AUDIOBOOK REVIEW by Jen: Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

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.


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!*





About the Book

by Lauren Blakely

n/a; standalone

Contemporary Romance
Clean/Sweet Romance

Audible Studios

Publication Date
February 6, 2018

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Jen’s Review

When I think of the term of wanderlust, what comes to mind is the word lust. It’s a bit obvious, yes, but it caused my eyebrows to raise and piqued my interest when I read the title. But lust conjures thoughts of sensuality, sexuality, attractiveness—the ‘magnetic attraction’ that happens between a man and a woman. The word wander evokes awe, interest, and curiosity. It also evokes the idea of being lost and/or getting lost, not by accident but intentionally.  Like the old saying: Not all those who wander are lost from the poem The Song of Aragorn (it’s an actual poem J.R.R. Tolkien wrote for The Lord Of The Rings). According to the dictionary, wanderlust means a strong desire to travel and it describes our main character perfectly.

Joy is a young woman—thanks to narrator Grace Grant, she sounds like she’s in her early twenties—traveling to Paris because she wants to start a new life. There is a job waiting for her there so she sets off to make France her new home.

Another character we’re introduced to is Griffin, brought to life by the voice of narrator Richard Armitage.  Griffin lives in Paris and is a lover in every sense of the word. He doesn’t just know how to be romantic, he knows how to woo, court, and care for a girl. He is a lover of European ‘old world’ and antiquities, which breeds a love of travel. He’s the one with the Wanderlust, and it’s just one of the many reasons he relocated from England to France.

He also seems to love his job as an interpreter, which is how he manages to cross paths with Joy. She’s new to France and the language, and Griffin ends up coming to her aid by offering his help as a translator. He doesn’t simply teach her the language of the land, he also teaches her the language of love. I know, I know. It’s a cliche phrase but it fits.

WANDERLUST is a solid and entertaining love story and a quick read to pick up if you need something to help pass the time.

As for the audio, the tone of voice Richard Armitage uses is very soothing and almost sensual. This isn’t the first time he’s used a voice like this. In BBC’s show Robin Hood,  he played the handsome Guy of Gisbourne, a character who most of his time locking horns with Robin Hood. Armitage is also well known for his role in The Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit Trilogy series of films. He portrayed Thorin Oakenshield. As Thorin, his voice sounds brooding and soothing, but also gruff at times to match the character of the regal yet a tough, no nonsense dwarf. Overall, he was a great choice to narrate this audiobook.

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