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Birthday Suit

(The Guys Who Got Away #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,795 ratings  ·  596 reviews
There is no rule in the Man Code as unbreakable as this: no matter how beautiful, smart, clever, and witty she is, do not—under any circumstances—fall in love with your best friend’s woman.
Yeah. So there’s that. Look, it’s not like I didn’t know I screwed up by falling for her.
Also, for the record, unrequited love sucks big time.
And, I might have cut myself some slack by
Paperback, 306 pages
Published January 17th 2019 by Lauren Blakely Books
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Lauren Blakely
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
There's only one rule a man should never break. Don't fall for your best friend's woman...
BIRTHDAY SUIT, my brand new standalone romance, is available everywhere!

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Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lauren Blakely Fans, Romance
5 The Timing Needs to be Right Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free
Timing is Everything...We can think something is just right; we then can have it ripped away from our grasp and feel devastated. It could be a pursuit of career advancement or a personal relationship. It doesn't matter...if you thought it was The Real can hurt.
Yet, as painful or frustrating the situation may has a way of making us push forward and learn our life lessons. These life lessons make us who we are and who w
Lauren Blakely delivers a mouthwatering, hooking romance with all the feels that hits the perfect spot between sweet, sexy, swoony and emotional.

Leo fell in love with his best friend’s girl from the moment he met her. But for over a decade he put on his best poker face, suffered through his unrequited love and moved on. Until Lulu stumbles into his life again with her big smile, quick and witty comebacks and all around big heart. Can he resister her now that their circumstances have changed?

Claudia Fosca Stahl
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, there are few words that will make this audiobook justice. I’m not skilled enough to write something that will reflect what this audiobook really is.

Birthday Suit is not only an amazing romantic comedy, it’s an ode to audiobooks. A love letter to romace audiobooks. Lauren Blakely’s love and passion for audio shines through. The idea to gather a cast of 12 amazingly talented narrators is simply brilliant. And it not only works, it elevates Birthday Suit to a whole new level.

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“Loving you from afar was painful and exquisitely torturous. Loving you near is wonderful and exquisitely blissful.”

“Sometimes life gives you a second chance at love, and if you’re lucky enough to spot it and wise enough to seize it, you better be strong enough to keep it.”

Things didn’t even get off the ground when Leo met the girl of his dreams. Instead his best friend swooped in and knocked the girl off her feet leaving Leo as the third wheel. The three were extremely close throu
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Performed by Andi Arndt, Sebastian York along with January LaVoy, Julia Whelan, R.C. Bray,, Shane East, Joe Arden, Erin Mallon, Dion Graham, Savannah Peachwood, Jason Clarke, and Robin Miles. I devoured this audio. I had been following the making of the audiobook thanks to clips, videos and more provided by Blakely and suspected this would be downright awesome and oh was!
There's only one rule a man should never break. Don't fall for your best friend's woman...

Caffeinated Reasons to
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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5 Riddled CROWNS

I love a Lauren Blakely book. The banter is always on point, the chemistry, physically and emotionally is electric, and the whole host of characters are lovable. And, yes Birthday Suit delivers all of these things. But do you know what made me really love this book? Like LOVE it? Lulu!

Lauren’s heroes are normally my favorites, and Leo is so dreamy, but my girl, Lulu just took the cake. I love all aspects of her character, from her love of chocol
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steamy, audiobook
I let this review go too long since reading the story. So that sucks. I liked Leo and Lulu. I liked their friendship and seeing it turn into more. I liked how unstintingly he supported her. And I particularly liked Leo's sense of honor in ensuring that he didn't interfere in Lulu's relationship while she was married.

And since it's Lauren Blakely, I was never really worried that they would blow up or not talk things out, even if they needed time to process or assimilate new information. Lulu, in
Feb 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
We meet the fun and carefree Lulu Diamond. An amazing Chocolatier, a woman looking forward to moving on and making her career a priority after a past she needs to move on from but when you meet part of that past in the most fun and accidental way there is always a reason why.
Leo Hennessy is man that seems to have it all, a great job, great family & friends but when one of your best friends reappears in your life you need to try and get past the past and look to the future.
Leo & Lulu are amazing
“I ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴡᴀɴᴛ ʜᴀʟғ ᴏғ ʏᴏᴜ. I ᴡᴀɴᴛ ᴀʟʟ ᴏғ ʏᴏᴜ. I ᴅᴇsᴇʀᴠᴇ ᴀʟʟ ᴏғ ʏᴏᴜ. I ᴡᴀɴᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʀᴇsɪɢɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ʟᴏᴏᴋɪɴɢ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ʏᴏᴜʀ sʜᴏᴜʟᴅᴇʀ. Aɴᴅ I ᴡᴀɴᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʜɪᴍ."

𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐒𝐮𝐢𝐭 by the amazingly talented Lauren Blakely was an absolute DECADENT romance! Comedy, sex, romance, emotion, and of course chocolate, made a hefty appearance and with all of that goodness combined, it made for one hell of an addicting romantic comedy! Every single character stole my heart, with Lulu and Leo taking cente
Birthday Suit is a sweet mix of friends-to-lovers/unrequited love/in love with my best friend's girl tropes. Throw in some chocolate, a scavenger hunt, fun, flirty banter, a tear or 2 for good measure, and you've got the makings of one very entertaining read, Lauren Blakely style.

The romance between Leo and Lulu was a definite slow burn- there's a lot of build up as they rekindle their friendship. We're given glimpses into the past, so we can see where it all began for them, and how it led to w
Richelle Robinson
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Birthday Suit has been one of my most anticipated audiobooks for 2019. I have always wanted to listen to an audiobook with a full cast and this book didn’t disappoint at all. It felt like magic to my ears and it was like a play being told as I listen.

This was such a great cast of narrators and they all brought their ‘a’ game to this narration. I think I’m ruined for any audiobooks going forward. If you’re a fan of audiobooks you NEED to listen to this story. Even if you don’t do audios, you NEED
J. Grayland
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is no rule in the Man Code as unbreakable as this: no matter how beautiful, smart, clever, and witty she is, do not—under any circumstances—fall in love with your best friend’s woman.
There are three things I've never been able to resist—my friends, my family, and chocolate.
Leo Hennessy?
I really liked this book, I listened to it on audiobook with a cast of 10 narrators who all did a brilliant job of bringing this sweet, second chance at love to life. The characters were lovable, the chemis
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. It had me laughing, sighing, tearing up at parts. I loved it. I would recommend this book to anyone. If you can, listen to it on Audible - 12 narrators who really helped the characters come alive. I was lost in the story and i didn't want it to end. ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

To be very honest i read the blurb very quickly and thought the guy was falling in love with his best female friend. I quickly found out it was actually his bestfriend's woman lol.
I wasn't expecting the serious subject either. I thought it was light and easy and in a certain way it kinda was but still the all thing around the friend's condition and the guilt spoiled the story for me.
Anyway overall nice but the same recipe as ever... Yet i still buy these books lol
I was so excited about this book... the fact that all my favorites working together blew my mind. I mean so excited!!!

And if I had to rate the book just on that fact, or on the secondary characters alone it would absolutely be a 5-star rating. However, my rating is for the whole book and it just failed me in the end...

I loved every character in this book, each one had their own uniqueness that endeared me to them. I was especially fond of Dean, Cameron, and Kingsley. They were laugh out loud fun
book bruin
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I absolutely LOVED Leo and Lulu’s story! I was hooked right from the start and I didn't want to put it down. This second chance-ish friends to lovers slow burn rom com was everything I love about Lauren Blakely's books and more. It was sweet and sexy, but also poignant and heartfelt. I loved the overall message of grabbing life by the horns and not waiting on your dreams. Nothing in life is guaranteed and this theme was so beautifully woven into the story.

You will be hardpressed to find a hero
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Oooh! A new charming man and a vibrant woman in a Lauren Blakely rom-com with some more emotional undertones....and Chocolate! What is not to like?!

