4.25 stars--WANDERLUST by Lauren Blakely is a stand alone, contemporary, adult, erotic, romance story line focusing on American perfumer/ chemist Joy Danvers-Lively, and British marine biologist/language expert Griffin Thomas. Told from dual third person perspectives (Joy and Griffin) WANDERLUST follows the building relationship between American chemist Joy Danvers-Lively, and British chemist and translator Griffin Thomas. Joy is a woman on a mission when the perfume company for whom she works offers her a position in their Parisian labs –a position that comes with a sexy interpreter. Enter Griffin Thomas, a British marine biologist who specializes in several languages and the man with whom Joy will fall in love. What ensues is the slow burn of sexual attraction, and the potential fall out when their time together draws to a close. Griffin has a bucket list of things to do; a list to honor his brother’s final wishes but with it comes the responsibility of completing the list against all odds. Falling in love was never on the agenda but falling for a spunky American woman meant a change in direction Griffin never saw coming. The relationship between Griffin and Joy is one of immediate attraction. An accidental meeting between strangers that turned into something more. Griffin knew to fall in love with a client could only result in disaster at the very end but falling in love meant spending what little time left in Paris with the woman that called to his heart. Joy would never keep Griffin from completing his list so when the time came to say good-bye her heart knew she was losing the one. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and seductive. The sexual banter is fun and flirty. We are introduced to Joy’s friend back home Allison; Elise –an American living in Paris, as well as Griffin’s pal and fellow translator Christian; and Joy’s Parisian boss Marisol. Christian and Elise’s story line is next in Part Time Lover (June 2018). The world building follows Joy and Griffin as they take the reader to the sights and sounds of Paris-the usual tourist attractions as well as the local bakery, shops, cafes and more. Paris comes alive on every page and description narration The perfumes, the scents and the building aromas are tangible and real-you can almost detect the subtle hints of floral and citrus bouquets. WANDERLUST is a sweet and sexy story line with two sassy characters. The premise is spirited and tender; the romance is heartwarming and provocative; the characters are colorful, energetic and inspiring. WANDERLUST is a story of romance, butterflies and happily ever afters.
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**I received an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** If this book did nothing else, it made me want to visit Paris more than I already did! This story, and the setting, were romantic, swoonworthy, and beautiful. Even though I've never visited, the pictures that were painted by the author's words transported me and I felt like I could see them in my mind's eye. Joy Danvers-Lively was ready for a change. She was ready to leave every bit of baggage she had in the States behind and embark on a Parisian adventure where she began a new job and a new life. This bubbly, smart and creative woman is ready to live life to the fullest, but with her limited knowledge of the French language is the one drawback to her plan. Griffin Thomas is a transplant to Paris as well, as he is British, and working for a translation firm. Griffin is working his way through a bucket list of sorts and that means when his last long-term assignment comes to an end, he will be heading off on more adventures around the world. But when his firm asks the handsome, laid back translator to stay on to help a new client, he decides he will do this one last job before jetting off. As Joy and Griffin begin working together, not only do they get along on a professional level, it's clear they are attracted to one another. They develop a friendship and engage in many flirty exchanges, but both want to respect their working relationship and neither is looking for a relationship anyway. But the question is, will they be able to deny the sparks between them that are growing while they explore the City of Love? This is one of my favorite Lauren Blakely books to date. While I love everything she writes, this one was definitely more romantic and I loved how connected the characters were and how they just seemed to "get" one another from very early on in their relationship. I also felt like Joy and Griffin helped each other in ways that were completely unexpected, which I loved as well. I would highly recommend picking up this book and I am so looking forward to the story that Lauren has in store for Joy and Griffin's friends!
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Joy Danvers-Lively decided to take a new job overseeing the fragrance lab at L'Artisan in PARIS!!!! She had had enough with her boyfriend, Richard and wanted a break from everything. Joy has been trying to learn French, but she will still have an interpreter with her during the days at work. Her first day in Paris Joy wanders into a bakery and hears the most delicious, British accent she has ever heard....coming from a tall, dark man with a sexy butt and he starts flirting with her. Griffin Thomas has been living in Paris for a year. It was an item on his brother Ethan's bucket list that they made while his brother was dying. Just as he was finally able to leave Paris for his next journey, Griffin finds out that he has been reassigned to a different job, not the big cushy one that would have earned him all the money he needed to leave. Now he has to be an interpreter for and American woman who is an organic chemist. Griffin is enjoying flirting with Joy. It's the first time in a long time that a female has excited him since his brother died. After they part ways, they both keep thinking about the other. Imagine their surprise when they are introduced later at her new job. Oh, the fun banter between these two was superb! Both very quick witted! As these two spend more and more time together because of work, it quickly turns into more time together after work so Griffin can help her with her French even more. The sexual tension between these two was explosive. Once they finally crossed that line it was LOOK OUT!!!! I really enjoyed both of these characters. Griffin was chasing a dream and he ended up finding something completely different than he thought he was looking for. Joy was running from life and ending up finding just what she really always wanted. I really loved their happy ending. It was just perfect!