Wanderlust

Wanderlust

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 daydream...

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Title:Wanderlust
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Wanderlust Reviews

  • Kim

    This is probably Lauren Blakely's swooniest, dreamiest, and most romantic and beautiful love story to date. The Parisian setting is as enchanting as the characters themselves.

    Joy Danvers-Lively is going on a much anticipated adventure to Paris for a new job and a new life. She's ready to leave her past behind and live her life on her terms. She's sassy, vivacious, smart, creative, and energetic. But it is hard navigating a new foreign city with limited use of the language.

    Griffin Thomas is her

    This is probably Lauren Blakely's swooniest, dreamiest, and most romantic and beautiful love story to date. The Parisian setting is as enchanting as the characters themselves.

    Joy Danvers-Lively is going on a much anticipated adventure to Paris for a new job and a new life. She's ready to leave her past behind and live her life on her terms. She's sassy, vivacious, smart, creative, and energetic. But it is hard navigating a new foreign city with limited use of the language.

    Griffin Thomas is her new translator and he is British. He has his own plans and dreams to follow through on after he finishes this last extended translation assignment. He's funny, charming, handsome, and easy-going...and that accent...

    They develop a fun, flirty rapport as he tries to help her with the French language. They try to be friends, to resist the pull, and not act on their attraction. Neither was looking for a relationship, but Paris is the City of Love...

    His flirty, dirty words in an English accent or in French. Ooh-freakin-la-la! He is adorably sexy, thoughtful, and romantic. But he is a man of his word and has made promises he needs to keep. And Joy just has this zest for life and an awareness of the world around her. She is likable and relatable. Together they have oodles of sexual tension that just keeps building. The moments when they are vulnerable, letting down guards on their hearts, and daring to dream touched my heart the most.

    But they have a set time limit, different plans and dreams. They don't want to hold the other back. Their time together is intimate and magical, but scheduled to come to an end with no easy resolution for them both to be able to accomplish their dreams.

    This story is told in dual points of view so vividly that I could almost see, taste, and smell it. Paris came alive. I felt like I was on vacation with this hot man showing me the city and speaking French. It made me crave chocolate and pastries. The connection between the characters was intimate and well developed. Their back stories had difficulties and pain that had shaped them and their choices. I just fell in love with them and the treasures of the city. But these two have new choices to make and there are no easy answers.

    I liked their respective friends Elise and Christian. They both had interesting personalities and I would love to see them explored more in a future story and to get more in this setting.

    This is a captivating, sweet, witty, and swoony romance between an American and a Brit in Paris. It's about living life to the fullest, pushing boundaries, taking chances, and finding your own place in the world. I was drawn right into their experiences and felt I lived it with them. And I enjoyed it all. Now I really need some pastries and chocolate...seriously!

    I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Ryan - Sweet Red Reader

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.

    Wanderlust is officially my favorite Lauren Blakely book. It moved me in ways I can't yet explain. And time will tell, but I think it may have even changed my life - or my mindset at least (and isn't that truly the beginning of real change?). This may seem a bit dramatic, but I mean it sincerely. There were so many aspects of the book, from the setting to the characters, that truly resonated with me and I found myself pausing the book on

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.

    Wanderlust is officially my favorite Lauren Blakely book. It moved me in ways I can't yet explain. And time will tell, but I think it may have even changed my life - or my mindset at least (and isn't that truly the beginning of real change?). This may seem a bit dramatic, but I mean it sincerely. There were so many aspects of the book, from the setting to the characters, that truly resonated with me and I found myself pausing the book on several occasions in order to ponder and reflect and rejoice. There is Joy's love of fragrance (and her ex's issues with them that dimmed her enjoyment of them): I too am OBSESSED with fragrance and have to contend with someone who doesn't share or understand that passion. There have been times when I've longed to be the type of woman that has a signature scent, but there are too many beautiful smells in the world to narrow myself down to just one, so the fact that Joy shares that sentiment and changes her fragrance frequently (daily even) is so me. Add to that, Griffin (oh Griffin!) appreciates that about her; he understands how important fragrance is to her and he makes a point to comment on it and recognize its significance to her. That alone was enough to steal my heart and though that may seem a minute aspect, it really meant a lot to me personally. Often times in books the heroine is identified and associated with a unique scent, so to have one that mirrors me and my tastes was fortifying to my spirit. Then there is the setting of Paris - it has been my lifelong dream to be "an American girl in Paris," but life (and my partner's staunch avoidance of airplanes) has derailed that dream. I find myself in tears even as I type this, that is how fierce the desire to visit the City of Lights is within me and reading this book allowed me to tour the city vicariously through Joy and Griffin, but it has also bolstered my resolve to experience it for myself - even if it's on my own. That was another part of the book I truly loved - time is our most valuable asset and none of us can afford to squander it away.

