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    Love this series!

    Another fabulous, funny, and steamy read from the mind of Lauren Blakely This is the story of Peyton and Tristan, friends since college, but they always had this vibe together, unfortunately, timing was never on their side and friends they remained for years. When an amazing and fun opportunity falls into Peyton's lap, she looks to Tristian to help her with the process of recreating romantic tropes from books.  I absolutely loved this storyline and often wondered if popping buttons and bathtub hijinks were really feasible.  The way that Ms. Blakely presents it is fresh, funny and uncomfortably real! The chemistry and familiarity between Peyton and Tristan is fantastic and the steamy scenes were just wowza! I also enjoyed the secondary storyline with Tristan and his brother Barrett.  You have to really pay attention to the dialogue and then you get a heartwarming surprise at the end. I have yet to read a story by Ms. Blakely that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed and this story is right up there with the best!
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    This is the best kind of friends-to-lovers romance

    After knowing each other for so long, both Tristan and Peyton believe that their friendship has no chance of becoming more, even though they each would like it to. When Peyton needs a partner with whom to test out some romance trope activities, Tristan is the only man she trusts enough and there's no way he's going to pass up the opportunity. Even if it shreds his heart in the process. I loved the way the story poked fun at some common romance scenes, but more importantly this "research" works very well as foreplay, pushing both Tristan and Peyton out of their comfort zones and forcing them to be honest with themselves and each other about the sizzling attraction they share. The story is instantly captivating, perfectly paced, and filled with delicious layers of humor and heart. Their HEA was as bright and shiny as anyone could hope for. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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    Fred and Gingersnap

    Sometimes my heart just needs a sweet, low angst romcom. Sex and Other Shiny Objects was a great blend of friends to lovers, second chance romance, and even a little fake-ish relationship/forced proximity. I'm a sucker for the pining and longing of what could have been and when circumstances change to allow our hero and heroine to FINALLY have their chance. We met Tristan and Peyton in book 1 of this series, Asking for A Friend, but this can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone. I love a hero who is all in from the start, and Tristan was so incredibly swoony. He was considerate, kind hearted, and I loved the relationship he had with his brother. The cherry on top was the dirty side of him that came out to play when things started to heat up between him and Peyton. There is a little drama and back and forth as these two navigate these new waters, but I appreciated that they both resolve their conflicts and put themselves out there. There were some wonderful cameos from past characters and easter eggs sprinkled throughout and I always enjoy finding these in Lauren Blakely's books. This is such a fun series of interconnected standalones, and I'm looking forward to Lola's story next! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
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    Entertaining

    4.5 star review of Sex & Other Shiny Objects (Boyfriend Material #2) by Lauren Blakely We first met Peyton and Tristan in book one Asking for a Friend and I was intrigued by both of them. They have been friends for over ten years and there is something that lies beneath the surface simmering, perhaps because of the hot as sin kiss they once shared. Peyton is looking to increase business at her lingerie shop and asks Tristan for a favour. Tristan has had feelings for Peyton for a long time but it was never the right time to act on it so he agrees to help her test out romantic scenes from a book for her editor friend. This was such a unique story that you couldn’t help but be drawn in to the story that Ms. Blakely weaves. The chemistry and tension build as the feelings that they have both kept hidden are unveiled. Will they risk the deep friendship they have for a chance at love and a happily ever after or will the fear become too much for them? This is a fun, hot spicy friends to lovers story about taking a leap of faith and of taking chances outside of ones comfort zones. The friendship and banter that arc between them had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions. Tristan and Peyton are meant to be together; he is swoon worthy and caring and I loved how much fun and sassy Peyton is.  
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    Shine Shine Shine!

    This new series from LB is fast and fun and definitely very flirty! This book has the perfect balance of wit to romance to swoon. I devoured this friends to lovers that has a slight hint at second change romance as well in a day. They are total standalone novels and even if some characters from the previous books make an appearances, it won’t matter if you haven’t read them, or can’t place them, as each tale is purely centered on the leads on this book. I loved a confident and sassy woman but I adore her more when she has a sensitive or vulnerable side to go with it. Peyton is cultivated, has an education and is accomplished in all aspects of her life except with men. After one serious setback, she is on the market again. Tristan owns his own restaurant and is the guardian to his teenage brother whom he will do anything for. He is Peyton’s best guy friend, and can think of no one better to help her with her quests for her blog. Peyton discovers a few new things about her bestie in the process, one being he is a dirty talker. He also is a superb listener as well as a gift giver. He aims to please at all times. I feel like Goldilocks in saying I got just the right amount of angst to go with the rest of the storyline. Their coupling is not all smooth sailing and each needs to find that inner strength to fully and completely trust the other. I loved reading the epilogue and the hint of what’s up next.
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