The Break-Up Album

The Break-Up Album

by Lauren Blakely

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A sexy standalone novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely

Read the book RT Book Reviews gave 4.5 stars: "It's impossible not to fall utterly in love with the humor and passion between her tempting, talented hero and remarkably resilient heroine. New readers and longtime fans: Don't miss this newest success."

They say all's fair in love and music...

I say life would be a lot fairer if I wasn't so wildly attracted to the man I'm spending all my days with, who's decidedly off-limits.

But then again, I can't technically complain—I have a Grammy, a hit album, and a job most people would be envious of—I'm a rock star. What I haven't had in years is a hot date. The dating drought isn't because I'm a single mom. It's because I have a little itty-bitty issue with trust because of how my marriage imploded.

Matthew is determined to break down my walls, and it sure doesn't hurt that he's British, witty, and far too tempting. He's also the toughest music journalist out there, and he's interviewing me for an in-depth article. The trouble is, I want to get in-depth with him, and the more time we spend together, the more tempted we both are to cross lines that shouldn't be crossed.

Previously released as Far Too Tempting (October 2013), now updated for a new readership!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622662159
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Series: Entangled Edge
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 86,671
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal 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 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! newsletter

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 more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers, her titles--including The Real Deal, Bigger Rock, and Most Likely to Score--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. She enjoys comedies, cake and good company.

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Far Too Tempting

By Lauren Blakely, Alycia Tornetta, Stacy Abrams

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Lauren Blakely
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-215-9


I've heard enough music to know that the best songs and albums come from broken hearts. Maybe there just isn't anything to say when you're swooning, falling, floating, chasing. Maybe when you're deliciously, deliriously happy, nobody wants to hear about it. But if your heart's been stomped on, your emotions shattered, your feelings maddeningly unrequited, then you stand a much better chance of writing an opus.

If anyone disagrees, I'll just say "Layla." And then for emphasis I'll give you Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks." And once more just to prove my point, I'll mention Adele's "Someone Like You" for this generation and Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears" for days gone by.

If you still doubt me, may I now present Jane Black's newest album, Crushed? It is the essential breakup album for the modern age.

— Matthew Harrigan, Beat, August 14

There's more to Matthew Harrigan's review of my fourth album, but I've memorized it all by now. I memorized it the very day it came out. It was the first review I read for Crushed, while standing on the corner of Thirty-Fourth Street and Lexington Avenue on a hot August morning. I'd raced down the street to buy a copy as garbage men clanged and newsstands opened. I didn't care about the sun beating down. I didn't smell the garbage being hoisted into the nearby trucks. All I could feel was the rush, the thrill, the absolute, unadulterated bliss of being anointed a success by the music industry's most powerful magazine, whose reviews run on the home page of iTunes.

Finally, it had come, after years of clutching the faint remnants of the hope that I would be a rock singer, for a living, for real. I'd come so close to giving in, giving up, moving on, because I just wasn't making it at all. Then I was kicked to the curb by my husband, the father of my child, the love of my freaking life. Who would have thought — it never occurred to me at the time, at a mere twenty-eight — that I'd wind up writing the essential breakup album for the modern age?

Now it's late afternoon on a certain Sunday in February and our car, a ridiculously long and lush limousine — who rides in things like this for real? I never have — inches closer to the Los Angeles Staples Center, home to the Grammy Awards. I peer out the tinted window, my stomach doing a double-triple flip as I spy the sheer degree of star wattage posing along the red carpet in their metallic dresses and stylish suits. Pop superstars like P!nk and Christina Aguilera, as well as Beyonce and Jay-Z, mingle alongside legends like Tom Petty and Eddie Vedder, and then somewhere in the distance I can just make out the unmistakable silhouette of Madonna. I am going to be in the vicinity, same building, same stage as Madonna. I am actually going to perform in front of the most successful female recording artist of all time. Because I've been nominated. Nominated. I must be living someone else's life because I — a barely-holding-on little indie singer who's never had so much as even a hit single, let alone hit album, let alone Grammy invite — have only watched the Grammys on TV.

I shake my head, then click open my purse so I can feel just for a second the wrinkled page that I ripped from Beat magazine that day in August. I've kept the review in my pocket like an amulet for the last six months, in a bag, inside my wallet. It goes with me everywhere as a good-luck charm. I touch the well-worn page to remind myself that somehow this is actually real, that those words were really written, that I am here and not in some mirage. Then I tuck it safely back inside my pewter-colored clutch purse that's about the size of a passport stamp.

