**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** I am such a Lauren Blakely fan and I feel like the title Satisfaction Guaranteed really tells the tale about what you can expect from one of her books. I loved that we revisited some of the people we know from her previous Big Rock series coupled with a second chance romance! Malone Goodman is the junior partner at the veterinary clinic where he has worked for the last seven years. He is not only wonderful to the animals he cares for each day, but also to their owners and anyone else he comes in contact with. He's smart, sexy and he also has a deep love of the old standards and he sings every now and then at a local haunt. Sloane Elizabeth is the woman that caught Malone's eye one night seven years ago when he was singing. She's sweet and sexy and the two of them hit it off immediately and they spent a fantastic week together. When Malone went in for his job interview, he quickly realized that while Sloane was the woman he wanted to pursue, he couldn't because she was his new bosses daughter. Here we are seven years later and while Malone thinks about Sloane often, he knows that nothing can come of it. When the two of them are brought together by her father bringing her pet rescue into the vet clinic, not only do Malone and Sloane see one another, they are now going to see one another EVERY DAY. For two people who clearly have off the charts chemistry and who bring out the best in the other, will they get a real chance at happily ever after or will circumstances continue to keep them apart? As Blakely has a penchant for doing, the dialogue in this story was smart, flirtatious and fun. It was full of great banter and with her descriptions, you felt like you were absolutely immersed in the story. I highly recommend picking this title up and I'm really looking forward to the next one in this series!
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You know a Lauren Blakely book has the main characters names rhyming (Sloane and Malone) it is going to be a fun read. This book was full of not only humor but steamy, sexy scenes. Sloane and Malone met years ago and shared a hot and intense weekend. It ended with them going going their separate ways not because of what happened but the fact that Malone discovers Sloane is the daughter of the man he going into business with. Father and daughter do not share the same last name. Years later is where this story starts. The two run into each other again and both can feel the connection is still there and it turns out Slaone is going to start working at the vet clinic Malone and her father run. This was such a great story. I loved that Ms Blakely ties in appearances from some of her past books. One of the characters mentioned is Nick from Mr O who happens to be cousins with Malone. It is always a treat to get a chance to revisit with characters from other books. The way the tie ins are written into the story add to the overall sense of the world Ms Blakely creates with her books. The chemistry between Sloane an Malone is so strong. I love that Malone is more than just another alpha male. He has so much depth to him. His love of music and singing songs from years gone by is refreshing. The songs he sings are ones that remind you what love is about. You will not be disappointed with this story. Absolutely wonderful read!
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Here I am swooning ridiculously once more after reading another one of Lauren Blakely's smart rom-coms. This second chance romance has that sweet forbidden twist to it, with Malone Goodman and Sloane Elizabeth forever wanting the other but not willing to hurt her dad, who also happens to be his mentor and business partner. But that doesn't stop the heat between them. Nor does it stop the desire in each other's eyes as they find themselves not only in NYC together once again after 7 years, but as side by side professionals. Malone is all kinds of perfect, as his good friends and sister like to point out all too often. And holy smokes, he truly is. Not only does he have a wonderful demeanor as a caring vet (his patients really do adore him) but he seems to be the only man qualified to help Sloane get over a certain 'thing' between the sheets. His determination to make sure she gets her pleasure at last involves secret trysts that are out of this world erotic. These two have a passion that has become the trademark of Blakely's work. Intelligent, loving people who simply fit, both in and out of bed. Not afraid to let go, to find their sexy and to compliment the other all times of the night or day. With Sloane and Malone now working side by side, I knew it would just be a matter of time when they have that kind of scene we might see in a sighworthy movie, when they throw caution to the wind, and claim each other for good. That's the kind of love story you get not only in this book but in the majority of Blakely's extensive catalog. It's why she will forever be a go-to author for me. Sloane and Malone have the kind of chemistry that is red-hot, yet it is also beyond tender and loving. With the use of old-time standards the talented Malone sings onstage in his off hours providing a unique kind of romantic vibe and the love of friends and family (with the requisite cameos by prior Blakely couples when least expected), Satisfaction Guaranteed is one great ride. Malone and Sloane have that rare kind of magic together. But it's Lauren Blakely who beautifully casts her own special spells that set her books apart from so many others. I particularly love that she continues to showcase cats and dogs in each book with partial proceeds actually coming from sales of this story going to animal rescue organizations. I happily give Satisfaction Guaranteed 5 solid stars!