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Dec 13

Unzipped by Lauren Blakely Review

5 SMOOCHES!

SYNOPSIS:

Wanted: Dating coach to help hot nerd win back the woman of his dreams…

Picture this – I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I’m good and ready this time around. After all, if you’re going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops.

There’s only one little problem.

My college girlfriend isn’t the one who shows up when I play my “I’ll do anything to win you back” tune.

The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore. But she’ll help me win her back. Anything for romance, anything for a guy so willing to go big for love. And that’s what I want at first. Until I get to know my new “romance coach” and discover she’s funny, clever, and keeps me on my toes. And boy, do I ever need that.

Now I don’t want to win anyone else’s heart. I want the woman who’s been helping me all along.

Trouble is – she thinks I’m in love with someone else, and when we take off on a road trip, everything I think I know about women is about to be unzipped and turned inside out.

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He’s the last person I ever expected to pop into my life, but he might be exactly what I need to save the thing that matters most to me. All I have to do is not fall for him.

REVIEW:

I am an enormous Lauren Blakely fan, and when I read the synopsis for this book, my interest was instantly sparked. I’m a lover of all things romance, especially romantic comedies, whether they be in book form or on film. I love everything about them from the meet-cutes to the sweet and sometimes cheesy way the couples fall in love to the over-the-top grand gestures and everything in between. So when I realized this book kicks off with a play on what is probably the grandest of the grand gestures on film – the Dobler/boombox scene from Say Anything – I was sold.

Blakely gives readers a hot nerd hero in roller coaster designer, Kyler. He was so endearing, so adorable in his cluelessness—I adored him instantly. His mangled attempt at the Dobler-inspired boombox moment was a hot, hot mess, but he owned it and stole my heart in the process. Finley, the girl next door to the girl of Kyler’s dreams, is a comedy writer of her own TV show on the verge of being cancelled. She is in desperate need of inspiration when the poorly singing, bumbling Kyler is dropped right on her lawn. After hearing his plan win his former girlfriend’s heart back, she knows she needs to help this guy.

Finley and Kyler were both so quirky and very different, but I think that’s what drew them to each other. They naturally challenged each other, and I think that was what initially drew them to each other and sparked the attraction between them. Their flirty banter was quick and hilarious, and despite their differences, this couple had fantastic chemistry. Finley wasn’t exactly keen to take another spin on the “I’m still in love with my ex” rollercoaster ride that is written all over Kyler, but she does want the inspiration he’s giving her—as long as it doesn’t inspire anything other than plot ideas. It doesn’t take Kyler long to realize that he’s chasing the wrong girl, though, and he flips his focus on Finley. I loved all of his movie-quoting, and his whole sweet and seductive routine was utterly swoon-worthy.

Unzipped by Lauren Blakely was lighthearted, sexy and amusing, and it was exactly what I was looking to read when I started it. With Blakely’s clever writing and a wholly entertaining storyline, Unzipped was a witty, fun and charming romance that kept me smiling the whole way through. Five smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

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