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Peek Inside Perfect Distraction

Cancer patient Andrew and oncology pharmacy resident Lauren cannot be together, even though their attraction is as hot as the coffee they’re both addicted to. But sometimes life has other plans…

Perfect Distraction

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Lauren Taylor isn't thinking about love, especially not with the impossibly attractive man she accidentally spilled coffee all over. He's out of her league and she's focused on finishing her oncology pharmacy residency. She's sworn off men who are too handsome for their own good, anyway.

Andrew Bishop can't stop thinking about the gorgeous redhead who crashed into him and then disappeared, even though he should have way more on his mind - like dealing with his Hodgkin Lymphoma diagnosis and finishing out his last year in law school. When Andrew and Lauren run into each other at the cancer center where she's working and he's being treated, they try to keep it professional. They can be friends, and nothing more.

But sometimes life has other plans…


“I. AM. IN. LOVE. With this book!!!!! Seriously one of my ULTIMATE favorite stories! EPIC ROMANCE! LOVEL LOVED LOVED every beautiful detail. MUST READ BOOK of 2020!”--Mirtha L., Goodreads

The writing is impeccable and a totally wonderful story and characters. And my gosh the humour – L is a pun extraordinaire & every so often they get into a battle of puns. And yes, it definitely has a happy ending, wonderfully poignant all the way through and I cried buckets.”--Linda T., Goodreads

Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley is the perfect blend of sweet, touching and emotional.”--Cynthia W., Goodreads

“I for real could not stop reading! I cried and I laughed SO hard. This is an amazing book.”--Torrie T., NetGalley

Sweet, emotional read!”--Alicia M., Goodreads

I couldn’t give this 5 stars fast enough and I was genuinely shedding tears by the last couple of chapters.”--Naomi F., NetGalley

“This book was so, so sweet. It grabbed my heart from the very beginning and held it the whole way through.”--Justine F., Goodreads

“Loved, loved, loved this book. This has to be the sweetest, vunerable and real book I have ever read! Genuinely I laughed and "ugly'' cried throughout. The pace is perfect and a real page turner.”--Michelle O., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682815519
Release Date: Mar 23, 2020
Page Count: 350
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By lazybookconqueror March 23, 2020

This book is the Perfect Distraction to everything going on with the world right now. Absolutely heartwarming and wholesome, I had a constant grin on my face while reading it.

Lauren Taylor is doing her oncology pharmacy residency. First of all, I thought this was so original. I never read anything a ...more

By Anne OK April 28, 2020

“We be-lung together.”

A new-to-me author with a big-hearted story.

Allison Ashley skillfully builds a gripping emotional arc that goes along with a harsh dose of reality, while capturing the excitement, fun and joy of new love. I was mesmerized by the bantering dialogue between Andrew and Lauren as ...more

By Peggy February 24, 2020

I'm told this is a debut novel by this author - well, if that's true, I can guarantee she's going to have a long and prosperous career as a writer.
This story was so multileveled, emotionally and educationally, that I don't know where to start. Suffice it to say, this author know how to write emotion ...more

By Anna February 11, 2020

A cute contemporary romance with PUNS? All my dreams have come true. Andrew and Lauren are so cute together, and I was so invested in their HEA.

There was a cast of well-developed side characters (and I don't just mean Emma, wink wink) and the hero and heroine's feelings and reactions always felt aut ...more

By Jolis May 20, 2020

Sākumā jutos dīvaini un šaubījos, vai tiešām gribu lasīt romānu, kurā varoņus saved kopā vēzis. Tad izlasīju, ka autore pati ir onkoloģijas farmaceite un padomāju, kāpēc gan ne? Gan jau viņa savā darbā ir šo to redzējusi.

Kā debijas romāns, grāmata ir izdevusies labi. Man patika abi galvenie var ...more

4.5 stars

Allison Ashley delivers the perfect blend of sweet, heartfelt, and emotion in Perfect Distraction. Two people have a bit of a “meet cute” then later meet under unusual circumstances. There is immediate attraction but a bit of an ethical dilemma.

It was easy to see that this author has knowle ...more

By Myria March 12, 2020

I finished this sweet, little nugget of a book yesterday. Y’all, I laughed and cried and laughed some more and then cried some more and felt all the gushy feels.
It’s got a meet cute. It’s got “we need to stay professional, but I wanna rip your clothes off.” It has puns. So. Many. Puns. It’s really ...more

By E-Reader Addict September 16, 2020

4.5 Stars!

Perfect Distraction is the perfect example of how to write a sweet, touching, heartwarming romance story - goes to show you don’t need all kinds of steamy in order for a book to be all kinds of swoony.

Andrew Bishop meets Lauren Taylor at the beginning of his treatment for cancer. He’s ...more

By Belle March 23, 2020

There are so many things I loved about this book I'll try not to write a paper about it, but no promises.

So I really loved the plot of this book, Lauren is a oncology pharmacist, do you know how refreshing it was for her not to be a doctor or nurse? Those professions are so over done in romance nov ...more

By Maria March 08, 2020

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Excellent story with a different kind of wounded hero.
A lovely story dealing with a serious issue, “Perfect Distraction”, by Allison Ashley (Entangled: Amara), features a delicious, wounded yet balanc ...more

By Cláudia February 22, 2020

I recieved an ARC through NetGalley, and as usual all thoughts and opinions are my own.

February is the month of contemporary, and what a perfect time it was to read this one. I didn’t expect to love another cute romance story, but I did really liked our main characters and how the story unfolded, th ...more

By RateTheRomance September 11, 2020

Oh, my heart! ♥️ I am feeling ALL THE FEELINGS.

My 5yo daughter has Leukemia so I was interested in the premise of this romance in which the Hero (Andrew) has cancer and the heroine works in oncology as a pharmacist. I wasn't sure what to expect. Would it manage to be realistic without being a total ...more

By Megan April 04, 2020

I actually flip flopped between 3 & 4. Honestly there was a lot in this book that made me roll my eyes! But I must also acknowledge that it brought me out of a reading slump.
It was surprisingly light and sweet considering the subject manner!

I found a lot of stuff was over explained, like actions. I ...more

By Elizabeth March 30, 2020

Lauren is focused on finishing school. (I love that she's an oncology pharmacy resident.) Maybe too much so as she's just spilled coffee on a stranger. Or it could be that he's so striking she got distracted. But it's okay, she's on a self-imposed embargo, done with attractive men. The best thing to ...more

By Linda March 03, 2020

Wow. Couldn’t believe that this is a debut author. The writing is impeccable and a totally wonderful story and characters. The story touches on quite a few social mores including harassment at work (Lauren’s co-worker who works his way thru all the female staff and can’t handle that Lauren isn’t int ...more

By Tami March 08, 2020

Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley comes out next week and is sooo good! It is set mostly in a chemo infusion center and is such a sweet story about choosing love and happiness. It was emotional and such a beautiful story.

Lauren clumsily meets a gorgeous man at a coffee shop, spilling her hot dr ...more

By Sara March 02, 2020

Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley a five-star read that will leave you perfectly distracted. This is my first read from this author, but I will be looking for more as the puns make it all worth it. I love a good pun, and this was inspiring, its not the only fantabulous aspect to this story thoug ...more

By Samantha March 26, 2020

This beautiful book swept me away. Funny, romantic, and hot (but clean!)–– despite the serious subject of cancer. I fell in love with both Lauren and Andrew, both characters developed in such a way I felt like I knew them and could relate to their journeys. When the book ended, I cried-- tears of ha ...more

By Kris Reads Romance March 12, 2020

I got an early sneak peek at this sweet gem of a story! Thank you to Allison Ashley for sharing an ARC with me!
We start out with a semi-mortifying meetcute involving a rushed morning and a cup of coffee, and I mean, relatable, right?
Although there’s instant attraction and a smidge of forbidden roman ...more

By Living My Best March 24, 2020

Perfect Distraction is a gripping romance that gave me all the feels. I loved this book from start to finish.

The story follows Lauren Taylor and Andrew Bishop. Lauren is a resident oncology pharmacist who is solely focused on work. That is until she meets a handsome man at a coffee shop. He is abso ...more

By Justine March 18, 2020

Firstly, I would like to thank author Allison Ashley, Entangled Publishing, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

This book was so, so sweet. It grabbed my heart from the very beginning and held it the whole way through.

You will find yourself following a young couple, Andrew and L ...more

By Rachel March 22, 2020

4.5 ⭐️

Lauren can’t believe she’s met the most beautiful man she’s ever laid eyes on at the coffee shop on her way to work. She’s a pharmacy resident with a passion for oncology, and the patient she is set to council on chemotherapy happens to be the guy she saw at the coffee shop. Andrew. Attracti ...more

By Shari March 22, 2020

A full 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 five stars to this amazing debut novel! The story begins with a meet cute at a local coffee shop. Lauren spills coffee on “the hot man”, Andrew. Little do they know, they’ll be meeting again shortly.
Lauren works as an oncologist pharmacist at the local hospital. Andrew was recently diag ...more

By Come_read_with_me_ March 19, 2020

Loved loved loved this book. This has to be the most sweetest, vunerable and real book I have ever read! Genuinely I laughed and "ugly'' cried throughout. The pace is perfect and a real page turner.

Lauren works in a Cancer Center, the last person she thought would be her next patient would be the ha ...more

By Rochelle March 23, 2020

Good read. Lauren and Andrew were such a great couple together. They first met when she ran into him at a coffee shop and then again when she went to work at the Cancer Center and she found out he was there for treatment. This is a slow burn romance that will have you falling in love as the characte ...more

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Allison Ashley

About the author

Allison Ashley

Allison Ashley is a music-loving, coffee-drinking mom of two who loves love stories. She's an oncology pharmacist and spend her days focused on helping patients through the hardest thing life can throw at them. Her escape has always been books—specifically reading books about happiness, love, and laughter—and it was inevitable that she'd eventually write her own. She promises to always write stories with deep romance, intense connection, and humor…but most of all, that coveted happy ever after.

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