I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Once Upon A Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely
Published by Lauren Blakely Books on September 24, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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It's so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy.
Said no woman ever. Except me.
My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world.
Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me.
Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.
Sing sexy songs with the woman you’ve been lusting after? Get up close and personal as you croon to the woman you’ve wanted for years?
Piece of cake.
Performing with the sweet, sassy and insanely wonderful Ally is like one gigantic obstacle course of challenges for my libido. And my libido is one sexy love song away from kissing her senseless and taking her home.
But, I’m not a serious kind of guy, and she’s not a one-night-stand kind of woman. If we cross the horizontal line, we might risk our sure thing and end up out of tune forever...
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Lauren Blakely novels make me happy.
Simple as that.
I know that when I get to the end of one of her books I’ll wish I hadn’t. At least I’ll have a smile on my face when I do reach the inevitable conclusion. Once Upon a Sure Thing is no exception – in fact, it’s an excellent example of what I love about Lauren Blakely’s books. There’s quick banter, witty realistic characters, chemistry in spades, and white-hot lovin’.
Miller and Ally have an amazing friendship, the kind that people dream of finding. They keep their mutual attraction buried in fear of ruining the relationship neither can live without. Once they start performing together, the sexual tension becomes too scorching to ignore. Deciding to capitalize on their natural sizzle, Miller and Ally try (rather poorly) to portray their heart-eyes and ‘fuck me’ attitude as simply part of their “act”. 🙄
I love that they even brought up Canada’s ice dancing darlings, Virtue and Moir, as an example of there “stage” chemistry.
Yeah, like that … only with singing. As sexy as the pairing is, the real joy of Miller and Ally, and Once Upon a Sure Thing in general, is the deep and abiding friendship that’s so well laid out in Ms. Blakely’s writing. In my opinion, a book by Lauren Blakely is about as close as you can get to a sure thing.
She sings like a sinner. She sings like an angel. She sounds like whiskey and sugar. I’ve only ever known her for her church-bell voice, but now she’s a glorious mix of dirty and sweet, and I never knew she had it in her.
But I can’t marinate in this change-up. It’s showtime for me.
Grabbing the mic, I dive into my first line as I gaze into those blue eyes of my friend. Only I have to think of her as Honey, so I sing to the new woman about how I can’t do without her, how I need her now.
Something is in the air between us when we sing, something charged. Something that hasn’t been there before. Stage chemistry.
I move closer as if I’m drawn by the pull of gravity that I have no control over. We lock eyes and everyone else fades away. I’m still in shock that I’m loving singing a song with my best friend.
That’s what terrifies me. Especially since we sound good together, and we move well together.
Maybe we even look good together, as we belt out this hot-as-fuck duet, and for the first time we’re not butchering a holiday tune or destroying “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at karaoke. As she moves closer to me, we sing the final chorus like it’s going out of style, and when the music softens, I can’t resist. I finger a strand of her blonde wig, the coconut scent from her lotion floating into my nose.
Reluctantly, I let the hair fall.
Clapping rings loud in my ears.
Jackson, Miles, and Campbell give a standing O. Jackson holds up his phone, pointing to it, letting me know he caught it on video.
“Chemistry,” the guys all shout, practically in unison.
But I’m not supposed to have chemistry with my best friend.
That’s the problem.
“What the hell just happened here?” I whisper to Ally, befuddled.
Her mouth opens, and her eyes go wide, and she blurts out, “I have an appointment. I need to go.”
She takes off, leaving in her wake a trail of chemistry and coconut and confusion.
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