Audio Tour: Part-Time Lover (Lauren Blakely)

What do you get when you mix a charming British hero, a temporary marriage of convenience, and a smart & sassy heroine? PART-TIME LOVER, the brand new, standalone rom-com from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Narrated by the deliciously sexy Shane East and Grace Grant, PART-TIME LOVER promises full-time satisfaction. Get your copy of PART-TIME LOVER now!


Review:

I’ll say this about Christian — he made one hell of a first impression.
When I first saw the strapping man, he was doing handstands naked on a dock along the canal. His crown jewels were far more entertaining than anything else I’d seen on the boat tour, so I did what any curious woman would do — I took his photo. I might have looked at the shot a few dozen times. Little did I know I’d meet him again, a year later, at a secret garden bar in the heart of the city, where I’d learn that his mind and his mouth were even more captivating.

But given the way my heart had been trampled, I wanted only a simple deal — No strings. No expectations.

Our arrangement worked well enough until the day I needed a lot more from him…

***

Let me just say, this whole part-time lover thing was her idea. I’d have gone all-in from the start, but hey, when a gorgeous, brilliant woman invites you into her bed, and only her bed…well, I said yes.

But then, one hysterical phone call from my brother later, begging me to find myself a wife so grandfather’s business stays in the family, and I need a promotion with Elise. Turns out a full-time husband suits her needs too, and a temporary marriage of convenience ought to do the trick, until we can simply untie the knot…

As long as no one finds out…
As long as no one gets hurt…
As long as no one falls in love…

But our ending was one I never saw coming.

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By now you guys know I love love love audiobooks, and I’m always excited to listen to one of Lauren Blakely’s books. Not only because she’s the author who made me love audiobooks, but because I usually love ALL of her books. This one was no exception.

I’m really happy to see more of Christian and Elise, who are first introduced in Wanderlust, and to finally know the story behind both characters. And like the previous book, this one draws you in with the descriptions of the stores, the streets, and the smells, of Paris, Copenaghen and New York. I really like this, and it works even better in audio form.

I adored both main characters, especially Christian… I liked that he understood his feelings and pursued what he wanted. Elise was a perfect counterpart for Christian, she had such hard limits and high walls, but she wanted to be open and herself, but just too scared to be able to do it. They support each other, and they both grow up a lot, mainly Elise.

Fake relationships turned real is one troupe I like, and it was super well done here. The whole plot was very entertaining and enjoyable. I was only expecting a bit more from the whole thing with Erik’s wife… and I’m wondering if that was the last we’ll see of him?!

So, guys, get on board with this one. Another fantastic read from Lauren Blakely.


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– Isha, I Love Romance


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PART-TIME LOVER AUDIO TOUR:

June 6
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Crazy Daisy Book Whore
I Heart Romance & YA
Reading After Dark
Sweet Red Reads
The Bookish Sisters

June 7
Books all things Books
Dog-Eared Daydreams
Read. Eat. Love.
Rachel Loren’s Love of Reading
Sexy Lady’s Reading Corner
Books and Tequila
Booked All Night Blog

June 8
@kssecretbooks
East Coast Book Chicks
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
Sheila’s Book Corner
Valley of the Book Doll
Beneath the Covers
The Audio Flow

June 9
Blushing babes are up all night
I Love Romance
Linz Readz
Lit-Up My Mind
Lover of Big Books Cannot Lie
Alphas Do It Better

June 10
Becky on Books
Book Babes Unite
In Between The Pages
MelethBookaddicted
@Karinlibrarian
Red Hatter Book Blog
Two Book Pushers

June 11
A Novel Bunch KC
Book Lovers Hangout
Carole’s Random Life in Books
My Girlfriends Couch
My Tiny Obsessions
S3OC

June 12
Between the Hardcovers
Confessions of 2 Book Lovers
Four Chicks Flipping Pages
Next Book Review
Sultry Sirens Book Blog


About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 95 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In June she’ll release PART-TIME LOVER, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Audio Review: Wanderlust (Lauren Blakely)

Available exclusively in audio for the first six weeks – and narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant – comes a breathtaking new romance from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely that will sweep you away! Get an exclusive interview with Lauren with your Audible purchase! Grab your copy of this swoony and romantic Audible Original today!


