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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.
What's New in Version 5.0
It's no secret that I adore Lauren Blakely. Her writing never ceases to amaze me but Wanderlust? It just blew me away. The story is so incredibly full of love and passion-both characters and life in general- that I was moved to tears more than once. This is a book that I will come back to over and over again.
I quite simply adored Joy and Griffin. I was grinning from the moment the book began. I don't know if there has ever been a character name more suited to a character than Joy. She brings happiness and laughter, she's quick and funny and so incredibly brave. She doesn't always feel it, but she takes many leaps of faith that had me applauding her. I would absolutely love to visit her in Paris and sit down for a cup of hot chocolate, or champagne, on her rooftop.
Griffin? Well, hello swoon. He is absolutely, hands down, one of my all time book boyfriends. He nudged some pretty impressive ones out of the way to grab his spot, but he's worth it. He is such a sweetheart and so romantic. But there's a vulnerability to him that more than once I found myself just wanting to reach through the book and hold him. I'm sure Joy wouldn't mind. He's so sexy as well-obviously.
These two have intense chemistry. But their connection is so much more than physical. They understand each other. Their sexy times are incredibly sexy, but their time spent exploring the city? Learning about one another? Just magical.
The narration of this book brought it to life for me. Normally, I read a book and then get the audio to keep me company while I work. That being said, I am glad this one released in audio first. Hearing these narrators tell this story added a whole other level of richness to an already rich story. I loved hearing the descriptions of people and places. I truly felt I was there in Paris with them, experiencing this story. I don't know that my imagination would have done these characters and this setting justice. But Grace Grant and Richard Armitage took me on the best audio journey ever.
There's a theme of time and moments in this book, and that really hit home for me. It connected me to these characters as I could understand exactly what they meant. Listening to some of the lines made me hit pause and reflect on what the characters were saying. I was moved to tears-again, more than once. This story was incredibly beautiful and lush. I'm already listening again as I write this because I just can't get enough. The story and narration were perfection. If I could give this more than five stars I would. I adored it and cannot recommend it highly enough.
Life Is For The Living
About this book! You will laugh, a lot. You will cry, a lot. You will fall in love with Joy and Griffin. There is witty banter. Scorching love scenes. Beautiful phrasing like “Maybe this is what it feels like to move through grief. You never truly get over the loss of someone you love. But you get by, you get through, you get around”. Lauren also introduces lovely characters. There is angst. And then there is Paris. A beautiful city Lauren leads us through.
Wanderlust is about living after the death of a loved one. That is the reason Griffin is in Paris. Living after a toxic relationship ends. Reinventing yourself in a new city, new country, a new language, an opportunity with a new job. That is why Joy is in Paris. Both finding a beautiful new love. A bittersweet parting. Ambitions fulfilled. Will Joy and Griffin find each other again?
I highly suggest you listen to the Audible version while you read along with the book. Grace Grant brings, American, Joy Danvers Lively to life. Richard Armitage just is Griffin Thomas. His British accent adds so much to the story, and is so sexy! Joy and Griffin speaking phrases in French are delicious!
I want to learn French. Experience Paris. Walk through the streets, see all the things Joy saw. Meet my own Griffin, ooh la la! In reality I would probably eat my way through France. Seriously this is a must read book. A beautiful, beautiful story.
An epic love story! Breathtaking, beautiful, sexy! So romantic!