Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York
Standalone Contemporary Romance
Lauren Blakely never lets me down with her audiobooks and Come As You Are is no exception. I don’t know how she churns out one amazing book after another, but I hope she never stops. But please, Lauren, slow down a little. I can’t keep up!
I listened to Come As You Are a while back and I am just catching up on reviews, so I will make this brief. I loved Sabrina! A journalist looking for work, she supported her brother and made her own clothes from finds at Goodwill.
Flynn is a rich tech genius. People approach him to pitch app ideas or offer marriage all the time, and he doesn’t know who really wants him for what. Until he met Sabrina, the masked girl at a costume party.
“I think you like not knowing who I am.”
I shake my head, as the confident, masked me answers, “You’re wrong.”
He wrenches back. “Why am I wrong?”
I loop my hands around his neck, jerking him closer. “I love not knowing.”
Their connection was instant, but neither knew who the other was. When she turned out to be the reporter assigned to do a feature on Flynn, they decide to keep it professional. Yeah, right.
“This is what it’s like to want someone with every fiber of your being. This desire for her, I feel it everywhere—inside me, along my skin, in my heart, in every goddamn cell in my body. It’s like a force of its own, obliterating everything else.”
Low angst, witty banter, intelligent dialogue make this another Lauren Blakely winner. It didn’t stand out to me as anything really unique or different, but it fit the bill for a nice, light, fun, sweet and sexy vacation read.
“It’s better because we’re Angel and Duke, city explorers, wordsmith and mathematician, poetry reciter and poetry receiver, and most of all, we are us.”
- The New York setting
- The non-dates all around the city.
- The smart, techy dialogue.
- Literary jokes!
- He is such a dirty talker.
- Yum, this nerd has studied up on what to do in bed!
- Nothing stood out as different or memorable.
- It was kind of like we just scratched the surface of the characters. Because it’s dual POV, you get to know each character a little less than in the male POV books.
The power team of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York can do no wrong. There was a little duet in appropriate moments and I liked the way it was used. However, I do think that Andi and Sebyo are one of the reasons that it felt like it wasn’t different, they do most of her books, and they can run together a bit.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.5 Stars, 4.5 Heat, 5 Narration