They say Paris is always a good idea…

You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can’t even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let’s not even mention how I’ll ever make it through a day at my new office.

Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he’s charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me. Soon, I can order a croque monsieur hold the ham, discuss perfume with my co-workers, and barter at the outdoor market. I can also tell the sexy Brit by my side how much I want him to kiss me under the streetlamps.

Except there’s a catch – Paris might be all we have.

***

One more assignment before I can take off on my big adventure…

And it’s a good farewell gig too since my newest client is a fetching American who loves to explore the cafes and cobbled streets while I teach her the language of love. We fall into a fast and flirty friendship, but Paris has a way of making lovers out of friends, and soon we’re spending our nights together too – très risqué. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and soon I’ll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing…unless one of you is leaving.

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I’m a big fan of audiobooks, so when I saw the opportunity to review an audiobook from Lauren Blakely, I jumped at the opportunity. I always love her audiobooks (and her non audio too). I really wanted to have been able to put this post up by the 6th, the day the audio was released, but work got in the way, and it was only today that I was able to finish the book, and finally write the review.

Once again I loved Lauren Blakely’s writing, and I think this is even more true for this book. The way she used her words, not only made me feel like I was exploring Paris right alongside Griffin and Joy, but I could almost sense all the smells that are described throughout the book. This is such a difficult thing to accomplish, and Blakely did it wonderfully.

Joy and Griffin were such amazing characters, and I fell in love with both of them right away. I loved the way Joy looked at live, how she faced her obstacles and never gave up. I loved that she wanted her “cake and to eat it too”, and how she fought for it. Griffin had such a huge character growth, he was awesome, and I love him. I actually feel like you have to experience these 2 characters to actually know what I’m trying to say.

The plot and the romance were great. This book described what I feel love is…

Now, I listened to this book, and I’m a huge fan of romance audiobooks, so this one made me happy. It made me travel, and it made me want to go to Paris again, sooner rather than later. It was my first audiobook by both Grace Grant and Richard Armitage, and I was very pleasantly surprised by both. Such a contrast, but somehow they complimented each other quite nicely. Grace Grant completely made Joy for me, and I could actually picture her in my mind. Richard Armitage had a super sexy voice and accent  (especially on the hot bits…).

Overall, amazing experience, and I hope you guys pick up the audiobook as soon as possible, especially because the ebook is only released next month, eheh. Seriously, pick it up. You won’t be sorry. 


Don’t miss this message from Richard Armitage about Wanderlust!


About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 85 times, and in March she’ll release WANDERLUST, a breathtaking new romance that will sweep you away. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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The Catch (K. Bromberg)

After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.

Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.

But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.

With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.

He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.


THE POSITIVE:

 The writing. Once again, I loved the writing. I wish I had listened to this book right after I finished The Player, but either way, I truly enjoyed it.

 This duology is fantastic! This second book has so much more depth to it. It explained everything, and tied all loose ends. Well done.

  Again, the characters were fantastic, and I loved that this book went more into Scout and Easton’s relationship and their feelings towards each other.

THE NEGATIVE:

  To be honest, the big negative for me was having to wait to learn the full story…

  At a point there there was a bit too much drama for my liking. But I was glad that it was solved fairly quickly.

Drunk Dial (Penelope Ward)

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget — even though he so easily forgot about me — and call him.

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him — unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.


THE POSITIVE:

  The characters were unusual, and the book touched interesting subjects. I loved that Rana and Landon has such different backgrounds and life experiences. But they complemented each other quite well.

  I love the best friends to lovers and the second chance romance tropes.