I smile, a crazy big grin at my older sister, Natalie, then at my younger brother, Owen, next to her, and at my son, Ethan. My six-year-old is head to toe in black tie, his blue-gray eyes ablaze with excitement, his sandy-brown hair, as usual, a veritable mop. The Beatles had nothing on my boy; his hair is thicker than a Siberian husky's in winter.

"We're almost here, kids. Grammy Awards start in one hour," Owen announces, as he taps his watch with one hand while the car shuffles closer to the red carpet where the driver will drop us off.

I shake my head, barely able to speak because there's a part of me that won't accept that my life in this instant isn't an optical illusion. That I will open my eyes and find myself back on the couch in my Murray Hill apartment watching the annual fete from far, far away. But I'm still here in this car, snapping my purse open and shut, distracting myself with the clicking sound from the fleet of supersize nerves camping out in my body.

Ethan fidgets with his scarlet-colored bow tie momentarily, while Owen adjusts the burnished gold one he's wearing. Ethan insisted they wear the colors of Harry Potter's Gryffindor house. Then I notice Ethan has taken off his shoes.

"Ethan! Put your sneakers back on."

"Okay, but I can't tie them." Ethan reaches for his sneakers, a pair of black Converse shoes, and pushes his feet into them. The shoes were his compromise. He'd wear a tux — a monkey suit, he called it — if he could wear sneakers. I've learned to pick and choose my battles, so I said yes.

"I'll do it for you," I say, motherly instinct kicking in. The car stops moving so I get out of my seat and kneel down on the floor to help him. "See?" I say, holding up the laces, grateful for something else to focus on besides the jumping jacks in my belly. "You crisscross, then loop under, then make the bunny ears."

"Jane, is now really the time to teach him how to tie his shoes?" Natalie asks, while picking up Ethan's baseball cards and stacking them into a neat pile. Her dark blond hair is pinned up in a sexy, messy bun with jeweled bobby pins to match her dusty-pink satin strapless sheath. Her ridiculously toned arms are displayed in their full glory as she corrals the cards. "And you're going to mess up your dress. Why are you kneeling on the car floor?"

Because if I think about what might happen in the next few hours I'll burst with the cocktail of anxiety and hope inside me.

She snaps a rubber band around the cards and leaves them on the seat. Ethan hops up, grabs the cards, and slips them into his pocket.

"You're bringing baseball cards with you?" I ask.

He rolls his eyes. "Mom, it's three hours. I can't sit that long."

"Fine," I say, waving him along. "Bring the cards."

I grab my purse, patting it once for luck, thinking of Harrigan's review tucked safely inside. Natalie cocks her head and looks at me. "Are you finally ready now, Jane?"

Ready. I turn the word over a few times — ready or not, here I come. People get ready — because words could become lyrics someday, and my record company has already been banging on my door, begging for a follow-up that I haven't even started but desperately need to.

I feel a lump rising in my throat. My emotions live close to the edge. All I need is a trigger and the tears that dwell near the surface are ready to roll — I can cry at any uplifting moment in a book, any slightly sappy scene in a movie, any heartwarming newspaper article.

Natalie reaches for a tissue and holds it toward me, knowing me too well. "Don't be a sap yet. Wait till you have that golden gramophone in your hand."

"Don't jinx me." I wave a hand in the air and suck back the feeling of overwhelmingness that threatens me right now. I'm not going to let a tear fall out.

"I am hallucinating, right?" I ask, looking at my sister and brother.

"Yes, you're going to wake up any minute from this dream as soon as you get out of the car," Owen directs playfully, his brown eyes sparkling with the same disbelief that infects us all, as he shoos me out.

Then the second the chauffeur opens the door, it starts.

The four of us step onto the red carpet and immediately we are mobbed. Throngs of photographers shout at me to look this way, look that way and a hundred cameras go off in my face. Ethan grips my hand tighter, and I squeeze back as I smile for the camera — not the trained smile I could easily flash from having been on and off stage for the last seven years since I graduated college, but a real smile. The one that comes from knowing this time, on my fourth album, heartbreak in hand, pain in every pore of my body, I did it right. After three completely middling records, a trio of mediocre music, I finally pulled out all the stops and did what critics like Harrigan said I should have always done — stopped skirting the edges and reached deep down inside to write. I didn't sell too many copies of those first three albums. But then Aidan left me, and man, did my next record fly up the digital charts.

Her man did her wrong, so she went to the studio for closure.

It's been a year now since Aidan sat down on the couch, confessed, briefly hung his head in his hands, and left for good. I stood there shocked, staring at the cold, heavy gray door of what was our apartment feeling like what had just happened couldn't possibly have happened. There was a mistake, an error. Hit the rewind button and do this over.

