The Hot One by Lauren Blakely
Release Date: February 27th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely...
Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?
Yeah. I'm that guy. But the moment I run into the woman I once loved madly, I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.
Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.
He's the one who got away . . .
The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not . . .? I've tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I'm cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's changed in the ways that matter?
After all, how do you resist the hot one…
That smile makes me feel like I can do this. Like I can win her heart again. Mine pounds faster as I near her, and it’s not just because I happen to think she’s the most stunning woman I’ve ever seen, but because of who she is.
I arrive at her side, and she straightens. “Hey.”
There’s that awkwardness again, and I want no part of it today. Like the bungee jumper I am, I lean in and dust a quick kiss on her lips. At first, she freezes. That won’t fucking do at all. My tongue darts out, flicking her top lip. A soft breath escapes her, and she gives in. Her sweet lips linger on mine, sending a charge down my spine. My brain leapfrogs ahead, and I picture scooping her up in my arms, carrying her to a quiet little patch of trees, and kissing her till she begs me to take her home.
I want that badly—I want her to beg for it because she’s at her happiest when she’s overcome—but I suspect it’s too soon for her.
Not to mention, screwing in Central Park usually results in a public citation. Public fornicators are never as clandestine as they think they are.
I nibble lightly on her bottom lip for a few seconds, drawing out a throaty murmur from her. Then I somehow find the will to separate.
She blinks. Several times. She sways the slightest bit, like her feet barely touch the ground. Good. I want her to be affected.
She furrows her brow. “I’m sorry, but do we kiss now when we see each other in the park?”
“Evidently we do.”
“Weird. Because I didn’t get that memo.”
I rock on my heels. “Want me to take it back?”
“The kiss or the memo?”
“The memo,” I say matter-of-factly, like this is all so obvious. “You can’t take a kiss back.”
“You sure on that, Nichols?”
“I can try to take back the kiss. Want me to, sweet girl?” I use the term of endearment I once called her. She doesn’t blanch, and that’s a damn good sign.
She smirks. “Be my guest.”
I kiss her once more, like I’m reversing the lip lock, doing it all in rewind, pulling away ever so slowly, ever so softly, leaving her dazed once more.
If she can drive me this crazy, make me this hard, send the temperature in my blood to beyond incendiary, the least I can do is return the favor.
Judging from her reaction, I’m doing it right.
I gesture from her to me. “Like that. I think that’s how you take back a kiss.”
Chuckling, she nods to the running path. “Ready for me to kick your ass?”
Every competitive bone in my body snaps to attention. “We’ll see about that,” I say, then I smack her pink nylon covered behind.
Her eyes widen, saying oh-no-you-didn’t.
But there’s a twinkle in those baby browns that says the lady might like spanking.
That’s new, and it’s most interesting.
I pencil in a new item on my mental to-do list. Find out how much she likes spanking. I never spanked her in college—just wasn’t part of the repertoire. But judging from her response now, I’m more determined than ever to find out everything she likes in and out of bed.
The Hot One was such an exciting and sexy story that should definitely make the top of your must-read list! At the beginning of the book we get to meet Delaney, as a business owner she is very proud of what she does and the success that she has achieved. Though she never imagined herself to be in the position that she is right now, she has come a long way from her old days at university while studying law. Now fast forwarding eight years, Delaney comes face to face with her old love, the one who broke her heart all those years ago. The last thing she wants to do is see or talk to him, but Tyler Nichols is persistent and she has to find the will power to ignore all those feelings that she still has for him. Yet, when he surprises her at her job to see her and time again after she begins to see just how much she is still in love with him.
As an entertainment lawyer, Tyler Nichols is used to negotiating and getting his way. He is also incredibly charming as well as good looking which doesn't hurt when it comes to attracting attention from the opposite sex. Yet, none of that matters when he sets his eyes on Delaney at university first, and now again when she so happens to be at the same park as him. A part of him misses what he had with her back when they first met, but he had to break her heart when he pushed her away, and that has been haunting him for the past eight years. He quickly realizes that she is it for him, and he will not stop at nothing until he gets her to give them a second chance.
I absolutely loved reading The Hot One, the characters are likable and relatable, which made it that much more enjoyable to read. Tyler Nichols is the perfect male protagonist in the story, he is funny and caring. He knows how to get his way, but when he sees Delaney again he has to put the extra effort in charming her. Needless to say, he does everything very well and through their chemistry we get from these two characters sparks fly and they comes to terms with their love. On the other hand, Delaney is a smart and independent woman who has work very hard for what she has. When she see Tyler again she wasn't expecting to feel all those past feelings again, but in the end as the two start to spend more time together they have to figure out if they can more forward with their lives together. Overall, the story was sweet and the steamy scenes will leave you wanting for more. I would highly recommend reading this book and any other book by Lauren Blakely, she does not disappoint. :)
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***
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