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Asking For a Friend

(Boyfriend Material #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,692 ratings  ·  308 reviews
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 Id weed through
Paperback, 300 pages
Published December 16th 2019 by Independently Published
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Lauren Blakely
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm so thrilled that readers can now grab Asking For a Friend! It's quite possibly my favorite book I've written!

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Stacey is Sassy
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-2019
***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 its 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
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lauren has done it again. This book rocks. Book 1 of a new series and I cant wait to read more of the series. If theyre 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.

Wendy Irving
Protagonist is annoying

Clever dialog is enjoyable if its mixed in with ordinary narration. It seems like the author/protagonist is trying too hard to be witty in every phrase. Its actually tiring and rings fake. The other frustration I have is that the female and male protagonist sound too much alike. Without speech tags in the dialog, either character could be saying the lines. I get that they are fated to be together, but its not interesting if they are clones of each other. I stopped reading
Candyce Kirk
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Carmen Rae
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, no-angst
This was classic Lauren Blakely. Great characters, a cute, humorous drama free story.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Boyfriend Material is the perfect name for this series because Lauren Blakelys 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,
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Kate R
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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. Its a perfect feel good rom com with very little drama and angst and I was here for it!

This book is about Amy, who weve actually seen in the Always Satisfied series. Shes Quinns sister from Special Delivery, and also Joshs sister from Overnight Service. But, this is still a standalone. Amy is basically the quintessential book worm. She
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Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have gotten a new credit on my Audible app and this book came up as a recommended title so... Here we are!

This book is proof that a great audiobook can save anyone! The story started so so so interesting, especially for a fan of Henry Cavill, Clark Kent, books books books and crazy coincidence. Oh, and vanilla latte and 'occasional' cake. It took me one sitting to listen and then continue reading it on my kindle to finish this book. One evening and a rollercoaster.

So why only 4 stars? As much
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This had so many situations that could have ended in a conflict but they didn't because all the characters actually talked to each other and acted like adults. I like that so much.
Red Cheeks Reads
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Ive 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,
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Struggled with this book for some reason. It just didn't hold my interest. I'm interested Peyton and Tristan's story.
book bruin
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Happily Mary After
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-dec
You do not want to miss Lauren Blakelys 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. Shes vibrant, fun, smart and gorgeous, and hes intensely attracted to her. Thankfully (kind of), Amy is concentrating on a possible promotion and also avoiding ...more
J. Grayland
Not sure what it was about this book but for some reason I couldn't just get into it, the characters were great, the story line was funny and predictable and the sex was hot as usual.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
cute but boring
Melena Torretta
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2019
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
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Asking for a Friend (Boyfriend Material #1) by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke with guests Zachary Webber and Erin Mallon
Standalone First in an inter-related Series

Its no secret that I dont ever miss a Lauren Blakely audiobook. I listened to Asking For a Friend back in December, then took vacation before I had a chance to review it, so I re-listened before listening to Sex and Other Shiny Objects . I loved it just as much the second time around.

All of Laurens books
Erin Lewis
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF!!!!!!! Exceedingly boring and tedious. By page 72 I was done. The banter between Amy and Linc is tiresome and going absolutely no where. What a monumental waste of reading time!
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute book with an addictive storyline. The synopsis was what got me interested but finding out its also an office romance (lowkey) was even better.

Amy and Lincs story was so cute and I cant wait to read about Peyton and Tristans next.
blue night
Jan 12, 2020 added it
Shelves: f-m
Super sweet, hipster talking hetero romance. Not really my thing so not going to rate it. I mostly skimmed. Not sure why its listed as m/m - its not. Having a gay sidekick dude doesnt make it m/m... ...more
5 "hot tamale" stars!

Asking for a Friend is a hilarious, sweet, and ultra swoony workplace romance with a twist. It's the perfect combination of naughty and nice, and delivers a smile-inducing rom com I couldnt put down!

Amy is a junior editor at Bailey and Brooks Publishing and books are her life. She puts her all into her job and isnt looking for love but it doesnt stop her from noticing her new coworker.



Linc moved to NYC from Los Angeles to work for Bailey and Brooks. He is focused on his
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
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
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