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    5 Engine Revving Stars

    TO DO LIST -Read Joy Ride way into the early morning -Write review gushing over how much I love Max and Henley -Try to read another book to get over Joy Ride hangover -Re-read Joy Ride Joy Ride is the latest addition to the long list of Lauren Blakely masterpieces. Amazing characters, witty and sexy banter, car themed innuendos and a monkey what more can you ask for? I had so much fun reading this book. I laughed. I swooned. I developed major crushes on both characters. You know, the typical reaction to a Blakely book. Gah! I am simply amazed how Lauren Blakely can rock our world time and time again. I am so addicted to her books!! Max Summers, the king of custom cars, partaker of one night stands, enjoyer of baths, is dedicated to being the best at what he does and doesn’t want anything to distract him. When his former apprentice - the smart, gorgeous, sassy Henley Marlowe - returns, Max discovers she has taken all her talents and fire to his biggest rival and is now competing for the same clients. An incredible opportunity arises when the producers of a new television show want to commission a customized Lamborghini Miura. The only thing is they want Max and Henley both to work on it. Forced to work together, their undeniable attraction towards each other is too hard to ignore. Their verbal sparing leading to some of the hottest moments ever! Oh my God! The sexy times in this book are fan yourself hot!! Their sexual chemistry is spectacularly sizzling!! These characters are everything!! Lauren Blakely has provided us with another fantastic, strong willed and talented heroine. I love that she never writes a weak woman. Henley is the marvelous blend of quirky, smart, and fun with a wealth of car knowledge. She’s thrives in a field dominated by men and does it in heels while listening to pop music and drinking hot chocolate. She’s the best! Max gave me a different vibe from his brother, Chase, or the other heroes in the male POV series - Spencer, Nick, and Wyatt. Still a good guy, fun and playful, yes, but with a serious and alpha side to him. It was really hot. I liked it A LOT!! The poor guy, he tried to fight his attraction to Henley but his urge to have her was too strong. These two worked so well together, professionally and outside of work. *sigh* I heart them. I can not state this enough. I love love love these male POV books by Lauren Blakely. LOVE!! If you want a light hearted, sexy, rivals to lovers romantic comedy with incredible characters and a fabulous plot line, Joy Ride is for you. I guarantee you'll fall in love with it just as much as I did.
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    Buckle up for a wild ride!

    **Advanced copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review** I knew after meeting Max Summers in his brother Chase's book that I was going to enjoy the adventure we were going to go on with him and I was so right! Lauren Blakely definitely did not disappoint with Joy Ride! There was heat, there was humor and it was swoonworthy! Everything just fit together so well and the comedic timing was impeccable. Five years ago Henley Marlowe worked for Max as his apprentice at his custom car building business. When Henley made a mistake, Max made the difficult decision to fire her. He never questioned her talents, but with the mistake made, he felt it was his only choice. When Max is least expecting it, Henley shows back up in his life and she's no less attractive to him now than she was five years ago when he fought that attraction with everything he had in him. The negative is that Henley now works for Max's biggest competition. When Max and Henley end up getting paired together to work on a project with national scope, they both struggle to deal with their growing feelings, but also with what it means for them professionally since they are basically both fishing in the same pool to get clients. There are only so many people who need custom cars! Will miscommunication ultimately end up dooming this couple or will they end up realizing that sometimes the situations you think are most insurmountable really aren't as long as you are willing to listen? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I laughed, grinned so much my face hurt and pulled for this couple throughout this entire book. I love the wittiness and comedic timing that Lauren Blakely incorporates into her books. Her books are always so refreshing and fun. I highly recommend this one and any other book by Lauren as well!
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    Bring it on!

    If Max Summers admitted that there was such a thing as a guilty pleasure, one-night stands would be it, but one thing he will never do is sleep with the enemy. Until he does. Max was attending an auto show for Summers Custom Autos, his own company, when he hears an unmistakable voice, that of Henley Marlowe’s. The ever delectable and fiery mechanic, whom Max had fired five years ago. She had worked as his apprentice for a year, until she overstepped her boundaries, and Max lost it. It did not help that he was driven to distraction by her luscious curves. Henley still hates him with a passion, and to add insult to injury, she is now lead builder for Max’s biggest competitor. As if things couldn’t get any worse, they are both hired to work together on a supercar for a TV show! JOY RIDE is Lauren Blakely’s latest in her series of interconnected standalones, which started with Big Rock, and this time two blue collar workers are featured in this war of the Manhattan mechanics. I liked that Henley was a real pro at her job, and still could remain a girlie-girl outside the workplace. Max is totally macho, except when it comes to his real guilty pleasure, and that was a truly fun touch. Again, told from the hero’s point of view, JOY RIDE captures the essence of a dude telling his story; Max is sometimes rather coarse. Henley is so very angry, snappy, and rather mean, while Max desperately tries, in vain and in rather funny ways, to convince himself that Henley is not attractive. I must say that I really didn’t like either Henley or Max at the beginning, because their animosity towards each other is very aptly described by the author, but both grew on me after a while, especially Henley. Henley is not perfect, but a she is a fabulously well-rounded character. JOY RIDE is very steamy, both Henley and Max enjoy angry sex, wild, spontaneous and unbridled sex. Theirs was a prickly situation as they are in direct competition, and my favourite part of the story is how they try to deal with this issue. Besides revisiting briefly with characters previously encountered in the other books, there are a few unforgettable secondary characters as well, and I don’t believe anyone will forget Roger… I completely fell in love with Mia, Max’s sister, and Patrick, a friend of Max’s, whom we saw interacting together for a brief and memorable chat, their chemistry is undeniable, and I couldn’t be happier that their story will be next! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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    Talk about sexy.

    The spark that is Lauren Blakely, sets the roof on fire with Joy Ride. Talk about sexy. A smart mouth firecracker that gives as good as any guy. A man with the bedroom manner of an Adonis but the ego of a JA. I love it anytime a female has a strong personality and Henly lit up the story with her sassy attitude and determined spirit. Am loving the way Ms. Blakely seduces and amuses her readers.
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    Definitely my kind of guilty pleasure - 5+++++ sta

    A Review of Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely Definitely my kind of guilty pleasure - 5+++++ stars If you've read any of Ms. Blakely's other books, you will see several characters from other books, which I just LOVE. Max is the older brother of Chase, from Chase and Josie's story and they have a sister, Mia. Chase alluded to 'the one that got away' from Max so I was really happy to see him finally get his own story so we could learn more about him and his lady. As this book opens, Max is at a car show with one of his clients when a possible new client approaches him about his work. Henley happens to pop up in the middle of their conversation and Max learns that she is back in New York working for his major competitor. She worked as an apprentice for Max five years ago, but a mistake led to a reprimand, which led to an unfair accusation, which led to Max firing her. Can they finally admit to themselves that there was something between them back then? Henley wants to be respected in their field, which is mostly male oriented. She got her degree and has worked her butt off to make it to the top of her field. I thoroughly enjoyed their story and all the wonderful 'feels' that Ms. Blakely brings out in her characters. I'd love to have my own grease monkey if he looked like that! Can hardly wait to see who the next character to get a story will be. There are still plenty of possibilities. **Honest review voluntarily provided from a Complimentary Copy**
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