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A brand-new contemporary romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Head Over Heels.   The girl next door is the one that got away. He just doesn’t know it yet. . . . Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miser A brand-new contemporary romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Head Over Heels.   The girl next door is the one that got away. He just doesn’t know it yet. . . . Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miserable in our new town, so I’m pumped when he makes friends with the kid next door—until I recognize his mom from a one-night stand. Perky and upbeat, Elle Dunning is not my type for anything other than tearing up the sheets. So why do I keep letting myself get roped into game nights and get-togethers? Elle: It so hasn’t been my year. That’s my first thought when I see my new next-door neighbor. I never would have hooked up with Sawyer Paulson if my husband hadn’t left me for his high-school sweetheart, but because our eight-year-old boys have become best friends, I’ve got to make nice with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent. Yet the more time we spend together, the more Sawyer opens up. We’ve both been hurt—badly. So it’s one thing to send the kids off to sleepaway camp together. It’s quite another to promise each other a lifetime of sleepovers. . . . Sleepover is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


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A brand-new contemporary romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Head Over Heels.   The girl next door is the one that got away. He just doesn’t know it yet. . . . Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miser A brand-new contemporary romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Head Over Heels.   The girl next door is the one that got away. He just doesn’t know it yet. . . . Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miserable in our new town, so I’m pumped when he makes friends with the kid next door—until I recognize his mom from a one-night stand. Perky and upbeat, Elle Dunning is not my type for anything other than tearing up the sheets. So why do I keep letting myself get roped into game nights and get-togethers? Elle: It so hasn’t been my year. That’s my first thought when I see my new next-door neighbor. I never would have hooked up with Sawyer Paulson if my husband hadn’t left me for his high-school sweetheart, but because our eight-year-old boys have become best friends, I’ve got to make nice with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent. Yet the more time we spend together, the more Sawyer opens up. We’ve both been hurt—badly. So it’s one thing to send the kids off to sleepaway camp together. It’s quite another to promise each other a lifetime of sleepovers. . . . Sleepover is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

30 review for Sleepover

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    4 Stars What a pleasant surprise! When I first started Sleepover I wasn't expecting more than a cute "neighbors hooking up on the sly" kind of romance, and to a certain extent that's just what I got. Luckily Elle and Sawyer's story turned out to be so much more. Elle was blindsided when she found out her husband was leaving her for another woman, and that the move had been a long time coming. Sure, the signs were there, but she chose to ignore them and trust her hubby. Lesson learned, t-shirt bough 4 Stars What a pleasant surprise! When I first started Sleepover I wasn't expecting more than a cute "neighbors hooking up on the sly" kind of romance, and to a certain extent that's just what I got. Luckily Elle and Sawyer's story turned out to be so much more. Elle was blindsided when she found out her husband was leaving her for another woman, and that the move had been a long time coming. Sure, the signs were there, but she chose to ignore them and trust her hubby. Lesson learned, t-shirt bought. Sawyer is making a new start in a new home after two years of grieving the death of his wife. He's not looking for love, but the habitual one night stand thing has become a regular occurrence. When Elle realizes her hot new neighbor and the father of her son's new bestie is Sawyer, the same man she had a wild one night stand with two months ago, things start to get interesting. This book turned out to be quite a bit more enjoyable than I'd initially thought. Yes, there was a bit of the romancelandia formulaic stuff I've come to expect, but both Sawyer and Elle were as upfront and honest with each other as could be expected, given their circumstances. Elle never played the winey heroine and Sawyer never pulled the douchebag crap. They were both emotionally unavailable until they weren't, if ya get my drift, and I enjoyed the way the relationship unfolded. My only real complaint came with the way the story concluded. A little too neat and tidy (and quick!) for me, but I still had a fabulous time reading all about Elle and Sawyer. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a voluntary, honest review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    4.5 - "We meet again..." Stars! What more can you ask for than a hot widower/single daddy who is a carpenter… Well pair him up with a divorced single mom and make them neighbours and Serena Bell pretty much hits a bullseye with Sleepover. No more falling for guys who are in love with someone else… Having your husband leave you for his high school sweetheart is a pretty bitter pill for Elle Dunning to swallow, but she’s handing being a single mother to her son pretty well, so-much-so that venturin 4.5 - "We meet again..." Stars! What more can you ask for than a hot widower/single daddy who is a carpenter… Well pair him up with a divorced single mom and make them neighbours and Serena Bell pretty much hits a bullseye with Sleepover. No more falling for guys who are in love with someone else… Having your husband leave you for his high school sweetheart is a pretty bitter pill for Elle Dunning to swallow, but she’s handing being a single mother to her son pretty well, so-much-so that venturing out for a one night thing with a random hot guy in a bar gives her enough good memories to keep her warm on lonely nights for the foreseeable. That is until the random hook-up hot guy moves in next door, and what do ya know, he is a single father too, and their boys hit it off immediately. I want the chance to start over and do things right… We did everything backwards. Turns out the chemistry from that one night wasn’t a fluke and it doesn’t take long before Sawyer and Elle are fighting to keep their attraction to each other to themselves. We then go from sexting to phone sex, to the more physical actions, and I loved the confidence Elle had in this regard, and the gruff dirtiness that Sawyer bought to the party. The plot moved along at a steady clip throughout, and although there is the inevitable drama bought into the story through the dead ex, it wasn’t overplayed. "This is the best fucking foreplay ever." Witty, sweet, sexy and emotional at points I really enjoyed this book. Loosely linked to the authors previous couple of releases it can be read as a standalone, although I am hoping that Sawyer’s brother Brody is up next, because he bought a bit of light relief in Sleepover and I'm interested in getting to know him better. ARC generously provided by the author via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    nick

