Mar 25

The Feel Good Factor by Lauren Blakely Review


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That inked bad boy who’s been flirting hard with me since he rode into town? Turns out he’s my new housemate, which is one hell of a problem since our chemistry is so hot it should be illegal.

I have a fantastic family, great best friends, a job I love…and now I’m up for a promotion to police sergeant. I need total focus—not a flirty, dirty, irresistible, tattooed hottie riding into my town on his motorcycle. Can I arrest him for being too good-looking? When he kisses me senseless in the back of a waffle truck, it’s criminal, the things he makes me think about hot syrup and melted butter. One order of hot, fluffy hookup to go, please.
But the next time I see him, it’s not for our date with benefits. He’s the guy who just rented the room above my garage.
I need the rent to pay my bills, not a man like Derek, who I soon discover to be strong, caring, generous, good with kids, and kind to puppies… If I’m not careful, he’ll be moving into my heart as well as my house.

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A no-strings-attached fling with the fiery redhead who revs my engine? Why, yes, that does sound like a delicious perk of my new job in this new town, thank you very much. I’m coming off a bad relationship, and I have zero interest in anything serious. I’ve got all the serious I need helping my sister take care of her three little kids while her husband is deployed.
Except, surprise! Perri isn’t just my future fling. Turns out she’s my sexy, sassy landlord.
A lease definitely counts as “strings attached,” and as much as I’d like to get tangled in her sheets, I can’t let myself get tangled up in a relationship.
But as soon as we put the cuffs on our escapades, I learn over late-night conversations in the kitchen, that my landlord is so much more than the sexiest woman I’ve ever met– she has a quick mind and the biggest heart.

Once I’m in, I’m all in. And to convince her that we should see where this goes, I plan on turning up the heat—and not just in the kitchen.

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge Lauren Blakely fan. One of her books and my favorite reading chair is my happy place. Her writing brings me so much pleasure, and it’s because her stories are so much more than simple romantic comedies or contemporary romances. Lushly told love stories centered around couples that the reader can’t help but root for, dripping with romance and pulse-pounding passion and swirling with interest in the form of original plots, wonderful side characters and fun, quirky details.

The Feel Good Factor is Blakely’s sexiest romance, and that’s really saying something considering it was a bit of a slow burn—but, believe me when I tell you, it was burning the whole way through. Derek McBride was a hero I fell for immediately. Like Perri, this character flipped all my switches. The instant chemistry between the two of them was electric, and I settled in with what I knew was going to be one heck of a hot ride. Inked, dirty-talking, bike riding, paramedic Derek was a bad boy with a heart of gold, and I absolutely loved this knee-weakening, utterly swoon-worthy hero. Perri Keating was exactly the kind of heroine I adore. Strong, independent, confident with a caring, kind core, Perri had a weakness for tattooed, alpha bad boys. She was a whip-smart, sharp-as-a-tack police officer who was ambitious and dedicated to her job and her community.

“…we’re choosing this tonight—we’re choosing the feel-good factor and all its risks.”

I was on a plane when I read this line, and I audibly gasped in relief—I just barely stopped myself from fist pumping. Chapter upon chapter of titillating, torturous teasing left both Derek and Perri in a perpetually turned on state, and all that sizzling sexual tension finally snaps into what is very well could be the steamiest encounter Blakely has ever written. But lust wasn’t the only thing brewing between Derek and Perri, and it didn’t take this relationship-shy duo long to realize that there was a whole lot more than just chemistry there.

The Feel Good Factor was a fiery, passionate love story between a fabulously filthy-mouthed, hotter than sin hero and his perfect counterpart. I enjoyed every single word, moment and scene of Perri and Derek’s romance, and The Feel Good Factor is definitely among my top-favorites from Lauren Blakely. Five smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo




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