Birthday Suit - Lauren Blakely

Birthday Suit

By Lauren Blakely

  • Release Date: 2019-01-15
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 205 Ratings


There is no rule in the Man Code as unbreakable as this: no matter how beautiful, smart, clever, and witty she is, do notunder any circumstances—fall in love with your best friend’s woman.
Yeah. So there’s that. Look, it’s not like I didn’t know I screwed up by falling for her.  
Also, for the record, unrequited love sucks big time.
And, I might have cut myself some slack by now, given everything that went down in the last few years, but Lulu just walked back into my life in a big way.
There are three things I've never been able to resist—my friends, my family, and chocolate.
Leo Hennessy? He was nowhere on that list. He's been a true friend—a friend who walked through hell and back with me.
Now, I'm stepping into my new future. I didn't expect it to include a riddle-filled, race-against-the-clock scavenger hunt across New York City.
With Leo.
Suddenly, I'm looking at this man with new eyes...
But my life spun out because of a man once before, and I can’t risk my fresh start, no matter what the temptation. And Leo is most definitely a temptation of the sexiest, sweetest, and most dangerous variety.
More irresistibly delicious than chocolate...


  • Friends to Lovers

    By Lisa Somerville
    Lisa's review Jan 25, 2019 · edit it was amazing Birthday Suit is a friends to lovers romance told in DPOV by Lulu and Leo. "No matter what, don't fall in love with your best friend's girl." Lulu, Leo and Tripp had a great friendship, they used the analogy that they were like a 3-legged stool. Leo fell in love with Lulu the moment he met her, but didn't make a move on her because his friend Tripp made the move first. Leo was even the best man at their wedding and he couldn't help but think that should be him standing up there waiting to marry Lulu. Fast forward, Lulu divorces Tripp, and addiction gets the best of him and he passes away. Lulu and Leo are reunited and end up working together. His brother Dean knows the back history and tells him "Tell me again, the part where you had the brilliant idea to partner with the woman you've been in love with for a decade." Dean is the only one Leo has admitted his feelings about Lulu too. The connection and chemistry between them heats up and Leo finally admits his feelings, however he's still having problems getting past the fact that she was his best friends girl first. Eventually after some soul searching they end up with their HEA.
  • Birthday Suit is His Best

    By Bocarb
    I didn’t know how to feel when I started reading this book. As the underlying alcoholism is felt throughout, I’m glad it wasn’t the main concern for Leo and Lulu anymore. That they were able to not let the effects of it run their lives and they found each other again. I don’t know how Lauren Blakely does it, but keep it up girl! You have nothing but gold in your words!!😘
  • Review by Christine Jalili

    By Bshksuhwb
    I loved this book and was hooked from page one. It’s a fun and sweet romance. How long had Leo loved Lulu? Will he ever let her know? I really loved his birthday scene, and how hot they were together. What happens when she makes an ultimatum? No worries, we get a very happy ever after. I highly recommend this book.
  • Loved!

    By RexyLovesBooks
    Fabulous! Romantic, clever, heartfelt!
  • Loved it

    By Grinandstampit
    I loved Leo and Lulu’s story. It really had a lot of different emotional elements in it. I really liked how the past was revealed slowly through conversations and thoughts until we knew what happened with Tripp. Another winner for Lauren Blakely.
  • I love this birthday suit!

    By starstacy
    I love her rom-coms; I laughed out loud almost immediately! Leo & Lulu are a second chance romance but not quite, with a little friends-to-lovers thrown in. In college, he fell in love with her while she was falling in love with his best friend, but she never knew that part. They were always just friends. That’s in the past when they meet again at the beginning of the book, & we do find out why the best friend is not in the picture now which is a more serious subject matter. I love that Leo & Lulu were a slow burn; they got to know who each other are now, not who they were in the past. But when they do get together it is fireworks! Leo is smart, funny and swoony. Lulu is smart, funny & unique. I loved both these characters & was rooting for their happy ending. When they did get that happy ending, I smiled & teared up! If you love a quick, fun, swoony, angst-free read like I do, then read this book!
  • Birthday Suit!

    By Fongoul
    I am halfway through this book and can’t continue now. I have read all of your books and am so disappointed. Too long and boring! So sorry!
  • Deliciously sexy

    By KindleKat64
    This is such a deliciously fun RomCom!! (sorry blame all the chocolate) I was so completely entranced by Leo and Lulu throughout this book. Their interactions that include fun banter and riddles were adorable and made this such an entertaining story to read. Although they've known each other for many years, they were only ever friends because she was with their other friend Tripp. However, Leo has been in love with her forever. They have a wonderful ease about them and serious chemistry but will Lulu ever see him the way he sees her? Will he ever let her know how he feels? I was team Leo from moment one! He is smart, sexy, funny and extremely swoon-worthy. Lulu is also smart and sexy and has always enjoyed being around Leo, but has never really done it alone until now and never thought of him as more than a friend. Until now. That ending is amazing!!!This is a fun one for sure! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
  • Romance and Chocolate, would could be better?

    By Shelly062498
    Oh my heart! Leo! I just love him. He’s sweet, he’s sexy and so swoonworhty!!! I love how when I dive into one of Lauren’s books, I get all the feels!! This story is kind of like an old flame reignited, but still a new love story. It was unrequited love, turned into epic love. It was years of wanting and wishing, turned into reality and passion and made into something brand new. I loved getting to know these characters. Their heart, their passion, their past. The struggles they went through, how they rose above the ashes to build something they wanted. These characters have depth and multi layers. I loved seeing all the layers peeled back one by one as their story unfolded. The heartache they endured, the trials they had to overcome, but it made them strong and made them persevere and shape into the people they became. And what’s better? Lulu is a Chocolatier! What’s goes best with romance?? Chocolate!! Some of her concoctions sounds super delicious, makes me wish I could reach into my kindle and grab some! Lol. Want a taste? Dive in, you won’t regret it. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Leo and Lulu just as much as I did!
  • Leo and Lulu captured my heart!

    By GreyGirl50
    I absolutely loved this book and the entire cast of characters that surround Leo and Lulu and their love of chocolate that continually made my mouth water and I’m not only talking about the chocolate. Leo is all kinds of sexy with his playful personality and the gorgeous suits he wears but it was his hidden longing for Lulu that totally captured my heart. And how could I resist Lulu’s zany personality and her colorful curves not to mention her courage to heal from her past; a past that includes Leo and his best friend Tripp. Even Tripp managed to break my heart and that’s the beauty of a Blakely romance. All my senses come alive, I get lost in her characters and though hearts might get bruised there’s always a happy ending to bring me back for more. I read an early copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.