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Title: Once Upon a Real Good Time
Series: Heartbreakers #1
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 10 Sept 2018
Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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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Once Upon a Real Good Time certainly lives up to its fairytale inspired title. Full of swoon but also with the important message that when life throws you a curveball it can lead to wonderful if unexpected things.

Campbell and MacKenzie are both single parents whose whole world revolves around their children. Although as their children are growing into young adults they now have the freedom to indulge in their own pursuits. For MacKenzie, this involves trivia nights at the local watering hole, while former teen pop/rock-sensation Campbell, is able to satisfy his musical passion by playing at a local bar. The bar in question just happens to be the same one both MacKenzie and Campbell frequent. Sparks fly from their first glance 🔥 When the opportunity to scratch that itch occurs, neither Campbell nor MacKenzie hesitate. What they don’t expect is the ease at which they click together and not just physically.

Although they are perfectly matched neither of the wonderful duo were expecting more than one-night but are unable to deny their desire to explore their potential. Unfortunately, they are thrown adrift when Campbell is hired as the new music teacher for MacKenzie’s son. Rather than risk any awkwardness and potential fallout if things didn’t work between them they both agree not to date for the sake of their children.

However, the more time they spend together the harder it is to deny the connection they have and the deeper feelings that are developing. I loved everything about both MacKenzie and Campbell, their positivity in making the most of their respective situations and the fantastic relationship they have with their children. their parenting style was amazing and the uniqueness of their family situations complimented their overall appeal.

Their respective children are also pretty amazing, a musical prodigy for a son for MacKenzie, and a Vlogging cooking sensation of a daughter for Campbell, Both children are also surprisingly intuitive for teen and want happiness for their parents 😍

We are introduced to the other members of Campbells siblings who made up the former teen-band The Heartbreakers within Once Upon a Real Good Time, although there are snippets of their backstories I am really excited to get to know each of them better and witness them falling hard. Hopefully, this will include watching the progression of MacKenzie and Campbell’s relationship 💝💞