RELEASE BLITZ WITH EXCERPT: Plays Well With Others by Lauren Blakely

PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS, an all-new best-friends-to-lovers, fake-dating romantic comedy from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Lauren Blakely, is available now!

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Learning to date again feels a lot like the real thing. 

Especially since I’m suddenly longing for my best friend and there’s nothing fake about my feelings…



Am I fake dating my best friend? Hear me out…

So I’m throwing myself a breakup party, a glittery fete where I envision I’ll lift a glass and celebrate being free and single again.

What I actually do: Drink too much champagne and blurt out to my best guy friend that I’d really like to get back on the horse.

But what I truly don’t expect is Carter’s answer – he volunteers as tribute.

With his sinful brown eyes and too-good-to-be-true body it’d be no hardship for me to say yes, though I certainly don’t want him to feel obligated to, um, service me, just because my failed, loveless marriage was a s-e-x desert.

But since the charming and confident pro football star owes five public dates to his dating app sponsor, we make a deal to help each other out.

Pretty soon, our public how to date lessons turn into, ahem, very private ones. And I’m a star student, graduating quickly from flirty banter and lingering looks to toe-curling, sheet-grabbing, mind-blowing hours of physical education.

The problem? Turns out learning to date again feels a lot like the real thing. Can our friendship withstand all these late-night bedroom sessions?

Especially since I’m suddenly longing for my best friend and there’s nothing fake about my feelings…




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Narrated by Erin Mallon & Teddy Hamilton


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“Blakely’s writing sparkles with its clever and engaging narrative, capturing the essence of Carter and Rachel’s playful friendship and the red-hot ramp-up to their romance…” ~Danielle, Red Cheeks Reads


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After I nudge her thighs, I settle into the V then I cup her cheeks and drop my mouth to hers.

My head spins.

Her lips. Her absolutely delicious lips. Her incredible mouth. She’s warm and pliant. She parts for me easily, inviting me to kiss her deeply. As I seal my mouth to hers, I press my hard-on against her center. A groan escapes me as I kiss her. She matches mine with one of her own, a soft, unbearably sexy sound that I eat up with another hot kiss.

A kiss comprised of lips and teeth and tongue. Of my hands holding her face. Of our bodies seeking each other.

I try to get closer, needing to feel her against me. I kiss my best friend thoroughly, with a hunger that surprises me. With a fervor that drives me to grind my c&*k against her while I explore her sweet mouth. She tastes like cookie dough and pent-up lust.

I’ve never thought cookies were sexy till now.

But they’re a goddamn aphrodisiac. I clasp her face harder. I want to consume her. I want to do everything to this woman. Touch her, caress her, f&*k her, please her.

Say filthy things to her all night long.

Yeah, I’d really like to tell her the truth about my dirty heart.



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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