New Release Review: STUD FINDER by Lauren Blakely
From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes the sexy and hilarious title…STUD FINDER, a new novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights!
As a broker of happily ever afters, Evie Milligan’s job is to serve as a “stud finder,” pairing wildly successful women with men who won’t fleece them and will adore them. Her next assignment ought to be an easy one -- the man she’s seeking a match for is fun, smart, rich and in demand. The trouble is, Evie is falling hard for her client. What happens when the matchmaker meets her match?
Man seeking woman: Hot, rich, smart, witty, self-made multimillionaire Internet genius seeks classy, intelligent, sexy, fun-loving woman who’s interested in settling down and sharing all the good things.
There. Best. Ad. Ever.
I will absolutely find the woman of my dreams, someone who’ll love me for me. Even if my sister thinks I need help dating, I’m confident I can pull this off, courtesy of the great worldwide web.
Let me just hit the upload button right now…
No. Just no. As a woman and a professional matchmaker, I can’t let Dylan Parker run this ad. He’s the catch of all catches. That’s why his sister has asked me to help her ridiculously good-looking, insanely rich, but socially clueless brother find a woman. As a broker of happily ever afters, I’m known as the Stud Finder since I make a great living pairing wildly successful women with men who won’t fleece them but will adore them. After all, what woman in her right mind wouldn’t fall in love with Dylan?
I mean, besides me. It totally won’t be me.
A great introduction to Lauren Blakely for any newbie, or a gratifying appetizer for fans until Hard Wood releases.
The writing was outstanding with a smooth plot, rich characters, and fast pacing. Being a novella, you’d expect a quick story that leaves you a bit incomplete. STUD FINDER was short and sweet, with everything progressing and tying up rather quickly, yet it never felt rushed or inconsistent. The characters and their relationship pulled me in and hit every spot nicely. The humor, the chemistry, the sex…it was all so utterly satisfying.
As a fan of Blakey’s, it warmed my heart to see characters from other stand-alone romantic comedies included in this story. They were woven into the story wonderfully, having their own brief, shining moments, but never taking the spotlight from the main characters, Dylan and Evie.
This couple had a beautiful slow-burn romance that flourished adorably and with such ease. Dylan is a handsome, wealthy, tech genius, but he’s a bit awkward in the social department. Wanting to find his future wife, Dylan conjures up the brilliant idea to publish a perfect ad, detailing his perfect match. The ad was a bit too good, and backfires on him. Enter Evie.
Evie is a cheeky and successful woman who excels at matching things together; including people. She makes it her mission to find him his perfect match. In an attempt to gather “research” so that she can find his soulmate, she begins to spend time with him. During that time, they grow a connection that forms so naturally without either of them really realizing it at first. They don’t consider one another for a romantic relationship. Evie’s career is to find love for others, and they’re opposites in so many ways. However, they also have a lot in common, which is why they made such a refreshing and organic couple. The sparks between them were too undeniable, and it led to incredible banter.
This novella stands alone beautifully and gives a full, well-developed story.
The trouble is, my work turns me on more than I expected, and that’s for one elemental reason—I like him. I like him so very much.
That’s why I jerk this conversation back to the purpose of these get-togethers—prepping him for his princess charming, whoever she may be. I brush one palm against the other.
“The big question is—are you ready for me to set you up on your first date? Or do you think the fall in yoga has set you back?” I wink.
“You think falling in yoga means I’m not ready to date?” I laugh. Nervously.
“Well, not entirely. But it did remind me what we talked about before we had tea. That we all have a bit of dork in us. So, I didn’t know if you wanted to walk through all the potential topics, moments, pitfalls, and so on.”
“Like a pre-date prep? Or maybe even a practice session?”
“Sure, we can practice now if you’d like,” I offer.
He doesn't answer right away. When he does, he takes his time, like he’s making an offer.
“Or maybe we can practice in a true date simulation.” Tingles race over my shoulders.
“Like a practice date?” His eyes twinkle like stars.
“I need a practice date badly. Can I take you on one? It would be so helpful to review everything. Make sure I’m ready.”
When he puts it like that…
“Yes, of course.”
I want him to put his best foot forward. I didn’t say yes because I want to date him. I wouldn’t do that, even though when he walks away, all I can think is how on earth did I wind up with a pitter-pattering heart for a man I’m handing off to another woman?