Wanderlust - Lauren Blakely


By Lauren Blakely

  • Release Date: 2018-03-20
  • Genre: Contemporary
5 Score: 5 (From 8 Ratings)

Book 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...
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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Latest Impressions

  • Ooh la la!

    By lmpanthermom
    What a ridiculously romantic story! I sooooo want to visit Paris! Joy is just amazing, lively, and so relatable. Griffin. Oh, Griffin! I can’t even articulate how much I love Griffin. Like Joy, I have a real weakness for a British accent. The emotion in this story rocked me. It was so satisfying to see Griffin come full circle with his bucket list. I was granted an early copy of this book for an honest review. And I honestly loved it. 150% Devoured it.
  • Sweet and Swoony Romance!

    By Bookbruin
    What a sweet and swoony romance! Joy and Griffin were playful and fun, but they also had red hot chemistry. I loved the build up between these two. Their initial meeting is more lust driven, but the reality of their situation keeps them from taking it further than anything professional. Well, at least initially. ;) I really enjoyed seeing their friendship blossom and grow organically. When they can no longer deny their feelings, it feels natural and right that they would take this chance to explore their relationship. Joy and Griffin are more mature characters and there is no other man or woman drama. I appreciated that our characters knew what they wanted and stayed true to themselves. Each of them has dreams and passions that the other nurtures and supports. I loved that they were strong individually as well as together. Both had emotional baggage, but they were actively working to get past it and become better people because of it. The epilogue left me with a huge smile on my face and fans of Lauren Blakely will love this newest adventure! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
  • The perfect romance

    By WendyR26
    Lauren knows how to write the perfect romance. Wanderlust was delightful and passionate. The amazing descriptions of Paris made me feel like I was there as well. Joy and Griffin were just pure and personable characters. Both had their sadden past but still wanted to enjoy life and strive for that happiness. The instant attraction that needed to be muted till it was ready to burst over made for a romantic journey. I enjoyed seeing the friendship and relationship between the two blossom and also the intensity of their characters as the story progressed. It was heartwarming to read. The writing was spectacular and had me charmed with the book. This is a story about two people filled with wanderlust in the city of lights finding that one great spark. Wanderlust was a beautiful story filled with the right amount of sweet, naughtiness, melancholy, and amusement. Just a lovely read.
  • Sweetness at its best!

    By LKKtechie
    Another great escape from Lauren Blakely. Joy is a woman coming off a bad break up in Texas(my home state) and has decided to make a giant change in her life by taking a new job in Paris as a chemist for a perfume company. Griffin is a native of Britain (ohh, that accent) who is living in Paris to complete a bucket list of items. As fate would have it Griffin has been hired by Joy’s company to be her translator for 3 months. Griffin and Joy spend office time working together and also personal time to “immerse” Joy in the French language. But, Griffin’s plans are to leave in time to run a marathon in Indonesia. This story seemed so much more emotional, in the most beautiful way, to me. Lauren has spun such a beautiful story of two people coming together. I found myself teary eyed with 5 chapters left!! But what is a Lauren Blakely book without the required swoon-worthy, heart of gold hero plus a delicious British accent and one very strong, knows what she wants heroine? Well, it is all of that and soooo much more, the HEA! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
  • * 5 étoiles magnifique *

    By Litljen00
    Oh my swoon!!!!! Lauren Blakely has once again stolen my heart with this romantic, funny and emotional story set in the City of Light. And let me tell you, the setting of the story is just as important as the plot itself as Blakely paints the most stunning portrait of one of the most romantic places on earth. She wowed me with every little detail she included and while I've never been to Paris myself, I felt as if I was there right along with the characters, enjoying and discovering everything the city had to offer. From the food to the vendors, to the gardens and the architecture, Blakely takes readers on a magical tour of Paris as told through the dual POV of Joy, an American transplant and Griffin, a British translator currently living in France. And what a journey it is!! Wanderlust is the kind of book that hits you right where it counts. It's a slow burn love story with heart. Joy and Griffin's initial meet-cute is sweet and funny and sets the stage for a whirlwind friendship/love story that readers will adore. These two characters and their friends are so incredibly fun! Joy is a breath of fresh air---her sassy sense of humor, her zest for life and love for all things quirky and French make her the quintessential female lead. She's the kind of character I could see myself being drawn to in real life. Griffin, you sexy, sexy Brit, if I could conjure up the perfect hero, you would be my top pick! Yup, he's as swoon-worthy as you think he will be. Considering this is a LAUREN BLAKELY novel, this should come as no surprise. What sets Griffin apart from her previous leading men though is something heartbreaking yet heartwarming. His story is one that will put that lump in your throat...you know the one where you feel like you are going to ugly cry any minute but you don't yet you can't swallow because your heart has basically risen to your throat and seized up. Yup, that's what happened to me! I definitely got a bit teary during some parts but have no fear......this story is NOT a sad one! It's light-hearted, fun and of course sexy as sin with a side of emotion that was written flawlessly. Because, you know.....Lauren Blakely. I enjoyed every second of the slow romantic build between these two dynamic characters. Their witty banter was easy and flirty and very entertaining. I loved Joy and Griffin's friends and can't wait to explore their stories further in future books. Wanderlust is a book you need to bump to the top of your TBR. You'll laugh, you'll shed a tear, you'll swoon (and swoon HARD my friends!) and you will fall hopelessly in love with Griffin and Joy as they find the one thing in each other that they didn't think they wanted or needed. This is an epic love story that will sweep you off your feet and restore your faith in love. Once finished, you'll wish there was more because it was just THAT GOOD. I truly didn't want it to end. Ms. Blakely, you have stolen my heart once again and I can honestly say that I don't want it back. 5 tres fabuleux stars!
  • Love

