From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a steamy new standalone rivals-to-lovers romance… JOY RIDE!
5 GEARHEAD CROWNS
Lauren Blakely has done it again! With witty banter, explosive chemistry, and lovable characters, Joy Ride has taken the top spot as my favorite from this series of standalones.
Part of what makes Joy Ride bump to the top is Henley. I love this heroine. I love that she is dominating in a male industry, that she chose to chase her dreams and make a name for herself, and that she isn’t afraid to challenge Max or any other guy for that matter. She is absolutely a tiger, and her ferocity makes her one of my favorite Lauren Blakely heroines EVER! The fact that Max loves this side of her only makes me adore him even more. Max completely embraces her tigress personality. He is drawn to her fire, passion, and dedication to her career, and in no way does he ever feel threatened or challenged by her. His security in himself as well as his business makes him not only sexy as heck but also her biggest cheerleader, and puts him in the top hero contender category. It also helps that in true Lauren Blakely fashion, he is gorgeous and very skilled with his tools.
Readers are going to feel the chemistry radiating from these two. Their “hatred” is a clear cover for their physical attraction to each other, and the reader can feel the sparks between them. The moment they final act is explosive, and it is completely worth the wait. What is enjoyable about the progression of their relationship, though, is that it doesn’t change as a result of the now physical connection. They still banter, they still fight, and they still challenge each other, only making their relationship that much better.
Lauren Blakely’s plot development of Joy Ride is fast, entertaining, and, oh, so sexy. Readers are going to love everything about this couple, from their passion for cars to each other. They are going to become enraptured in the development of their relationship, and how they seem to slowly ease into their feelings. Readers are also going to enjoy the way in which the conflict is developed and handled by the characters. The issues they face are authentic, and the mature way in which they handle them is refreshing. Of course, Ms. Blakely leaves the reader with an epilogue to die for, and this reader couldn’t have been happier with the joy ride I was taken on.
Lauren Blakely is such a skilled writer, but she shines in the romantic comedy genre. It is engaging, funny, romantic, and steamy, hitting the right balance to compose another phenomenal must read.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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From the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of FULL PACKAGE and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…
Let’s be honest, ladies. A good man is a lot like the perfect car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood…for the best joy ride of your life.
I’m at your service. Ready to go all night long.
But then a wildly sexy brunette appears in my life and throws a wrench in all my plans. She’s fiery, she’s talented, she’s gorgeous, and I’d really like to know what makes her engine hum.
Henley also happens to be my biggest rival, and now we’re forced to work together every day on the most important custom car build of my career. The trouble is I can’t quite figure out if she wants to kick me in the lug nuts or beg me to give her a good, hard fuel injection. Until one night that question is answered on the hood of a sports car when she calls out my name three times. And we can’t seem to put on the brakes.
If sleeping with the enemy is a bad idea, how much more dangerous would it be to fall in love with her?
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“If I was going to place a bet on an author to consistently deliver a FANTASTIC romance time and time again, I would put all my money on Lauren Blakely. She always writes amazing comedic romances—they are sexy, entertaining and always original. Consider me a fangirl.”
~Mary, Harlequin Junkie
Henley Rose and a hot car go together like peaches and cream, like fine Scotch and a long, dirty night. Which means working with her was like walking into the Garden of Eden every single day. It was a test of willpower because the woman could craft a car as if it were an erotic dance.
Not a striptease.
Not an in-your-face pelvis thrust.
But a beautiful fucking ballet of a woman seducing machine. Those hands, the way she wielded tools, the intensity in her focus—it was sensual, and it was sinful, and it was this man’s fantasy made flesh.
Imagine what it was like working with her for one, hard-on year.
I mean, hard year.
I survived the challenge because she had talent to spare. And I never treated her differently because she was a woman, or because I thought about her naked an obscene amount of the time. I treated her like anyone else—specifically, all the people I work with who I never ever imagine in anything less than full-on Siberian winter garb, complete with the thermals and Michelin Man coat.
“Black heart still intact.” I tap my sternum. “Same model as before.”
“I’d have thought you’d get an upgrade by now. Faulty parts and all.”
“No recall needed on the ticker. It works just fine in this cruel bastard.” I say, reminding her of the words she’d uttered the day she stormed out.
She arches a brow. “Shame. You should have let me replace it. I’m good at making all sorts of clunkers run better.”
Jesus Christ. She still takes no prisoners. “I’ve no doubt you have all the tools to fix anything, and if you couldn’t find the right one, you’d use a blowtorch.”
She adopts an expression of indignation. “There’s nothing wrong with using ablowtorch,” she says, taking extra time on the first syllable.
How the hell did I ever last with this woman? Before I can even fashion a comeback, she taps her toe against the tire on Wagner’s car. “I see you still like to make your cars with big, manly wheels.”
I roll my eyes then make a give it to me now motion with my hands. “All right, Henley. Deliver the punchline.”
She bats her lashes. “What punchline?”
“Big? Manly? You’re going to say it’s some sort of compensation thing going on. That’s what you always said about the guys who wanted the biggest cars with the biggest wheels.”
She smirks. “Was I wrong in my assessment?”
I laugh. “I don’t know. I didn’t check to see how that added up for them.”
“Nor did I. My focus was always on the work.”
“As well it should have been.”
“That’s what you taught me.”
“I’m glad you learned that lesson.”
“I learned so many lessons from you.”
“At some points during my read, I would have to remind myself to breathe. I was so utterly consumed with what I was reading, with the compelling chemistry between Henley and Max . . . The S. E. X. Was. Soooooo HOTT. I’d argue it was Blakely’s best writing by far.”
~Jess at joandisalovebooks
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About the Author:
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 seventy-five times, and she’s sold more than 1.5 million books. In May she’ll release JOY RIDE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter