COME AGAIN is the seventh instalment in Lauren Blakely’s contemporary, adult BIG ROCK erotic, romance series. This is businessman and matchmaker for the elite Easton Ford, and podcaster Bellamy Hart’s story line. COME AGAIN can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. NOTE: Easton and Bellamy’s story line begins in the prequel novella COME AND GET IT but if you have no read the prequel, fear not, as it is included in the current releae COME AGAIN. Told from first person perspective (Easton) and third person via Bellamy’s podcasts, COME AGAIN follows the building romance and relationship between is businessman Easton Ford, and podcaster Bellamy Hart. Easton Ford doesn’t believe in online dating sites, and has established himself as the premier meet and greet romance promotor for Carpe Diem but Easton never expected to fall for a stranger, podcaster Bellamy Hart, an online romance podcaster and her …A Million Frogs. As Easton and Bellamy engage in a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship, a bet is made to find each other’s happily ever after, a bet that Easton is about to lose. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Bellamy and Easton, and the potential fall-out as Easton’s head is stuck so deep in the sand, that he was about to lose his second chance at happiness with our story line heroine. Easton Ford has loved and lost, and in this, Easton is happy to find love for everyone else. Believing love has come and gone, Easton never expected to lose his heart to a woman he gives as good as she gets, a woman with whom Easton will fall in love. Bellamy’s podcast about ..kissing a million frogs… reflects a reality for many women, and Bellamy includes herself in the long list of woman who haven’t found love.Meeting Easton Ford stirs something deep without our story line heroine, something that may not be reciprocated by the man that she loves. The relationship between Easton and Bellamy is an enemies to lovers relationship in which Easton finds himself the topic of Bellamy’s podcast. There is plenty of back and forth banter, sexual innuendo, war of words, word games, mind games and insinuation between our couple, leading to miscommunication and misunderstanding that is about to break our heroine’s heart. The sexual chemistry is palpable;the $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top,sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Easton’s sister Rory, their cousin Spencer, friends Nolan and TJ, Grandma Coco, and Dr. Monroe-Monroe’s story line is next in BLOWN AWAY. COME AGAIN is a fast paced, character driven story about finding love. The premise is entertaining and inviting ; the characters are fun and flirty; the romance is seductive and captivating.
4.5🌟 There is nothing like a heroine that you connect with in certain ways, and I did with Bellamy. She has so many beautiful qualities, she’s ruthlessly honest, she’s brave and ferocious, she knows what she wants and she also knows her own worth. She has an intense drive, but what I resonated the most with…she loves chocolate and she loves love. That’s me, to a T. It’s why I read romance novels. I too want that neon-billboard-in-Times-Square-kind of love, I believe I have it, but I also love to read others that search for it too. That feeling is pure joy but only if it’s reciprocated. Bellamy finds her match in Easton, they are worthy adversaries, opponents and even competitors. They have chemistry in spades but Easton has loved before and been hurt. It’s not a place he wants to revisit. This is where they have an “understanding”, a deal of meeting up and having fun with loads of O’s. Communication is key for these two, and when Bellamy in her most honest way, tells Easton of her feelings..well let’s just say it didn’t go the way it should have. And it will take more than a box of chocolates to fix this blunder. He makes such a mess, it’s not only Bellamy that starts his epic grovel tour, he needs to apologize to a few. How many chances can a person have before he finally gets it right? Maybe third times a charm for Easton, because he now knows that he needs to treasure love and not be afraid of it. What I always appreciate with this author, is she is gender equal. Easton might have some grand gestures to win Bellamy back, but it’s not just the men asking for their significant other to be his, it is likewise as romantic coming from the gals. And talking of grand gestures, I totally endorse the epilogue. 😍🥰😍 I will say this one started out slow for me, but once I was hooked, I was compelled to know more. I knew there was going to be a dilemma, and then a resolution but it was heart wrenching at times. You’ll not only find a brilliant couple in this tale, but the secondary characters are a hoot too. And some will get their own book down the line, another thing I favor as well.
I have a confession to make! I haven’t read the ‘Big Rock’ series that Come Again is a part of. But that’s okay, it’s a complete stand alone. And, yes, I know some authors say this, but still snippets from previous books spill onto the pages and make the reader go… what??? I know, I’ve had that problem and time or two. But, I can say, hand on heart, that is not the case here. Here; we have Easton and Bellamy, two characters who meet by accident and a fancy dress party at a club. Easton is taken by the ‘Daisy Buchanan’ type outfit that Bellamy wears with aplomb, and she is just as captivated by his costume (Leo Di Capriole never looked so good wearing it.) They chat, they laugh and all too soon they are in deep. Easton has been burned by love before and doesn’t want to be caught up in it again. Bellamy knows what she wants and it’s more than he can give her, or so he thinks. As the weeks progress and their simple ‘understanding’ slowly morphes into the real deal, Easton falls deeper and deeper. But, they made a bet, to help each other find what they truly wanted out of life. If only they could see what everyone else did. This was an angst-free, warm hearted story. The characters were fresh and a delight to read. Ms. Blakely has delivered with style.