Release Blitz & Reviews – My So Called Sex Life, Lauren Blakely

March 1, 2023 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By




MY SO-CALLED SEX LIFE by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: March 1st

Genre/Tropes: Enemies-to-Lovers/Forced Proximity/Broody Grump/Only One Bed



MY SO-CALLED SEX LIFE by #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely is NOW LIVE!


Grab this all-new sexy, dirty-talking grump of a hero, enemies-to-lovers, rom-com standalone TODAY!!



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(Narrated by Vanessa Edwin & Sebastian York)


“My So-Called Sex Life is the enemies to lovers, grumpy/sunshine story I didn’t know I needed until I met Hazel and Axel…The humor, the banter, and the evolution of their enemies to friends to lovers is heartwarming and fun to experience.” ~ FaveyList on Goodreads




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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

My So-Called Sex Life is the first book in the How to Date series by Lauren Blakely! It’s a fan-f*cking-tastic start to a new series. In Lauren fashion we have met Axel and Hazel in previous books. I love them both individually but together… wow. Explosive.
Axel and Hazel have history. They were the best of friends, they wrote together once upon a time but then one day, it was over. That was over a year ago and now they avoid each other. Except, now they can’t. Their publishing houses are sending them on a train tour across Europe with a few lucky readers. One week stuck with your nemesis on a train. What could go wrong?
They knew they had to adult to make it through without killing each other but could they go one week sharing a sleeper car without touching each other? I mean hate-sex is kinda hot, right? They do say there is fine line between love and hate and these two know it and I am here for it.
I am so in love with these Axel and Hazel. Together they are fire but that’s not all they are. They story is fun, sexy, and emotional. There is more to them and I loved their emotional connection as much as their sexual connection. They just get each other. I believe this is my first train romance and it was amazing! It makes me want to book my own trip.
Why are jerks so hot?
Seriously? Who decided that sexy jerks could be old-looking? With freshly fucked hair, and undress-me eyes, and those goddamn blak glasses that get e every time. Axel Huxley is the sexiest jerk of all.
I could get lost in this kind of attention. It’s pulsing. It’s a mix of midnight and starlight and fire.
It’s everything I’ve ever written and nothing I’ve ever experienced.
5 out of 5 stars

My So Called Sex Life is the first book in the How to Date series by Lauren Blakely. I have been looking forward to Hazel and Axel’s story for a long, long time!! It’s even better than I imagined! This is a sexy, fun enemies-to-lovers romance and I am here for it! Axel and Hazel used to work together and then one day he just left. No explanation. Nothing. Now they have to spend a week on a train in Europe and just try not to kill each other. But while sharing only one cabin and one bed, they are feeling anything but hatred for each other. Now it’s lust, attraction and could it be more? Maybe. But Axel needs to confess why he just left her. Hazel needs to let go of her past. Together they are fire and sweetness and so sexy! As in all of Lauren’s books, I love the friendships, family and supportiveness. Even their new reader friends are there for them. I don’t know how Lauren does it. Every. Time. Just when I think I can’t possibly love a couple more than the last, bam! Axel and Hazel. I swooned, laughed, got hot and bothered and just loved every minute of it.

Audio – Oh boy, Sebastian and Vanessa brought out the big guns for this one. They were so freaking fantastic and the perfect Axel and Hazel!







I’ve got a list of people I absolutely don’t ever want to be stuck with on a boat, or a plane, or a train, and it starts and ends with the broody, grumpy, too-sexy-for-my-own good Axel Huxley.

Also known as this romance novelist’s number one nemesis.

The man is legendary for his mighty pen and his even mightier scowl. I tried to work together with the cocky thriller writer once upon a time, but the two of us are like vodka and good decisions. We don’t play well together.

Only now, our publishers are sending us on a joint trip across Europe to mingle with our most devoted readers on an old-fashioned luxury train. And thanks to a booking snafu, we have to share a sleeper car.

You guessed it–there’s only one bed.

I’m not sure I can survive the next seven days and nights with my dangerously sexy enemy and all our fiery tension.

Which explodes one night in a desperately needed hate bang.

