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Release Blitz + ARC Review: ‘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!


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?

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5 ‘Lucky together’ Stars!

ARC provided by the author via Ink Slinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this is the perfect way to start the new year, that is for sure! I just realized this is the second year in a row that my first read is by Lauren Blakely and if you have read her books before, you’ll understand why. I love everything this woman writes and since my first book by hers I haven’t stopped reading everything she releases! Imagine my excitement when she announced we were having more stories of the characters we met in Most Valuable Playboy, especially this one (because she teased us about Jones and Jillian so much!).

So, Most Likely to Score can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading Most Valuable Playboy first because there you will fall in love with all these people Lauren created! This is a sports romance with a forbidden element to it that will not leave you indifferent. Jones Beckett is the sexy famous receiver of the Renegates and from his very first meeting with the sassy PR expert Jillian Moore, he hasn’t stopped flirting and trying to seduce her. Jillian loves her job, she wants a promotion and she is a very professional woman so she is decided to avoid what she feels for Jones. Jones is also afraid of what would happen to his beloved career if he let himself be with Jillian. But sparks and chemistry cannot be stopped between these two!

It feels like a line in the sand.
A line I shouldn’t cross.
It marks the before and after. But I want to know what comes next. I want to venture into this dangerous territory.

I ADORED THIS BOOK. ADORED. IT. What better way than to start 2018 than with a brilliant sexy romcom by one of my absolute favorite authors, am I right?! Of course, Lauren Blakely is also killing it with the sports! How can she not since she is good at everything? Most Likely to Score is a hilarious, sexual tension filled and beautiful love story. Jones and Jillian stole my heart on the very first page and they will steal yours too! Their chemistry is obvious and amazing and even though they try to fight against it, the sparks are stronger than everything else!

“I know you’re beautiful, I know you’re smart as a whip, but I want them to look at you and feel like they can’t have you.” […] “Because you’re mine.” 

In my opinion, Lauren is the queen of sexy romcoms. And she is also the queen of sexual tension because HOLY HELL. This woman knows how to write the sexy times like nobody else! As I said, Jones has been dying to get his glorious hands on Jillian and Jillian has tried (but failed) to hide her massive crush on him. Well when they leave all that aside and they start acting on what they feel, they will make you burn with their chemistry! Their connection is absolutely mind-blowing and being such great characters (both of them), imagine how good it is when they become a couple and they fall in love. I am so in love with these two and their love story!

How could a man be worth it? Is it even possible that this feeling in my chest—this sense of champagne and wonder when he’s nearby—is worth gambling what I’ve worked so hard for? 

And talking about characters, that is a fantastic list of secondary ones, man! I loved seeing Cooper again, I loved the families that brought up this amazing couple and all the other boys in the team too. I do hope Lauren does not stop writing about these characters because they definitely stole my heart with Most Valuable Playboy and Most Likely to Score. Lauren never fails to amaze me with her magic writing and the couples she creates. Jones and Jillian just became another one of my favorite couples by hers and I am sure you will love them too!

I’ve learned the best way to rehab a reputation is to be a good guy and to fall in love with a woman who makes you want to be even better. 

Therefore, I am rating Most Likely to Score with 5 STARS because I loved absolutely everything about this novel: the storyline, the characters, the funny and sexy moments and the beautiful and oh-so-hot chemistry between the couple. Jones and Jillian are so perfect for each other and I can’t wait for you all to meet them because they are such a wonderful couple. This year is starting great for me and I love it! So, of course, I highly recommend reading this book!


“Love it,” Christine says emphatically, her lips and that metal hoop in the bottom one the only parts of her face visible since the lens covers the rest. “How about a little tough-guy look now?”

Because tough guys hold footballs in front of their junk.

“This is my best badass pose,” I say, narrowing my eyes and staring at the camera like I’d stare at the secondary of the Miami Mavericks.

“Oh yes, more of that, right, Jillian?” Christine shouts to the other person here in the studio with us.

That person is Jillian, and she hasn’t looked my way since I strolled in here and dropped my drawers. Damn shame.

From her spot leaning against the far wall, the team publicist answers in a crisp, professional tone I know well. “Exactly. We love his tough-guy face.”

She doesn’t even look up from her phone.

I keep working it for Christine, doing my best to make sure my blue eyes will melt whoever is looking at the picture when the magazine hits newsstands and Internet browsers in another few weeks.

It’s an evergreen kind of issue, since the body edition is one of the most popular. Gee, I wonder why. I’ve no doubt this shot of me with a football for my skivvies will quickly surpass the previous most-searched-for image of yours truly—the game-winning catch I made in the end zone in the Super Bowl two years ago.

But, to be fair, there’s another shot of me that’s searched for maybe a tiny bit more. I like to pretend that shot doesn’t exist.

“The camera loves you,” Christine croons as the snap, snap, snap of the lens keeps the rhythm.

“The feeling is entirely mutual,” I say, pursing my lips in an over-the-top kiss.

Christine laughs. “You are my favorite ham in all of sports, Jones. That’ll be a perfect outtake for our website.”

“That’s a brilliant idea,” Jillian chimes in. “Make sure to send me a copy for social, please.”

“Absolutely,” Christine answers.

I sneak a peek at the dark-haired woman by the wall, that silky curtain of sleekness framing her face as she smiles a bright, buoyant, outgoing grin at the photographer then drops her head back down.


Jillian Moore is one tough nut to crack.

I’m nearly naked in front of her, and she hasn’t once looked my way.

As the woman behind the lens shoots another photo with my favorite ball covering my favorite balls, Jillian doesn’t even spare another glance.

I’m going to need a whole new playbook to get this woman’s attention.

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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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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!

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