THE NEGATIVE:

  Everything happens a little (way too) fast. Even though the time lapse in the book is big, I still felt like their relationship was moving at a very fast pace.

  Again, I found it a bit predictable, and I felt like some things were resolved way too easily.

Dear Bridget, I Want You (Penelope Ward)

Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.

So, here goes.

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

I want you.

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.

No questions asked.

Think about it.

Or don’t.

Whatever you choose.

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.

— Simon


I’ll keep this review very short and on point.

THE POSITIVE:

  I loved the plot. Widowed young mother with a younger british doctor. YES PLEASE! And the characters were awesome.

  The pacing was great, and the development of the relationship between Simon and Bridget was very well done.

THE NEGATIVE:

  The repetition. I’ve read a few books by these two authors, and I always know that at some point I’m getting a twisted issue. It was well done, but you can always see it coming.

  Still on the point above, there just wasn’t anything surprising on this book. Still worth it though.

Bossman (Vi Keeland)

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression. I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date. He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice. So I told him to mind his own damn business — his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business—and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked. When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out. But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us — telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood. My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again. I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?

Then again… What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?


I just know that listening to romances by Vi Keeland will make me happy, and this one was just so darn amazing.

Once again, I absolutely loved the writing, again, and I really liked how, once again, Vi Keeland used the dual POV to give us a peek into the past. The story is mainly told through Reese’s POV, but some chapters belong to Chase, 7 years before, and I loved it. The voices were different, and the narrative flowed super well.

I loved the characters, obviously, I loved how damaged they both were, but how they still trusted and opened up to one another. They just gave such strength to one another, and I loved it. Also, they were beyond hilarious, by themselves and when they were together. Such a delight.

The romance was awesome too. These 2 had amazing chemistry and banter, and even though it is an office romance, the forbidden aspect of it is not  really important, more of the fears that it brought on. But the development and the peak and the resolution, were kind of perfect.

I really like how there isn’t any instalove on this book, the feelings develop slowly, and their relationship is beautiful. And I loved their crazy stories, eheh.

So, yeah, guys, go and read this one.
Or listen to it. You won’t be sorry.

Mister Moneybags (Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward)

I met Bianca in an elevator.

She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.

The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.

She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags” — her afternoon appointment.

Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type — snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn’t appreciate the simple things in life.

So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t — a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn’t want it to end.

I began dating her as “Jay” — all the while letting her interview the real me over email.

I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot. 

I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.

I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.

And she was falling for two men. 

Only, both men were me. 

And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.

Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for what came after.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.


I’m a huge fan of the collaborations between these two ladies. They always make me laugh and cry a bit, and I generally have a great time reading or listening to their books. Also, this book was narrated by my 2 favorite narrators out there: Sebastian York and Andi Arndt, and I just love them, they are excellent narrators, and I love Sebastian’s voice… *sigh* 

The writing is one again great, I just truly love how they collaborate, and the voices in this book were so different. AWESOME! I mean, I was dying in Dex’s chapters, they were hilarious.

I really liked both main characters, and Bianca and Dex had great chemistry… she and Jay did as well, but I was rooting for Dex, eheh. I have to say that I felt like the blurb was a bit misleading, like they usually are, only letting you know of the plot for the first half of the book. I liked the plot though, even though I thought it was a bit predictable at times, I still quite enjoyed it.

Also, a million points for Chance‘s cameo, his darn goat and his 2 kids. AMAZING! The youtube channel made me snort.

Even though it was not my favorite collaboration between these two girls, this is a very good and solid romance, and I very much recommend it. And definitly try the audio version, because Sebastian York!!!

Mack Daddy (Penelope Ward)

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie.

Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?
So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.
Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy. I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that — to me — he was much more.
They didn’t know about our past.
He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.
Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.


Guys, I’m a sucker for single dads in books. It’s a problem! I see a guy in a book that has a kid, and I’m gonna love that book, almost guaranteed.