    I have only read a few books by Serena Bell, but she is without a doubt an auto-read author for me now. She writes straightforward and wholesome romance novels that are just the perfect mood lifters. Sleepover was a sweet and charming story that I found myself inhaling. I especially loved that it featured a couple that tried their hand at love for the second time. That's not exactly a trope that you see a lot in romance and I imagine isn't a trope that every author can master. Both Sawyer and El I have only read a few books by Serena Bell, but she is without a doubt an auto-read author for me now. She writes straightforward and wholesome romance novels that are just the perfect mood lifters. Sleepover was a sweet and charming story that I found myself inhaling. I especially loved that it featured a couple that tried their hand at love for the second time. That's not exactly a trope that you see a lot in romance and I imagine isn't a trope that every author can master. Both Sawyer and Elle were previously married to other people. Sawyer loved his wife, Lucy, dearly but she, unfortunately, passed due to an illness. Elle thought she was in a happy relationship only to find out that her husband had been cheating on her with his high school girlfriend. The relationship dynamic in Sleepover could easily have been convoluted and dramatic given that Sawyer was always going to love his wife and they both had children, but Serena Bell handled it like a pro. It's actually kind of an inspiring and lovely message that finding love after one's significant other passes away isn't such a bad thing and that falling in love a second time is possible. Kudos to Bell for writing this book! Both Sawyer and Elle were endearing protagonists. These were two very normal people who were dealing with their single-parent status and trying to provide the best life for their kids. They were both kind and genuine people who deserved to have their happily-ever-afters together. I loved how big of a role Jonah and Madden, Sawyer and Elle's sons, also played in Sleepover. The two formed a fast bond with each other and it was sweet to see their friendship develop. As you can imagine, the romance between Sawyer and Elle didn't immediately happen. There was some hesitance on Sawyer's part as he had vowed to not love another woman again, and on Elle's side too as she didn't want to be second-best to anyone. What's great about the romance in Sleepover though was how much Sawyer and Elle shared with each other. They were open and honest and were not afraid to share their true feelings with each other. This was a couple that slowly got to know each other emotionally and in the process learned to let go of the past and live in the present. The romance was just the sweetest, but as with Serena Bell's previous books, the chemistry was all-consuming. The foreplay between these two had me fanning myself. It's seriously hot, folks! Sleepover also had a great secondary cast in the form of an elderly neighborly who probably shipped Elle and Sawyer more than anyone, and Sawyer's brother, who I think will find love next! If you believe in second chances and love a feel-good romance, Sleepover SHOULD be on your TBR! It has something for everyone, in my opinion! :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    After her divorce to her cheating ex was finalized, Elle was looking for a one-night fling. She thought she found it, until tall, dark, and broody ended up being her new neighbor and the father of her son's new best friend. With both Elle and Sawyer not quite ready to embark on new relationships, and both trying, but failing, at fighting their mutual attraction, things were bound to get complicated. I pretty much inhaled this book. Bell did such a great job helping me understand what was keeping After her divorce to her cheating ex was finalized, Elle was looking for a one-night fling. She thought she found it, until tall, dark, and broody ended up being her new neighbor and the father of her son's new best friend. With both Elle and Sawyer not quite ready to embark on new relationships, and both trying, but failing, at fighting their mutual attraction, things were bound to get complicated. I pretty much inhaled this book. Bell did such a great job helping me understand what was keeping Sawyer and Elle from taking the plunge. She clearly painted a picture of their grief and anguish as it related to their past relationships, and though I was still really frustrated at times by the two of them, I understood why they made the decisions they did. Sawyer's story was sad. As a man, who didn't open up to people easily, he believed he deceased wife could never be replaced. He loved her, and always would, and his struggle with finding there was something beyond attraction between him and Elle was a little painful. But Elle's story broke my heart in half. The betrayal was bad enough, but the fact that she still had to interact with her ex on some level due to their shared custody made it that much worse. I found myself wanting to reach out and hug her time and time again. But you know what? I found solace in the fact, that she had Sawyer, who was a pretty amazing man. Maybe he didn't pour his heart out 24/7, but when he did reveal part of himself or share anything at all, it was really meaningful, honest, and pure. Elle also had two amazing friends in her corner, who gave her so much support, as well as some nudges to move her in the right direction. Speaking of those friends, I loved Elle's besties and Sawyer's brother so much, I am hoping Bell stays in this world a little longer, and gives them their own books. The ending of Sleepover certainly set up a story for Brooks quite nicely, and I know I would love to read it. This book was fun, sweet, sexy, and adorable. It made me laugh, swoon, rage, cry. But in the end, it left me warm and fuzzy with a big smile on my face. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley C.

    I absolutely loved this book. It’s my first book by Serena Bell, but it definitely won’t be the last. Her writing is just about perfect, even in an ARC, and I managed to read this in one sitting. She immersed me into he story and I barely came up for air. I loved that characters and I sincerely hope we get stories for some of the others in the book. I would assume we are going to get Brooks’ and Eve’s story next... and I can’t wait. 5 stars from me. Well done.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    A beautiful romance! When our heroine discovers her husband and the father of her son is still in love with his old girlfriend and wants to go back to her, she needs a little boost to her self-esteem. She finds it with a hot hookup in an alley with a guy in a bar. Then she continues her life with her son. Until her son becomes best friends with the new neighbor boy next door and our heroine recognizes the boy's hot dad from her quickie ego boost. Our hero never hooks up with the same woman twic A beautiful romance! When our heroine discovers her husband and the father of her son is still in love with his old girlfriend and wants to go back to her, she needs a little boost to her self-esteem. She finds it with a hot hookup in an alley with a guy in a bar. Then she continues her life with her son. Until her son becomes best friends with the new neighbor boy next door and our heroine recognizes the boy's hot dad from her quickie ego boost. Our hero never hooks up with the same woman twice since he lost his wife three years earlier, so he has no intention of getting closer to his son's best friend's mom. But a wedding invitation from her ex and a building friendship changes his mind quickly. Beautiful love story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    ARC provided by the publisher in behalf of the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! Hero(s) rating: 4 stars Heroine rating: 4.5 stars Sexual tension rating: 4.5 stars Sex scenes rating: 4.5 stars Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars Plot rating: 5 stars Dialogue rating: 5 stars Storytelling rating: 4.5 stars Story ending rating: 4.5 stars Other woman/men drama: (view spoiler)[Yes...but not in the way that you think... (hide spoiler)] Cheating: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cliffhanger: (view spo ARC provided by the publisher in behalf of the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! Hero(s) rating: 4 stars Heroine rating: 4.5 stars Sexual tension rating: 4.5 stars Sex scenes rating: 4.5 stars Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars Plot rating: 5 stars Dialogue rating: 5 stars Storytelling rating: 4.5 stars Story ending rating: 4.5 stars Other woman/men drama: (view spoiler)[Yes...but not in the way that you think... (hide spoiler)] Cheating: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] ********************************************** Overall rating: 5 stars Oh, Sleepover, how I loved you so!! So get this...the guy/girl you randomly meet a bar one night...hook up with...ends up being your neighbor...and your kids become fast friends...what is a guy/girl to do? In this case, you roll with punches, all the while fighting to move on from your past. Elle Dunning was hit hard, emotionally and mentally, with the events that led to her divorce. Living in the shadow of her ex-husband's true love, Elle had signs all over the place but heeded all warnings. Now, single and raising her eight year old son, Madden, Elle vowed to never let love ruin her again. Sawyer Paulson faced the biggest lost of his life - his true love, his best friend...his wife. Sawyer can't seem shake the ghost of his wife and the feelings he still has for her two years later, while being a single dad to his eight year old son, Jonah. He tries to start anew, moving away from the home he shared with his wife, Lucy. What he never expected was for his moment of weakness (and confusion) from the bar that scintillating night to be the woman living in the house next door. Now...that's kind of all the details I can get into, but let's just say this story packed a punch that I was honestly not expecting. Full of laughs, emotions, steamy/sensuous moments and then some, I found myself not wanting to put this book down, not for one second. The H, Sawyer and the h, Elle will leave you panting, sympathizing, laughing, oohing and aahing the whole way through! The story flowed perfectly and delivered to catch and hold your attention. While I wish I could share more, as well as some quotes that really hit home, out of respect of the author, I'll hold till the release date. Add this to your TBR list and get ready to fall in love with Elle, Sawyer, Jonah and Madden.

  8. 4 out of 5

    UltraMeital

    4.5 Stars Two single parents living next door.. yon can guess where this one is going... yet it's so much MORE than that. To quote Sawyer "We did everything backwards - Crazy monkey sex first, foreplay later, getting to know each other third". See 2 months ago before Sawyer moved to the house next to Elle, they met in a bar. Elle was two weeks after finalizing her divorce, in a need of getting back to who she was before the whole mess with her ex, and Sawyer, as usual was looking for a "relief" f 4.5 Stars Two single parents living next door.. yon can guess where this one is going... yet it's so much MORE than that. To quote Sawyer "We did everything backwards - Crazy monkey sex first, foreplay later, getting to know each other third". See 2 months ago before Sawyer moved to the house next to Elle, they met in a bar. Elle was two weeks after finalizing her divorce, in a need of getting back to who she was before the whole mess with her ex, and Sawyer, as usual was looking for a "relief" from the constant ache of losing his wife 2 years prior. He offers a night without a repeat and up until Elle it worked fine. Yet seeing her again, with a plate full of cookies as a good neighbor should, makes him for ONCE question his resolve. Sawyer and Elle have the obvious in common, they are all alone, raising 8 year old boys, they are making their best efforts yet their sons are having a rough time dealing with their new life without a parent. While Elle's ex is still in the picture he isn't living with them, he has already moved on - getting married to his high school sweet heart in a couple of weeks.. They are both heart broken yet in a way they are both getting ready to a new beginning, though it takes them time to realize that. It might have started with pure lust, but even on their first time together, Sawyer already saw something special in Elle. It's really easy to fall for a guy like Sawyer, sweet and caring, a good listener, a great dad and neighbor (also to their sassy elderly next door). Yet Elle doesn't want to be the "second best" as she was for her ex. She wants to be loved and cherished and Sawyer doesn't seem like he is ready to offer her more than a sexual release - which is GREAT, but she isn't sure if it's enough. He is a great friend to her but things are getting more and more complicated, especially since they promised each other a whole night together at her ex's wedding.. I LOVED this book. It was in a way an easy steamy read, and yet it had another beautiful and heart breaking layer of everything both Sawyer and Elle endured. Both their stories were sad but they didn't let it truly dictate their lives. They took their chance and struggled to become a better version of themselves for themselves and their kids even if moving on romantically didn't seem to be in the cards.. Yet it WAS. Sawyer and Elle fit perfectly, even if not as seamless as their two boys become glued at the hips! ;) They were sweet and fun as well, didn't feel like they were overpowering the story or the romance which was truly great (sometimes it's an issue for me..). HIGHLY recommended! I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. More Reviews HERE

