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A Guy Walks Into My Bar - Lauren Blakely

A Guy Walks Into My Bar

By Lauren Blakely

  • Release Date: 2020-08-19
  • Genre: Gay & Lesbian
Score: 4.5
From 157 Ratings


A sexy, passionate, utterly addictive standalone MM romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely!

Every bartender should follow one simple rule—don't go home with the customers. 
That’s been easy for me to stick to, until the night a cocky, confident, and sinfully charming hockey star walks into my bar. This sexy athlete is too hard to resist, especially when he makes it clear how much he wants the “sarcastic, witty, hot AF” guy behind the bar—also known as me.
Still, I’m not keen on breaking my own rules since I know where that can lead—no place good. 
But when that man makes his case with one bone-searing kiss on the streets of London, I throw resistance out the window.
What could go wrong with a hot, dirty, no-strings-attached fling before he leaves town in five days? 
Trouble is, soon our nights together lead to days, to long conversations, to getting to know each other, and to something I never expected—falling ridiculously hard for a man who’s getting on a plane to America when I live a world away. 
My life is here. His is there. And no amount of falling or feeling will change that one big problem. 

Warning: contains hot hotel nights, loads of dirty talk, PDA all over London, and two sexy, witty, charming alpha heroes…


  • Dean and Fitz are the Perfect Pair

    By Suzanne Golt
    A Guy Walks into My Bar is double the pleasure and double the fun, and we get two hot heroes instead of one! This new MM rom-com by Lauren Blakely is a total stand-alone, featuring James “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a professional hockey player from the States, and English Magpie Bar owner Dean Collins. These two literally meet when Fitz walks into his bar when he is with his sister in London for a short visit across the pond and their gravitational pull is electric. What I love most about Lauren’s books are her beautiful descriptions of the settings, in this case London and New York, and that all of her characters have character. Fitz and Dean are stand-up guys with morals and ethics, family oriented, hardworking, witty, generous, and passionate. This is no slow burn as their instant attraction and need for each other were so well described that I blushed while I was reading it. I truly believe in soul mates and while these two were just looking to spend time together for a few steamy days and nights while Fitz was in town, they couldn’t deny that their no-string fling became much more meaningful with each passing day. Fitz is cocky, Dean is charming and together they are on fire! Their heat radiated off the pages and all of their friends and family knew that this was the real deal, and I loved how they would encourage them. It was so fun to read their flirty banter, sarcasm, and zingers, but also their vulnerable side and how they took a genuine interest in getting to know each other on a deeper level. And not just because it was polite, but because they truly were fascinated with one another. And it wasn’t just Dean’s sexy English accent that turned Fitz on, it was his heart. But with two demanding jobs that require them to be an ocean apart, and two men vowing to not wanting a serious relationship, each for personal reasons, they just can’t seem to quit it each other. Not afraid to show PDA and let the world know how they feel are qualities I admire. They were honest and upfront from the beginning, best friends as well as lovers, and willing to make sacrifices to make the other happy. I so enjoyed reading all of their interactions, and those with their families and friends (some appeared in Birthday Suit and The What If Guy which was a wonderful surprise!) Maeve, his friend and co-owner of the Magpie, was a hoot and also found a hottie of her own! Loved her and his sister, Emma, too. But it’s not always smooth sailing for these two as when their time ends, they are miserable, and need to make a decision about their future. Read this MM romance to see if they are willing to break their agreement of just a fling, or take a chance at a lifetime of happiness.
  • Loved it!!!

    By Michiemama
    I fell in 😍 w/ AGWIMB & the main characters. Their love story had me feeling lots of emotions! Their chemistry was beautiful, breathtaking and 🧨 The narrators performance was like no other PHENOMENAL, AMAZING & SPECTACULAR!
  • All the stars!!

