ARC Review: The Sexy One

October 16, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

ARC Review: The Sexy OneThe Sexy One by Lauren Blakely
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on October 17th 2016
Source: InkSlinger PR
Also by this author: Mister O, The Sapphire Affair (Jewel, #1), Well Hung, The Hot One
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I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a sexy new standalone romance...
Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move...1. She works with me every single day.Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?2. She works in my home.Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means...3. She's the nanny.And that makes her completely off-limits...But it doesn't stop me from wanting her. All of her.
The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms,and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.
I can't risk my job for a chance at something more...can I? But I don't know how to resist him much longer either...

Lauren Blakely has quickly became one of my absolute favorite contemporary romance authors. She has this unbelievable talent of getting inside the minds and hearts of these fabulous heroes. The Sexy One is a book that I’ve been looking forward to since we were introduced to Simon and Abby back in Mister O. This book has everything that I want in a quality romance: two likable characters, swoon, a relatively slow build-up, sexy times, and no unnecessary drama to speak of. My only complaint at all is that I wanted more! It was less than 200 pages and I could have used a bit more Abby, Simon, and his sweet daughter Hayden. Otherwise, this was a book that gave me so many wonderful feels.

Abby is an awesome main character. She’s such a sweet and caring woman, and it’s obvious that she loves the little girl that she is a nanny for, despite her undeniable attraction to her father. Though she’s been taking care of Hayden for months now, she finds it more and more difficult to be around him constantly and not want to make a move on him. I can’t say that I blame her, Simon is clearly a hot guy and basically everything he says and does is totally swoony. Anyway, I found Abby to be nice and extremely smart. I really enjoyed how independent and just generally cool she is from the beginning to the end.

Simon is someone that I could talk about for days! Who doesn’t love a hot single man who has a daughter that is his whole world? I loved all the scenes that showcased him interacting with Hayden in such a gentle and loving manner. Everything about Simon screamed perfect to me. He had such strong feelings for his nanny from the start, but he also didn’t want to risk losing a great sitter for his little girl. It speaks volumes about what kind of man he is that he easily puts his daughter’s happiness well above his own. Once he’s finally able to actually be with Abby, he becomes even more swoony, which I honestly didn’t think was possible. He says some unbelievably perfect things to Abby that are able to completely melt your heart. Here’s one example:

“I’ve been falling in love with you since the day we met.”

I love how he finally puts it all out on the line and tells Abby how he truly feels. And yet another example of his lovely way with words:

“If loving that amazing, vibrant, talented, brilliant woman is a cliché, then I’ll gladly slap the sign on my chest. I’m a cliché, and I’m okay with it.”

He says pretty much everything that so many girls dream of hearing. I loved being inside his head and learning directly about what he was thinking and feeling since Abby began working for him.

I have to say that the romance is easily my favorite part, as you can probably already tell. As mentioned, she starts off as being someone who he is physically attracted to from the moment that they first meet. However, he slowly falls in love with her once he gets to know her personality even more. I LOVED all of the random and slightly nerdy texts that they exchange from the start. It really highlighted how they started this friendship that gradually developed into more. Abby also begins tutoring him so he can learn a little bit of French. My point is, I liked seeing them bond over different things that leads to them spending even more time together besides her watching Hayden. Though the sex scenes come pretty late in the book, that doesn’t make them any less steamy. The steam is real towards the end! Another thing that I loved about them taking awhile to get together meant that there was no time for any drama. That’s something that I love seeing since drama is something can really break a romance novel for me.

The Sexy One was a short and fast paced novel that I absolutely adored. This is one of my favorite Lauren Blakely novels to date! I loved basically everything about this book. I don’t think that the relationship between Simon and Abby could have been any better. Lauren Blakely has created two memorable and beautiful characters. Yes, that might be a little two perfect, but I can’t help but love them anyways. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for a guy as hot and good with kids as Simon is! If you have yet to read a Blakely novel, you need to pick one up right away.

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