Christian and Elise "meet" under some unusual circumstances-I enjoyed that this was set in another country and the way that
Christian and Elise's relationship transpires. They both are individuals who have experienced some great pain with previous relationships and try to overcome this to be together.
Hero with a British accent! Do I need to say more! Lauren Blakely gives us all the feels plus truly laugh out loud moments. Christian and Elise join Griffin and Joy as memorable couples. Highly recommend the Audible version to listen while you read.
Lauren Blakely does it again as she has readers like myself swooning hard in her latest release, Part Time Lover. British accent. Check. Sexy storyline. Check. Charismatic characters. Check. So yes, you can say I am big fan of this book. It had everything I wanted in a light sweet, romantic and playful storyline. With sexual attraction brimming between the two characters, readers like myself are emotionally invested as Christian and Elise morphed their friendship into something more than a marriage of convenience. So if you are looking for a book and audiobook that will pull heartstrings and have you swooning like crazy then Part Time Lover is the book for you this summer.
Great! I cried a few times.....happy tears. Love this story.
This book is the best. Elsie and Christopher are perfect. Christopher knows what he wants and goes after it barring any inhibition. Else is the same only doesn’t proceed as risky. Throughout the entire story both of these characters make you laugh, love, and ponder happiness. There Friday night arrangement is comical and there dedication to their careers make them very down to earth and relatable. This is a book I’ll read again.
Part-Time Lover is a sexy and swoony romantic story. It’s starts out with a missed connection but fate has other ideas.
After some bad experiences, Elise is not looking for love or a long term commitment but she can’t deny the chemistry with Christian. What starts out as sort of a friends with benefits type of arrangement turns into a temporary marriage of convenience.
These characters were introduced in a previous book, but the story can definitely be read as a standalone. This was actually my very first Lauren Blakely book (but will not be my last!)!
The audiobook narration is just amazing, swoony accents and all! A great ‘credit-worthy’ listen!
Part-Time Love is told in DPOV by Elise and Christian, this is a sweet Second Chance Romance!
"He's built for sin, yet safe for my heart."
Christian and Elise captured each others hearts while was on a boat tour and he was doing handstands naked on the canal. They were suppose to meet up, but each went to the wrong place since there were to places in town with similar names. Elise was flying home the next day, and as "fate" would have it Christian also happened to be on that same flight, but thought there was no way the girl in first class could have been his Elise, or could it?
Fast forward..."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."
Elise and Christian came to an agreement, which worked out well, until they both realized they needed a lot more from each other. Elise doesn't like to mix business with pleasure, but she needed some expert advice from Christian and he needed her to marry him in order to help his brother save the company their grandfather built.
Elise agrees to the marriage and Christian keeps telling her it's all because of fate that things are happening. Elise doesn't believe in fate, yet they find themselves falling in love with each other. "Love is a terrifying choice. That's why I've built walls. He wasn't suppose to tear them down. I wasn't supposed to let him knock them to rubble with his kisses, and his tender touches, ans his sweet and dirty and thoughtful ways with me."
The chemistry between Elise and Christian is hot until his brother decides to open his mouth. This pushes Elise away and she feels that her heart is breaking, yet she doesn't know the truth about how Christian really feels. "I need to give her a chance to figure out what I've already learned; we could be more than a deal."
Lauren has a fabulous writing style and you'll love this second chance romance filled with chemistry and flirty sexy banter from Elise and Christian!
Blakely writes terrific summer reads, light romances that are funny and sexy, with swoony, lovable characters. Part Time Lover is one such story. Elise and Christian first encounter each other when she is on a sightseeing tour boat in Copenhagen and Christian is doing naked handstands on a dock. Seemingly fated to be together, they meet again a year later in Paris. Both are guarded due to hurtful past relationships. Will they be able to move on and find their happily ever after?
Christian is ridiculously swoony and I just love him! I love the back and forth that him and Elise have. They have a very enjoyable connection and one of the funniest first meetings ever. They connect well on so many levels and have such a bond. I really liked the way fate was brought into the story a lot. They do have to kind of relationship that is plain old fate. They make too much sense to not be. Both of them were really interesting to read about and the storyline was so enjoyable. The book has great sexy time and some really cute moments between them. Such a great read!