That next morning, I promptly began writing "I Don't Believe It," which became track one on Crushed.

Right from the very start, she grabs the listener by the shirt collar. Her gutsy voice, her throaty, Adele-esque style so similar to "Someone Like You" yet so uniquely her own, can do nothing but pull you back to that moment of disbelief after your most painful breakup.

Our quartet makes our way down the red carpet, as countless more camera crews shout directions and snap shots, capturing the parade of musicians for E!, Entertainment Tonight, MTV, and numerous other outlets. Then we enter the vast air-conditioned expanse of the Staples Center.

I see Matthew Harrigan in the lobby, because it's impossible to miss him.

He's so good-looking that my friend Kelly once called him eminently lickable when she was checking out a picture of him online before Crushed came out. I begrudgingly agreed — because even though he'd ripped my first three albums to shreds, I also couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen, either. He could make or break a musician, but he could probably make or break a heart, too, given the way he smiles with the most inviting grin and the way he's a very eligible bachelor in New York City. Not just because of his post atop music criticism, but because of his pedigree. He's scanning the crowd, always alert, dressed for the occasion in a tuxedo. He probably owns the tux, considering how it fits his tall and trim frame. Then again, he's the sort of man tuxes were made for. The sort of man who has the means to own tuxes, and not simply because he'd been dubbed the most powerful tastemaker in rock music.

His dark hair falls deliciously on his forehead, and he has the most mesmerizing blue eyes. I swear they twinkle, and he can probably even use them to hypnotize any gal to do his bidding. And while I was 100 percent faithful to my husband when we were married, I'd be lying if I said I hadn't noticed Matthew's looks every single time I ran into him at an event. Because you just can't look away from that kind of a face — that jawline, those dimples, that devilish fucking smile.

But breakups are never linear. You ache and mourn and then you hate and rage and then you ponder and mope and smash things and drink some more Macallan. And then you miss again.

"Hi, Matthew," I say as we walk past him. He flashes me his patented grin that sends a quick rush of shivers through me.

"You look absolutely stunning, Jane. Will you give me the first sit-down interview when you win?" he asks in that delicious British accent of his. Yeah, if he wasn't already winning on looks and job alone, he has the trump card in that accent that makes me want to swoon and say yes to anything he asks. And while I'm sure he's only saying I look stunning so I'll agree to the interview, I still feel pretty damn good about myself tonight in my knee-length dark blue dress, with its sapphire-and-aqua pattern of swirls. Barely there straps hug my shoulders. My impossibly curly hair has been straightened into submission tonight, courtesy of Natalie, an expert with a flat iron. It falls long tonight, to the middle of my back.

"Of course, but I'm not going to win," I say, giving him a wink, because why the hell should I not flirt back? The man is hot, and as I turn away, I hope those blue eyes of his are still on me.

Then I am whisked into the theater by an usher who offers me an elbow, Ethan, Natalie, and Owen still by my side.

"Don't jinx you? Don't jinx yourself, doofus," Natalie whispers in my ear.

As we walk down the aisle, I can start to feel the buzz of the room. There's an energy and heat that's swimming amidst this sea of the bizarrely, beautifully, and barely clad people. A white noise vibrates in the auditorium, like a slow hum, coming up through the floor, passing into the carpets and then clinging to the air. It's anticipation. The sense that great things, cool things, wildly implausible, I-can't-believe-it things could happen. The feeling that childhood and adult dreams might just be filled. Dreams that were almost shelved.

I wasn't even supposed to be here, I tell myself as the usher guides us down, down, down, closer and closer to the stage. I wasn't supposed to have this, this mere whiff of success. I was supposed to have hung it up, stopped singing and found a real job or something after my first three pedestrian efforts.

Except, somehow, I am here. The buzz in the room grows louder, but the thrumming in my body drowns it out as the usher gestures to the first four seats in the third row.

"You're going on at seven thirty-five, so I'll come back at seven fifteen sharp to get you," he instructs. I nod automatically and thank him, then gingerly reach for a patch of fabric right above my knee so I can sit gracefully. Natalie squeezes my hand and Ethan leans in to give me a kiss on the cheek.

"Don't worry, Mom, you'll be fine."

She plunges you into the longing, the lament, the where did it all go wrong, taking you on a tour of the hurt; first through the clinging memories in "Shape of You," then the practically primal pain of the inevitable protest in "But You Said," and next to the healing, coming as it does in fits and starts, in "It's Not Every Day."

