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Sex and Other Shiny Objects

(Boyfriend Material #2)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  171 reviews
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
Published January 13th 2020
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Lauren Blakely
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"Smart, sassy, sexy and swoony!"

Audible Performed by Andi Arndt & Jason Clarke and special guest star Julia Whelan
With additional voices by Joe Arden and Erin Mallon

Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a spectacular read, and I really had a great time laughing while reading it. This book was amazing and so enjoyable in a lot of ways. Who doesn’t need a rom-com in their life? Well, everyone should’ve read a rom-com in their life, even just once. Trust me, you’ll feel better after reading it.

The story as an overall was very engaging, so heart-warming, and beautifully written. This is the type of romance that will light up my day so easily. Aside from dark and contemporary romances,
5 stars!

Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite book tropes so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Sex and Other Shiny Objects, and it did not disappoint! It is a sweet, sexy, romantic comedy that brings on the laughs and fills you with love.

Tristan and Peyton have been best of friends since college. Other than one hot kiss from years ago, they have never crossed the line. However, that doesn’t mean they haven’t thought about it, timing has just always been off. Peyton and Tristan are now both
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

Have you ever wonder if the sexy scenes in romance books truly work in real life?

Lauren Blakely had managed to deliver an entertaining story full of swoon worthy moments as the characters embark on a search project that will change their lives forever.

Peyton Marie Valencia loves a good lingerie piece. Ever since her grandmother took her shopping for her first bra at 13, Peyton has always worn lace. But it became so much more meaningful
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
We were first introduced to Peyton and Tristan in Asking for a Friend and got to know them rather intimately in Sex and Other Shinny Things, Book 2 in the Boyfriend Material series. Lauren Blakely never disappoints and her first release of 2020 had me smiling and wishing for more. Peyton and Tristan are best friends who shared a kiss over a decade ago. Due to various circumstances that are well explained in the book, they never progressed to dating and Tristan always longed for more. You could ...more
Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book
Do buttons really fly off dress shirts when ripped open in the heat of passion? Is it possible to remove one's clothes while simultaneously walking up a staircase? Is bathtub sex comfortable? If you've found yourself pondering the answer to any of these questions, prepare to have your curiosity satiated once and for all by Lauren Blakely. In Sex and Other Shiny Objects, the heroine is tasked with enacting certain scenarios popular in romance novels and writing about them. Is this not one of the ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided courtesy of the Author**

I'm not surprised that my first five star book of 2020 is a Lauren Blakely book. Sex and Other Shiny Objects is a fabulous friends to lovers book with the perfect balance of heart and heat. This book had me captivated from start to finish and definitely made me swoon.

I absolutely loved Peyton. She's smart, kind and has a big heart. I truly enjoyed watching her growth throughout this book. It was fun to see her put herself out there and open herself up to
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
Sex and Other Shiny Objects is the second book in the Boyfriend Material series and Lauren’s next romantic comedy. You can read it as a standalone but I highly recommend reading Asking for a Friend. It’s so good!! And it’s where I first met Peyton as Amy’s bestie, and Tristan as the delicious restaurant owner and friend to both ladies. It was definitely a tease to what was up next for these two!

Tristan and Peyton have been the best of friends since they met freshman year in college. And in all
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5+ stars
We got a bit of a peek at Peyton and Tristan's friendship and verbal foreplay in Asking for a Friend. But now Peyton is actually asking Tristan for a favor.

Peyton runs a small lingerie shop and takes great pride in customer service and exceptional products. But with increased competition, she needs some publicity. So she resurrects her fun blog posts and takes on an assignment to test out romantic scenes from a book and see if they really work.

Her cheating boyfriend is out of the
Red Cheeks Reads
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Romantic comedies, by far, are my favorite trope to read, and hands down, Lauren Blakely’s are always at the top of the heap for me. Blakely’s writing always draws me in with her wit, her endearing characters and their whirlwind romances. I’ve yet to pick up one of Blakely’s novels and not loose myself in the pages of it. But there was something about the Boyfriend Material that felt different to me, and after reading Asking For A Friend, the first book, in the series, I was hooked.

