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Lauren Blakely’s Birthday Suit ARC Review

I want to thank Lauren Blakely and InkSlingerPR for the advance e-copy of Birthday Suit. 

From Goodreads: “There is no rule in the Man Code as unbreakable as this: no matter how beautiful, smart, clever, and witty she is, do not—under any circumstances—fall in love with your best friend’s woman.
Yeah. So there’s that. Look, it’s not like I didn’t know I screwed up by falling for her. 
Also, for the record, unrequited love sucks big time.
And, I might have cut myself some slack by now, given everything that went down in the last few years, but Lulu just walked back into my life in a big way.


There are three things I’ve never been able to resist—
my friends, my family, and chocolate.
Leo Hennessy? He was nowhere on that list. He’s been a true friend—a friend who walked through hell and back with me.
Now, I’m stepping into my new future. I didn’t expect it to include a riddle-filled, race-against-the-clock scavenger hunt across New York City.
With Leo.
Suddenly, I’m looking at this man with new eyes…
But my life spun out because of a man once before, and I can’t risk my fresh start, no matter what the temptation. 
And Leo is most definitely a temptation of the sexiest, sweetest, and most dangerous variety. 
More irresistibly delicious than chocolate…

Below I break down my review into the components I value most in my reading experience:

  • Characters: Lulu and Leo both had this sense of maturity around them and both of them have a past that deeply effects where they are in their lives in Birthday Suit. I don’t want to tell you much because spoilers, it is essential things are revealed to you as you read.
  • World/Setting: New York City is always a great setting.
  • Pacing: This one felt a little different from Lauren’s other stories, but the slow pace fit this story and the characters perfectly.
  • Romance: This was a unique take as it was sort of a second chance romance, but it also was not. You really have to go into it blind, trust me.

If you haven’t be convinced yet, here is an excerpt…

“I take a moment to add up the facts, only the facts. 
Lulu is here. 
She’s living in New York. 
I’m living in New York. 
I’m about to add in one more fact, but I can’t in good conscience go there. 
Besides, my heart is pounding too fast. 
It’s from the incident, I tell myself. 
It’s from the adrenaline rush. 
It’s not from feelings. 
I don’t feel a thing. 
I leave the men’s room, take a drink from the water fountain, and wipe my hand across my mouth. 
When I look up, she’s there. 
With outstretched arms, she spins in a circle, waiting for an appraisal of her new outfit. 
Her new, jaw-dropping, sexy-as-sin, might-as-well-throw-in-the-towel-and-raise-the-white-flag-of-surrender outfit.

What the hell was I thinking? 
I clearly wasn’t using my brain at all. Because she’s even more alluring in this garb. 
She’s only wearing the chef jacket and heels. 
“Are you…?” I gesture to the outfit, the end of my words making my meaning clear? Are you naked under that? 
She rolls her eyes. “Please. I have on my alpaca panties.”
“Alpaca panties?”
Her eyes twinkle. “I couldn’t resist. There was a sale on cute animal print undies with faces, you know, right here.” She gestures to her pelvis. “A
six pack of giraffes, zebras, dolphins, and llamas too.” She casts her eyes down. “Wait. I have on the llama ones. I always get them confused.”
“Alpacas have shorter ears. Llama ears are
banana length.”
She snaps her fingers. “Yes. Exactly. I’m wearing the big-eared animal undies, so it’s totally fine.”
Great. Now I’m thinking of her in underwear. In fucking llama underwear. Precisely the visual I’ve assembled way too many times without help, thank you very much. Minus the llamas, of course. 

She tugs at the hem of the jacket, revealing the bare flesh of her thigh. 
“Lulu.” It comes out like a warning. 
She laughs at me. “Relax. I’m tiny; this jacket is huge. It’s like a short dress on me.”
“A very short dress.”
“I can handle a short dress. I’ve worn shorter.”
“Shorter as in ass-cheek length, Lulu?”
Her eyebrows wiggle. Her eyes—green and not so green—sparkle. “Yes. I’ve worn ass-cheek length, Leo. But I’m still decent. And you’re still my hero.”
She leans closer, rises on tippy toes, and moves her lips close, closer, closest. She dusts those lips across my cheek, and it’s like she’s an arsonist.
In one swift move, I’m on fire.”

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