{Blog Tour} Review + Playlist + Giveaway: Far Too Tempting by Lauren Blakely

Monday, October 21, 2013

I'm posting for FAR TOO TEMPTING's blog tour! Which releases today! Happy release day to FAR TOO TEMPTING! Aside from my review, I have my own break-up playlist to share! So check that out and the giveaway below!

Far Too Tempting
Title: Far Too Tempting
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Entangled Edge
Date of Publication: October 21, 2013

Jane Black has written the breakup album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn't done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits.

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?

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Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you very much to Lauren for the eARC! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

Because this book would be the first of Lauren's that I will review, I can't just go say "DUH. Of course it's amazing. Of course I loved it. It's by Lauren Blakely!" because you still don't know how her writing is the B-O-M-B. So let me discuss what I believe are the three main aspects of a novel and you can see why I'm a fan for life.

Characters. Lauren writes very realistic characters. They're not perfect, they can be selfish at times, they can be stupid at times, they have their hang-ups but they don't claim to be broken. I love that. With new adult and adult contemporary romances saturated with these self-proclaimed broken and cynical characters (I can tell for myself if a character's broken, no need to say it so), it is so refreshing when you read a novel that doesn't rely on brokenness for drama and angst. Lauren's characters feel like one of your friends. Sure, I don't know a Grammy-winning rockstar like Jane Black but Lauren's portrayal of this person, this entity, is 100% believable. I can hear her cuss, I can see her cry and eat Chinese takeout, I can imagine her reading books to her son, I can empathize with her and I unequivocally root for her. I don't feel detached to the characters while reading. I feel like I'm one of their friends who get to see all the action, who get to share their emotions. Characters who make me care about them are the best. <3

Of course, there's this bit too with a sexy, smart, witty and funny English music journalist named Matthew Harrigan who uses words like "lovely", "fancy" and all panty-dropping English words with the accent. That's always a plus. A HUGE plus.

And who says "I'm phenomenally attracted to you". And says "The more I know you, the more I want to get to know you". Who also says "Always. Because that's how long I'll want you, and that's how long I'll love you". Good lord, have mercy on me and give me my own Matthew!

Then there are all the side characters who added so much flavor and fun in this novel. (Seriously thinking of naming my future son Ethan so he can be as adorable as Jane's son!)

Plot. Ahoy, mate! Welcome to Lauren's dimensional plots. Another bit I love about Lauren's novels is that she dresses up romance basics and changes things up that you get something new/not common. It's refreshing and satisfying at the same time because you're not reading a rehash of every other romance novel out there but you still come off sated and happy with a grin on your face and a fluttery heart. I know I love musicians in my novels but I think there are definitely not enough FEMALE musicians in books. Leave it to Lauren to do just that!

Moreover, Lauren's novels touches that little bit of a feminist (more like an equal rights/opportunity advocate) in me. In Trophy Husband, it was the heroine's boyfriend marrying a trophy wife and her quest to get a trophy husband. In Pretending He's Mine, a girl takes charge to get what she wants in her career and hires a pretend-boyfriend who ends up as her real boyfriend. In here, Jane Black wrote Crushed, THE break-up album, when her husband left her in an epic fashion. (Not saying because it's not in the blurb!) We then get to read how Jane coped with it and eventually, move on from it and love again. We also get to read how she wrote her music as that definitely comprises a chunk of the plot. (I totally love how the music process was tackled and that the rockstar/music scene wasn't just used as a setting. It's definitely part of the plot.) Additionally, Lauren doesn't focus on the romance alone. She puts in conflicts for the characters so they'll grow and have a life outside the love interest. The girls in Lauren's novels aren't damsels in distress waiting for their hot princes to come love them. They're careerwomen and successful ones at that. I can't express how much I adore (an English word!) Lauren and her novels because of this.

Writing. Seriously, just go read it. Lauren Blakely's writing is beautiful. They're lyrical and totally quotable. She sets the mood and atmosphere SO GREATLY that even though I haven't experienced snow, I was able to completely imagine the scenes with snow. THAT is how good she is. I've read my bunch of contemporary romances (YA, NA and adult) and some definitely don't invest much in the writing, focusing more on the actions and the romance. But with Lauren, you get everything. A fantastic plot, wonderful characters and writing you'd write home about.

