Opposites attract in this scorching tale of a woman cop and a bad boy EMT who become roommates with fireworks the result in this decadently delightful contemporary romance. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The Feel Good Factor by Lauren Blakely, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf! In honor of this sizzling new release visit the link below for the chance of two winners being awarded designer purses and two $50 GCs too!
That inked bad boy who’s been flirting hard with me since he rode into town? Turns out he’s my new housemate, which is one hell of a problem since our chemistry is so hot it should be illegal.
I have a fantastic family, great best friends, a job I love…and now I’m up for a promotion to police sergeant. I need total focus—not a flirty, dirty, irresistible, tattooed hottie riding into my town on his motorcycle. Can I arrest him for being too good-looking? When he kisses me senseless in the back of a waffle truck, it’s criminal, the things he makes me think about hot syrup and melted butter. One order of hot, fluffy hookup to go, please.
But the next time I see him, it’s not for our date with benefits. He’s the guy who just rented the room above my garage.
I need the rent to pay my bills, not a man like Derek, who I soon discover to be strong, caring, generous, good with kids, and kind to puppies…If I’m not careful, he’ll be moving into my heart as well as my house.
A no-strings-attached fling with the fiery redhead who revs my engine? Why, yes, that does sound like a delicious perk of my new job in this new town, thank you very much. I’m coming off a bad relationship, and I have zero interest in anything serious. I’ve got all the serious I need helping my sister take care of her three little kids while her husband is deployed.
Except, surprise! Perri isn’t just my future fling. Turns out she’s my sexy, sassy landlord.
A lease definitely counts as “strings attached,” and as much as I’d like to get tangled in her sheets, I can’t let myself get tangled up in a relationship.
But as soon as we put the cuffs on our escapades, I learn over late-night conversations in the kitchen, that my landlord is so much more than the sexiest woman I’ve ever met– she has a quick mind and the biggest heart.
Once I’m in, I’m all in. And to convince her that we should see where this goes, I plan on turning up the heat—and not just in the kitchen.
Today is my lucky day.
I’d like to thank my sister for getting my ass out of bed.
I’d like to thank my niece for telling me the nice lady with the paints had just made her way down the veggie aisle.
And I’d like to thank fate that this avocado stand is in an out-of-the-way corner of the market, and that the farmer running it must have had to take one hell of a leak.
It’s just us.
This woman is fiery, flirty, and already driving me out of my mind. The stream of market-goers has thinned to a crawl as we near closing time, and left us in a cocoon of raw lust.
I place the fruit on the red-and-white-checkered tablecloth, brush my fingers over her hip, and tug her against me. She lets out the sexiest little sound. “Tell me your name. I’m dying to know.”
“Why do you need it so badly?”
“So I know what name to say when I’m fantasizing.”
A murmur crosses her lips, and she leans her head back against me, her hair spilling down my chest. “Are you fantasizing about me?”
“Every. Single. Night.”
“You must be having a log of long nights, Mr. Trouble.”
“Long, hard nights…Miss Demeanor,” I say with a smirk, trying that nickname on for size.
“Thank you. It just came to me.”
She glances back at me, her green eyes looking rife with dirty thoughts. “Do you want to come down to the station with me?”
“I want your name, beautiful. Give me your name,” I growl into her ear, commanding her.
“Perri,” she says breathlessly, her voice betraying her longing. A longing that matches mine.
“Perri,” I repeat, tasting her name on my tongue.
Her voice tightens to a warning and sharpens as she speaks. “Don’t say it.”
I narrow my brow in question. “Say what?”
“Don’t say it’s a guy’s name.”
I laugh lightly in her ear, jerking her ass closer to my hard-on. “Do you honestly believe I’m thinking for one second about guys right now?”
She lets out a gasp, chased by a soft moan. “I don’t know. What exactly are you thinking about?”
I drag my scruff against her neck. “How close I am to getting a ticket for indecent everything.”
She wriggles her sexy rear against me. “I’d say everything feel way more than decent.”
I groan as a dart of lust shoots down my spine. I’d like to find a way to kiss the breath out of her right here, right now.
She tenses against me, her body straightening like a ruler, and my gaze flicks to the new crowd of people streaming around the corner, heading toward us.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
When it comes to rom-coms Ms. Blakely is an author I can always count on for an entertaining read with immensely appealing characters...and this new release gives all that and more. In a tale of seemingly opposites attracting there’s a definite sizzle between the lady cop and the rugged EMT. From the moment they meet there’s an undeniable attraction teeming with sexual tension and fun and flirty banter that had me longing for Perri to give in to the utterly tempting Derek. That journey is a delicious one that had me chuckling a few times as well as giving me a few blush-worthy moments along the way.
Perri Keating is a woman focused on her career in the male-dominated world of police officers. She’s also very family-oriented and feels competitive with her equally hard-working brother. She’s strong-willed, focused, and determined to get a promotion to Sergeant. To achieve that goal she agrees to take part in a kissing contest to benefit first responders and it’s this event that leads to the burgeoning connection between her and her sexy new roommate. From their first interaction to his moving in, she and Derek sizzle in interactions that left me parched. As verbal foreplay led to drugging kisses my tablet almost overheated as their relationship picked up steam. Through it all Perri was immensely likable, an easy to relate to heroine with strong support from her friends. She’s the kind of heroine to give as good as she gets, the kind to pick herself up and dust herself off. It makes for a connection even more scorching and a journey to HEA even more satisfying.
Derek McBride exudes a bad boy persona with his tats, scruffy facial hair, and a Devil-may-care attitude. He too is devoted to family and it’s that devotion that has him leaving the big city to come to the small town of Lucky Falls where he’ll help his sister raise her kids. He’s an EMT who actually cares about his patients and this dichotomy of bad boy and kind-hearted man made for a delicious combination. He was good with kids, loving and caring, and his fatherly actions made my uterus hurt. As a bad boy he also has a talent for dirty talk which readers get a glimpse of the moment Perri pulls him over for speeding. From that moment on flirty banter, sensual kisses, and steamy encounters had me turning the pages while fanning myself. That man could definitely kiss like no other and I admired their restraint as I would’ve jumped Derek much sooner. Through each word and deed Derek made me fall for him even more as he quickly became the quintessential book boyfriend.
This is a story that was all about the relationship between Derek and Perri...and oh what a delightful journey to HEA it was! It was a carefree read that wrapped me in a happy haze with a scorching romance and kisses that hypnotized me. Derek and Perri were a wonderful pairing, dedicated to their families and to their careers, and they practically jumped off the page. They were a relatable couple, dealing with day-to-day issues and their jobs, and I became ever more immersed in their lives with each turn of the page. Surrounding this appealing main couple was an equally entertaining cast of secondary characters, some who have already had their stories told and some who are temptingly waiting in the wings. Though this story is connected to Best Laid Plans, it stands strongly on its own and is a must-read for all lovers of romance. From their crackling first meeting, to their decadently delightful roommates to lovers relationship, this story ultimately wrapped up with a heartwarming epilogue (or two) that put a smile on my face while leaving me counting down the days until we return to Lucky Falls.
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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 100 times, and she's sold more than 3 million books. In March THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR, in May THE DATING PROPOSAL, and in June SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter HERE!
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