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That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star? Turns out he's my son's new music teacher. Oops. But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it. My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, espec That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star? Turns out he's my son's new music teacher. Oops. But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it. My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything. That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy. Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done. *** I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked. After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day. Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter. All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt. It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one. Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?


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That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star? Turns out he's my son's new music teacher. Oops. But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it. My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, espec That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star? Turns out he's my son's new music teacher. Oops. But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it. My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything. That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy. Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done. *** I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked. After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day. Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter. All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt. It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one. Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?

30 review for Once Upon a Real Good Time

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda Walker

    Every book by Lauren Blakely is a treasure I so look forward to and this is no exception. Campbell the lead guitarist in a band playing at the pub where Mackenzie a trivia whiz comes for a night out. There is an attraction between these two which leads to a sizzling one night stand and shows promise of becoming more. Campbell, a former teen idol, is a music prodigy having graduated from Juilliard and plays several musical instruments. Mackenzie became pregnant her final year of college, but had Every book by Lauren Blakely is a treasure I so look forward to and this is no exception. Campbell the lead guitarist in a band playing at the pub where Mackenzie a trivia whiz comes for a night out. There is an attraction between these two which leads to a sizzling one night stand and shows promise of becoming more. Campbell, a former teen idol, is a music prodigy having graduated from Juilliard and plays several musical instruments. Mackenzie became pregnant her final year of college, but had her baby and graduated then built a very successful career as a graphic designer. Obstacles arise when Mackenzie takes her son to his first lesson with a new teacher who turns out to be Campbell. This is where the fun begins! So many great one liners and funny passages. So hot! So witty. It’s the nuances in this story that will grab you too. Fortunately the children, Mackenzie’s Kyle and Campbell’s Samantha, save the day. Such a joy this story. You also get to know the characters who will be in the next book in this series. Hint, it’s Campbell’s brother. I’ll tell you every woman should have a Campbell!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book

    I adore Lauren Blakely for continuously feeding my rom-com addiction! With her Heartbreakers Series, she has not one, nor two, but THREE new romantic comedies out within weeks of each other, which is pretty much my idea of bookworm heaven. In the Heartbreaker Series, each book follows the love story of a trio of former rock stars who just so happen to be brothers. First up we have Once Upon a Real Good Time, where Campbell, a single dad and rocker-turned-music-teacher, woos single mom, Mackenzie I adore Lauren Blakely for continuously feeding my rom-com addiction! With her Heartbreakers Series, she has not one, nor two, but THREE new romantic comedies out within weeks of each other, which is pretty much my idea of bookworm heaven. In the Heartbreaker Series, each book follows the love story of a trio of former rock stars who just so happen to be brothers. First up we have Once Upon a Real Good Time, where Campbell, a single dad and rocker-turned-music-teacher, woos single mom, Mackenzie, with his bad boy looks and good guy disposition. *cue major swooning* As a single parent whose idea of a good time is dominating at trivia night at her favorite bar, Mackenzie doesn’t often let her hair down but the sizzling chemistry between her and the sexy, tattooed singer has her throwing aside her inhibitions. But after a spontaneous decision to indulge in a night of no-strings-attached, unrestrained passion leads to a harmless, yet promising flirtation, the man Mackenzie finds herself lusting after is none other than her son’s new music teacher. Their resolve to keep things professional between them and to put the best interests of their kids first is admirable, but ultimately helpless against their unadulterated attraction to each other and the irresistibly potent sexual tension brewing between them. Thanks to engaging characters with a playful banter, witty dialogue rife with sexual innuendo, and a lighthearted, fast-paced narrative, Once Upon a Real Good Time is a fun, flirty, entertaining read. The effortless rapport between Campbell and Mackenzie, which is both achingly sweet and deliciously naughty, kept me glued to the pages, eager to read their every interaction. In their everyday lives, both are devoted single parents, selflessly putting the needs of their kids before their own, but with each other, they’re delightfully uninhibited, succumbing to their innermost desires…which…I might add…are of the dirty variety. It must be noted that Campbell is a dirty talker extraordinaire who unleashes Mackenzie’s inner seductress. They have this all-consuming, reverent need for each other that sets the pages of this book ablaze with its intensity. As a longtime rom-com junkie, Once Upon a Real Good Time is exactly the type of book I love to read, delivering on both the romantic and comedic aspects of the narrative. It’s the perfect blend of humor, romance, and steam, kicking off the Heartbreakers Series with a story that’s impossible to put down once you get started. After such an enjoyable introduction to the series, I can’t wait to get better acquainted with the rest of the Heartbreakers. *complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise O'Reilly

