The Hot One by Lauren Blakely | Review + Excerpt

Hi everyone,
The Hot One by Lauren Blakely now available at your favorite online e-book retailers! If you've been keeping up with my blog the last few months, you know that I'm a HUGE Lauren Blakely fan and I look forward to each of her releases with much anticipation. Read on for my thoughts about The Hot One and an excerpt.

Release Date: February 26, 2017
Source of my e-copy: InkSlingerPR/Lauren Blakely
Series: One Love #2
A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely...

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I'm that guy. But the moment I run into the woman I once loved madly, I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He's the one who got away . . .
The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not . . .? I've tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I'm cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one…

Second-chance-romance is my all-time favorite romance trope, so I was very much anticipating The Hot One which features a guy trying to win back his ex-girlfriend from college. As always, Lauren Blakely absolutely delivered a most swoon-worthy, romantic comedy read.
Tyler Nichols and Delaney Stewart were college sweethearts--not only were they hot between the sheets (or an empty classroom, or in the stacks, or in the laundry room, etc.) but they were best friends. Delaney didn't have an easy life growing up after her father abandoned their family, and she doesn't let many people in and keeps things close to her chest, but with Tyler she was able to talk to him about everything. Then, he started pulling away and eventually breaks up with her with just a few insensitive words. 

Fast forward, years later, and they run into each other at a park. Tyler, now a hotshot entertainment lawyer, knew this is his chance to win back the love of his life. Delaney, now a massage therapist, wants to forget about the guy who broke her heart in college, but now Tyler is back in her life and determined to win her back. 

Tyler is the cocky and brash but extremely sweet, charming, and caring book boyfriend that I love to read about. He's a go-big-or-go-home kind of guy, and it was fun reading about him do all the things he did to get Delaney to go out with him again. I rooted for him to win back his girl. I love Delaney, too. She's confident, successful, and just a lovely person all around--the kind of person you'd want to be best friends with.

The dynamics between Tyler and Delaney were different from other romance couples who've just met since they've been in a romantic relationship before and knew each other very well from years ago. They played on this familiarity with each other as they went through their courtship, and I found that really refreshing. I really enjoyed the flirtatious banter between them, and I absolutely loved that they talked about their shared past and tackled the whys of what happened to their relationship early on. Often, things get dragged because the characters do not communicate with each other, but Tyler and Delaney cleared the air early on and so the focus wasn't about what happened in the past, but about the now and what each wanted in their present relationship, which I really appreciated. I also love that even though they had a hot and heavy relationship back in college, they didn't immediately fall into bed right away, which really ramped up the sexual tension.

Unlike Lauren's other rom-coms, her One Love books (The Sexy OneThe Only One, and the upcoming The Wild One) are told in dual POVs, which I very much enjoy since I love knowing exactly what each character is thinking. Also, it was fun seeing of a few of the previous characters from Lauren's other books again, like Simon from The Sexy One, who is Tyler's best friend. Penny from The Only One (a 1001 Dark Nights novella) as well as Well Hung, was a secondary character since she's one of Delaney's best friends. There was even mention of Nick Hammer since Tyler represents him. I love how the characters in Lauren's rom-com books are all connected in some way--it's really great getting a little glimpse of them and having these characters of different professions all interconnected you kinda build a community in your head with them.

You can't go wrong picking up The Hot One, especially if you love sexy rom-com reads. It has Lauren Blakely's signature mix of humor and swoon and sexiness. Highly recommended!

She turns her head.

And waves.

And smiles.

That smile makes me feel like I can do this. Like I can win her heart again. Mine pounds faster as I near her, and it’s not just because I happen to think she’s the most stunning woman I’ve ever seen, but because of who she is.

I arrive at her side, and she straightens. “Hey.”


There’s that awkwardness again, and I want no part of it today. Like the bungee jumper I am, I lean in and dust a quick kiss on her lips. At first, she freezes. That won’t fucking do at all. My tongue darts out, flicking her top lip. A soft breath escapes her, and she gives in. Her sweet lips linger on mine, sending a charge down my spine. My brain leapfrogs ahead, and I picture scooping her up in my arms, carrying her to a quiet little patch of trees, and kissing her till she begs me to take her home.

I want that badly—I want her to beg for it because she’s at her happiest when she’s overcome—but I suspect it’s too soon for her.

Not to mention, screwing in Central Park usually results in a public citation. Public fornicators are never as clandestine as they think they are.

I nibble lightly on her bottom lip for a few seconds, drawing out a throaty murmur from her. Then I somehow find the will to separate.

She blinks. Several times. She sways the slightest bit, like her feet barely touch the ground. Good. I want her to be affected.

She furrows her brow. “I’m sorry, but do we kiss now when we see each other in the park?”

“Evidently we do.”

“Weird. Because I didn’t get that memo.”

I rock on my heels. “Want me to take it back?”

“The kiss or the memo?”

“The memo,” I say matter-of-factly, like this is all so obvious. “You can’t take a kiss back.”

“You sure on that, Nichols?”

“I can try to take back the kiss. Want me to, sweet girl?” I use the term of endearment I once called her. She doesn’t blanch, and that’s a damn good sign.

She smirks. “Be my guest.”

I kiss her once more, like I’m reversing the lip lock, doing it all in rewind, pulling away ever so slowly, ever so softly, leaving her dazed once more.


If she can drive me this crazy, make me this hard, send the temperature in my blood to beyond incendiary, the least I can do is return the favor.

Judging from her reaction, I’m doing it right.

I gesture from her to me. “Like that. I think that’s how you take back a kiss.”

Chuckling, she nods to the running path. “Ready for me to kick your ass?”

Every competitive bone in my body snaps to attention. “We’ll see about that,” I say, then I smack her pink nylon covered behind.

Her eyes widen, saying oh-no-you-didn’t.

But there’s a twinkle in those baby browns that says the lady might like spanking.

That’s new, and it’s most interesting.

I pencil in a new item on my mental to-do list. Find out how much she likes spanking. I never spanked her in college—just wasn’t part of the repertoire. But judging from her response now, I’m more determined than ever to find out everything she likes in and out of bed.
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About the Author

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. 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 seventy-five times, and she's sold more than 1.5 million books. In February she'll release The Hot One, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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