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.
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Part time lover
I love Elise , strong determined and a romantic at heart . Beautiful story .
Loved everything about this second chance romance
If you love second chance romance Part-Time Lover will be a must read because this story is all about fate and second chances. This book starts off in the past when Christian and Elise first met but it quickly moves onto the present when they meet again but this time it’s in a different country. Once again Lauren Blakely gives us another couple to fall in love with, this book has it all it’s full of sizzling chemistry, passion and just the right mix of funny banter, this book is everything we love in Lauren Blakey. This is a beautifully written love story that’s told in a dual POV and it will have you hooked from the first page where Christian is doing naked handstands on the side of the canal to the final line where we find we have come full circle. Loved every character, loved the story in fact I loved everything about this book and I can’t wait for my next fix from this amazing author.
Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely
We met both Christian and Elise in Wanderlust - the story of Joy and Griffin (totally not necessary to have read that, although it is packed to the rim with romance!) and I knew their story would be a delightful one - particularly given the circumstances of their initial meeting: naked handstands anyone?! And I was absolutely not disappointed in any way, shape or form. This book and these characters fixed a permanent smile on my face with their cheeky banter and I loved every word.
Following the meeting in Denmark that never was, Christian and Elise meet again in Paris when Griffin and Joy plan a night out with their friends. Obviously the attraction is still there but having been badly burned in her previous relationship, Elise just wants to keep things casual and for playboy Christian that is no problem whatsoever so they agree to have a Friday-night affair.
Circumstances eventuate and Elise agrees to marry Christian for three months in order to help him and his brother with their business. This, in turn, affords Elise access to Christian’s expert analytical skills that she hopes will help land her firm an important marketing account.
I love ALL of Blakely’s characters! The men, the women, the men... but I don’t always say that a certain character is my new fave because really, it’s like picking your favorite child! However, I’m quietly confident that Christian is my newest favorite. He’s so cheeky and lovable and kept a permanent smile on my dial with his dirty mouth - and I don’t just mean that in a sexual way. Elise was an amazing woman! She had her own marketing firm, she knew what she wanted and importantly, what she didn’t want. She could banter with the best of them and she had the hugest heart. I love that she embraced Erik as much as she did Christian, even going into protective mode for him. As always, love the family connections. This is a superb, feel-good novel from the brilliance that is Lauren Blakely.
*arc received in exchange for honest review.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.