Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely | Release Day Review + Excerpt

Hello everyone,
It's always super exciting to be part of a Lauren Blakely release day celebration and I'm so grateful to InkslingerPR for including me in the Wanderlust blog tour. As some of you may know, Wanderlust released on audio first but now it's also available in e-book and paperback.

Read on for my review!

Publisher: self-pubbed
Release Date: March 20, 2018 (out now!)
Source of my copy: InkslingerPR
Series: standalone
My Rating:

The first time I met him, his sexy British accent almost talked me into giving him my number on the spot. The second time, he nearly charmed the panties off me with his wit. Then I learned he's the key to success in my new job in Paris. The man who tempts me into fling-worthy dirty daydreams has turned out to be my personal translator, and his accent is the hottest thing I've ever heard.

My mantra is simple -- Don't mix business with pleasure. I do my best to resist him as he teaches me how to converse with my co-workers, navigate the metro and order the perfect bottle of wine at dinner. But I also figure out how to tell the charming and clever man what I most want to say -- that I want him to take me back to his flat -- tonight.

Except there's a catch...
One more assignment before I take off on my big adventure...

And it involves the toughest work ever -- resisting the fetching American woman I spend all my days with. But you know what they say about best intentions. Soon, we're spending our nights tangled together, and I don’t want to let her go. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and before we know it I'll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing...unless one of you is leaving.

I was super excited when I heard Lauren Blakely was in Paris last year because I knew that we're eventually going to get a book set in France, and Wanderlust is that book! Set in Paris in the spring time, Wanderlust was a funny and sexy and hot read in a way that only Lauren Blakely can deliver. I had a great time reading this book!

Our heroine is Joy Danvers and I pretty much lived through her in this book because I've always dreamed (okay, more like fantasy) of not only visiting Paris, but to live there (at least for a little while) and have a romantic fling with a Frenchman. Joy decided to leave her life behind in the states and take a job in Paris and start over. But, she's having a bit of a problem with the language, so enter our hot, sexy Frenchman half-French/half-British hero Griffin Thomas, Joy's personal translator. Griffin has dreams and goals of his own and was hoping a promised bonus from an assignment he just completed would be his ticket to accomplishing it. But, alas, it didn't come through and he has to take on one more assignment, which turns out to be Joy.

I loved Joy and Griffin right from their meet cute, which had me craving pain au chocolat and I don't even like chocolate croissants. Joy was lively, sassy and perky, and Griffin was charming, laid-back, and oh-so-sexy, especially with his British accent (that you can experience yourself "firsthand" 😉 if you listen to the audiobook in which Richard Armitage narrates for Griffin). The two of them enjoyed a flirty friendship, trying to deny the attraction between them, but of course it can't be denied. Their slow burn was quite delicious, and when they finally took the plunge it was HOT. However, neither are looking for anything serious, because they know that eventually they'll have to go their separate ways. But, the more they open up and feelings get involved, the more complicated things become.

Besides Joy and Griffin, my favorite thing was definitely the Paris setting. Lauren Blakely did such a good job capturing Paris in the spring that her descriptions play in my mind like a movie. I've never been to Paris, but it was easy to be transported there through Joy and Griffin and there's a different flavor to Wanderlust that you can't find in Lauren's other books thanks to the setting. Someday I want to experience Paris like the way Joy did 🤞🤞. But, since I can't afford it right now, it was fun living vicariously through Joy and Griffin. Also, I love that through their dual POV we get to see Paris through both of their eyes.

Wanderlust is a must-read for Lauren Blakely fans and all contemporary romance lovers, especially ones who love a good destination romance. Well, Wanderlust wasn't just good, it was FANTASTIC, written in Lauren Blakely's signature style that is lighthearted and fun yet it also pulls at your heartstrings at times, swoon-y and steamy, with a heroine want to be best friends with and a hero you truly fall for. Highly recommended!


There’s one word a woman can utter that gets a man’s blood flowing south instantly.

Okay. That’s not true.

There are about twenty thousand that produce that effect, because when you fancy a woman, nearly anything remotely sexy can drive you crazy with desire for her.

Imagine if she says, I’m going to take off a sock.

Boom. Implied nudity. Hard as a rock.

Perhaps she asks, Do you like strawberries?

Obviously that means she wants me to eat them off her breasts. Flagpole raised.

But then there are some that are so direct, so spot on, she might as well be saying, I’d like you to fuck me hard all night long.

Which, for the record, might possibly be my favorite thing a woman could ever say to me. In fact, I might need to make that my own personal addendum to the bucket list.

At the moment, though, the word is proposition.

As I walk to the restaurant Joy has chosen on Rue de Bac, I keep replaying that deliciously inviting message.

I have a proposition for you.

What could it possibly be but some fantastic arrangement where we shag all night and still get along for work? No strings, no pain, no heartbreak. Sign me up right-the-hell now. That would be fantastic. A promise of orgasm-drenched nights, capped off by an uncomplicated good-bye when I take off for Indonesia in a few more months, finally visiting the places around the world Ethan and I marked on a map when we were younger.

As I round the corner, Christian’s words have the temerity to appear in the forefront of my brain.

Don’t you make the same mistake. You can’t mix business and pleasure. We’re lucky to have the jobs we have.

We are lucky to have our jobs. I don’t disagree with his basic premise, but I doubt Joy’s proposition will jeopardize mine. Besides, I really only need to keep my job for the next two and a half months. That’s all she needs me for at her company, and then I’m gone. Who knows where I’ll end up after I take off on my great adventure? We made so many marks on that map. If I found it, it’d be full of pinholes, I’m sure.

Travel everywhere, Ethan wrote.

He can’t. So I must.

There’s simply no way that Joy’s have hot sex with me every single night starting now will interfere with my bigger plans. I can juggle business and pleasure. I can enjoy the woman, the gig, and the checking off of each item on the bucket list.

When I reach the door of Gabriel’s, a restaurant started by a French-Brazilian cook who’s now become a rock star chef in New York City, I’m more certain than ever that I can have my cake and eat it, too. Preferably off Joy’s soft supple belly.

With that enticing image front and center, I smooth a hand down my black shirt, push open the door, and head inside.
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✦The audiobook is narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant! ✦
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About the Author
A #1 New York Times 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 eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In March she'll release Wanderlust, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

Happy reading,

P.S. Lauren Blakely is giving away the ultimate gift for anyone who has a little Wanderlust! The prizepack includes a KateSpade Travel Bag, along with a $50 gift card to Bath and Body Works where you can pick out your favorite scented lotion, bubblebath or candles. Enter here: https://laurenblakely.com/wanderlustgiveaway/

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