Wanderlust

Wanderlust

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...

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Title:Wanderlust
Author:Lauren Blakely
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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 too 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 my dreams and wholeheartedly embrace the things that make me me.

  • Lauren Blakely

    ★★WANDERLUST is available on all retailers!!!

    “Wanderlust is a sigh-worthy, timeless romance teeming with the beauty, magic and wonder of falling in love in Paris.” -Mary Dubé, USA Today Happy Ever After

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    ★★WANDERLUST is available on all retailers!!!

    “Wanderlust is a sigh-worthy, timeless romance teeming with the beauty, magic and wonder of falling in love in Paris.” -Mary Dubé, USA Today Happy Ever After

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  • Janice

    A Review of Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

    Joy and Griffin - 5+++++ Stars

    Ahhh, Paris! I had the pleasure of going to Paris just a couple of months ago and I LOVED it! I got to go to England to spend some time with my daughter and her family and she took me to Paris for my birthday! The connection between Joy and Griffin was immediate and even though both of them said they weren't looking for anything, I knew they would end up together in some way. What a wonderful storyline this was and a reminder

    A Review of Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

    Joy and Griffin - 5+++++ Stars

    Ahhh, Paris! I had the pleasure of going to Paris just a couple of months ago and I LOVED it! I got to go to England to spend some time with my daughter and her family and she took me to Paris for my birthday! The connection between Joy and Griffin was immediate and even though both of them said they weren't looking for anything, I knew they would end up together in some way. What a wonderful storyline this was and a reminder that we never know what tomorrow will bring, so we need to thoroughly enjoy today and what it has to offer. Definitely worth the time to purchase and read.

    **Honest review voluntarily provided from a Complimentary Copy**

  • Kim Carter

    5 + stars!!! "Take a chance on something that terrifies you"....oh how I adored listening to this story. Lauren Blakely takes us on a journey of love that has me just smiling like a loon. Richard Armitage...this man could read me the telephone book and I would swoon like those cartoon characters with hearts popping out of their eyes and heart thumping like mad...Grace Grant ain't too bad either :) I loved the interaction between Joy and Griffin, I loved the descriptions we are given by the autho

    5 + stars!!! "Take a chance on something that terrifies you"....oh how I adored listening to this story. Lauren Blakely takes us on a journey of love that has me just smiling like a loon. Richard Armitage...this man could read me the telephone book and I would swoon like those cartoon characters with hearts popping out of their eyes and heart thumping like mad...Grace Grant ain't too bad either :) I loved the interaction between Joy and Griffin, I loved the descriptions we are given by the author with visions of beautiful Paris in the spring (doesn't help that I now crave a pain au chocolat). Joy is independent, driven and very likable. Griffin is just a dream and fell for him quickly - probably before Joy did..lol. To date, this is for sure my all time favorite Lauren Blakely read....I listened to the audio and I have to say, I think this is the route to take!

  • Heroesinbooks

    5 Truly Romantic Swoony Stars

    I bought this on audible because I was too impatient to wait for March 20th for the ebook to come out. I'm so glad I did because this book as an audiobook is PERFECT!

    Joy is a sassy, bold, smart and gorgeous American woman who decides to jump headfirst into her new job in Paris, France. She has relocated from Austin, Texas after a break up and she is determined to seize life with both hands. She meets the very handsome, lovely and generally all round HOT British guy,

    5 Truly Romantic Swoony Stars

    I bought this on audible because I was too impatient to wait for March 20th for the ebook to come out. I'm so glad I did because this book as an audiobook is PERFECT!

    Joy is a sassy, bold, smart and gorgeous American woman who decides to jump headfirst into her new job in Paris, France. She has relocated from Austin, Texas after a break up and she is determined to seize life with both hands. She meets the very handsome, lovely and generally all round HOT British guy, Griffin. Griffin is an interpreter (his Mum is French, Dad English). Joy is a chemist (awesome career for a book heroine I thought).

    This book had sad parts, hilarious parts but it is ultimately so romantic. OMG I swooned. The narrators are both fantastic but Richard Armitage..... well, ladies, brace yourselves, the man's voice is pure shiver and goosebump inducing. Wow. Yeah, he sounds HOT. (And he's rather lovely to look at too).

    Fantastic book. Low angst. Hot passion. Loved it.

    HEA? Yes

    Cheating? No. No chance of that. These two are captivated by each other.