    WOW, this book had me hooked from the moment I read the first page, Once Upon a Real Good Time is the first book in the Heartbreakers series and Blakely has blown it out of the water. Quiz loving single mum Mackenzie loves her son more than anything, making sure that he has everything he needs her dating life has been put on hold. When a gorgeous guitar playing man mouths her the answer to a quiz question she cannot get him out of her head. Campbell is a single Dad, he wants a normal simple life WOW, this book had me hooked from the moment I read the first page, Once Upon a Real Good Time is the first book in the Heartbreakers series and Blakely has blown it out of the water. Quiz loving single mum Mackenzie loves her son more than anything, making sure that he has everything he needs her dating life has been put on hold. When a gorgeous guitar playing man mouths her the answer to a quiz question she cannot get him out of her head. Campbell is a single Dad, he wants a normal simple life, he has already had famous and that didn’t work out so great. Doing what he loves, singing in his band, playing gigs where no one knows who he is and teaching talented kids. When Mackenzie’s one-night stand turns into being her son’s new music teacher what do you do? Call it all off to ensure the best outcome for your kid or sneak around and have the hottest rendezvous in your life? The instant chemistry between Mackenzie and Campbell is undeniable, from the moment they both see each other you knew that they were meant to be. Their constant dirty talk and time together were off the charts hot and I was left blushing more than once, Campbell is the full package and is my new book boyfriend. I personally loved this book and I could not put it down, this was the first book of Blakely’s that I have read and I cannot wait to read more of her work, it was extremely well written and the dual POV’s were seamless. I am hanging out for book 2 ‘Once Upon a Sure Thing’ because I have no doubt that it will be just as spectacular as this one. **Reviewed for Seraphim Book Reviews** Ratings; Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Heat: 5/5 Writing Style: 5/5 Overall: 5/5

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tammi

    OH I just loved this book!! It was sweet and sexy, an absolute perfect mix!!! Lauren Blakely always creates the most swoonworthy men, interesting women and gives them a wonderful love story. Campbell is a rocker! Mackenzie is a trivia nerd! I love that combination. This story was fun. A one night stand that ended up having a very awkward connection. I wanted this couple together, they were HOT together, they were sweet together and they wanted to be together. But I got it. Fate is a wicked little wi OH I just loved this book!! It was sweet and sexy, an absolute perfect mix!!! Lauren Blakely always creates the most swoonworthy men, interesting women and gives them a wonderful love story. Campbell is a rocker! Mackenzie is a trivia nerd! I love that combination. This story was fun. A one night stand that ended up having a very awkward connection. I wanted this couple together, they were HOT together, they were sweet together and they wanted to be together. But I got it. Fate is a wicked little witch (with a capital B) she came along and messed it up. I loved how they tried to stay apart and then tried to sneak around. They couldn't keep there hands off each other for long. Both being single parents and finding love together isn't something I have seen a lot in books. I enjoyed it! I really liked that there was no outside drama, no exes causing trouble. Just two people falling in love and facing real life issues to be together. I am so happy this is a series! I can't wait for the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book has so much going on, I just don't know where to begin explaining how amazing it is! It's the first in a trio of books that centers around 3 brothers that were in a boy band in their teens and early twenties. It's about their life after the boy band. What happens when they grow up?!? Campbell is a complex character. Single Dad, Singer, Musician, Teacher. But underneath it all, he is a really cool guy. Despite his past as a popular musician, he is really down to earth, almost humble. Do This book has so much going on, I just don't know where to begin explaining how amazing it is! It's the first in a trio of books that centers around 3 brothers that were in a boy band in their teens and early twenties. It's about their life after the boy band. What happens when they grow up?!? Campbell is a complex character. Single Dad, Singer, Musician, Teacher. But underneath it all, he is a really cool guy. Despite his past as a popular musician, he is really down to earth, almost humble. Don't get me wrong, he is as cocky as the next guy, but not about his career, or fame. He is an amazing dad, who has taken a really tragic situation and made the most of it, always putting his daughter first. Mackenzie is such a strong woman! She didn't let mistakes derail her life. She took things in her own hands and made an amazing life for herself and her son. Her determination to put her son first in every decision is admirable. This story was amazing from beginning to end. I read without stopping, it was just that great. The characters had an unstoppable chemistry, and completely set the pages on fire! This book begins with one of the hottest one night stands I've ever read about! But from there, it moves past that, into a connection that was just.....perfect! There is no other way of putting it. There are hints about what is coming in the next book, and I'm anxiously waiting to see what happens with the other brothers!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    4.5 Stars When I started Lauren Blakely's latest book, Once Upon a Real Good Time, I went in with some pretty low expectations. Not because I haven't enjoyed other books by this author. Ms. Blakely has earned herself a spot on my authors to stalk list (yep, I have one of those) with her awesomeness. Instead my trepidation with regards to reading this little ditty had everything to do with me and the bitch of all reading slumps I happen to be experiencing. Seriously, I've started and put aside mor 4.5 Stars When I started Lauren Blakely's latest book, Once Upon a Real Good Time, I went in with some pretty low expectations. Not because I haven't enjoyed other books by this author. Ms. Blakely has earned herself a spot on my authors to stalk list (yep, I have one of those) with her awesomeness. Instead my trepidation with regards to reading this little ditty had everything to do with me and the bitch of all reading slumps I happen to be experiencing. Seriously, I've started and put aside more books than I can count in the last month so to say I wasn't enthused to start this would be an understatement. Well color me surprised when Campbell and Mackenzie ended up charming the ever loving pants off of me. From the beginning this book was overflowing with goodness. No contrived dilemma, no bursts of emotion that only serve to increase the drama-rama. No "I'm not good enough" or I'm too damaged to love." Damn, I'm sick to death of all of that! Instead I got a charming mix of sweet and hot with two characters I can actually see myself liking in real life. It's such a simple concept, but sometimes that's all you really need.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    ❤4,5 stars ❤ What a nice surprise, I devour it.It was a fun,super hot and sweet story.I was hooked from the beginning and I read it in one sitting. Once Upon A Real Good Time has an original story line and the characters were lovable. I adored Campbell and Mackenzie, and the way they met!They have an amazing chemistry from their first moment together.They were so good together. If you are looking for a sweet and fun story with some really hot moments this is perfect.     

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Sledge( UnderCoversBookBlog)

    Mackenzie is a single mom, business owner and a lover of all things trivia! Campbell is a single dad, former teen rock star, laying low and playing with a band locally so nobody will recognize him. It's trivia night and Mackenzie is on a roll winning, while Campbell is tuning his guitar. That's how they meet, a hot one night stand later and then a curve ball gets thrown! I didn't think that dirty talking Campbell would make me swoon but dang he did! I loved this book, ALL the characters are can't Mackenzie is a single mom, business owner and a lover of all things trivia! Campbell is a single dad, former teen rock star, laying low and playing with a band locally so nobody will recognize him. It's trivia night and Mackenzie is on a roll winning, while Campbell is tuning his guitar. That's how they meet, a hot one night stand later and then a curve ball gets thrown! I didn't think that dirty talking Campbell would make me swoon but dang he did! I loved this book, ALL the characters are can't wait for more!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alex ♈

    3.89 stars Cute, safe, likable MCs. Sex-scenes ok, but spanking again?... *groan* He wasn't a manwhore, but she could have dated more after she got her son. 13 years is quite long... Adorable kids, but soooo fictional 😜 - *** - Not sure about next book. Friends to lovers... I wonder about his level of non-celibacy during all these years; and I hope she wasn't frozen or had only bad sex. Why do I have a feeling it'll remain a hope and not a 'reality'? 🤔🙄

  10. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    IT'S LIVE EARLY !!!! A pub quiz. That's where Mackenzie sees him for the first time. Campbell's on stage tuning his guitar to perform after the quiz. And she's mega-insta-attracted. Same for him. But she has to leave to get her son from music class before they can even start flirting or even talking. But then she goes back two weeks later - and he's there again. This time they do a lot more than flirt and talk. But a few days later they realize that he's her son's new music tutor! Whoops. What now? W IT'S LIVE EARLY !!!! A pub quiz. That's where Mackenzie sees him for the first time. Campbell's on stage tuning his guitar to perform after the quiz. And she's mega-insta-attracted. Same for him. But she has to leave to get her son from music class before they can even start flirting or even talking. But then she goes back two weeks later - and he's there again. This time they do a lot more than flirt and talk. But a few days later they realize that he's her son's new music tutor! Whoops. What now? We can't be having any intimate relations now, right??? What will happen with Mackenzie & Campbell? Will there be a HEA? READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT! ☺ ════════════════════════ I just love a good romance written in dual POV! I LOVE LOVE Lauren's male POV romcoms, but hearing both their thoughts is great too. And this one was really adorable. Funny, sparky, sexy, cute. I just adored Mack and Campbell. And the kids too and the friends and siblings and Kyle's dad and the music and the quizzing and the texting and ugh ... it was just the sweetest, most adorable and perfect romance. I wouldn't mind seeing it on Netflix one day! Can't wait to get the other two brothers' story asap! And it will be almost asap - only 2 weeks until book #2! ☺ ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME was such a fun and adorable & sexy love story!! Run to your nearest amazon asap for your own Campbell - this one is MINE !!! ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    3.5 stars for the story 5 gabillion stars for the audiobook This was a really cute and angst free story about two single parents navigating through dating/not dating. Both MacKenzie and dirty talking Campbell were very likeable, and their kids were pretty cool too. If you are in the mood for something sugary sweet, this is it. I highly recommend the audiobook, because listening to dirty talking Sebastian York…. Nuff said!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Blakely

    Once Upon A Real Good Time is available everywhere!! Escape into a sexy, single-dad, rock-star rom-com today! ✦ Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2NvVwlm ✦ Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2Mb1aol ✦ Kindle CA: https://amzn.to/2QhpyYU ✦ iBooks ➜ blkly.pub/i-ARealGoodTime ✦ Kobo ➜blkly.pub/ARealGoodTime-kb ✦ Nook ➜ blkly.pub/ARealGoodTime-nk ✦ Google Play ➜ blkly.pub/ARealGoodTime-GP ✦ Paperback ➜ blkly.pub/ARealGoodTime-pb ✦ Audible ➜ https://adbl.co/2nSLcp7