    I also really enjoyed discovering that the author and I may share a similar taste in books outside of the romance genre (although if her own works weren't evidence enough that she's my type of gal, the fact that she is besties with Lili Valente would have sealed the deal), so now I have to create my own bucket list and add "meet Laura Blakely" to it - I have a feeling we would really hit it off IRL.

    I could continue to wax poetic on what a fantastic book Wanderlust is, but right now it feels to precious and personal to me to expound on the plot and characters outside of how profoundly they affected me. It's safe to say this is a 5 wine glass read for me, one that I will read/listen to over and over again, particularly when I need a reminder to hold on to me dreams and wholeheartedly embrace the things that make me me.

  • J. McCoy

    I'm enchanted. Wanderlust has put a spell on me. Its romantic and beautiful and I was captivated from start to finish. I want to go to Paris. I want to experience the magic of Paris the way Joy and Griffin did. It's been a few weeks since I read Wanderlust and just thinking back on it makes me tear up and gives me a tiny ache in my chest. If two people were ever so deserving of each other it's Joy and Griffin. Selfless, unassuming, only wanting the other to be happy, even if it means giving up t

    I'm enchanted. Wanderlust has put a spell on me. Its romantic and beautiful and I was captivated from start to finish. I want to go to Paris. I want to experience the magic of Paris the way Joy and Griffin did. It's been a few weeks since I read Wanderlust and just thinking back on it makes me tear up and gives me a tiny ache in my chest. If two people were ever so deserving of each other it's Joy and Griffin. Selfless, unassuming, only wanting the other to be happy, even if it means giving up their own happiness... that's how you know it's real. And now I've made myself cry. Or Lauren made me cry. Someone is responsible for these tears of happiness!

    I think Lauren outdid herself with Wanderlust. It's absolutely my favorite book from her. From the moment I picked it up, I just knew it was special. The characters, the setting, the backstory - it's all perfect. I finished feeling complete, like true love could really exist, and maybe there really is magic out there for all of us. 5 stars.

  • Lauren Blakely

    "Accents have been known to induce major swooning."

    I'm so thrilled that WANDERLUST is now here in audio!!! Ebook coming March 20th!

    ✦Audible ➜

    ✦Amazon Audio ➜

    ✦Amazon PB ➜

    ✦iBooks➜

    ✦Kobo ➜

    ✦Nook ➜

    ✦Google Play ➜

    ✦Kindle Preorder alert (via Lauren's newsletter) ➜

    ✦Goodreads ➜

    Na

    "Accents have been known to induce major swooning."

    I'm so thrilled that WANDERLUST is now here in audio!!! Ebook coming March 20th!

    ✦Audible ➜

    ✦Amazon Audio ➜

    ✦Amazon PB ➜

    ✦iBooks➜

    ✦Kobo ➜

    ✦Nook ➜

    ✦Google Play ➜

    ✦Kindle Preorder alert (via Lauren's newsletter) ➜

    ✦Goodreads ➜

    Narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant, WANDERLUST is going to be available exclusively in audio for the first six weeks - and through the Audible Romance Package. WANDERLUST will be releasing on February 6, 2018 in audio and March 20, 2018 in eBook and paperback!

  • Shawna

    5 stars - Contemporary Romance

    Loved this!

    is a delightful and utterly romantic read!

    I listened to the book on Audible narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant. It was absolutely fabulous and one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. In fact, I don’t think I would have enjoyed the story nearly as much just reading it. Having British actor Richard Armitage lend his sexy voice for the hero Griffin was a real treat, especially when he speaks French.

    5 stars - Contemporary Romance

    Loved this!

    is a delightful and utterly romantic read!

    I listened to the book on Audible narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant. It was absolutely fabulous and one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. In fact, I don’t think I would have enjoyed the story nearly as much just reading it. Having British actor Richard Armitage lend his sexy voice for the hero Griffin was a real treat, especially when he speaks French.

    The Paris setting made this a unique, memorable read. My husband and I went to Paris in 2005 and it still remains one of my all-time favorite places. I loved the City of Lights, and

    brings the romantic beauty of Paris to life.

