I was tagged by the absolutely awesome Kru @ YA On My Mind to participate in the thank u, next book tag created by This Story Ain’t Over inspired by the latest Ariana Grande single! So, let’s go! (Also, I am assuming that this tag doesn’t require us to name books read in 2018 and I’m gonna name books from earlier years, too!)
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Wanted: hot nerd seeks dating coach.
Picture this – I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I’m good and ready this time around. After all, if you’re going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops.
There’s only one little problem.
My college girlfriend isn’t the one who shows up when I play my “I’ll do anything to win you back” tune. The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore. But she’ll help me win her back. Anything for romance, anything for a guy so willing to go big for love. And that’s what I want at first. Until I get to know my new “romance coach” and discover she’s funny, clever, and keeps me on my toes. Now I don’t want to win anyone else’s heart. I want the woman who’s been helping me all along. Trouble is – she thinks I’m in love with someone else, and when we take off on a road trip, everything I think I know about women is about to be unzipped and turned inside out.
He’s the last person I ever expected to pop into my life, but he might be exactly what I need to save the thing that matters most to me. All I have to do is not fall for him.
Unzipped is a standalone romance!
*Review copy received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased. *
Unzipped is the story of Tom & Finley, and how they meet in extenuating circumstances and decide to help each other get what they want. Tom, years after breaking up with his college girlfriend feels like he’s finally ready to make a commitment and so, he seeks her out, because she asked him to come find her when he had his “head on straight”. Equipped with advice from his well meaning, but clueless brothers, he shows up at his ex, Cassie’s apartment and plays a song on the boombox, a la Say Anything, hoping it’ll be the grand gesture that sends her running back into his arms.
But, who he actually serenades to is Finley, Cassie’s neighbour. Finley, who is on a deadline to come up with a funny story to tell in six episodes if she wants to save her dream show from being axed by the network that picked it up. I guess y’all can guess where this is going? Yes, Finley thinks that Tom is coming off too dorky and/or strong and decides to help him win back Cassie, and in the mean time, finds inspiration for her story.
As they spend more time together, they fall for each other, but does this mean they’ll get their Happily Ever After?
So, yes, a little cliche, but nonetheless interesting storyline that I absolutely adore. This is sort of a favourite trope of mine where the story begins with one of the MCs helping the other to win someone else over but then, these two end up falling for each other instead. I’ve always loved such stories, so picking this up was sort of a no brainer for me. And I’m glad I did!
This is such a cute, fun, quirky, and adorable story. You laugh out loud numerous times. Like, this story is in no way lacking in punch lines or one liners. I liked those a lot. And, I loved the banter – y, playful, flirtatious relationship Tom & Finley had that developed into more over the course of the story. Really, their back and forth and back and forth was really cute. I enjoyed that bit a lot. Even though I did feel like the puns and punch lines got a little too much after a while, because it felt like every conversation was littered with a lot of them and we could definitely have done with lesser of those.
Then, there’s the characters. Tom. Cute, sweet, adorkable nerd that he is, he has my heart. I loved how understanding and sweet he was. And then, reading about how he fell for Finley was just… It was awesome. Even though it started out as a mission to get Cassie back, he ended up falling for Finley and never did it feel like he was settling or that Finley was a rebound or second best. It just happened. He realised she was who he wanted to be with and I love that.
Then, there’s Finley. She’s smart as a whip and she’s always got a comeback for everything. I love how witty she is and her sense of humour is absolutely awesome. She’s one of the coolest female leads I’ve come across in sometime and I love her. One thing that I love most about her is how she was upfront with Tom about him and his story being her inspiration for her show. We always see in romance novels that one of the leads is struggling with their art and find inspiration in the other and translate that inspiration into their art but then everything goes to hell because the other lead thinks that all of it was a lie and a ploy to get the full story. But, that wasn’t the case here and I really, really, really love that!
The story kept me engaged from start to end with the plot and the characters and it was a really fun read! I’d definitely recommend it to fellow romance enthusiasts!
Rating – 4 stars
As I peruse the scenes, the opening notes of a song filter from the front of my townhome. What the hell? Did I leave the streaming app open on my phone? I step away from the counter and head to the front door, looking for my phone, even though I swear I had it with me in the kitchen.
The song grows louder, and it’s not coming from my cell at all. It’s coming from outside. I peer through the peephole.
I jerk back.
Rub my eyes.
What the hell?
Am I really seeing what I’m seeing? I don’t think I had that much wine. I had one sip.
Fine, fine. One large sip. One very large, very hearty sip. All right, it was a gulp.
But I can’t possibly be hallucinating, can I?
I peek again, and holy smokes.
There’s a guy on my front lawn going full Lloyd Dobler.
The hair on the back of my neck stands on end, and my paranoid brain leaps three thousand steps ahead. Did he escape from Alcatraz? Is he going to bang down my door? Attack me?
I pivot and grab the baseball bat I keep handy. As the youngest sister of two older brothers, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons: boys are trouble, pizza is good cold, and always keep a baseball bat near the door and/or bed.
With my bat in hand, I scurry to the kitchen to grab my phone, then fly upstairs to the bedroom, taking the steps two by two.
I race into the bedroom, set the bat at my feet, and keep my phone clutched in my hand, ready to call 911 if need be. I pull back the white curtain a smidge.
And I nearly die laughing.
The song has stopped, and the Dobler wannabe is now kneeling on the ground, furiously hitting buttons on the boom box.
I peer around the curtain’s edge, and it’s like watching a sideshow act auditioning for my circus.
He hoists the boom box up above him again. A new tune plays. I cock my head, listening, and I cringe when I recognize the tune.
For real? Is he truly playing “Unzipped”? I could never stand that song when it was popular eight years ago. The music sounds like a can opener mating with a trombone. I wish he were playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” like Dobler did in the film.
But as I study the bizarre suburban male mating ritual, I decide to award him points for sheer balls. He also deserves bonus points because he chose to go without the super cheesy trench coat that Dobler wore. It worked for Cusack, but on anyone else that attire screams serial killer.
This guy seems harmless.
And admittedly, from my vantage point two stories above, he’s kind of handsome with the glasses, the thick, floppy hair, and the jeans that fit nicely. Strong jaw too.
Fine, fine. He’s more than kind of handsome. He’s 100 percent good-looking, in that hot nerd kind of way.
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“UNZIPPED was such a fun and adorable half meet-cute-getting-to-know-you – half road-trip love story!! Run to your nearest amazon asap for your own Kyler Tom – this one is MINE!!!” ~Bianca, BJ’s Book Blog
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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, including her smoking hot and funny husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six 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 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In December she’ll release UNZIPPED, in January BIRTHDAY SUIT, and in March BEST LAID PLANS. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter
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Dylan Maxwell is a busy man. His no-nonsense approach to life and business keeps him balanced—and alone. His life is bland—devoid of any kind of sweetness or light.
An unexpected business trip close to Christmas, however, brings three people into his life he never expected.
An oversharing teenager.
A lisping little angel.
A sexy, unassuming woman unlike any he has ever met. Her bossy attitude challenges him, while her green eyes melt the frost around his heart.
They draw out something in him that he has never experienced.
Are they the Christmas miracles he needs—or will he walk away from the sweetest gift he has ever been offered?