In fact, it's really not every day that it hurts like it did that first day or the second or the third. Pain has a funny way of subsiding, eventually, so you can survive. It has this way of not suffocating you every single day. Sure, some days you're still blindsided by a memory, a feeling, a song. But other days, you realize you can get through and get by and not feel the claustrophobia, the fear that you'll never be normal again.

Tonight the past feels behind me, and the present is all I want. Because I'm not thinking about Aidan, or what happened. I refuse to. Because tonight, I am sitting down in the third row at the Staples Center for the Grammy Awards and my album has been nominated for Album of the Year.

She finally pulls you out at the very end with "Something Like Normal," leaving you at last with the sense that maybe, just maybe, you could try again without getting burned that next time around.


The lights dim onstage, a weird sort of mist rises, the band plays the familiar opening notes to "But You Said," and now, I am in my element. This is my zone; this is where I belong. Singing my heart out, because I love music like it's my life force. A microphone in hand, I sing the song I know so well, the song I lived, the chorus so harshly me ...

But you said you'd love me
You said you'd stay with me
And now I'm that girl
Saying those words
But you said, but you said, but you said ...


Excerpted from Far Too Tempting by Lauren Blakely, Alycia Tornetta, Stacy Abrams. Copyright © 2013 Lauren Blakely. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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The Break Up Album 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Pinky47 More than 1 year ago
Loved this hot, sexy story about a rock star and an English reporter.  I highly recommend this book as you will not regret it.  Love Lauren and cannot wait for her next book!
DaniLove413 More than 1 year ago
There’s something magical when you start a book that you’ve been dying to read. I’ve become a huge fan of Lauren Blakely and am making my way through all of her books as quick as I can. So of course the logical thing to do when you receive an email from the fabulous KP Simmon at Ink Slinger asking you to sign up for a Lauren Blakely tour, you sign up and pray you get in! Totally got it! Totally LOVED this book. It might be my favorite from Lauren Blakely, seriously hands down. Why you ask? I’ll tell you why with the most vague answers because I don’t want to give too much away. So we all have gone through breaks ups right? We all have those certain songs that are made for breakups, for when we are angry, happy, and in love. Not to mention the party songs, but we can lump those in with the happy songs. Jane Black was a singer/song writer that hasn’t caught a break, until now. Writing an epic breakup album that lands her in the spot she always dreamed of, but what happens after this epic album? Is she destined to only write break up ballads or can she find inspiration in something else? A reporter, Matthew Harrigan, wants to run a story on her. A behind the scenes story of Jane’s musical process. He wants in her life in every way, but is it just because of his job? This is why I love this book so much. I’m a huge fan of music, absolutely love music, and I totally fell in love with all of these characters. They each have their own quirkiness, but come together to forge something amazing. Jane’s sister and brother are amazing. The fact that Owen, Jane’s brother, is also her producer is amazeballs! I mean how cool would it be to sit in a studio and make magic happen with your brother? Totally would love that. Then there’s Jane’s sister Natalie, love her. She always has the best interest at heart. Then there’s Ethan, love this kid, he reminds me of my munchkins. But of course everything can’t be perfect, how else would Jane be able to make a break up album? She was married to Aidan for quite a while and well obviously things didn’t work out. Her album Crushed brought her to front and center. Now the big question… what do you write about next? Cue Matthew Harrigan. Maybe Jane just needed to feel something more than heartbreak to make her muse come alive… but does it? Matthew and Jane get close by working together on his interview, their attraction is off the charts. “This feels so unreal, but yet here he is- wanting to kiss me. I would go into shock if I weren’t completely tingling all over.” After so many years of not feeling wanted it's amazing to feel it. The way someone looks at you and desires you. The way you can't stop thinking about someone without getting flushed. The attraction and need are ever present with these two, there's no denying that. But what I really love about the way Lauren Blakely presented this story, is the way Jane falls in love again. How she struggles with the idea of it and when the realization hits, its too far gone for anything to change it. But it's not just on Jane's side. It's the way it all unfolds to come together. How trust is placed and tested. How every little moment leads up to a bigger one. Obviously I love this book, there's no denying that and if I gave star ratings I would totally give this book 10 stars. You have to pick this up and read it if you haven't. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this may be my favorite Lauren Blakely novel yet. And yes, I know I say this every time, but that's because it's true every time. She's one of those authors that seems to improve from book to book, which means that I can't wait to read her next one. Yes, the "rock star falls in love" plot has been done to death, but this has a unique spin. For one, the rock star is a woman. And even more than that, she's basically Adele! She wrote the definitive heartbreak album, centered around the end of her marriage. And she falls for a reviewer, which is pretty awesome. What's even better is that Lauren Blakely avoids every cliche. Jane's ex isn't a bad guy; the marriage just didn't work. (Of course there's more to it than that, but you'll have to read to see what it is.) There aren't any real villains here, which is very true to life. Everyone's doing the best they can and sometimes people end up hurt. Obviously Jane and Matthew can't be together right away, which leads to some pretty delicious yearning. And, as you'd expect, there are some misunderstandings (but they're legitimate reasons to be upset, not petty "WHY DON'T YOU JUST ASK HIM/HER, IDIOT?!" type ones that always irritate me). So the bottom line is this: Far Too Tempting is an amazingly fun novel, one that will make you laugh and sigh and believe in true love. (And yes, there's some hot sex.) Highly recommended.
