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Sex and Other Shiny Objects

Series: Boyfriend Material, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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Indulge in a brand new stand-alone romance performed by Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke, and special guest star Julia Whelan, with additional voices by Joe Arden and Erin Mallon!

The second the test-the-sexy-scenes offer landed in my lap, I said yes. After all, I've been damn curious about a few things I've read in romance novels. Do buttons truly go flying across the floor when you rip off a guy's shirt? Is staircase nookie hella hot, or does it leave you with a big old bruise mark on your back? And don’t even get me started on all that panty shredding, and whether it even works. Time to find out as I embark on Project Sexy Scenes Research, at the request of my hotshot book editor bestie. All I need is a willing scene partner. Enter Tristan, my best guy friend. The witty, tell-it-like-it-is, bearded hottie volunteers for the experiment. He's also the guy who gave me the most devastating, toe-curling kiss of my life 10 years ago. But nothing has happened since then. And nothing will come between my panties and our friendship now since we have a plan to keep it PG. But once the buttons start flying, all bets are off....

This special production also includes cameos from Maxine Mitchell, Teddy Hamilton, Lili Valente, and Kit Swann.

©2020 Lauren Blakely (P)2020 Lauren Blakely Books

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  • Theresa Martin
  • 13-01-2020

Oh, Tristan! Oh, Jason!

I’m in love with Peyton’s best guy friend. He’s the full package: successful business owner, bearded beauty, great big brother, selfless friend. When Peyton asks him to help her research sexy scenes popular in romance novels, he’s all in. They shared a hot, passionate kiss several years prior, but it wasn’t their time. This research project could be just the push they need.

The experiments were smoking hot. Tristan and Peyton are great friends, their chemistry is off the charts, and they laugh so much together. To me, that’s a very sexy thing between couples. Both of them have their baggage, but it’s not a secret to either of them. I love when friends discover what they’ve been looking for has always been right in front of them.

This story has the feels; a beautiful journey between two childhood friends. Lauren’s friends/best friends to lovers stories are some of my favorite. The supporting cast is wonderful. Jason Clarke and Andi Arndt make a great narrating team. There are a few special guests, but I won’t spoil it.

This Boyfriend Material series is addictive, and I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 14-01-2020

OH WHAT A SWEET TREAT

This heartwarming audiobook is a big fat oozing with goodness treat for your heart.. because this dual POV friends-to-lovers romance delivers on so many levels. Tristran and Peyton’s very entertaining journey of blurring the ‘friendship line’ was an innocent byproduct of re-enacting fictional sex scenes for the romance book’s Publishers. And, while they were finding out just what worked and what didn’t with their very own sexcapades, their intimate touches ignited their deep chemistry.. and their intimate passions reawakened what had laid dormant all along - love.

This f-t-l romance, with its witty banter, was so damn engaging, addictive, light, fun, sexy, sweet, beautiful and full of feels.. and the friendships and brotherly bonds with the secondary characters was endearing too. And, as your senses are being tantalized and teased by a true storytelling genius, you are also being wooed and wowed by a cast of A list performers who bring the magic to the story. So the characters come alive, the scenes flow, the emotions surge and the love that all these characters have for each other seep from every well-written chapter.

Worth a credit? Yes.. it’s Lauren Blakely, it’s Andi Arndt, it’s Jason Clarke (.. sigh love you Jason) and it’s a great story.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 13-01-2020

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

Sex and Other Shiny Objects is another fun loving, quirky, sweet & sexy friends to lovers story from Lauren Blakely. Even though this is a friends to lovers, it is also a single parent trope with a man raising his teenage brother and that is my weakness. A man who is trying to do his best to raise a sibling or child on his own is something that grabs my heart strings every time so I loved Tristan from the very beginning. I loved all of the relationships in this book. Tristan and Peyton have chemistry that they both try to ignore, they are comfortable with each other and their flirty banter and concern for each other is a complete winner in my book. Tristan and his brother have a great relationship too, I loved their sarcasm and how close they are, it was super sweet.

I did find the main story line was a little silly but in a fun Rom-Com kind of way and the sex scenes were pretty hot with a little dirty talk add too. It's not a surprise to say I enjoyed it and I always appreciate that in her books, the drama is low and the characters are mature which is something rare in contemporary romance.

The narration was outstanding. Lauren casts the best of the best for all of her audiobooks but even more, she adds fun little parts with cameo narrators which for me is perfection. Nothing better then hearing some of your favorite narrators included in small parts of an already amazingly cast audiobook.

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  • Jamie
  • 15-01-2020

'Auto-click' Lauren Blakely Does Not Disappoint!

If you've read or listened to enough romance novels, you've come across those steamy scenes that just CAN. NOT. be as easy and steamy in real life. Peyton- with the enlisted help of her Best Friend Tristan- agrees to test these scenes for an upcoming novel, and revive her shuttered blog to document the hilarious results.
The friends to lovers trope plays out as one would expect. Trust me though, KNOWING how it ends doesn't make the journey any less enjoyable.
Lauren Blakely is an expert at writing for audio, and her casting is always on point! In Peyton and Tristan's story, she does an excellent job of balancing the clunky, hilarious sexy time fails, with equally hot and steamy scenes that catch both of them by surprise.
Lauren Blakely has found a solid recipe to keep herreaders begging for more. She starts with a great story- real enough for us to imagine living it, crazy enough that we're glad we're just reading it. She adds a perfect blend of familiar characters from previous books and new characters who will soon star in their own stories. And NARRATORS... ahh, the voices that bring it all to life.
It works, because I'm ready for One Night Stand In!!

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  • kgagnon
  • 15-01-2020

Loved this Fun and Sexy Friends to Lovers Romance!

