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Available exclusively in audio for the first six weeks - and narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant - a breathtaking new romance from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely that will sweep you away!

A British accent is my weakness...

Good thing I can avoid that kind of temptation in my new job in Paris. And when my company hooks me up with my own personal translator, I should be on the fast track for success. Except, he's charming, witty, and, oh yeah, he just so happens to be British, which means everything he says melts me.

Don't mix business with pleasure. I do my best to resist him as he brings the city to life for me. Soon, I can navigate the streets, discuss perfume with my co-workers, and barter at the outdoor market. But I also learn how to tell the sexy man by my side how much I want him to kiss me under the streetlamps.

Except there's a catch - I can't have him.

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One more assignment before I take off on my big adventure...

And it's a good farewell gig too since my newest client is a fetching American who loves to explore the cafes and cobbled streets while I teach her the language of love. We fall into a fast and flirty friendship, doing our best to resist each other. But you know what they say about best intentions. Soon we're spending our nights together too, 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.

*Includes a special bonus interview with the author!*

©2018 Lauren Blakely (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Cyndi
  • Michigan
  • 02-06-18

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫ Romantic with great narration!

I want to go to Paris now!!! I truly could visualize everything in this book. I could tell by the descriptions of everything that Lauren Blakely wrote about what she saw while visiting the city or did some great research. I think that was my favorite thing about this book, seriously I could taste the chocolate with berry's and lime juice and to me that is awesome writing.

Griffin is a seriously great character because he was so realistic to me. He had some hard situations in his past and was just trying to live each day and wanted to do what he thought he needed to do. Joy was also great because she had her insecurities from her past but didn't let them stop her. Even when she was feeling discouraged she would push through it and come out better because of it. Together these two made me swoon, they became friends which I loved. Even though the attraction and the sexual tension was there they still did spend time getting to know each other as friends. I thought this story was very romantic and this would be every women's dream to meet a person and truly just to enjoy each other's company so much while visiting so many great places and laughing together so much. In the end I loved the romance & the way this book left me with a happy light heart in the end.

NOW lets talk about the narration!!! Grace Grant is great as always but Richard Armitage stole the show!! This man with his natural British accent was great but his French was great too! I loved how smoothly he flipped from French to British and he really brought Griffin to life for me! Great Narration choice!!!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Lauren Blakely's most romantic novel yet!

STORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW:

Wanderlust, a perfect title for a story that will give you a major case of wanderlust, is definitely Lauren Blakely's sweetest novel yet. It's set in one of the most romantic cities on earth, with two strong and charming characters you'll root for from the start.

While one moves to the City of Light to start anew, the other is ready to bid adieu and move on to the next adventure. Joy and Griffin meet in Paris shortly after Joy moves to the country for work. They start their acquaintance with flirty banter and guesses of names, the chemistry between them strong and palpable. They meet again when Joy's company hires Griffin to be her translator.

Now that they're technically workmates, they have to turn down the sparks to stay professional. But when Joy asks Griffin to teach her French and help her experience all the pleasure France has to offer, it's inevitable their restraint snaps.

As they fall more and more for each other, they have to accept the fact that their love affair has a time limit. Once Griffin's contract ends, he's packing his bags to check off the final items on the bucket list his brother made for him before he passed away.

I loved the pacing of this story, the build-up from strangers who have that spark, to friends, then to lovers. I became even more invested this couple because I personally saw that they were falling even more in love. Two words to describe the sexual tension—delayed gratification.

It was sweet, sexy, and oh so romantic. But most of all, it's a story about rediscovering oneself and realizing that the only way to move on and forward is to let go.

WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK?

I loved everything. Absolutely everything. I have to be honest that when I first heard Richard Armitage speaking, I had to rewind a few times because I was too distracted by that man's sexy voice. I mean, it's Richard Armitage.

He was fantastic in this audiobook! Not only was he a wonderful Griffin, he made a pretty great Joy, too. His shift from English to American to French accent did things to my heart. His accents for the different characters—Griffin especially when he's speaking in French—were fantastic, all with just enough emotion to shoot straight to my heart.

This is my second audiobook narrated by Grace Grant, and I enjoyed this just as much. Her portrayal made Joy's confidence, the awe she felt for her new surroundings, her feelings for Griffin, so vivid, so tangible.