RettaR92377 More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first chapter!  Jane Black - a single mother after her husband reveals that he is guy and no longer wants to be with her, she's also an inspiring rock star, her album Crushed which is a break-up album wins her a grammy. Matthew Harrigan - Writer for Beat magazine, wants to do a story on Jane, but is it really just a story he's after? When Jane finally agrees to allow Matthew write an article on her they are faced with the choice, do they keep the attraction between them professional or do they allow it to become more? Can they fight the pull? Do they even want to? 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for an honest review. I loved it! I have read all of Lauren Blakely's books and this is my new Favorite. Matthew and Jane are sexy, Fun and Flirty! Jane is a Rock Star that writes and sings about Heartbreak and Matthew is a tough music critic and when they get they get together it is an instant connection. I fell in love with the characters from the start. Their chemistry is beautiful and hot! There is humor and emotional and it is the perfect mix. I highly recommned reading it.
CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE Lauren Blakely, and was so excited to be able to read an ARC of 'Far Too Tempting'. In typical Lauren fashion, this book did not disappoint. Although Jane Black is finally finding success as a musician, she is still mourning her failed marriage. Enter Matthew Harrigan, a critic for Beat, a music magazine (added bonus: he's British!). They've known (and secretly admired) each other through the industry, but her success opens the door for them to spend time together and get to know each other even better. As with all of her other books, Lauren has written more than just a love story in 'Far Too Tempting.' It tells the tale of people discovering who they truly are, finding that part of themselves that allows them to be the people that they want to be. Is Matthew really interested in Jane as a woman, or does he just want the winning interview? Does Jane have another album somewhere inside, or is she a one-hit wonder? As the story unfolds, we get to see the reality of who Jane and Matthew are, and how they really lift each other up and give the other the support to be their best, while coming together as a couple. I have truly enjoyed each of Lauren's books, but, to be honest, wasn't sure what to expect after having fallen so thoroughly in love with Jill and Milo in 'Playing With Her Heart.' I am happy to say that Jane and Matthew have a place there, too, and I will happily recommend this book to others.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for this for an honest advanced review. This was fantastic!! Jane Black is an up and coming indie musician who hits it big after the breakup of her marriage. Matthew Harrigan is the top music critic in the biz. Together they are explosive. This story takes us along on their journey. Filled with angst, humor and sexual chemistry that is to die for this one shouldn't be missed by the 18+ readers. I highly recommend it.
allbookedout More than 1 year ago
Received ARC in exchange for honest review.  <b>5 Peachy Stars</b> This is the third Book of Lauren's i have read and Loved!! This one had me at the kept me all the way through. It is smouldering. I have goosebumps remembering some of the scenes. My highlighter was working overtime!!!  Meet Jane Black, after having massive success with her lastest album, penned from the heartbreak that poured out of her following her husbands devestating revelation, and breakdown of her marriage, she is thrown back into the limelight with reporters fighting to get the story behind the album.  With a mistrust of Reporters, Can Matthew Harrington a British (drop dead gorgeous, sexy, ) music critic charm his way into gaining Jane's trust? I was routing for him....i really was, but i called him a Rat Ba*ta%8 at one point after a certain scene, he wants Jane, there is amazing  chemistry between them, it sparks out of the pages, and touches you.... and when she is left standing there outside the restaurant during the scene i am talking about..... I am left gobsmaked!! She is left reeling!!! So he earns the nickname RB from me. But don't worry....Yes, he has Faults (Who doesn't) but it is his professional hat that causes the conflict. I want to slap that hat off, i  want to stamp on it, rip it off, and chuck it away......they do pretend they don't see the hat sometimes ;-0  There is not an arrogant bone in Matthew's body, I love an arrogant son of a b*t%&pound; don't get me wrong, but i Love the Matthews of the  world that don't need to show anything other than this Hot Honey Coated Calm Sophisticated Confident air that sweeps women off  their feet and wraps them in that to die for Greek God finely sculpted body, which promises to 'Adore' them as only a Man like that  knows how to!! He took care of Jane, showing her she was the goddess that he wanted to worship in......over and over, again and again, renewing her faith in herself after her marriage which left her feeling totally unloved as a woman. So whatever happens between her and Matthew, she would be thankful for that alone.  Me too!! Matthew is the marrying kind, you would want this one forever.  I laughed my socks off during this Book! I work in a fruit and veg shop, i can't look at the Fruit in the same light, i am going to dirty places in my mind and laughing out loud.I even took fruit home and did a photoshoot...i kid you not!!! The evidence is out there...... it will appear!!  Witty, Innuendo a plenty, HOT, SEXY, Caring, Romantic.  A must read, it melted me and Lauren hasn't failed me yet, her books are easy to read, goosebumps a plenty and you get involved  with the characters so much that you shout, scream and love them.....
