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I was only trying to help a friend. I swear. I was legit asking for a friend who was finally ready to date again. I knew what she wanted in a man — smart, funny, ambitious, well-read (no, the sports section doesn't count), and plays a wicked game of badminton. So I did what any good friend would do. Posted it for her. It seemed like a good idea at the time — I’d weed through I was only trying to help a friend. I swear. I was legit asking for a friend who was finally ready to date again. I knew what she wanted in a man — smart, funny, ambitious, well-read (no, the sports section doesn't count), and plays a wicked game of badminton. So I did what any good friend would do. Posted it for her. It seemed like a good idea at the time — I’d weed through the candidates, and bring her my top picks. But then he responded. Is it wrong to date the guy I screened for my bestie? Not asking for a friend. ASKING FOR A FRIEND is a Boyfriend Material series standalone! Three best friends. Three outrageous proposals. Three chances to fall in love. Three brand new standalones from Lauren Blakely!


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I was only trying to help a friend. I swear. I was legit asking for a friend who was finally ready to date again. I knew what she wanted in a man — smart, funny, ambitious, well-read (no, the sports section doesn't count), and plays a wicked game of badminton. So I did what any good friend would do. Posted it for her. It seemed like a good idea at the time — I’d weed through I was only trying to help a friend. I swear. I was legit asking for a friend who was finally ready to date again. I knew what she wanted in a man — smart, funny, ambitious, well-read (no, the sports section doesn't count), and plays a wicked game of badminton. So I did what any good friend would do. Posted it for her. It seemed like a good idea at the time — I’d weed through the candidates, and bring her my top picks. But then he responded. Is it wrong to date the guy I screened for my bestie? Not asking for a friend. ASKING FOR A FRIEND is a Boyfriend Material series standalone! Three best friends. Three outrageous proposals. Three chances to fall in love. Three brand new standalones from Lauren Blakely!

30 review for Asking For a Friend

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Blakely

    I'm so thrilled that readers can now grab Asking For a Friend! It's quite possibly my favorite book I've written! Amazon https://blkly.pub/KindleAsking Apple https://blkly.pub/AppleAsking Kobo https://blkly.pub/KoboAsking BN https://blkly.pub/AskingNook Google https://blkly.pub/AskingGoogle Paperback https://blkly.pub/AskingPB Audiblehttp://blkly.pub/AudibleAsking I'm so thrilled that readers can now grab Asking For a Friend! It's quite possibly my favorite book I've written! ✦Amazon ➜ https://blkly.pub/KindleAsking ✦Apple ➜ https://blkly.pub/AppleAsking ✦Kobo ➜ https://blkly.pub/KoboAsking ✦BN ➜ https://blkly.pub/AskingNook ✦Google ➜ https://blkly.pub/AskingGoogle ✦Paperback ➜ https://blkly.pub/AskingPB ✦Audible➜http://blkly.pub/AudibleAsking

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    Her very own Clark Kent... Asking For a Friend left me completely satisfied. It was funny, cute and sexy with characters I absolutely loved. There is something so appealing about finding characters you can relate to. Amy is a devoted reader who manages to get paid for something she loves doing. When she meets Linc, it's obvious that these two were meant for each other. Lauren Blakely is one of my favourite authors. She manages to write love stories that are a good balance between fairytale and Her very own Clark Kent... Asking For a Friend left me completely satisfied. It was funny, cute and sexy with characters I absolutely loved. There is something so appealing about finding characters you can relate to. Amy is a devoted reader who manages to get paid for something she loves doing. When she meets Linc, it's obvious that these two were meant for each other. Lauren Blakely is one of my favourite authors. She manages to write love stories that are a good balance between fairytale and reality. The hero and heroine are dreamy but they also make mistakes, have to reassess situations and make tough decisions. I want to live in a Lauren Blakely world. This story is cute, quirky and absolutely irresistible. If you're looking for a fun, sweet and sexy short read, I highly recommend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Author*** Romance, I think, is the hardest of the genres to write and make it believable, fresh, and interesting. You would think it would be easy, because it’s about emotions and feelings, and people, and no one needs to know exact dimensions of streets in Italy for car chase scenes. But...Suspense. Murder mysteries. Political thrillers. They all have the inherent hook to lure in the reader. You want to know how they end. In Gone Girl, you want to know what happened, and ***ARC Provided by the Author*** Romance, I think, is the hardest of the genres to write and make it believable, fresh, and interesting. You would think it would be easy, because it’s about emotions and feelings, and people, and no one needs to know exact dimensions of streets in Italy for car chase scenes. But...Suspense. Murder mysteries. Political thrillers. They all have the inherent hook to lure in the reader. You want to know how they end. In Gone Girl, you want to know what happened, and how the heck it happened…so you read to the end. In The DaVinci Code, you want someone to tell you what in the world is going on and where all of those clues lead. So, you read to the end. And you do so even if it’s a book you aren’t totally enjoying because, again, you want to know how it ends. Romance, however, you already know. There’s a rule that the characters will get to the happily ever after, they will work the things out in their lives that are keeping them from being together, and right before you get to “The End” you will get a declaration of love (or a proposal, or an epilogue or 3) that ends the book on the happiest of possible notes. And, that’s great, and let’s be honest, it’s why I read romance. But, the fact that the end if a foregone conclusion and the book has to be all about the getting to the ending, makes it hard to write romance in a way that makes it feel like a fresh story while it makes its way to a predetermined ending. (No, I am not saying other books in other genres are easy to write, just that they come with a different set of challenges to writing them.) What separates the “meh” romances from the “good” and the “great” ones? The easy answer? Books like this one. Books with depth and real effort to tell a story that is more than superficial. The characters in this are well-read and reference those books they have read, as you would expect of someone who works in publishing. It’s an easy thing to skip, or to miss, but it’s a detail that, as you are reading, makes you forget that you are reading a book and you feel more like you are actually living the story. There’s a fun in reading a book that so completely envelops you that you lose track of time, one that makes you rearrange your day because while there are other things you should be doing, what you want to be doing is continuing to read the book. I read this in one afternoon, and I loved everything about it. Linc and Amy are attracted to each other from the first time they meet on his first day of work at her company. But, for reasons that feel a lot like real life (his past and her focus on her future, specifically) they keep the flirting to conversations at work and thinking about the other away from work, while declaring that nothing can happen. But, this is a romance, and you know the love story is going to win in the end, so you also have a pretty good idea that this determination to avoid a romance isn't going to last. And, it doesn't. I love the way the author handles the little moments, the different mannerisms that are added that not only make them both sexy, but also human…these details not only feed the romance part of the story, but they let the characters feel like people with real actions, responses and mannerisms that take them from characters on a page and give them life. I also liked how the resolution of the story was handled as it felt real, and it worked in such a way that it felt like not only was everyone involved happy, it was what would have happened in real life in similar circumstances. And, that is another thing I really enjoy about Lauren Blakely books…they are real. Yes, they are romance and they are about people meeting and falling in love, but they are also about people who live in the world with the rest of us. Maybe they have better jobs, or better houses, or more clever names for pets, but they are people. I enjoyed (ok, I LOVED) and recommend this title. *Note: Both Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown were excellent and well worth the read…all the way to the end. ***Find all my reviews on our blog https://www.bookedallnightblog.com/***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle

    Lauren has done it again. This book rocks. Book 1 of a new series and I can’t wait to read more of the series. If they’re anything like this book, it will be epic. Loved Amy and Linc so much. Where can I find my own Linc? The chemistry and attraction between them was so good. You can feel it coming off the pages. You will have a smile on your face by the time you are finished. I highly recommend this story. This will be a story that you will reread many times as you do with all her books. I Lauren has done it again. This book rocks. Book 1 of a new series and I can’t wait to read more of the series. If they’re anything like this book, it will be epic. Loved Amy and Linc so much. Where can I find my own Linc? The chemistry and attraction between them was so good. You can feel it coming off the pages. You will have a smile on your face by the time you are finished. I highly recommend this story. This will be a story that you will reread many times as you do with all her books. I received an ARC of this book and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Candyce Kirk

    Asking for a Friend is filled with stuff that I love. Characters that are nerdy and love books, talking about books, references to things I know and love, humor, romance and a smile that was left on my face after reading the last page. Amy loves all things books and really wants to move up the ladder. She loves her job as Junior Editor, but would love to do more. When a position opens up, Amy knows she needs to do everything to make her dream come true. She knows how to sell the things she loves, Asking for a Friend is filled with stuff that I love. Characters that are nerdy and love books, talking about books, references to things I know and love, humor, romance and a smile that was left on my face after reading the last page. Amy loves all things books and really wants to move up the ladder. She loves her job as Junior Editor, but would love to do more. When a position opens up, Amy knows she needs to do everything to make her dream come true. She knows how to sell the things she loves, but not herself. Amy is a character I really enjoyed. I loved how real she feels and I could relate to her in many ways. She's one I would be friends with! Linc just moved to start working at the same publisher as Amy. He's basically described as a nerdy Clark Kent and I can definitely understand why. A man who is well read and loves books scores points in my book. Linc is looking to start over and needs to keep work and dating seperate. He's going to have a hard time though, because Amy is hard to resist. I loved Linc. He's down to earth, funny, nerdy and rather settle down than sleep around. The chemisty is there from the start between Amy and Linc. There are some awkward moments, but those made me laugh out loud. I knew I needed them to be together from the start. Add Amy's idea to the mix to help her friend Peyton find a new boyfriend and I couldn't get enough. The chats between Amy and Linc were hilarious and I loved that Asking for a Friend wasn't filled with drama. Yes, there were some bumps in the road, but it wasn't dragged on. Romantic comedies are hard to keep unique and refreshing, but Lauren Blakely knew what she was doing with the start of this new series. Besides the amazing romance, all of these characters were amazing. The people Amy and Linc worked with and Amy's friends were a lot of fun. I hope we get more of them in the books to come!

