Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely | Review + Giveaway

May 3, 2017 | Reviews

Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely

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?

Joy Ride

Rating: ★★★★★


Gentlemen, start your engines!

Errr... I mean... Ladies, let Max get your engines revving because he is going to blow your doors off!  Lauren Blakely, the queen of the romantic comedy, has given us another hero who is totally alpha in a hot and swoony way, but also needs a smart and sassy woman to tame his wild ways.

The sparks fly in this one because Max and Henley despise each other--and you know what they say, there’s a thin line between love and hate. In fact, I’ve never seen two characters work so hard to rip each other’s heads off while secretly wanting to rip each other’s clothes off. This love/hate thing they have going on makes for the most enjoyable banter I have seen in a while, and it had me grinning throughout the entire book.

Max (brother of Chase from Full Package) is a no-nonsense businessman and the owner of a custom auto shop in New York City. He loves hot cars and even hotter women. Max is the best in the business, and he knows it. Henley is a former apprentice who worked with Max until they had a falling out. When she comes back to town to several years later to work for Max's biggest rival, the ride gets a little bumpy for both of them.

To me, Henley is the true gem of this story. She's a tough chick working in a male-dominated field, but she has a girly, soft side as well. I loved seeing her lower her defenses around Max without ever backing down or going easy on him. It's all very 'David and Maddie' à la Moonlighting, but unlike the TV show, this one didn't fizzle out after the main characters got together. If anything, it made the story better.

We also get a peek into the lives of past characters, which makes the story extra fun. Max and Chases's sister, Mia, is also introduced and I can't wait to see what is in store for her in the upcoming book, Hard Wood. If you haven't been reading this series-that-isn't-a-series, you really must. I can't recommend it enough!


Celebrate the release of JOY RIDE with this amazing giveaway!


The JOY RIDE giveaway is filled with:

       Kate Spade Patton Leather Tote and Kate Spade Desktop Planner ($325 value)

       $50 Gift Card to Bath and Body Works

       $50 Gift Card to Amazon

Joy Ride - available now

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.

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