Leo Hennessy is an executive at a chocolate company named Heavenly. He is smart, handsome, driven, introspective, and loyal.

Lulu Diamond has been friends with him for over a decade. She used to be his best friend's girl. But now years later she is following her dreams with her own chocolate shop and hoping to partner in a venture with Heavenl
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Birthday Suit by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by a cast of 12, starring Sebastian York and Andi Arndt
Contemporary Romance/RomCom
I know it’s still the beginning of January, but I declare Birthday Suit by Lauren Blakely the BEST AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR. Seriously, there is absolutely no way to top this cast of 12 amazing narrators reading an already great Lauren Blakely book that also features CHOCOLATE. OMG, all of my favorite things!

I was a little worried. I thought m
Cyndi Marie ☆★Audiobook Addict★☆
🎧 Audio Review 🎧
I think we have an Audie Winner for 2019!!!

This book was great, the story was a fun, witty and had some serious situations too. A perfect blend of emotions for me. Lauren Blakely never disappoints. The characters were deep and witty and the chemistry was off the charts. I love the build up and this book had it in spades. I feel like Leo was a very stand up guy which I always love and he got exactly what he deserves since he was pretty hard on himself. Lulu was a fun and strong ch
Tianna✸loves books✸
Jan 16, 2019 marked it as i-tried
Shelves: snoozefest
I just can’t get into this.
Veronica Bellaorev Books
This is definitely my favorite audiobook from Lauren Blakely. It was brilliant and the performance outstanding. Usually books are better but in this case I garantee you that the audiobook experience is epic and the better option. We are talking 12 NARRATORS. Some of my favorite ones like Sebastian York, Andi Arndt, Joe Arden and Erin Mallon. They brought to life Leo and Lulu’s sweet, fun and sexy love story and made sure that even the secondary characters stole my heart. It felt like watching an ...more
Maybe listening to this book when you are going through something similar as the female lead is not the wisest choice but alas, here we are...

Lauren Blakely won my heart back in 2020 with A Guy Walks into My Bar but this was my first book of hers with MF leads. I was seriously impressed not just because of how much I liked the story with MF leads but because it was just a heartfelt, feel-good story about finding love. For Lulu it was about finding love after losing the one you loved but for Leo
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Birthday Suit is Lauren Blakely's newest release and I wish I could give this 10 stars. To be honest, I struggled with writing this review because I know that whatever I write will not do this story justice. This story is just that fantastic!

While reading this book, I laughed out loud, I cried ugly tears from my heart, and I cheered for the hero and heroine to find their way to each other. Leo has had it bad for Lulu for a decade and they've been the best of friends since he first laid eyes on h
E. Edwards
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
what we need more of ... Audible narrators ... if u r an author ... i would totally recommend this ... i don't know what kind of pull Lauren Blakely has ...but somehow she got so many amazing narrators together to read or do a book of hers ... AMAZING!!! wowza!! but but but ... no spoiler .. but wait til the end ... JUST WAIT!! one question I wanna ask narrators ... Who would you most wanna narrator with ... if you could pick any one ... who would u like to work with? or hope to work with? I hav ...more
❊ Cami ❊
Apr 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
Dnf. Bad. Boring
Beneath The Covers Blog
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, sonal, 2019-reads
Full review can be found HERE -->

*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal
Sandra Hoover
A good friends-to-lovers romance! 3.5 Stars
A fantastic audio performance by multiple narrators!! 4 Stars

And no doubt about it...Leo's best look is his birthday suit!! ;)
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Chocolate anyone? Birthday Suit is a standalone forbidden/friend-to-lover romance. This relationship is definitely slow burn, lengthy foreplay, and shameless flirting. Leo and Lulu’s relationship goes way back when they were the tree amigos on college. One guy got the girl and Leo heartbreakingly looked on. Leo thought he moved on with is life but when tragedy strikes and Lulu came back to NY years later. The two met again and this they will be working closely together. Old feelings emerged. Can ...more
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