  6. 5 out of 5

    READ ME ROMANCE

    Boyfriend Material is the perfect name for this series because Lauren Blakely’s leading men are all that and more. Linc Silvers, our hero in Asking for a Friend, is a book lover and editor. He flew across the country from California to New York for a job promotion and to start fresh after his heart was tattered. It is at the publishing company that he first notices fellow wordsmith Amy Summers, younger sister to Josh and Quinn who both found love in Overnight Service and Special Delivery, Boyfriend Material is the perfect name for this series because Lauren Blakely’s leading men are all that and more. Linc Silvers, our hero in Asking for a Friend, is a book lover and editor. He flew across the country from California to New York for a job promotion and to start fresh after his heart was tattered. It is at the publishing company that he first notices fellow wordsmith Amy Summers, younger sister to Josh and Quinn who both found love in Overnight Service and Special Delivery, respectively, in the Always Satisfied series. Asking for a Friend can be read as a standalone, as all of Lauren Blakely’s books can, but I do love reading about the interconnected characters whom I’ve come to know, and learning more about the leading characters introduced in previous books. Linc and Amy are a pure delight to read. Their witty banter, sensual flirting, love of the written word, dedication to their craft, and basic joyful nature, makes this book so fun to read. As a junior editor, Amy is vying for a promotion and wants to focus on her career without any distractions, while Linc is trying to steer clear of an office romance as he’s been burnt before. Every time the two of these meet it is pure magic and instant electricity. They just get each other and are so in sync. Their one-liners and zingers, body language, chemistry, and ability to read each other’s minds, make them a perfect match. If only they would give in! This book was a slow burn with a twist as they each decide to try on-line dating, but in Amy’s case, she isn’t posting for herself, she’s asking for a friend. It is during these many conversations over text that they realize it’s their soulmate on the other end. I don’t want to ruin the surprise of how they figure it out, but once they do, the pages burn up. Amy is a take-charge kinda girl and lets Linc know that she wants him desperately. And who is he to argue because he wants her just as badly. Lauren always knows how to steam up the pages and this book is level ten HOT. Our sweet little Betty Boop is a vixen and Dax Powers (Linc’s alter on-line ego) is all in with many a mouthwatering and O inducing moves himself. Not only is he devilishly handsome, suave, smart, and successful, he has the most awesome sense of humor. They both do, and I admire that they not only have fun in and out of the bedroom, they don’t pull any punches, and are honest with each other about their insecurities and feelings. I especially love all of the book and movie references that were interspersed in almost every chapter–some real and some fantasy, and their unique hobbies of enjoying badminton and hula hooping! They are not pretentious and are genuine and real. They are regular people trying to make it in a difficult business and I so enjoyed all of their interactions in the publishing world. Amy is so humble and I love how she seeks help from her siblings and peers when needed, how confident she becomes, and how her hard work is rewarded in the end. This book was such a wonderful read told in dual point of view. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a romantic at heart. Talk about multiple O's, this book has multiple E's...another favorite of mine. Multiple, multiple heart-squishy Epilogues at the end!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate R

    Lauren Blakely is back with a brand new series called Boyfriend Material. Asking For a Friend is the first book, and is an excellent start to this new series. It’s a perfect feel good rom com with very little drama and angst and I was here for it! This book is about Amy, who we’ve actually seen in the Always Satisfied series. She’s Quinn’s sister from Special Delivery, and also Josh’s sister from Overnight Service. But, this is still a standalone. Amy is basically the quintessential book worm. Lauren Blakely is back with a brand new series called Boyfriend Material. Asking For a Friend is the first book, and is an excellent start to this new series. It’s a perfect feel good rom com with very little drama and angst and I was here for it! This book is about Amy, who we’ve actually seen in the Always Satisfied series. She’s Quinn’s sister from Special Delivery, and also Josh’s sister from Overnight Service. But, this is still a standalone. Amy is basically the quintessential book worm. She loves reading, and editing books. She also has a weird yet hilarious relationship with the thesaurus! She’s also kind, sweet, thoughtful and loyal. Her best friend, Peyton, has just had a terrible breakup with her fiancé, and is finally ready to get back out into the dating world, but she can be a little awkward. So, Amy takes it upon herself to set up a profile for Peyton on a new Boyfriend Material app, and will go through the responses to find the right guy for Peyton. What she doesn’t expect is to find someone she really connects with herself. At the same time, Amy works at a publishing house as an editor. The book starts with a new coworker, Linc, showing up, who she starts to develop a new, adorable relationship filled with great banter, and a ton of book references! However, because of a workplace rule, they shouldn’t date each other, unless they disclose this relationship to HR. So, they really develop an awesome friendship that maybe can turn to something more. I won’t spoil anything but say that I loved all the banter between Amy and Linc and Amy and the guy on the app. It felt like a grown up relationship with no drama and angst and it was such a welcome surprise! Peyton’s book is next and I cannot wait to get my hands on that one! If you’re looking for a light, feel good rom com, with little drama and angst, this is the book for you! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Red Cheeks Reads

    5 SMOOCHES! I’ve made no secret about the fact that Lauren Blakely is one of my favorite authors of all time. There are many reasons why she has landed on this personal list of mine, but it all boils down to the simple fact that I always get something more than a happily ever after when reading her books. Of course, hers are always well-written, sexy romances about endearing characters swept up in engaging and fulfilling love stories. But Blakely kicks it up a notch with stellar storytelling, 5 SMOOCHES! I’ve made no secret about the fact that Lauren Blakely is one of my favorite authors of all time. There are many reasons why she has landed on this personal list of mine, but it all boils down to the simple fact that I always get something more than a happily ever after when reading her books. Of course, hers are always well-written, sexy romances about endearing characters swept up in engaging and fulfilling love stories. But Blakely kicks it up a notch with stellar storytelling, richly developed and fully-fleshed out characters, and she fills the pages with the kind of details that bring the story to life in the reader’s mind. Not just vivid descriptions of the background, locations and scenery, either. Blakely dives deeper by including all sorts of interesting, fun, quirky bits of trivia, facts and anecdotes that weave together with everything else to form the history of the characters and the couples. This next-level character and story development is often overlooked, but never by Blakely, and it’s one of my favorite things about her books—I always take away something more than a rewarding and satisfying happily ever after from them. Asking For A Friend starts Blakely’s new Boyfriend Material series, and now that I’ve read the first book, the next two have skyrocketed right to the top of my list of most anticipated books of 2020. A workplace romance with a creative spin, I couldn’t help getting caught up in the natural chemistry between Linc and Amy. Their delicious banter, so witty and smart, was a fantastic build-up to what they would become. I loved how they clicked in person, but it was the unguarded, unexpected, unplanned way they connected through very modern-day means that really drew me in. The author alludes to the hook of the plot in the blurb, and I don’t want to go into more detail than she offered there, but I will say that I waited with heart-racing anticipation for them to connect the dots as their relationship built. Blakely penned a story here that was so easy to get lost in. The connection between these characters was sincere and authentic, their attraction to each other visceral, and their longing for each other palpable. It had all these big-screen, romantic comedy feels as it played out on the page and in my mind. This is one of those rare kinds of stories that remind the reader of why they read romance—the kind of story that sends them in search of another romance novel. I am so excited about this series. Asking For A Friend was romantic and sexy, sweet and sassy and everything I hope to feel and experience when I crack open a romance novel. A top favorite of the year, Asking For A Friend by Lauren Blakely gets five smooches from me! ~Danielle Palumbo

