Part-Time Lover

· Lauren Blakely Books
28 reviews

About this ebook

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.
28 reviews
A Google user
June 1, 2018
This! This right here is why I love reading romance!! Another winner for Lauren Blakely! Engaging and sharp writing, great dialogue, likeable and relatable characters... it's all here. At the end of this book I am blinking, happy tears and smiling so hard my face hurts. The mark of a truly great romance. Our main characters are Elise and Christian. We met both of them in Wanderlust as friends of Joy and Griffin ( respectively). Even if you have not read Wanderlust ( which is fantastic so pick this one up too), you will have no trouble diving into this. Big theme in this book you believe in fate? Is anything fated to be? Or simply chance? The book begins with a missed opportunity for Elise and Christian to meet. A plan to get together that through a misunderstanding never happens. Fast forward a year when Christian and Elise are introduced through friends. Christian is refreshing as a basically happy, well-adjusted guy. No darkness or deep secrets or manhoe behaviors. Content with his life and not looking for love. Elise is sophisticated and kind. Loving her life in Paris. Elise has built some inpenetrable walls around her heart. And when we find out why it is completely understandable. Their relationship begins as fun which progresses to physical. The author excels at bringing on the sexual tension and when it happens.... Boom! Super hot, beautiful and emotional all at once. Without spoiling any plot points, various circumstances cause them to spend even more time together both in and out of bed. Feelings develop much to the chagrin of them both. So will fate have its say with these lovers? You will have to read to find out. This romance is flawless and I loved it. I knew Christian and Elise's story would be awesome and it really was. Two big thumbs up for Ms. Blakely's latest! Reviewed by: Jamie B.
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Karen Gagnon
June 1, 2018
Wow, what a fun and flirty, second chance romance! I loved this refreshing, and witty tale filled with serendipity. During their first meet cute, Christian was shocking the tourists as he did naked handstands on his dock. He was so impressed when a beautiful young woman, on a passing boat, applauded him and took pictures, that he asked her to meet later for drinks. Due to fate or chance, it takes a year for that drink to happen. They have instant chemistry, but neither Christian or Elise are looking for anything serious. They agree to meet, as friends, in the most 'undate' like places, where they have a blast getting to know each other. Christian is fun, charming, and thoughtful with a swoony hint of vulnerability. Elise is smart, independant, and gracious. She loves to give people unexpected gifts, so when Christian and his brother are in a bind, she is eager to help. I loved the different turns this story took, keeping me totally engaged from start to finish. Christian and Elise were great together. They're both successful, love to explore and have fun, and their chemistry was off the charts. I liked catching up with Griffin and Joy, and meeting Christians loving family as well. This is a fun, witty, sexy story that is so full of heart. This beautiful tale made me feel many wonderful emotions, but mostly, it made me happy!
Heather Fueger
June 1, 2018
**I received an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** There is something about Lauren Blakely's books that just automatically bring a smile to my face. I know they are going to be entertaining, they'll be humorous and they'll be sexy and Part-Time Lover was no exception. We originally met Elise and Christian in Wanderlust, as they are friends of Joy and Griffin, but there is no reason this book can't be read as a standalone. Both Elise and Christian have had issues in past relationships that have shaped their current thought processes on love and marriage. A chance encounter while Elise is visiting Denmark puts them on each other's radar, but an innocent mix-up leads to them never meeting up later that night as they had planned. It isn't until a year later when they happen to meet once again (or could it be fate?) in France where they are both now living. While the chemistry between these two is off the charts and they have plenty of flirty fun together, neither one of them is looking for a relationship. It isn't until a situation arises with Christian's family and they realize they could help with the situation, that things really get interesting. If they go through with helping, it's going to mean putting themselves out there in a way that could hurt one or both of them in the end. Will they be game enough to do it and if they do, will they emerge on the other side unscathed or more broken than before? This was a story filled with a roller coaster of emotions, but it was so entertaining and engaging. It's not one that you are going to want to miss, so pick it up today!

About the author

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she's sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she'll release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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