  9. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    3.25 stars I liked the author's writing but I am conflicted over the storyline especially since our heroine always felt like the second player in her marriage and couldn't hold a candle to her husband's ex; who he eventually left her for. In this it is the dead wife trope; the hero's dead wife. h/H had an alley hook-up months ago and now he moves in next door and their children become best buddies. Hero we are told is still hung up over his wife but of course that doesn't stop him from starting h 3.25 stars I liked the author's writing but I am conflicted over the storyline especially since our heroine always felt like the second player in her marriage and couldn't hold a candle to her husband's ex; who he eventually left her for. In this it is the dead wife trope; the hero's dead wife. h/H had an alley hook-up months ago and now he moves in next door and their children become best buddies. Hero we are told is still hung up over his wife but of course that doesn't stop him from starting his random hook-ups two months after his wife passed . I am not sure at the end if the heroine was once again a second choice and that isn't how a book should make a reader feel.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Verna Loves Books

    Sleepover by Serena Bell is such a wonderful book. I was instantly in love with Sawyer and Elle. These characters are phenomenal, strong, and so so good together. Sleepover is a story about loss, friendship, and two people who have to learn to trust each other after the heartbreaking experiences they both have. Each experience is different, but leaves both of them fighting to get past it and own their future. When Sawyer and his son move to their new neighborhood, he doesn't expect to know his n Sleepover by Serena Bell is such a wonderful book. I was instantly in love with Sawyer and Elle. These characters are phenomenal, strong, and so so good together. Sleepover is a story about loss, friendship, and two people who have to learn to trust each other after the heartbreaking experiences they both have. Each experience is different, but leaves both of them fighting to get past it and own their future. When Sawyer and his son move to their new neighborhood, he doesn't expect to know his next door neighbor. But he does. Elle and Sawyer have one night together that neither of them has forgotten and it leads to so much more for both of them. I felt every heartache, every regret, every ounce of pain these two were going through. I couldn't get enough of this book. It's so heartfelt, so full of chemistry and has an explosion of love that you'll still be feeling long after you've read it. So if you love a book that pulls at your heart strings, makes you wanna cry and about two people who among their chaos find each other, then you'll love this one. I sure did. It was such a beautiful romance that leaves you feeling whole. This was my first Serena Bell book and let me tell you, it won't be the last. Her writing is breathtaking and real. I give Sleepover by Serena Bell 4 out of 5 STARS!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Since Sawyer's wife died, he's made it a practice of never being with a woman more than once. So in theory, finding out that Elle, a woman he hooked up with outside a bar months ago, just became his new neighbor shouldn't be a problem. Except it is. This was a fun but fairly realistic contemporary romance featuring two people getting a second chance at love. Elle is recently divorced and obviously wary of getting into the same situation again and Sawyer is a recent widower. Both are single paren Since Sawyer's wife died, he's made it a practice of never being with a woman more than once. So in theory, finding out that Elle, a woman he hooked up with outside a bar months ago, just became his new neighbor shouldn't be a problem. Except it is. This was a fun but fairly realistic contemporary romance featuring two people getting a second chance at love. Elle is recently divorced and obviously wary of getting into the same situation again and Sawyer is a recent widower. Both are single parents and dealing with all that that entails. Both characters had some baggage which added realism to the story but not so much baggage that it bogged down the plot. All in all, an enjoyable romance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie

    I usually love Serena Bell books, and maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but I just didn’t love this book. I LIKED it and when the storyline was at forefront, I really enjoyed this. But, to me, over half the book was either sex talk, phone sex, teasing about sex, or having sex. I want a story with a good plot, and don’t need to read about sex in every chapter. I don’t mind sex in books, and mostly enjoy them, so am not being a prude, but I don’t want it to be the main purpose of the I usually love Serena Bell books, and maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but I just didn’t love this book. I LIKED it and when the storyline was at forefront, I really enjoyed this. But, to me, over half the book was either sex talk, phone sex, teasing about sex, or having sex. I want a story with a good plot, and don’t need to read about sex in every chapter. I don’t mind sex in books, and mostly enjoy them, so am not being a prude, but I don’t want it to be the main purpose of the book, and that’s how I felt about a lot of this book. I so enjoyed all the characters, and loved the 2 young boys. As i said, when the story was moving along, I loved it. For me, I just wish there was less emphasis on the sex parts.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sannia

