I am so excited to be a part of the Full Package release day launch blog tour. I discovered Lauren Blakely in June last year when I spontaneously one-clicked Big Rock and ever since I've been devouring her romantic comedy books, one right after the other.
|The previous books in the companion series. I read and enjoyed them all!|
Source of my e-copy: InkSlinger PR
From the New York Times Bestselling author of Mister O and Big Rock, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…
I’ve been told I have quite a gift.
Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....
Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.
Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.
I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.
Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps.
Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.
What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?
Full Package is about Chase Summers (aka Dr. McHottie) and Josie Hammer. If you've been keeping up with Lauren Blakely's romantic comedy standalone series, Josie is the little sister of twin brothers Nick Hammer (Mister O) and Wyatt Hammer (Well Hung). But, if you haven't picked up Nick and Wyatt's books (as well as Big Rock), feel free to start with Full Package, because while the books follow a chronological timeline, they can be read and enjoyed in any order (although I suggest starting with Big Rock, Mister O, Well Hung, and then Full Package because you're gonna want to meet and fall in love with all of these hardworking, sexy guys).
Chase decided to move in with his best friend Josie when his sublease expired. Sure, he's always been kind of attracted to sweet, smart, wears-her-heart-on-her-sleeve, makes-the-best-desserts Josie, and they've always had a flirty banter going on, but Chase is good at compartmentalizing. But, sharing a tiny apartment with Josie, smelling her cherry lotion, knowing when she's in the shower and imagining all the things, it's getting harder and harder for Chase to resist Josie. Until the night they both stopped resisting. Chase knew taking their roomies-with-benefit relationship further could ruin their friendship and that is something he absolutely does not want to happen. But, can they really just go back to being best friends again after becoming lovers?
Full Package is everything I love in a friends-to-lovers story. Chase was not only sexy, but he's also smart and a hardworking ER doctor. He's also very upbeat, funny, and drama-free, which I appreciated since we were in his perspective ninety-five percent of the time. Josie, too, was very easy to like. She was such a sweetheart--a character I'd want to be friends with myself, not only because of the yummy treats she'll potentially send my way, but also because she's happy and content with where she is in her career and life. As for love, she's online dating and there was this really fun scene of her and Chase going through her potential dates together. She and Chase share the same sense of humor so their banter was fun to read. Josie owns and runs Sunshine Bakery, and I love how the author incorporated a little bit of her perspective in her recipes so we got a little glimpse of she's feeling about her and Chase's situation--I thought that was really clever. As for the steam factor, Chase and Josie definitely turned it up. I needed to fan myself after certain scenes because these two were just so hot together! Dr. McHottie indeed!
While this novel wasn't original in plot and nothing about what happened in the story really surprised me, I still had such a great time reading it. Out of the four books in this connected standalone series, Full Package is up there as one of my favorites. Full Package is the definition of a romantic comedy--it was an easy and fun, but also very sexy and steamy, read without all of the angst and extra drama. I basically smiled the whole time I was reading it, and when I wasn't smiling I was swooning because Chase and Josie were just the sweetest.
I point to the curved wooden stand with a hook at the top. “This. Explain this.”
Josie sets her hands on her hips. “It’s a banana holder.”
I give her a stern look. “I can read. I don’t need to know what. I need to know why.” I poke the object on the shelf at Bed Bath & Beyond, otherwise known as the Nexus of Unnecessary Things. Pretty sure there’s some kind of vortex or force field right smack dab in the middle of this store attracting all the weird, bizarre, and odd home goods. “Why can’t they sit on the kitchen counter? Or, how about in a bowl?”
“Maybe the bananas just like to dangle?” she suggests. “Hang free and all?”
Smacking my forehead, I go along with it. “Aha. That makes perfect sense.”
“I’m here to help.” She tugs on my shirtsleeve. “But can we please get to the sheet aisle? You can’t sleep on a naked mattress.”
“That may be true, but I could definitely sleep naked on a mattress,” I offer, and she laughs as we navigate through another sardine-packed aisle in the mammoth store.
It’s one in the afternoon, and I just moved in this morning. That took all of two hours. Spending my twenties in med school and as a resident gave me very little time for the acquisition of things, so most of my possessions fit in a duffel bag. I have very little. Not even sheets for a queen-size bed. Ergo, I’m spending Saturday at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is a bit like wandering through a Buzzfeed post titled “Ten Things I’ll Never Use.”
More like five hundred. Wait. Make that five hundred and one, because I just spotted the new number one item on the list.
“That,” I say as I make a beeline for a shelf of crème brûlée torches. Grabbing a silvery one, I hold it up. “Please say we can have a housewarming party, and you’ll make crème brûlée, and I can stride all proud and awesome into the kitchen,” I say, puffing out my chest and deepening my voice. “And I can light it with a torch, and we’ll all ooh and ahh at the manly fire I made when I lit up a dessert.”
She arches an eyebrow. “A manly fire?”
I nod vigorously. “And then you’ll let the guests take turns punching me in the face for being a total douche for owning a crème brûlée torch.”
She narrows her eyes. “You actually want people to punch you?”
I’m deadly serious as I answer her. “If I ever own a crème brûlée torch, you have carte blanche to punch me, Josie. You really should.” I drop the torch on the shelf and take her hand, clasping it tightly in mine. “Promise me. From this day forward. Promise you’ll punch me if I ever own a crème brûlée torch, a rotating tie rack, or more than one kind of cheese grater. This is part of our roommate pact.”
She grips my hand tighter, her green eyes glowing with stark seriousness. “I solemnly swear to pummel you under all the aforementioned circumstances. As proof of our friendship and roommate solidarity.”
“You’re a saint,” I say, then wrap a hand around her head and tug her close for a quick kiss on her forehead.
And hello, sweet, sexy scent of Josie. What is this delicious smell? Is it . . . oh fuck me. Cherries. My God, she smells like cherries. Like the perfect summer fruit. Like the naughtiest fruit. And I’ve got to wonder if that cherry scent is her face lotion, her shampoo, or her body wash?
My mind is adrift, and the word association begins. Because what goes with body wash but nudity?
Naked woman in the shower. Washing. Lathering. Soaping.
Snap the fuck out it, Summers.
Since self-publishing her debut romance novel Caught Up In Us over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like Big Rock, Mister O, Well Hung, and The Sexy One which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she'll release Full Package, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter