Release Blitz + Book Review – Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely


JOY RIDE, an all-new sexy standalone romantic comedy by #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely, is AVAILABLE NOW on ALL retailers!


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?

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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. Can’t. Resist.

 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.

 Man down.

“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 at Angie & Jessica’s Dreamy Reads


JOY RIDE was an unbelievably fun, sexy and entertaining read and I absolutely LOVED it! Max and Henley’s story was amazing and is definitely my favorite Lauren Blakely book to date. I loved her writing style and I thought she did a phenomenal job with this novel.

   Max and Henley completely blew me away and I fell madly in love with them and their story. Their playful and witty banter and not-so-subtle innuendos never ceased to entertain me or make me laugh, and I honestly couldn’t get enough of these two. I wholeheartedly loved their personalities and the chemistry between them was undeniable and off-the-charts smoking hot. There was never a shortage of sexy and steamy moments throughout, and I really enjoyed the dynamic of Max and Henley’s relationship. I loved how it progressed from beginning to end, and I really enjoyed the rivals-to-lovers aspect of the story. I haven’t read many romance novels in this trope, especially about building and customizing cars, but I will definitely say that Joy Ride has been my absolute favorite so far. I loved reading the book solely from Max’s POV, but I also adored the short snippets from Henley’s perspective with her “To Do Lists”. I thoroughly enjoyed the side characters as well, and I loved getting to once again see familiar faces from the previous books make a reappearance.

   I truly loved everything about Joy Ride, and although I’m very sad that the book is over, I couldn’t have been happier with the conclusion to Max and Henley’s story. Ms. Blakely blew my mind in all of the best ways possible and I was beyond thrilled with the outcome to their story. I loved the big surprise at the end and I know that you will too. I honestly cannot wait for all of you to read Max and Henley’s highly entertaining, addicting, and romantic love story in Joy Ride! It will definitely take you on the ride of your life!

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.


FIVE “Max and Henley” STARS!


About the 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 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!

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