Come As You Are
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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 action 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.
5 “Flynn is MINE” stars!!!!
*** I received an advanced copy and chose to review it ***
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* 5 "Flynn is MINE" Stars *
Looking for your next sexy swoon-fest? Well look no further because Lauren Blakely does what she does best in Come As You Are and you'll fall in love instantly with Flynn and Sabrina. Blakely brings magic to every story she tells and in this one, readers will be enchanted with not only the characters but also with the setting and the adventures that they embark on. Under normal circumstances, I'd say that Flynn and Sabrina had a fun "meet cute" but there was nothing cute about their first encounter. Oh no.....these two set the world ablaze with their masked attraction in a hot, hot, HOT secret library rendezvous at a masquerade party. I absolutely loved this part of the story and how freeing it was for both characters. Their unbridled attraction to each other coupled with the air of mystique made for some imaginatively fun times for this Angel and her Duke which ultimately set the tone for their romantic story.
Flynn and Sabrina's romance beyond their first night comes to a screeching halt when they begin working together. However, as they start to spend more and more time together, their adventures take on a new twist as they fight their growing feelings for one another. The sexual undertones intensify with every encounter they have and their witty banter turns more suggestive with each flirty text and poetic recitation. The story becomes a slow burn after their initial passionate night and Blakely does a fabulous job ramping up the sexual tension. These two have chemistry in spades!!! As always, Blakely's characters are well developed and incredibly written. Flynn is smart, sexy, extremely successful, adorably nerdy and has a heart of gold. But he's been burned before so he has his reservations. Sabrina is smart, confident, independent, creative and a true go-getter. She's also been hurt before and has built up walls to protect herself. Both have huge hearts and go out of their way to help others. Flynn and Sabrina's characters work incredibly well together because they have so much in common. They are like two puzzle pieces who were missing their mate---when they finally connect, things instantly click into place. Their romance is perfectly written and will make readers swoon something fierce!
I have come to rely on Blakely not just for outstanding stories but also for the knowledge she constantly imparts on her readers in each book she writes. Born and raised in the NYC area, I learned so many interesting tidbits about the city I've practically grown up in! Add in some cool math facts and some adorable jokes and I can honestly say that Ms. Blakely truly schooled me! Come As You Are had me laughing and smiling while simultaneously getting me hot and bothered. It is incredibly written and I often found myself thinking how poetic the author's words were. The story flows beautifully and I enjoyed every second of it. Don't miss this sweet and fun love story because it is most definitely a 5-star read!
Cinderella goes to masquerade ball
A Cinderella romance with a little(ok a lot) of naughty begins with a chance meeting at a masquerade ball. Flynn Parker, is not your typical millionaire by anyone’s standards. Flynn is way beyond handsome, smart, loves and sees math everywhere, slightly dirty talker, and has a heart-of-gold. Sabrina Granger, smart, beautiful, loves to play word games, a super Harry Potter fan, and has lovingly raised her brother when their mother abandoned them. Flynn and Sabrina have a very HOT first encounter at the masquerade ball without knowing each other’s real names. By the time they finally meet face to face Sabrina has been hired to a new job that puts her professional life in conflict with her personal life’s budding feelings for Flynn. As Flynn and Sabrina spend time together completing her new job they learn each other’s true passions and what makes them tick. This is a beautiful story of learning one another and falling in love. Their chemistry/attraction continues to grow with a slow burn that is just as hot as any love scene that Lauren Blakely has written. As always, Lauren Blakely writes a beautiful story with strong characters, both hero and heroine. Sabrina does not want Flynn for his money but for him only. Flynn has been hurt by gold-diggers in his past which make trusting Sabrina quite difficult. Sabrina has also been hurt by people close to her which has made it very difficult for her to move on with her life. Finally, both Flynn and Sabrina make a choice for their futures. I totally enjoyed this story as I always do with a Lauren Blakely story. Read “Come As You Are” by Lauren Blakely to find out what those choices are. Does Flynn’s Dirty Cinderella get her Prince Charming? I received an ARC for an honest review.
Fabulous five star read
Five Key Takeaways from Come As You Are:
1. Flynn will have you swooning.
2. Sabrina will have you grinning.
3. Witty banter is hella hot foreplay.
4. Masquerade parties can be fun AND sexy.
5. Lauren Blakely has another hot, steamy, FUN book that is sure to be a bestseller.
So it's no secret that Lauren Blakely is my favorite author. When I pick up one of her titles I know I'm going to laugh, probably cry and I'm definitely going to swoon. I definitely laughed, sighed and had a major swoonfest going on in Come As You Are.
I adored Sabrina. She is one of my favorite female characters from this author. Sabrina is smart, sassy and fiercely loyal. I felt her struggle as she was stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place but I really appreciated how she handled the situation. I liked her sense of self, too. She knew what she wanted and worked hard for herself to get there. She is someone I liked, respected and would definitely want to hang out with.
Flynn brought the swoon to this book for me. There was something just magnetic about him; I was drawn right into him. He's smart, witty and incredibly hot. He has some trust issues-which completely make sense-and I liked seeing him understand he could trust Sabrina. I really loved seeing him put himself out there for Sabrina.
These two just about melted my kindle. From the moment they met the spark was there and it led to a flame that neither of them could put out. They tried, really they did, but that slow burn and simmer just never went away. Their sex was definitely hot and steamy. Have a fan nearby-you'll need it. But the connection between them was more than just sex. I loved every moment of them learning about one another and seeing how well they truly fit together.
The writing in this book was phenomenal. I felt like I was in NYC every step of the way with Flynn and Sabrina. If you've never been to New York City you'll definitely feel like you have been to parts of it after reading this book. The supporting characters are fun and I personally love how this author sprinkles in characters from her past books at times. It's fun to sneak peeks back into those other character's lives for a moment. That being said, this is a standalone so if you haven't read Lauren Blakely books before (though what are you waiting for????) you'll be completely fine reading this book.
I loved every moment of this book. I was completely charmed and captivated with this story. It's a unique storyline-fresh, fun and interesting. If I could give Come As You Are more than five stars I would-this book deserves it. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it.