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PART-TIME LOVER promises full-time satisfaction…
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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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Elise is such a kind, sweet, protective and giving woman. I absolutely loved her personality. She was funny and smart but she had walls built up. I understood those walls and sympathized with why she had them-even though I was dying to see Christian break through those walls. Elise had such personal growth through this book and I loved getting to experience that with her. This is a woman I would enjoy being friends with in real life.
Christian...wow, just wow. Am I used to falling in love with Lauren Blakely's heroes? Yes, absolutely. So I wasn't shocked to discover myself swooning for Christian. But there was something just a little different about him. He had a wonderful sense of himself which was so appealing. He's sexy, smart and definitely has a sweet side when it comes to family. I absolutely adored him.
I loved how these two met. I love how they learned about one another, with all of this attraction bubbling under the surface. Their first kiss? One of my absolute favorites. To be honest, I don't know how Lauren Blakely comes up with so many perfect first kisses, but she does. The pace of their relationship felt so right and so authentic. I believed in these two as a couple. They had scorching sexy times countered with fun and flirty times. Does it get much better than that? Read the book because for these two? It absolutely gets better.
I loved the setting here. The writing transported me to a place I've never been and made me feel like I was there, like I was experiencing it right along with the characters. The pacing of this book just flowed and I didn't want to see the book come to an end.
Now, this book is a standalone. But I can't review this without saying how much I loved getting to see some of the Author's other characters/popular places mentioned. For me, it's like catching up with an old friend to see these character names, or familiar locations. If you haven't read any other book by Lauren Blakely you can absolutely start here, but if you have read her? I hope you catch the same things I caught with a smile.
This book was the perfect balance of sweet and sexy, like lemon gumdrops and cinnamon sticks. I 100% fell in love with these characters and I know you will, too. I can't wait to see what this Author gives us next. I absolutely highly recommend this book.
Copenhagen is a city that is new to me, and while on my list of "musts" it's not one I have visited...although, I feel a little like I have a great glimpse into what it is like. Like I have walked down the streets, and experienced some of the sights through a character in a book, and now I want to see them for myself.
Christian is Danish (well, parts of him are, but you have to read the book to figure out which ones) and British, Elise is French and American. I loved this, I loved that not only did they have this somewhat in common, but that they had a tie to one another that would draw in a connection, even though both of them were convinced it was a temporary fling.
This is a book about 2 people who are attracted to one another, and fate, and the reasons people do things...for friendship, out of loyalty and sometimes as a way of healing. A way of facing the past head on by righting a wrong done to someone else when that wrong has a similarity to something that was done to you.
While it is a bit of a spoiler to get too specific, I loved that the real reason Elise helped Christian (and why, really, it was so easy for her to suggest it) and his brother was her resolve to move past the things in her past, the things that hold her back and damaged the part of her that allows her to open up to love.
Christian and Elise are, technically, the stars of this one, although Paris and Copenhagen have credits, I think, as supporting cast. And boat docks.
I loved and recommend this title.
✦The audiobook is narrated by Shane East and Grace Grant! ✦
A year ago
The boat slides under another bridge then motors through a more residential area, passing homes on the water and private docks every few feet. My eyes hungrily eat up the view. My current hometown of Paris is my love, but I could get used to weekends in Copenhagen. It’s a delightful mix of old and new, like a Swiss alpine town mated with a futuristic sky-rise city.
As I gaze at the sun-soaked homes, I imagine lazy afternoons drinking strong coffee on the deck, reading delicious tales under the rays. That seems like a recipe for happiness for the rest of my days.
I want to feel that way. Happy. It’s been so damn elusive lately, and for a fleeting moment, it feels as if I grasp it again, so I’m no longer teetering on the edge of grief and shame.
But that’s why I’m here, to move past that terrible duet.
I try valiantly to simply enjoy everything in front of me: the buildings, the water, the view.
As we round the bend in the canal, I blink at the view.
Holy hell, the unexpected view.
Nearby is a private dock.
On that dock is a man.
He’s performing a downward-facing dog, and his rear is facing us.
What a spectacular ass.
It’s not covered in sweatpants or basketball shorts.
It’s au naturel, as finely sculpted as the statue of David.
He’s a dog all right.
I sit up.
I practically stand. I lean on the edge of the boat, agog. I won’t even pretend I’m not looking. I’m ogling.
The Japanese friends whisper and point. The couple shifts closer to get a better look. The college girls titter and laugh.
We slide along on the calm water, and now we’re fifty feet away from a sight way better than the Little Mermaid statue, more magnificent than the royal palace.
He bends forward, pressing his palms into the wood, lifting his legs, and flipping them upside down.
Full. Frontal. Birthday suit.
He’s a tall drink of a man, and I’m so very thirsty.
“Look,” I whisper to Veronica, though of course she’s already engaged in the fine art of gawking. “Did you know the Mad Naked Handstander of Copenhagen was on the tour?”
She sighs contentedly. “I am so glad you forced me to go to the buffet.” She parks her chin in her hands, watching the tall upside-down creature.
“My favorite part of the buffet is dessert,” I say, as my eyes gobble him up.
This man wears nudity well, even in this unusual position.
“I enjoyed the rubies and emeralds in Rosenborg Castle, but I like these crown jewels even better,” I say.
And hey, perhaps I’m perving, but I’m an equal-opportunity spectator at this private dock show. I don’t merely peer at the centerpiece of his physique, resting majestically against the grooves of his abs. My eyes take a most happy stroll up and down his carved body, from the planes of his stomach, to his strong thighs, to his arms ripped with muscles. His face is hard to read at 180 degrees, but I see the shape of his cheekbones, carved by angels.
Then, he moves. He walks on his hands. Back and forth.
Like he’s performing.
Showing off his most unique skill set.
I chuckle louder.
Then louder still when he holds himself up on one hand only, waving to us.
“What a show-off,” Veronica says.
Lars clears his throat. “And sometimes, we see the unexpected sights of Copenhagen.”
I do what any curious onlooker might do. I grab my phone and snap.
The man stands, takes a bow, and waves.
My chest heats up. The temperature in me flirts with mercury levels. He’s a stunner. My God, he’s like Skarsgård, from this distance.
And because I believe in speaking my mind, I cup my hand over my mouth and shout, “Bravo. All of it.”
He doffs an imaginary top hat and takes a bow. “My pleasure.” His voice books across the water, his accent a British one.
Sparks unexpectedly race down my chest. That accent is delicious. “Oh no. The pleasure is truly all mine.”
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About Lauren Blakely:
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 95 times, and she's sold more than 2.5 million books. In June she'll release PART-TIME LOVER, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter