I absolutely LOVED Leo and Lulu’s story! I was hooked right from the start and I didn't want to put it down. This second chance-ish friends to lovers slow burn rom com was everything I love about Lauren Blakely's books and more. It was sweet and sexy, but also poignant and heartfelt. I loved the overall message of grabbing life by the horns and not waiting on your dreams. Nothing in life is guaranteed and this theme was so beautifully woven into the story.
You will be hardpressed to find a hero and heroine more wonderful than Leo and Lulu. They are smart, loyal, strong, honest, and so beautifully human. I loved them individually and together and couldn't wait to unravel all the history between them. The book is told in dual POV, but also past and present as it cycles through moments in their 10 year friendship. Leo's longing was practically tangible and my heart broke for him as he buried his own feelings and happiness for that of his best friend. When a second chance presents itself, Lulu and Leo's mutual pain and concerns haunt them like a ghost, as they try to navigate their new relationship and growing feelings. I loved how each reconciled their emotions and sense of obligation to the past. The issues they face felt heartbreakingly realistic and honest. Throw in the sweetest moments with riddles, postcards, and kisses, and I was 100% sold. *swoon*
I'm pretty sure this is my new favorite Lauren Blakely title and I'm positive that fans will be swooning for Leo and Lulu just as much as I am! Don't miss this one!
I'm also really excited for the audiobook release of Birthday Suit and will update my review after listening.
Birthday Suit was one of those books that pulls you in and keeps you there. This book is everything I love......ROMANCE and CHOCOLATE all rolled together into an unforgettable friends to lovers romance. Leo is all that is good in a man. He is successful, loyal, determined, sexy, passionate and loving. Lulu is the female version of Leo. These two along with Lulu’s ex-husband, Tripp, have been the best of friends for years. Tragic circumstances caused them to drift apart, but their love of chocolate literally had them falling back into friendship and so much more. Birthday Suit is a must read!! I’m so in love with this book!
*** I received an advanced copy and chose to review it ***
** 100% spoiler-free review **
* 5 perfect stars *
Lauren Blakely starts 2019 off on the right foot with an adorably funny, sexy and swoon-tastic story full of slow-burn goodness and lots of heart. This best friends-to-lovers/second chance romance will put a smile on your face and make your heart skip a beat. Infused with charming riddles throughout, Blakely takes this rom-com to the next level with characters that truly click.
Leo Hennessy is all sorts of delicious perfection. Successful, handsome and driven to succeed, he has always harbored feelings for his best friend Lulu Diamond but sat on the sideline for years as his best friend married her. I loved how loyal he was to those he loved. He'd do anything for his friends, including sacrificing his own happiness. Having not seen Lulu in a while, she shows up in dramatic fashion and the two begin their slow-burn romance that builds with just the right intensity and speed. Lulu was such a fun and adorable character. Independent, strong, sweet and funny, her love for riddles was charming and I loved how that connected her to Leo. Together, these two friends have a bond that is unbreakable. As they fell for one another, I swooned something fierce! Blakely always knows the way to my heart and she hit a bullseye once again.
Birthday Suit will draw you in, make your heart do a little flip and give you the perfect happily ever after ending complete with serious swoon down to the very last words of the epilogue. If anyone deserved the quintessential ending, it was Leo and Lulu. Blakely nailed this one in spades. 5 stars
Forget regret or life is yours to miss"-RENT
This book was my first read of 2019 and I know this is one that I will come back to over and over again. As soon as I started the prologue I knew I was in for something special (a theme emerged that lines up with a theme from my all time favorite musical) and WOW, did this book deliver. Birthday Suit is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, fun and the romance? Well that's on a whole other level.
Friends to lovers is one of my all time favorite tropes. I love it because the characters already know each other and watching them discover each other in a new light just fascinates me every time. This is definitely a friends to lovers book but with a twist and I enjoyed the hell out of navigating that twist.
Lulu is the kind of woman I would just instantly hug upon meeting. She's warm and sweet and I just understood her right away. Her personality is just magnetic and she lit up the pages. I could feel her smile and genuineness. I applauded her strength and loved, loved, loved her sense of self.
Leo? I'm claiming Leo. Talk about a fantastic book boyfriend! Smart, kind, sweet, funny and sexy as hell. I said I liked Lulu, right? I'd fight her for Leo. He tries to live his life without regret but is still haunted by things in the past that he can't change. He has a different journey to work through in this book and I loved how the Author handled it.
The way these two cross paths is unique and fun as hell to read. I loved seeing them reconnect and wow, could these two ever flirt. They had me on the edge of my seat as I waited for that first kiss (not going to lie, I LOVE the first kiss between characters) and this one was epic and perfect. These two together had me grinning. I loved watching them develop outside the bedroom, though there time there was pretty scorching, too!
I adored the secondary characters and can't wait to see more of them. I felt like I was part of this group. That being said, nobody overpowered or overshadowed Lulu and Leo. They enhanced them.
The plot of this book was so unique and fresh. It had a palpable energy to it and I was just sucked in from the start. The writing here was superb. I'm not kidding when I say I felt like I was there in New York with these characters.
I was fortunate enough to get to read and listen to this book early. If you think you aren't an audio fan I urge you to try this book! If you're an audio fan already? OMG strap in and get ready for the best audio book I've ever heard. The performances here were completely flawless and hearing all of these voices just breathed even more life into these already amazing characters. As a listener I even found some new voices I need to go binge listen to now. This performance was theatre to me and it just elevated the book even more.
This book is about more than love. It's a story of hope, some heartache and the bonds of friendship. It's learning to live in the present happily without what-if's hanging over you. It's sweet, spicy, fun and authentic. This book is more than a 5 star book in my opinion, it's on my list of all time favorites. I absolutely highly recommend this book in print and in audio.