Monday, October 21, 2013

RELEASE DAY + REVIEW + GIVEAWAY ~Far Too Tempting by Lauren Blakely~

Title: Far Too Tempting
Author: Lauren Blakely
Release Date: October 21, 2013

My Rating: 4 Stars

Jane Black has written the breakup album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn't done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits.

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?
Ah, Ms. Blakely does it again. I really cannot express my love enough for the characters that she writes. She gives them this dimension that I have yet to find in another book. I am always so sucked into her books, and Far Too Tempting was not exception. We start out at the Grammy's, with our heroine winning her first Grammy and in complete shock of her triumph. On the heels of Jane Black's shock and awe is everyone clamoring for information about her new album... wait new album? You mean the one that has not been written or even thought of yet? Yes, that one! The media and her label are both hounding her for more and Jane is not sure she can deliver. 

"You looked so gorgeous and I wanted you so much and I had to tell you I was madly fucking in love with you."
~Matthew Harrigan

In a rare position, Matthew Harrigan is interested in both the story of Jane's new album and Jane herself. They've talked a few times but their connection stems from the rave review Matthew wrote about Crushed, the Grammy Winning Album of the Year, by Jane Black. He helped put her on the market and Jane cannot forget the wonderful things he said about her songs. So they come to an agreement, Matthew can follow Jane's road to completing her new album. The only problem? Jane's has yet to even prepare for this new album, that everyone is expecting yesterday. It's not long before Matthew and Jane strike up something more than business deal. And as they work through their working and personal relationship, Jane must fight some personal demons of her own. She tries to clear out all the drama in her life in hopes of also clearing her writer's block. What's she supposed to do when she realizes her last hit came from heartbreak and she is only experiencing a full, whole heart? 

"We both knew in that moment- with certainty, with confidence, without any question- that so many of these new songs did not come from a broken heart, but from one filling up."
~Jane Black

Jane's biggest problem is that she is so new to the fame world she was letting other people undermine her own thoughts and feelings. On the flip side Matthew is so set in his ways that he refuses is personal relationship to impede his work in the least, which was extremely admirable. Far Too Tempting had a terrific relationship build between Matthew and Jane and these two had off the charts chemistry. And while their life styles and their meeting may be a little fairytale-ish their relationship and life together is a real, honest and raw experience. They have their banters, and misunderstandings but, they also make it work like adults. Far Too Tempting adds a bit of mystery to Lauren Blakely's repertoire. Not in a dangerous way, it was just an exciting ride watching Jane begin to understand herself and come to grips with how her life has turned out and also being able to overcome the writer's block that she was experiencing. Overall, another terrific book by Lauren Blakely and I am so excited to read more of her work!

Happy Reading!

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Meet Lauren:
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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