The collaborative efforts of the two narrators brought a kaleidoscope of butterflies in my stomach. I was transported to Paris, to their romance and happily ever after. I tasted the food, smelled the scents, saw the sights. I laughed, swooned, teared up, and felt hopeful.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO A FRIEND? IF SO, WHY?

Romance lovers will definitely enjoy Wanderlust. Aside from the vivid imagery of everything Paris has to offer, the characters had great chemistry, story arcs, and growths. It was hopeful, sweet, and incredibly dreamy. And did I mention Richard Armitage is one of the narrators? No?

I just have to say, Ms. Blakely knows how to end a book. Whenever I finish her stories, she never fails to leave me in a happy daze and with a full heart. Wanderlust is not an exception.

Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Love Abroad—Paris
POV: First Person, Dual POV
Standalone: Yes

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A coming together of three true talents...

Le sigh. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a romance that pulls a smile out of me while also tugging on my heartstrings. If you think this is nothing more than a fluffy love story with nary any sort of substance, you're sorely mistaken. Griffin and Joy have their respective reasons for being in Paris, but while she feels like she's finally able to live beyond the humdrum of her life in the US, Griffin is living a life away from London that's half-inspired and half-dictated by a bucket list handed to him by his late brother Ethan. As much as Joy wants to feel like she belongs in Paris, Griffin doesn't give himself the chance to feel the same, feeling the desire to wander about take over. While Joy may often find herself lost in translation, Griffin is simply lost, his brother's passing having altered the direction of his life in more ways than one. Listening to Armitage and Grant bring Blakely's story to life made me believe I was actually listening to Griffin and Joy share their unique tale of love and language in the City of Light. It was a coming together of three true talents. I'm highly recommending you give Wanderlust a listen. Five-plus stars. ♥

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An Audible Vacation

This was a great story. Loved the detail about Paris and the hidden treasures found throughout the story. Great chemistry between the main characters and the narration was sooo good. Loved it all. Great story of going after what you need and want and finding there is even more than you could have hoped for. Great listen.

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Another great read by Lauren Blakey!!!! 😂🤣😍
I love the story line and characters!!! I also love that it was two characters from different parts of the world.

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amazing

I'm not going to lie I saw the author's name and one of my favorite narrators Grace Grant I didn't even read what the story was about I just bought it!! the book was great I really enjoyed it I enjoy that there wasn't that much trouble that you have two grown adults for honest and open with each other. both the narrator's did an amazing job this is my first time listening to Richard and he did an amazing job I will look forward to more of his books that he narrates 4.
the stories about two people one trying to find her new home where she belongs and the second one fulfilling a promise. through their Journey they find more more about themselves and their promise. it really was and is a good book.

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 02-13-18

OOO LA LA.. FAULTLESS STORYTELLING

What a wonderful love story Lauren Blakely has written.. she skilfully transports you to the cobble streets, cafes and hidden sights of Paris.. and that’s the setting of a very sweet and very romantic journey. It’s a slow build and a slow burn of a journey as two wonderfully crafted relatable strangers meet in the City of Love. Joy is an American woman starting her new life and career in Paris where she is ready to soak up, to experience and to enjoy everything new. And early on Joy meets Griffin, a handsome Englishman, who slowly steals her heart through chemistry, charisma and charm. Their strong characters, mutual attraction and easy banter forges a very solid, and very real, relationship.

Their bittersweet story started when they were mere strangers instantly connecting with each other through chemistry and easy flowing banter.. but a cruel twist of Fate forces them to be co-workers instead of lovers. Joy’s just starting her exciting year long job placement in Paris where she hopes to put down new roots, make new friends, learn a new language and create a new perfume. Unfortunately, Griffin’s time in Paris is almost over.. he’s been steadily working his way through his late brother’s bucket list dreams and he’s ticked quite a few of them off.. but there’s some that’ll take him away.. away across the oceans. However, despite the unspoken three month deadline that’ll end their relationship, Joy and Griffin forge ahead with plans of being ‘just’ co-workers. But time together enables a sweet friendship to develop, lust to build and lines to blur then get crossed allowing sexcapades to happen, love to blossom and for time to tick away. Because all too soon the day will come when Griffin has to move on to the next big challenge and chapter in his life.

