RELEASE BLITZ WITH EXCERPT: A Real Good Bad Thing by Lauren Blakely

A REAL GOOD BAD THING, an enemies-to-lovers treasure hunt romantic comedy from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Lauren Blakely is available now!

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I’m not just sleeping with my very irresistible enemy.

I’m starting to give her my heart…



Enemies turn to lovers, but can they trust each other as they chase the same prize? A sexy romantic comedy adventure from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely…

I live my life by three simple rules. Don’t mix business with pleasure. Always work solo. And family comes first.

But when I head to the tropics for a quick job and meet a fiery woman who makes my pulse roar, I can’t resist bending the first rule for her.

Trouble is, after we spend a scorching night together on the beach, I discover she’s my new enemy. The quick-witted and clever beauty is on a treasure hunt for the same damn prize – beating me in a race to find millions in stolen diamonds.

See you later, sexy stranger.

Too bad I keep bumping into my gorgeous rival all over this tropical paradise as we chase clues.

Maybe it’s better to partner up. But, the more time we spend together sneaking into nightclubs and art galleries, the harder it is to keep my hands off her. And soon, I’m not just sleeping with my very irresistible enemy.

I’m starting to give her my heart.

That breaks my biggest rule of all. Don’t ever fall in love. Because it always screws you over.

*Note: A Real Good Bad Thing will be entirely new to most of you! Some of you might have read an older series of mine called The Jewel series (now off sale). That two-book storyline serves as the source material for this new story, which has been changed to 1st person, and turned into a standalone, with all new dialogue, motivations, setting and so on! But if there’s a touch of the familiar to some of you that’s why!




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Narrated in duet by Stella Hunter and Ryan West


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“…a fun and flirty adventure… intriguing and impossible-to-put-down…” ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads


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When we reached the sand, I raised the glass and took a sip, hoping to tempt him with my groan of delight. “Mmm…” I wagged the glass, teasing, “You know you want it.”

“Now I do,” he said, low and smoky.

I bobbed a shoulder in a coquettish shrug. “See? I knew I could win you over.”

“It’s not the drink that’s doing that, sweetheart.”

My stomach flipped, and I wanted more of those sensations. It had been so long, and I missed this unadulterated feeling of flirting, of giving in, of just feeling good.

We picked a pair of lounge chairs as far from the pool as we could find. I indulged in another sip, murmuring my praise once again. “How can you resist pineapple and coconut?”

With a smirk, he lifted his beer bottle and took a pull. But he said nothing. So stoic.

I wasn’t. I took another sip.

“Fine. I’ll try it now,” he said.

“Finally!” I handed the glass to him. But instead of drinking, he set it down on a little table between our lounge chairs. He put his beer bottle there too. I lifted an eyebrow in question.

Then he leaned in and kissed me gently.


Oh yes.

It was a slow, lingering, delicious kiss that made my head swim. He swept his tongue against my top lip, gently flicking it along the corner of my mouth. I parted for him, letting him taste the drink on me. Then he pulled back with an appreciative groan.

“Do you like it?” I asked.

“I might need another taste to know for sure,” he said in a rumble.

I grabbed the drink and took another sip. “Try it again.”

He patted a spot on the lounge chair next to him. “Come here.”

The thrill of kissing in the dark on the beach all alone whipped through me. I looked around, confirmed that nobody was nearby, then obeyed. I slid next to him on his lounge chair. It wasn’t really big enough for two people, but that was the point—being so deliciously close.

He cupped my cheek and kissed me again. Thorough. Deep. Confident. A man who knew what he wanted. And I was a woman who wanted him.

A woman who wanted to be kissed by him, deeply and passionately.

I moved closer, pressing against his chest.

“Yes, your drink is very, very good,” he said between kisses, then returned to my mouth.

He spent a good long time kissing me till I was boneless and extremely wet. I pressed against him, seeking contact and…Oh, that was nice. The ridge of his erection against my stomach. He was ridiculously hard, and the evidence of his arousal turned me on even more. I half wanted to invite him into my room and let him just take me all night long. But I wasn’t quite ready for that.

I was definitely ready for more than kissing though. I pushed his shoulders down, climbing over him and straddling him.

With a groan, he rumbled, “Use me, sweetheart, however you want.”




About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.

With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with more than 65 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.

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