Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely | Review + Release Blitz

Hello lovelies,
I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for the release of Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely. Like REALLY EXCITED! Lauren is one of my go-to authors for fun contemporary romances that I can just devour.

Most Valuable Playboy is available now! Download it from your favorite e-book retailer.

Read on for the synopsis, my full thoughts about Most Valuable Playboy, and an excerpt!


Release Date: September 1, 2017 (out now!)
Source of my copy: author/Inkslinger PR
Series: standalone
Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.

Don't let the fact that I'm the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I'm only a player on the field. I've kept my pants zipped all season long -- and it has been long -- because nothing's more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner's recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who's dead set on winning more than a date with me.

Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.

She's my best friend's sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don't even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she's my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we've got to keep up the act while he's negotiating my contract. 

Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is -- I've been riding the bench for years.

How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

Lauren Blakely is one of my most-read authors in the romance genre--that is, I've read more books written by her than any other romance author except for Nalini Singh. This is not surprising at all because she's a very prolific author and her books are like crack.

Most Valuable Playboy was another super fun read that I devoured right quick because of it's potato chip-like addicting quality--just like you can't just eat one chip, you can't just read one chapter. You keep going until you consume the entire thing.

Most Valuable Playboy is written entirely in Cooper's first person POV. He was the starting quarterback of the San Francisco's NFL football team, the Renegades. But, for the last three years prior, he was a benchwarmer while the Renegade's then-quarterback before he retired. This didn't bother Cooper, however, even though he was called some unflattering nicknames over the years. He knew his time will come, and that time is now. It doesn't hurt that for the last few years, he's always been the highest ticket item in the players' annual charity auction where the ladies (and some men) bid on the players for a night on the town.

But, now that Cooper is the team's starting quarterback, he can't get into his usual (naughty) antics while on a date with the winning bidder. He needs to focus on leading his team to victory, and he has kept his pants zipped up and planning to do so for the duration of the season. Unfortunately, the Renegade's owner's sister was at the auction and she has her sight set on winning Cooper for a date night and then some. Thankfully, Cooper's best friend's little sister Violet was there to save him from the cougar. And to make sure she does stay away, Cooper and Violet end up announcing that they're in a relationship at the auction and sharing a very steamy kiss. However, Cooper's agent insist that he and Violet keep up the charade of being boyfriend and girlfriend while the agent negotiates Coopers contract.

Soon Cooper is seeing Violet, who's always been a friend to him, in a whole new light. He's very much attracted to her, not only because Violet is physically beautiful, but she's smart and kind, and he really enjoyed hanging out with her and their conversations together. Also, their kisses are very explosive and he couldn't stop thinking about her. But, Violet is his best friend's litter sister and it's a given that he's not supposed to hit on her, and Cooper was determined to keep his pants zipped for superstitious reasons. Also, does Violet even like him back, or is she purely just faking it to play her part of pretend girlfriend?

Most Valuable Playboy was pure romantic comedy fun. For me, it's even lighter than Lauren's previous male POV novels. It is a bit of a slow burn in that, while Cooper and Violet shared some kisses, there was no bedroom action until a little over the halfway point. But, once we got there it was H.O.T.! I absolutely rooted for Cooper and Violet--they were both wonderful and Cooper was especially lovable and such a cutie. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, like Cooper's teammates and his agent, Ford. Cooper and Ford's bromance and banter was hilarious.

While Most Valuable Playboy is not a top favorite of mine of Lauren's male POV novels, reading it was still a fun, swoony good time. If you're in need of a pick me up, especially after reading a dark romance, I highly suggest you pick up Most Valuable Playboy. Like I said, Lauren Blakely's books are like crack. If you're a fan like me, pick this book up and feed your addiction!

The business suit woman raises a hand, offering forty-one hundred.

Maxine’s eyes laser in on me, and she slashes an arm through the air. “Five thousand dollars,” she says, jacking the price up by nine hundred and staking her claim. I shudder inside.

The guy’s eyes widen, and he holds up his hands. “I’m out.”

My stomach plummets when the business woman shakes her head.

“Going once?” Sierra asks, scanning the tables, looking for perhaps one last big spender. My eyes scan the crowd, too. Hell, maybe I’ll find an escape hatch. A trapdoor to drop into and disappear like in a magic act. Maybe Trent will learn to read my mind. Trent, I’ll cover you for anything you bid. Just raise that hand, name a price, and save me.

My best friend’s expression is merely curious now as he watches Maxine and Sierra, waiting for the verdict. My opportunity to play yard boy slips through my fingers.

The look in Maxine’s eyes is pure satisfaction as she waits for the final word. She winks at me, as if we have a secret. Holy shit. She thinks I want this. She thinks I want her to win me.

A flash of chestnut brown hair in the back catches my attention. A flurry of silver. It’s Violet, hands in the air, wildly flapping over her head in the middle of the ballroom. She brings her finger to her nose. And she’s tapping it, like fucking Santa Claus coming down the chimney, and Harlan tapping his nose to signal his agent, and all the greatest solutions in the universe at once.

My heart goes crazy.

It hammers in my chest. This is like finding an open receiver a second before you’re sacked.

“Going twice,” Sierra says, trailing off as she waits.

I raise my arm and tap my nose, too. Violet is the only one who knows I need to get out of this jam. She’s the only one I mentioned it to. And she’s the only one now who can save me.

“Ten thousand dollars.”

Holy shit. Violet does not mess around with my money. Her eyes widen, as if she’s surprised she bid that high.

My gaze finds Trent. He’s staring at his sister, slack-jawed.

Sierra’s smile is bright and wide. “Ten thousand dollars. Do we have ten thousand, one hundred?”

The room is hushed. Maxine’s expression is blank. She must be shocked. She probably didn’t expect anyone to vie with her to this extent.

I tap my foot, willing Sierra to close this quickly. Just slam the door shut, please, fucking please.

“Going one. Going twice.”

I say a silent prayer. I cross my fingers. I hope.

Maxine blinks, opens her mouth, and I steel myself for a disgustingly high counter bid.

But there’s only silence. No words come. Violet has shocked her speechless. This type of bid wasn’t in Maxine’s playbook.

Sierra raises her arm. “And a night with the quarterback is sold for ten thousand dollars.”

Talk about a Hail Mary.

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 eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In September she'll release Most Valuable Player, a standalone sports romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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