Monday, June 11, 2018

Blog Tour Review - Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3 @InkSlingerPR #giveaway


What do you get when you mix a charming British hero, a temporary marriage of convenience, and a smart & sassy heroine? PART-TIME LOVER, the brand new, standalone rom-com from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Narrated by the deliciously sexy Shane East and Grace Grant, PART-TIME LOVER promises full-time satisfaction. Get your copy of PART-TIME LOVER now!

Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Shane East and Grace Grant
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Publication Date: June 1, 2018
Date Read: June 6, 2018
Length:  7 hours 21 minutes
Source: Publisher via Inkslinger PR
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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…

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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.

My Review

This was just a lot of fun!  I really enjoyed just about everything about this audiobook.  This book had a lot of things going for it with a sweet and sexy story read by two excellent narrators.  I have only had the chance to listen to Lauren Blakely's books twice before starting this book but I have found all of the books I have read to be remarkably well done.  I am so glad that I had the chance to listen to this fun and romantic story.

This is one of those books that doesn't have a whole lot of surprises but it doesn't matter because the journey is just delightful.  I am finding that books with fake relationships are really working for me lately.  Most fake relationships in books quickly turn into real relationships and this book is no exception.  I had such a great time spending time with Christian and Elise and they fell for each other and their initial meeting really set the playful tone of the story.

Christian and Elise were both great characters.  Elise's past was unexpected and really did a great job of giving the reader some insight into her hesitation to put her heart at risk.  I usually fall for the Heroes in this kind of book and I had no problem falling for Christian.  His personality was just magnetic and he really was a fantastic guy.  I really enjoyed that this book is told in alternate points of view so that I got the chance to experience the thoughts and feelings of both Christian and Elise.

I loved the narration.  This was the first time that I have had a chance to listen to both Shane East and Grace Grant and I thought that they both did a wonderful job with this story.  They both were able to handle the story's dialogue really well and I thought that it was a great decision to have the narrators read the text messages  written their characters.  I thought that each narrator did a great job of adding emotion to the story and adding some heat at just the right time.  I would not hesitate to listen to more of each of these narrators work in the future.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.   This was a quick feel-good romantic read that often put a big smile on my face.  It was so easy to fall for these characters as they were falling for each other.  I look forward to reading more from Lauren Blakely soon.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Lauren Blakely Books via Inkslinger PR.
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 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!

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32 comments:

  1. I have a major soft spot for the marriage of convenience trope, or when they're sort of forced together.

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  2. Ohhhh in audio! Ohhh maybe that is the way I should try her books first then

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  3. This sounds like a fun story and I love that the guy is laughing on the cover instead of doing the more usual moody-sulky expression!

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  4. Ohh, it's been a while since I indulge myself with Blakely's story. And my, I am sure loving the sound of this one. A British hero and a smart, sassy heroine?! Now that's what I'm looking for!

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    Vanessa
    Blushing Geek

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    1. I think you would like this one, Vanessa!

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  5. This does sound like a cutie. I agree that sometimes a book doesn't have to have big surprises to be just the right thing.

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  6. that cover oh is so cute and interesting at the same time. I'm like ,what's he laughing about?

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  7. I haven't read this author but I really like the sound of this story. I think I might like this one.

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    1. Her books are great when you are looking for a lighter read.

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  8. oh it looks good! It's an author I still need to try

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    1. You should definitely give Blakely a try!

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  9. I love a marriage of convenience story and this sounds so fun! I've been meaning to read Lauren Blakely for awhile and this sounds like the perfect place to start - especially with the audio.

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    1. I always grab the audio when I decide to read one of her books. It just seems like the best way to experience her stories.

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  10. I like this author and actually already follow her on Instagram and Amazon. This is one I am sure I will be reading at some point. I already have at least five by her in my tbr at this time. Thanks!

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    1. I hope you enjoy her books when you get a chance to read them!

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  11. My favorite romances are fun and sexy. Like you, fauxmances usually work for me, and I enjoy watching the relationship become a full fledged romance. I have not read anything from Blakely, but it sounds like I really should.

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    1. I love a well done fake relationship!

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  12. I have yet to read her books. i love the marriage of convenience trope and this sounds like it was well done.

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    1. I think that you would really like her work, Nadene!

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  13. This sounds like so much fun! I enjoy this trope from time to time. I think I've seen it more in movie or TV form than read it in books though. LOL I am glad you enjoyed this, Carole. I will have to give it a try.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it once you get the chance to read it, Wendy!

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing! ~Jessica, inkSlinger PR

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    1. Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour!

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  15. I have this for review, and will be listening on vacation. I cannot wait. I love this troupe and Blakely always leaves me smiling. Speaking of I see you are reading Stray Magic. I hope you love it as much as I did.

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    1. This will be a perfect vacation listen, Kimberly! I just finished Stray Magic and absolutely loved it. Can't wait for the next book!

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  16. OO I thought about this one because Lauren Blakely is often so much fun. The icing on the cake though is Shane East. Awesome narrator. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I LOVED Shane East's narration, Anne! I will definitely be looking for more of his work in the future.

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