Are you ready to have a real good time?
What do you get when you mix a smoking hot one-night stand, a swoon worthy former rock star, and a quirky single mom ready to paint the town red? Add in a morning after that surprises them both, and you get a laugh-out-loud and insanely sexy new romantic comedy from #1 NYT bestseller Lauren Blakely that you’re guaranteed to love!
✔ Campbell, a charming, clever, inked single dad and former rock star you’ll swoon for!
✔ Mackenzie, the kind of quirky, smart, loyal heroine you want to be besties with!
✔ A forbidden romance between two funny, caring single parents!
A little bit forbidden, a whole lot of dirty, and filled with everything in between, ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME is a full-length standalone romance that’s full of heat, heart, humor and sexy times sure to keep you up all night.
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That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star?
Turns out he’s my son’s new music teacher. Oops.
But I didn’t know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it.
My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything.
That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy.
Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done.
I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked.
After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day.
Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter.
All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt.
It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one.
Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?
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Y’all are never going to believe this but… I loved this book. I loved yet another funny, sweet, romantic and unbelievably steamy book by Lauren Blakely, I know, unbelievable! Ha! But really, you get what I mean. This book is amazing just like every single book by Lauren and you do not—I repeat, do not!—want to miss out on this swoon worthy story that is part rock star romance and part single parent romance with a side of hilarious.
One of the main reasons I love Lauren Blakely’s books with all my heart is because it doesn’t matter if she’s writing a lighthearted, funny and steamy story or a more serious and emotional romance story, she always makes her characters mature and human. This time was no different. Campbell and Mackenzie are mature, smart, witty and charming to the core. They are both single parents but not only that, they are also fantastic parents and their kids are just as amazing as they are which had me swooning real hard because really, who doesn’t love a power couple who is responsible, great at parenting and puts their children first?
Moving on to a not-very-child-friendly topic, I did not expect for this book to be as steamy as it is. I know what Lauren is capable of writing, she’s made me blush more times than I can count but holy guacamole, this book is on another level of steamy. I think I expected for this book to be a bit prude(ish) because of the main characters being parents and that whole shebang but wow, I was wrong. Campbell is a professional dirty talker, professional I’m telling you! And Mackenzie is right there with him on the talk-dirty-to-me department. They had me fanning pretty much the entire book so tread carefully!
ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME is not a safe for work book if you know what I mean… unless you enjoy blushing in front of the entire world then go ahead and read it whenever and wherever you please. And don’t worry about this book being all steaminess and no substance, Lauren is an expert at writing equal amounts of sexiness and seriousness to balance everything out so just worry about picking up this book as soon as you can!
4.5 / 5 flowers
I’m not checking him out.
I am solely focused on answering the next trivia question. The game emcee spouts it out for the four teams vying for the prize at The Grouchy Owl bar. The prize being bragging rights.
The hostess clears her throat, brings the mic to her mouth, and asks the question: “Which Las Vegas hotel did the bachelor party stay at—”
I’m perched forward in the chair whispering the answer to my teammate—Caesars, Caesars, Caesars—so we can write it on the answer slip before the hostess even finishes.
“—in the 2009 moving The Hangover?”
“So easy,” I say to Roxy as she smacks my palm and mouths ringer while filling in the answer.
I’m not a ringer.
I was simply fed a steady diet of Trivial Pursuit, trivia books, and endless facts about the world as a kid.
Also, I love trivia. Trivia helped me through some tough times as an adult, and by tough, I mean anxiety-ridden, sleepless, and stressful. That kind of tough.
As the hostess flips her cards to the next question, the guy on stage—the one I’m not at all checking out—adjusts the amp for his guitar. The Grouchy Owl has a little bit of everything—from darts, to pub quizzes, to pool, to live music from local bands. It’s like a Vegas hotel right here in the West Village. Big Ike doesn’t want patrons to leave, so she makes sure the entertainment options are plentiful.
And if that handsome hottie stays on the stage, I won’t want to head home for a long, long time. Except that I’ll have to. I’m Cinderella, and I turn into a pumpkin in minutes.
But for now…Hello, nice view.
As the guy turns the knob on the amp, his brown hair flops over his eyes. He flicks it off his forehead with a quick snap then runs his fingers down the strings on his guitar. Those fingers fly.
I bet they’d fly other places too.
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Three brothers. Three rock stars. Three standalones.
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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In September she’ll release ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME, a fun & sexy rock star romance.