Full Package by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The best relationships begin as friendships.
When fire meets friendship, burning with the flames of desire, that friendship ignites and goes BOOM! Friends to lovers, is there any more perfect match? My perfect match is Lauren Blakely’s latest romance: Full Package. A chemistry-clad friends-to-lovers story full of heat and heart, Full Package will have you swooning and smoldering from beginning to end.
I fell in INSTA-LOVE with Full Package, a story that seduced every ounce of me from the very first page. Full Package wrapped itself around me like a cinnamon roll, full of sweetness and spice that poured from the pages. Butterflies fluttered in my tummy, a tingling of sensations and emotions from laughter to love to smiles to swoon.
Full Package is full of spark—chemistry that binds a bookworm to a book—that brings it to life, bringing the reader to life. Oh did my soul spark with love and life! I was caught like a fish in the water or a Swedish Fish in my mouth as Full Package pierced and caught every part of me. I WAS ALL IN!
Chase Summers, Wyatt Hammer’s best friend with dark hair, hazel eyes, and a tall and muscular body, is pure man candy. Chase is a hot doc who can examine me anytime. I LOVED him and his dirty mouth, big heart, and sweet soul. Chase had me hanging to his every enticing word.
Difficult living situations throw Chase together with Josie Hammer, Wyatt’s little sister and Chase’s close friend. From longtime friends to room-mates, Chase is challenged to stay in the friend zone with the gorgeous, dark-haired, green-eyed, and curvy Josie, a baker whose sweet goods he would definitely not mind sampling.
“Josie Hammer turns me on, and that’s a big f**king problem.”
Josie cooks up sinfully sweet desserts but she would not mind having one hot doc for the sweetest dessert ever. She should not fantasize about her life-long friend, but Chase’s devastatingly handsome looks combined with his flirting and big heart make for one irresistible package. PURE PERFECTION.
“No, I swear I didn’t fantasize about every naked inch of him, and he’s not the reason I had to bite my lip to keep from screaming out his name.”
Oh how Josie and Chase’s friendship is full of sparks that are ready to ignite into a firestorm. Their chemistry sizzled and was even more powerful since it’s mixed with friendship…spice and nice. Sparks sprinkled with swoon, and oh did Chase bring the swoon! I melted into a pool of goo all over the pages.
“Josie is my sunshine in this rain-soaked day.”
Josie is sick of dating losers and is ready to chase her happily ever after. This Cinderella is ready to meet Prince Charming. Her Prince Charming may be morphing into her roommate and best friend, Chase. The Chase is on to see if Josie will finally find her full package.
“I want what every woman wants.”
“The full package. I want the full package.”
Lauren Blakely has again written a love story that is LITERARY PERFECTION. Full Package is creative writing at its finest: fresh, fun, flirty, and fabulous. I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH!
What I LOVE about Lauren Blakely’s books is that they aren’t just sets of series; they are family that are so perfectly and lovingly linked that they feel familiar. Reading each story with subtle ties to previous tales feels like coming home to characters who have carved out a piece of my heart. Characters who feel close. Characters who I love like family. Characters who feel like more.
The perfect recipe for romance, Full Package is sheer brilliance from beginning to end. A breath of fresh air filled with a lethal dose of heat and heart. The heated innuendos…oh how I melted with thee! The food analogies had me hungry for more. Food has never been so sexy! I LOVED this sweet and spicy story…and Swedish Fish…and EVERYTHING in this romance that made my heart dance! Full Package is a ride to ROMANCE HEAVEN.
Oh how I pant for a fun and flirty friends-to-lovers romance, and Lauren Blakely delivers the goods…the Full Package! Full Package touched me HARD. I was quickly captivated and claimed. Full Package is full of chemistry and has THE CLICK—that connection to the characters and everything about the story from inside out—where I could not help but fall fast and furiously in LOVE. I want to squeeze this Full Package a little longer.
★★★★★ fully satisfying and sweet Swedish Fish (because candy)
I’ve been told I have quite a gift.
Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….
Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.
Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.
I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.
Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps.
Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.
What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?
I point to the curved wooden stand with a hook at the top. “This. Explain this.”
Josie sets her hands on her hips. “It’s a banana holder.”
I give her a stern look. “I can read. I don’t need to know what. I need to know why.” I poke the object on the shelf at Bed Bath & Beyond, otherwise known as the Nexus of Unnecessary Things. Pretty sure there’s some kind of vortex or force field right smack dab in the middle of this store attracting all the weird, bizarre, and odd home goods. “Why can’t they sit on the kitchen counter? Or, how about in a bowl?”
“Maybe the bananas just like to dangle?” she suggests. “Hang free and all?”
Smacking my forehead, I go along with it. “Aha. That makes perfect sense.”
“I’m here to help.” She tugs on my shirtsleeve. “But can we please get to the sheet aisle? You can’t sleep on a naked mattress.”
“That may be true, but I could definitely sleep naked on a mattress,” I offer, and she laughs as we navigate through another sardine-packed aisle in the mammoth store.
It’s one in the afternoon, and I just moved in this morning. That took all of two hours. Spending my twenties in med school and as a resident gave me very little time for the acquisition of things, so most of my possessions fit in a duffel bag. I have very little. Not even sheets for a queen-size bed. Ergo, I’m spending Saturday at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is a bit like wandering through a Buzzfeed post titled “Ten Things I’ll Never Use.”
More like five hundred. Wait. Make that five hundred and one, because I just spotted the new number one item on the list.
“That,” I say as I make a beeline for a shelf of crème brûlée torches. Grabbing a silvery one, I hold it up. “Please say we can have a housewarming party, and you’ll make crème brûlée, and I can stride all proud and awesome into the kitchen,” I say, puffing out my chest and deepening my voice. “And I can light it with a torch, and we’ll all ooh and ahh at the manly fire I made when I lit up a dessert.”
She arches an eyebrow. “A manly fire?”
I nod vigorously. “And then you’ll let the guests take turns punching me in the face for being a total douche for owning a crème brûlée torch.”
She narrows her eyes. “You actually want people to punch you?”
I’m deadly serious as I answer her. “If I ever own a crème brûlée torch, you have carte blanche to punch me, Josie. You really should.” I drop the torch on the shelf and take her hand, clasping it tightly in mine. “Promise me. From this day forward. Promise you’ll punch me if I ever own a crème brûlée torch, a rotating tie rack, or more than one kind of cheese grater. This is part of our roommate pact.”
She grips my hand tighter, her green eyes glowing with stark seriousness. “I solemnly swear to pummel you under all the aforementioned circumstances. As proof of our friendship and roommate solidarity.”
“You’re a saint,” I say, then wrap a hand around her head and tug her close for a quick kiss on her forehead.
And hello, sweet, sexy scent of Josie. What is this delicious smell? Is it . . . oh fuck me.Cherries. My God, she smells like cherries. Like the perfect summer fruit. Like the naughtiest fruit. And I’ve got to wonder if that cherry scent is her face lotion, her shampoo, or her body wash?
My mind is adrift, and the word association begins. Because what goes with body wash but nudity?
Naked woman in the shower. Washing. Lathering. Soaping.
Snap the fuck out it, Summers.
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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she’ll release FULL PACKAGE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter.
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