Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Jesse Metcalfe and Grace Grant
Standalone novella, related to all the books in the Big Rock Series.
Read a little out of order (a rarity for me), Stud Finder: 1001 Dark Nights is everything I love about a Lauren Blakely romcom in a smaller package. It doesn’t matter how long a book is, Lauren has a gift of telling a complete story with a mature couple where the man respects a woman’s brains as much as her beauty.
Dylan Parker is a total computer nerd. He thinks everything can be done online, including meeting the woman of his dreams…that is until the crazy responses to his ad got out of control. Evie is Dylan’s sister’s best friend. She is a professional matchmaker, though she usually works with women, but takes on the job as a favor. Evie takes her job very seriously, and the last thing she wants to do is break the cardinal rule of matchmaking: DON’T FALL FOR THE CLIENT. But alas, she can’t help it.
Somehow, some way, this handsome pain-in-the-butt man has worked his way into my heart.
Sigh…this was so sexy and swoony.
“I want you to match me with you.”
And Dylan was nerdy but still sexy and alpha.
The following kind of quote is exactly why I love Lauren’s men. The only thing is, reading this quote now, I hear it in Sebastian York’s voice in my head. But for this installment they brought in Jesse Metcalfe from Desperate Housewives to narrate. He did a decent job, but he was no SebYo.
“But to me, she’s sexy and sensual. Because I’m turned on by her mind, by her mouth, by her outlook. The combination is what makes a woman sexy. “
I usually do likes and dislikes here, but it was so short I loved it all, and really had no dislikes.
The narration was good, but not my favorite. It didn’t enhance or detract from the story.
The Down & Dirty:
If you have never read Lauren Blakely, Stud Finder is a great, quick way to introduce you to her writing. While this was a short novella (and the audiobook is part of the romance unlimited program or a $1.99 upgrade), I never felt like it was too short to connect or like it was missing anything. It was a perfect bite of Lauren’s goodness: a sexy, smart, sweet, funny, feel-good romance.
Rating: 4.5 Stars, 4 Heat, 4 narration
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While they each easily stand alone, I like reading in order since each couple turns up in the next books. Also, I am putting The Sexy One and The Hot One in there where it belongs chronologically because they are all part of the same group of friends in New York City, but The Sexy One, The Hot One and The Knocked Up Plan are dual POV while the rest are male POV.
To see all the couples and how they are all related, see the Series Guide Here.
My review for The Knocked Up Plan