by Lauren Blakely
I’ve been told I have quite a gift.
Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….
Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.
Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.
I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.
Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps.
Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.
What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?
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“Tell me. What is it that you’re looking for in a man?”
The corner of her lips quirks up. “I want what every woman wants.”
She cocks her head. Gazes right into my eyes. Licks her lips. “The full package. I want the full package.”
Full Package is another fantastic book written by Lauren Blakely. Romantic, sexy, hilarious, heartwarming, and well-written, this story was exactly what I wanted when I picked up this rom com!
Chase Summers works in the Emergency Room at Mercy Hospital and is known as Dr. McHottie. He is sweet, sexy, and great at his job. After moving out of his brother’s place, Chase finds himself looking for an apartment. Quickly he learns that finding a reasonably priced apartment in New York City is more difficult than he anticipated.
Josie Hammer owns a successful sweet shop and has a way of making the most delicious desserts.
There’s nothing sweet that she can’t make taste like a party in your mouth.
She is the little sister of Wyatt from Well Hung and best friends with Chase. She’s in the market for a new roommate, and since she is having difficulty finding one, and Chase can’t seem to find an apartment, the next logical choice is for Chase and Josie to move in together, right? Killing two birds with one stone, Chase gets a place to live and Josie gets a roommate. The question remains, can men and women truly be “just friends” or will they inevitably become more?
Something is happening. Something wild, and crazy, and undoubtedly incredibly foolish.
But right now, it feels so fucking good, like sailing, like flying, like soaring.
I loved Full Package! The characters are relatable and lovable, and the storyline is catchy and enjoyable. It’s a feel good book that will quickly put a smile on your face.
I adored Chase! He was such a wonderful person with a huge heart. I loved that he was so involved and committed to giving back through his profession. He became a doctor to help people, not just for the money. He was well liked by everyone and with his sweet nature, charming personality, hardworking mentality, and generous heart, this man is gorgeous inside and out. What’s not to love about him? I loved that he respected Josie and their relationship and took their friendship seriously. I loved watching his feelings grow, and when he finally realized how he felt, he couldn’t keep it inside.
The diagnosis I was trying to piece together last night? All symptoms point to one malady.
I’ve got it bad for this girl. I’ve got a textbook condition of a classic illness. I’m suffering from a motherfucking case of falling in love.
And I’m not ready to take a pill to cure it.
I loved Josie. She is sweet, loving, and honest. She was a wonderful friend, a great listener, and was always there for Chase. I loved that she was a goofball and meshed so well with him, and I thought her unintentional innuendos were funny.
I enjoyed every interaction between Chase and Josie. They are such great characters and I enjoyed every aspect of their relationship. I loved that they were so comfortable with each other. Their friendship was fun, flirty, and free, and when they take their relationship to the next level it was absolutely smoking hot. The sexual tension was palpable and even if they tried to deny it, most people could see the draw they had toward one another. The chemistry was well written and I felt the attraction between Josie and Chase.
Lauren Blakely is fantastic at writing male POVs. I loved getting inside Chase’s head. She does such a great job at portraying him in a positive light. He is so endearing that it’s not hard to see why I loved him as much as Josie did. Though the story is told entirely in Chase’s POV, I loved that we got snippets of what was going on in Josie’s head through the pages of her recipe book. Overall, it was a wonderful book with two sweet epilogues that are sure to warm your heart.
*ARC generously provided by the author and InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review*
I point to the curved wooden stand with a hook at the top. “This. Explain this.”
Josie sets her hands on her hips. “It’s a banana holder.”
I give her a stern look. “I can read. I don’t need to know what. I need to know why.” I poke the object on the shelf at Bed Bath & Beyond, otherwise known as the Nexus of Unnecessary Things. Pretty sure there’s some kind of vortex or force field right smack dab in the middle of this store attracting all the weird, bizarre, and odd home goods. “Why can’t they sit on the kitchen counter? Or, how about in a bowl?”
“Maybe the bananas just like to dangle?” she suggests. “Hang free and all?”
Smacking my forehead, I go along with it. “Aha. That makes perfect sense.”
“I’m here to help.” She tugs on my shirtsleeve. “But can we please get to the sheet aisle? You can’t sleep on a naked mattress.”
“That may be true, but I could definitely sleep naked on a mattress,” I offer, and she laughs as we navigate through another sardine-packed aisle in the mammoth store.
It’s one in the afternoon, and I just moved in this morning. That took all of two hours. Spending my twenties in med school and as a resident gave me very little time for the acquisition of things, so most of my possessions fit in a duffel bag. I have very little. Not even sheets for a queen-size bed. Ergo, I’m spending Saturday at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is a bit like wandering through a Buzzfeed post titled “Ten Things I’ll Never Use.”
More like five hundred. Wait. Make that five hundred and one, because I just spotted the new number one item on the list.
“That,” I say as I make a beeline for a shelf of crème brûlée torches. Grabbing a silvery one, I hold it up. “Please say we can have a housewarming party, and you’ll make crème brûlée, and I can stride all proud and awesome into the kitchen,” I say, puffing out my chest and deepening my voice. “And I can light it with a torch, and we’ll all ooh and ahh at the manly fire I made when I lit up a dessert.”
She arches an eyebrow. “A manly fire?”
I nod vigorously. “And then you’ll let the guests take turns punching me in the face for being a total douche for owning a crème brûlée torch.”
She narrows her eyes. “You actually want people to punch you?”
I’m deadly serious as I answer her. “If I ever own a crème brûlée torch, you have carte blanche to punch me, Josie. You really should.” I drop the torch on the shelf and take her hand, clasping it tightly in mine. “Promise me. From this day forward. Promise you’ll punch me if I ever own a crème brûlée torch, a rotating tie rack, or more than one kind of cheese grater. This is part of our roommate pact.”
She grips my hand tighter, her green eyes glowing with stark seriousness. “I solemnly swear to pummel you under all the aforementioned circumstances. As proof of our friendship and roommate solidarity.”
“You’re a saint,” I say, then wrap a hand around her head and tug her close for a quick kiss on her forehead.
And hello, sweet, sexy scent of Josie. What is this delicious smell? Is it . . . oh fuck me.Cherries. My God, she smells like cherries. Like the perfect summer fruit. Like the naughtiest fruit. And I’ve got to wonder if that cherry scent is her face lotion, her shampoo, or her body wash?
My mind is adrift, and the word association begins. Because what goes with body wash but nudity?
Naked woman in the shower. Washing. Lathering. Soaping.
Snap the fuck out it, Summers.
✮✮✮ FULL PACKAGE GIVEAWAY!✮✮✮
Josie and Chase put together some of their favorite things just for you to celebrate the release of FULL PACKAGE!
The FULL PACKAGE is filled with:
✮ $50 Gift Card to Lush: Fresh Handmade Cosmetics for fruity scented bath products that Chase loves so much.
✮ $50 Gift Card to Sugarfina: A Luxury Candy Boutique where you can sample some of Josie’s favorite gourmet candy.
✮ A lovely Coach Wristlet containing a $50 Amazon Gift Card for you to spend on whatever your heart desires.
✮ And last but not least, my entire Audiobook Collection minus Full Package on Audible. It is aurally delicious!
The Escapist Book Blog is not responsible for this giveaway.
About the Author
Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers.
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