Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely | Release Day Review + Excerpt

Hello everyone,
I'm so excited to be part of Lauren Blakely's release blitz for Most Likely to Score. I'm a HUGE fan of Lauren because I can always count on her to write fun, swoon-worthy romantic comedies. Read on for my full thoughts about Most Likely to Score as well as an excerpt to give you a little taste of Jones, who might be my new favorite Lauren Blakely hero.

Publisher: self-pubbed
Release Date: January 8, 2018 (TODAY!)
Source of my copy: InkslingerPR
Series: standalone
My Rating:

It should have been a simple play…

She needed a football player to step up and be the star for a charity calendar. I needed a sharp and savvy publicist to manage a brand-new sponsorship deal. I scratched her back. She scratched mine. And oh hell, did Jillian ever drag her nails down my back on one hell of a hot night. Okay fine, it was several hot nights on the road.

Now we’re back in town and it’s time to set the play clock back to when we were simply player and publicist. Given the way the last few years have gone, I can’t risk this deal, so it's hands off for us once again. Trouble is, I want more than than just another night with her.

What’s a guy to do when he's always been most likely to score, but the woman he’s falling for is just out of bounds?

I don't date players.
And I definitely don't sleep with players.
And I absolutely don't fall for a certain player when I get to know him and learn he's more than just sexy -- he's clever, funny and has a heart as big as his . .. well, you get my drift.

But my job is at stake, and I can't afford to lose that as well as my heart. The problem is, I think I've already lost that game.

What's a girl to do when the clock is running out, but the man she's falling for is off limits?

Reading a Lauren Blakely novel is always a good time. She pens these fantastic contemporary romances that have a good balance of swoons and humor that I just eat right up. Most Likely to Score is all that and more.

Most Likely to Score is about Jones Beckett, the star receiver of the Renegades, and Jillian Moore, the Renegades's publicist. We met both in Most Valuable Playboy (the first book in Lauren's connected standalone sports romances--check out my review) where we learned that Jones has a thing for the brilliant publicist. In Most Likely to Score, we find out that Jillian has been crushing hard on Jones for a long time, but ever the professional she kept that locked up tight. Jillian has learned early on in her career never to mix business with pleasure. Neither was aware of the other's feelings. While Jones takes every opportunity to flirt with Jillian, to her that's just how Jones operates--he's a very friendly, amiable guy and she enjoys their banter. Besides, Jones's new sponsorship deals depend on him cleaning up his past playa reputation and Jillian is just the person to help him out. Starring in Jillian's new pet project, a charity calendar, is a step in the right direction for Jones. But, as the two of them work and travel together for the photoshoots, the harder it is to keep a lid on their feelings for each other.

Okay, you know that part in the synopsis that goes And oh hell, did Jillian ever drag her nails down my back on one hell of a hot night. Okay fine, it was several hot nights on the road. That actually didn't happen until past the halfway point in the novel. The first half were Jillian and Jones getting to really know each other. Even though they'd worked together for a long time as player and publicist they realized there's a lot they don't know about each other. Like, the fact that they're both very family oriented people. But, the more they get to know each other and spend time together, the more their feelings grow and trying to keep things strictly professional between them become harder and harder. When they finally get together, all their pent up lust and feelings made for, as the synopsis says, one hell of a hot night.

Jones may be is my new favorite Lauren Blakely hero. He was the perfect mix of flirty, charming, and alpha. He's kind and caring and he loves his family and want to take care of them, and he loves animals. Plus, he's a sexy football player to boot! As for Jillian, if I can't be her then I want to be her best friend. She's smart, confident, she's brilliant at her job and has the respect of her co-workers (including the players), loves clothes, she's really close to her widowed dad, and I love the fact even though she was adopted from China when she was a baby and considers herself a California girl, she embraces her Chinese culture. Jones and Jillian were great characters individually, and together their chemistry was piping HOT.

Lauren Blakely did an excellent job with this slow burn forbidden romance. I thought it was paced wonderfully. I liked the sweet moments between Jones and Jillian in the first half of the book, all the while their repressed feelings for each other simmered beneath the surface. If a slow burn forbidden romance with the perfect amount of humor and swoons is your cup of tea, I highly recommend you pick up Most Likely to Score.

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“Love it,” Christine says emphatically, her lips and that metal hoop in the bottom one the only parts of her face visible since the lens covers the rest. “How about a little tough-guy look now?”

Because tough guys hold footballs in front of their junk.

“This is my best badass pose,” I say, narrowing my eyes and staring at the camera like I’d stare at the secondary of the Miami Mavericks.

“Oh yes, more of that, right, Jillian?” Christine shouts to the other person here in the studio with us.

That person is Jillian, and she hasn’t looked my way since I strolled in here and dropped my drawers. Damn shame.

From her spot leaning against the far wall, the team publicist answers in a crisp, professional tone I know well. “Exactly. We love his tough-guy face.”

She doesn’t even look up from her phone.

I keep working it for Christine, doing my best to make sure my blue eyes will melt whoever is looking at the picture when the magazine hits newsstands and Internet browsers in another few weeks.

It’s an evergreen kind of issue, since the body edition is one of the most popular. Gee, I wonder why. I’ve no doubt this shot of me with a football for my skivvies will quickly surpass the previous most-searched-for image of yours truly—the game-winning catch I made in the end zone in the Super Bowl two years ago.

But, to be fair, there’s another shot of me that’s searched for maybe a tiny bit more. I like to pretend that shot doesn’t exist.

“The camera loves you,” Christine croons as the snap, snap, snap of the lens keeps the rhythm.

“The feeling is entirely mutual,” I say, pursing my lips in an over-the-top kiss.

Christine laughs. “You are my favorite ham in all of sports, Jones. That’ll be a perfect outtake for our website.”

“That’s a brilliant idea,” Jillian chimes in. “Make sure to send me a copy for social, please.”

“Absolutely,” Christine answers.

I sneak a peek at the dark-haired woman by the wall, that silky curtain of sleekness framing her face as she smiles a bright, buoyant, outgoing grin at the photographer then drops her head back down.


Jillian Moore is one tough nut to crack.

I’m nearly naked in front of her, and she hasn’t once looked my way.

As the woman behind the lens shoots another photo with my favorite ball covering my favorite balls, Jillian doesn’t even spare another glance.

I’m going to need a whole new playbook to get this woman’s attention.

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!

Happy reading,

P.S. If you haven't had a chance to read Most Valuable Playboy (the first in Lauren's connected sports romance standalone), it's currently on sale for $2.99 (originally $3.99). Check my review for Most Valuable Playboy here.

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