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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

✯RELEASE DAY LAUNCH:✯ Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely {REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!}

Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: March 20th 2018 by Lauren Blakely Books
Pages: 300
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

From #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance! 

The first time I met him, his sexy British accent almost talked me into giving him my number on the spot. The second time, he nearly charmed the panties off me with his wit. Then I learned he's the key to success in my new job in Paris. The man who tempts me into fling-worthy dirty daydreams has turned out to be my personal translator, and his accent is the hottest thing I've ever heard.
My mantra is simple -- Don't mix business with pleasure. I do my best to resist him as he teaches me how to converse with my co-workers, navigate the metro and order the perfect bottle of wine at dinner. But I also figure out how to tell the charming and clever man what I most want to say -- that I want him to take me back to his flat -- tonight.
Except there's a catch...

One more assignment before I take off on my big adventure...

And it involves the toughest work ever -- resisting the fetching American woman I spend all my days with. But you know what they say about best intentions. Soon, we're spending our nights tangled together, and I don’t want to let her go. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and before we know it 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.


Forget oysters. Screw candlelight and champagne. A sexy accent is the truest aphrodisiac. I’m talking a weak-in-the-knees, flutters-all-over, fast-track to euphoria.
I’ve tried to analyze precisely why the sound of a man’s words can elicit this reaction in, frankly, millions of women. But when I break down an accent and study it like a chemical reaction, it’s nearly impossible to draw a logical conclusion. The ingredients in and of themselves don’t seem swoontastic enough. 
And yet, accents have been known to induce major swooning. 
That’s why, in my professional opinion, the sounds aren’t the rocket fuel for the tingles. Instead, it’s the associations evoked. Italian is food, wine, and days drenched in the pleasures of the senses. Australian is the laid-back twang of a surfer. A Southern drawl says a man will take his sweet time. Oh, yes, darlin’, will he ever. 
But British? Dear God. A delicious British accent to my oh-so-American ears triggers wave after wave of goose bumps across my skin. My knees wobble. My stomach swoops. My skin heats. All the turned-on centers in my body are cranked to high. 
A British accent is James Bond in a bottle. It’s sex, it’s style, it’s sophistication, and it’s the man who’ll find his way out of any jam, save the damsel, and do it all with silver cuff links on. 
Wait. Make that platinum. 
Charmed, indeed. 
That’s why I say it’s a damn good thing I’m moving to a country that won’t be chock full of my personal vocal kryptonite, since I don’t have the time or inclination for distractions in my life right now. Look, I don’t have a single problem with the French accent whatsoever. A hot French man can voulez-vouscoucher avecmoi, if you know what I mean. 
But it’s a British accent that turns me to Silly Putty, so in Paris I’ll be mighty fine. 
Then, I meet him.

My Review:

“Paris is where you go to reinvent yourself.”

I wish I could rate this book any higher, Lauren Blakely has outdone herself with this masterpiece! She has made me fall in love with Paris all over again. Wanderlust is definitely one of those books that you just have to read and read all over again because it’s just that good. From the sexy cover to the intriguing synopsis, Blakely has managed to deliver a book full of love and adventure that will leave you wanting for more.

After going through a bad relationship, Joy Danvers - Lively is ready to move on with her life and when she is offered the job in Paris that she has been wanting it doesn’t take her long to accept. Now she is on her way to star a new life, and hopefully love Paris enough to stay there permanently. While she liked working for a cosmetic company in Texas, Joy has managed to snagged a job with her company’s French devision where she is going to work in a lab formulating new fragrances. Though this is an exciting opportunity for her, Joy is not fluent in French and that is making her transition a bit harder for her. But with the little she knows she is ready to start practicing the language without holding back and that is when she ends up meeting a very handsome stranger at a bakery while trying to help her translate what she wants. It’s the sparks between them that set off right from the start and although she is not sure if she’ll ever see him again, they flirt back and forth not wanting to say good-bye. It is until the next day that she finds out that the hands stranger is non other than Griffin Thomas, her translator for the next six months. Now that would have made Joy happy, but they’re working together now and wanting anything else with him will never work out. 

Griffin Thomas loves Paris and knows it like the back of his hand. But what he loves the most are all the odd facts and curiosities of the city that you may not find in guidebooks. After living in the city for a year, he has done so much and he is ready to move on onto his next adventure. But when his last job didn’t turned out that way he had hoped, his boss gets him a new/last job before leaving the city for good. He never expected to meet Joy and as her translator he wanted to keep things professional, especially when he is not going to be in Paris for long, but her attitude towards life and energy are making it harder for him. He wants Joy, but there are still tasks that he must fulfill and he won’t get them done if he stays in Paris. When she asks him to teach her French, Griffin agrees and as the two start to spend even more time together they start to realize just how much they have in common and how much they want each other. Neither one was looking for a relationship, but the city that they love brought them together. Now it’ll be up to them to decide if they want to move forward or not.

There is so much about this story that I absolutely loved! The characters were so relatable and full of life. Their backstories alone intrigued me from the start, they both have struggled and it is because of their pasts that they’re now in a city where they can create a new life. Lauren Blakely has given us such vivid descriptions of Paris that made the story that much more magical. Every spot that she mentioned is already on my list of places to visit. What captivated me the most was the romance between the characters, their chemistry was sizzling and swoon worthy. Griffin is a Brit living in Paris (which makes him that much more dreamy!) and his relationship with Joy is fun and charming. He is a total flirt, but he knows what he wants and is not afraid to get it. Joy is lively and sees things differently. Her attitude towards live is contagious and fun. I love that she was able to spot hidden treasures around the city that Griffin might have missed. They both fit so well and they’ve proven that they can have it all. I highly recommend reading Wanderlust, you will not regret it! ;)

***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***

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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 90 times, and she's sold more than 2.5 million books. In March she'll release WANDERLUST, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!


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