Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely

June 8th, 2017 Kimberly Review 46 Comments

8th Jun
Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely
Joy Ride
by Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Sebastian York
Length: 6 hours and 40 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
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Narration: 5 cups

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. You probably also crave a ride that can go all night long.

I’m at your service.

Like the custom cars I build with class and sophistication, that’s exactly how I treat a woman. But don’t worry. I absolutely do my best work dirty…both in the shop and between the sheets. Work and play keep me plenty busy, until a certain sexy brunette reappears in my life and throws a wrench in all my plans.

This woman drives me insane. With longing. With lust. With every-damn-thing. But I kept my hands off her when I worked with her before, and I can damn well do it again now that’s she’s the competition.

After all, you don’t sleep with the enemy, even if it’d be one helluva joy ride?


JOY RIDE by Lauren Blakely is a standalone romantic comedy narrated by Sebastian York. Humor, heat, and banter will delight your ears in this enemy to lovers romance. Fill the tub with bubbles, pour a glass of wine and grab your headphones.  JOY RIDE was a light, sexy and humorous escape. Max is guaranteed to make you smile.

JOY RIDE had me laughing out loud, swooning and craving hot chocolate in the worse way! Blakely delivers the story from the voice of mechanic, restorer, and shop owner, Max Summers.  Wait until you meet Max! He’s smart, sexy as sin, and adorably confident. His business is successful, but competition is fierce. When a bid for a lucrative deal has him competing with his former student and ex-employee things get complicated.

Max has had the hots for Hanley but you don’t sleep with employees, and you never get in bed with the competition. Hold on to your headphones because things are about to heat up!

Blakely writes loveable characters that are confident but also have vulnerabilities.  I liked both Hanley and Max. Both work hard and are driven making them successful in the car business. They both have strong connections with family and friends. Their interaction from the beginning sparked with chemistry, and you could sense some mutual respect under all the snark, banter and one-upmanship.

So what happens when you are seriously attracted to the enemy, and you end up working a project for a client together? Earbud melting things happen! The foreplay, tub talk, and teasing had me laughing and swooning. The sex scenes will curl your toes. My personal favorite takes place in the garage. Blakely balances out these scenes with conversations, character growth, and shoptalk.

Max and Hanley’s budding romance felt genuine. Of course, they had some obstacles to overcome after all they are competitors. Confessions, character growth and advice from friends and family kept the angst to a minimum. Max was adorable as he bumbled it and recovered. Blakely treated us to a few epilogues all of which left me grinning.

Thanks to the narration provided by Sebastian York, JOYRIDE was a delicious listen. He nails the male pov from Max’s snark to sexiness. I also appreciated York’s ability to handle the female voice, and he moves between Hanley and Max with ease.

Are you in the mood for laughter, heat, and an adorable romance? Make JOYRIDE your next guilty pleasure.

[bctt tweet=”In the mood for laughter, heat, and an adorable romance? Make JOYRIDE your next listen” username=”kimbacaffeinate”]


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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

46 Responses to “Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely”

  1. Janie McGaugh

    I’ve not read any of Lauren Blakely’s books or listened to any that Sebastian York has narrated.

  2. Darlene

    Nope, never read a Lauren Blakely book or heard a narration by Sebastian York. This sounds like something I’d enjoy, thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Lauren Helms

    I don’t think I’ve ever read/listened to a Lauren Blakely book. But Mr, York….yum. I could listen to his voice all day!

  4. Megan Riverina Romantics

    I’m a big fan of both Lauren Blakely and Sebastian York. I’ve listened to a number of books by them. He does great with her characters.

  5. Jennifer

    Love the team of York and Blakely! I read this one but I totally want to revisit it on audio. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Sheena-kay Graham

    Sounds like a good steamy book. Sent out the tweet. But I must admit the audible giveaway being U.S. only is kind of a turn-off. I get it with print books because of shipping but even audio?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      If you can open a US Audible account you can enter. I know my friend in Switzerland can. I have no control over publishing rights.

  7. Sophia Rose

    This does sound fun. The work competition thing and their already sparks from before. I’ve been meaning to try both author and narrator at some point.

  8. Lorna

    I love this series and of course I love Sebastian York. I need to get this eventually anyway

  9. Linda Romer

    No, I haven’t, but I’m looking forward to. Thank you

  10. Linda Townsend

    I’ve not read any of her books nor have I listened to any works performed by Sebastian Gregory. I’m obviously missing out

  11. Heidi

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I love the sound of the romance, and I am always up for a laugh.

  12. Angie

    Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I am still stuck on not having a tub to listen to my audios in! LOL

  13. Nadene

    This sounds like a fun story. I think I will get the ebook for this one. Glad you enjoyed it. I

  14. Cyn

    Yay! More hilariously fun Lauren Blakely! I’m definitely looking forward to meeting Max, haha. Glad this was a good listen! Awesome review, Kim!

  15. Debbie Haupt

    OMG isn’t she just what the doctor ordered when you need a rom-com that makes you hot and bother and laugh out loud. I’m listening to Mr. O right now and I swear when I walk the dog in the am people think I’m crazy because I’m laughing out loud 😉
    Great review and thanks for the giveaway, fingers crossed 🙂

  16. Nick

    Ooh Sebastian York! And it had you craving hot chocolate? I obviously need to be prepared before starting this one. I’m glad this was such an entertaining story for you, Kim! 🙂

  17. Cindy

    Max and Haley sound fun. What a fun book and I do love snarky. I need to try this author. Thanks for sharing your great review!

  18. blodeuedd

    She is one of those author I want to try one day, alas one day. And I have not listened to the narrator either. I am such a newbie