Review – Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely


Well…I have read very little by Lauren Blakely and shame on me because Most Valuable Playboy was FABULOUS!!!  Yep.  With all caps!  I adored this book.  It was like a slow session of foreplay that was both sweet and spicy.  I loved it.  Cooper and Violet were fantastically written characters.  Now, normally I don’t like books where we only get one characters POV but in this case, it worked!  Cooper is our, for this season, celibate leading man and he is in charge of getting his football team to the playoffs.  Violet, his lady-love, happens to be his life-long friend and the sister of his best friend.  That hooked me immediately because it’s one of my favorite tropes.  The best part of this….the brother is in the know (ok….to an extent) so there isn’t so over-blown “I hate your guts”‘ drama that is involved between the two friends.  So Violet swoops in and saves Cooper from a very uncomfortable situation at a bachelor auction and this provides Cooper the opportunity to see Violet as someone other than his best friend’s kid sister (and hairdresser, as she is apparently a pretty kick-ass one).  Violet rocks as a female heroine.  She is fun and sassy and not afraid to call Cooper on his crap.  She is pretty kind too!  And, from the beginning you get the feeling that this whole “friends” situation between them may mean a little more to Violet than she is letting on.  Together these two seem to be more in sync than couples who have been married for years.  Their banter and easy camaraderie made me chuckle more than once.  I love it when our hero and heroine have this kind of history! But, exactly how well they are in sync shocks Cooper.  However, he’s taken a vow of chastity for the season and he’s starting to feel things…..OK, I won’t go from there but their chemistry is unbelievable!  They click on so many levels and as a reader, I was hooked from paragraph one!  They don’t jump immediately into bed nor is this an instant “I gotta have you for the rest of my life” moment from page one.  It’s a slow but steady build over a gradual time span.  It gives the book a feeling of complete realism that I really loved.  There are some pretty hot and erotic moments, do not get me wrong and the climax OH MY GOD!  Yes, it’s safe to say Most Valuable Playboy made me swoon, laugh, sigh, and with out a doubt, soaked my panties!  There are some great secondary characters that I hope get their stories told, an engaging and fresh plot that holds your attention from beginning to end, and just enough tension to keep you guessing “will he, or won’t he”….not gonna tell you the “what” of that equation.  You are going to have to read this yourself to find out.  This book was breathtaking and entertaining!  I can’t wait to read the next book by Ms. Blakely.  She is a fun and witty author who I have sadly been missing out on.  I see myself adding to my already overfull TBR pile!  5 stars!

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes the swoony and oh-so-romantic title…MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY.

In MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY, the NFL starting quarterback Cooper Armstrong needs his best friend’s sister to pretend to be his girlfriend. Violet is willing, but neither one expects their boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage to turn into a full-contact sport so quickly. Find out if their fake play will become the real deal or if they can turn back the clock to when they were just friends in this sexy new standalone sports romance!



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Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.

Don’t let the fact that I’m the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I’m only a player on the field. I’ve kept my pants zipped all season long — and it has been long — because nothing’s more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner’s recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who’s dead set on winning more than a date with me.

Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.

She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we have to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract.
Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is — I’ve been riding the bench for years.

How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a brand new standalone sports romance written in the guy’s POV!



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10% of the proceeds from the release day sales along with a portion of pre-orders across all retailers of MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will be given to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and Houston Humane Society to help those in need from the natural disaster.





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“Lauren Blakely is a master at writing sexy, engaging stories that draw you in and make you fall in love with her characters. A definite go-to author for me!”
NYT Bestselling Author Melanie Moreland



“Lauren Blakely never ceases to amaze me with her sense of humor, her talent to write fabulous heroes and heroines and to pull an A game with a male POV. Most Valuable Playboy is a real treasure.
Becca at Little Read Reading Hood




“The slow burn, the teasing, the kisses, OH THE KISSES!!! MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY exceeded all of my expectations. Lauren Blakely has a knack for making a reader fall for her characters.”
Jess at Jo and Isa Love Books Blog


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Lauren’s Most Valuable Playboy Team Spirit Prize Package Giveaway! This bundle is valued at $450 and includes a Coach Handbag ($300 value) and $150 Stub Hub Gift Card to use for tickets to the game, your favorite concert, or theater performance.



About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her 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 eighty times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In September she’ll release MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY, a standalone sports romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!


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