  • Tijuana *BookTwinsReviews*

    Loved Loved Loved It!

    Oh my gah! This book is so fracking amazing! I’m head over heels in love with Griffin and Joy! The narration is amazing, the characters are fantastic, and the story is so romantic and perfect! The backdrop of the city serves as a secondary character in the best possible way. It's an amazing and swoon-worthy romance. One of Lauren's absolute best!

    Here's the breakdown: Fresh off a recent breakup, Joy moves across the pond to pursue a new position within her company. She's wide

    Loved Loved Loved It!

    Oh my gah! This book is so fracking amazing! I’m head over heels in love with Griffin and Joy! The narration is amazing, the characters are fantastic, and the story is so romantic and perfect! The backdrop of the city serves as a secondary character in the best possible way. It's an amazing and swoon-worthy romance. One of Lauren's absolute best!

    Here's the breakdown: Fresh off a recent breakup, Joy moves across the pond to pursue a new position within her company. She's wide eyed and ready for an adventure. She's adventurous and has an amazing sense of adventure. When she runs into a sexy stranger at the local bakery, she embarks on a brand new adventure. One that will lead to an amazing love!

    What I loved: How immersive the story feels. Joy’s feelings of helplessness were so impactful, but so were her feelings of pure joy and elation at being in an amazing city so far removed from home. I felt so real. Her struggles with the language and missing home are palatable and real. I know I'd feel the same.

    Griffin's struggles with letting go of the past and living in the present have a similar emotional impact. I FLOVED him so hard. He's sexy, smart, and also very adventurous. The sexual tension between the two of them is OFF THE CHARTS!!

    As always, the plot, writing, pace, and everything in between was well done. Another new favorite from an incredibly talented author. Highly recommended!

    Richard Armitage and Grace Grant’s performances are flawless. The narration is so amazing! I love the way they brought these characters to life.

    Full review soon...

  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    5 stars

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    5 stars

    , a perfect title for a story that will give you a major case of wanderlust, is definitely Lauren Blakely's sweetest novel yet. It's set in one of the most romantic cities on earth, with two strong and charming characters you'll root for from the start.

    While one moves to the City of Light to start anew, the othe

    5 stars

    5 stars

    5 stars

    , a perfect title for a story that will give you a major case of wanderlust, is definitely Lauren Blakely's sweetest novel yet. It's set in one of the most romantic cities on earth, with two strong and charming characters you'll root for from the start.

    While one moves to the City of Light to start anew, the other is ready to bid adieu and move on to the next adventure. Joy and Griffin meet in Paris shortly after Joy moves to the country for work. They start their acquaintance with flirty banter and guesses of names, the chemistry between them strong and palpable. They meet again when Joy's company hires Griffin to be her translator.

    Now that they're technically workmates, they have to turn down the sparks to stay professional. But when Joy asks Griffin to teach her French and help her experience all the pleasure France has to offer, it's inevitable their restraint snaps.

    As they fall more and more for each other, they have to accept the fact that their love affair has a time limit. Once Griffin's contract ends, he's packing his bags to check off the final items on the bucket list his brother made for him before he passed away.

    I loved the pacing of this story, the build-up from strangers who have that spark, to friends, then to lovers. I became even more invested this couple because I personally saw that they were falling even more in love. Two words to describe the sexual tension—

    .

    It was sweet, sexy, and oh so romantic. But most of all, it's a story about rediscovering oneself and realizing that the only way to move on and forward is to let go.

    I loved

    . Absolutely everything. I have to be honest that when I first heard Richard Armitage speaking, I had to rewind a few times because I was too distracted by that man's sexy voice. I mean,

    .

    He was fantastic in this audiobook! Not only was he a wonderful Griffin, he made a pretty great Joy, too. His shift from English to American to French accent did things to my heart. His accents for the different characters—Griffin especially when he's speaking in French—were fantastic, all with just enough emotion to shoot straight to my heart.

    This is my second audiobook narrated by Grace Grant, and I enjoyed this just as much. Her portrayal made Joy's confidence, the awe she felt for her new surroundings, her feelings for Griffin, so vivid, so tangible.

    The collaborative efforts of the two narrators brought a kaleidoscope of butterflies in my stomach. I was transported to Paris, to their romance and happily ever after. I tasted the food, smelled the scents, saw the sights. I laughed, swooned, teared up, and felt hopeful.

