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!✦
JOY RIDE Excerpt:
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 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.
JOY RIDE Review:
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 4 Tiger Stars ~
Joy Ride…..When sleeping with the enemy isn’t such a bad idea 😉
Only Lauren Blakely can make sleeping with the enemy fun, sexy and totally entertaining. This book will have you laughing, blushing and overall smiling like you haven’t before.
Joy Ride is a standalone novel told from Max’s POV. I think Lauren best described Max when she said “He is hot, sexy, growly, dirty and funny.” Each of those words truly sum up his character. He was definitely rough around the edges, but his heart was always in the right place. I fell hard for this man and I think you will too when you read Joy Ride.
In this book we follow Max and Henley’s story. This is kind of a second chance romance, but with a different spin. Both Max and Henley work restoring classic cars. Max owns his own shop and Henley used to be one of his apprentices, until an error was made and tempers flew and Henley is fired and they go their separate ways. Fast forward 5 years and they are now serious competitors of each other. This is where the story turns to more of an enemies to lovers type romance, because there si no love lost when these two are reunited. Can these two ever get past the past?? What happens when they are asked to work on a car together?? Can they overcome the angst and sexual tension to get the job done?? Read this book to see how these two handle everything.
I have to say I loved Henley in this story. She was an amazing heroine. She knew what her worth was and what she had to offer and wasn’t going to take any less. She is sassy, snarky and real. The banter that occurs between Max and Henley was truly entertaining. The angst between these two will keep you turning the pages and rooting for them in the end. And their chemistry was off the charts HOT!!! What I loved the most about these two, was when they let their walls down and started showing their sweet and vulnerable sides….they truly melted my heart.
I enjoyed that we got see Chase, Josie and Mia again in this story. Max truly relies on his siblings even he doesn’t want to admit it 😉 I also liked meeting Patrick and seeing where his character will go in the future.
If you are fan of a enemies to lovers type story and want a book that will make you laugh, smile and your panties melt, then this is the book to read. This book isn’t filled with a lot of drama, but there are some twist and turns that will keep you reading 😉 This is fairly quick read, but that’s because you get swept up in the story and can’t wait to see what happens. This is a book/series I would 100% recommend to every reader.
“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