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This is online dating with a twist...or maybe a couple of twists. Amy Summers is a book nerd who loves words and takes her job as a Junior Editor seriously. She is working towards a promotion at work and trying to be more confident and sell herself. She is sassy, verbally expressive, sweet, and smart. Linc Silvers comes strolling in as the new Senior Editor and new office hottie. He is also fun, eloquent, intelligent, and easy to get along with. So easy that they develop fun banter and repartee. This is online dating with a twist...or maybe a couple of twists. Amy Summers is a book nerd who loves words and takes her job as a Junior Editor seriously. She is working towards a promotion at work and trying to be more confident and sell herself. She is sassy, verbally expressive, sweet, and smart. Linc Silvers comes strolling in as the new Senior Editor and new office hottie. He is also fun, eloquent, intelligent, and easy to get along with. So easy that they develop fun banter and repartee. And both are kind of crushing but avoiding because they have their own reasons for no workplace romances. Amy decides to help her friend, Peyton find a new man with a local online dating profile. The awesome profile she wrote receives a lot of attention, but one stands out. And messaging with him becomes quite an interesting and exciting distraction...almost as much fun as office shenanigans with Linc. But she is supposed to be shopping for her friend and not thinking of sampling the goods. And Linc is also using his own method of trying to distract himself from the allure of office Amy. But neither can stop thinking about the other. So it is a bit of a mess with online anonymity, office rules, personal resolutions, and lots of fast-flying messages. I really adored these two. Their banter and chemistry are fantastic. They bring the flirt and fun...spark and sizzle...and wit and words. They have reasons not to get involved, but also so many things they have in common. But Linc...oh my...he is everything. He is the hot nerd with wonderful words...charming and chatty...sexy and sweet. And Amy is so funny, quick-witted, and entertaining. They just light up the pages. But they are also mature and actually communicate, which is refreshing. This is a rom-com full of heart, soul, smiles, and swoon. I enjoyed the dual points of view. I really liked her friend, Peyton too and hope we see more of her. I also really appreciated his new buddy, Baldwin. Both of their siblings and friend groups added more layers and laughs. And it is always fun to see some cameos and little connections from the Lauren Blakely world. Follow Me: Reviews by Tammy & Kim (Rachel and Jay) | Facebook | Twitter

  10. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    Edited 12/22/19 Audiobook Review Overall 5 stars Performance 5 stars Story 4.5 stars Loved revisiting this story on audio! Jason Clarke and Andi Arndt are delicious as always and the cameos by Erin Mallon and Zachary Webber were such a fun treat. Zachary Webber was wonderful as Baldwin! Though the audiobook isn't fully done in the duet style, there are parts (like text messages) that are. The playful banter and back and forth play out perfectly on audio and I definitely recommend listening to this Edited 12/22/19 Audiobook Review Overall 5 stars Performance 5 stars Story 4.5 stars Loved revisiting this story on audio! Jason Clarke and Andi Arndt are delicious as always and the cameos by Erin Mallon and Zachary Webber were such a fun treat. Zachary Webber was wonderful as Baldwin! Though the audiobook isn't fully done in the duet style, there are parts (like text messages) that are. The playful banter and back and forth play out perfectly on audio and I definitely recommend listening to this one if possible. There's a quick preview excerpt of Tristan and Peyton's story at the end as well to get listeners/readers excited for the next book! ***** 4.5 stars This was exactly the kind of swoony, low angst romcom that I needed! Asking For a Friend hooked me in right from the start, thanks to two of the quirkiest and most adorkable characters that I've encountered. Linc and Amy were undeniably perfect for each other and their playful banter and conversations made them even more endearing. I loved that there was push and pull thanks to the office romance taboo/some past baggage, but nothing over the top or unnecessary. The drama that does pop up is resolved just as quickly as it appears. It allowed the story to focus on these two and more importantly, the powerful message that "women can support each other even when they compete". Cape power all the way! Catching up with previous Blakely characters and the nods to locations and businesses that have popped up through her books are always fun easter eggs to find. The secondary characters were just as wonderful, especially Baldwin. I loved that he got his HEA too ;) I'm really looking forward to Tristan and Peyton's story next! If you're looking for a sweet, feel good romcom, you don't want to miss Asking For a Friend! *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Happily Mary After