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Far too Tempting was definitely flirty and fun, but it had some weightier issues running through it as well. Jane is still working through issues with her soon-to-be ex (the divorce proceedings can't begin for a year, and finally do get underway during the novel) and is especially affected by the major feelings of betrayal and abandonment that he caused. She's torn between wanting a relationship with Matthew and worrying that he has a hidden agenda that once again will end up leaving her feeling betrayed and alone. Add in to all that the pressures from her record label to have a new album ready yesterday, and she's a walking recipe for major writer's block to beat all other writer's blocks before it. Matthew is a very private person with secrets of his own, and when Jane does find out something about him that he had been keeping from her, she is sure that their whole relationship had been an act, just like the one with her ex. I absolutely loved this book. I appreciated that so many characters were writers: Jane, Matthew, Jane's brother Owen, and his new girlfriend Taryn. I liked that eventually all the characters owned up to their issues and made real progress toward getting over them. I adored not only Jane and Matthew's relationship, but also the relationships Jane had with her six-year-old son, her brother and sister, her best friend, her parents, her music mentor from her hometown...the list could go on and on. Even the Chinese delivery food guy had a role to play, and he played it well. No corners were cut in the storytelling here: the resolution was believable and well done, and I totally bought into their HEA. This book has it all: witty banter, real drama, and characters with dimension. Oh yeah, and lots of fabulous smexiness.  A rating. I'm absolutely signing up for more from this author, and soon.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿¿ New recipient of a Grammy for her latest album and recent single mom, Jane Black gets little time to rest on her laurels. She is expected to jump right back in and produce another successful album. But the writing productivity for her last album was the heartbreak following her ex-husband's bombshell walkout on their marriage a year ago, and she was done purging the breakup. With the pressure on to keep the momentum going and her muse nowhere in sight, Jane is just going through the motions until inspiration hits her. In the aftermath of the Grammies, to Jane's dismay, the press starts pursuing the reasons around her marriage breakdown. So when Beat's top music journalist, Matthew Harrigan, better than goodlooking, deliciouly British and devilishly charming, approaches her for an exclusive interview that covers preparations for her new album without intruding on her personal life, Jane agrees.  She has always been attracted to the gorgeous Brit and figures that perhaps the close proximity, since he will be accompanying her in the studio, may help get her creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, it isn't the creative juices that are flowing. Massive sparks flare up between Matthew and Jane and although the two are doing all they can to keep a professional distance until the article is written, the temptation proves too big. Still hampered by writer's block, Jane is hoping that perhaps giving in to an affair may spark her inspiration, but even that does not seem to do the trick.  With their personal involvement it becomes difficult to separate their professional lives and slowly the lines are becoming blurred.  ***** I really enjoyed this book. The snappy banter, the British dirty talk, the evident chemistry between Jane and Matthew. The unapologetic and straightforward interest they have in each games, no beating around the bush. They are very clear in what they want, logistics and timing is their only issue. It is so wonderfully mature in comparison to some of the grade school antics I sometimes read. Matthew is a pretty straight-laced guy, who doesn't draw outside the lines much. He is completely taken with Jane but is also a professional to the core. He seems to be able to compartmentalize work and personal life well and responsibly, initially, but that is more difficult as they become closer. He is very verbal and does absolutely not hold anything back, which is exactly what Jane needs. &ldquo;You are so wet, and I f**king love that so much. You need to know that. You need to know how good you feel to me. How amazing it is to be inside you.To feel you around me,&rdquo; Jane is a bundle of insecurities. Her life to date, was all based on a misconception, a lie, an illusion. She has no idea of the value she has, of her desirability, her worth as a person......a woman. Someone like Matthew, who tells it to her straight, is a little unnerving for Jane. Appealing, but difficult to trust. Not something she is used to, so to take everything he says at face value is hard. She needs to hear it, though, she craves that reassurance. It helps her be herself, in the just be and instead of desperately looking outside of herself for inspiration, allow it to come to her. &quot;He tells me and I nearly combust. He knows what I need; he knows what I want to hear. To be wanted. To be desired.&quot; The story grabbed me from the start and held on till the end, I was fully engaged and that is always a pleasure. The flow was nice and even with a steady build up of tension throughout, some pretty explosive and intense love scenes made all the more appealing because of the dose of humour injected. I chuckled quite a bit in the course of reading this book. Great job, Ms. Blakely!!! More like this please!! ¿Funny, mature, touching and smoking hot!!¿ **ARC provided in return for an honest review**
