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Part-Time Lover (From Paris with Love) Paperback – June 1, 2018
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It was only supposed to be a marriage of convenience...
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.
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 292 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1979523185
- ISBN-13 : 978-1979523189
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.66 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elise is healing from a bad marriage. He was married to another woman while married to her. He led two lives and she was crushed when he was killed and the other woman showed up for the funeral. She had no idea he was cheating and was really a lovely person. They were both used and neither was to blame. But when one thinks they are living the perfect life with the man they love and then find out it is all a lie it is hard to get over. She is a successful business woman making her own way in the world. On vacation with her best friend they see Christian for the first time. They really see Christian. He is on a dock doing yoga in the nude. They spot him from a tour boat and thus their journey begins. Christian is a great one-night stand. He has no desire to settle down again and is definitely not looking for marriage.
Their story is so much fun. The dialogue between the two is funny, witty, and just great fun. There are some serious issues but the book is very light hearted. These two grow through their pain as they come to realize what they really want out of life. It is a great read, very entertaining and I definitely recommend it.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 6/9/18
Part-Time Lover is a really cute and sexy marriage of convenience/second chance romance. I loved this book. It had everything I've come to expect in a Lauren Blakely book - humor, an entertaining storyline, amazing characters, steaminess, and a lot of heart. Add in the bonus of naked handstands from a hot Danish/Brit, obviously, this is not a book you want to miss. I just could not get enough of all things Elise, Christian and Paris.
We first met Christian Ellison and Elise Durand in Wanderlust as Griffin and Joy's friends and right away you could tell they had a connection. We learned in Part-Time Lover, before Elise and Christian properly met that night with their friends, they had a history together and it’s hilarious. Their initial run in is my favorite first meet ever. I swear you could not wipe the smile off my face after reading it.
Magnificent characters is a Lauren Blakely specialty. Christian and Elise are absolutely delightful. Elise has such a big heart. Yes, most of time it's guarded behind a self erected wall after being hurt in a previous relationship but she's easy to lend a hand or shower a friend with a just because gift. The way she was so quick to help out Christian and his family is proof alone to her kindness. And then there's Christian. Christian is another Lauren Blakely hero that I've fallen head over heels for. He's so funny and charismatic, a bit perverted but in a lovable, flirty, charming way. He makes me laugh and swoon all at the same time. Together…gah!…perfect. You can't go wrong with a Lauren Blakely couple.
I can certainly recommend this sexy, sweet book wholeheartedly. I just loved it! Although the characters were introduced in a previous book, this book can be read as standalone.
Both h &H are nice enough characters but as with the geographic locations of the story they are more a bundle of cliches than a good attempt at developed characters. The hero is half Danish but he could just as easily be American or English as there is nothing in the way he is written that marks him out culturally as Danish (except for the stereotype that Scandinavians are comfortable with public nudity). Equally the heroine is half French but really reads just like an American. And the descriptions of life in France are facile and come across more as an American's fantasy of living in France than the reality. Similarly the descriptions of Copenhagen are no more than a tourist might pick up.
The whole plot around the need for h&H to marry is also facile. The need for a marriage of convenience is a pretty standard trope in contemporary romances and the author's idea for making it necessary was quite good but her execution was terrible. A couple of garbled paragraphs about how shares in the H's (and his brother's) company are in the hands of the brother's estranged wife and a plan to thwart her from using them to take control of the company made absolutely no sense to anyone who has a knowledge of how companies which issue shares actually work. Either the author knows nothing about such business arrangements and didn't bother to do any reasearch or she is not very skilled in explaining it.
Now I understand that this is just a light romcom so I shouldn't get too hung up on the lack of detail but my main issue with this book is that rather than keeping this light and doing that skilfully the author trys to pull off complex emotions in her h&H, exotic locations and interesting business problems and just fails.
I have written all the negatives up front but this book is not terrible especially by the standards of so much of the offerings in CR available online these days. It is pleasant enough as a light read, the characters are nice enough and the sex scenes are o.k. There is reasonable grammar and a decent attempt at a coherent story line. Just don't expect anything more.
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The boat tour in Copenhagen is the first 'meeting', and I love a boat tour, a cheeky captain and a gorgeous view. Who doesn't?
Luckily, missed opportunities are no match for fate and chance and this duo were destined to meet again, this time in Paris courtesy of Griffin & Joy. And Joy delivers. Humour, banter, flirting and charm by the bucket load. They have had their pasts, so there are moments, but having just listened to this on audible, I can certainly say, that the tears I cried were of laughter and not sadness.
Christian is at the top of my Blakely boy list!
In fact, it was a sweet tale of two people falling for each other when they had ruled out relationships. Elise in particular has a had a rocky time on the old love front and the book very much centres around her subsequent insecurities and reluctance to put her heart at risk again.
There is a smattering of short but passionate sex scenes - not as much as you would get in a Louise Bay or Jana Aston novel.
While I did enjoy this story, and I will definitely read another Blakely novel (I've already downloaded some samples) I found it lacked the kind of drama that makes you feverishly eat the book up.