But the bigger plot twist is this – the more time we spend together, visiting the most romantic cities in Europe by day and discovering each other at night, the more I’m forced to face our past.

To let go of the hurt.

To see the man he’s become.

And when I do, I wonder if it’s too late to write a new happy ending for us?

My So-Called Sex Life is a standalone MF romantic comedy!






About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible

Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s

sexy, sweet, and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.


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, with

more than 65 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.



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New Release, Review & Excerpt – The New Guy, Sarina Bowen

March 1, 2023 | Posted in Excerpt, Release Day Blitz, Review | By


A new male / male hockey romance from 24-time USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen!

My name is Hudson Newgate, but my teammates call me New Guy.

That was my nickname in Chicago, too. And Vancouver. That’s what happens when you keep getting traded. Brooklyn is my last chance, especially after my poor performance last season.

But I can make this work. The new guy knows to keep his head down and shoot the puck. The new guy puts the game first.

What he doesn’t do is hook up with the other new guy—a hot athletic trainer who lives in my building. Gavin needs this job with my team. He’s a single dad with responsibilities.

We can’t be a couple. My arrogant agent–who’s also my father–will lose his mind if I’m dating a dude. And my team needs me to score goals, not whip up a media circus.

Too bad Gavin and I are terrible at resisting each other…


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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The New Guy is the first book in the NEW series, Hockey Guys, by the fabulous Sarina Bowen. Did you hear that? A NEW m/m series. Holy hell, I’m so excited! It’s a spin-off of the Brooklyn series so we get to see some of our favorites and meet new ones! There are two new guys in Brooklyn. Hudson Newgate is a new player who’s been traded four times in the last five years so he knows how to be the new guy. Gavin is the new athletic trainer. There is an instant attraction between them, but Hudson isn’t out and Gavin can’t afford to lose his job, he has a daughter to take care of. Not only are they both new, they’re neighbors! They try to stay away from each other, they really do, but their chemistry is just too strong. Oh man, when they give in, it’s fire! Gavin is such a good dad and Jordyn is freaking hilarious! He’s patient with Hudson who’s struggling to decide to come out. They are supportive of each other, they have fun together and they are sexy as hell! I loved everything about this book. The push and pull, the weeks of foreplay, the banter, the sexiness and the laughs. I just couldn’t love Hudson and Gavin more if I tried! Sarina is one of my favorite authors and her m/m romances are top-notch. Him was the first m/m I listened to in audio and I never looked back.

Audio: Teddy Hamilton and J.F. Harding were freaking fantastic! They are the perfect Gavin and Hudson.



When I win the ping pong game, he laughs. “Didn’t take you too long to finish me off.”

I shrug, like it’s no big thing. But my heart is thumping and my face is flushed. And I realize that I don’t want the night to end. It’s the first time I’ve felt this way in a long time. 

“You’re a shark. I owe you five bucks.” He reaches for his wallet.

I hold up a hand. “Sorry, I don’t take cash. You’ll have to work it off in trade.” Yup, that ridiculous line just came out of my mouth. And I don’t regret it. 

His hand stills on his back pocket. “Yeah?”

“Oh yeah.” My words are full of bravado. But this is a big moment for me. I haven’t been with a guy since Eddie died.

Across the table, Hudson might be having his own internal battles. His handsome face is thoughtful. Maybe even troubled. He sets down his paddle and actually glances over his shoulder to make sure there’s nobody nearby. There isn’t, though. We’re the only ones in the ping-pong room. His gaze snaps back to mine. “I don’t do this.”

“Oh.” That could mean so many things. “You mean pickups? Or guys?”

“Well, both.”

“You’re not married,” I whisper. “Right?”

He actually laughs. “Nope. No way.” He turns his chin toward the front of the bar, and I am suddenly worried that I’ve killed the mood. But instead of begging off, he says, “My place is only a couple blocks from here. But I have to settle up with Pete. You want to meet me outside?”

Ah. Now I get it. He doesn’t want us to walk out together, and he doesn’t know how to say so. 

“Sure,” I say with forced casualness. “I’ll be outside. Don’t take too long.” I grab my jacket off the hook on the wall and stride past him, through the bar and out the door.