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Clever dialog is enjoyable if it’s mixed in with ordinary narration. It seems like the author/protagonist is trying too hard to be witty in every phrase. It’s actually tiring and rings fake. The other frustration I have is that the female and male protagonist “sound” too much alike. Without speech tags in the dialog, either character could be saying the lines. I get that they are fated to be together, but it’s not interesting if they are clones of each other. I stopped reading at 46%. I just dislike the crass, shallow, insecure protagonist who may love words but struggles with being genuine and empathetic. She enjoys one night stands, posing as her friend to snag a boyfriend, schmoozing to score points instead of to care about people, and lives for gossip. These are not qualities I respect. The male protagonist just left an affair with a married co-worker—also a turn-off. I just don’t care for either character. Also, I’m nearly half-way through the book, and the leading characters still haven’t connected in any meaningful way. The female protagonist is just now getting around to creating the personal ad for her friend, which is mentioned in the blurb. This should have happened in or near the first chapter.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
This is the story of two coworkers that want to focus on their careers and don’t want office entanglements, but can’t deny the attraction that sprouts as soon as they meet. Of course, fate will work its way and the romance will flourish despite their best attempts to stay away from each other. There was so much to love about this book and don’t even know where to start. Linc and Amy are both book lovers, smart and sarcastic and it all shows in the great banter they have since the very beginning. I really liked the characters, the storyline, the use of words and word play and every little morsel of this book. Linc and Amy make a great couple, but I have to admit I feel she is one of the best characters Ms. Blakely has penned to date. Her personality, the way she tackles her weakness head on and how she goes after what she wants really make her the best one yet IMHO. The story is fun and flirty, fast paced and just another sunshiny, feel-good romance hit for the author.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
Lauren Blakely takes the love of books to a Fantastic Level. A Clark Kent lookalike & a Betty Boop Lover find each other and the banter is such fun to watch it all play out. Amy Summers is a Junior Editor, she is also a fantastic friend and even a better sister but what she needs to find is the confidence in herself to become even better at her job. Linc Silvers is New to the city, looking for a fresh start at a new job but who would of thought that on the very first day he would immediately find a woman like Amy Summers and he would never look back. The incredible banter between the two of them is off the charts, He’s fun and She’s Sassy but when the two of them realize the attraction is mutual there is an explosion of chemistry that falls off the pages of this fun loving couple you can’t help fall once again for another Blakely Couple.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat an incredibly sexy and funny story.
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020
Loved Asking for a Friend by Lauren Blakely. It's an incredible story about Amy who is a junior editor at a book publishing company in New York and the gorgeous new guy who looks like Clark Kent and his name is Linc.
Amy's first love was her thesaurus and she seriously uses it daily. She is an avid reader of all types of books which is why she went to school to work in the publishing industry.
Amy feels she is too busy in her working world to have any type of relationship so when she meets Linc she is thrown for a loop because they get along wonderfully. Linc is just getting off of a bad situation and doesn't think he's ready yet either, so they both ignore the magnetic pull.
Amy wants to help out her friend so she signs her up on a website called boyfriend material, and begins to put together a web page for her. Once things get started she starts weeding out the good guys from the bad and she comes across one that she's really interested in and then she begins to have contact with this person. He goes by the name the character in the show that she likes named Dax. She continues with this relationship online with this Dax character until he says he would like to meet her but in the meantime she has feelings for Linc at work and she doesn't know which way to go. All along she has posted she was just asking for a friend so she feels she is cheating somehow with her feelings for Linc.
I don't want to ruin it for you so I just say these two will make you laugh out loud and feel good about jumping in with both feet. Thank you Lauren Blakely for another riveting story.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
Asking For a Friend was the fantastic start to the new Boyfriend Material series that utterly captivated me.
The chemistry between Linc and Amy was instant and undeniable. I loved their witty banter, flirty exchanges and all together delightful slowburn. Every time these two were together I found myself grinning like crazy and hoping they'd figure out what was truly going on.
Linc Silvers was everything I dream of in a book boyfriend and I truly want to know where I can find my own Linc? Amy was a true gem and I loved her quirky book references and zest for life.
With characters you'll love from the start and a truly entertaining storyline Asking For a Friend was a delightful, feel good read that left me eagerly anticipating the next book in this series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2020
Lauren Blakely has done it again, a brilliant relationship app love story with loveable, nerdy, book loving work friends-to real friends-to lovers. She always has a way of bringing the characters to life and getting you to make a connection with them.
I felt a real connection to the characters in this book because I am also an omnivore of books, her books in particular. I'm in my early thirties and I've been reading her books for a number of years now and I hope to keep reading them until I go blind with old age, then I'll listen to her audio books.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2020
Linc starts his new publishing job at the form where Amy works and they have a powerful attraction from first sight. If ever two people were destined to be together it's these two. Can't wait for the next installment.
Really enjoyed reading this book. I loved their chemistry, it was perfect from the start. They made a great couple. The characters were adorable. Loved everything about this book. Can't wait for the next book in the series.