Sex and Other Shiny Objects by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke with Special Guests
Second Standalone in a Related Series
Lauren Blakely never fails me. I listened to Sex and Other Shiny Objects twice. Once in the beginning of January and again so it would be fresh as I write this review. And honestly, it was just as good, if not better, the second time. Sex and Other Shiny Objects is the second book in the Boyfriend Material series, but as always with Lauren’s books, it stands alone just fine.
I loved Peyton! She owns a lingerie store in NYC called “You Look Pretty Today”, and since it was passed down from her grandmother and she’s been around it all her life, Peyton has a kind of lingerie E.S.P.—she can figure out what set a woman will feel most beautiful in.
“Sometimes womanly strength comes from underthings. From lingerie. I want women to feel beautiful, to be their best selves, to ask for what they want in work, in love, in life. And in bed.”
Peyton had a blog about lingerie, and her friend Amy who works in publishing (from the first book, Asking for a Friend), was looking for someone to write a companion to her book Sex and Other Shiny Objects. The companion guide would be about a regular couple trying out all the stuff you read in romance novels: ripping shirts open, ripping off panties, bathtub sex and more. Peyton volunteered to write it and tie it in with her blog and store. There was just one problem: she didn’t have a partner to try it all with.
Enter her best guy-friend, Tristan. They shared one hot kiss 10 years ago, then went back to friend-zone because their timing never seemed to work out. But there is no denying the chemistry these two have. There is no way that a couple that incendiary would survive a panty ripping scene without sealing the deal, right?
My muscles tense because when she’s inches away, all my fantasies from years ago flash before my eyes. Her. Me. Tangled up together. Touching, kissing, f*cking, feeling. I bat them away. Far away.
Once again, Lauren took a common trope, very similar to ones she has done before, and made it totally unique, smart, sexy and fun.
- Low angst.
- Tons of chemistry.
- Tristan was raising his younger brother and I loved their relationship SO MUCH.
- The little easter eggs Lauren leaves for her readers.
- The crossovers from other books, but you don’t need to have read any to read this.
- Smart and sexy.
- Tons of witty banter.
- Such a cute idea for a book!
- I loved Peyton’s desire for women to feel good about themselves.
- I loved the friendship between the three women.
- There is nothing to dislike. At all.
Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke….need I say more? But if that isn’t enough for you, Julia Whelan, Joe Arden and Erin Mallon all make appearances as well. The narration in Lauren’s books are always amazing, but sometimes they are so good they take you out of the story a little noticing it. Sex and Other Shiny Objects feels so natural in it’s narration that it made the whole book feel more authentic.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 5 stars, 4.5 Heat, 5 Narration