by Lauren Blakely
This is the sixth book in a series of standalone stories with interconnected characters.
Audio Book Narrated by Shane East & Grace Grant
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.
Elise is recovering from heartbreak. She’s really been through the ringer, and it leaked every part of her life. She even lost business over it. This once passionate and scent-sual woman is now stifled and closed off.
Christian is Mr. carefree and casual. He’s conquered the business world and is happily retired into the life of leisure.
Christian and Elise are a case of serendipity. Their first encounter is while Christian does naked handstands on a dare. They schedule a time to meet, but are thrown off course going to different places with similar names. A year later they are reconnected when their friends start dating. Things elevate quickly when marriage is the only way to save Christian’s family legacy.
Blakely has demonstrated once again why she deserves to be an automatic one click author. Her stories are fun and flirty and the perfect escape. I can’t wait until they start getting optioned!
Christian and Elise are fun characters that are easy to fall in love with, a trait Blakely is top notch at achieving. I do think that Christian is a little too perfect. He is fit, smart, multilingual, and emotionally evolved. He needs just a little bit of tarnish, maybe if he had an issue with snoring or something...
Hopefully more autobooks will follow Part-Time Lover in this duel narration with a hint of dramatization. The narrators perform the chapters written in the point of view of their perspective character. However, the text message conversations are fully dramatized. It’s so much more fun to hear the conversation back and forth.
I love both narrators, Shane East and Grace Grant. They have both brought to life some of my favorite stories. But, who can resist Shane East and that accent?!?! It’s like sex to my ears.
Why did we choose this book:
When Kelly from Ink Slinger PR messages you to listen to the new LB Audiobook there is only one thing to say...Sure. It wasn’t a hardship. I love Lauren Blakely and loved Wonderlust so I knew I was in for a treat.
Who should read this book:
If you’re looking for a fun and sweet love story with steamy sex scenes, you should read this book. It’s really great if you’re not into over the top angst.
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.To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!