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Part-Time Lover

Narrated by: Shane East, Vanessa Edwin
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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Indulge in an all-new recording of this best-selling standalone romance, now narrated in a duet performance by Shane East and Vanessa Edwin!   

It was only supposed to be a marriage of convenience....

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.

©2018 Lauren Blakely Books (P)2020 Little Dog Press

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"East portrays Christian as utterly captivated by Elise. His warm voice also holds notes of respect for her, and his English accent is a pleasant foil for Edwin's melting French intonation. In this dialogue-driven story, Edwin and East are completely convincing as two hopeless romantics." (AudioFile)

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  • Cas
  • 07-06-2020

Wow

This was a wonderful read. Love reads that keep you reDing from first word till last. This one warmed the romance in me and I just loved it. Narration was awesome too.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 02-06-2020

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I have to say this might be one of my favorite LB couples. Christian and Elise were so fun and sexy. They both were outgoing and spontaneous and the banter was perfection. I loved that Elise is a seriously vehement women who isn't shy at all. She is a little broken from her past but instead of letting that bring her down she was just more cautious. Christian was a great guy, he was funny, sweet and incredibly insightful. Then on top of all of that these two had mad chemistry!! In the very beginning when these two meet for the first time I was giggling because that had to be the most interesting way for a couple to meet that I've read before.

As always, my favorite thing about Lauren Blakely books is that the characters are mature and the drama is extremely low. No unnecessary drama added to give the story some excitement because her stories don't need it! I also loved that this felt like a second chance romance when actually it wasn't because there wasn't a first romance really.

The narration was great. Shane East has the best accent and he does great at balancing the humor and the sexy with his characters voice. Vanessa Edwin is one of my new favorite narrators so I was instantly up for listening to this version of the book, especially with it being duet. Great casting in my opinion.

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  • Theresa Martin
  • 02-06-2020

Once again, Shane East melts my heart!

What a lovely story. I was so excited that Christian was getting his own story, because with his goal to be a kept man, I just needed to know more about him. Christian was a big, sweet, swoony surprise. He knows what he wants, makes no apologies for going after it. He truly believes in fate, and that makes him even more swoony. I love him at this point!

Elise is an amazing woman living in Paris running her business. She and Christian share a strong attraction to one another. Having had her heart broken, Elise understandably is protecting it. But, how do you resist someone like Christian: gorgeous, smart, accomplished, very comfortably well off.

In this refreshed tale, Shane East and Vanessa Edwin bring everything to life in living color! I could see, smell, and taste so much in this story. It's a testament to Lauren's great ability for details, and you feel the emotion with Shane and. Vanessa.

I didn't consider this book a second-chance story, but more of a second chance at a first chance. I loved this story very early on, and it just got stronger as the story unfolded. I always love to see who Lauren will insert from previous books, and my wish was granted for this one. I won’t spoil it, but those who follow Lauren and her cities, you should be able to narrow down to a few people.

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  • PatioS
  • 23-06-2020

Loved the new duet performance!

I’ve enjoyed both performances of this audiobook and like this one the best. Would love to see more duet performances in my romance audiobooks as they bring the conversations more alive.

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  • John Nicholas
  • 13-06-2020

Duel narration is awesome!

I never write reviews, but here it was just something that needed to be said, the story is fun and twists along nicely. But what truly makes this a wonderful book is the duel narration.

So often when reading a book about two people, the narrator needs to change their voice to represent the other character. Now some narrators do this so well that it's not noticeable, but others not so much.

But with the duel narration you never have to wonder who is speaking. In fact I like it so much that the search is on for more books recorded in this manner.

Lauren Blakely is a fabulous writer, I've enjoyed all the books written by her.

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  • Book Bruin
  • 21-06-2020

Love the new Duet Narration!

I originally read and listened to this book when it first released in 2018. When I found out the audiobook was getting an update, I knew it was time for a re-read. It was so wonderful revisiting Christian and Elise's fun and sexy marriage of convenience romance.

Christian and Elise are both driven and independent individuals. They each have some emotional baggage that has left them jaded about love. A chance encounter (or is it fate?) in Denmark throws them into each other's orbits, but a simple mistake keeps them from meeting until a year later in France. Christian and Elise have amazing chemistry from the start and I loved how understanding and supportive they were of each other. One of my favorite scenes was at the soccer field, when Elise came to watch Christian play. The sexual tension and build up was delicious and it intensified even the smallest touches and glances. Yes, their relationship starts out as instalust, but with time, the sexy banter and the push and pull gives way to true connection and emotion. Throw in a marriage of convenience trope to help the family of our hero, and you have a truly entertaining story.

The updated duet style narration with Shane East and Vanessa Edwin was perfect. It really enhanced the story and there are even some bonus scenes as well. These two narrators have wonderful chemistry and Vanessa Edwin is fast becoming my favorite female narrator. The bloopers at the end were especially hilarious and it was fun to hear them laughing and having a great time.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 05-06-2020

What a fun listen!

