Sex and Other Shiny Objects - Lauren Blakely

Sex and Other Shiny Objects

By Lauren Blakely

  • Release Date: 2020-01-13
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 227 Ratings


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, and whether it even works.

Time to find out as I embark on Project Sexy Scenes Research, at the request of my hotshot book editor bestie.

All I need is a willing scene partner. Enter Tristan, my best guy friend. The witty, tell-it-like-it-is, bearded hottie volunteers for the experiment.

He's also the guy who gave me the most devastating, toe-curling kiss of my life ten years ago. But nothing has happened since then.
And nothing will come between my panties and our friendship now since we have a plan to keep it PG.
But once the buttons start flying, all bets are off..


  • Sexy-as-hell

    By GreyGirl50
    Anyone who reads contemporary romance with explicit sex scenes has read about flying shirt buttons, strenuous stairway or slippery sex in the shower and the ease of ripping $25 panties and whether or not the author has done her homework and tried all the crazy calisthenics in her books. Only Lauren Blakely would write a book that tests all of those theories and I’m so glad she did. This book was witty, endlessly amusing and sexy-as-hell and now enquiring minds have been satisfied in a most spectacular way. And by the way, don’t try the bathtub sex; it’s much more fun in the jacuzzi! I read an early copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
  • Fresh, Flirty and Fun friends-to-lovers story

    By Lelypop1
    Peyton gets a second chance with Tristan in this friends-to-lovers sexy Rom-com by Blakely. Given an opportunity to test the reality of romance novel scenarios (think: buttons popping when ripping off shirts, tearing off panties with teeth) and help her lingerie business at the same time, Peyton and Tristen get together to run the “experiments.” Even with the predictable trope, Blakely’s writing is, as always, fresh, flirty and fun, delivering a thoroughly enjoyable and light story.
  • I absolutely loved this book!

    By Kayreader
    I absolutely LOVED this friends-to-lovers look at how romance scenes are played out in novels!! Do buttons really ping, ping, ping everywhere when shirts are ripped open? Is tub sex really possible? Can you really rip panties off with your teeth? Peyton and Triston take to the task of answering these questions and more, but they do so with trepidation at first, because hey, they are friends, but the steam they generate....WOW....there is definitely something more there. This story is so delightful, I'm having a really hard time picking my favorite book boyfriend lately...IKR...soooo hard...Tristan is scrumptious, sweet, and amazing and boy does he bring the lusty steam. They brought the chemistry and built up the "we really shouldn't" until the tea kettle was absolutely screaming. This is a perfect combo to go with Amy and Linc's story, but also can be read as a complete standalone too.
  • Definitely One to Read

    By Doingthisforcoinsssssdzzzzz
    Peyton and Tristan are great friends, so who better to ask help her try out sexy times scenarios for her blog than the man she trusts most? Yes, there was that unforgettable kiss in college. Yes, he’s an extremely attractive guy with whom she always has a great time. But they’re friends first and foremost and she couldn’t bear to lose their friendship. Too bad their hearts, and other body parts, want more.
  • Sweet & sexy romance!

    By gingin615
    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 all in. She just needs to find the right partner to reenact the sexy scenes from the book to see if they work in real life and then blog about the results. The only guy she trusts is Tristan and he's up for it...he just has to control his longtime feelings for Peyton. He's been in love since college but something always got in the way and he doesn't have time for a broken heart. Tristan is a fabulous hero. He's drop dead gorgeous, a successful business owner and parent to his teen brother. Responsible is his middle name and he's such a grown MAN! Swoon!! And his never ending love her Peyton is so sweet. When things turn steamy during the re-enactments Peyton sees Tristan in a new light and realizes that college kiss was everything. Sizzling chemistry takes the would-be lovers to a great place. It's just a matter of who's going to jump first and tell the other how they feel. This is a quick, easy read with a group of wonderful gal pals and a sweet and sexy romance between a couple of hotties. As usual the writing is fantastic and drew me in right from the start and kept me turning the pages as Peyton and Tristan's relationship goes from a beautiful friendship to a smoking hot romance. I can't wait for the next adventure with this group of fabulous friends that this terrific author has given us. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
  • Terrible

    By Benny andajets
    Worst Lauren Blakey book I’ve ever read, and I have read many. It is not the same writing quality as her other books at all. Filled with cliche sayings and such trophy and predictable scenes.
  • Swoon!

    By gabbysreading
    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 Tristan who stepped up to raise his younger brother while successfully running his own restaurant. It's obvious, they're amazing people. But them out... it's pure magic. Testing out classic romance novel scenes the way they were takes a lot of trust and respect. It is 100 percent evident that they have it in one another. This is my favorite thing about this book. The love, care and the devotion. I wouldn't do this book any justice if I didn't talk about the sexual tension. I live for the longing in this book. The unspoken wants and desires between Tristan and Peyton. As the story went on and the experiments became steamier, I felt like I needed them together just as badly as they wanted to be. It was hot and bit heart achy. But it was oh so good. If you're looking for fun and steamy slow burning friends to lovers romance with Lauren Blakely typical brand of heart, heat and banter, you'll want Sex and Other Shiny Objects. Oh also Tristan has the most deliciously dirty mouth. It's standing ovation worthy. You don't want to miss it.
  • Loved it!!

    By mpatane5
    Loved it! This friends to lovers storyline is sexy and witty with laugh out loud moments. The chemistry between Tristian and Peyton is sizzling hot. Their banter and friendship will pull you in and keep you hostage until the end. Another fantastic read in this series.
  • Love these Characters

    By MaryW fan
    Can I just say up front that I love Peyton & Tristan, the main characters in this Friends to Lovers story?? This is the second book in Lauren’s new Boyfriend Material series, but it’s a standalone with a happily ever after. You’ll just recognize a few other characters if you’ve read some of Lauren’s previous books. The really “fun” part of this book is the set-up of how these two get from point A to point B. Peyton is writing a companion piece to a romance novel...charged with “testing out” some of those standard sexy scenarios. Can you really rip buttons off a shirt? How about taking off your lovers clothes while heading up the stairs? And just how realistic is sex in the bath tub? Who better than one of her best friends to try these scenes with...strictly platonically. I think we all know how that’s going to work out, but it’s a hilarious and fun read to get these two to where we all want them to be. Another winner!
  • I brake for shiny objects!

    By starstacy
    When I smiled reading the first few pages, I knew this was going to be an enjoyable ride of a book! I laughed throughout the book along with shedding a few tears because I was rooting for Peyton and Tristan. Peyton and Tristan’s story is a slow burn friends to lovers story. The timing was never right for them, but what happens when Peyton needs help from a male with an experiment and she asks Tristan? An enjoyable story of long buried feelings, sexy times, friendship, trust, loyalty and love that I am so glad I braked for and read! I received an advanced copy of this ebook from Candi Kane PR for my honest review.