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Review: Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely

Posted March 4, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Part-Time Lover by Lauren BlakelyReviewer: Casee
Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Shane East, Grace Grant
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 308
Length: 7 hours and 21 minutes
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four-stars

A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely!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.

After reading Wanderlust, it wasn’t hard to immediately move onto Part-Time Lover. I wouldn’t exactly call this a series. More of a continuation with recurring characters. Honestly, I couldn’t not read this book when I read about Elise and Christian’s history. What are the odds that the two of them would meet in one country then run into each other in another? It was fate, that’s what it was.

Even after a year, Elise has not forgotten the naked man doing handstands on his dock along a canal she was touring. She actually doesn’t want to forget him, which is why she hasn’t deleted his pictures from her phone. When he yelled to her asking her to meet him that day, Elise took the plunge. Both she and Christian thought they were stood up when in fact they went to different places in the city with the same name. Now, whether it’s fate or not, Elise and Christian have been brought together again. This time Christian is determined not to let her go.

Elise has been betrayed in the past and does not trust easily. All she wants with Christian is some short-term fun. He’s amenable to that request and they agree to have an affair. Then things start to go wrong. Christian’s brother is betrayed by his wife in the worst possible way. Not only does she want a divorce but she wants to take the company that Christian ‘s grandfather built from the ground up. The only way to save the family legacy is for Christian to get married. He’s shocked when Elise offers to marry him and immediately takes her up on it. They agree to stay married for three months then go their separate ways.

It doesn’t take very long for Christian to realize that he wants longer than three months with Elise. It will be hard to convince her, if he’s even able to do so. Elise wants Christian but she won’t consider anything long term. When she does finally realize that she doesn’t want to let him go, she knows it might be too late.

I really loved this book. These two were just meant to be with each other. It was clear from the very first page. Although Elise didn’t trust easily, she took a huge chance on Christian from the beginning. I really appreciated how she put herself out there. I also appreciated how Christian respected Elise’s wishes and didn’t try to force her into a situation she wasn’t ready for. I just loved how everything came full circle.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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Review: Sweet Sinful Nights by Lauren Blakely

Posted February 28, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Sweet Sinful Nights by Lauren BlakelyReviewer: Casee
Sweet Sinful Nights (Sinful Nights, #1) by Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Josh Goodman
Series: Sinful Nights #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: June 12, 2015
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 364
Length: 9 hours and 45 minutes
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

She was the one who got away...Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It's his greatest regret, especially since she's all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he's determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won't make the same mistake twice.

Easier said than done...Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she's been through with her checkered family, there's no way she's letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he's more handsome and charming than before. And she's torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him -- maybe both.

Soon they fall into each other's arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years. But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he'll have to give her his whole heart, and she'll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past. And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present...

This was a nice quick audiobook. I continue to really enjoy listening to Lauren Blakely on audio. Her narrators are always very good. They really have a knack for pulling me into the story. I thought it may be different with this book because it’s a male narrator telling the story from both the male and female points of view, but it worked.

Brent Nichols and Shannon Paige were high school sweethearts. They were engaged to engaged to be married, had their life mapped out, etc. Everything was going swimmingly until Brent went ahead and changed their path without consulting Shannon. That was a deal breaker for her, especially when he wouldn’t budge on his position. She gave him his engagement ring back and disappeared from his life.

Ten years later and their paths have crossed once more. Shannon was prepared, Brent was not. This time Brent is not letting Shannon get away. He will do whatever it takes to keep her in his life. This time forever. He doesn’t know that Shannon has yet to tell him what happened after their split.

Shannon doesn’t trust easily. She doesn’t trust Brent even though she wants too. She can see that he’s changed, but thinks it’s too good to be true. Her reluctance to trust may be her downfall. She just has to figure out if it’s worth it to put her trust in Brent a second time.

This was a sweet story of lovers reuniting. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading/listening to Shannon’s brothers.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Sinful Nights

four-stars


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Review: Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

Posted February 19, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Wanderlust by Lauren BlakelyReviewer: Casee
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Grace Grant, Richard Armitage
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Length: 8 hours and 46 minutes
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four-stars


A charming British hero, the woman who tempts him, and a hands-off arrangement that's oh-so-hard to maintain.

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go. All I have to do is board a plane, and I'll be on my way to fulfilling a promise I made long ago. Bonus points -- my last week in Paris looks to be even better when I meet a gorgeous, clever American woman and make plans to take her back to my flat that night.

But before we can get together for what would surely be a fantastic final fling, my boss hits me with a double whammy. My previous client didn't pay, so there's no trip, and the new client I now desperately need is none other than the tempting American I'm about to take home.

Have I mentioned this timing bloody sucks?

***

I'll admit it -- I have a big weakness for a hot British accent. As in, they make me swoon, sigh, and want to toss my panties. Good thing I can avoid that kind of temptation in Paris. So it's just my luck that the man who's the key to success in my new job is the man whose voice makes me melt. Oh, and we have to spend all our days together for work.

Thanks a lot, fate.

To top it off, I quickly learn he's witty, kind and has a heart and mind I'm falling for fast.

All I have to do is resist him every single freaking day. That's so easy. Not.

But then I learn that's nothing compared to the real hurdle we face.


What could go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nearly everything, it seems...

This is my first book by Lauren Blakely and oh, did I enjoy it. I listened to it on audio and both narrators were simply amazing. I’ve said it time and time again…when you listen to a book on audio a narrator/s will make or break the book. These two really made it much more enjoyable than it could have been. Especially Richard Armitage and his accent. Seriously.

