time? Blakely builds this couple’s story around their pursuit of this project, and I was thoroughly entertained.

Simmering beneath the surface, however, linger long buried feelings that bubble back up between the lingerie shredding, dress-shirt ripping and their scantily clad states during these experiments. Friends since college who shared a bit of an attraction back in the day, they’ve been victims of bad timing before. This time, though, nothing—except their friendship—is standing in the way of the sizzling chemistry crackling between them.

Sex and Other Shiny Objects had it all. From those sweet and tender moments to cleverly executed humor, it was full of all the feels and fire I want to experience as two friends fall in love. Refreshingly different and unique, Blakely has penned something truly special, wholly amusing and completely addictive in Tristan and Peyton’s love story. This is gold, this is the good stuff, and the kind of romcom magic that Blakely has created in the Boyfriend Material series is precisely what lands her at the top of my favorites list over and over. Five smooches from me for Sex and Other Shiny Objects by Lauren Blakely!

~Danielle Palumbo




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