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Sex and Other Shiny Objects

(Boyfriend Material #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  719 ratings  ·  231 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

book bruin
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Edited 1/17/20
Audiobook Review
Overall 4 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 4 stars

I don't think I will ever tire of Jason Clarke's voice. He pairs perfectly with Andi Arndt (and everyone else he's cast with). Every Lauren Blakely audiobook is a feast for the ears and it's always such a fun treat to hear other beloved narrators making small cameos. It makes the audiobook feel like a duet style narration and only adds to the listening experience. Teddy Hamilton, Joe Arden, Erin Mallon, and others all
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 it was amazing
Another great book from Lauren Blakely. This is a friends to lovers’ romance which is one of my favorite tropes. This book will have you laughing and swooning and falling in love with the characters from page one. Peyton and Tristan shared a kiss in the past but it didn’t go anywhere. Now, Peyton is asking Tristan for help on some research and the feelings and attraction that they had for each other hits them full force. I loved the interactions they had with each other and the other characters ...more
Pam Nelson
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of friends to lovers, but I am not going to lie it took me a little bit to get into this book. But once I did I was hooked. These two characters are so very relatable. They are such great friends that fear of putting yourself out there to be rejected or even losing your friend well who doesn’t relate to that on some level.

The fact that they both fear the same thing is what hooked me. I like that Tristan is just as vulnerable. He feared the same things Payton does.

Oh but you can’t
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
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
Kate R
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Sex and Other Shiny Objects is the second book in Boyfriend Material series. We met both Tristan and Peyton in the first book. I was definitely intrigued by their relationship, but this story blew my expectations. It was fantastic! What’s not to love about fun characters, fresh storyline, and set at a perfect pace!

Peyton and Tristan have been friends for 10 years, but she’s been in a serious relationship for most of them. When Amy (from book one) has a romantic comedy to publish, she comes up
Pamela Lilley
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in the Boyfriend Material series and we have best friends Tristan and Peyton refusing to accept their feelings for each other. When they decide to test out various scenes in romance novels for Peyton’s blog you just know they’re going to stray from the friend zone, and yes, if your favourite trope is friends to lovers (it’s definitely one of mine), you’ll know that things go way beyond friendship, and that, right there, spells disaster. Can they come back from their discretion? Neither ...more
4 "Try this at home." Stars!

I enjoyed this! Very cute and sexy friends to lovers story. Both main characters were very likable. I'm so happy for them. Happy reading!
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
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 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
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can always count on a Lauren Blakely romantic comedy to bring the laughs, the steam, and a cast of characters who provide hilarious fodder and witty remarks that keep me entertain from the first page to the last.

I love the plot line of Sex and Other Shiny Objects; it provides a unique set of circumstances for Peyton and Tristan to figure out how to go from being friends to lovers in a way that won’t feel awkward and will continue past their research project experiments.

I loved the chemistry
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sex and Other Shiny Objects by Lauren Blakely

Book two in the Boyfriend Material series is a best friends to lovers romance and is all about Peyton and Tristan. While Tristan has been on the the verge of in love with Peyton for many years, the opportunity never came up for him to confess all and get the girl. But now that Peyton needs some help in trying out sexy scenes from a book and testing their user-friendliness, she can’t ask anyone she trusts more than Tristan. They both want to preserve
Melinda  Parker
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Blakely writes book boyfriends like no other, quite simply, they are what dreams are made of. And Tristan may just be the ultimate fantasy. Just reading about this enthusiastic and oh so competent man made my toes curl and my heart skip a beat or two. He definitely commands your attention!

Peyton is a firecracker no doubt. Confident and take charge. She has a passion for lace and satin and a good thing since it’s her livelihood. And when something threatens her passion, she wages a war.
Richelle Robinson
“ I received a review copy from author and voluntarily provided an honest review. This does not affect the opinion of the book or the content of the review.”

