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Asking for a Friend

Written by: Lauren Blakely
Series: Boyfriend Material, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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A delicious standalone romantic comedy performed by Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke with special guest stars Zachary Webber and Erin Mallon!

I was only trying to help a friend. I swear. I was legit asking for a friend who was finally ready to date again. I knew what she wanted in a man - smart, funny, ambitious, well-read (no, the sports section doesn't count), and plays a wicked game of badminton. So I did what any good friend would do. Posted it for her. It seemed like a good idea at the time - I’d weed through the candidates, and bring her my top picks. But then he responded. Is it wrong to date the guy I screened for my bestie? Not asking for a friend.

Asking for a Friend is a Boyfriend Material series standalone! Three best friends. Three outrageous proposals. Three chances to fall in love. Three brand new standalones from Lauren Blakely!

©2019 Lauren Blakely Books (P)2019 Lauren Blakely Books

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2019-11-15

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Another awesome Lauren Blakely book! I am so excited about this new series after finishing book 1. I was in love with this book because of all the "book love" and banter. Seriously these characters work in publishing so they both love books and their flirting and banter has a lot of book related stuff and that was my complete downfall!

This is a sort of "You've Got Mail" storyline which made it even better. They spend a lot of time chatting and being honest with each other before they even know who each other is so their attraction and their connection felt so real. She was probably more honest than she would have been since she wasn't trying to catch him for herself which is another thing I loved about it. This book felt seriously fun, sexy and sweet all in one perfect package. I can't wait for book 2, thankfully it's LB so we won't be waiting very long. Amy was such a fun character, she is so witty and inner monologue had me giggling through out the story.

I was sold at Jason Clarke and Andi Arndt! They are both fantastic narrators and did an amazing job bringing the banter, wit and chemistry out in these characters
And Erin Mallon and Zachery Webber were also perfect in this performance, you seriously can't go wrong with this all star cast!!

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 2019-12-20

Incredible

This book had me right from the beginning, I pretty much love everything Lauren writes but I still have that one favorite book of hers and I really think this one slid in behind it. I loved the characters Linc and Amy are so uniquely themselves and the chemistry they have. Oooh look out!

Books that make your heart happy, that make you swoon, yet is charming but also totally relatable, that is these characters they just have it all. It makes you never want to press pause.

This book just hit all the right buttons and I hope it hits yours as well.

The narration is fantastic as always, Mrs. Blakely sure knows how to pick just the right voices for each of her characters and she hit the nail right on the head with this cast.

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  • Cheryl
  • 2019-12-18

A slow burn with a hot coupling.

It’s really 4.5 stars. I wish it was a longer book! I loved these characters!

Amy and Linc have great chemistry. I loved their banter before hooking up and I loved their work ethics. Lauren really conveyed that these characters loved books as entertainment. Not a hobby. I quite enjoyed that.

This idea that Amy would screen guys for her friend was cute. I’ve seen it done before and I think it’s a trope that has a lot of ways it can go. In other words, it’s easy to build a decent story it.

The audio is great. Lauren consistently knocks it out of the park. Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke make for a great coupling. Zachary Webber was a scene stealer with Baldwin. I wish we had a little more Erin Mallon, but that’s just me being selfish.

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  • bookbruin
  • 2019-12-23

Adorkable Romcom

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This was exactly the kind of swoony, low angst romcom that I needed! Asking For a Friend hooked me in right from the start, thanks to two of the quirkiest and most adorkable characters that I've encountered. Linc and Amy were undeniably perfect for each other and their playful banter and conversations made them even more endearing. I loved that there was push and pull thanks to the office romance taboo/some past baggage, but nothing over the top or unnecessary. The drama that does pop up is resolved just as quickly as it appears. It allowed the story to focus on these two and more importantly, the powerful message that "women can support each other even when they compete". Cape power all the way!

Catching up with previous Blakely characters and the nods to locations and businesses that have popped up through her books are always fun easter eggs to find. The secondary characters were just as wonderful, especially Baldwin. I loved that he got his HEA too ;)

Jason Clarke and Andi Arndt are delicious as always and the cameos by Erin Mallon and Zachary Webber were such a fun treat. Zachary Webber was wonderful as Baldwin! Though the audiobook isn't fully done in the duet style, there are parts (like text messages) that are. The playful banter and back and forth play out perfectly on audio. There's a quick preview excerpt of Tristan and Peyton's story at the end as well to get listeners/readers excited for the next book! If you're looking for a sweet, feel good romcom, you don't want to miss Asking For a Friend!

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  • seelk
  • 2020-01-19

love love love

I am so in love with Amy and Linc! So perfect for each other and with each other. Love their story, it is light, fun, hilarious at times, with a great cast of secondary characters that have their own stories in other books and love that I can spend time with again, like visiting with family.
The voices giving the characters life are definitely on my 'ergasm' list. It is such a pleasure listening to them, they did a delicious presentation I recommend with 5 stars.

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  • Peggy
  • 2020-01-16

Loved it!

I love Lauren Blakely books and this one did not disappoint! Link and Amy find each other at work and fight the attraction but end up finding out each is the real person on the app boyfriend material! Chemistry as always is 🔥🔥. A great listen!

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  • Lisa M DaCunha
  • 2020-01-16

Dishy

I loved this hot nerd meets hot nerd love story. The connection between Link AKA the hottie with the Clark Kent glasses and Amy AKA Betty Boop is better than a vanilla latte 😏☕

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  • *****Will I AM! (M.R.S.)******
  • 2020-01-12

You will love it!

Another favorite book by Lauren Blakely with spot on narration that really delivers the characters with perfection!

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  • Debbie Martin
  • 2020-01-09

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So nice to listen to a romance novel where the girl isn't so terribly doubting herself!! I LOVE his voice!! My favorite!!

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  • TiltedHalo54
  • 2020-01-08

Taking a chance on love

This story is sweet and sexy, funny and spicy. It’s about second chances and taking first chances. There is friendships and family, but most importantly, it’s about knowing yourself.
I really enjoyed this story it flowed smoothly and it was a pleasure to listen to.
This story truly has a little something for everyone.

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