    By RexyLovesBooks
    An epic love story! Breathtaking, beautiful, sexy! So romantic!
  • Life Is For The Living

    By Lucy3907
    About this book! You will laugh, a lot. You will cry, a lot. You will fall in love with Joy and Griffin. There is witty banter. Scorching love scenes. Beautiful phrasing like “Maybe this is what it feels like to move through grief. You never truly get over the loss of someone you love. But you get by, you get through, you get around”. Lauren also introduces lovely characters. There is angst. And then there is Paris. A beautiful city Lauren leads us through. Wanderlust is about living after the death of a loved one. That is the reason Griffin is in Paris. Living after a toxic relationship ends. Reinventing yourself in a new city, new country, a new language, an opportunity with a new job. That is why Joy is in Paris. Both finding a beautiful new love. A bittersweet parting. Ambitions fulfilled. Will Joy and Griffin find each other again? I highly suggest you listen to the Audible version while you read along with the book. Grace Grant brings, American, Joy Danvers Lively to life. Richard Armitage just is Griffin Thomas. His British accent adds so much to the story, and is so sexy! Joy and Griffin speaking phrases in French are delicious! I want to learn French. Experience Paris. Walk through the streets, see all the things Joy saw. Meet my own Griffin, ooh la la! In reality I would probably eat my way through France. Seriously this is a must read book. A beautiful, beautiful story.
  • Pure perfection!

    By Finchelfanforever
    It's no secret that I adore Lauren Blakely. Her writing never ceases to amaze me but Wanderlust? It just blew me away. The story is so incredibly full of love and passion-both characters and life in general- that I was moved to tears more than once. This is a book that I will come back to over and over again. I quite simply adored Joy and Griffin. I was grinning from the moment the book began. I don't know if there has ever been a character name more suited to a character than Joy. She brings happiness and laughter, she's quick and funny and so incredibly brave. She doesn't always feel it, but she takes many leaps of faith that had me applauding her. I would absolutely love to visit her in Paris and sit down for a cup of hot chocolate, or champagne, on her rooftop. Griffin? Well, hello swoon. He is absolutely, hands down, one of my all time book boyfriends. He nudged some pretty impressive ones out of the way to grab his spot, but he's worth it. He is such a sweetheart and so romantic. But there's a vulnerability to him that more than once I found myself just wanting to reach through the book and hold him. I'm sure Joy wouldn't mind. He's so sexy as well-obviously. These two have intense chemistry. But their connection is so much more than physical. They understand each other. Their sexy times are incredibly sexy, but their time spent exploring the city? Learning about one another? Just magical. The narration of this book brought it to life for me. Normally, I read a book and then get the audio to keep me company while I work. That being said, I am glad this one released in audio first. Hearing these narrators tell this story added a whole other level of richness to an already rich story. I loved hearing the descriptions of people and places. I truly felt I was there in Paris with them, experiencing this story. I don't know that my imagination would have done these characters and this setting justice. But Grace Grant and Richard Armitage took me on the best audio journey ever. There's a theme of time and moments in this book, and that really hit home for me. It connected me to these characters as I could understand exactly what they meant. Listening to some of the lines made me hit pause and reflect on what the characters were saying. I was moved to tears-again, more than once. This story was incredibly beautiful and lush. I'm already listening again as I write this because I just can't get enough. The story and narration were perfection. If I could give this more than five stars I would. I adored it and cannot recommend it highly enough.