I am still coming down from the high of reading this book. Oh My Lord the heat between Derek and Perri will cause not only your Kindle to smoke but your body will experience some exhilarating moments where you will either need a cold shower or ..... well you will see what I'm talking about when you read this hot book. This book is about Perri, the cop friend of Arden from Best Laid Plans. Perri is focused on her career and definitely doesn't have time for a relationship. When her boss recommends she enter a kissing contest for charity because he and several others in the community are doing the same, she decides that's what she needs to do to help get the promotion she is after. Now to find a partner for said kissing. Meet Derek, hot as sin EMT with tattoos and a motorcycle and muscles that every woman just wants to run their finger over. Perri and Derek's fateful meeting puts them in the right place at the right time and let the heated kissing begin. Lauren Blakely is a word genius and each book she writes I think to myself, "she can't get any better than this", but then she proves me wrong and outdoes herself. I am a Lauren Blakely junky. I must read her books, I devour them each and every one but let me say this is my favorite. I am a huge fan of back and forth banter and a build up between characters and this one is the champion of that. The heat between these two will melt you and when you get to know Derek you will fall in love with him. He is my new book boyfriend and it will be challenging to find another to be better. Besides the extreme heat in this book there are so many other "feels" there. This is a great story of friends that love each other and help each other through tough times. It is about a families love and what you do when your family needs you. It's about letting down your guarded heart and letting someone in, completely, even when you risk losing it all. I also loved that it shows their struggles with their day to day jobs and how we all have lives to live as well as love to cherish and some days are just tougher than others but we get through them. This book is far better than 5 stars. I am still buzzing from all the "feel goods" it gave me. I received an early copy to read and review. I HIGHLY recommend this book. I can't wait to get the audio version as well because, holy hotness I know it will be fantastic.
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THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR by Lauren Blakely is a contemporary, adult, stand alone erotic, romance story line focusing on paramedic Derek McBride, and police officer Perri Keating. Perri and Derek were first introduced in the author’s Best Laid Plans. THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR is part of a series of interconnected but stand alone romance tales. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. NOTE: Some of the events of THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR cross over and run parallel to the events of BEST LAID PLANS. Told from dual first person perspectives (Perri and Derek) THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR follows the roommates to lovers relationship between paramedic Derek McBride, and police officer Perri Keating. Derek’s arrival in Whiskey Hollows, California is met by police officer Perri Keating when our motorcycle-riding hero prefers speed to following the rules. While his brother in law serves in the Middle East, Derek transfers to California to help his sister and her three young, rambunctious children. Needing a place to stay Derek soon discovers that his new landlord and roommate is none other than Officer Perri Keating, the sexy cop who pulled him over for driving too fast. With a fund raiser on the horizon, Perri seeks out our hero in an effort to procure the winning kiss. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Perri and Derek, and the potential fall-out as Perri struggles with a lack of direction in both her private and professional life. Perri Keating is attracted to the look of a bad boy and Derek McBride’s tattoos and muscles fit the bill. Neither Perri nor Derek is looking for a serious relationship, but the heart wants something different when emotions get involved. Agreeing to a ‘friends with benefits’ type of relationship as they practice for the upcoming fund-raiser, our couple will develop feelings that threaten their non-relationship status, and any potential happily ever after. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense. There are a large number of colorful and sassy secondary and supporting characters including Derek’s sister Jodie and her three children; police chief Jeff Jansen and his wife Theresa; fellow EMS paramedics Henry Granger, Hunter, and Perri’s brother Shaw Keating, and their parents Gail and Sam, as well as Perri’s friends Vanessa, and Arden and Gabe Harrison (Best Laid Plans); Vanessa and Shaw’s story line is next in NOBODY DOES IS BETTER. THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR is a story of friendship, family, desire and love. The premise is entertaining and energetic; the characters are feisty and flirty; the romance is spicy and hot. Lauren Blakely pulls the reader into a seductive and breath taking look at a passionate romance with a happily ever after.
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4.5/5 Perri is adorable, a necessary tough girl exterior due to her job on the force but a majorly squishy centre with her huge heart, compassionate nature and eagerness to make a difference. Plus she has a thing for hot, tatted bad boys😍 Enter Derek, who has the whole bad boy vibe down pat, although he, too, has a deliciously soft centre. Having moved to Lucky Falls to help her sister with her littles while her husband is on deployment. A paramedic by trade and all around ovary-exploder. Perri and Derek first meet when Derek is stopped for a minor traffic violation and the sparks begin to fly. It would seem destiny, a job promotion, a kissing contest and a meddling brother all join forces to ensure Derek and Perri are thrown closely together. Although they didn’t envisage just how close that would be – Derek being Perri’s new tenant. Both Perri and Derek are career driven and have never met anyone who would be able to fit in with their tightly packed schedules. Living together gives Perri and Derek insight into how a relationship would work seamlessly between them. Although they both stubbornly cling to their notion that a relationship takes time they do not have with their focus being on their respective careers. I loved the insight into their worlds, both the good and the bad. Particularly, how necessary it is to have people you can turn to for emotional support especially when you have such an emotionally draining job yourself. It was fantastic to get to catch up with Gabe and Arden from The Best Laid Plans plus watch the path to Vanessa and Shaw’s story being paved. The Feel Good Factor certainly lives up to it’s name providing warm and fuzzies and a sappy grin to get you through the day 💕