D.G.’s Rating: 4.5 stars = A-
Well Hung is without a doubt, Lauren Blakely’s best book to date. It was sexy, it was funny, it was romantic and finally, finally! There was a conflict. It wasn’t anything angsty – Ms. Blakely doesn’t write angst – or silly, or earth-shattering, but it MADE SENSE FOR THE CHARACTER.
Before we get started on the actual review, let me tell all the OCD’s out there that although Well Hung is marketed as a standalone, technically it isn’t. Wyatt, the hero, is Nick’s twin (the hero from Mister O) and friends with Spencer (the hero from “Big Rock”), while Natalie, the heroine, is Charlotte’s sister (the heroine from “Big Rock”.) I understand why the author is not marketing the 3 books as a series – it probably doesn’t help sales for people who are just discovering her books – and nothing of those HEA’s is divulged here so you can safely read them out of order. I’m just mentioning this because I know some readers would like to know that the books are related.
So what is this conflict in Well Hung? To put it simply, Wyatt doesn’t trust his instinct when it comes to women. The past two women he’s dated seriously went crazy on him and threatened his business. So you can understand why he’s not keen to get involved with Natalie, his assistant extraordinaire. Even though he’s very attracted to her, he’s swore not to mix business with pleasure. All that changes in Vegas, where bad news leads to drinking, which leads to hot (public) sex, which leads to them getting married. The next day, they know their marriage was a mistake. They decide to get an annulment and continue with their business relationship but that’s easier said than done. Now that they’ve had sex, keeping a strictly business relationship has become VERY hard (so to speak.)
I loved Wyatt and totally understood where he was coming from. He’s funny and determined to be a good guy. From the beginning of the book, the reader knows he’s already in love with Natalie – the way he looks at her, talks about her, you can tell is not only about the physical – but he just doesn’t trust himself. And can you blame the guy? He’s been burned not once, but twice. No wonder he thinks he only attracts a particular kind of woman.
Maybe I have a sign on my forehead that says “Crazy? Consider me. I pair well with insane women. Like a good wine and cheese.”
And that’s the reason Wyatt doesn’t even consider a relationship with Natalie: he’s paranoid she’s after his business. Even though she seems to be this amazing, kind, caring, decent woman who is so in tune with him that it seems unreal, Wyatt is constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.
This book is told from Wyatt’s POV so we know little about what Natalie is feeling, with the exception that she seems pretty cool and understanding. She’s also a black belt in karate! How freaking cool is that? She’s so nice that she even gets it when Wyatt confesses his paranoia with the sandwich. It was weird how she seemed so chirpy about the annulment/divorce business when you knew she was totally into him, but when some things are explained at the end, the reader understands why.
Sebastian York is just the perfect narrator for these books. His gravely voice just yells “wise guy!” His female voices will never be perfect but they have improved tremendously.
There are a lot of hints about the couple for the next book. Wyatt’s sister and his best friend? The Hemsworth lookalike and the nanny? So many possibilities! (Using my amazing Google skills I found out that both of these stories will release in the next few months.) After listening to Well Hung, it’s clear to me that Ms. Blakely is hitting her stride as a romance writer so I already preordered her next: The Sexy One.
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