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    5 Oh, So Right Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free Sometimes you read a book that is like the Children's tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears...You know what I mean, the book isn't over the top... or too bland... It is Just Right. It has main characters you are attracted to... They make sense and are people you would like to know... Their meeting is plausible... And best of all... Their Chemistry is Off The Charts. Once Upon A Sure Thing, the first book of the Heartbreakers series by Lauren Blakely created a 5 Oh, So Right Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free Sometimes you read a book that is like the Children's tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears...You know what I mean, the book isn't over the top... or too bland... It is Just Right. It has main characters you are attracted to... They make sense and are people you would like to know... Their meeting is plausible... And best of all... Their Chemistry is Off The Charts. Once Upon A Sure Thing, the first book of the Heartbreakers series by Lauren Blakely created all of that for me. She gave me two Grown-Ups. Yes, two people who were both single parents who were devoted to their kids. Who led their lives with the entire focus of making sure these young pre-teens were on the right track. Campbell had been part of a huge band...think Hansens or the Jonas Brothers (without the purity rings). Campbell, Miller and Miles traveled the world, made hit records and grew up in front of the public. They were loved and their music was the soundtrack of many lives. Campbell met his love, married and had a daughter. Unfortunately, his life took an awful turn so Campbell left the group to raise his daughter alone. Over the years, he spent his time making sure she was happy and healthy. He had been a musical genius from the start so teaching others was a natural way to keep music in his life. Later he got a small band together to keep a hand in playing and performing. Yet, the most consistent focus for Campbell over these many years has been the welfare of his daughter and she has turned out to be an amazing young woman. Mackenzie was on track to graduate from college and start a marketing career with prominent company. Instead she found herself pregnant. She took another road, moving back home and learning to adapt her skills and ventured out on her own. She raised her son with help from the dad and her ability to create a successful graphic business she did from home. This career move allowed her to devote herself to her son and when he showed signs of musical talent, it was nurtured. Now he is considered a violin prodigy with an interest in sports, too. He is a terrific kid, mature for his age yet also has the grounding of his mom... who gave him touchstones for his childhood. They had special traditions which always brought them to what was important... love and communications with each other always. Mackenzie and Campbell cross paths during a Perfect Storm for them...Campbell is playing at a local bar with his band during a Trivia Game night. Trivia Games are Mackenzie's thing. She loves to do this to blow off stream with her best friend. They both connect one night and a seed is planted of how much they both would like to explore this meeting... In a week or two later, Mackenzie's son is at a music sleep away camp. This allows her to swing by the bar and there Campbell is again. They start talking, banter getting flirty and sexy...both wanting and attracted...these two decide yes, they should take advantage of this situation. But what is the best...they both are thinking about each other and there starts to be more...texting and very sexy texts leading to both agreeing to an actual date...Exciting because both have been leading a life without any personal relationships and this seems like it could be really promising. All is set, the date is happening and then the unthinkable happens.... Campbell turns out to be Mackenzie's son's new violin teacher... Yup, the kid loves him right off the bat and Campbell is the best...so both Campbell and Mackenzie know what they must do... No more of the Best Sex They Ever Had... No more Flirty Texts... No more Kissing Lips so Soft... Just No... At least that is what they know they should do.... I loved reading this book. It was so hot and sexy I wanted a Campbell just for me. He was such an amazing man. Comfortable in who he was. Able to relate to others and the way he wooed Mackenzie was just right. He was respectful but also all guy... sexy dirty talking, ability to make panties melt and he cuddled. Mackenzie was an equal and that made this perfect. She had her career, a support system and love of her son's well-being. She knew who she was and when these two got together it was everything. Both wanting each other, both on even ground. Both taking charge. Both giving. Delightful. This tale tackles parents who need to see they deserve lives too. Especially when they have taken the time, nurtured them and things are good. It doesn't mean drop the ball... just allow a full life for the grown-ups....Because when they are happy, then everyone benefits. As the first entry to this series, we also meet the other brothers. Each has their own backstory with a hint given here and there. The next one will be Once Upon a Sure Thing (Heartbreakers, #2) with Miller being challenged to figure out how to get performing again. Maybe working with his Best Friend is the way... Once Upon a Real Good Time (Heartbreakers, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Once Upon a Sure Thing (Heartbreakers, #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Once Upon a Wild Fling (Heartbreakers, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ As A Mom, Mackenzie plans on providing the best... Best Music Lessons taught by the Best Teacher she could find... Well she found the best all right.... Campbell is a man who knows how to play All The Instruments... He has rocked a guitar solo in front of thousands, written chart-topping tunes... So Molding Young Musicians is nothing new.... What is new and a surprise is Campbell being her son's music teacher... Because he was the Perfect Main Character in Mackenzie's Sexy Fairy Tale of... Once Upon a Real Good Time (Heartbreakers, #1)-September 10th 2018 For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)

    4.5 stars Lauren Blakely has a knack for blending naughty and nice. She serves up a healthy dose of both in Once Upon a Real Good Time, and I must say the combination goes down nice and smooth. It’s a simple story of two single parents who have devoted their lives to their kids, putting aside the possibility of romantic relationships in the process. Campbell is a former boy band star turned private music teacher. Mackenzie is an entrepreneur with a wealth of Jeopardy-level knowledge. These are two 4.5 stars Lauren Blakely has a knack for blending naughty and nice. She serves up a healthy dose of both in Once Upon a Real Good Time, and I must say the combination goes down nice and smooth. It’s a simple story of two single parents who have devoted their lives to their kids, putting aside the possibility of romantic relationships in the process. Campbell is a former boy band star turned private music teacher. Mackenzie is an entrepreneur with a wealth of Jeopardy-level knowledge. These are two amazing characters who are perfect for each other. I love their playfulness and sexy banter. Campbell’s dirty talking bedroom skills are on point! It’s no surprise that I wanted their happily ever after like I wanted my next breath. What’s really refreshing is how lovable their teenagers are. Let’s face it. Anyone with a teen knows how difficult they can be. Mackenzie’s son is a well-rounded violin prodigy. Campbell’s daughter is a sweetheart who loves to bake and has her own YouTube channel. They each love their parent and aren’t afraid to show it. When Campbell winds up teaching Mackenzie’s son, it throws a wrench in their plans for a possible romance. I really didn’t feel like it was that much of an issue, but thankfully instead of lots of drama, good humor and warmth prevail throughout. I’m counting this as a solid win. Campbell has two brothers with their own books coming out. I hope I enjoy the rest of the series just as much as this story. Recommended for fans of: Cooking Musicians Broadway Single parent romance *I received an early copy of this book.*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Luman

    Holy hotness!!! I haven't devoured a book like this in a long time. I attribute that to how dirty and sexy it is. Let's face it, all of LB's stuff is fun and sexy but this shit is sooooo dirty that I had to take a pause for the cause a few times. Reasons I love this story, aside from the awesome obvious: 2 single parents with teen children (you don't see this often) His pet name for her Their devotion to their children's happiness THEIR CHEMISTRY, HOLY GEEZ. Blakely knocked it out of the park with t Holy hotness!!! I haven't devoured a book like this in a long time. I attribute that to how dirty and sexy it is. Let's face it, all of LB's stuff is fun and sexy but this shit is sooooo dirty that I had to take a pause for the cause a few times. Reasons I love this story, aside from the awesome obvious: 2 single parents with teen children (you don't see this often) His pet name for her Their devotion to their children's happiness THEIR CHEMISTRY, HOLY GEEZ. Blakely knocked it out of the park with this one!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Red Cheeks Reads

    5 SMOOCHES! A new Lauren Blakely novel is my happy place, and I’ve lost count of how many times this author’s writing has made me smile, made me sigh or made me happy. She’s entertained me, she’s made my heart race, and she’s made me blush. It all comes down to the simple fact that for me, Blakely writes the kind of romantic fiction that not only keeps me coming back to her work time and time again, but also reminds me of why I love this genre so much. Sexy, light-hearted and fun, her romantic co 5 SMOOCHES! A new Lauren Blakely novel is my happy place, and I’ve lost count of how many times this author’s writing has made me smile, made me sigh or made me happy. She’s entertained me, she’s made my heart race, and she’s made me blush. It all comes down to the simple fact that for me, Blakely writes the kind of romantic fiction that not only keeps me coming back to her work time and time again, but also reminds me of why I love this genre so much. Sexy, light-hearted and fun, her romantic comedies are exactly the types of romances that I prefer to read. All of this coupled with the fact that she consistently delivers this reading pleasure with astonishing regularity, and it’s no surprise that she’s earned a spot at the top of my favorite authors list. Once Upon a Real Good Time is the first book in Blakely’s new Heartbreakers series of romantic comedies about three rock star brothers. This is Campbell and Mackenzie’s story, both of whom are single parents, which is a favorite theme of mine. I especially love single dad heroes, and Campbell was an involved, caring, devoted one. He was sexy and so swoon-worthy with his sultry crooning and his filthy dirty talk. Not to be outdone, Mackenzie was a confident, sexy and doting single mom in her own right, and she gave just as good as she got in the dirty talk department. The chemistry between the two of them was instantaneous and white hot. They bonded immediately, and their effortless rapport along with some flirty banter and witty dialogue resulted in a once-in-a-lifetime connection that made Campbell and Mackenzie’s romance a completely unputdownable page-turner. Blakely continually feeds my romcom addiction with charming plots, endearing characters and steamy romances, but if this heartwarming, heated and humorous story is any indication of what’s to come, the Heartbreakers series may very well end up topping my list of favorites from her. I loved absolutely everything about this breezy, happy, fun romance. A touch forbidden, smolderingly sexy and a whole lot sweet, Once Upon a Real Good Time was exactly the kind of heart-soaring, smile-stretched-across-my-face, blush-inducing romcom that I love reading most from Lauren Blakely. I couldn’t get enough of these characters or their story, and I had a hard time putting it down. Once Upon a Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely get five smooches from me! ~ Danielle Palumbo