    By gabbysreading
    See that cheesy, dopey, lovestruck smile on my face? That is a direct result of Lauren Blakely’s newest release, A Guy Walks Into My Bar. I loved this book! I love every fun, sexy, swoony thing about it. Love, love, love. From the outstanding character connections to the top shelf caliber flirting and the hot AF moments, it’s easy for me to claim that this is one of my favorite reads in 2020. Dean with all his sexy Brit wit and Fitz, the uber charming and confident American hockey player are amazing together. Their chemistry was evident from the start. What started as a short fling grew into something so powerful. The way they fell so easily into a natural banter made me squeal with delight. It's no secret, I love a good verbal back and forth. Lauren Blakely's dialogue in this book was simply perfect. I have to say, seeing Fitz fall in love is probably my favorite male character falling ever because it's such a genuine wonderment and shock for him. He didn't know what to do with his feelings making a few mistakes here and there because of those feelings. Still, it was so cute to see him truly care for Dean. This may have been Lauren Blakely’s first MM romance but she nailed it flawlessly. Their sexual orientation wasn't for - lack of a better phrase - a big deal. Dean and Fitz were simply two people falling in love and they just happened to be men. How beautiful. I wholeheartedly recommend picking up A Guy Walks into My Bar. Especially if you want to laugh, swoon and feel all kinds of giddiness.
  • 5 Penguin Stars!

    By mpatane5
    I absolutely loved and enjoyed Lauren Blakely’s first MM romance. Bravo!!! The chemistry between Dean and Fitz is electric and smoking hot! Their banter will turn you on and make you swoon. Their journey will have you rooting for them. I highly recommend this fantastic read!
  • LOVE!!

    By Laura__F
    I am love love loving this series!! Since I was on a Lauren Blakely audio kick for quite a while, I knew I knew Dean from another book and I was absolutely right! I love when I remember to connect the dots between series (#readerproblems). I loved Birthday Suit (where Dean also appears) and it's one of my favorite audios of all time. This book is a lot of swoon. Dean and Fitz are absolutely perfect for each other. Even though they were both adamant that their time together would only be a fling, they were too right to let go of each other and move on. Since it was announced that Joe Arden and Shane East would be narrating this book, I almost heard their voices the whole time I was reading. I can't wait to listen to this audio since I know it will make an already fantastic book even better. I am in love with the epilogues of this book and am super excited about what comes next for some of these characters!!!
  • This book walked into my heart!

    By starstacy
    This book made me smile, made me swoon, made me hot, made me emotional, then by the end it had walked into my heart because I loved Fitz and Dean’s story so much! Fitz knew he wanted Dean right away. They had a spark just from their first conversation in Dean’s bar, and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. At first Dean said no, because he had a rule about not going home with patrons from the bar. Fitz was relentless because he knew what he wanted, and that was a quality I loved in him! Dean was a thinker, more contemplative which I could also appreciate even though he wanted Fitz just as much. They were phenomenally flirty, and when they got together it was pure fire! Both had a bad relationship in their pasts plus Fitz was only in London for a week, so they thought they only a wanted a fling. As they spend time getting know each other along with not being able to keep their hands off each other, can two people catch feelings and fall in love in a week? Read this absolutely enjoyable, steamy, witty, swoon-y, emotional romance about 2 amazing guys and find out! I highly recommend it! *I received an advanced copy of this ebook for my honest review.*
  • Fantastic!!

    By Stacyotr
    I’ve not read many M/M romances, but I can say with 100% certainty that if Lauren Blakely writes another one, I will read it! A Guy Walks Into My Bar was a dreamy instalove romance featuring Fitz, a sexy American Hockey star and Dean, an equally delicious British Bartender. Dean is determined to fight his attraction to Fitz, but he is no match for the sexy determination of Fitz. Fitz just wants a one week fling, but Dean changes it all. Did I mention that this book is smoking hot? You better keep a tall glass of water on hand to put out the fire!
  • Wowsa!!

    By MaryW fan
    Need way more than 5 stars to convey how much I loved this book. Dean & Fitz are crazy hot & funny together. Even though they are batting for the other team, I love them both. Dean is a London bar owner with a great circle of friends & father he loves. Fitz is an NHL superstar in town for a few days to help his sister get settled in art school. And then (you guessed it) a guy walks into a bar. Instant Attraction & a little meddling from a sister & bar co-owner result in a hot fling with an expiration date. Or does it have to be that way? This is Lauren Blakely’s first m/m romance & she rocked it!