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Mar 19

Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely Review

5 SMOOCHES!

SYNOPSIS:

From #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance!

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…

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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.

 

REVIEW:

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Lauren Blakely. She has an unmistakable gift for storytelling, and it’s not only limited to the romantic comedies I tend to favor. Her contemporary romances are just as special, and Wanderlust is a shining example of Blakely’s versatility as a romance author.  So while her romcoms have largely topped the list of my favorite books, Wanderlust is, in my opinion, Blakely’s finest written contemporary romance.

This story was magical both in the way words came together so vividly on the page and in the visceral reaction they evoked in me. Blakely’s vibrant descriptions of Paris were so detailed and thorough, she created a captivating backdrop that I easily visualized and effortlessly got lost in it. Through the architecture, the art, the scents and the people, Blakely took me on a trip to Paris, she made me fall in love, and the only thing I was missing was the pain au chocolat. The emotion in this book was brilliantly created and meticulously communicated, and as dazzling as the City of Light was to experience in this way, it was Griffin and Joy’s epic, all-consuming and gorgeous love story that kept me tapping my Kindle screen furiously.

As a romance reader, I am always looking for a story with all the feels, and in this genre, that typically entails a gut-wrenching, angst-filled, heartbreaking tale. Wanderlust stands out from the crowd in that the emotions this story brought forth in me were pleasant, hopeful and happy. Yes, at times those feelings were bittersweet and a bit wistful, and I deeply felt the characters longing and melancholy, but overwhelmingly I was reminded of what it felt like to fall in love. Blakely was able to capture the essence of that feeling spectacularly, and the results were astonishingly accurate making this a truly unique and refreshing reading experience for me.

Quaint, charming, sexy and très romantique, Lauren Blakely’s Wanderlust was an exceptionally well written, radiant love story. It is stories like this that are the reason why I exclusively read romance. Wanderlust was passionate, playful, poignant and three-hundred-plus pages of pure pleasure to read. This is a story that will stay with me for a long time to come and will absolutely be on my top favorites list this year. If I could, I’d give it more, but five smooches from me for Lauren Blakely’s Wanderlust will have to do!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

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