FAR TOO TEMPTING, like a seducing songstress, will lure you into its story and charm you into unproductivity as you are rendered unable to stop. You will be tempted to finish this in one sitting and you definitely should! I did and I definitely didn't mind not sleeping AT ALL and going straight to work. If FAR TOO TEMPTING had a body, I'd say it would be as eminently lickable as Matthew Harrigan. Ha!

Playlist (by moi)

If you don't know, FAR TOO TEMPTING's original title was THE BREAK-UP ALBUM. Totally makes sense since our heroine, Jane Black, wrote THE break-up album. In the spirit of my love to share music, I made my own break-up playlist! The songs are divided into the stages of a break-up. Honestly, there's no flow in my playlist tonally as I focused more on the lyrics. Moreover, I included bits of the lyrics and hopefully, it will explain why. But enough of this chitchat. Let's get to the good stuff!

Stage 1: Denial/Hope that you can get him/her back


I'm gonna get you back anyway I can, anyway anyway I can
I'm gonna get you back anyway I can, anyway anyway I can
Kiss my face, it's so good, can I kiss you back?
But you said no
Give me some, feels so bad when you take it back, take it back


Girl, you really got me bad
You really got me bad
I'm gonna get you back
I'm gonna get you back

Stage 2: Begging (still cute)


Why can't we just hit reset?
Rewind this lock-up cassette,
And take it back to the start, yeah,
Before my stupid mistakes,
Tripped us up, got in the way,
And broke the both of our hearts, yeah,

'Cause the world doesn't need another break-up song,
The world doesn't need another break-up song,
Another sad story 'bout a love gone wrong,
The world doesn't need another break-up, break-up song

Stage 3: Begging with anger


What the fuck do I do?
Can’t we just cut the shit find harmony for two
You and me live happily, I don’t know
Anything anymore

Stage 4: RRR: Resignation, Regret, Reminisce


Does he watch your favorite movies?
Does he hold you when you cry?
Does he let you tell him all your favorite parts when you've seen it a million times?
Does he sing to all your music while you dance to "Purple Rain"?
Does he do all these things, like I used to?


My pride, my ego, my needs, and my selfish ways
Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life
Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made, ohh…
And it haunts me every time I close my eyes

Stage 5: Emo

(In the spirit of sharing not-so-famous artists! Best cover EVER!)

What am I supposed to do when the best part of me was always you?
And what am I supposed to say when I'm all choked up and you're OK?
I'm falling to pieces, yeah,
I'm falling to pieces

Stage 6: Trying to move on by failing


I'm feeling like I've been buried alive
but I tell myself I'm over you
On weekends, I feel you
It's like I'm breathing
and you're next to me
And even, If I tell you
You wouldn't listen

Stage 7: Moving on


I've been lost, I’ve been out, I've been losing
I've been tired, I'm all hurt and confusion
I've been mad, I'm the kind of man that I'm not
I'm going down, I'll be coming back fighting
I may be scared and a little bit frightened
But I'll be back, I'll be coming back to life
I'll be coming back to life

And I'm a little bit lost without you
And I'm a bloody big mess inside
And I'm a little bit lost without you
This aint a love song this is goodbye (oooooh)
This aint a love song this is goodbye (ooooh)

Stage 8: Moving on and meeting someone new

(The whole song is actually about moving on and meeting someone new. Listen to this song. It's one of my favorites ever. So sad at the start and then so uplifting. Even if you got your heart broken, remember that you're strong enough to lift a car ALL BY YOURSELF. You can do anything all by yourself. You'll meet someone soon. :D)

I won't lose it, I won't lose it, I won't lose it
I won't lose it, I won't lose it

Hold it steady, hold it steady, hold it steady,
Hold it steady, hold it steady

All by myself
I can lift a car
All by myself
I can lift a car

I can lift a car up all by myself

So that's it folks! Breaking up in eight stages with ten songs to listen to. Happy listening! Don't forget to grab FAR TOO TEMPTING! (Is it obvious that Walk the Moon is my favorite band? Haha! Go check them out as well!)

About Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.


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2 comments:

  1. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. It IS an amazing read, Natasha! Anything by Lauren Blakely is a must-read. Thanks for dropping by!

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