    I rather my h not be so forgettable to H. That's almost as bad as a rebound screw. :\

  14. 4 out of 5

    E-Reader Addict

    3.5 Stars I almost gave up on Serena Bell after her last book I read of hers was completely unappealing to me (Do Over). But I am so glad I didn’t, because Sleepover turned out to hit the sweet spot. Actually, when this book started I was a bit leery of the hero - I’m not a fan of the manwhore to begin with, and when he’s a man who’s supposedly mourning the death of his beloved wife? That doesn’t sit well with me. At all. And if it had been brought up much more, it really would have diminished m 3.5 Stars I almost gave up on Serena Bell after her last book I read of hers was completely unappealing to me (Do Over). But I am so glad I didn’t, because Sleepover turned out to hit the sweet spot. Actually, when this book started I was a bit leery of the hero - I’m not a fan of the manwhore to begin with, and when he’s a man who’s supposedly mourning the death of his beloved wife? That doesn’t sit well with me. At all. And if it had been brought up much more, it really would have diminished my enjoyment of this book. Now that I think about it, I guess I am more than a bit perturbed by his behavior - he apparently started going out and having one-night-stands “at least once a week since a month or two” after his wife died. Which was two years ago. I get that people mourn and cope with loss differently, but having sex with almost a hundred women isn’t an attractive personality trait to me, and doesn’t earn him any sympathy in my book. I don’t understand why authors think this is the kind of guy who is admirable, or romantic, or that it’s romantic that a guy who jumps into bed with any woman will suddenly stop when the “right” woman comes along. Geesh...how did I manage to end up liking this guy??? Sorry. Time to get this review back on track after that unplanned, ranting derailment. Elle and Sawyer meet one night at a bar. They had a drunken hook-up in the alley, then went their separate ways. Until one day a couple months later when Elle discovers the father of her son’s new best friend is the man from the bar, and he has just moved in next door. Turns out they both had thought about the other - frequently. But getting involved seems like a bad idea. They’re neighbors, their sons are connected at the hip...also, they each have pretty significant baggage. For Elle, it’s an ex-husband who left her for a former girlfriend - one he hadn’t ever stopped loving. For Sawyer, it’s a wife who died, who he’s not ready to say goodbye to. The thing I really liked about this story is how organically the relationship developed. They first had an awkward friendship, moved to flirting, then decided to give a relationship a try. Elle and Sawyer did their best to be open and honest with each other, even if they weren’t always honest with themselves. And when things fell apart between them, it was for a reasonable and realistic situation which wasn’t over-dramatized or made unnecessarily angsty. My heart felt sad for both Elle and Sawyer because they both tried to do all the right things, but it took some time for each to sort out their baggage. These are the kinds of books I like to read (minus the hero who thinks the best way get through his sorrow is by banging any willing woman). The simple stories about people figuring out their way back to happiness. There was no extra drama by outside sources, no outrageous situations, just a story about two people who’ve been a little battered by life and just happen to find the one person who can help them feel whole again. And that’s why I think I was able to overlook the hero’s pre-heroine less-than-desirable behavior. The rest of this story pretty much made me happy-sigh. * thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Up All Night With Books

    5 Stars Review by Elizabeth Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Serena Bell is one of my favorite authors out there!! I previously read Head Over Heels and was excited to read her new book, Sleepover. You will not be disappointed picking this one up, I promise. I finished it in the span of three/four hours because it was just that good. Two years ago, Sawyer’s wife, Lucy, passed away. Over the next two years he fills his time working, caring for their son, and having sex. When Sawyer 5 Stars Review by Elizabeth Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Serena Bell is one of my favorite authors out there!! I previously read Head Over Heels and was excited to read her new book, Sleepover. You will not be disappointed picking this one up, I promise. I finished it in the span of three/four hours because it was just that good. Two years ago, Sawyer’s wife, Lucy, passed away. Over the next two years he fills his time working, caring for their son, and having sex. When Sawyer and Jonah move into a new home not far from his parent’s, the last thing he expected to see was a one night stand he hasn’t been able to forget. Elle is trying to piece her life back together after her husband cheated on her with his ex-girlfriend resulting in him leaving Elle and their son, Madden. When Elle meets the new neighbors things get interesting. When Elle and Sawyer had their one night stand -- one time stand -- Sawyer made it clear he did not do repeats. Of course, his resolve is going to be tested when they now live next door to each other. Sawyer hasn’t gotten over the death of his wife, Lucy, and Elle is still dealing with the hurt of her ex-husband, Trevor, leaving. Those two know how to have hot foreplay and sex. Wow. However, they both have some healing to do before they are actually ready to move on. Sawyer needs to deal with the passing of his wife and Elle needs to deal with her husband leaving. I love the fact that they did not sugar coat their intentions at the beginning. They were straightforward and honest. Sleepover is full of so many emotions that I found myself tearing up in places. You will really love reading it, Serena really did a wonderful job writing it. **ARC provided for an honest review**