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shayna

    “You’re looking at me like I’m the answer to all your prayers.” Oh, Lauren Blakely…you dirty bird, you! Campbell and Mackenzie were absolutely PERFECT! One of my very favorite couples of yours! The fact that they were both single parents…well, that was icing on the very sexy cake! You all know that Ms. Blakely is one of the QUEENS of romantic comedy, but you add in a sassy trivia nerd and a gorgeous hunk of musician and there should be NOTHING left to say! Once Upon a Real Good Time is a standa “You’re looking at me like I’m the answer to all your prayers.” Oh, Lauren Blakely…you dirty bird, you! Campbell and Mackenzie were absolutely PERFECT! One of my very favorite couples of yours! The fact that they were both single parents…well, that was icing on the very sexy cake! You all know that Ms. Blakely is one of the QUEENS of romantic comedy, but you add in a sassy trivia nerd and a gorgeous hunk of musician and there should be NOTHING left to say! Once Upon a Real Good Time is a standalone romance that will take you to your happy place and beyond! I loved it! I was engaged from beginning to end. I was blushing and swooning from beginning to end. Another sexy, romantic, and utterly entertaining and unputdownable romance from one of my all time favorites in the business! This was one hell of a beginning to her brand new Heartbreakers series and I CANNOT WAIT for Miller’s story! Bring it on!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title compliments of the author in exchange for an honest review** I adore Lauren Blakely and her books and Once Upon a Real Good Time was no different. I absolutely devoured this book in one day. It's a great start to Blakely's new Heartbreakers series. Mackenzie is a single mother who is a graphic designer by trade, but also excels at trivia, so she spends time at a local bar with her friend entering trivia contests. During one of the evenings she's out **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title compliments of the author in exchange for an honest review** I adore Lauren Blakely and her books and Once Upon a Real Good Time was no different. I absolutely devoured this book in one day. It's a great start to Blakely's new Heartbreakers series. Mackenzie is a single mother who is a graphic designer by trade, but also excels at trivia, so she spends time at a local bar with her friend entering trivia contests. During one of the evenings she's out at a contest, Mackenzie catches a glimpse of an absolutely hot guy that piques her interest, but she's sworn off dating as she wants to focus on her teenage son. Campbell is a musician through and through and also a single father. He is the lead singer in a band that plays at various bars around town and he spends his days teaching kids how to hone their own musical crafts. He is equally as captivated by the woman he spies across the bar and so when his set is over, he approaches her and asks to have a drink. The chemistry between Mackenzie and Campbell is off the charts from the second they touch for the first time. They both enter into their night together with eyes wide open and ready to scratch that proverbial itch for one another. Little do they know that Campbell is going to be the person that can help take Mackenzie's son to the next level in his musical pursuit. Will the development than Campbell is now Kyle's new music teacher end everything before it starts? Or will the absolutely beyond obvious chemistry win out in the end? Campbell might be one of my favorite heroes that Blakely has written. He was an awesome dad, a fantastic musician and couple that with the fact he was sexy as all get out and he is a dirty-talker as well and that just about makes for the perfect guy! I also loved that while Mackenzie hadn't been dealt the easiest life, she has carved out an amazing life for she and her son. She might have had curve balls thrown her way, but she managed to overcome them. I absolutely loved this book and I was drawn in from the outset. I didn't want to put it down and I simply can't wait to see what happens in the next book, Once Upon a Sure Thing - I have no doubt that it is going to be as equally engaging as this one was!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    4 "Put a sock in it." Stars! This was super sweet with just enough dirty- I do love a dirty talker. 😏 Happy reading!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Lauren Blakely sure knows how to craft a winner, sweet with lots and lots of heat. Campbell Evans is teen idol rock star turned single dad who teaches music to kids. Missing the performing piece of being a musician Campbell begins playing in small bars with his buddies. Campbell is sweet, smart, sexy, and a great dad who has done a fantastic job raising his daughter. Mackenzie is a single mom who has learned to carve out a great life for her and her son when life throws curves. Mackenzie is the Lauren Blakely sure knows how to craft a winner, sweet with lots and lots of heat. Campbell Evans is teen idol rock star turned single dad who teaches music to kids. Missing the performing piece of being a musician Campbell begins playing in small bars with his buddies. Campbell is sweet, smart, sexy, and a great dad who has done a fantastic job raising his daughter. Mackenzie is a single mom who has learned to carve out a great life for her and her son when life throws curves. Mackenzie is the mother of a 13yr old brilliant, start prodigy violin player, Kyle. Campbell and Mackenzie have a one-night stand. Those curves that life seems to throw at Mac comes in the form of Campbell becoming Kyle’s new music teacher. Campbell and Mac decide to not cross lines until they do. Slowly one by one those lines get crossed until they both decide to put their kids first and stop secret dating. Will Mac and Campbell find their way back? Will they get help seeing what is right in front of them? To get those answers read Once Upon a Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely. Lauren always writes with heart, passion, heat, and depth of her characters. Campbell is the perfect Blakely Boy, sexy, passionate, hot, heart of gold, great dad, and very swoon worthy. Our heroine is beautiful, smart, sexy, and a mom who who will do whatever it takes to put her son first. For a fun read that will take you a beautifully created world then I completely recommend this newest book from Lauren Blakely. I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ☕ Kimberly

    Narrated by the Sebastian York and Andi Arndt delivered a feel good romance about two people who deserved a happily ever after. Campbell and Mackenzie meet and have this instant connection and off the chart chemistry until he turns out to be her son’s music instructor. Swoons, long sexy conversations and matchmaking had me grinning like a sappy fool. First, I love when York and Arndt narrated together. Listening is an absolute pleasure from the pacing to chemistry they create allowing the charact Narrated by the Sebastian York and Andi Arndt delivered a feel good romance about two people who deserved a happily ever after. Campbell and Mackenzie meet and have this instant connection and off the chart chemistry until he turns out to be her son’s music instructor. Swoons, long sexy conversations and matchmaking had me grinning like a sappy fool. First, I love when York and Arndt narrated together. Listening is an absolute pleasure from the pacing to chemistry they create allowing the characters to come to life. Blakely introduces Campbell and Mackenzie and I am all in. He is a former teen idol who was in a boy band with his brothers, a fact he avoids mentioning. Both are single parents living in the Big Apple. Typical of Blakely, they are genuine, standup people you’d be happy to call friend.... So of course, I need them to have a happily ever after, but it's complicated by their kids and boundaries. Second, the tale that unfolded delivered the sweetest romance with off the chart chemistry. I loved the late-night conversations and attempts at friendship, that involved the kids from cooking to geometry. The kids were awesome, and I loved some meddling that occurred. If you’re looking for a romance to swoon over this fall, Once Upon a Real Good Time is the perfect place to start. It’s perfect  listening length for your commute. Just don’t crash the car. Ok? Once Upon a Real Good Time, is the first in the Heartbreakers series, so we will get stories about Campbell’s brothers in, Once Upon A Sure Thing and Once Upon A Wild Fling, all releasing this fall! Oh, and the brothers are hot! This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    RTC

