One More Time by Laurelin Paige | Review + Excerpt

Publisher: self-pubbed
Release Date: May 2, 2018 (out now!)
Source of my copy: author/CandiKanePR
Series: standalone
My Rating:

I would have been stupid to turn the opportunity down.
A feature film starring the hottest man in Hollywood—and me.

It wasn’t just the chance of a lifetime; it was the first time I’d landed the leading role.

But Tanner James isn’t just any actor, aka “Sex God”.
He’s the man who took my virginity then shattered my dreams.

If I can use this part to launch a new career, it will be worth it.

If I can stop myself from falling back into bed with Tanner, it will be a miracle.

And my heart?

There’s no way he’s taking that from me.
He’s always been the one who owned it.

When I heard the Laurelin Paige was writing a romance inspired by Justin and Britney (the celebrity OTP of my tween heart back in the day), I was hyped. One More Time is that book and it's freaking FANTASTIC!

Now, if you're not a fan of Justin and Brit, One More Time is not based on them. However, just like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, our hero Tanner James, and heroine Jenna Stahl met when they were teens (she was 17, he was 19) and the two up-and-coming young stars fell in love. For three years, they were Hollywood's it-couple complete with their own 'ship name. And then they broke up, and the world mourned.

Ten years later, and Jenna, who had modeled since she was 16, is in danger of being a has-been at 29. Modeling gigs weren't as forthcoming as before, but Jenna's real dream was to be an actress and her big break finally came when she got the call to play the lead in a romantic comedy. The problem was she had to star opposite the man who broke her heart who is now one of the biggest names in Hollywood, her ex, hunky Australian Tanner James.  

I love the Hollywood setting paired with a second chance romance story and since Jenna and Tanner are ex-lovers there's also that friction between them that made my hate-to-love loving heart happy. And because Tanner is a sexy Australian I kept picturing him as Chris Hemsworth (I saw Infinity War in the midst of reading this book 😆). It was great getting their dual perspective because I would've been dying if I didn't also know Tanner's thoughts and feelings. But, my biggest issue with them was that they sucked at communicating and dealing with their past and the hurt they've been harboring. Non-communication is not favorite thing between two romantic characters so I was annoyed with Jenna and Tanner at times. 

But, as I've come to expect from a Laurelin Paige romance, the level of steaminess and the chemistry between Jenna and Tanner was explosive! Even as Jenna tries to fight her feelings and stay away from Tanner unwilling to risk her heart again, the two are drawn to each other. And when they get together, it was H-O-T! 

Overall, I really enjoyed One More Time. I very much enjoy Laurelin Paige's writing style and I've never read anything by her that did not deliver. One More Time was ultimately a fun, sexy, and entertaining read. 

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Narrated by Erin Mallon & Rupert Channing

“Today meant nothing,” I say. “Our past is in the past.”

“Totally in the past. But when I’m working with you…”

I feel myself inch closer to him. “... what?”

“Sometimes I can’t tell where we leave off and our characters begin.” Is he sitting nearer than he was a few seconds ago?

“I know. I feel the same way,” I confess, and then I’m definitely moving closer to him. Definitely staring at his lips. We’re like two magnets. Simply telling them to stay apart never stops the pull.

“But that’s the job, right?” he says, and his eyes are on my mouth now.

I nod. “We have to put everything aside and just focus on the work.”

“Right. Yes. I can do that.” He’s so close we’re almost touching. Then he reaches his hand out and places it on my thigh. I feel a chill run up my body, and I close my eyes. The warm, heavy feeling of his hand is so familiar and so exciting at once. “Can you do that?”

The honest answer is that I don’t know. I open my eyes and find him staring at me. I get lost in his stare. For a moment, we hesitate.

Then the next thing I know, my lips are pressed against his and his tongue is finding its way inside my mouth. I don’t know who started it, but neither of us can deny this is what we both want in this moment. Have wanted since this afternoon. Maybe since we first saw each other outside craft services two weeks ago.

He cradles my face between his hands and shifts me closer, as though afraid I’ll break our connection.

But I’m not going anywhere. I want more. I swing my leg over to straddle him, so I can press my hips into his pelvis. I groan when I feel how hard he is, groan with the need that’s already built up unbearably between my thighs. I rock back and forth, desperate. Only a few scraps of cloth stand between us, but they’re enough to frustrate me.

He stands up, me still astride him, then he tosses me onto my back in front of him. He kneels on the ground, and I’m lying on the couch of my trailer looking up at the ceiling, and a part of me is wondering how the hell this happened again. But a much louder part of me doesn’t want it to end before we’re both naked and screaming out all our unresolved anger in orgasm.

Before I have time to register what’s happening, I feel Tanner’s fingers creep up my thighs and under my panties. He plays with me, teasing before he plunges two fingers inside my body.

I gasp in surprise and delight.

This. This is what I need.

I let my thighs fall farther apart, giving him all the access he wants. Tanner dances and swirls his fingers around, first deep inside me and then up to brush my clit. I grip the couch, nearly paralyzed in anticipation. My legs begin to shake, and I can’t remember my own name anymore. All I can think about is how incredible this feels, and how, improbably, he’s become even more talented at touching a woman over the years. Holy shit.

I’ve never been fingered like this before.

He leaves one hand to work every centimeter of my clit then takes the other and dances it up and down the inside of my thighs until I’m crying out. His free hand covers my mouth, but that doesn’t help. It isn’t until he stills that I quiet, although my hips are still rocking greedily, trying to get what I want from his fingers.

“Sshh,” he says, “Someone might still be around.”

“I don’t care,” I moan, and, in the moment, I swear I don’t. Let everyone hear how glorious this is. Tanner grins as he presses his fingers back inside me, bending them and twisting them, showing off more moves that get my body pulsing and my pussy soaking wet.

I’m going to come. I’m so close. “Fuck, Tanner, yes…”

“Yes,” he growls, and that’s all it takes to send me flying over the edge into ecstasy.

... just as someone knocks on the trailer door.

About the Author
With over 1 million books sold, Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

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