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Gorman

    Sleepover is the first book by Serena Bell that I have read. The use of alternate point of view narration provides insight into the main characters thoughts and feelings and sets the tone for this fast-paced, sensuous second chance story. The weekend after her divorce was finalized, Elle Dunning went out with her girlfriends to celebrate. Elle was coming to grips with the fact that husband left her for his high school girlfriend and decided to hook up with a guy she met at the bar. Imagine her su Sleepover is the first book by Serena Bell that I have read. The use of alternate point of view narration provides insight into the main characters thoughts and feelings and sets the tone for this fast-paced, sensuous second chance story. The weekend after her divorce was finalized, Elle Dunning went out with her girlfriends to celebrate. Elle was coming to grips with the fact that husband left her for his high school girlfriend and decided to hook up with a guy she met at the bar. Imagine her surprise when she recognizes her new neighbor, Sawyer Paulsen, as Mr. Hookup! The sexual chemistry between Elle and Sawyer is off the charts. Both have suffered loss- Elle’s divorce and Sawyer’s wife’s death. I loved that their sons got along so well and the families shared game nights. The secondary characters of Brooks, Trevor, Hattie and Capria added a lot of humor to the story. I liked that Elle and Sawyer supported each other. Elle pitched in and helped with Jonah’s birthday party. Sawyer was interested in Elle’s writing career and encouraged her to finish her book. Loved the scene when Sawyer and Elle’s ex-husband, Trevor, meet- it was so funny to read Trevor trying to outshine Sawyer. Serena Bell has written a wonderful second chance romance with all the feels. She does a fabulous job balancing the couple’s attraction, Elle’s writing career, Sawyer’s acceptance of his wife’s death and realization that it’s ok to move on. Sawyer’s last entry in the journal made me tear up. . he understands what love is. Sleepover is a charming, feel good romance with characters that will tug at your heartstrings. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Sleepover by Serena Bell is a captivating book that I immediately fell in love with. This is the my first read by Serena Bell and it certainly will not be my last. This book was well written and the characters were well developed. The two main characters, Elle and Sawyer, are mature adults who put the needs of their children first, which I found refreshing. Elle, a woman who has been wronged and who is doing an amazing job of making a new life for herself and her eight year old son. Sawyer has e Sleepover by Serena Bell is a captivating book that I immediately fell in love with. This is the my first read by Serena Bell and it certainly will not be my last. This book was well written and the characters were well developed. The two main characters, Elle and Sawyer, are mature adults who put the needs of their children first, which I found refreshing. Elle, a woman who has been wronged and who is doing an amazing job of making a new life for herself and her eight year old son. Sawyer has experienced a crushing loss, and is also trying to raise his eight year old son alone. Elle and Sawer meet, explode together and then walk away…. Ahhhh, not so fast, what would be the fun in that. They end up neighbors, and then, that's when the sparks ignite the blazing sexual attraction between them. Ms. Bell also does an exceptional job helping us get to know Madden, Elle’s son and Jonah, Sawyer's son. I loved that she developed these boys and gave them their own voice. There is so much going on in this book, I am unable to put it into my review, but let me tell you, I could not put this book down. This book shows you that love really is worth the rocky road it sometimes takes to get there. I highly recommend this book and I hope that Ms. Bell will continue this series with Brooks and Eve’s story. ***I kindly received an ARC of this book by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review in order to read this book. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. This is my honest review.***

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Sleepover is a light and fun contemporary romance that I liked quite a bit. The hero and heroine are single parents (the hero is widowed, the heroine divorced) and since I don't often read about single parent main characters this was a nice change of pace for me that I liked very much. Both characters were very likeable - all of their feelings and thoughts were appropriate to their situations and I was very empathetic to both of them throughout the book. I found the fact that the hero was a furn Sleepover is a light and fun contemporary romance that I liked quite a bit. The hero and heroine are single parents (the hero is widowed, the heroine divorced) and since I don't often read about single parent main characters this was a nice change of pace for me that I liked very much. Both characters were very likeable - all of their feelings and thoughts were appropriate to their situations and I was very empathetic to both of them throughout the book. I found the fact that the hero was a furniture maker/handy man very attractive (I need one of those!) and loved that he was quiet and a good listener. The heat level fits well and seamlessly into the overall romance of the story. This was my first book by this author but I am going to look to see what else she has written that I can add to my TBR for when I am in the mood for a good contemporary romance.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Sleepover by Serena Bell was a fun, sexy and sweet read. A single dad and a divorced mom who have been hurt and know loss. But for their children, they move forward. After losing his wife, Sawyer is determined to avoid pain. His son is his number one priority. Elle has had a tough year. Her ex-husband left her for another woman. Sawyer now only does one-night stands and Elle allowed herself only one night. Now they are neighbors and their sons are becoming the best of friends. So Elle and Sawyer Sleepover by Serena Bell was a fun, sexy and sweet read. A single dad and a divorced mom who have been hurt and know loss. But for their children, they move forward. After losing his wife, Sawyer is determined to avoid pain. His son is his number one priority. Elle has had a tough year. Her ex-husband left her for another woman. Sawyer now only does one-night stands and Elle allowed herself only one night. Now they are neighbors and their sons are becoming the best of friends. So Elle and Sawyer find themselves at the mercy of their kids. But as they spend time together, they get to know each other. I loved their honesty and the slow burn of friendship to more between them. Sleepover by Serena Bell was a fun read with a great characters. It was such a fun and sweet read. A nice, light read about second chances and new beginnings! Happy reading!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    No redos! That is what Sawyer says about his one night stands. Elle she doesn't have them, until well that one time(damn her friends right). What a memorable night it was. Fast Forward a bit and look new neighbors. Shocker the new neighbor is of Course the hottie Sawyer from that amazing night they both can't forget. Now they both have sons who are suddenly best friends. Sawyer suddenly wants a redo(breaking the rules). He has ghosts he has to live with, Elle is trying to navigate her life. This No redos! That is what Sawyer says about his one night stands. Elle she doesn't have them, until well that one time(damn her friends right). What a memorable night it was. Fast Forward a bit and look new neighbors. Shocker the new neighbor is of Course the hottie Sawyer from that amazing night they both can't forget. Now they both have sons who are suddenly best friends. Sawyer suddenly wants a redo(breaking the rules). He has ghosts he has to live with, Elle is trying to navigate her life. This was so good ,I enjoyed watching this unfold it wasn't overly complicated yet you still didn't know what would happen. Sexy ,fun and really enjoyable read. This was my first Serena Bell book and will not be my last. ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    What a beautiful story. It’s emotional, funny and very sexy. It is very interesting to read as Sawyer and Elle navigate their way after what each have gone through. The impact they have on each other and how they navigate these waters is very nicely written.