What a fun, engaging, and super steamy friends to lovers romance! Peyton and Tristan have been friends since college and have seen each other thru all their ups and downs. They came from totally different worlds but connected from the start. They had a very passionate moment back then, but it was over way too soon. They remained good friends, but never forgot the sparks that simmered below the surface. Now years later, Peyton is helping a friend and herself by blogging about the reality of those sexy scenes we all love to read about in romance novels. Peyton needs someone she can trust to rip each others clothes off and Tristan is more than willing to be that man. The different sexy scenes they work through can be awkward and tricky, but they work through them together, having fun, laughing, and fighting the passion they both are afraid to give in to. I loved the progression of the scenes, the clever blog posts, and especially their self discovery from the fears that hold them back. Peyton and Tristan are so perfect together, supporting each other and their chemistry and passion is off the charts, when they finally give in to their desires. Their friends and family add so much wisdom, support and hilarity, making this story even more fun and heartfelt. The special bond, and scenes between Tristan and his brother, Barrett, were especially touching. Andi Arndt, and Jason Clarke give amazing performances, along with special guest appearances by Julia Whelan, Joe Arden, and Erin Mallon. Arndt really embodies the upbeat, friendly and caring Peyton, while Clarke is simply magic as the serious, sweet, and supportive Tristan, making me totally swoon over him! Lauren continues to create hilarious, heartwarming, and hot and sexy romances that capture my heart!

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  • Shauna
  • 13-01-2020

Loved it!

Live with no regrets and never let a man take away your shine! A great reminder from Lauren! I very much enjoyed Tristan and Peyton’s story, it was very entertaining with all the things that could go wrong when trying to reenact scenes from romance novels. I loved when they finally decided to stop playing games and go for it for real. “Put yourself out there. Do the hard things. Go for it.” The narration was fantastic, Jason is always a joy to listen to and he pairs well with the talented Andi. The rest of the cast was great to listen to as well.

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 17-01-2020

Lauren has done it again!💜

This is another great story by Lauren Blakely. As always, her personality shines through her words. Her characters are always fun, charismatic and sexy as ****!
The narration was incredible! The narrators always deliver quality and charm and really bring her characters to life.
And of course adding the cameos of other characters and guest appearances from different narrators is alway fun!!
I highly recommend this book!

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  • bookbruin
  • 17-01-2020

Fred and Gingersnap

Sometimes my heart just needs a sweet, low angst romcom. Sex and Other Shiny Objects was a great blend of friends to lovers, second chance romance, and even a little fake-ish relationship/forced proximity. I'm a sucker for the pining and longing of what could have been and when circumstances change to allow our hero and heroine to FINALLY have their chance. We met Tristan and Peyton in book 1 of this series, Asking for A Friend, but this can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone.

I love a hero who is all in from the start, and Tristan was so incredibly swoony. He was considerate, kind hearted, and I loved the relationship he had with his brother. The cherry on top was the dirty side of him that came out to play when things started to heat up between him and Peyton. There is a little drama and back and forth as these two navigate these new waters, but I appreciated that they both resolve their conflicts and put themselves out there. There were some wonderful cameos from past characters and easter eggs sprinkled throughout and I always enjoy finding these in Lauren Blakely's books.

I don't think I will ever tire of Jason Clarke's voice. He pairs perfectly with Andi Arndt (and everyone else he's cast with). Every Lauren Blakely audiobook is a feast for the ears and it's always such a fun treat to hear other beloved narrators making small cameos. It makes the audiobook feel like a duet style narration and only adds to the listening experience. Teddy Hamilton, Joe Arden, Erin Mallon, and others all make appearances, but I was especially delighted to hear one of my favorite narrators, Julia Whelan, also contribute to this adorable friends to lovers, second chance romance. This is such a fun series of interconnected standalones, and I'm looking forward to Lola's story next!

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  • Terri D
  • 16-01-2020

Lace gives you courage

Peyton brings happiness to both women and men. She runs a lingerie shop and works hard to make her customers feel their best. When a chain store opens close to her and offers half off she has to up her game to keep her business open. She comes up with a genius plan to not only help her store but also start her blog again and help out a friend.

Tristan is working hard, raising his kid brother and living his best life. He has his best friend back and life is good. When his brother points out he needs to acknowledge his feelings for his bestie he starts to see things differently. When she ask him to help her with a special project he of course says yes, but it may be the hardest favor he has ever granted.

This is a touching story on so many levels. We can all feel the love that both Peyton and Tristan have for one another but they are both scared for different reasons to acknowledge that love. We also get to experience the love between two brothers and see the sacrifice that Tristan makes for Barrett and how well adjusted he is. I also loved how they are taking a book inside this book and dissecting it for the steamy content to see if those hot scenes are possible. Loved that. I also loved how we get to catch up with the former characters, it always makes me happy to revisit with favorites from previous books. This was a win win for me. Loved everything about it and it made me want to purchase more lace.

This author gives us the best in aural pleasure by having the most talented cast members narrate her books. This is no different. Andi Arndt, Jason Clarke, Julia Whelan, Joe Arden and Erin Mallon and such a pleasure to listen to. My ears were in heaven having these talented people tell me Peyton and Tristan's story. Great job from beginning to end.

I loved this story and enjoyed this audiobook. I highly recommend it.

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  • Trudy
  • 16-01-2020

The answers to our questions on romance scenes!!!

As a reader of sexy novels I have found myself wondering “Is that even possible?!” when reading some scenes. This story delves deeper into that questions and tries out some of the most common scenes built in romance on does in a sweet, sexy, friendly(?) way. A new twist on friends-to-lovers, and second chance for sure! I loved Tristan and Peyton! I laughed. I swooned! I fell in love and so will you! Especially with the audiobook! Things get hot, hot, HOT!!!