Once again, I really enjoyed Penelope Ward’s writing, I loved the dual POV on this book, and the different voices of the two main characters. Also, something that I felt was super well done, were the little flashbacks, that directly correlated to the events of the present.

This was a second chance romance, another trope that I’m a fan of. And this one was very well done, because of the connection between these characters in the past.

I really liked both Mack and Frankie. They had their priorities straight and weren’t deceitful. They are also both super fun, especially when together. But I had an issue on how, even though it was clear how in love with each other they were in both periods, they still took their time to actually be available for each other, even though I understood both their reservations.

I really really liked the connection between these two, the friendship and chemistry was evident, and very well explored. I also liked their relationships with Jonah, and I was happy when his relationship with Mack was stained, even though Mack did his best to connect with his child.

I also liked the plot, and it had a few elements that I didn’t see coming. It’s tough not to compare it to Egomaniac by Vi Keeland though… I did like that once they were together, they WERE TOGETHER.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The only thing that didn’t completely work for me was the reason why they didn’t give in to each other before, but hey, that’s a personal opinion.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me (Mariana Zapata)

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?


This has been the LONGEST contemporary romance I’ve ever read. It was massive! But it was such a great story.

This was my first book by Mariana Zapata, but it won’t be the last, for sure. I really liked the writing, it was intense and funny at the same time. It was pretty well balanced. The pacing was slow, but this is a very slow burn romance, so the pacing made perfect sense, and I couldn’t imagine the story being told any other way.

Vanessa was a great narrator. This book is told exclusively through her POV, and this girl has an amazing voice. She’s strong, and not afraid to say what she feels and what she wants, even if plagued by a dark past and a horrible upbringing. She fights for her dreams, but she always tries to be her best self. I loved her. She grows up so much during this novel, her confidence in herself grows so much too.

Aiden was a tough nut to crack, and even after finishing this book, I still have my doubts and reservations about when and how and why he truly started falling for Vanessa, because sometimes I thought that it came from way back, and other times it seemed a more recent thing. Not gonna lie, I could have used his POV sometimes… Still, he had a very unique personality and a very particular way to navigate the world. I have to say that even though it is never mentioned in the text, I actually thought that he showed some indications of being in the autism spectrum. In the end, I loved the guy. He didn’t love easily, but when he did, he would do anything, and oh my…

Like I said above, this was a slow burn romance… SUPER SLOW BURN! But I felt like it paid off. I liked seeing them getting to know each other and falling, but I did miss some conversations that I thought should have happened. Given their highly different personalities, I wish there had been more in the book AFTER they admitted their feelings for one another. Instead, once they get together, the story finishes and the epilogue starts, and while I really appreciated that glimpse, I needed more from how they started navigating their relationship.

Overall this was a super good book, though sometimes too slow for me, but full of tension and great moments.  I’m glad I listened to it, because the narrator did a wonderful job and made it super enjoyable.

I would DEFINITELY recommend this one 😉 .

Egomaniac (Vi Keeland)

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.


I’m going to keep this review super short because I sure as hell don’t want to spoil the story for you guys…

I’ve been enjoying the collaborations between Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, but this one? This was one of my favorite romances from this year. Keeland’s writing is amazing on this one. The book is told in the first person, dual POV, and Emerie and Drew’s voices are super different and they complement each other so well.

I loved both main characters. LOVED THEM!!! They had both such strong personalities and convictions, but they were able to listen to each other and understand one another, and ugh, their relationship and chemistry was just AMAZING.

The book has a few twists and I have to say that I was super surprised that I didn’t see the finish line right from the start. It’s a sign that this romance is super well written. I did see the conflict, but it didn’t make it any less heartbreaking…

This book made me cry, people. It did. And it was awesome.

If you’re looking for a great romance, with an amazing and strong couple, read Egomaniac, you won’t be sorry.