Who else but Lauren Blakely could dream up a storyline where the hero and heroine meet when he’s flashing his stunning family jewels for her and a boatload of tourists on a canal in Copenhagen? I absolutely adore everything Lauren writes because she has such a vivid imagination and because she’s so prolific I don’t have to wait long to find out what else is brewing in her orgasmic imagination. Christian is a very confidant man with tons of charisma and even though Elise wants nothing to do with love, fate is determined to play its part by bringing them together. Expect lots of flirtatious banter and sexy shenanigans with a European flair that guarantees a 5 star romance filled adventure. I read an early copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
With her every book, I believe more and more that Lauren Blakely is a wizard. The stories that she creates and the chemistry that she conjures between her characters is pure magic. Her newest release Part-Time Lover is a perfect example of that. From the very first word, I fell under the spell of this glorious book and remain so now. This is a temporary marriage of convenience story (my catnip) between two people who share a yummy friendship and the best of intentions. What ensues is every bit of swoony goodness that you will want in your romance.
Set in Paris, we get to see the city of light through the eyes of Elise and Christian, who we got to know in Wanderlust (Joy & Griffin’s story – another must-read). While neither is looking for a relationship, the universe seems to have other ideas — It’s pure kismet.
Elise is determinedly focused on strengthening her business and is actively resistant to romance of any kind. Well…. Love has a funny way of finding you when you aren’t looking. I absolutely adored Elise. Not just for her determination, but her dedication to her aesthetics. She saw the beauty in the world and we experience every detail through her in 3-D. Most of all, I loved watching her fall in love. Opening her heart was not easy and I felt a great deal of joy seeing it happen with a man who appreciated Elise for every bit of the amazing woman that she was.
At first glance, Christian is a man child, but getting to know him, you see he is far from it. This is a man who with an emotional intelligence beyond his years. He loves his life and those in it. I loved that he was sort of knocked off balance by not only his attraction to Elise, but also how quickly that ignited into more. Sigh.
What else I do love about Part-Time Lover? This book was a wonderful travelogue. Not only do we get to go back Paris and New York (my fave), but also Copenhagen, where we get to experience a little bit of hygge. It’s not just that Lauren Blakely can bring us to these cities, but it’s that she gives us a tour that makes it feel like we are there experiencing it with all five senses. Like I said…. Magic.
Make this book yours and prepare to not only fall in love with Elise and Christian, but also in each corner of the world that makes their story all the more enchanting.
Laurie’s Rating: 5++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ STARS
Another fantastic book from the Queen of Steam! Seriously, Blakely can write some very sexy and enticing men. I want them all! Each with their own uniqueness but with the same qualities I love in a leading man. Christian takes the cake though. I mean, who wouldn’t be intrigued by the naked hand-stander on the dock? I know I am and would totally be interested in seeing him right side up, and up close and personal.
Elise is intrigued with hm and snaps his photo while on a boat tour. She brazenly yells out to him, which in turn make him do something he’s never did with a tourist before, asks her out on a date. But yelling across the water and strew things and they got their signals crossed and never did get to have their meeting before going home. Such a shame.
Until a year later when fate has them in the same city and they each have a mutual friend and they meet again. She remembers her sexy naked handstand er and he remembers his “Little Mermiad” and Christian is determined to not let her get away again.
Problem is, Elise has had bad luck in love and has swore on serious relationships. But a fling with the sexy man just might be something she’d consider.
***There’s nothing messy about Christian. Nothing risky. He’s built for sin, yet safe for my heart.
****I want him. He entertains me. He makes me laugh. He keeps me on my toes. But he also hasn’t asked more of me than I’m willing to give.
I won’t scoop out a portion of my heart or mind that can be stolen again. As a woman who slid into the full-blown madness of a wild, dangerous love not so long ago, I don’t know that a fling could be enough. But I also know it’s all I’ll allow.
I want borders, and I bet he’s a man who respects the boundaries on a map.
It was fun watching these two come together and get over the hurdles that has held them back from letting someone close to them. Watch them take something that mutually benefits them both and then nurture it and turn into into something more. Something they both so desperately need.
Blakely really has a way with story telling and makes you fall in love with all aspects of her book. The characters, the setting, the joys of falling in love, forming a friendship and the witty banter between the characters, and let’s not forget all the steamy times, after all that is why I call her the Queen of Steam *wink*.
Blakely doesn’t just create a story, she creates an entire world these characters live in and I love feeling like I’m a part of it. Sights, smells, friendships, heartaches, love, all the feelings - you get to experience it all right along with the characters.