Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend, an all-new sexy, fake fiancé, friends-to-lovers romantic comedy standalone by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, is AVAILABLE NOW!!! In light of the current situation, Lauren will also be donating 10% of all sales (including pre-orders) to Feeding America!
Let me just say -- none of this was supposed to happen. I didn't expect the letter to go viral. I didn't think anyone would figure out who Dear Sexy Ex was. And I especially never thought he would find out about it. Yeah, bit of a miscalculation there. But see, I need the money to fund my brand new venture. And Dear Sexy Ex, well, it turns out he needs me to save his business. By becoming his fake fiancée. Yup, that's the pickle I find myself in -- pretending to be madly in love with the charming, brilliant, and utterly infuriating man known as Dear Sexy Ex. Only, it's not an act. And he can never know.
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Summer and Oliver have been friends for years. I loved getting their backstory woven through their present journey. These two absolutely clicked for me, both in different ways. They're smart and oh so stubborn, which leads to some problems for them in the book. Their friendship was 100% authentic to me, which is also what made the fake fiancee aspect of this book so much fun. They've helped each other in the past but this kicks it up to a whole new level.
This whole world was just fun to be a part of. The twitter handles absolutely cracked me up; I was literally snort laughing when I read them (and even more when I heard them). The supporting characters really highlighted Summer and Ollie and helped show different aspects of their personalities. There are introductions to characters who will be in future books-and OMG I cannot wait for them-and nods to other Lauren Blakely titles...which I love.
I was fortunate enough to also listen to this book prior to release. This cast was amazing with their storytelling abilities with this. I loved how their voices all played off each other; if I closed my eyes I could imagine this being done on stage or screen, which is really cool and not always easy to pull off.
On a personal note, I love New York City. If you have never been, just read one of Lauren Blakely's books. She captures the city so well I feel like I'm visiting there again when I read her work.
Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend is a book that is just FUN. Fun, smart, some sweet with some sass all add up to a fabulous read. This is a book I will go back and revisit for sure. I highly recommend this title.
Don't misunderstand, I am not saying that this title lacked anything, not at all (see 5 star rating) but sometimes, it's nice to just thoroughly be able to get lost in the romance and friendship of a story without a lot of tension. Those books are great too, but this one just feels like a warm hug.
I loved that there was a twist to the friend's to lovers trope, and it was not only the fear of losing the friendship that kept Oliver from acting on his feelings, but Oliver had reasons. And, as they have been friends for years, Summer understands those reasons. As the story goes on and both are confronted with their past choices, they both start to realize that while, at the beginning, Summer was convinced that she was the only one burying romantic feelings for her best friend, Oliver comes to realize, through a few absolutely touching moments, that maybe he has loved her all along.
I loved this book the entire time I was reading, but there is a part, at the very end, that absolutely tossed this one to the next level for me. It's a callback to an event earlier in the book, the thing that really got all of the romance moving forward, and it's wonderful.
And, let's be honest, this book is written with all the feels, the banter and the connection between the characters that you expect from a Lauren Blakely title and she even makes the name Ollie sound hot. What's not to love?
Really, that happens. The name Ollie is actually hot.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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About the Author:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, ultra-steamy romance for her Lauren Blakely After Dark line. She'd love to give you a free book today!
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