  23. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    4.5 stars! Oh my damn, I freaking loved this book! A fun, flirty, sexy and chemistry-filled romance with delicious chemistry and a fantastic build up, and oh-so functional! I loved these characters, I loved them together, and I loved their story. Campbell is a former child-star and teen heart throb. Together with his two brothers, he was a part of the hugely popular boy-band, the Heartbreakers. That is all well in the past though, and Campbell is now a single father to a highly independent 14-yea 4.5 stars! Oh my damn, I freaking loved this book! A fun, flirty, sexy and chemistry-filled romance with delicious chemistry and a fantastic build up, and oh-so functional! I loved these characters, I loved them together, and I loved their story. Campbell is a former child-star and teen heart throb. Together with his two brothers, he was a part of the hugely popular boy-band, the Heartbreakers. That is all well in the past though, and Campbell is now a single father to a highly independent 14-year-old daughter, writing and teaching music, and he plays in a small band in bars around NYC. Mackenzie is a single parent to a 13-year-old musical genius. She works independently and has moulded her life around caring for her son, with her social life pretty much limited to bar quiz nights where she gets to show off her mad trivia skills. Mackenzie and Campbell have shared lusty glances during quiz nights before, and when they finally talk to each other their night ends in an epic sexual encounter that blows them both away. They were both in it for one night, but knew immediately that it wouldn’t be enough, and they both know they’re on the cusp of something that has the potential to be life-changing. And then it turns out that Campbell is the new music teacher for Mackenzie’s son, and everything between them comes to a screeching halt. Mackenzie doesn’t want to risk complicating what could be an awesome opportunity for her son and Campbell respects that, and so they become reluctant friends instead of the lovers they so madly want to be. They hang out, they open up, they flirt and joke and tease about how much they want each other, and they’re so honest about it all! It’s so much fun watching them trying to keep their distance while their lives easily and naturally become completely entangled, and I loved every moment of it! It’s so rare that you can enjoy a finger bang in the kitchen, rather than a cup of soup. But surely it wouldn’t matter if they act on their mad chemistry… as long as nobody knows? Well, we all know how that’s going to work out, and all of it is just fantastic. Fun, funny, seriously sexy (with a healthy dose of dirty talk) and gorgeously, naturally romantic. They truly follow their hearts, and I respect that they are both devoted single parents who put their children first. It’s all about finding that balance and I thought their story was so beautifully told. “Bend for me, Sunshine,” he whispers in my ear, while grinding his erection against me. “Bend for us so we can have each other again. We’ll just have rules.” I loved the dynamic that Campbell’s background brought to the story. Not only is it lots of fun, but it is such a special part of Campbell’s relationship with his two brothers Miller and Miles, and I’m so looking forward to going straight on to their books. I listened to this as an audiobook, and as always, the pairing of Sebastian York and Andie Arndt is pure magic. This is the sort of role that Sebastian plays so well, and Andie is perfect in pretty much everything. It’s listening gold and super short. I blitzed through it in a day. This was such a fun read. I highly recommend it for fans of light, easy, sexy romance. I loved it! 4.5 stars!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    And they say actions speak louder than words. Blakely continues to take that saying to heart with her captivating characters and witty dialogue. Once Upon a Real Good Time is the start of something marvelous. Amidst bumbling cluelessness and magnetic attraction a family is made. Campbell and Mackenzie find that sometimes the most embarrassing moments can have an everlasting impact. Imperfect can turn out to be just right. Can't wait for what comes next in the Heartbreakers series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Just Lily

    4.5 stars Sweet. Sexy. Adorable. Absolutely safe. No OW or OM drama. Both celibate after meeting each other. MUST be on everyone's to-read shelf. Cute AF. Loved them separately. Loved them together. Loved their children. Don't have words. READ IT. It's no masterpiece, but good time and warm feelings guaranteed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Clinton

    There is a new dirty talker in town and his name is Campbell Evans. Lauren Blakely has given us a new read that will have you turning the pages faster to see just what Campbell has to say. A former teen idol Campbell settles into a life that will have him spending time with his daughter and doing what he loves on his own terms but when one night he sees Mackenzie across the room things change instantly. Mackenzie is a single mom with a Fantastic career an ex who is her best friend and a son that There is a new dirty talker in town and his name is Campbell Evans. Lauren Blakely has given us a new read that will have you turning the pages faster to see just what Campbell has to say. A former teen idol Campbell settles into a life that will have him spending time with his daughter and doing what he loves on his own terms but when one night he sees Mackenzie across the room things change instantly. Mackenzie is a single mom with a Fantastic career an ex who is her best friend and a son that is anything but awesome but when a rare night out with friend has her meeting a man that makes her heart race she knows that her perfect life is a about to get messy in the best kind of way. Campbell & Mackenzie are Absolutely Fantastic together the chemistry is off the charts and the commitment they have to there children is amazing but if they can find a way to make it all fit perfectly into each other lives they will have a HEA not only for each other but for all of them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Lascola-Lesczynski

    Sigh...sigh so effing much. I didn't think a dirtier talker could have stole my heart the way Campbell did. He is legit the whole package...drop dead gorgeous, sexy as sin, a mouth meant for other things besides talking, and hands...hands that can strum a women's body better then a guitar ( I would be willing to offer myself up as a test subject if need be) No doubt that once Mackenzie meets Campbell she has no choice but to fall for his charms and that devilish smile and those eyes that I am sur Sigh...sigh so effing much. I didn't think a dirtier talker could have stole my heart the way Campbell did. He is legit the whole package...drop dead gorgeous, sexy as sin, a mouth meant for other things besides talking, and hands...hands that can strum a women's body better then a guitar ( I would be willing to offer myself up as a test subject if need be) No doubt that once Mackenzie meets Campbell she has no choice but to fall for his charms and that devilish smile and those eyes that I am sure twinkle from across the room...Gawddddd did I mention that dirty mouth of his. Like level 10 dirty talker. I esp love how he makes Mac feel about herself. He makes her feel confident and sexy. Like she can take on the world after just one round with him...I mean obvi they go many round, but you catch my drift. Now I am thinking about going rounds with Campbell... Lorttttttt have mercy the things I would let him do with those hands...they are limitless! #Trivia #GuitarHero #HeartBreakers #TheRighteousSuferbords #BJ #Sunshine #Glockenspiel #TheCouncilOfOrgasms #Mackadoddle

  28. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    Smiling broadly, I am happy to report that my Queen of Feelgood love has done it again. With Once Upon a Real Good Time, Lauren Blakely proves she is the master of combining the most tender of romances with the the very best in dirty talking without missing a beat. Oh my goodness. I just adore Campbell and Mackenzie. These two thirty-something professionals who simply cannot resist one another, have a chemistry that is white-hot and intoxicating. Their love story goes from zero to sixty within a Smiling broadly, I am happy to report that my Queen of Feelgood love has done it again. With Once Upon a Real Good Time, Lauren Blakely proves she is the master of combining the most tender of romances with the the very best in dirty talking without missing a beat. Oh my goodness. I just adore Campbell and Mackenzie. These two thirty-something professionals who simply cannot resist one another, have a chemistry that is white-hot and intoxicating. Their love story goes from zero to sixty within a few hours and there was no denying that pull, that intense attraction that had the former teen heartthrob and the graphic designer sighing heavily after the most satisfying of trysts. But what is most wonderful about this book is that the Author allows the heroine to be just as dirty in her thoughts and her actions as the hero and not only is it the best turn-on for Campbell but gives Mack that sexy edge she thought she lost. It was great to watch her get her groove back after deciding that being the best Mom to her son Kyle was her top priority. Meeting Campbell, himself a single Dad, gave her the boost she needed and holy moly, did she ever take full advantage of it. Their wicked banter and steamy encounters was the foreplay to the deeper relationship that was developing as their limited time together turned more serious and gave both Mack and Campbell a surprising love they thought was long gone from their lives. And, of course, the addition of some secondary characters like Jamison, Roxy and Samantha, give this story the richness that the Author continually delivers. Each play a role in helping Mack and Campbell come to the best conclusion possible when it comes to their relationship. Not to mention the few Easter Eggs I found that always makes me happy when reading a Blakely book. Oh and Campbell's brothers are a definite highlight, giving him both a hard time and a pep talk when needed and I look forward to their stories next. This first book in the Heartbreakers series is a win-win all the way and Lauren Blakely proves yet again that she can combine sex with heart like no other. Once Upon a Real Good Time is the perfect read when you need fun and flirty with a side of warm and fuzzy. A story that is full of goodness and passion, I happily give it a solid 5 stars!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kimmy (Sinfully Snarky Reviews)

    5 Epic Stars!! O.M.G. Once Upon A Real Good Time was absolutely amazing!!! I mean how could it not be. A character who LOVES Idris Elba **fans self**. Two 30-Something single parents share a moment while out at a bar, Mackenzie playing trivia and Campbell getting ready for is musical set. All it took was that one moment for the sparks to fly between these two. However that first meeting was just that those few stolen glaces. Little did they know that the next meeting a few weeks later would turn 5 Epic Stars!! O.M.G. Once Upon A Real Good Time was absolutely amazing!!! I mean how could it not be. A character who LOVES Idris Elba **fans self**. Two 30-Something single parents share a moment while out at a bar, Mackenzie playing trivia and Campbell getting ready for is musical set. All it took was that one moment for the sparks to fly between these two. However that first meeting was just that those few stolen glaces. Little did they know that the next meeting a few weeks later would turn something so much more. Of course as luck would have it Campbell and Mackenzie keep telling themselves and each other that nothing more than a one stand can happen when they have the surprise of their lives. Campbell ends up being an ex-teen heartthrob who is now Mackenzies son's new music teacher! YES SHOCKERS!! The one person you just had the BEST sex of your life with is now giving your son music lessons. How will Campbell and Mackenzie handle "trying" to be teacher/parents when all you can think about is that one amazing night? That's all the dirt I'm giving so if you want to know more you HAVE to go 1-click this book. I swear you will devour it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yael Shalom

    I like "little" stories with good and down to earth people . It was very believable , hens , very touching but not in a sticky way . I liked it a lot and will continue to the next book .

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