Sweet and Charming and the Feels! Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely Audiobook Review + Giveaway

Posted June 6, 2018 by Zeee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews4 Comments

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Sweet and Charming and the Feels! Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely Audiobook Review + Giveaway

I received this book for free from the author via Audible in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sweet and Charming and the Feels! Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely Audiobook Review + GiveawayPart-Time Lover written by Lauren Blakely
Publisher Lauren Blakely Books
Publication Date: June 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by Shane East, Grace Grant
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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I’ll say this about Christian — he made one hell of a first impression. When I first saw the strapping man, he was doing handstands naked on a dock along the canal. His crown jewels were far more entertaining than anything else I’d seen on the boat tour, so I did what any curious woman would do — I took his photo. I might have looked at the shot a few dozen times. Little did I know I’d meet him again, a year later, at a secret garden bar in the heart of the city, where I’d learn that his mind and his mouth were even more captivating. But given the way my heart had been trampled, I wanted only a simple deal — No strings. No expectations.

Our arrangement worked well enough until the day I needed a lot more from him…


Let me just say, this whole part-time lover thing was her idea. I’d have gone all-in from the start, but hey, when a gorgeous, brilliant woman invites you into her bed, and only her bed…well, I said yes.

But then, one hysterical phone call from my brother later, begging me to find myself a wife so grandfather’s business stays in the family, and I need a promotion with Elise. Turns out a full-time husband suits her needs too, and a temporary marriage of convenience ought to do the trick, until we can simply untie the knot…

As long as no one finds out…
As long as no one gets hurt…
As long as no one falls in love…

But our ending was one I never saw coming.

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My Thoughts

Don’t want to read the whole review?  Click to jump to the Skinny Review.

Well, well, well. Part-Time Lover was a charming surprise! Let me preface this review by saying that I LOVED Wanderlust so much that this book did not meet my expectations. Also, this book is one of my highly anticipated books this year! But since I read Wanderlust first, I was a tad bit disappointed.

We meet Elise in Wanderlust. She is Joy’s close friend and we also meet Christian, who is Griffin’s best mate. Part-Time Lover is their HEA and I have to say, their first meeting in Wanderlust whetted my appetite for more!

Elise and Christian “met” a year ago while Elise was in Copenhagen on vacay and was on a boat tour. She sees Christian in his birthday suit putting on a show for the tourists. Elise and Christian arrange to meet up that night without changing names. But FATE happened.

Part-Time Lover is a story about fate. For that one night, Elise and Christian never meet for their day but they meet a year later when Griffin and Joy invited both of them. This is where their romance starts.

I love the banter between Christian and Elise. Seriously! I found myself smiling while listening to the audio. Christian and Elise HAD chemistry and I love how they didn’t immediately hook-up.

Part-Time Love is a marriage of convenience story, kind of a second chance romance and also features an older heroine! I was absolutely stoked about this because we hardly see this trope in the mainstream.

I loved Christian and Elise. Elise is such a strong and independent woman. She runs her own business and also blogs! I love her blog post snippets sprinkled throughout the book. Elise also has baggage and is not looking for romance. This was the main reason why she agreed to the marriage of convenience. Christian didn’t have baggage which was very refreshing. In fact, he is the one with all the feels! So, so, so good!

What disappointed me was that Part-Time Lover is not as emotional as Wanderlust and the audio felt too short, despite it being 7 hours and 21 minutes.

I have to say that I really, really want Eric to have his own HEA! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!


Part-Time Love Audiobook

Part-Time Lover is narrated by Grace Grant and Shane East and they were absolutely perfect! The stellar narration really made a difference in my enjoyment with the audiobook! Pacing and tone were perfect. Shane East also has a dreamy voice!


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Overall: 3.5


Part-Time Lover Skinny Review


Books in Series

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Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

Although Part-Time Lover is not a series, Wanderlust introduces us to Elise and Christian!


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Let's Discuss

Do you love reading romances featuring the marriage of convenience trope?

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About Lauren Blakely

Author 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 90 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books.

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4 responses to “Sweet and Charming and the Feels! Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely Audiobook Review + Giveaway

    • Thank you, Megan! I like to see if there are other books in the series so I know to look for the other books! I HIGHLY recommend Wanderlust! It’s waaay better than this one!

  1. Beautiful review. It sounds like, despite the road bumps, this is a lovely book. I am a fan of the marriage of convience type romance novels. This is getting added to my read list. 🙂