From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a steamy new standalone rivals-to-lovers romance…
Now available on all retailers!Get ready for the ride of your life, and grab your copy today!
✮✮✮ JOY RIDE is here! Grab your copy today! ✮✮✮
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?
You can find this sexy standalone romantic comedy available across all retailers now!
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✦The audiobook will be narrated by Sebastian York! Link coming soon!✦
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Note: I received an ARC from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an unbiased review.
When I read the blurb for Joy Ride, I was excited to see that Lauren Blakely was going to tackle two of my favorite relationship tropes: enemies to lovers and a second chance romance. There’s something so fun about two people who already know and dislike each other falling in love. I knew Lauren Blakely would do these tropes justice with her humor and wit.
In Joy Ride, Max is pleasantly surprised when he runs into Henley at a car show. Henley may be talented, fiery and his new competition, but she’s also still just as gorgeous as she was when he fired her all of those years ago. When Max and Henley are forced to work together on a project, their love-hate relationship sparks into a sexy mess.
Lauren Blakely put a really fun spin on the enemies to lovers relationship. Joy Ride was funny, sexy, and sweet. The writing was just as amazing as always, and the characters were easy to fall in love with.
I like that all of Lauren Blakely’s cocky male narrators have different personalities. They don’t all sound the same, which is a feat after writing so many of them. Max was as cocky as the rest of them, but his thoughts and actions didn’t go overboard. He respected women and wanted to do right by them. I loved how this transitioned to his feelings about Henley. He’d went with his gut years ago when it came to her, but it had backfired on him in the present. Max knew he would have to win Henley’s trust, and I loved how he did it.
I also loved getting to know Henley a bit from her lists of things to do. They gave a little bit of insight into what her character was thinking. They were also fun.
Max and Henley had the perfect amount of sexual tension. Their frustration with each other translated well into their desire. Combined with their love for cars, their sexual attraction made for some very interesting and hot moments.
The only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars was the ending. I wasn’t completely sold on the way things wrapped up. I won’t say too much about it, just that I wasn’t sure Henley’s character would have been so excited about how things turned out. She was so independent. I thought she would want to fix things her own way, on her own terms.
Joy Ride was a joy to read. I loved what Lauren Blakely did with this enemies to lovers second chance romance. I highly recommend it and the entire series of connected standalone novels to anyone who enjoys lots of laughs and smiles while reading romances.
I point to the guy behind the glass. “You want Peter’s number?”
“I don’t know. Do you think he likes piňa coladas and making love in the rain?”
For a flash second, a burst of wildfire curls through my veins. It feels like white-hot jealousy. Which is ridiculous since she’s not making love to Peter.
Or me, for that matter, obviously.
I fight off the envy with a full dose of sarcasm. “Have you ever noticed you never have a good pair of headphones when you need them?”
She huffs. “Message received. I’ll just shut up and read a book.” She reaches for her phone on the seat, but accidentally knocks it to the floor of the car. I lean down to pick it up, and when I hand it to her I see her playlist.
Nena’s “99 Luftballoons.”
The Go-Go’s “Vacation.”
Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”
I smirk. That’s too fucking adorable. “You like bubblegum pop?”
Her cheeks go red. “There’s nothing wrong with bubblegum pop,” she says as she tries to grab her phone from my hand.
I. Can’t. Resist.
I don’t know what comes over me, but I’m pretty damn sure it’s the way this girl needles me. It’s her French maid routine. It’s her pushing all my buttons. It’s the way she detests me.
I hold her phone behind my head.
“Max,” she says, in a perfect plea. God, it’s hot. I can hear her saying it in bed.
I feign surprise. “Oh, did you want your phone back, tiger?”
Her eyes widen when I use that word. Frankly, I’m surprised I said it. But she is a tiger, especially right now as she leans across the seat, reaching for it.
Damn, I’m an asshole. And yet, I can’t seem to stop playing keep-away with her phone, jamming it far behind me so that it hits the side of the car. She lunges for it, thrusting her arm out, but only hitting my forearm.
She swats me. “Give it to me.”
My brain short-circuits. She would sound hot saying that bent over the bed.
Then in a flurry, she unbuckles her seat belt and lunges at me.
Foul play indeed.
She’s on me. She’s fucking on me. She climbs, stretching high, her tits near my motherfucking face, so help me God. They are saggy, drooping, ugly breasts.
Except they’re not.
They’re perfect. Lush, ripe.
Like her sweet perfume scent. Like her cinnamon breath that flutters across my cheek as she rises higher. As she reaches, her T-shirt rides up, revealing a sliver of her stomach.
I’ve never seen anything so sexy in my life.
I don’t move. I don’t breathe.
I simply try not to grow more aroused. But then she wraps one hand around my wrist and pries the phone with the other as her breasts smash against my eyes.
“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
“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
“The dynamic between Max and Henley is addictive, and the story line in Joy Ride was down right juicy! I can’t wait for you to read it.”
~Angie, Angie & Jessica’s Dreamy Reads
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About Lauren Blakely:
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