  22. 4 out of 5

    D.B. Reynolds

    Can I tell you how much I loved this book? I stayed up all night to finish even though I had a million things to do the next day. From the moment I met Elle and Sawyer, I felt as if I'd known them forever. The attraction and heat between them was so well written and so strong that I just had to see them through to their HEA. Read this book and you'll never again doubt the power of love.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Every now and then you’d like a story about two fundamentally good people who are finding a way to start over and this was it. Enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind reading more by this author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Natalia

    3.5 stars The h was nice, the kids so cute but... the dead wife drama its not my jam!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This was a sweet, relatively drama free romance. I really liked the way they were as parents, and how well they connected as a couple. I was bothered a bit by some quirks of the writing (such as the author's constant use of parenthesis to include asides in the narrative) and, believe it or not, all the sexy-times got old. But overall I enjoyed the book. I'm looking forward to reading more from Bell soon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    This was a very sweet romance! Light, easy, and perfect for a summer beach read. Reading about Elle and Sawyer fall in love and get together was very enjoyable, and I really liked that they learned about and improved themselves along the way. There were a lot of steamy/smutty sex scenes, including phone sex and dirty texts. I didn't find them particularly scintillating, but I also didn't find them offensive. I appreciated that Elle and Sawyer got their happily-ever-after and that the loose threa This was a very sweet romance! Light, easy, and perfect for a summer beach read. Reading about Elle and Sawyer fall in love and get together was very enjoyable, and I really liked that they learned about and improved themselves along the way. There were a lot of steamy/smutty sex scenes, including phone sex and dirty texts. I didn't find them particularly scintillating, but I also didn't find them offensive. I appreciated that Elle and Sawyer got their happily-ever-after and that the loose threads were wrapped up. The author did introduce a couple of characters in the novel and the final chapter makes it clear that they're the protagonists of her next book. I thought this was cute and well done - readers know who to look forward to next but aren't given a cliffhanger that minimizes the resolution of the current book. My only criticism, and it's not a big one, is that some of the characters didn't ring particularly true for me - especially the men. Our male love interest, Sawyer, is far more in touch and open to discussing his feelings with his guy friend than any man I've ever met. He definitely reads more like a woman overall. The two sons also never really seem to fight with their parent or even each other, which didn't seem realistic to me. I received an advance copy via NetGalley for this book, but it hasn't affected my opinion. This was my first experience with the author, Serena Bell. I'd read her again, although I probably wouldn't seek her out.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor (The Book Hammock)

    When you take a divorcee and a widower, both with a son the same age, the kids are bound to grow close. But when that divorcee had a one night stand in an alley behind a bar, just as a rebound, you know, and her against the wall sex God is that very same widower, who doesn’t do repeats… yikes. Elle and Sawyer decide to be neighborly friends, but things change for them both as they get to know each other, and especially when Sawyer meets Elle’s ex-husband and steps in to ‘rescue’ her from an awkwar When you take a divorcee and a widower, both with a son the same age, the kids are bound to grow close. But when that divorcee had a one night stand in an alley behind a bar, just as a rebound, you know, and her against the wall sex God is that very same widower, who doesn’t do repeats… yikes. Elle and Sawyer decide to be neighborly friends, but things change for them both as they get to know each other, and especially when Sawyer meets Elle’s ex-husband and steps in to ‘rescue’ her from an awkward situation. Sleepover_Equote2The playfulness to their exchanges, the incredible unfulfilled sexual tension as they grow close, and the emotional connections developing between them make for a beautiful romance. The supporting characters here are pretty great, as well. Elle’s best friends and Sawyer’s brother are hilarious. Always there to give that little shove in the right direction.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    this was actually my first book by this author, but it won't be my last! it was hilarious and steamy AF. i loved the characters, they were so fabulously realistic. the dead ex is not my favourite trope and i admit, i prefer it when it's like 'well actually she was awful/he was just about to leave me/whatever whatever'. this is not the case in this book - which of course is more realistic - and that made it a much more emotional read, you know? because it really is heartbreaking, being on either s this was actually my first book by this author, but it won't be my last! it was hilarious and steamy AF. i loved the characters, they were so fabulously realistic. the dead ex is not my favourite trope and i admit, i prefer it when it's like 'well actually she was awful/he was just about to leave me/whatever whatever'. this is not the case in this book - which of course is more realistic - and that made it a much more emotional read, you know? because it really is heartbreaking, being on either side. but anyway. i really really enjoyed it, it was funny and adorable and i want to read everything serena bell publishes. ARC received from netgalley in exchange for honest review

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy A

    Sawyer's beloved wife Lucy died two years ago and ever since, he's just been trying to get by day-to-day caring for his young son. While he's definitely not ready to get into anything serious with a woman, he's had a steady stream of hookups that have kept him quite satisfied. Now, moving into a new home he's renovating, Sawyer is a little more on the fine side then he's been in quite some time. That is, until he discovers his next door neighbor is none other than one of his hookups, Elle. She's Sawyer's beloved wife Lucy died two years ago and ever since, he's just been trying to get by day-to-day caring for his young son. While he's definitely not ready to get into anything serious with a woman, he's had a steady stream of hookups that have kept him quite satisfied. Now, moving into a new home he's renovating, Sawyer is a little more on the fine side then he's been in quite some time. That is, until he discovers his next door neighbor is none other than one of his hookups, Elle. She's the only woman since his wife that actually made him take pause and think about something more than just a meaningless hookup. After finding out her husband was cheating on her with his high school girlfriend, newly single mom Elle isn't ready to be put in second place again. Despite really connecting with Sawyer, she knows that he's still madly in love with his wife. She understands, but she doesn't ever want to feel like someone is just settling for her again. But the closer they get, the more both of them are willing to risk, but will it pay off in the end? I was really surprised by how much I loved this story. I loved how Serena Bell gave us these two single parents (single for completely different reasons) and was able to connect both of their apprehensions, yet hopefulness, about getting into a new relationship based on the things that made them single in the first place. In Sawyer's case it's losing his wife. In Elle's case it's the divorce after being cheated on. Both Sawyer and Elle are at a point where they could take that final step and move on / forward with their lives, and the readers are along for the ride seeing them struggle to leave the past where it is and look to the future. It's a really sweet story augmented by the close friendship that develops between Sawyer and Elle's sons who of course have to be taken into consideration, but are surprisingly more in-tuned with their own feelings and emotions than their respective parents. Sleepover is pretty much everything I look for in a romance. The ruminations on being a single parent and letting yourself love again was done very well. I was first introduced to Serena Bell when I read her book Head Over Heels. While Sleepover can be read as a complete standalone, it shares some minor characters that were featured in Head Over Heels so if you've read the former, you'll be happy to get a little update on those characters, and if not, then maybe it'll prompt you to pick up the earlier books. *Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    Wow! Just wow. The only reason this book was read over two days and not in one is because I forced myself to put it down and go to sleep. I didn’t want to, but knew I needed some shut-eye. The emotions in this story are so raw and they run the gamut from grief and sadness to joy and love. The chemistry between Sawyer and Elle is unbelievable. They have a very (extremely) brief history that is given in a few flashback type scenes. This story really starts from when they unwittingly meet again. Fr Wow! Just wow. The only reason this book was read over two days and not in one is because I forced myself to put it down and go to sleep. I didn’t want to, but knew I needed some shut-eye. The emotions in this story are so raw and they run the gamut from grief and sadness to joy and love. The chemistry between Sawyer and Elle is unbelievable. They have a very (extremely) brief history that is given in a few flashback type scenes. This story really starts from when they unwittingly meet again. From there, their interactions become increasingly erotic but are still only foreplay. It got to where I thought my Kindle would catch on fire before they sealed the deal! What’s amazing is how the author crafted these moments with so much chemistry and electricity, but also with style and importance. She used the chemistry to build on the relationship, even when Elle and Sawyer weren’t in the same room. Which ended up being quite touching and always giving me a swarm of butterflies in my stomach. It’s always a precarious thing to write about a widow or widower finding love again. Especially when the deceased spouse was a good person. Serena Bell navigated Sawyer’s feelings about his deceased wife and his blossoming feelings for Elle in such a real way. And Elle’s knowledge of Sawyer’s feelings for his wife and her own feelings of what that means for her are so emotional and heartrending. Seriously, in the beginning of this book I couldn’t stop laughing. These characters and their friends are witty and fun and hilarious. Plus, there are some really wonderful scenes with Jonah and Madden, Sawyer’s and Elle’s sons, both at home and at school that are touching and sweet. Through all the laughter, the tears eventually came. Just like in real life, there is a balance of both. This story is really a beautiful thing. One last note. Goodreads has this book listed as a *standalone. I ended up checking the author’s website about this since there are some crossover characters from Do Over and Head Over Heels and these three books are listed as part of a series she calls Sexy Dads…which is very fitting. I personally think any of these books can be read as a standalone, but I’ve really enjoyed them all so strongly recommend you read them all. You won’t regret it. **I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own and given freely. ** This review can also be found at https://allingoodtimeblog.wordpress.c...

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