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Like all of the other Lauren Blakely novels, this one doesn't disappoint! Jane & Matthew are hot! I love their witty banter back and forth. It has just the right amount of drama. Great book!
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These stories made you want more. Love this author.
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This had it all!
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Far Too Tempting by Lauren Blakely is a fun, light, and thoroughly entertaining contemporary romance. Blakely pulls the reader in effectively using first person voice to tell the story through Jane Black&rsquo;s eyes. As indie music artist known as Queen of the Dumped, Jane finally achieves the success all musicians strive for, winning the Grammy for Album of the Year. Now the &ldquo;it&rdquo; celebrity, Jane is approached by Matthew Harrigan of Beat magazine, who wants to do expos&eacute; on Jane and the writing of her follow-up album. Completely attracted to Matthew&rsquo;s good looks and British accent, Jane feels sexy and beautiful, something she never felt while married to Aidan. Jane is a compelling character as she works to heal herself after her failed marriage. I couldn&rsquo;t help but cheer for her as she embarks on a relationship with Matthew and risks trusting another with her secret desires and plans for the future. As Jane and Matthew get to know each other, their witty dialogue, filled with tons of musical references, kept the pages turning. As a music lover myself, I really loved Jane&rsquo;s top ten list of breakup songs. The sexual tension between Jane and Matthew just sizzles throughout the story. When they finally succumb to their desires, their bedroom play is steamy and passionate. Another aspect of this story that I truly adored was the parallel story lines of Jane trying to solve her writer&rsquo;s block and starting to explore her relationship with Matthew, which adds depth to this story. Delightful characters, emotional plot twists, and plenty of music make Far Too Tempting a deliciously seductive read that you won&rsquo;t want to end. I received an eBook copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love reading books about musicians, the business, and the impact it has on their personal lives. I think it all stems back to my obsessive boyband phase in high school. I seriously loved reading about the music, touring, and how they would find that balance between their personal and public lives. I also wanted to be a singer for the longest time, so I suppose that also has to do with it. Anyways. One of my favorite things about this book is that I thought Lauren did such a great job of making this realistic for us. Our main character Jane, is a musician who has just hit the big time with her notorious breakup album. The book opens up with her winning a Grammy! Yet, while Jane is on a music high, she quickly comes down after realizing that she needs to stay on top of her game- which means writing more songs and laying down tracks for her next album. Sounds pretty reasonable for an indie-artist, don't you think? In order for Jane to keep the spotlight, she needs to keep the music coming, not let there be a lapse between albums. Because as soon as you wait- the new next big thing is already on their way up and your just a shadow of yesterday. I really liked Jane. She definitely needed this music burst to help her and not just professionally, but personally too. After having two mediocre albums and then having her husband break things off with her, Jane really needs a pick me up. Her husband leaving really left with her some confidence issues and this positive reinforcement is a great start for her. Jane is now a single mom and I loved her scenes with her son, Ethan. I haven't read too many books where the MC has a child and I really enjoyed that addition. On the night of the Grammies, Jane runs into Matthew Harrigan, a music journalist for Beat magazine. After exchanging some flirtatious banter, he tells her he wants the first interview with her after she wins. Matthew is one of NYC's most eligible bachelors- he's sexy, talented, and BRITISH. Yes, that's right. I do love me a man from across the pond! Matthew gets a hold of Jane and convinces her to meet with him for an exclusive interview. Jane is definitely wary of journalists- especially since her and her ex's story has been leaked to the media. However, Matthew is persistent and determined, and Jane is completely attracted to him. Their relationship is definitely riddled with sexual tension and want, but Matthew knows it would be wrong to pursue Jane while he is supposed to be writing an exclusive on her. Yet, after a taste of the forbidden fruit, he can't help but go back for more. For the first time in a long time, Jane finally feels desired again. After the rejection of her husband, she craves someone to show her how beautiful and sexy she is- someone who wants all of her and wants her desperately. She finds that in Matthew. Jane is finally letting the chains of her past