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The Hot One

The Hot One

by Lauren Blakely

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A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely...

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers? Yeah. I'm that guy. But the instant I run into her again I've got one goal and one goal only--a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.


A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely...

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers? Yeah. I'm that guy. But the instant I run into her again I've got one goal and one goal only--a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count--she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He's the one who got away . . .
The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not . . .? I've tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I'm cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I'm not over him, so what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one . . .?

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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 seventy-five times, and she's sold more than 1.5 million books. In February she'll release THE HOT ONE, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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The Hot One 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Boundlessbookreviews 9 hours ago
The Hot One is truly hot but very sweet.  After 10 whole years of not seeing each other. Tyler runs into Delaney on a random day in the park. Which then reignites that spark that had always been there.  I loved this story. I even teared up while reading. It was touching, sweet and all about forgiveness. Now, Tyler is such an impulsive daring human being. I give it to him, for not wanting to lose her again. Sometimes through love does deserve a second chance.  “Life is about chances. If you want something, you simply have to go for it.” Lauren does it again with this one. How does she do this? I have no idea. But I’ve seriously loved so many of her books. What I loved most about this book, is the back stories of these characters and how they're mixed in throughout the whole story. It really gave you this connection with these characters. With the Dual POV you are able to really feel, exactly what their feeling.  I really hope that someday they turn these books into movies, a mini-series, or a TV Show. Really, I’m not that picky. Just one. How she writes, is just so easy to jump into these worlds she creates.  Overall, I give this Five Boundless Stars.
CindyMeyer 9 hours ago
I admit I have a weakness for Lauren Blakely’s men, and it’s beginning to sound redundant that I keep saying, “this one was my favorite.” But Tyler Nichols…Oh. My. God. The title is definitely apropos; this man is over the top HOT in oh, so many ways. There’s just something about a second chance romance. This isn’t the first time Lauren has wowed me with a one-that-got-away story, but The Hot One is beyond sweet, it’s even beyond sexy. (Yes. I said beyond). Tyler and Delaney’s story struck a chord with me. Tyler hooked me from the very beginning with his warmth and wit. So if I fell hook, line, and sinker, then it’s no wonder Delaney didn’t stand a chance. The chemistry between Tyler and Delaney is off the charts hot. I loved the characters’ playful banter, and the way they teased and seduced each other. Even more than that, beyond the sex and dirty talk (and yes, there’s plenty of that), the characters have a mature and touching backstory, and I love that Lauren Blakely took her readers there. From Tyler’s honesty about their breakup, to his resolve to win back the woman he let get away, from Delaney’s fear of commitment and even her abandonment issues, the characters’ emotional journey elevated this story to something higher than just a second chance romance. And, can I just say, every girl should have best friends like Penny and Nicole. Friends who aren’t afraid to talk straight, but who also know when it’s time to just stand aside and offer support, knowing they may need to be that soft place to fall, or that they might have to give their friend a little kick in the butt. The Hot One is a read-in-one-sitting kind of story. I couldn’t put it down. Grab a cup of tea and some sustenance, because once you start, you won’t want to stop! Five (plus) HOT stars!
mjlovestoread 11 hours ago
Just like our hero Tyler Nichols, Lauren Blakely definitely knows to go big or go home. And with The Hot One, she not only goes big, she goes over the top humongous! This is the Lauren Blakely I know and love. The author who brings her very best when it comes to a wonderful second chance romance. The joy I feel as two desperate lovers find their paths, and that is meant literally, cross after 8 long years apart. That Tyler and his Delaney prepare to face each other again, even it means the possibility of getting hurt all over again. I couldn't get enough of this book. It is as sexy as it is touching. As passionate as it is tender. I fell for Tyler from the very start as he willingly takes time out of his busy week to spend the afternoon with his niece (Clay and Julia's daughter for those of you who are true Blakely fans). Stumbling upon Delaney and making it his mission to make her his again. All it took was one look and I even knew these two would not be able to stay apart. I love the alternating POV's since Ms. Blakely is one of THE best when it comes to the male perspective. Both Tyler and Delaney never got over the other but the hurt still remains. And although there are secrets neither shared about their prior breakup, you can sense the desperation on both their parts to make things right. There is great trepidation on both their parts to trust the other but it's handled beautifully every step of the way. You get every nervous thought. Every feeling of longing. They are stripped bare for the reader to see. This story reads like a slow burn but with a time limit. Delaney gives Tyler a week and they savor the joys of courtship, with no actual sex in mind. But make no mistake about it, these two share a longing that cannot be denied. And you feel it with each turn of the page. My heart was bursting with joy just getting to watch as they fall for each other all over again. The Hot One is more than the title suggests. This is the kind of book that makes me grateful to be a reader of romance. Because honestly, it doesn't get much better than this. 5 swoonworthy stars!!
sm0120 12 hours ago
One of the things I love best about Lauren Blakely is her ability to write such gorgeous, swoony, funny, sexy, and loving male characters…and have each one be completely different! That takes talent, and she does it like no other.The only thing predictable about her men is the fact that you’ll fall hard for each and every one of them. Tyler Nichols is her newest sweetheart and, like all of her men, has a special place in my heart. Tyler and Delaney were college sweethearts, their futures in sync, and they were ready to take on the world, together. But then Tyler does the unthinkable and lets Delaney go, without a second glance, without an explanation. Years later they cross paths in Central Park and Tyler realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life by breaking things off with her. And right then and there he decides he will do whatever it takes to win back her heart. And for Tyler, that involves a lot of romancing as well as some crazy antics that you wouldn’t expect, but can’t help loving him for. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, second chance love stories are my kryptonite. And Tyler and Delaney’s story was everything I love in a second chance romance. It was a wonderful slow build that had me laughing, sighing, and swooning. It had me shaking my head at some of Tyler’s actions, and wanting to high-five Delaney and her girlfriends. These are two strong characters, but both have a vulnerable side that comes through as they reconnect. Even though what happened in college was Tyler’s doing, he’s setting himself up for the possibility of rejection by putting it all out there and pursuing Delaney again. And Delaney's risking another heartbreak by opening herself up to the possibility of “them” again. But, they each realize, it's a chance they're willing to take. They have such great chemistry and shared history, I was rooting for these two fabulous characters from the start.
heater_28 14 hours ago
**Advanced copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review** Lauren Blakely is one of those authors that you know you are going to get a bit of everything in her books - emotion, humor and hotness - and The Hot One is no exception! This standalone title gives us the story of Tyler Nichols, an entertainment lawyer, who runs into his ex-girlfriend, Delaney Stewart, eight years after breaking up with her. He realizes when he sees her that his attraction to her hasn't waned, but are the other feelings that he had still alive and well? After running into Tyler, Delaney is a mess. She tries to go on running her day spa, Nirvana, like nothing has changed, but everything has. Tyler has always been the one that got away and now that he's back, can she let him back in or will her walls go up in an event to keep her from getting hurt again? It's clear that Tyler and Delaney have mad chemistry and the history they share together is deep and passionate. The question is can they overcome the baggage that they both have, from both their break-up and other factors they are dealing with in their own lives, to give their relationship another chance? This book is full of humor, heat and a dirty talking hero. Who doesn't like that?! I liked that this was a slow build and they took their time figuring out where they stood and where any type of relationship should go. The emotional layers and vulnerability in this book lead to Tyler and Delaney being able to connect as the people they are now and not who they were years prior. I would highly recommend any Lauren Blakely book, as you can't go wrong, but this one is definitely high on the list!
RexyRomance 19 hours ago
A wonderful second chance romance! Tyler is a fantastic hero! Charming and confident, and Delaney is the woman you want to be friends with!
LynnB888 2 hours ago
A sexy, fun read about reuniting with a lost love! The characters were a lot of fun to get to know, and they had a sizzling amount of chemistry to show for themselves. Attorney Tyler Nichols thought he was happy ... until happenstance brought HER back into his life. The one that made his life complete all those years ago. The one that he mistakenly pushed out of his life. The one whose heart he regrets breaking. Delaney likes to think she's over him. She tells people she is. She acts like she is. But late at night when she needs a vision in her mind, it's him she sees. Now here he is trying to get her to talk to him ... to forgive him. He's the jerk that broke her heart! Why would she want to have that back in her life again? He's just the same guy he always was ... or is he? Is it possible he could have changed? She's hesitant to let him get close enough to find out ... but what if she lets the world she always wanted slip right through her fingers?
gabby2846 4 hours ago
4.5 Stars Hooray!! Another Nichols to fall for!!! It is no secret that I am a proud member of the Nichols fan club (Clay Nichols…*sigh… you are my love). So I was super excited to have another hero to swoon over. I’m happy to report that Tyler Nichols easily measures up to his title. He is every bit the hot one. EVERY Lauren Blakely is a delight to read. The Hot One is no different. This second chance romance is fun, sweet, and it’s a Lauren Blakely book so you know it’s HOT! It’s been eight years since Tyler Nichols has seen Delaney Stewart. Eight years since he broke it off with her and ruined their plans. After their chance meeting in the park, he decides to do whatever it takes to get Delaney back. Except, Delaney doesn’t want to be hurt by him again and is reluctant to revisit anything with him. I’ve come to expect amazing, witty, real like characters from this talented author. No disappointment here. Tyler and Delaney are perfect. These two characters have such a wonderful chemistry. The way they can pick up and interact so effortlessly especially after so much time apart made this an enjoyable reading experience. Delaney is another one of Lauren’s strong, independent, sassy women. Her hesitancy to reconnect with Tyler is understandable because her history of having the important men in her life leave without an explanation. But, after everything fell apart with Tyler, she took control of her life and decided to do what makes her happy. I love that. And Tyler…oh Tyler… that persistent man with the dirty and talented mouth. I could not get enough of him. He’s so charming and funny. When I said he would do whatever it takes, I meant it! The man bared it all at her workplace! He is a risk taker at his job and his love life. Fair warning, prepare to swoon because his relationship with Clay’s daughter is ovaries exploding adorable. A personal note, Tyler’s love for the Los Angeles Dodgers sealed the deal for me.
AboutThatStory 10 hours ago
This was just so fun and sweet and swoony. I love Lauren Blakely’s style, she always pulls me in. The Hot One was another fantastic read! I enjoyed Tyler and Delaney so much. Them reconnecting was super entertaining for me and had me smiling big time. So, Tyler stripping at her work place was rather over the top but it was SO funny and sincere, I couldn't help but love that scene. I loved learning about their past history and how their breakup went down. I loved Delaney and her positive attitude, willing to accept and move on. I loved Tyler and Delaney's flirting and banter as they get to know each other all over again. I like how Delaney was cautious but open. Tyler was so, so sweet. Really wooing her and that made me melt. He was such a likable character. I loved their flirting and the build of heat they had, seriously great connection. There’s mild drama, some things and some things from Delaney's past that are thrown into the mix rounding everything out. I enjoyed all their friends and the tie-ins from previous books. I also loved the fierceness of Delaney’s friends and the sisterhood they formed. As much as I loved her and Tyler and their relationship, I thought that was a really special thing too. Entertaining, sexy, and oh so sweet! Another Lauren Blakely book that leaves a smile on my face and my heart happy! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 9 hours ago
3.75 stars--THE HOT ONE is the second full-length installment in Lauren Blakely’s contemporary, adult ONE LOVE erotic, romance series. This is entertainment lawyer Tyler Nichols, and massage therapist Delaney Stewart’s story line. THE HOT ONE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Tyler Nichols is Simon Travers best friend (The Sexy One). Told from dual first person points of view (Delaney and Tyler) THE HOT ONE is a second chance romance between two people pulled apart by ambition and greed. Delaney and Tyler were college sweethearts but a ‘well-meaning’ professor suggested that Tyler would be more successful removing the ‘outside’ interferences in his life. A promise for the future meant nothing when Delaney found herself single, and walking away from a profession she thought she would share with the man that she loved. Several years would pass before Delaney and Tyler would come face to face, and Tyler wants a second chance with the woman he loved and lost. What ensues is Tyler’s pursuit of Delaney Stewart, and Delaney’s reluctance to trust the man who destroyed her heart. Tyler is a man sure of himself with an ego that goes with the territory. Well built and cocky, Tyler is determined to get back the woman he pushed out of his life. Delaney’s future plans were derailed and destroyed by two men who unknowingly opened her eyes to what was and what was never to be. The relationship between Delaney and Tyler is one of second chances. Tyler walked out of Delaney’s life years before on the advice of a man who pushed Tyler to succeed. Delaney thought that one day she and Tyler would work side by side-both attorneys-but life had a way of coming up short, putting the brakes on everything Delaney once held dear. Their rekindling romance finds Tyler pushing the envelope while Delaney struggles with memories of the past. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. The secondary characters include Tyler’s best friend Simon Travers whom we first met in THE SEXY ONE. We are also introduced to Delaney’s besties Penny and Nicole, and a couple of Delaney’s massage therapy clients. There is very little conflict between our leading couple. THE HOT ONE is a story of second chances; a rekindling of love between two people who have never stopped loving one another but I wondered why Tyler never made an earlier attempt to find the woman that he had always loved. The premise is entertaining, heartwarming and passionate; the characters are animated and spirited; the romance is lighthearted and captivating. THE HOT ONE is an enjoyable and consuming read; an intimate look at two people who have never stopped loving one another.
MoniqueD 13 hours ago
Tyler Nichols and Delaney Stewart attended law school together, and they were wildly in love, until Tyler unceremoniously dumped Delaney, professing he wanted to focus on his studies. Then they meet again by accident eight years later, and Tyler is determined to fix his mistake: he always loved Delaney, and he will get her back, no matter what he has to do. However, Delaney is reluctant; even though the attraction is definitely still there, he did hurt her badly. Can she forgive Tyler and give their love a go, the second time around? Tyler did act very selfishly, and personally, attraction or no, I don’t know if I would have forgiven him, in spite of his crazy antics to win back Delaney; he’s a tad too cocky to my taste. I also kept wondering how much he really loved Delaney, because it seems he hadn’t given her a thought before he ran into her; maybe it’s just plain stubbornness on my part. I must say, Trevor, a guy Delaney dated, looked really good to me. I loved the wonderful friendship between Delaney, Penny and Nicole, as well as the terrific banter, so natural and real. The chemistry between Delaney and Tyler is crazy hot, which led to amazingly sensuous and erotic sex scenes. I always marvel at Lauren Blakely’s writing: her prose can be at the same time so very poetic and refined, and very modern and casual, and always very witty. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.