PP's Bookshelf
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you could see my face while reading Sex and Other Shiny Objects by Lauren Blakely, you would think I have had plastic surgery and got a dizzy smile stuck permanently on it! Because that is exactly what happened to me. I could not stop myself from breaking into this gooey, warm, satisfied, happy and swoony smile. This story is best of Lauren Blakely. Witty. Funny. Charming. Steamy with captital S. Wonderful characters. Amazing emotion. Definition of perfect Rom Com.

I need to salute Lauren
Book Fanatic
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'Sex and Other Shiny Objects,' if the title itself doesn't have you one clicking this baby, I'm going to tell you a few reasons as to why you should!

Let's dive into the premise of the story first and let me just say this is the biggest reason to dive into this baby!

Peyton and Tristan are two so lovable characters. We meet them in the first book in the Boyfriend Material series, but know that every book can be read as a standalone too.

Tristan, a bar owner, has always had feelings for Peyton but
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"Sex and Other Shiny Objects" by Lauren Blakely was a fun and very amusing read. I enjoyed getting to know the female lead character, Peyton, when she was introduced as a secondary character in an earlier book, but I found her to be even more charming as the lead character in this story. I especially loved watching Peyton cast off the last shackles of her failed engagement and blossom into the bold, independent, successful businesswoman she was meant to be. I also loved the idea of using her ...more
Candyce Kirk
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just need a book that makes you laugh out loud and feel good at the end. Sex and Other Shiny Objects was definitely one of these books. If you've ever wondered if the sexy scenes in romance books are possible or work, this book gives us a fun take on that.

Peyton owns her own store and sells all types of undergarments. I love her take on this. Don't wear them for a man, but wear something that makes you feel sexy and confident. The description of all of the things she sells us was a
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Setting aside the book, having finished reading it in a few hours, I came to the conclusion that it is the equivalent of a rice cake (no offense to rice cakes) - light, stale, and utterly unsatisfying in any way.

Tristan and Peyton kept a close friendship ever since they met in college. Although they shared one unforgettable toe-curling kiss during sophomore year, they reverted back to being just friends due to bad timing and miscommunications. After the fallout of her engagement, the
Cee Cee Houston
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yet another winner from Lauren Blakely.
I love to spend some time in Lauren’s head, it must be amazing fun in there. How can it be anything else when she keeps coming up with these brilliant, laugh out loud, sexy as sin stories. Add in the fantastic couples, plus their families and friends and you have the perfect recipe for a warm-hearted and well-written story that will leave you desperate for more.
In Sex And Other Shiny Objects we meet Tristan and his younger brother. Tristan
Jeeves Reads Romance
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Prepare to fan yourself with this one - the CHEMISTRY between these two was on fire. This is without a doubt the best Lauren Blakely book I’ve read in a long time - and that’s saying something. It was so light and fun (and SEXY), with great banter and an easy connection between our couple that only comes from years of being friends. It’s a friends to lovers story with a completely unique premise that still showcases all of the things I love best about the trope - the shared history, the depth of ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a swoon-worthy friends to lovers romance with terrific characters. The lovely Peyton is fresh off a break up and ready to get back out there. She's the owner of her grandmother's lingerie shop and struggling to keep it going in the face of big box competition. Her guy bestie, the hunky restauranteur Tristan, is up to help in anyway he can. He encourages her to start her blog again and when her bestie Amy offers her the opportunity to use her blog as a tie-in to a romance novel, Peyton is ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Peyton runs a lingerie shop and is trying to get back into dating. In an effort to boost publicity for her store, she decides to reinstate a blog she once used to drive sales in the store. At the same time, an offer to help her publisher friends drops into her lap. The only problem is she needs a partner to help her enact the steamy scenes from a book, a partner she trusts.