    You do not want to miss Lauren Blakely’s latest romantic comedy, Asking for a Friend! Linc moved across the country for an amazing career opportunity and for a fresh start, and he is committed to focusing on his new job and avoiding any workplace romances. His best laid plans are quickly put to the test when he meets his new coworker, Amy. She’s vibrant, fun, smart and gorgeous, and he’s intensely attracted to her. Thankfully (kind of), Amy is concentrating on a possible promotion and also You do not want to miss Lauren Blakely’s latest romantic comedy, Asking for a Friend! Linc moved across the country for an amazing career opportunity and for a fresh start, and he is committed to focusing on his new job and avoiding any workplace romances. His best laid plans are quickly put to the test when he meets his new coworker, Amy. She’s vibrant, fun, smart and gorgeous, and he’s intensely attracted to her. Thankfully (kind of), Amy is concentrating on a possible promotion and also avoiding romantic entanglements, so they both make a valiant attempt to resist each other. But the pull between them is unrelenting, and they soon wonder whether or not the risk is worth the possible happily ever after. Be prepared to swoon as these two likeable, charming characters find love in this fresh, modern story that is overflowing with witty banter and smoking-hot chemistry. Asking for a Friend is a thoroughly entertaining, wildly romantic and seriously sexy rom-com. Rec to appear on Frolic soon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex in Spades

    3,5 Stars Cute, and pretty fast paced story with likeable characters - in the true Lauren Blakely fashion - though not my favorite trope. Also it was just a bit bland for my liking. I mean it was a sweet story, but a bit too sweet for me. I honestly don't know (it's probably me, not the book) but this one just wasn't my jam. But I definitely can't wait for the next one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melena Torretta

    3.5 stars This book had me laughing the entire time I read it! The banter was hilarious, the writing witty, and the characters were fun and relatable. This is the first book in a new series and can be read as a standalone, but Lauren Blakely fans will recognize characters from other books. I liked these fun cameos and catching up with what the characters are up to now. Amy and Linc work in publishing as book editors and I was envious of their jobs from the get go. Reading for a living sounds like 3.5 stars This book had me laughing the entire time I read it! The banter was hilarious, the writing witty, and the characters were fun and relatable. This is the first book in a new series and can be read as a standalone, but Lauren Blakely fans will recognize characters from other books. I liked these fun cameos and catching up with what the characters are up to now. Amy and Linc work in publishing as book editors and I was envious of their jobs from the get go. Reading for a living sounds like so much fun! I could also tell from the get go that they were made for each other despite their resistance as they both wanted to focus on their work. The pacing was a bit uneven and near the end it felt a bit rushed. However, overall, I really enjoyed this book. Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Just Lily

    4 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    5 star review of Asking For A Friend (Boyfriend Material #1) by Lauren Blakely Have you ever moved for a job? Linc Silvers is totally focused on making a success of his new job. However his determination is put to the test when he meets his new co worker Amy Summers. Amy is just as focused on her career, but the attraction between them is intense and cannot be ignored no matter how hard they try. I fell hard and fast for Linc and honestly he just melted my heart; Amy is one of those women that 5 star review of Asking For A Friend (Boyfriend Material #1) by Lauren Blakely Have you ever moved for a job? Linc Silvers is totally focused on making a success of his new job. However his determination is put to the test when he meets his new co worker Amy Summers. Amy is just as focused on her career, but the attraction between them is intense and cannot be ignored no matter how hard they try. I fell hard and fast for Linc and honestly he just melted my heart; Amy is one of those women that you could easily see as a friend, strong, determined, feisty and focused. The dynamic between Linc and Amy was entertaining, flirty and they had me laughing with their banter; the chemistry between them was smoking hot. Asking For A Friend is a fun book that ticked the boxes for me. It is smoking hot and highly entertaining. Ms. Blakely writes strong and captivating RomComs which will leave you with a smile on your face.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was SO. MUCH. FUN. Amy and Linc have sass and banter for days and it was so fun to watch them go back and forth, with a kind of You've Got Mail twist.

  17. 4 out of 5

    michelle

    Such a cute book with an addictive storyline. The synopsis was what got me interested but finding out it’s also an office romance (lowkey) was even better. Amy and Linc’s story was so cute and I can’t wait to read about Peyton and Tristan’s next.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Struggled with this book for some reason. It just didn't hold my interest. I'm interested Peyton and Tristan's story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mom Seeks Smut

    Ohhhh gosh. This trope is my cat nip. Emails and messages galore with witty banter and glorious words. Amy is a Jr. editor with sights to move up in her company. Linc is the new Sr. editor at the same company. Immediately they hit it off with fun banter and flirting but they each have reasons for not taking it further and leave it at the office. Amy decides to help her friend in her own dating game and creates a dating profile that quickly gets a lot of attention but one man in particular is fun Ohhhh gosh. This trope is my cat nip. Emails and messages galore with witty banter and glorious words. Amy is a Jr. editor with sights to move up in her company. Linc is the new Sr. editor at the same company. Immediately they hit it off with fun banter and flirting but they each have reasons for not taking it further and leave it at the office. Amy decides to help her friend in her own dating game and creates a dating profile that quickly gets a lot of attention but one man in particular is fun to flirt with. This was all supposed to be for her friend Peyton but she can’t seem to stop. The flirting on this profile seems very similar and just as fun as her crush at the office.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    Fabulously written story-line that could not have unfolded better My mind is happy. My heart is happy. And I'm still smiling the next day! Well done! If you've been keeping up with my reviews of Lauren's books lately then you might have picked up on the fact that she is rapidly becoming one of my I Can't Miss A Single Word authors. There's not a lot of those LOL This woman's writing has evolved in the last couple of years. She used to hit or miss for me because her storylines tended to go to the Fabulously written story-line that could not have unfolded better My mind is happy. My heart is happy. And I'm still smiling the next day! Well done! If you've been keeping up with my reviews of Lauren's books lately then you might have picked up on the fact that she is rapidly becoming one of my I Can't Miss A Single Word authors. There's not a lot of those LOL This woman's writing has evolved in the last couple of years. She used to hit or miss for me because her storylines tended to go to the OTT/ridic side of rom-com and those aren't normally for me. But lately guys ... she has been gold, so do yourselves a favor and download her books. They will make you happy. I promise :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    I have a confession to make, I had a little intrepidation about going into this book, as I wasn't sure where this couple fit into the whole picture of LB's extended family, I keep forgetting who is related to whom. What I felt once I started was, I didn't need to know exactly which family tree this couple sits on the branch, because we get a little background to remind us but most importantly it doesn't take away from the overall story line what their lineage is. I had to put it into perspective I have a confession to make, I had a little intrepidation about going into this book, as I wasn't sure where this couple fit into the whole picture of LB's extended family, I keep forgetting who is related to whom. What I felt once I started was, I didn't need to know exactly which family tree this couple sits on the branch, because we get a little background to remind us but most importantly it doesn't take away from the overall story line what their lineage is. I had to put it into perspective of this is nothing short of another brilliant rom-com from Ms Blakely. This book is set in the world of publishing and editors and our to leads work at the same firm. Amy and Linc don't work directly with each other but in the same office. Linc is a Cali import and has only been in NYC for a few weeks and they hit it off straight from the first morning. They both have the same quirky bubbly personalities and it is an instant attraction. But Linc has been burnt with office romances before and Amy is all systems go with wanting to concentrate on her career so they don't do anything but have great office banter. Then things go in a different and fun direction of Amy joining a dating app for her bestie and to weed out the bad eggs and present her with the golden one. This brings about some flirty and fabulous repartee which had me smiling and giggling along. Things could have gone different for these two when the crunch came, but I am glad it didn't take the road of unnecessary angst and foolhardiness. I feel they achieved their HEA as this couple should with their characteristics and charisma. I loved both of them equally and could have read more from them. Although, I am eager to hear more about the said bestie, Payton and her tale with Tristan, which is next for this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roselyn Vazquez

    One of my absolute favorite things about Lauren Blakely is the fantastic way she continues to write new stories/series focused on new main characters in the same world (setting) that we, as readers, are familiar to. Her amazing talent at developing unique story lines for secondary and minor characters from other stories that become the main characters in new ones makes me feel like I am a part of their world. I love connection between all of these characters, their relationship and friendships. One of my absolute favorite things about Lauren Blakely is the fantastic way she continues to write new stories/series focused on new main characters in the same world (setting) that we, as readers, are familiar to. Her amazing talent at developing unique story lines for secondary and minor characters from other stories that become the main characters in new ones makes me feel like I am a part of their world. I love connection between all of these characters, their relationship and friendships. Each interconnecting story is so unique and brings different emotions and laughter. Asking for a Friend is Book #1 in Lauren's new Boyfriend Material Series. It follows Linc Silvers and Amy Summers (Josh and Quinn's Sister). This book (insert scream) was so amazing. I mean, this is a romance book about two quirky, sassy, intelligent BOOK LOVERS whose job is to be surrounded by words and books. When Linc moves to New York from California for his career as a Senior Editor, he meets Amy Summers, junior editor, who is focused on working hard for a promotion. It is obvious that these two found each other attractive from the moment they laid eyes on each other (both physically and mentally). They were both well spoken with a passion for words that made that attraction explode more with each interaction. Of course, they each had their reasons for not pursing their feelings, but we all know in the end love conquers all. Lauren's romances are so much more than a love story. Hers are stories of friendship and family; stories of conquering fears and following your heart; stories of letting go of the past and opening up to new possibilities. I can't wait for the next one. P.S. I'm probably Amy and Quinn's soul sister because I have so much in common with both. I love spoilers and planning (like Quinn) and I grew up with such a love for words. I didn't have a thesaurus, but I loved my dictionary (yes, dictionary). When I was in 4th grade I would open the dictionary up to a random page. I would skim the page and pick a word that was unfamiliar to me and write it down in a notebook with its definition, followed by a sentence using the word. I did this straight though high school. I would love to find that notebook. **An ARC of Asking for a Friend was provided in agreement for an honest review.**

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    Asking For a Friend by Lauren Blakely Asking For a Friend is the first book in Lauren Blakely’s new and aptly name series, Boyfriend Material. It’s the story of Amy and Linc who both work in publishing and have both, for reasons of their own, sworn of relationships - particularly inter-office ones. As you can imagine, they have plenty in common and that leads to so much fantastic conversation and banter that you can all but see the attraction flying off the page. This all comes to a head when Amy Asking For a Friend by Lauren Blakely Asking For a Friend is the first book in Lauren Blakely’s new and aptly name series, Boyfriend Material. It’s the story of Amy and Linc who both work in publishing and have both, for reasons of their own, sworn of relationships - particularly inter-office ones. As you can imagine, they have plenty in common and that leads to so much fantastic conversation and banter that you can all but see the attraction flying off the page. This all comes to a head when Amy signs her bestie up to a dating app and starts getting feelings for the person she’s screening. This book was great! It was fun, flirty, and sexy while peppered with wonderful book and movie references. Amy and Linc are my kind of people, in every way and their story is one I especially enjoyed. The side characters only enhanced this story and I look forward to reading their books down the track. *I voluntarily read an early copy of this book. **Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Anytime Lauren Blakely releases a new romantic comedy series, I’m always eager to see its connection to her previous stories and/or characters as well as the humorous ways she crafts her heroes and heroines’ encounters, internal thoughts, and witty interactions. Asking For a Friend is the first book in Blakely’s all-new Boyfriend Material series, and her hero, Linc Silvers, is most definitely book boyfriend material, not only because he looks like Clark Kent and has a gorgeous, nerdy vibe to Anytime Lauren Blakely releases a new romantic comedy series, I’m always eager to see its connection to her previous stories and/or characters as well as the humorous ways she crafts her heroes and heroines’ encounters, internal thoughts, and witty interactions. Asking For a Friend is the first book in Blakely’s all-new Boyfriend Material series, and her hero, Linc Silvers, is most definitely book boyfriend material, not only because he looks like Clark Kent and has a gorgeous, nerdy vibe to him, but because he’s authentic and quirky…and a whole lot of other characteristics that will have readers adding Linc to their book boyfriend lists. Amy Summers is a great heroine - one whose personality resonated with me and one I could easily connect with due to her wit, her love of books, and her career as an editor. She definitely has a way with words and that comes in handy in creating her ‘friend’s’ profile and also when she continues conversing with her online guy. Regardless of the fact that both Amy and Linc are against office romances, they’re drawn to each other and because they get along extremely well and have an easy banter with one another, it’s not easy to stay away from the person you share a lot of interests with and the one who may just ‘get’ you better than anyone else. Blakely plays up the connection Amy has to both the online guy and Linc and while readers undoubtedly know that they are one in the same, the way Blakely unravels everything when it comes to the hero and heroine figuring out just why things seem so easy for them in both situations makes the big reveal both interesting and humorous, especially given the fact that Amy’s profile isn’t actually hers and their stance on office romance weighs a whole lot less once they find out who’s behind the computer screen. I love the way that Lauren Blakely puts her own spin on the concept of ‘asking for a friend.’ It’s become quite the social media punchline - one that is usually about the person who uses the saying, even though the assumption should be that it’s not. Blakely’s meaning plays off of society’s view of the term, stretching its defining idea and using the many connotative interpretations of it throughout the pages of Asking For a Friend. 4 Poison Apples

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    ASKING FOR A FRIEND by Lauren Blakely is the First book in the Boyfriend Material Series. This is the story of Amy Summers and Linc Silvers. Linc has moved into town and taken the Senior Editor Job where Amy works as the Junior Editor. Linc is working to start fresh in a new town and job so he has no plans to get involved with a co-worker. With that mind set is starting to leave him once he spots Amy. Amy is nerdy so this editorial job is up her alley and she wants a promotion that may come her ASKING FOR A FRIEND by Lauren Blakely is the First book in the Boyfriend Material Series. This is the story of Amy Summers and Linc Silvers. Linc has moved into town and taken the Senior Editor Job where Amy works as the Junior Editor. Linc is working to start fresh in a new town and job so he has no plans to get involved with a co-worker. With that mind set is starting to leave him once he spots Amy. Amy is nerdy so this editorial job is up her alley and she wants a promotion that may come her way. So Amy isn't going to ruin any chances she has by getting involved with a co-worker but then the new guy walks in, Linc. Working to stay strong she goes forward to look into helping her friend Peyton with finding someone. This leads her to online where she gets a hit by someone who seems perfect...for her. Linc working to resit the Amy pull has him going online. This was a fun hot read. Looking forward to more books in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Have Coffee Need Books

    Amy Summers: Everything that is Right in a RomCom. I don't read many books where the hero feels like a secondary character, but Asking for a Friend seems like that. Amy is EPIC in a mega galactic fashion, which means that Superman becomes an afterthought. This cake obsessed Betty Boop is all Linc Silvers thinks about, and this chick should take up real estate in everyone's mind. It certainly doesn't hurt those things she loves, the obsessions she has, and her random outbursts run along similar Amy Summers: Everything that is Right in a RomCom. I don't read many books where the hero feels like a secondary character, but Asking for a Friend seems like that. Amy is EPIC in a mega galactic fashion, which means that Superman becomes an afterthought. This cake obsessed Betty Boop is all Linc Silvers thinks about, and this chick should take up real estate in everyone's mind. It certainly doesn't hurt those things she loves, the obsessions she has, and her random outbursts run along similar tracks as mine. Vote for Amy! Pajamas do need advocacy, and I believe Amy will fight for justice and appreciation for the fantabulousness of super casualwear. Linc Silver is a Los Angeles transplant who just escaped a sticky situation common to SoCal's dual desire to eat one's cake and have it too. He is looking for a new start; some success in doing something for which he is passionate would be good also. So he's traded tacos for hotdogs. A metaphor for something, I'm sure, but I don't know what it might be. I can assure you that the idea that hotdogs could EVER outshine tacos is the worst fiction in this entire book. Amy and Linc are coworkers who experience a 'he/she could be the one' moment upon first glance. The two adore one another: sharing witty repartee every time they run into one another followed up with cow-eyed flirtations. Linc is swept clear off his feet by Amy's wacky/sassy charm. And he might have been a good love interest for any other book girlfriend, but he becomes wallpaper as she outshone him on every page. One thing about this book that drove me crazy is that Lauren Blakely name drops throughout the book in a way that is somewhat disorienting in that real and fictional references were hard to discern. I wasn't sure at any point if I should know the people mentioned as notable celebrities or made-up players. And further mind aching is that she mentions tv shows I think need to exist if they don't already. Spying on the Neighbors is something I want to watch. All in all, I hope I get an ARC for the next book in this series, Sex and Other Shiny Objects that revolves around Amy's BFF Peyton and the local restaurant owner with a sexy beard, Tristan. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Love takes a backseat to humor. Amy and Linc set about making your heart smile as only Lauren Blakely can. From their flirty first meeting to their cluelessly awkward courtship, Asking for a Friend keeps things light. Linc is perfect book boyfriend material in a slightly nerdy sort of way. Amy is a hint of what every woman should be. She embraces her awkwardness with confidence. She's not afraid to let her insecurities shine. Blakely tempts readers with a less than perfect romance that gives the Love takes a backseat to humor. Amy and Linc set about making your heart smile as only Lauren Blakely can. From their flirty first meeting to their cluelessly awkward courtship, Asking for a Friend keeps things light. Linc is perfect book boyfriend material in a slightly nerdy sort of way. Amy is a hint of what every woman should be. She embraces her awkwardness with confidence. She's not afraid to let her insecurities shine. Blakely tempts readers with a less than perfect romance that gives the heart a break. With sweet characters and unforgettable storytelling, heaven is only one click away.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)

