REVIEW: Limited Edition Husband by Lauren Blakely


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A fake marriage standalone MM romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely writing MM romance as L. Blakely…

One night with no strings was supposed to be the plan.

After barely escaping my last train wreck of a romance, I’ve got a new dating goal—play it cool.

I stick to that strategy when I bump into a charming Brit I met once before. He’s newly out and eager for all the things he’s never done, so I make the helpful suggestion we jet off to the city of sin for the night, then say goodbye.

But instead, thanks to a bet and some bourbon, we’re saying I do.

And in the morning I’m asking myself what the hell have I done? But we’ll just undo the holy matrimony right this stinking second.

Except, the pics of our nuptials are splashed all over the Internet–the pro football player eloped!

Great, just great.

Now, my agent says we need to stay Mister and Mister until the brouhaha blows over.

Thirty days as fake husbands with the sexy, irresistible guy who’s determined to prove that he’s nothing like my ex?

My bruised heart can handle that as long as I don’t fall for my husband.

And I won’t. When we split for real, he’ll be an ocean away.

Contents include: A sarcastic, romance-phobic American football player, a charming and dirty-minded young British businessman, white-hot first times, dangerous decisions, and a sexy, witty, emotional fake marriage, first times MM standalone sports romance!

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Fans of M/M romance need to brace for Limited Edition Husband by Lauren Blakely writing as L. Blakely. All of Blakely’s work is incredible, but the care she takes with her plotting, the romance build-up and character development in her M/M romances is evident on every single page, and she penned a not-to-be-missed, must-read masterpiece for lovers of the genre in this story. She employs the fake-marriage trope creatively in this contemporary sports romance between American football player, Nate Chandler, and newly out Brit, Hunter Coburn. I listened to the audiobook, and Teddy Hamilton, one of my favorite narrators, positively nailed his performance of the virile yet vulnerable, Nate. James Joseph is a new-to-me narrator, and he completely captured the charm of Hunter’s effervescence and innocence in his portrayal of him. The natural chemistry between these two narrators breathed life into Nate and Hunter, and coupled with Blakely’s addictive writing style and an engaging storyline, I was hooked from start-to-finish.

As is often the case, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Following a drunken night on the town, the Brit and the baller wake up in a bit of a predicament when they realize their one-night-stand didn’t turn out the way they planned. They got married, and things only become more complicated from there. The plot takes a twisting, turning, smoking hot journey as they navigate through the challenges of their fake relationship. Nate, still recovering from his ex’s betrayal and the end of his marriage, struggles as this fake relationship with Hunter starts to feel pretty real. Hunter—who’s going through trial by fire with the number of first-times he’s experiencing—is a ray of sunshine in their storm with his upbeat, positive personality, which is a breath of fresh air for Nate.

Blakely masterfully weaves the story of Nate and Hunter’s romance in Limited Edition Husband. From their adorable meet-cute—involving some well-placed pie—to the frantic, frenzied realization that they’re married and the passionate, emotional build-up of their fake relationship as it turns into something very real. Endearing characters, an entertaining plot and a steamy love story combine brilliantly to make this one of her most addictive M/M romances to date. Funny, fiery and full of feels, Limited Edition Husband is a stand-out in Blakely’s extensive catalog, and it’s landed on my list of top-favorite reads for the year. Five smooches from me for Limited Edition Husband by L. Blakely!

~Danielle Palumbo



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