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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.
Fate...bringing second chance to life
Fate, does it exist? Lauren Blakely’s newest book will have you pondering that thought. Part Time Lover is told in a dual POV (which I love). Christian is a man happy on life, who just happens to like to flash tourists on the canal in Denmark by doing handstands. Elise and Christian “interact” due to his antics on the canal, ending with a date request. Does “fate” intervene and prevent the couple from meeting that night? Does “fate” bring them back together a year later? Do Christian and Elise find a second chance at real/forever love? To get those answers I suggest you dive into Part Time Lover!! As always, Blakely writes strong characters. Christian is very swoon worthy and heartwarming. While Elise is quite beautiful inside as well as outside. Elise does more growing because she has been emotionally hurt from her past. Both the hero and heroine are reluctant to let down their walls. It really is beautiful to watch Elise learn to trust herself and believe in love again or at least let it back into her heart. Christian works very hard to move part-time status to full time “husband” status with Elise. This is a wonderfully written love story. Want well written characters and HEA? Then, you won’t go wrong with Part Time Lover by Lauren Blakely. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Handstands & Fate
This was such a fun and sexy marriage of convenience romance! Though the hero and heroine were introduced in the book Wanderlust, Part-Time Lover can be enjoyed as a standalone.
Christian and Elise are both driven and independent individuals. They each have some emotional baggage that has left them jaded about love. A chance encounter (or is it fate?) in Denmark throws them into each other's orbits, but a simple mistake keeps them from meeting until a year later in France. Christian and Elise have amazing chemistry from the start and I loved how understanding and supportive they were of each other. One of my favorite scenes was at the soccer field, when Elise came to watch Christian play. The sexual tension and build up was delicious and it intensified even the smallest touches and glances. Yes, their relationship starts out as instalust, but with time, the sexy banter and the push and pull gives way to true connection and emotion. Throw in a marriage of convenience trope to help the family of our hero, and you have a truly entertaining story! Fans of Lauren Blakely will not want to miss this newest standalone romance!
5 Little Mermaid Stars
Part-Time Lover was truly a full-time joy to read. This newest story from the incomparable Lauren Blakely starts with one of my most favorite meet-cutes ever. It's deliciously fun and I gobbled up every fabulous moment of it. I believe that Christian and Elise are probably the most entertaining couple yet in Blakely's arsenal. Their casual, flirty relationship as well as their sizzling attraction coupled with the most romantic backdrop makes this story one that readers will absolutely adore! It is a complete standalone but is interconnected with a previous story however it isn't necessary to have read it prior to reading Part-Time Lover.
Let's talk characters.....We first met Christian and Elise in Wanderlust where they were close friends of the main characters Joy and Griffin. We got a taste of their meeting in that story but there were a ton of questions I had and I was overjoyed to finally get them in this book. Christian is hilarious and up there as one of my favorite Blakely characters. He's carefree and fun (hello.....naked handstands on a dock in Copenhagen!!) and living life on his own terms. He's sexy, he's blunt and I love his dirty, dirty mouth. Add in his sexy British accent (he's half Brit, half Dane) and yeah....he's pretty perfect! Elise is smart, sassy and has a heart of gold. She's strong, independent and driven and she exudes confidence in all she does. Their banter is highly entertaining and they definitely bring out the best in one another. Both have been hurt before and have strong walls built to protect themselves. Their mutual attraction is intense but their relationship is anything but. It's light and fun and serves both of their needs. With family drama playing a large roll in their relationship, these two handle it all with aplomb. That is until they both fall for each other when they swore that they wouldn't.
Throughout the story, Blakely infuses her signature swoon-worthy romance at just the right moments creating the perfect balance of humor, heat and enchantment. Even if you aren't a believer, she will remind you that love conquers all and that you can't fight fate. Part-Time Lover is a true delight and one that is not to be missed. 5 fabulous stars!