Peyton is given the opportunity to “test the sexy scenes” in romance novels. Bathtub sex, panty ripping, staircase sex etc. We’ve all read them and possibly thought about doing them in real life. For this task she enlist the help of her best friend, Tristan. The two of them have been kind of tap dancing around their feelings for one another
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First off, Lauren Blakely NEVER disappoints, ever!! I love everything I have read from her and also come back for more. I love her writing style and her ability to make you fall in love with her characters and always have you rooting for them. And of course always a page turner. I love both Peyton and Tristan but Tristan completely stole my heart from the get go. I was absolutely number one cheerleader for him. I love the comedy that comes along with the level of steaminess that will have you ...more
This one was very entertaining. Peyton was pure joy. Her silly antics brings the reader right into the story. And, Tristan so sweet and considerate. He lives with his younger brother, Barrett, and looks out for him and takes care of him responsibly and with care after the loss of their parents. Why not 5 stars? Well I’m not a gal that rewards a book a 5 when there’s so much back and forth. I did, however, enjoy Ms. Blakely’s newest release...
Sandy S
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
SEX AND OTHER SHINY OBJECTS is the second instalment in Lauren Blakely’s contemporary, adult BOYFIREND MATERIAL erotic, romance series focusing on a tight knit group of friends in New York City. This is twenty-nine year olds, restaurateur / bar owner Tristan, and lingerie shop owner / blogger Peyton Valencia’s story line. SEX AND OTHER SHINY OBJECTS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary.

Told from
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
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-wishlist
OHHH MY GOSH how perfect is Tristan, seriously the man is a walking swoon show.

Tristan and Peyton have been friends since college, and only friends even though they did share a toe-curling kiss the universe had other plans for them at the time. Sadly, ten years pass without them (cough..Tristan) gaining the courage to confess their true feelings. Thus convincing each other friendship was the only deal on the table; can anyone say catch-22!

Life happened in the ten years of friendship including
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 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So we met Peyton and Tristan in Asking For A Friend, book one in Boyfriend Material and I could tell in that, that these two had chemistry from the moment they were introduced into the story, well I got that impression so I was eager to see where Ms. Blakely was going to take them in their own book and of course, I wasn't disappointed.

I won't dive in deep, but I will say this book was more than I expected. It was true Lauren Blakely's romance that I have come to love. I go into this author's
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This new series from LB is fast and fun and definitely very flirty! This book has the perfect balance of wit to romance to swoon. I devoured this friends to lovers that has a slight hint at second change romance as well in a day. They are total standalone novels and even if some characters from the previous books make an appearances, it won’t matter if you haven’t read them, or can’t place them, as each tale is purely centered on the leads on this book.

I loved a confident and sassy woman but I
Erin Lewis
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 star review of Sex & Other Shiny Objects (Boyfriend Material #2) by Lauren Blakely

We first met Peyton and Tristan in book one Asking for a Friend and I was intrigued by both of them. They have been friends for over ten years and there is something that lies beneath the surface simmering, perhaps because of the hot as sin kiss they once shared.

Peyton is looking to increase business at her lingerie shop and asks Tristan for a favour. Tristan has had feelings for Peyton for a long time but
Ga Books LoverX
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who else can you trust more than your best friend in the entire world? So when Peyton volunteers to help her friend figure out if the "sexy" moments in books can really happen, who else would she trust more to do this with than her BFF Tristan, right? What she was not prepared for was the SUPER HOT CHEMISTRY between the two of them, but the last thing she wants to do is ruin her friendship, so what is a girl to do??!?!

I love all things Lauren Blakely and the Boyfriend Material series is funny
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Coming back from a broken engagement and with her business struggling, Peyton is trying to find the way to the woman she was before the relationship. She’s ready to start dating and explore other things including resuscitating her almost defunct blog.
When her friend Amy has an idea about a companion book for a romance novel acting some of the sexy scenes, Peyton decides to volunteer and recruits her best friend Tristan to help her. The catch is that Peyton and Tristan shared a kiss back in
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Note: An ARC was provided by the author.

First things first: I FLOVED Peyton's last name!!! I was thrilled when I saw it in the book, and ended up grinning like an idiot every time it was mentioned. Okay, now that I've got that out of the way, can I just say that I loved everything about the book, but there are three things that I really must mention as standout moments: first is Tristan's relationship with his younger brother, seventeen-year-old Barrett; second is that the author didn't drag out
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Peyton and Tristan are best friends who shared a kiss over a decade ago and while both of them felt something, a relationship was never pursued past that kiss. However, things are about to change!

Sex and Other Shiny Objects is the story of Peyton and Tristan, two friends who have this amazing chemistry and pull but yet will not act upon it. When Peyton mentions trying to build her business and blog for her lingerie shop, Tristan offers to become very hands-on in the project ;)

I loved the
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