#NewRelease & #MBreview “Most Likely to Score” by Lauren Blakely

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes the hot,

new sports romance, MOST LIKELY TO SCORE!

A sexy, standalone forbidden romance about a sports star and the woman who’s off limits, MOST LIKELY TO SCORE is now available on all retailers! Get your copy delivered now!


My musings…

5 Cherry Pie CROWNS

If I had to sum up Most Likely to Score in one word it would be charming! Everything from the characters to their romantic journey is enchanting, and I couldn’t put it down.

One of the many reasons this story is captivating is the character of Jones! I loved him in Most Valuable Playboy, and my adoration of this man only grew by leaps and bounds during Most Likely to Score. He has the athletic build we have come to expect from our romantic heroes, and he has the stamina and skills in the bedroom to score in and out of the bedroom. What I really enjoy about about his character, though, is his heart. From his dedication to his family, his interactions with his dog, his willingness to give to those in need exemplify that he is more than just a pretty athlete. What is really going to make readers swoon, though, is how he treat Jillian. The dual point-of-view of the story allows readers to see his true feelings. We see how much he wants her, the moment when he realizes it’s more, and the moment he realizes what really matters in life. Each time he expresses these feelings, I fell harder for this hero. The combination of heart, humor, and heat is enough to have me fawning all over Jones.

Jillian is another fantastic heroine from Ms. Blakely. Like Jones, we get to see multiple layers to this woman. She is the business PR woman, she is the devoted daughter, and she is the woman longing to be loved by the man she is enamored with. She tries desperately to balance her feelings with her responsibilities, making her relatable and respectable. Plus, she has this dirty side in the bedroom I never expected but loved! I also love how Blakey introduces parts of her heritage into her characterization. It lends authenticity to Jillian’s character while also teaching readers a bit about a culture (I certainly learned a bit more). Readers will truly love that she is grounded but still adheres to the idea of finding someone and something to be passionate about in life.

From the beginning of Most Likely to Score, Lauren Blakely enthralls readers with the banter and sexual tension between Jones and Jillian. The dual point-of-view allows readers to see how attracted they are to one another, showing us it is more than sexual, and the conversation gives readers the flirty banter we have come to love from the author. The progression of their relationship from friends/coworkers to more is relatively slow, but the chemistry between the two is more than enough to hold reader attention. Also, Lauren Blakely makes the pay off more than worth it when they are finally truthful and succumb to their desires. What really makes me love this story is the conflict. It isn’t the standard forbidden romance trope, and the way Jones and Jillian deal with the forbidden aspect of their relationship is refreshing. While the conflict is introduced and resolved quickly, it is incredibly authentic. Blakely sets the conflict up with the characterization, and the reactions from the characters is perfect. The moment of realization that leads to the resolution is ideal, and the epilogue had me swooning HARD!

Lauren Blakey delivers another must read! I absolutely love every single moment of this story. The characters are charming. The story is hilarious and steamy. I couldn’t get enough of Jones and Jillian, and I suspect that there is only more good things to come from this series!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


✮✮✮ MOST LIKELY TO SCORE is here! Grab your copy today! ✮✮✮

A sexy new forbidden romance from #1 NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely…

It should have been a simple play…

She needed a football player to step up and be the star for a charity calendar. I needed a sharp and savvy publicist to manage a brand-new sponsorship deal. I scratched her back. She scratched mine. And oh hell, did Jillian ever drag her nails down my back on one hell of a hot night. Okay fine, it was several hot nights on the road.

Now we’re back in town and it’s time to set the play clock back to when we were simply player and publicist. Given the way the last few years have gone, I can’t risk this deal, so it’s hands off for us once again. Trouble is, I want more than than just another night with her.

What’s a guy to do when he’s always been most likely to score, but the woman he’s falling for is just out of bounds?

I don’t date players.
And I definitely don’t sleep with players.
And I absolutely don’t fall for a certain player when I get to know him and learn he’s more than just sexy — he’s clever, funny and has a heart as big as his . .. well, you get my drift.

But my job is at stake, and I can’t afford to lose that as well as my heart. The problem is, I think I’ve already lost that game.

What’s a girl to do when the clock is running out, but the man she’s falling for is off limits?

MOST LIKELY TO SCORE is a brand new standalone sports romance written in dual POV!

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“The combination of heart, humor, and heat is enough to have me fawning all over Jones.”
-Sarah-Musings of the Modern Belle

EXCERPT

~Jillian~

He runs his hand through his hair, flashing a lopsided grin then a wink. “Sorry. I meant are you my personal PR person now?”

That word zips through me like an electric charge. A light gust of wind blows my hair across my cheeks, and I tuck the strands behind my ear, grateful for the temporary distraction courtesy of San Francisco’s windy morning. I shiver lightly from the chill. “Yes, that seems to be the case, and I’m happy to do it.”

He cocks his head to the side. “Are you like my babysitter?”

My jaw drops. “What? No. No. No. That’s ridiculous. I’m not a babysitter.”

He arches a brow. “A nanny?”

I smirk. “Jones, I would hope you’ve outgrown the need for a nanny.”

“That’s up for debate, it seems. But maybe you’re my governess?”

I roll my eyes and gesture to the car at the curb. “I’m not your nanny, I’m not your babysitter, and I’m definitely not your governess. I’m here to help you create the best image possible. I can market, publicize, and help you manage putting the best foot forward,” I say, my tone earnest, my meaning important. “I believe in what I do. I know you’re a great guy, and I want the world to see what I’ve seen in the last couple days.”

“Yeah?”

“That’s why I said yes when Ford asked for my help. I’m not interested in being anyone’s au pair. I am very interested, though, in showing this city what good things our team does on and off the field. Including you.” I take a breath and try to read him. To understand what’s beneath the teasing. I think I know what it is. He wants a choice. “But if you don’t want me to help out, I’ll step back and we can stick to just the calendar. I told Ford I’d do this for your new deal, because I want to be the one to help you if you need it, and it’s the kind of help I can give. Since you signed the contract yesterday, and the folks at Paleo Pet are local, they want to stop by the shoot later today. Take some pictures, chat, and so on. I’m happy to be there by your side the whole time, making sure you’re comfortable with everything, and you’re represented in the best way possible. But if those aren’t your wishes, and if it isn’t what you need, then I’ll be hands-off. I hold up my palms as if I’m backing away.

In a heartbeat, he grabs my wrists. Possessively. A thrill rushes through me, like a drumbeat pulsing in my veins. I look away from him briefly. I can’t make eye contact when he does this, when he touches me. If I do, he’ll know. He’ll realize I’m just like all the other women who fling panties at him, who chase him down in bars, who line up at the players’ entrance to become his football floozy for the night. I won’t ever be someone’s football floozy, and I can’t let him see for a second that I want some of the same things those other women want from him. Him.

“Don’t be hands-off,” he says, his voice soft.

“Most Likely to Score is another flawlessly executed story that’ll have readers laughing, sighing, blushing, and swooning as a publicist and an athlete get their shot at a Happily Ever After.” –Yvette-Nose Stuck in a Book


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Synopsis:

Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.

Don’t let the fact that I’m the leading pick in the MOST LIKELY TO SCORE charity auction fool you. These days, I’m only a player on the field. I’ve kept my pants zipped all season long — and it has been long — because nothing’s more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner’s recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who’s dead set on winning more than a date with me.

Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.

She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we have to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract.
Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is — I’ve been riding the bench for years.

How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a brand new standalone sports romance written in the guy’s POV!

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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 85 times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In March she’ll release WANDERLUST, a breathtaking new romance that will sweep you away. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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