  • Carol Doveatt

    This book is incredible! I love every book that Lauren Blakely writes, and have listened to almost all of them too.Wanderlust has taken over the top spot in her books. The audio version of Wanderlust is simply delicious. Richard Armitage with his ever so sexy British accent, and Grace Grant are superb as Griffin and Joy. Lauren made me feel as if I was walking the streets of Paris with all the attention to detail. This book gave me so many feels, and especially such sexy feels. The love scenes a

    This book is incredible! I love every book that Lauren Blakely writes, and have listened to almost all of them too.Wanderlust has taken over the top spot in her books. The audio version of Wanderlust is simply delicious. Richard Armitage with his ever so sexy British accent, and Grace Grant are superb as Griffin and Joy. Lauren made me feel as if I was walking the streets of Paris with all the attention to detail. This book gave me so many feels, and especially such sexy feels. The love scenes are so very steamy and delightful. Besides the romance, and Paris, I found the messages for life intertwined in both Griffin and Joy's lives very relatable to me at this moment in time. Griffin is so sexy, smart, sweet and loving. Joy is independent, a bit sassy, vulnerable, and one kick ass woman. Together they make quite the team navigating Paris, each other, and life. Do not miss this book, and truly the audio is such a fantastic treat! Cannot recommend this book enough. Thank you Lauren Blakely for this delightful, joyful, yummy story!

  • Jennifer Garcia

    Loved. I love all the Blakely books I've read, but this one seems to top them all. Destination books seem to be the ones that leave a long-lasting impression on me, and this one definitely did. Paris has always been a place I'd love to visit, but now it's a must. And, I know I'd explore it in a different way than I would have before reading Wanderlust.

    Joy and Griffin were a delight and their banter was so much fun. Watching characters grow in a realistic fashion is so rewarding, and Joy and Gri

    Loved. I love all the Blakely books I've read, but this one seems to top them all. Destination books seem to be the ones that leave a long-lasting impression on me, and this one definitely did. Paris has always been a place I'd love to visit, but now it's a must. And, I know I'd explore it in a different way than I would have before reading Wanderlust.

    Joy and Griffin were a delight and their banter was so much fun. Watching characters grow in a realistic fashion is so rewarding, and Joy and Griffin truly did in the book. And since 99 % of my reading is done by audio, I have a thing about narrators. Well, Richard Armitage's voice was panty melting. British accents really are the best. You are so right, Joy.

    OK, I also have a love for scents, and now I need a list of perfumes mentioned in the story with their scent descriptions. I am intrigued and need to go out and smell all those listed. Help, Lauren. :) Thanks for writing an amazing story and sharing. <3

  • Laura

    Have you been to Paris? If you have, you will smile your way through this book, as it is as much a love note to one of the world's amazing cities as it is about the romance between Griffin and Joy. If you haven't been to Paris, this book will make you feel like you have...reading this book

    like Paris. All of the details are right,

    Have you been to Paris? If you have, you will smile your way through this book, as it is as much a love note to one of the world's amazing cities as it is about the romance between Griffin and Joy. If you haven't been to Paris, this book will make you feel like you have...reading this book

    like Paris. All of the details are right, the little French shrugs, the scarves, the cafes where you sit on top of one another, drinking coffee and wearing black, the narrow streets. You are transported to Paris. And, it is magical.

    Lauren Blakely has a way with words, and she is a gifted storyteller. I love her books, and I am always one of the first in line to tell anyone who will listen how amazing she is. But this book.

    This.

    Book.

    I have no words. It took the perfection of her previous books and it raised the bar. It's the absolute best thing I have ever read by Lauren, and it is the best book I have ever read set in Paris.

    I smiled the entire time. My heart was engaged from the beginning and I felt the genuine joy of the story, the characters, and the setting. And, even in the parts that were a little sad, or more emotional (one specifically where I was literally crying too hard to keep reading) my heart was engaged. To write a story that captivates you this completely, it's stunning. I am in awe of the writing, and of her ability to make me connect this deeply with the words on the page.

    The story itself, from a plot angle, works. Joy is in a position in her company where bringing her over to Paris, even though she is not fluent in French and needs a translator makes sense. From their first meeting, where they do not know who one another is, to the disappointment when they realize their attraction can't be acted on because of their work relationship, to their slow romantic burn of their growing attraction and their happily ever after, your heart is engaged.

    Books just don't get better than this.

    5 stars aren't enough. 10 stars *might* be getting closer.

    **The whole book touched my heart and soul. It was a beautiful, romantic, emotional journey through Paris and the hearts of 2 people who were meant to be.

    ***ARC Provided by the Author***

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