heartbreak fall away and is letting her heart slowly be healed by Matthew. However, Jane has been dubbed the Queen of the Broken Hearts. She poured every emotion, every hurt feeling into her last album and now that she is no longer that broken, hurt woman- she finds she's having trouble finding inspiration for new music. She desperately wants Matthew to be her muse, to bring out new emotions about falling in love and letting her heart be mended. She is not having very much luck. She starts to question herself and lets self-doubt creep in- what if she's only destined to be the Queen of Broken Hearts? As for side characters, I enjoyed Owen, Jane's brother. You can tell the two are very close- he positively encourages her, not just as her brother, but as another professional in a tough business (he's a writer). Aiden, Jane's ex, is just not one you can hate. Blakely created an ex who is not vindictive and horrible. On the contrary, Aiden is a good guy and a good father to his son. He hurt Jane deeply and for so long, she felt it was because she was inadequate and wasn't enough for him. The truth is, Jane had nothing to do with it. Aiden was not honest with himself for a long time and tried to make something work that simply couldn't. While he may have handled it slightly insensitively, Jane realizes in the end she cannot hold a grudge against him for being his true self. &quot;I would have told them that I didn't stop wanting you the second you left me. That even though you might have still loved me as a friend, as a person, I was still in love with you, and I thought it was all my fault that you didn't feel the same way. I thought I wasn't good enough. I thought I wasn't pretty enough or sexy enough or interesting enough. But it's not my fault.&quot; (e-ARC 204) Jane's self reflection and commitment to move forward is what makes her such an awesome protagonist for me. I felt for her as she really struggled to write music again. She simply needed to take a step back and let herself open up to all the possibilities of music. Music is in her heart and it soothes her soul- there's no way it was going to give up on her. I enjoyed this story- I didn't connect as much with Matthew as I have some of Lauren's other love interests from previous books, but I did still enjoy them as a couple and liked seeing their relationship progress and overcome the odds stacked against them. *Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Lauren Blakely writes characters that get a reaction. A bad boy trying to make good, a woman trying to forget her past or a family searching for answers to an age old mystery. Ms. Blakely has written it all and thrown in some high octane sensuality for good measure. Far Too Tempting is a little more slow paced them some of her other romances but it still has characters that are easy to identify with, emotions that are understandable and sex appeal that is off the charts. Jane took a bad experience in her life and used it to make her a successful writer and artist, but she is still the insecure and heartbroken woman not many get to see. For me the focus was not on the love story as much as it was about a woman finding her way and learning to take chances. The sexy romance was a bonus. Copyright of Night Owl Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course this is a great book it was written by Lauren Blakely. I own all of her books and they are all great reads!
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed all these books ! Thank you for giving me such great books to enjoy as I wind down it make my down time all the better :) &lt;3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out slow and a bit confusing but boy did it take off! Once I got past the 1st 2 chapters I was hooked and could not put it down! I highly recommend the book.
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JSantoroReads1302 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for an honest review. Far Too Tempting was a fantastic read. Jane Black was a struggling musician that is until her husband leaves her, breaking her heart in the process, but allowing her to write &ldquo;the essential breakup album for the modern age.&rdquo; Matthew Harrigan is one of the music industry&rsquo;s most powerful critics and after Jane&rsquo;s success he wants to write an article about the making of her new album. The only problem with this is the basically instant attraction they have to each other, which normally wouldn&rsquo;t be a problem except that he makes her happy and a happy Jane can&rsquo;t seem to write any songs. Jane has to decide which matters more to her, music or happiness. My Thoughts Jane was a likable character that you felt sorry for (divorce) and happy for (finally successful) at the same time. I liked that she was the rock star when typically it is the male character. I liked the family closeness that she has with her brother and sister and that she wasn&rsquo;t a diva. Matthew, what can I say about him? Besides being British and ridiculously hot, I liked his work ethic, his honesty, his humor and his drive to help Jane and not for the sake of his article but because he cared about Jane. Did I mention the book is hot too? &ldquo;Writer&rsquo;s block or no writer&rsquo;s block, I just want to touch you. It&rsquo;s driving me crazy not to. I want to take off your clothes, and I want to feel you all over. I want my hands on your body. I want to know how you respond to me. I want to taste you. I want to take you in my mouth.&rdquo; All in all, it was a well written book that had me laughing out loud a few times and wanting to shake some sense into the characters other times. I very much enjoyed the book and anyone who has read/enjoyed any other of Ms. Blakely&rsquo;s books will definitely enjoy this one too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago