These are two standalone books by author Lauren Landish but since they are related, rather than making two separate posts – I am joining them together in one.
Anaconda by Lauren Landish
Published: March 25, 2017
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON
They say size doesn’t matter…
Football star and internet sensation Gavin “Anaconda” Adams is the biggest celebrity our little town has ever seen.
But I had no idea who he was when I accidentally walked in on him naked.
I was shocked, seeing all of him, a cocky grin on his face. I didn’t know what to do.
So I ran.
Now I’m in a world of trouble. No matter what I do, I can’t get that image out of my head. His strong muscular thighs. His washboard abs. His big, throbbing, toe-curling… Jesus!
To make matters worse, Gavin wants a date with me. He’s seen the lust in my eyes, and he’s not taking no for an answer. I should tell him to get lost. He’s nothing but trouble, and he’s only here for a week.
But with one look, I go weak in the knees. And whenever I hear his deep, rich voice, I feel my defenses crumbling.
It’s only one night. What could it hurt?
Brianna and Gavin are definitely not a couple that you would necessarily picture together – but the author managed to fit them in such a way that you knew they were going to end up together (even if you hadn’t read the note that this was a guaranteed HEA). Brianna is this sweet, shy, woman who is just trying to make her way through college while working as a maid at a hotel.
Gavin is a former football player who is just trying to move on from the internet fame he got from an incident; they meet by chance – in a rather humorous way if you ask me – and from then neither one of them can forget the other. It’s sweet to see the rich & famous fall in love with the humble, girl next door type.
The author gave a disclaimer up front that this would have a HEA so it was expected. But the journey to the end was so much fun; there were ups and downs for both characters and the supporting cast (Mindy in particular – you’ll meet her in Mr. Fiance’) help make the story even more relatable – if that’s even possible when it’s about a professional football player turned actor falling for a shy girl in a small little town. If you haven’t read a Lauren Landish book, then I think this would be a great one to start with. The chemistry is off the charts, the love is sweet & dirty, and the story is heartwarming.
Mr. Fiance’ by Lauren Landish
Published: May 19, 2017
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON
It’s fake, but it feels so good.
Oliver Steele is supposed to be my knight in shining armor. He’s tall, handsome, and as cocky as he is rich. With his good looks and charm, no one’s going to suspect a thing. No one’s going to believe our engagement is fake.
But he’s taking this thing way too far. The way he wraps his arm around me like I’m his. The way he kisses me and presses his hard body up against mine. I almost believe that it’s real. Almost.
He’s doing it on purpose now; he loves that this is getting to me.
Two can play his game, though. I won’t let him win. By the time our week together is done, I’ll leave Oliver on his knees and begging.
But the minute we’re alone in the bedroom, I know I’m in over way my head. When he undresses me with his eyes, I realize I lost before the game even started. It’s only a matter of time before I lose myself in his touch and let him do whatever he wants to me.
I know what I want, but I can’t tell what’s real anymore.
We met Mindy in Anaconda; she is Brianna’s best friend so if you had read Anaconda you already had a brief look at Mindy’s fun personality. If you didn’t read Anaconda before this one – well you are in for a treat. Mindy is fun, has no filter but is so easy to like; I think if she were an actual person she could possibly be my best friend.
This book follows her, and her fake relationship with Oliver Steele. From the very first moment that the author introduced his character I knew he was going to be one of those men that you can’t help but love – no matter how arrogant he may be. He comes across as someone who doesn’t play by the rules, so when he agrees to pose as Mindy’s fiance’ you already know there are going to be moments of head butting between the two of them.
As is usual with most fake relationship/engagement stories – these two don’t manage to keep their feelings out of the deal; feelings start to develop between the two of them and then things seem to get pushed a bit too far. As a hopeless romantic I was very comforted by the authors disclaimer of no cliffhangers & a HEA ending; it seems kind of like cheating to know the story will end happily, but it’s also a comfort to know while reading. The book was a rather quick read; the content was so fun I didn’t want to put the book down (but unfortunately, the real world called a few times). It was also fun to catch up with Gavin & Brianna from Anaconda. This is a standalone so you do not have to read Anaconda before you read this one. You will still love every minute of it.