I really like Lauren Blakely. The stories she tells feel very real. There have been a couple of her books that I could have written--If I could write. Her characters are true to life and their dialog rings true. That being said, I was blown away by "Satisfaction Guaranteed". This story and these characters hit SO close to home for me. I absolutely LOVED the witty banter between the characters. Keep up the good work Lauren and I'll keep reading!!
ONE OF MY TOP 2019 READS SO FAR. *** I RECEIVED AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*** I've said this before, but every time I think I've found my favorite Lauren Blakely book, she releases a new one that immediately makes it to the top of my favorites list. Satisfaction Guaranteed is definitely one of my favorite Blakely books, but also one of my fave books for 2019, so far. Not only did this story have two extremely relatable, funny, smart, sexy characters, but we got to re-visit some fave characters from the Big Rock Series. I always get SO EXCITED when I get to catch up with some characters from previous stories I've also loved. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, Malone and Sloane (their names are everything). Their names are so fitting for the type of characters they were with their flirtatious and banter dialogue. I felt their attraction with each exchange they had throughout the book. Their story was one that can cover many different tropes (forbidden, co-workers, friends - lovers, and even second chance). Sloane and Malone met seven years ago and they had instant chemistry, both physical and emotional. They spent some time together and the more they learned about each other, the more infatuated they become with one another. That is until Malone realized that this amazing woman was the only daughter of his mentor; his boss, which made Sloane completely off limits. Sloane and Malone parted ways, but they kept tabs on each other throughout the years (which included some slight social media stalking). When Malone and Sloane had spent time together before realizing they could not pursue their relationship, they had confided in each other and talked about heir dreams. They encouraged each other to pursue something that made them happy. Seven years later, they bump into each other and their chemistry stronger than it was before, if that is at all possible. They had a natural magnetizing attraction despite knowing that they could not pursue their desires and follow their heart. They shared a kiss during that brief encounter, thus setting the course that will follow them after seven years apart. When work circumstances bring them together, under the same Veterinary Practice, Sloan and Malone and truly faced with temptation and their flirtatious relationship and conversations are natural. Lauren gave us so much swooness in this book. I couldn't put it down. I'm sure this book will be one of my top re-reads of this year and others to follow as it is one of those stories that really brings you to a happy place. You will not be able to stop smiling, laughing, awwwing, and rooting for these two wonderful characters. Thank you Lauren for another amazing book.
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Sloane and Malone finally get their chance! A fabulous week of getting to know one another ended abruptly when Malone's dream job is with a man who turns out to be Sloane's father. Career must come first, and that's the status quo for seven years. Until Sloane's dad brings her animal rescue agency into his and Malone's veterinary practice's offices. The steam quotient is very high as both Malone and Sloane realize their chemistry is as combustible as ever. And when one "what happens in Tahiti stays in Tahiti" night reveals an even bigger problem, Malone decides to throw caution to the wind and fix every thing that needs fixing. I enjoyed the gradual maturing of this relationship that reflected the maturing priorities of the two main characters. Priorities are examined, risks are taken, choices are made, and the twist with Doug at the end was absolutely priceless. Their HEA had a sweet ripple effect that benefited two other couples as well. The writing style was different - mostly from Malone's POV with a few short bits from Sloane tossed in - but it really worked to demonstrate Malone's heart, humor, loyalty, and dedication. Sloane may not get much direct page time, but she makes the most of what she gets so the reader never feels that the entire story is just from his POV. As a side note, I absolutely loved the immersive inclusion of the oldies music, how it was used to convey emotions and how Malone used it in his side career. Simply brilliant. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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