Lisa's review Jan 25, 2019 · edit
it was amazing
Birthday Suit is a friends to lovers romance told in DPOV by Lulu and Leo.
"No matter what, don't fall in love with your best friend's girl."
Lulu, Leo and Tripp had a great friendship, they used the analogy that they were like a 3-legged stool. Leo fell in love with Lulu the moment he met her, but didn't make a move on her because his friend Tripp made the move first. Leo was even the best man at their wedding and he couldn't help but think that should be him standing up there waiting to marry Lulu.
Fast forward, Lulu divorces Tripp, and addiction gets the best of him and he passes away. Lulu and Leo are reunited and end up working together. His brother Dean knows the back history and tells him "Tell me again, the part where you had the brilliant idea to partner with the woman you've been in love with for a decade." Dean is the only one Leo has admitted his feelings about Lulu too. The connection and chemistry between them heats up and Leo finally admits his feelings, however he's still having problems getting past the fact that she was his best friends girl first.
Eventually after some soul searching they end up with their HEA.
I didn’t know how to feel when I started reading this book. As the underlying alcoholism is felt throughout, I’m glad it wasn’t the main concern for Leo and Lulu anymore. That they were able to not let the effects of it run their lives and they found each other again. I don’t know how Lauren Blakely does it, but keep it up girl! You have nothing but gold in your words!!😘
I loved this book and was hooked from page one. It’s a fun and sweet romance. How long had Leo loved Lulu? Will he ever let her know? I really loved his birthday scene, and how hot they were together. What happens when she makes an ultimatum? No worries, we get a very happy ever after. I highly recommend this book.
Fabulous! Romantic, clever, heartfelt!
I loved Leo and Lulu’s story. It really had a lot of different emotional elements in it. I really liked how the past was revealed slowly through conversations and thoughts until we knew what happened with Tripp. Another winner for Lauren Blakely.
I love her rom-coms; I laughed out loud almost immediately! Leo & Lulu are a second chance romance but not quite, with a little friends-to-lovers thrown in. In college, he fell in love with her while she was falling in love with his best friend, but she never knew that part. They were always just friends. That’s in the past when they meet again at the beginning of the book, & we do find out why the best friend is not in the picture now which is a more serious subject matter. I love that Leo & Lulu were a slow burn; they got to know who each other are now, not who they were in the past. But when they do get together it is fireworks! Leo is smart, funny and swoony. Lulu is smart, funny & unique. I loved both these characters & was rooting for their happy ending. When they did get that happy ending, I smiled & teared up! If you love a quick, fun, swoony, angst-free read like I do, then read this book!
I am halfway through this book and can’t continue now. I have read all of your books and am so disappointed. Too long and boring! So sorry!
This is such a deliciously fun RomCom!! (sorry blame all the chocolate) I was so completely entranced by Leo and Lulu throughout this book. Their interactions that include fun banter and riddles were adorable and made this such an entertaining story to read. Although they've known each other for many years, they were only ever friends because she was with their other friend Tripp. However, Leo has been in love with her forever. They have a wonderful ease about them and serious chemistry but will Lulu ever see him the way he sees her? Will he ever let her know how he feels? I was team Leo from moment one! He is smart, sexy, funny and extremely swoon-worthy. Lulu is also smart and sexy and has always enjoyed being around Leo, but has never really done it alone until now and never thought of him as more than a friend. Until now. That ending is amazing!!!This is a fun one for sure! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
Oh my heart! Leo! I just love him. He’s sweet, he’s sexy and so swoonworhty!!!
I love how when I dive into one of Lauren’s books, I get all the feels!! This story is kind of like an old flame reignited, but still a new love story.
It was unrequited love, turned into epic love. It was years of wanting and wishing, turned into reality and passion and made into something brand new.
I loved getting to know these characters. Their heart, their passion, their past. The struggles they went through, how they rose above the ashes to build something they wanted. These characters have depth and multi layers. I loved seeing all the layers peeled back one by one as their story unfolded. The heartache they endured, the trials they had to overcome, but it made them strong and made them persevere and shape into the people they became.
And what’s better? Lulu is a Chocolatier! What’s goes best with romance?? Chocolate!! Some of her concoctions sounds super delicious, makes me wish I could reach into my kindle and grab some! Lol.
Want a taste? Dive in, you won’t regret it. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Leo and Lulu just as much as I did!
I absolutely loved this book and the entire cast of characters that surround Leo and Lulu and their love of chocolate that continually made my mouth water and I’m not only talking about the chocolate. Leo is all kinds of sexy with his playful personality and the gorgeous suits he wears but it was his hidden longing for Lulu that totally captured my heart. And how could I resist Lulu’s zany personality and her colorful curves not to mention her courage to heal from her past; a past that includes Leo and his best friend Tripp. Even Tripp managed to break my heart and that’s the beauty of a Blakely romance. All my senses come alive, I get lost in her characters and though hearts might get bruised there’s always a happy ending to bring me back for more. I read an early copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
This is Birthday Suit written by Lauren Blakely. This is a fun book. Lulu and Leo are on a scavenger hunt that starts with poetic clues of places in New York City. They share a painful past....can they find a happily ever after? How about a just-for-right-now? Or even a got-a-minute?? Join Leo, LuLu and the gang as they search for all the right answers!
Leo and Lulu have a complicated past, Lulu having married Leo’s best friend who is no longer in the picture. They reunite while working together and now is the chance for a new relationship. Lulu is dynamic, colorful and independent. Leo is a helluva nice guy. This is a delicious rom-com, with lots of yummy chocolate. Blakely’s style is quick witted repartee between her likeable and well developed characters. A thoroughly enjoyable read!