Tristan is her best guy friend. They have been friends since college, and even shared a kiss back then, but have
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
Sex and Other Shiny Objects is Lauren Blakely's newest standalone in the Boyfriend Material series. Lauren is one of my favorite authors and I'm loving the characters in this series. They are smart, sassy, sexy and swoony! If you read Asking for a Friend you've met Tristan and Peyton. Best friends who shared a smoking hot kiss ten years ago, but the timing was never right to move past just friends. Now they are both single and when Peyton needs help with a special project, Tristan volunteers. He ...more
Nicole Collins
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sex and Other Shiny Objects by Lauren Blakely is a book 2 in the Boyfriend Material series, but it reads as a standalone book. I found this book to be totally swoonworthy, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Peyton and Tristan have been best friends since college, with an underlying “something more”. After Peyton’s failed engagement, she’s looking for a way to open herself up and get back in the game. So, she volunteers to help her bestie, Amy, with a project that involves testing out cliché sex
Jenn Amy
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Sex and Other Shiny Objects is the second book in Boyfriend Material series. We meet Tristan and Peyton in first book in the series, Asking For a Friend. I was excited for their story and it lived up to all my expectations and more.

I am a huge fan of the friends-to-lovers trope and add in Lauren Blakely’s humor and you have the perfect romantic comedy. LB is a master at humor, heart and chemistry. I couldn’t get enough of Tristan and Peyton. They are one of my favorite LB couples to
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun, engaging, and super steamy friends to lovers romance! Peyton and Tristan have been friends since college and have seen each other thru all their ups and downs. They came from totally different worlds but connected from the start. They had a very passionate moment back then, but it was over way too soon. They remained good friends, but never forgot the sparks that simmered below the surface. Now years later, Peyton is helping a friend and herself by blogging about the reality of those ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered if the steamy scenes in your romance novels are plausible? I do and interestingly enough the newest book by Lauren Blakely covers this topic…..hmmm? It’s wildly entertaining. Love Peyton and Tristan. Peyton owns a lingerie shop and loves lacey underthings. Tristan is Peyton’s best guy friend since they met in college. They shared a kiss 10 years ago and a variety of circumstances have kept them apart since. Peyton volunteers to help her best friends, Lola and Amy, complete ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Peyton brings happiness to both women and men. She runs a lingerie shop and works hard to make her customers feel their best. When a chain store opens close to her and offers half off she has to up her game to keep her business open. She comes up with a genius plan to not only help her store but also start her blog again and help out a friend.

Tristan is working hard, raising his kid brother and living his best life. He has his best friend back and life is good. When his brother points out he
Claire Cronin
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, witty, sweet and swoon worthy friends to lovers rom-com read that was engaging from start to finish with a fab story line, easily read as a standalone like I did, but I would happily read more like this!

Tristan and Peyton have been best friends for a long time, the line only having been crossed once 10 yrs ago with a kiss, memorable enough that neither will forget it, but it doesn't get acknowledged, the timing was wrong, and their friendship means the most to them.

Peyton runs
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-2020
***ARC Provided by the Author***

Fear is a powerful motivator. Fear of failing, of being vulnerable and even fear of getting what we want (because then we might lose it) are a lot of the reasons many of us do the things we do. It's also incredibly human and it allows you to really connect with the characters, as we've all been there. Maybe not while reenacting popular romance novel scenes, but we have all let fear keep us from saying what we want, or from acting as we want. Yes, fear keeps us
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun, sweet and so very sexy friends to lovers of romance. Lauren Blakey has delivered another swoony worthy gem with Sex and Other Shiny Objects. I couldn't wait to read this book. After reading Asking for a Friend and experiencing the undeniable "vibe" between Tristan and Peyton, I knew their story was going to have the most explosive chemistry. *Whispers* I was right.

I love these characters. Individually they're great. Peyton with her big heart and dedication to her customers. And
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ag-tbr, amazon-tbd, bb-tbd
I was so excited to get Sex and Other Shiny Objects in my hands! The title is catchy and the premise was such a fun one, I knew I would love the book! In fact, I gobbled it up in just a few sittings! Tristan and Peyton are seriously hot!

Tristan and Peyton are best friends. She asks him to help her out by testing sexy scenes from romance novels for a book she is writing. Can the scenes really happen like they are written? Let's test some out shall we!

But what happens when feeling start to emerge
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Boyfriend Material series. Peyton is Amy from Asking for a Friend's bff.

She owns a lingerie boutique called You Look Pretty Today. She is the lingerie whisperer. Like Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail, her store is threatened by a big box store. So she asks her male bff, Tristan, for some advice on what she can do to increase sales. He suggests some options and she decides to re-introduce her blog for the store.

At the same time, Amy & their other friend Lola, ask her to
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