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 47 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..


  • 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.
  • Love this series!

    By Bibliophile Chloe
    Another fabulous, funny, and steamy read from the mind of Lauren Blakely This is the story of Peyton and Tristan, friends since college, but they always had this vibe together, unfortunately, timing was never on their side and friends they remained for years. When an amazing and fun opportunity falls into Peyton's lap, she looks to Tristian to help her with the process of recreating romantic tropes from books.  I absolutely loved this storyline and often wondered if popping buttons and bathtub hijinks were really feasible.  The way that Ms. Blakely presents it is fresh, funny and uncomfortably real! The chemistry and familiarity between Peyton and Tristan is fantastic and the steamy scenes were just wowza! I also enjoyed the secondary storyline with Tristan and his brother Barrett.  You have to really pay attention to the dialogue and then you get a heartwarming surprise at the end. I have yet to read a story by Ms. Blakely that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed and this story is right up there with the best!
  • Fred and Gingersnap

    By Bookbruin
    Sometimes my heart just needs a sweet, low angst romcom. Sex and Other Shiny Objects was a great blend of friends to lovers, second chance romance, and even a little fake-ish relationship/forced proximity. I'm a sucker for the pining and longing of what could have been and when circumstances change to allow our hero and heroine to FINALLY have their chance. We met Tristan and Peyton in book 1 of this series, Asking for A Friend, but this can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone. I love a hero who is all in from the start, and Tristan was so incredibly swoony. He was considerate, kind hearted, and I loved the relationship he had with his brother. The cherry on top was the dirty side of him that came out to play when things started to heat up between him and Peyton. There is a little drama and back and forth as these two navigate these new waters, but I appreciated that they both resolve their conflicts and put themselves out there. There were some wonderful cameos from past characters and easter eggs sprinkled throughout and I always enjoy finding these in Lauren Blakely's books. This is such a fun series of interconnected standalones, and I'm looking forward to Lola's story next! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
  • Fabulous!!

    By Stacyotr
    Sex and Other Shiny Objects is a friends to lovers second chance romance. Lauren Blakely brings in the fun, romance, friendship, trust and love with fan yourself re-enactments all in the name of research to help a friend. Let me tell you, it’s an eye opening, button popping, I want more experience.
  • Worth the wait

    By KellyMacLilac
    I have been waiting for this book and finally I was able to sink my teeth into it! And let me tell you it was delicious! Peyton (lingerie store owner and blogger) and Tristan (mixologist and best friend/one that got away) sizzle and sparkle in this second chance romance with twists of humor and a bit of a slow burn. I was downright chuckling in some scenes imagining the characters as they attempted various romance scenes in their mutual experiment...and also swooning over the steamy parts! This book was delightful and a pleasure to read just like all of Lauren’s books. However, as usual she is able to make each of her books special with her attention to detail and peppering of fun facts and specific elements!
  • Sweet and passionate romance

    By WendyR26
    After getting a little taste of Peyton and Tristan at the end of "Asking for A Friend," I couldn't wait to get their story. And it did not disappoint. Lauren weaves such a magnificent friends-to-lovers story. I enjoyed every moment of Peyton and Tristan's journey. Seeing how their friendship grows into something so much more as they tested out experiments was fascinating. I liked Peyton and Tristan individually as well as together. Their friendship was the basis of everything. They got along so well and complemented each other perfectly. Their banter and chemistry was on point. They were just so great! I also liked seeing the friendships they had with the other side characters. This is where the family atmosphere of Lauren's world comes together so nicely. This book was sweet, passionate, and fun. Truly a wonderful read!