I don't know where Lauren Blakely gets her ideas, but each book seems to be better than the last! An impossible feat, this book is the perfect escape. Christian and Elise first meeting is far from conventional. A year later, they meet again, and the chemistry we saw is still there. This couple is not looking for anything serious and love is certainly not part of the equation! Until it is....Elise is a strong, independent woman who has been deceived in the past. I love her determination and fierce loyalty to those she loves. Christian is the perfect compliment to her. When it comes to those he loves, he will do anything to protect them. The banter between these two is priceless, and the choice of places for their dates original and fun. I love that the book is about fate, is low drama and a listen that is just fun!

Christian is performed by Shane East, and his accent is one you can't help but fall for. His warm voice and comedic timing is wonderful. Vanessa Edwin is amazing as Elise, and I just love her voice. She has a young, flirtatious sound and she tunes into Elise's energy perfectly. This duet narration is so much fun and the bloopers were just icing on the cake!

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  • Angela G.
  • 22-06-2020

Mix ups and postponements

Christian and Elise's first date never happened, although it could have if there wasn't a mix up in their meeting place. Fast forward a year and by chance they meet again through mutual aquaintenances. Then the whirlwind begins and it's full of romance, dirty deeds and plans that begin with "it seemed to be a good idea at the time".
The story was cute, a bit ridiculous in a funny kind of way, and definitely worth listening to. The narrators Shane East and Vanessa Edwin were both delightful.

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  • Tamar W
  • 11-06-2020

Part-Time Lover Is Must Listen!!!!!

Lauren Blakely had a brilliant idea to redo this audiobook duet style. She brought back Shane East and this time paired him with Vanessa Edwin. What you get is two beautiful voices that burn up your earphones!!! The story is sweeter, the romance hotter, and the emotions are deeper. You must not pass this one up. Get this audiobook your ears and heart will think you. ❤️🥰🔥⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • kgagnon
  • 06-06-2020

I loved this fun and flirty second chance romance!

Wow, what a fun and flirty, second chance romance! I loved this refreshing, and witty tale filled with serendipity. During their first meet cute, Christian was shocking the tourists as he did naked handstands on his dock. He was so impressed when a beautiful young woman, on a passing boat, applauded him and took pictures, that he asked her to meet later for drinks. Due to fate or chance, it takes a year for that drink to happen. They have instant chemistry, but neither Christian or Elise are looking for anything serious. They agree to meet, as friends, in the most 'undate' like places, where they have a blast getting to know each other. Christian is fun, charming, and thoughtful with a swoony hint of vulnerability. Elise is smart, independant, and gracious. She loves to give people unexpected gifts, so when Christian and his brother are in a bind, she is eager to help. I loved the different turns this story took, keeping me totally engaged from start to finish. Christian and Elise were great together. They're both successful, love to explore and have fun, and their chemistry was off the charts. I liked catching up with Griffin and Joy, and meeting Christians loving family as well.
Narrators Shane East and Vanessa Edwin gave a flawless performance. Their ability to deliver Ms. Blakely's witty dialogue along with imparting the genuine emotion of all characters was exquisite.
This is a fun, witty, sexy story that is so full of heart. This beautiful tale, along with the skillful narration, made me feel many wonderful emotions, but mostly, it made me happy!

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 04-06-2020

Part-Time Lover

I needed this book at this time. After a not so great book, it was Lauren to the rescue.
I love how fate really does step in with this wonderful story.
Christian sure makes an entrance ;) Bahahaha. I loved the way Elise reacted to him. The mixture of sweet and passion these two have is intriguing.

Something I love is when a story gives us two geographic locations. I do love books set in Paris but we get the bonus of New York City as well it really gives us a full story. I really just enjoyed getting to listen to all the different locations they encounter.

100% a fan of duet narration both of these narrators are awesome but it just adds to the story even that much more. I adore!

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 09-06-2020

4.5 Super Fun Stars

I absolutely loved how Christian and Elise met, or should I say didn’t meet, but yes, their first sighting. It was obvious they were destined to be together, fate was definitely working its magic. Two divorcees agreeing to have a no strings attached relationship, who end up entering into a marriage of convenience. Sex, not love, etc, etc. Yada yada yada, you know the story, not looking for love, or a permanent relationship for that matter, and you just know it’s all going to go pear shaped. Great characters, although Elise at times was super pigheaded, understandably so, but at times she had me cringing. Christian was adorable, super sexy, and extremely patient with Elise. An enjoyable, easy listen with relatable characters and a fun storyline. I loved the narration from Shane East and Vanessa Edwin. Added to the end was an added bonus of a blooper reel, so funny, Shane and Vanessa sound to have so much fun whilst recording. I loved it.