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I couldn’t have scripted a more perfect night.
For one fantastic evening, at a masquerade party in the heart of Manhattan, I’m not the millionaire everyone wants a piece of. Fine—multimillionaire. But who’s counting all those commas? Not me, and not the most intriguing woman I’ve ever met, who happens to like dancing, witty banter, and hot, passionate up-against-the-wall sex as much as I do.
There’s no need for names or business cards. And that’s why I’m eager to get to know her more, since my mystery woman seems to like me for me, rather than for my huge…bank account.
Everything’s coming up aces. Until the next day when things get a little complicated. (Newsflash — a lot complicated.)
He’s charming, brilliant, an incredible lover, and right now I want to stab fate in the eyeballs.
I’ve had one goal I’ve been working toward, and lo and behold, my mystery man is the very person who stands between me and my dream job. A job I desperately need since my hard-knock life has nothing in common with his star-kissed one.
But it’s time to put that fairytale night behind me, and focus on learning what makes him tick. Too bad it turns out his quirks are my quirks, and his love affair with New York matches mine.
And as we spend our days together, I discover something else that feels like a cruel twist of fate — I’m falling for this naughty prince charming, and that’s not an ending I can write to our story.
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I part my lips to speak, to tell her I’m not a VC. But I flash back to the racquetball game, to the face-lift suggestion from my sister. If this angel thinks I’m a VC, that means my face-lift is working. My costume is doing what I want it to do—it’s making it possible for me to be me. To have a conversation as Flynn Parker the guy, not as Flynn Parker the multimillionaire.
She doesn’t know who I am. And I don’t correct her. “It can be.”
She nods thoughtfully then roams her gaze over my black attire. She taps her bottom lip. “Hmm. Let’s see what we have here tonight because I don’t think you’re a ninja.”
I punch the air. “Keep going.”
She studies me more closely. “You’re something mysterious. You’re trying to fly under the radar. Am I getting warmer?”
More like hot. “Yes.”
Her brow knits. “You want to go unnoticed, at least for the moment.”
I tense, hoping she’s not putting two and two together as to my identity. Absently, I raise my hand to my glasses, wondering if they give me away. But then I remember. I’m wearing my contacts tonight, something I rarely do.
She snaps her fingers. “I know! You’re a stealth start-up,” she says, using the term for a new company that’s keeping quiet.
I raise my arms in victory, a thrill racing through me. “Everyone else has guessed code ninja or SEO ninja, but you’re the first person all night to get it right. I am, indeed, a stealth start-up.”
Admittedly, donning black pants, a black shirt, and a black eye-mask might have made it challenging to guess. But then again, the angel figured it out, and all without the missing start-up button.
“Your lips gave you away.”
She recognized me from my lips? I furrow my brow behind my mask. “What do you mean?”
“Your mouth,” she says, raising her fingers dangerously near to my lips. “I could tell you weren’t a ninja because your lips aren’t covered. Ninjas cover you’re their mouths.” I relax again since she was referring to my clothes. “Only their eyes show. But you’ve covered most of your eyes, and you’re showing only your mouth and your chin. That’s how I knew you had to be something other than a ninja.”
“I could kiss you for that,” I blurt out. I take a step back and hold up a hand. “I’m sorry. That was probably terribly inappropriate.”
A smile slowly spreads across her lips. “No, it wasn’t inappropriate. It wasn’t inappropriate at all,” she says. Something in the way she takes her time with each word tells me she wouldn’t mind being kissed. That gives me one mission and one mission only: keep talking to this angel.
Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely is a contemporary romance novel about Flynn Parker, twin to Dylan Parker whom we met in Ms. Blakely’s Stud Finder. I have been excitedly waiting for Flynn’s story.
Flynn Parker, is a high-tech CEO after founding and selling his first tech start-up with his brother Dylan. Now, he is stopped everywhere with people pitching ideas left and right, which he is always willing enough to listen to because who knows where the next best idea will come from. However, he’s not only pitched business ideas, but he’s also pitched marriage proposals and people asking for money. So he’s not entirely trusting when it comes to people especially after being burned by his ex. However, the opportunity to dress up and hide behind a mask during a masquerade party is entirely too enticing to pass up.
Sabrina Granger has been working hard to support herself and her brother Kevin. She needs to land a job as a journalist and to do that she has to network. Luckily, her friend takes her to a masquerade party where she can network with various tech publications and she is able to land a meeting. Not only is she able to get a chance at a job, but the party also opens the door for a wordsmith and tech nerd to meet.
Fate loves to play games though, when after a magical night, Flynn Parker and Sabrina Granger meet again only to realize that the mystery person from their fairytale evening is now that person holding their future in their hands. Flynn needs Sabrina’s publication to write the feature to help promote his new business venture, while Sabrina needs Flynn’s interview to earn her dream job as a full-time journalist. So both have to kiss the fairytale versions of themselves goodbye as they focus on staying professional. Easier said than done.
I enjoyed Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely. Similar to Stud Finder, we get to follow along Flynn and Sabrina’s growing relationship and watch them fall in love with each interview meeting/date, as well as each text. Each meeting built upon the other as they opened up and showed a little more of themselves and how they were each falling for the other. Also, I enjoyed the details about New York. For a reader who has never been, reading about the locations and learning about little, hidden and not so hidden, details that are woven in, like the numbers on the lamp post, are so interesting and make me want to see it for myself someday. There was some outside tension from “evil” Kermit and Sabrina’s mother, but no other drama to try to ruin what was building to be a beautiful relationship.
I also really liked Sabrina’s relationship with her brother Kevin. They’re very close and supportive of each other. The secret he reveals to Flynn about them at them was so cute! So were the epilogues.
Overall, Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely was a witty, funny, and absolutely romantic story with relatable and engaging characters. I easily fall in to Ms. Blakely’s novels and I enthusiastically recommend that you do to.
✦The audiobook is narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt! ✦
“With an oh-so-delectable hero, a heroine who’s a vivacious force of
nature, and a romance that’s both adorkable and scorching hot, Come As
You Are had me hooked from page one.” -Yvette, Nose Stuck in a Book
“Come as You Are blends the phenom that is Lauren Blakely with the
fantasy of a fairytale wish and a dash of cold hard reality. Passion
unfolds with a bit of entertainment, a handful of humor and fistful of
heart.” -Isha, I Love Romance
“Blakely has whipped up an irresistible romance as sexy and witty as
the nerd protagonists she details in Come as You Are. Their chemistry
snaps, crackles, and pops off the pages. ” – TJ Loves To Read
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About Lauren Blakely:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 90 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In April she’ll release COME AS YOU ARE, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter