Received from Candi Kane PR

Title: Sex and Other Shiny Objects
Series: Boyfriend Material #2
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 13 Jan 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

The second the test-the-sexy-scenes offer landed in my lap, I said yes.

After all, I’ve been damn curious about a few things I’ve read in romance novels. Do buttons truly go flying across the floor when you rip off a guy’s shirt? Is staircase sex hella hot or does it leave you with a big old bruise mark on your back? And don’t even get me started on all that panty shredding, and whether it even works.

Time to find out as I embark on Project Sexy Scenes Research, at the request of my hotshot book editor bestie.

All I need is a willing scene partner. Enter Tristan, my best guy friend. The witty, tell-it-like-it-is, bearded hottie volunteers for the experiment.

He’s also the guy who gave me the most devastating, toe-curling kiss of my life ten years ago. But nothing has happened since then.

And nothing will come between my panties and our friendship now since we have a plan to keep it PG.

But once the buttons start flying, all bets are off…

S-E-X AND OTHER SHINY OBJECTS is a standalone romance in the BOYFRIEND MATERIAL series. The other titles are ASKING FOR A FRIEND and ONE NIGHT STAND-IN.


OHHH MY GOSH how perfect is Tristan, seriously the man is a walking swoon show.

Tristan and Peyton have been friends since college, and only friends even though they did share a toe-curling kiss the universe had other plans for them at the time. Sadly, ten years pass without them (cough..Tristan) gaining the courage to confess their true feelings. Thus convincing each other friendship was the only deal on the table; can anyone say catch-22!

Life happened in the ten years of friendship including other relationships, careers and family all of these things have created the people Tristan and Peyton are today including their insecurities.

However, when Peyton is given the opportunity to expand her marketing and boost sales by re-enacting scenes from a romance novel, the only person she trusts to help her is Tristan. I think subconsciously both Tristan and Peyton were hoping it would be a springboard to aid them in being honest about their feelings.

I completely loved the re-enactments of the love scenes and how reality is very different from fiction (although this is fiction you get what I mean). I always find Lauren Blakely has a tongue-in-cheek approach to romantic tropes and this is just one of the things I love best about her writing.

I also totally adored the way in which Peyton viewed lingerie, I have the same thoughts myself. Lingerie should be worn for yourself, when you feel attractive you will be attractive to others; lingerie is incredibly empowering, giving confidence boosts when required – I call it power panties when I need an extra dose of confidence LOL

Sex and Other Shiny Objects is not just about the romance, it is about different family units, having confidence in yourself to be yourself, female friendships and empowerment, plus having the courage to follow your heart 😍