    Romance lovers will definitely enjoy

    . Aside from the vivid imagery of everything Paris has to offer, the characters had great chemistry, story arcs, and growths. It was hopeful, sweet, and incredibly dreamy. And did I mention Richard Armitage is one of the narrators? No?

    I just have to say, Ms. Blakely knows how to end a book. Whenever I finish her stories, she never fails to leave me in a happy daze and with a full heart.

    is not an exception.

    Friends to Lovers, Love Abroad—Paris

    First Person, Dual POV

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  • Berit☀️✨

    Aww this book was just SWEET..... from the adorable swoon worthy love story,to the delicious chocolates and other treats, to the lovely perfume....

    does it again!

    Joy is starting over with a new dream job in Paris.... I love this girl.... I would love to go to Paris and have a chocolate croissant with her and talk about fragrance with her (I just so happen to have a bit of a fragrance obsession myself).... not to mention s

    Aww this book was just SWEET..... from the adorable swoon worthy love story,to the delicious chocolates and other treats, to the lovely perfume....

    does it again!

    Joy is starting over with a new dream job in Paris.... I love this girl.... I would love to go to Paris and have a chocolate croissant with her and talk about fragrance with her (I just so happen to have a bit of a fragrance obsession myself).... not to mention she got super excited about a hot pink door.... I mean I get it, it’s a hot pink door! Who wouldn’t want to live there? I really adored her energy and her positivity, absolutely a girl I’d love to hang out with..... something Miss Blakely is always brilliant at, creating super relatable and likable female MCs..... and this is not an easy thing apparently because I read so many books especially in the Romance genre with girls you want to reach through the pages and shake into reality! So thank you Lauren!

    Griffin wasn’t too bad either.... he really was the perfect blend of strong, sweet, manly, and vulnerable..... and you’ve got to love a man who is super devoted to his family always earns major bonus points.....

    Don’t want to get too into Griffin and Joy’s love story.... because it is a journey I want you to savor as much as I did... just trust me it is delicious and well worth the read/listen.... something I do want to mention though is I really loved the discussion of language and idioms I found it super fascinating..... made me want to learn another language (but I’m sure I will be over that in the morning).... also want to mention I’m not necessarily a huge fan of the British accent... however Richard Armitage has absolutely changed my mind😍

    This book is an absolute must read for all romance fans💕 currently out on audio and being released in print in March....

    *** i’d like to thank Lauren Blakely and Ink Slinger PR for a copy of this audiobook ***

    🎧🎧🎧 you can find my review on the audio narration as well as all the other reviews from my partner in crime and me on our new blog...

  • Caz

    I’ve enjoyed listening to several of Lauren Blakely’s light-hearted, sexy romances; they’re fun, easy listens, made moreso by the fact that they’re read by some of the best narrators in the business. Her latest story, 

    , is set in Paris and boasts a British hero, so I was hoping a British narrator would be cast – and when the author announced it would be Richard Armitage, I, like many, was gobsmacked.  While he’s narrated a n

    I’ve enjoyed listening to several of Lauren Blakely’s light-hearted, sexy romances; they’re fun, easy listens, made moreso by the fact that they’re read by some of the best narrators in the business. Her latest story, 

    , is set in Paris and boasts a British hero, so I was hoping a British narrator would be cast – and when the author announced it would be Richard Armitage, I, like many, was gobsmacked.  While he’s narrated a number of audiobooks, he has not, other than a few abridged recordings of some Georgette Heyer titles,  narrated a romance, so the fact that he’d signed on to narrate this Audible Original  (which is available in audio

    until the end of March) is A Big Deal.

     is fairly typical Blakely fare; steamy, flirty and low-angst, it tells the story of an American in Paris – Joy Danvers Lively – who relocates from her home in Texas to take up a one year secondment to the Paris offices of the cosmetics company for which she works.  She’s excited about the challenge facing her, and delighted at the prospect of living in one of the world’s most beautiful cities; she doesn’t speak the language, but she’s trying her best with the aid of a phrase book and has read extensively about what the city has to offer.

    Her first morning, she’s in the bakery close to her hotel and mangles the pronunciation of the item she’s asking for when the man in front of her quietly corrects her so she can obtain what she wants.  He apologises – says it’s habit – and Joy is surprised to discover, when he speaks to her in English, that he’s not French, but British.  Outside, they carry on a flirtatious conversation during which they play at guessing each other’s names, ending up with Archie (for Archibald) and Judy.  They’re about to tell each other their real names when Joy’s phone rings and ‘Archie’, deciding he’s 

     waves goodbye and leaves.

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