Sweet & sexy romance!
This is a swoon-worthy friends to lovers romance with terrific characters. The lovely Peyton is fresh off a break up and ready to get back out there. She's the owner of her grandmother's lingerie shop and struggling to keep it going in the face of big box competition. Her guy bestie, the hunky restauranteur Tristan, is up to help in anyway he can. He encourages her to start her blog again and when her bestie Amy offers her the opportunity to use her blog as a tie-in to a romance novel, Peyton is all in. She just needs to find the right partner to reenact the sexy scenes from the book to see if they work in real life and then blog about the results. The only guy she trusts is Tristan and he's up for it...he just has to control his longtime feelings for Peyton. He's been in love since college but something always got in the way and he doesn't have time for a broken heart. Tristan is a fabulous hero. He's drop dead gorgeous, a successful business owner and parent to his teen brother. Responsible is his middle name and he's such a grown MAN! Swoon!! And his never ending love her Peyton is so sweet. When things turn steamy during the re-enactments Peyton sees Tristan in a new light and realizes that college kiss was everything. Sizzling chemistry takes the would-be lovers to a great place. It's just a matter of who's going to jump first and tell the other how they feel. This is a quick, easy read with a group of wonderful gal pals and a sweet and sexy romance between a couple of hotties. As usual the writing is fantastic and drew me in right from the start and kept me turning the pages as Peyton and Tristan's relationship goes from a beautiful friendship to a smoking hot romance. I can't wait for the next adventure with this group of fabulous friends that this terrific author has given us. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
By Benny andajets
Worst Lauren Blakey book I’ve ever read, and I have read many. It is not the same writing quality as her other books at all. Filled with cliche sayings and such trophy and predictable scenes.
What a fun, sweet and so very sexy friends to lovers of romance. Lauren Blakey has delivered another swoony worthy gem with Sex and Other Shiny Objects. I couldn't wait to read this book. After reading Asking for a Friend and experiencing the undeniable "vibe" between Tristan and Peyton, I knew their story was going to have the most explosive chemistry. *Whispers* I was right.
I love these characters. Individually they're great. Peyton with her big heart and dedication to her customers. And Tristan who stepped up to raise his younger brother while successfully running his own restaurant. It's obvious, they're amazing people. But them together...watch out... it's pure magic. Testing out classic romance novel scenes the way they were takes a lot of trust and respect. It is 100 percent evident that they have it in one another. This is my favorite thing about this book. The love, care and the devotion.
I wouldn't do this book any justice if I didn't talk about the sexual tension. I live for the longing in this book. The unspoken wants and desires between Tristan and Peyton. As the story went on and the experiments became steamier, I felt like I needed them together just as badly as they wanted to be. It was hot and bit heart achy. But it was oh so good.
If you're looking for fun and steamy slow burning friends to lovers romance with Lauren Blakely typical brand of heart, heat and banter, you'll want Sex and Other Shiny Objects. Oh also Tristan has the most deliciously dirty mouth. It's standing ovation worthy. You don't want to miss it.
Loved it! This friends to lovers storyline is sexy and witty with laugh out loud moments. The chemistry between Tristian and Peyton is sizzling hot. Their banter and friendship will pull you in and keep you hostage until the end. Another fantastic read in this series.
Love these Characters
By MaryW fan
Can I just say up front that I love Peyton & Tristan, the main characters in this Friends to Lovers story?? This is the second book in Lauren’s new Boyfriend Material series, but it’s a standalone with a happily ever after. You’ll just recognize a few other characters if you’ve read some of Lauren’s previous books. The really “fun” part of this book is the set-up of how these two get from point A to point B. Peyton is writing a companion piece to a romance novel...charged with “testing out” some of those standard sexy scenarios. Can you really rip buttons off a shirt? How about taking off your lovers clothes while heading up the stairs? And just how realistic is sex in the bath tub? Who better than one of her best friends to try these scenes with...strictly platonically. I think we all know how that’s going to work out, but it’s a hilarious and fun read to get these two to where we all want them to be. Another winner!
I brake for shiny objects!
When I smiled reading the first few pages, I knew this was going to be an enjoyable ride of a book! I laughed throughout the book along with shedding a few tears because I was rooting for Peyton and Tristan. Peyton and Tristan’s story is a slow burn friends to lovers story. The timing was never right for them, but what happens when Peyton needs help from a male with an experiment and she asks Tristan? An enjoyable story of long buried feelings, sexy times, friendship, trust, loyalty and love that I am so glad I braked for and read!
I received an advanced copy of this ebook from Candi Kane PR for my honest review.
Love this series!
By Bibliophile Chloe
Another fabulous, funny, and steamy read from the mind of Lauren Blakely
This is the story of Peyton and Tristan, friends since college, but they always had this vibe together, unfortunately, timing was never on their side and friends they remained for years.
When an amazing and fun opportunity falls into Peyton's lap, she looks to Tristian to help her with the process of recreating romantic tropes from books. I absolutely loved this storyline and often wondered if popping buttons and bathtub hijinks were really feasible. The way that Ms. Blakely presents it is fresh, funny and uncomfortably real!
The chemistry and familiarity between Peyton and Tristan is fantastic and the steamy scenes were just wowza!
I also enjoyed the secondary storyline with Tristan and his brother Barrett. You have to really pay attention to the dialogue and then you get a heartwarming surprise at the end.
I have yet to read a story by Ms. Blakely that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed and this story is right up there with the best!
Fred and Gingersnap
Sometimes my heart just needs a sweet, low angst romcom. Sex and Other Shiny Objects was a great blend of friends to lovers, second chance romance, and even a little fake-ish relationship/forced proximity. I'm a sucker for the pining and longing of what could have been and when circumstances change to allow our hero and heroine to FINALLY have their chance. We met Tristan and Peyton in book 1 of this series, Asking for A Friend, but this can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone.
I love a hero who is all in from the start, and Tristan was so incredibly swoony. He was considerate, kind hearted, and I loved the relationship he had with his brother. The cherry on top was the dirty side of him that came out to play when things started to heat up between him and Peyton. There is a little drama and back and forth as these two navigate these new waters, but I appreciated that they both resolve their conflicts and put themselves out there. There were some wonderful cameos from past characters and easter eggs sprinkled throughout and I always enjoy finding these in Lauren Blakely's books. This is such a fun series of interconnected standalones, and I'm looking forward to Lola's story next!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Sex and Other Shiny Objects is a friends to lovers second chance romance. Lauren Blakely brings in the fun, romance, friendship, trust and love with fan yourself re-enactments all in the name of research to help a friend. Let me tell you, it’s an eye opening, button popping, I want more experience.
Worth the wait
I have been waiting for this book and finally I was able to sink my teeth into it! And let me tell you it was delicious! Peyton (lingerie store owner and blogger) and Tristan (mixologist and best friend/one that got away) sizzle and sparkle in this second chance romance with twists of humor and a bit of a slow burn.
I was downright chuckling in some scenes imagining the characters as they attempted various romance scenes in their mutual experiment...and also swooning over the steamy parts!
This book was delightful and a pleasure to read just like all of Lauren’s books. However, as usual she is able to make each of her books special with her attention to detail and peppering of fun facts and specific elements!