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Sex and Other Shiny Objects

(Boyfriend Material #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,878 ratings  ·  321 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 shredding
300 pages
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!"

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

Stacey is Sassy
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the right words...eventually

Another fantastic story by Lauren Blakely and this is quickly becoming one of my favourite series as well. Sex and Other Shiny Objects was funny, sweet and very sexy. The characters were loveable, a little quirky and very realistic in their vulnerability.

Payton and Tristan have been friends for years. In college, they shared one sizzling kiss that was supposed to be the start of something special. Timing wasn't on their side and support and friendship was a lot m
book bruin
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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 m
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 fro
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
Alex in Spades
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Heart Experiment Stars

Two friends engage in some light (on the surface), funny and sexy experiment - so what could go wrong? Especially when one of them has some lingering feelings for the other.

This was another lovely, sweet, deliciously sexy book from Lauren Blakely. It just warms your heart, keeps you in a cute and cosy state of mind when you need to skip a few hours of your day (and escape to the world of beautiful and lacy lingerie). Tristan and Peyton definitely knew how to shred some u
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 de
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
the friends to lovers trope is always a pleasure to read about. tristan and peyton have known each other for a very long time, and both of them have had feelings for each other. their story is really cute. when she volunteered to quality check the sexy scenes in amy’s new book, she asked tristan to assist her. this research brought them together and they became more intimate because how do you even avoid it?
Cherry Bob*omb
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars: It was okay. It was pretty much interchangeable with every other Blakely book but I found the dialogue and subplot where she sells/ writes about lingerie with her "lingerie esp" inane. ...more
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 si
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 ne
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 on ...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!
Well Ms Blakely never ceases to amaze me with how quickly she manages to get her stories out, does this woman never sleep?

The great thing about this is that there is always room for another LB story, the really great news is that they ar ealways fab, jam packed with brilliant content, and always a fantastic audio experience.
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 w
Bookworm 🐛
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not bad, but it was nothing to get excited for.
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 whe
Farah Faqir
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 e
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 help t
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 fa ...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...
Micky Cox
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story of two friends dancing around the feelings that they have harbored for each other for years, but have always been too afraid to act on them in order to preserve the friendship. Then a project for her lingerie blog stirs the pot and sets actions into motion that can't be undone. A delightfully funny rom com that is narrated excellently to entertain and excite for hours on end! ...more
Review to come...maybe
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love unrequited love stories. My favorite books. This was not a disappointment!
Amanda Lewis
Could have been good but

This is a book where the characters already want to be together and they keep saying it to themselves. This is no spoiler because it's happening from the begining. The only plot is you are waiting for them to stop misunderstanding and tell each other. It makes the book boring. The intimacy scenes are hot but there's not many. Then you are just waiting for these two to stop misinterpreting obvious love signals. This isn't really a book about falling in love. They are alrea
Tiera McMillian
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Funny, cute and super easy romance without much adversity. Made for a calm and quick read through. Listened to this on Audible, not sure if it was the narration or just the book in general but I never really got too invested in the story. Neither of the characters came across as super bold and grabbed my interest. There were several funny and giggly parts which added some enjoyment but nothing that dropped me to the floor or anything.

Sometimes its nice to have some pretty smooth sailing in a rom
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