REVIEW: The Tryst by Lauren Blakely


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Some men are just off-limits. Like your ex-boyfriend’s father.

But when I met the sexy, powerful older man shortly after my business school graduation, he was simply the seductive stranger I wanted to notice me, and he sure did.

Fast forward a few months later, when my college ex – now a good friend – introduces me to the person he looks up to most…his father.

 The man I spent that one hot night with.

I should stay far away from the commanding business mogul. But my ex and I are planning a charity fundraiser that involves late nights at his dad’s penthouse in Manhattan.

Nights where he can’t stop looking at me with desire in his eyes that matches my own.

I try to resist him, playing the good girl in the city…mostly.

He’s the perfect gentleman…until he comes knocking on my door and tells me exactly what he wants to do to me.

And I say yes.

Stealing nights with him like this is supposed to be wrong, but it feels so right. And when he saves the day to protect his son at the fundraiser, my heart wants him as much as my body does.

Can we ever be more than just a tryst?

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The Tryst by Lauren Blakely is the second book in her Virgin Society series, and as such, virgins and their first time experiences are the foundational trope. I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated in dual POV by one of my favorite pairings, Teddy Hamilton and Vanessa Edwin. Teddy and Vanessa’s chemistry is natural, and they positively sizzled, delivering fantastically authentic and thoroughly engaging performances. The plot follows the journey of Layla, a successful young businesswoman and NY socialite, who meets the sexy, UK-based keynote speaker, Nick, at a conference in Miami, and as the title clearly states, engages in a titillating tryst. It isn’t until months later that she learns Nick is the father of her ex-boyfriend turned friend.

Blakely’s writing is always top-notch, and she skillfully weaved together a tale of love, lust and longing. The characters were well-developed, their emotions were raw and real, and I was completely caught-up in the steamy build-up of their relationship. The Tryst is a forbidden romance, so if that is your jam, Lauren’s spin on it—with an age-gap twist—will be right up your alley. As heart-tugging as it was heart-racing, Nick and Layla’s story was a captivating, seductive story that kept me hooked from start to finish. Five smooches from me for The Tryst by Lauren Blakely!

~Danielle Palumbo



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