Joy has moved to Paris after the perfect job offer came at an ideal time in her life. Having just broke up with a boyfriend that was nothing but heartbreaking baggage, Joy wanted to leave Texas and start fresh. Paris always delighted her. The people, the food, the culture. You name it and Joy was fascinated by it. When she arrives it’s everything she expected. The only problem is the language barrier. The perfume company that hired hires someone that will help Joy overcome that barrier so she can communicate with her employees. She’s not too curious about the translator. The person she is most curious about is the man she meets a local bakery.

Griffin has a bucket list. One that his brother made on his deathbed. When one of his items is put on hold and he has to go back to work in Paris, he is not adverse to having a fling with the woman he meets in his favorite bakery. What neither of them know is that Griffin is her new translator. When it becomes clear that they are to work together, they both know that anything personal will have to be put on an indefinite hold. It doesn’t help matters that Griffin is someone that wants to travel the world while Joy wants to make a home in Paris.

As they get closer, they get caught up in each other. First as friends, then as lovers. I loved that about this book. They were friends first. They really enjoyed each other. It was a natural progression to lovers. There were no games, no big misunderstandings. They both fully admitted that they were in love. The only issue that arose between the two of them was Griffin’s loyalty to his brother and his absolute devotion to the bucket list. One of the things I most loved about Joy was that she didn’t make him choose between the brother that was still so obviously with him and her. She just accepted what was. She was such a breath of fresh air.

The ending of the book happened just as it should have. It left me thoroughly satisfied and looking forward to the next book though this isn’t technically a series. These two stayed with me for a bit after I read the book, but that was okay with me for some reason. Even as I write this review I am smiling because it was such a good book.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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Audiobook Review: The Hot One by Lauren Blakely

Posted October 26, 2018 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Hot One by Lauren BlakelyReviewer: Holly
The Hot One (One Love, #3) by Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
Series: One Love #3
Also in this series: The Sexy One (One Love, #1), The Only One (One Love #2)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: February 25, 2017
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 300
Length: 6 hours and 21 minutes
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dnf
Series Rating: two-stars

A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely...

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I'm that guy. But the moment I run into the woman I once loved madly, I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He's the one who got away . . . The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not . . .? I've tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I'm cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one…

I’ve been on a Lauren Blakely kick lately. I’m slowly working my way through her backlist at random. I read The Sexy One and figured I’d give The Hot One a try.

Tyler and Delaney fell in love their senior year of college. They planned to go to law school together, until a week before graduation when he broke up with her. For Delaney it was completely unexpected and really devastated her. It was also the catalyst that helped her realize law school wasn’t for her. 7 years later a chance encounter makes Delaney realize she may not be as done with Tyler and she thought. But she isn’t willing to give him the power to hurt her again.

Tyler has spent 7 years regretting his decision to end things with Delaney. When they run into each other again he knows this is his chance to make things right – and to win her back. He’ll go to any lengths to get her.

This started out well enough, but one of Delaney’s biggest issues with Tyler was how selfish he was. He didn’t consider her or her future when he broke up with him, only his own. When he contacts her again after their chance meeting in the present, it’s once again all about him. So when Tyler shows up at Delaney’s work and starts stripping, I couldn’t get past it (for context, she owns her own massage therapy spa. He booked a massage with her, so him getting naked isn’t strange as if, say, she worked in an office). It was such a dick thing to do. She was pissed at first, then distracted by his hot body and unable to stay mad. I suppose I should have taken my cue from her, but I just couldn’t. The longer the book went on and the more she let things slide, the more pissed I got. I ended up listening to about the 3/4 mark and I wasn’t able to go any further.

DNF

One Love

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Review: The Only One by Lauren Blakely

Posted October 24, 2018 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: The Only One by Lauren BlakelyReviewer: Holly
The Only One (One Love #2) by Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 140
Length: 3 hours and 34 minutes
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one-half-stars

From the NYT Bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances

Let’s say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again.Until ten years later.Now, it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available the night of my charity’s gala. The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me.

***

This woman I’m working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I’m captivated and I can’t get her out of my mind. Even if it’s risky to tango with someone I’m working with, she’s a risk I’m willing to take. The trouble is, she won’t give me the time of day. But I’m determined to change that.

Penelope and Gabriel spent 3 amazing days together one summer in Barcelona. They agreed to meet up a few weeks later in New York, but he never showed. She wouldn’t have thought 3 days with a man would ruin her so completely, but 10 years later she’s still smarting. When her assistant sets up an interview with him as a possible caterer for a charity event she’s organizing, she can’t decide if she wants to see him and get an explanation, or if she wants to stand him up. But in all the scenarios she imagined for their meeting, him not recognizing her never crossed her mind…

Gabriel is almost positive the Penny in front of him is his Penelope from 10 years ago. A comedy of errors kept him from meeting up with her that fateful day in New York, but he’s continued to think of her. Not wanting to embarrass either of them, he says she looks familiar and she denies ever meeting him. Since her name is different than the one he remembers, he figures his mind is playing tricks on him. But whether she’s his Penelope from 10 years ago or not, he can’t deny he’s attracted to her. If only she’d give him the time of day…

This started out pretty well, but quickly went downhill when Penny lied about the two of them knowing each other, then gave him a fake last name so he wouldn’t know it was her. She was a 31-year-old woman who had supposedly moved on from him, yet she lied to his face about them knowing each other because he “should have known it was me!” Let me just leave that right there. She was mad that he didn’t immediately KNOW IT WAS HER when he asked and SHE LIED. WTAF?? Then to continue the lie and feel justified for doing so because HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN? No. Just no.

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The only reason I kept reading the story was because Gabriel, along with Penny’s friend Delaney, called her out on her bs. If not for them I would have DNF’d it. As it is, I didn’t care for her actions and she really ruined what could have been a sweet second chance lovers story.

1.5 out of 5

One Love

one-half-stars


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