Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely | Review + Excerpt

Publisher: self-pubbed
Release Date: April 16, 2018 (out now!)
Source of my copy: InkslingerPR
Series: standalone
My Rating:

I couldn’t have scripted a more perfect night.

For one fantastic evening, at a masquerade party in the heart of Manhattan, I’m not the millionaire everyone wants a piece of. Fine—multimillionaire. But who’s counting all those commas? Not me, and not the most intriguing woman I've ever met, who happens to like dancing, witty banter, and hot, passionate up-against-the-wall sex as much as I do.

There's no need for names or business cards. And that’s why I’m eager to get to know her more, since my mystery woman seems to like me for me, rather than for my huge…bank account.

Everything’s coming up aces. Until the next day when things get a little complicated. (Newsflash — a lot complicated.)


He's charming, brilliant, an incredible lover, and right now I want to stab fate in the eyeballs.

I've had one goal I've been working toward, and lo and behold, my mystery man is the very person who stands between me and my dream job. A job I desperately need since my hard-knock life has nothing in common with his star-kissed one.

But it’s time to put that fairytale night behind me, and focus on learning what makes him tick. Too bad it turns out his quirks are my quirks, and his love affair with New York matches mine.

And as we spend our days together, I discover something else that feels like a cruel twist of fate — I’m falling for this naughty prince charming, and that’s not an ending I can write to our story.

First of all, thank you to Come As You Are for curing me of my awful reading slump. You guys, I've said it before and I'll say it again: Lauren Blakely's books are perfect for getting out of a reading slump because they're fun, extremely readable, and equal parts swoon-y and heartfelt without all the angst and drama that bog down a book. Come As You Are was no different. It was pure rom-com gold and I ate it up.

In Come As You Are we have hot tech nerd Flynn Parker and journalist Sabrina Granger. Flynn and Sabrina met at masquerade party and ended up hooking up as anonymous strangers. But, neither want just a one-night stand kind of thing. They both made an impression on the other and want to see more of each other. On what would be their first "real" date (and where they plan to properly introduced themselves), Sabrina was surprised to see the tech multimillionaire she was supposed to be interviewing (for what could be her gateway to her dream job at a tech magazine) walking toward her. Turns out her masquerade party hook-up and her interview subject were one and the same person.

Sabrina wanted bemoan fate. Flynn was the dirty prince charming of her dreams who texts her grammar riddles that fired up her nerd-girl heart, who charmed her with his witty banter and pineapple math, who had become her partner in discovering hidden gems in New York City, but alas how can she write an objective piece about Flynn for the tech magazine if she gets into a relationship with him. As for Flynn, he finally found in Sabrina someone who didn't see him as their meal ticket and he found himself falling for the quirky, intelligent, and independent woman who was his perfect match. But, like Sabrina, he also knew he couldn't start anything with her since he's just about to roll out his new tech project and he needed all the positive PR he can get, which included Sabrina's article for the popular tech magazine.

I loved Sabrina and Flynn! They were so perfectly matched, in that they're both nerds in their own way, and they both put the people they care about first before themselves--for Flynn, his employees, and for Sabrina her younger brother she raised on her own after their mother abandoned them. They're both good people, and they belong together, but it seemed the obstacles standing in the way of their HEA were too big. My favorite thing about the two of them were their banter and conversations. The two of them couldn't act on their attraction, but they fell in love with each other through their many conversations and exploring New York.

Like in Lauren's previous release Wanderlust where the characters explored the hidden gems around Paris, Sabrina and Flynn explored untapped places and oddities around Manhattan, and I was in heaven! I've actually visited New York city a couple of times and I loved learning new and unusual things and places about one of my favorite cities in the world for when I visit again. Also, if you're a long-time reader of Lauren's books she also included fun little easter eggs that will make you go "oh! I know that woman who sold Sabrina that cupcake" or "hey! that's where so-and-so works!"

If you're in the mood for a rom-com read, you can't go wrong with Come As You Are. A great heroine you want to be best friends with, a tech nerd who can quote romantic poetry and dazzle you with pineapple math, chemistry that sizzles off the page, New York city, and a swoon-worthy romance that will bring a smile to your face. What's not to love?


I part my lips to speak, to tell her I’m not a VC. But I flash back to the racquetball game, to the face-lift suggestion from my sister. If this angel thinks I’m a VC, that means my face-lift is working. My costume is doing what I want it to do—it’s making it possible for me to be me. To have a conversation as Flynn Parker the guy, not as Flynn Parker the multimillionaire.

She doesn’t know who I am. And I don’t correct her. “It can be.”

She nods thoughtfully then roams her gaze over my black attire. She taps her bottom lip. “Hmm. Let’s see what we have here tonight because I don’t think you’re a ninja.”

I punch the air. “Keep going.”

She studies me more closely. “You’re something mysterious. You’re trying to fly under the radar. Am I getting warmer?”

More like hot. “Yes.”

Her brow knits. “You want to go unnoticed, at least for the moment.”

I tense, hoping she’s not putting two and two together as to my identity. Absently, I raise my hand to my glasses, wondering if they give me away. But then I remember. I’m wearing my contacts tonight, something I rarely do.

She snaps her fingers. “I know! You’re a stealth start-up,” she says, using the term for a new company that’s keeping quiet.

I raise my arms in victory, a thrill racing through me. “Everyone else has guessed code ninja or SEO ninja, but you’re the first person all night to get it right. I am, indeed, a stealth start-up.”

Admittedly, donning black pants, a black shirt, and a black eye-mask might have made it challenging to guess. But then again, the angel figured it out, and all without the missing start-up button.

“Your lips gave you away.”

She recognized me from my lips? I furrow my brow behind my mask. “What do you mean?”

“Your mouth,” she says, raising her fingers dangerously near to my lips. “I could tell you weren’t a ninja because your lips aren’t covered. Ninjas cover you’re their mouths.” I relax again since she was referring to my clothes. “Only their eyes show. But you’ve covered most of your eyes, and you’re showing only your mouth and your chin. That’s how I knew you had to be something other than a ninja.”

“I could kiss you for that,” I blurt out. I take a step back and hold up a hand. “I’m sorry. That was probably terribly inappropriate.”

A smile slowly spreads across her lips. “No, it wasn’t inappropriate. It wasn’t inappropriate at all,” she says. Something in the way she takes her time with each word tells me she wouldn’t mind being kissed. That gives me one mission and one mission only: keep talking to this angel.

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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 eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In April she'll release Come As You Are, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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