This well written, perfectly balanced, nicely developed, entertaining dual POV love story has got to be the most tender and sweet Ms. Blakely has ever created. It’s plotline has no angst.. but it does have a romantic settings, touching words, steam and great characters. Joy, Griffin and the rest of the characters are brought to life by two talented narrators, who, together with Ms. Blakely’s descriptive, powerful and thought provoking words, enabled me to picture, to paint and to mentally project every delicious scene.

Worth a credit? Absolutely YES.. IMO, from the first scene to the last, this audiobook is definitely a solid 5 star creditworthy listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Who Knew Paris Was So Hot? 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I really enjoyed this book. The writing was so steamy, it played in my mind like a movie, only more real, more sensory than a movie. The story drew me in, so that I cared deeply about this couple. I listened to the entire book in two nights, not sleeping at all either one in order to finish it. I had a need to know what would happen next. Richard reading those words, in his deep chocolate voice was nearly more than I could handle. I felt everything that was occuring with the characters, mentally and physically. I could see the city, shops, markets, gardens, buildings and oddities. I could taste the chocolates. I could smell the flowers, the gardens, the terrace, and the scents. It was a whole new experience with a book, or audiobook. This morning, I had an overwhelming urge to go to Paris. I swear if it had been possible, I would have packed a bag, and driven to JFK! Lauren needs to have Richard read more of her books. Any possibility of a sequel or series?

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  • Amy
  • East Ridge, TN, United States
  • 02-09-18

Sensuous, Juicy, and Delicious!

First of all, the voice of Richard Armitage alone makes this book a must for romance lovers! That being said, what makes this book really special is the way the descriptions engage the senses, particularly those of scent and taste. I really felt like I was in Paris falling in love as I listened. The story had sweetness balanced by poignant moments and moments of unbridled desire. It was a sensuous journey about adventures grand and intimate, living life to the fullest, and the reasons we make the choices we make. Enjoy!

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Time to plan my next vacation!

I am huge Lauren Blakely fan, but this book by far has moved into my favorite. Blakely took me on a trip to Paris, one that is so visual and so romantic, I am not sure that the actuality of going there would ever live up to the expectation! Joy has come to Paris to start her life fresh. Paris is giving her the chance to promote her career and now with Griffin start a path to romance...Griffin is such an interesting character, both charming and good looking. But that is not what Joy has fallen for. These two characters have such depth and realism, it is easy to get caught up in their romance, and try and nudge them to stay together! The locations around Paris that we get to see, from the coffee/tea shop, chocolate, angels, pink doors and caricature artists we get a good look at what most tourists don't get to witness. With these excursions, I know, I was feeling the love and chemistry these to had. But with Griffin's wanderlust and previously made promises and Joy's opportunities, would their relationship survive? What a trip we get to go on, one that everyone should take and enjoy!

With a book like this, narration is key, and accents need to be spot-on. The choice of Grace Grant and Richard Armitage is brilliant. Armitage is the incredible as Griffin, and let him do his French accent any day. It is perfection. Grace Grant is always wonderful and these two together are complimentary of each other making this listen one of the best I have heard.

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  • G. Pickavance
  • 02-09-18

Similar to Fifty Shades without the tense plot

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you like this kind of surface romantic fiction then you will like this book. I found it ok but this kind of Mills and Boon fiction isn't my cup of tea, I just wanted to hear Richard doing something different.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I found Grace's narration wooden and slow. I kept checking whether I had accidentally slowed it down but I hadn't. The story was actually ok; a simple love story with one layer. They meet, a few complicated things occur, and then love conquers. Although Richard usually has the most entertaining and wonderful voice I found his narration quite stilted too which is unusual for him. I felt that he sounded as though he was just reading the book instead of feeling it and inhabiting the characters.Maybe soft-porn really isn't his kind of thing after all.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Richard's narrations were better. I found the simulated, fantasy, shower scene quite uncomfortable to listen to coming from Richard's voice as he's usually very articulate and puts great energy into inhabiting his characters and I thought he sounded uncomfortable. If you ignore the sex the story was ok.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I think the book would probably translate better into a film but the script would have to work hard to tease out all the things that were shallow in the book or not given greater depth. It would need a script writer like the Fifty Shades one or the Me Before You one to manage the sex scenes and bring out the conflicts of being torn between job and love and the pain of losing a loved one.

Any additional comments?

If you like this kind of fiction then you will like the book. If it's not really your cup of tea then even Richard can't bring it alive in his usual masterful way.

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  • Mrs
  • 02-06-18

Disappointing!

Would you try another book written by Lauren Blakely or narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant ?

No, Lauren Blakely's writing is shallow. I found Grace Grant's narration irritating. Richard's fans are known for saying they would listen to him read anything, even the phone book, but although his narration of Wanderlust is up to his usual excellent standard I feel that is voice is wasted on this low grade fiction. Whatever were you thinking of Audible? Richard Armitage is worthy of better!

What will your next listen be?

Outlander book 7 - An Echo in the Bone narrated by Davina Porter and The Tattooist of Auschwitz narrated by Richard Armitage.

Did Richard Armitage and Grace Grant do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Grace Grant did not.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nothing that jumps out at me. I will be returning it.

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  • Kindling Micky
  • 02-21-18

Audio heaven in Paris

4.5 stars

This audio thrilled me from the first whisper of the narrators, to the end of the epilogue. I am going to have to start with the narration because I am simply bursting with praise for it. Having Richard Armitage narrate was a coup, he acted Griffin so perfectly with banter and emotions. The chemistry he brought to the character was just superb. It so happens that Grace Grant is my favourite female narrator so this coupling was perfection to me. Absolute 5 stars for narration and how this dual POV worked together.

WANDERLUST is a great story, less romantic comedy than some of Lauren Blakely’s other audios and that made it all the more special in my eyes, because it felt different. Joy is a fragrance chemist new to Paris and a translator, Griffin is hired to do just that, translate. They meet serendipitously before becoming colleagues and their chemistry goes bang. The story is totally engaging with depth of direction and character. The gradual move friendship and beyond was believable with nothing instantaneous about it.

This is easily my favourite Lauren Blakely book and audio. This is the kind of audio I will re-listen to and with this kind of narration I would encourage picking up the audiobook as first choice in terms of format. I recommend this to each and every one of my romance loving book friends.

I voluntarily listened to an early copy of this audiobook.

Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

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  • Mrs D
  • 02-14-18

Aural heaven in the city of lights

Sweet, hot and thought-inducing story.
Grace Grant & Richard Armitage are a dream to listen to.

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  • Helen Williams (All Booked Out)
  • 02-06-18

A beautiful narration of a wonderful romance.

This is without doubt my favourite book of Lauren's to date.

It took me on a journey through Paris, and I could see, almost taste, smell and feel everything the characters were experiencing. Griffin and Joy have a connection off the bat, and in the bedroom they are certainly a match for each other!

The writing is beautiful, playful, witty and truly tells of a great love of Paris. The characters are both relatable, and personable and Grace who I have listened to before is always a dream to listen to, and Richard, well, he was just a dream, the perfect Griffin, the little bit of gruff to his voice especially in the flirting, well, it just added to the perfect Griffin. I need to listen to more from him!

I tell you, If there is ever just 1 book (and there isn't) of Lauren's to put to film, this is it. Or do this first!! I have to see this come to life. Reading gave me the feels, tear soaked feels. Seeing would give my feels, feels.

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  • Kim Davenport
  • 02-14-18

OH MY GOD! IT'S HOT

If you could sum up Wanderlust in three words, what would they be?

FunnyPoignantSexy

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wanderlust?

Richard Armitage talking dirty. Chapters 16 & 22 especially

Have you listened to any of Richard Armitage and Grace Grant ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

All of Richard Armitage's. OMG! So hot. Never expected Mr Armitage to talk dirty! Such a treat

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Funny early interactions between main characters. Last few chapters so sad with HEASome chapters had a different effect (fanning myself)

Any additional comments?

Could we have more Richard Armitage / Lauren Blakey collaborations, please?A real Valentine's Day treat for all Richard Armitage's Army. Thank you Lauren & Thank you Richard.