Monday, May 6, 2019

New Release Review: The Dating Proposal by Lauren Blakely



The first rule of dating? Don’t fall for your business partner! Find out what happens when McKenna breaks that rule in THE DATING PROPOSAL, a witty, clever new standalone romantic comedy from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely now available in KINDLE UNLIMITED! Grab it at the amazing price of 99 cents NOW because the price will be going up to $3.99 at the stroke of midnight tonight!

The Dating 101 lesson rule book...

Get back out there!

Have some fun!

✔ Don't fall for your new business partner!

Dive into this fun, fresh romance about the pitfalls and perils of the dating circuit! Especially when they involve falling for the one person you shouldn’t!

And the audiobook is now available too! It's narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt with a special treat at the end - a bonus novella read duet style by Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke. Pick up your copy today!

The Dating Proposal
By Lauren Blakely
Release Date: May 6, 2019

✮✮✮ THE DATING PROPOSAL is here and free in KINDLE UNLIMITED! Grab your copy today! ✮✮✮

Watch out world — I’m ready to date again.

The seven years I invested in my ex left me with nothing but scorch marks from the way he peeled out and left me at the altar. I’m not looking to put my heart into a relationship any time soon. But getting back out there? That sounds like a helluva good idea to get my groove back.

Then I bump into Chris….Clever and funny, with a sexy surfer’s bod and a brilliant nerd brain, he has just the right screwdriver to fix my hard drive. (Yes, the one for my computer.) I wouldn’t mind dating him. The trouble is he just proposed to me—to be the new dating guru on his TV show. Now he’s my new business partner. What happens when you meet the right person at the wrong time?


✦ Kindle ➜ (FREE in KU!)

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✦ Audible ➜ (Andi Arndt & Sebastian York)

My review: 5 stars!
I can always count on Lauren Blakely to deliver fun, flirty, unique stories. The Dating Proposal is a new and expanded revamp of her 2013 book Trophy Husband, which I had not had the opportunity to read. Per the author, it's 85% new material, and per me, it's fantastic! I loved how quirky both McKenna and Chris were in their own ways. Blakely's heroines are always girls you instantly want to be friends with, and her heroes always make me swoon. Together, her couples always have witty conversations and smokin' hot chemistry, and the side characters are always enjoyable too. As always, I finished the book with a smile on my face and excited for her next story. 

“What other games do you like?” Hot Guy asks, and something about the question startles me. Maybe because it’s so normal, and he seems legitimately curious. Then there’s the simple fact that we’re having a conversation in the middle of an electronics store.
“Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly,” I say with a completely straight face.
He picks up the cue easily, raising an eyebrow as he asks, “Clue?”
“Of course. And it was always Professor Plum in the library with the candlestick.”
“Interesting. Because Miss Scarlet was pretty wicked with that rope in the ballroom, if memory serves. What about Chutes and Ladders?”
“Let’s not forget Candy Land either.”
“What was your favorite candy destination in that game?”
“The vintage game, right? Not that new King Candy imitator?”
“As if I’d even be talking about that game,” he says playfully.
I’m about to answer when he puts his hands together as if he’s praying and says in a whisper, “Please say Ice Cream Floats. Please say Ice Cream Floats.”
I laugh with the kind of mirth I haven’t felt in a while, the kind that radiates through my whole body and turns into a huge grin. “Of course. I wanted to live in Ice Cream Floats.”
“I was all set to build a chocolate and licorice home in Ice Cream Floats. And this reminds me that I need to stock up on the classic games too. But I don’t think they sell them here.”
“I came here because Gadgets, Gizmos, and Geeks is closed, and that’s the only place nearby that actually fixes hard drives.” I put on my best sad face. “I was the victim of a cat hard-drive attack.”
He pretends to be taken aback. “I’ve heard of those. How awful.”
“It was terrible. Fur, claws, and metal everywhere.”
“My condolences. Hopefully you at least caught it on camera so you can post it on YouTube?”
I snap my fingers, aw-shucks-style. “If only.”
“Next time.”
“Or perhaps next time I will do a better job making sure the hard drive is out of his reach.”
He shrugs confidently, quirks up his lips. “Can I see it?”
“Um, sure.” Does he have a thing for broken hard drives? I reach into my bag where I have the drive and show him the silver device with the cracked end.
He surveys the damage. “I can fix it.”
I give him a quizzical look. “Seriously? You can fix a hard drive? Do you moonlight as a computer-repair guy?”
“Not exactly. I can fix pretty much anything.”
“That’s impressive.”
“Want me to try?”
I study his face, trying to figure him out. “You really want to?”
“I do. Yeah,” he says, as if he’s digging the prospect of repairing the damaged device. “I really enjoy that kind of challenge. It’s kind of like a game to me.”
But I don’t want to hand over a hard drive to a total stranger. “Actually…”
He smiles, raises a finger. “And I bet you probably don’t want to give your hard drive to a total stranger.”
I shrug, a little embarrassed. “Sorry. But you can’t be too careful.”
“I hear you completely. But this is simple. And…” He inches closer, reaches into the pocket of his jeans, and dangles his keys. Is he going to take me for a ride? “I have the tools right here.”
I blink, surprised. “What?”
He waggles the keys, and I spy a tiny little tube that looks like it holds screwdrivers.
“You carry computer-repair tools with you?”
He smiles casually. “You never know when you might need them. I also carry a Swiss Army knife. I read 101 Things a Navy SEAL Knows.” He glances out the window of the store at Chestnut Street, teeming with pedestrians. “And I also know the café next door makes a killer espresso. I’ll fix it while we get a cup of joe.”
Cup of joe! That’s almost like a date!
I mean, it’s not a date.
But it’s training-wheels time. Talking to this guy as he fixes my hard drive might help me prep for when I go out with Steven from Madcap, the Lemonhead Guy, Nathaniel from Julia’s bar, and the other men I hope will come knocking on my door—not literally—once my dating prowess improves.
“Sure,” I say, with probably way more enthusiasm than the prospect of a repair job and coffee deserves.
There’s a big bonus to this cuppa. I’ll get to look at his handsome face while he fixes it. I mean, I’ll look at his hands, because the sight of a man using a tool is super hot.
“By the way, I’m Chris McCormick.”
“McKenna Bell.”
He extends a hand.
We make contact, and there’s something about the feel of his strong hand in mine that kind of turns me on. Maybe it’s the firm grip, or the way his eyes light up as he smiles. I want to tug him closer and plant a hot, wet kiss on his lips.
Nothing will happen though. He didn’t ask me on a date, and I didn’t ask him either.
But it can’t hurt that I’m thinking slightly naughty thoughts. It’s evidence I’m getting my groove back.
Hello, groove. Nice to see you. I’ve missed you bunches.


THE DATING PROPOSAL is narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York! Lose yourself in this fantastic story, and then, treat yourself to the bonus novella, DELAYED SATISFACTION! Get your copy today! ✦ ✦ Audio ➜



"This is the kind of story that has romance readers squealing in delight, swooning in their seats and laughing out loud. I loved every single word, every single moment and innuendo." ~ Red Cheeks Reads


“Seriously outrageously entertaining with such witty flirty banter that made my cheeks hurt from laughing so much! This story was the book dreams are made of!” ~ Marina, MiBookshelf

Chris and McKenna are pure gold.” ~ Becca, Wicked Quests of a Book Ninja



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    About Lauren Blakely: 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. Her heroines are strong and smart and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives in California with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs -- she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she's lucky, she'll soon have six dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she's sold more than 3 million books. In May she'll release THE DATING PROPOSAL, in June SATISFACTION GUARANTEED and in September INSTANT GRATIFICATION. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!  

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