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Lauren Blakely’s The RSVP ARC Review

Thank you to Lauren Blakely and her team for the advance reader copy of The RSVP, the first book in The Virgin Society series.

Final review of 2022 and I couldn’t be more excited about this premise from Lauren Blakley!

I am a Lauren Blakely review team member, but I remain honest and genuine in my reviews.

A new, forbidden, virgin + father’s business partner, standalone office romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely!

Our days are full of secrets. Our nights are for seduction…
For the last year, I’ve wanted someone I can’t have.
The man my father built his latest multimillion dollar business with.
He’s a decade older than I am, and he’s entirely forbidden.
The fact that he’s never given me a second glance only makes me long for him more.
But the other night, across the room at a gala, everything changed. His broody gaze lingered on me and grew darker.
So I’m officially done being the good girl.
Tomorrow I turn 21. As a gift to myself, I plan to seduce my father’s business partner.
Happy birthday to me.

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Our heroine is Harlow, a newly twenty-one-year-old college grad experiencing and revelling in newfound independence for the first time. I loved that she was incredibly driven, even a bit bold. She has two men that dominate her life, her father her sole remaining parent who raised her in wealth and with a revolving door of stepmothers. But most of the space in her head is occupied by her huge crush on her father’s business partner, Bridger. She’s been crushing on him since she was fifteen and was dreaming of seducing him once she turned twenty-one. Bridger is in his early thirties, he is a TV producer, the more business-driven partner in the production company he runs with Harlow’s father. He is charming, a Broadway aficionado just like Harlow. I adored the early parts of this novel that had Bridger reckoning with how he is starting to see something more in Harlow, that the daughter of his business partner has grown into a beautiful woman with whom he connects so easily. I really like all the side characters introduced into this series, such as Harlow’s brother Hunter and her besties Layla and Ethan. They make up the Virgin Society, the namesake of this series. Layla’s story is coming next and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
  • Setting: Lauren has returned us to New York City and I could not be happier. I really love how Lauren crafts tales in the big apple. This time around it is a very upscale New York. It is filled with MOMA, other galleries, and broadway shows.
  • Pacing: This book felt a bit on the longer side but I found that it did not drag too much. It won’t feel as long if you had already read The Crush, the prologue Lauren added to illuminate Harlow and Bridger’s history in her later teen years. I just wish this was incorporated into the story rather than a prologue short story at the beginning.
  • Romance: The romantic scenes were decently hot, most readers will love Lauren’s work here. I had hoped for even hotter, even more trysts in the office, please!! I did really like how Lauren handled the topic of Harlow’s virginity in this story. It doesn’t get played up as this big deal, it does not affect her ability to be sensual. That was such a nice change to see in how this trope was handled. The stakes of the taboo relationship were well managed, it was not just sunshine and rainbows, it was nice that they really had to face the music.

The RSVP receives four out of five stars.

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