    A truly dishy read! Asking For A Friend is now one of my favorite Lauren Blakely reads!! She delivered on my every bucket wishlist fantasy! A hot, nerdy, well-read, Clark Kent, book boyfriend - Check! A sassy, thesaurus-loving, cake-eating, heroine - Double Check! Lauren also splashed in a lot of my favorite movies and to top off my bucket list there are novel references galore. Asking For A Friend is like reading a slice of heaven. Linc is new to New York city. He's recently moved across country A truly dishy read! Asking For A Friend is now one of my favorite Lauren Blakely reads!! She delivered on my every bucket wishlist fantasy! A hot, nerdy, well-read, Clark Kent, book boyfriend - Check! A sassy, thesaurus-loving, cake-eating, heroine - Double Check! Lauren also splashed in a lot of my favorite movies and to top off my bucket list there are novel references galore. Asking For A Friend is like reading a slice of heaven. Linc is new to New York city. He's recently moved across country after a dumpster fire of an office romance that left him feeling less than stellar. The last thing he needs is to jump straight into another relationship. However, he can't help noticing the magnetic pull to Amy Summers, a fellow coworker, on his first day of work, nor the easy conversation he seems to have with her. He knows he needs to nip it in the bud, but that's easier said than done. Linc joins a dating app to help get his mind off of Amy, what he finds is the perfect match, who also happens to remind him of a certain co-worker, but he tells himself a stranger outside of the office is still better than one in it. Amy is focused on work and a possible promotion. The last thing she needs is romance clouding her mind. When Linc Silvers joins the staff her mind does get filled with visions of his Clark Kent look-a-like features, but she doesn't take it beyond the mental stimulation into the real world setting. However, when her best friend tells her she's ready to begin dating again, Amy takes it upon herself to create a profile for her and weed out the bad suitors, she just never expected to enjoy the weeding quite so much. Her conversations with the pick of the patch go into the late night hour, she's having a really nice time. It's all for her friend and to build her confidence (uh huh, we all like to lie to ourselves, it helps). As Linc and Amy get to know one another better, as "virtual strangers" they also find their real life chemistry is hard to ignore in the office. What do you do when life gives you a flower among the weeds, but you've made it clear that you were just getting to know and asking everything about him for a friend?  Linc and Amy really do sizzle right off the page and all of Amy's book ideas...I'm very excited to read more upcoming titles in this new Boyfriend Material world. No two people belong together more than Linc and Amy and seriously, this book is just a good, fun read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Note: An ARC was provided by the author. Lauren Blakely is a prolific author, so choosing even a handful of top favorites among her books that I've read is never an easy feat; yet, I have no qualms whatsoever naming her newest romantic comedy masterpiece as one of her absolute best to date! Asking for a Friend is the first novel in Blakely's Boyfriend Material series, and while this can be read as a standalone, fans and readers of her more recent work will be tickled over the cameo appearances of Note: An ARC was provided by the author. Lauren Blakely is a prolific author, so choosing even a handful of top favorites among her books that I've read is never an easy feat; yet, I have no qualms whatsoever naming her newest romantic comedy masterpiece as one of her absolute best to date! Asking for a Friend is the first novel in Blakely's Boyfriend Material series, and while this can be read as a standalone, fans and readers of her more recent work will be tickled over the cameo appearances of past characters we've fallen in love with. If you happen to be new to all things Lauren Blakely, get to rectifying that on your list of New Year's resolutions, except start two weeks early by reading this fabulously wonderful book! Would it be too much to say that I loved everything about this book? Because I did, I really, really, REALLY did! Amy and Linc were adorable, and their conversations had that sort of witty banter that I consider a must in the rom-coms I read. With this particular sub-genre, you know that things are going to be lighthearted and that a happily-ever-after is pretty much a given, and Lauren Blakely gives readers all that and then some. Her writing is on-point, refusing to to throw in any unnecessary drama-rama and keeping the conflict short and resolved in a way that surprised me in the best way possible. The peeks at past couples was a definite treat, and the hints at the next couple in the series have me super curious, to the point that I'm wishing it were January already so we get Sex and Other Shiny Objects. Now, stop reading this review, and start reading Asking for a Friend, which gets five-plus stars. ♥

  30. 4 out of 5

    The Book Lover

    This was the perfect swoon worthy book to read while I was recovering from surgery, Lauren Blakely has become my go to author, when I need to read something light and fun!

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