From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes the hot, new romance guaranteed to sweep you away while scorching the sheets, WANDERLUST!
One fiery American woman and one hot British guy? The language of love knows no boundaries…
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.
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Note: I listened to the Audible version and read a Kindle copy of Wanderlust, so my review will include my commentary on both.
When your love of Lauren Blakely, British accents, and Paris all converge in one book, you know it’s going to be epic! In fact, I found that it was a brilliant combination of jaunty, saucy, sweet, and swoony with just a touch of seriousness and sadness. With Lauren’s signature humor, banter, and wit, along with the depth and development, Wanderlust is an absolute gem to both listen to as well as read.
Joy is a bubbly Texas native looking to start anew in the City of Light, while Griffin is a British expat looking to leave Paris and live his life to the fullest. They meet by chance and have flirtatious conversations dripping with electric chemistry — but then life throws a wrench into their budding relationship: they are actually pseudo-work colleagues and Griffin is only in town until the end of his current contract as a translator. Cue the sad violins.
Of course, as they spend more and more time together, they inevitably grow closer. From flirty strangers to friends and then to more, the pacing of the relationship is actually quite perfect. I loved how they get to know one another, share the saddest parts of their pasts with one another, and build a true friendship before the inevitable happens. They help one another let go of their hurt and disappointment, and that was the most satisfying aspect of the story for me.
As for the audiobook, the narration is amazingly stellar perfection! The actors are absolutely perfect for the storyline and for the characters. As many people know, the choice of narrator can make or break an audiobook, but the smooth British accent of Richard Armitage and the effervescent Grace Grant bring both the characters and Paris to life. Like Joy, I’m a sucker for a British accent, but when he also speaks fluent French? Ooh, la la. (Yeah. That was good. Really good.)
I don’t care whether you choose to listen to this book or read it on your device (or both like me), just do yourself a favor and read it. The romance is top-notch, the characters are fun and swoony together, and the witty banter is worth its weight in gold. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Forget oysters. Screw candlelight and champagne. A sexy accent is the truest aphrodisiac. I’m talking a weak-in-the-knees, flutters-all-over, fast-track to euphoria.
I’ve tried to analyze precisely why the sound of a man’s words can elicit this reaction in, frankly, millions of women. But when I break down an accent and study it like a chemical reaction, it’s nearly impossible to draw a logical conclusion. The ingredients in and of themselves don’t seem swoontastic enough.
And yet, accents have been known to induce major swooning.
That’s why, in my professional opinion, the sounds aren’t the rocket fuel for the tingles. Instead, it’s the associations evoked. Italian is food, wine, and days drenched in the pleasures of the senses. Australian is the laid-back twang of a surfer. A Southern drawl says a man will take his sweet time. Oh, yes, darlin’, will he ever.
But British? Dear God. A delicious British accent to my oh-so-American ears triggers wave after wave of goose bumps across my skin. My knees wobble. My stomach swoops. My skin heats. All the turned-on centers in my body are cranked to high.
A British accent is James Bond in a bottle. It’s sex, it’s style, it’s sophistication, and it’s the man who’ll find his way out of any jam, save the damsel, and do it all with silver cuff links on.
Wait. Make that platinum.
That’s why I say it’s a damn good thing I’m moving to a country that won’t be chock full of my personal vocal kryptonite, since I don’t have the time or inclination for distractions in my life right now. Look, I don’t have a single problem with the French accent whatsoever. A hot French man can voulez-vouscoucher avec moi, if you know what I mean.
But it’s a British accent that turns me to Silly Putty, so in Paris I’ll be mighty fine.
Then, I meet him.
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