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Release Blitz + ARC Review: ‘Come as You Are’ by Lauren Blakely

Requesting the presence of your pleasure…
What do you get when you mix a masquerade ball, a smoldering secret rendezvous, and a sexy, billionaire hero who will sweep you off your feet? An opposite-sides-of-the-tracks standalone romance that you’re guaranteed to love!

From #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes the gorgeous and sexy-as-sin forbidden romance filled with wit, humor, and so much heart, COME AS YOU ARE! Secret trysts and stolen kisses abound in this brand new, swoontastic novel. Get your copy of COME AS YOU ARE delivered now!


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 sex 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.

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5 ‘Knock, Knock’ Stars!

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

This is how it is done, guys! If you don’t know who Lauren Blakely is by now, well.. you are missing out because this woman knows how to write one hell of a love story! Are you in the mood for something light, sexy and funny? You like swoony, hot AF nerdy multimillionaires? You ready to love another sassy and strong as hell heroine? You ready for some mystery, sexy masquerade party rendezvous and lots of laughter and romance? If your answer is yes on all those questions, you don’t have to search anymore your next read because Come as You Are will deliver all those amazing things!

So, Come as You Are is Lauren’s newest standalone release (LIVE TODAY!) and as I said it starts with two people who are not looking for a relationship at the moment, two strangers from very different worlds that collide in a sexy and unforgettable evening in a masquerade party. Imagine their surprise when they discover their identities and they have to start working on an interview together for two weeks. Yep, not mixing pleasure with business according to these two! But, the chemistry between Flynn and Sabrina is strong, the sexual tension is palpable and their beautiful connection cannot be stopped. Will they fight for what they feel? Find out reading Come as You Are!

“Once upon a time, there was a woman at a party who wanted to be kissed,” I say, walking to her, the pages open.
[…] “That sounds like a very scintillating tale.”

I seriously don’t know what magic powers Lauren Blakely has but she is one hell of a talented romance writer! She kills it every single time and always with something original and so well developed. This book was simply delightful: it was sweet, hot, light in drama and lots of fun! Flynn and Sabrina are such outstanding characters as individuals but together.. they will make you melt all over the place because they are sugary and adorably sweet. I loved their first night together (that instant spark!), the friendship they develop even though they are extremely attracted to one another and I loved how they grow into a fabulous couple that will burn your Kindle with their connection!

This is what it’s like to want someone with every fiber of your being. This desire for her, I feel it everywhere—inside me, along my skin, in my heart, in every goddamn cell in my body. It’s like a force of its own, obliterating everything else. 

I am a massive fan of light romance. I always gravitate towards it. I do have my moments and enjoy a tear-jerker and highly emotional creations but I always come back to this type of romance. Lauren Blakely is, for me, one of the best authors in rom-com and no matter what she writes, I will read it and I am pretty sure I will also love it. Come as You Are checked all my romance expectations and I confess it’s one of my favorites writtten by this author. I loved the couple, the theme and how the relationship was built. I loved the chemistry and, of course, the ending. This book has absolutely everything!

“With me, you always have an invitation to come as you are.” 

Therefore, my rating for Come as You Are is 5 STARS because it was a beautiful, sweet and sexy love story that gave me all the good things I enjoy in Lauren Blakely’s rom coms: two outstanding main characters, lots of laughter, sweet and swoony moments and lots of sexual tension and sexy times! Lauren never disappoints on any of that and she definitely did not fail with this novel. I loved Flynn and Sabrina so much that they have become one of my favorite couples by this author. And, as always, I can’t wait to read what is next! Highly recommend this one!


The door crawls shut.

Inch by inch.

A slow-mo door.

I have no patience for its theatrics. I kick it shut, eager for the next part of the evening to begin.

Her laughter sounds across the library and echoes off its dark wood shelves bursting with books. A leather couch takes center stage, flanked by a mahogany table.

“Are you in a rush to read something?” she asks coyly.

Her voice turns me on. It’s like bourbon and honey. A little throaty and husky, but with sweet undertones. Funny, how when you can’t see someone’s face—at least not all of it—your other senses heighten. Your ears work harder, homing in on the voice, or you zoom in on the eyes. Hers are warm hazel with flecks of bronze and green.

“Why, yes, I was looking for a particular book.” I stroll to the bookshelf along one wall, running my fingers across the spines, from old hardcovers like Tess of the d’Urbervilles to modern thrillers from the likes of Clive Cussler to non-fiction reads on the habits of highly effective people. “I thought if you wanted to go to the library you’d want to read. Naturally.”

“Of course. Read me a story. A bedtime story.” She leans against the wall next to a writing desk with a green lamp on it, the kind that has one of those chains you pull down to turn it on. She goes with the moment, and this night seems like role-play with her. I half want to understand who she is. But in a way, I’d rather experience everything she seems to want to give. Her body. Her mouth. Her mind. Whoever she is here in the library is as real as whoever she is behind the mask. My mission is to make sure she gets everything she wants.

I grab the nearest book and crack it open. It’s a James Patterson. “Once upon a time, there was a woman at a party who wanted to be kissed,” I say, walking to her, the pages open.

The angel raises her hands to her hair and sweeps off the headband that holds her halo. She tosses it to the desk. “That sounds like a very scintillating tale.”

✦The audiobook is narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt! ✦
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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal 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 90 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In April she’ll release COME AS YOU ARE, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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