Joy Ride

Joy Ride

by Lauren Blakely

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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?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157433741
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Series: Big Rock Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 29,246
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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 85 times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In October she'll release HARD WOOD, a hot & hilarious romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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Joy Ride 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down, couldn't stop reading, couldn't read fast enough. Worth the wait. The next one can't get here soon enough. This author never disappoints! HOT HOT HOT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A typical enemies to lovers story, the difference here is the mutual career and interest they share in building cars. It's only a matter of time before Max and Henley indulge in their mutual attraction. Looking forward to the next book in thiscseries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved that the story was told from Max's POV. Also, Roger was a huge bonus!
CarolN More than 1 year ago
Max Summers and Henley Marlowe have worked together previously. They have total respect for one another and both have a passion for cars and life. But, Henley works for Max’s competitor. The author takes you on a saucy story of these two admirable people. I highly recommend this and all books by Lauren Blakely.
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
Joy Ride is the story of Max Summers and Henley Marlowe, previous boss/employee, now rivals in the same business. Max builds custom cars and since Henley learned from him, she is quite the rival indeed. Max has always wanted Henley but refused to have a relationship with one of his employees, but since he is no longer her boss, anything is possible. Max is sexy, hot, lovable, confidant and passionate and knows his cars. He names them and even talks to them. Henley may work in a male oriented world but she knows what she is doing, doesn't take crap off of nobody, and who would have thought that under all that grease, she is actually a girly girl. Will secrets between the two end their budding relationship? You will have to read it to find out. I loved this book so much, it made me giggle, laugh out loud, swoon and most important it makes you feel all of those emotions. Romantic comedy at it's best! And I absolutely loved Henley's To Do List!! Five stars for this one, from the cover to the very end, it is a fantastic book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for another AWESOME read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A binge book. Henley Rose and Max will definitely do it for you...LOVE LOVE LOVE
janice1231 More than 1 year ago
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**
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
Lauren Blakely has been a must-buy author for me since I took a chance on her very first book and her latest, Joy Ride, is a joy to read. It's a rom/com that's as thrilling as driving a new set of wheels off the car lot when all that passionate hate between former colleagues turns into the sexy banter and feisty flirtation that Lauren is already famous for. My favorite X-rated scene comes to a sudden and delicious climax with an O on the hood of a fabulous custom car. Now that's what I call a Joy Ride! The oh-so-sexy shenanigans between Lauren's newest couple is as entertaining as an adorable monkey's uncle and I really enjoyed the unexpected, but much appreciated, cameos by characters from some of her most successful romantic comedies. I read a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
CindyMeyer More than 1 year ago
Joy Ride is the latest in the string of sassy and sexy standalone romantic comedies by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely, and it’s Max’s story. We’ve already met Max. He’s Chase’s brother (Full Package), and arguably New York’s top customizer of cars. He’s also Henley’s former boss, and, for the record, her departure from his employ was not a pleasant one. But Henley’s back and working for Max’s rival across town, and the competition may be more than Max can handle. If it were just about who the better fabricator was, Max would be totally up for that challenge. Except that it’s not just Henley’s talents when it comes to building cars that have Max twisted in knots. Henley was a distraction she worked for him, and the five years since she’s been gone has done nothing to curb that distraction. If anything, it’s now a full-blown obsession. And whether she’s willing to admit it or not, the attraction is definitely mutual. Joy Ride fits the genre of romantic comedy, but it’s so much more. “One-night-stand is Max’s mantra, and “competition” his middle name. Henley is a strong-willed, capable woman struggling to make a name for herself in a field traditionally dominated by men, and while Henley has certainly earned it, insecurities and the need to prove herself in a man’s world may keep her from getting what (or who) she wants most. Max and Henley definitely have some soul-searching to do, and the road gets a bit bumpy at times. As with other books in this standalone “series,” the previous characters make cameo appearances which for me only add to the enjoyment of the story. It’s fun to follow these friends as they encourage one another, and dish a little sh** just for fun. A five star read from the start-line to the finish.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was such a fantastic read. So entertaining! Lauren Blakely gives awesome hate-flirt in this enemies to lovers romance that had me smiling big time. Loved it! Swoon worth hero? Check. Strong, determined heroine. Check. Major attitude and animosity? Check. Being totally in denial of your feelings. Oh yeah! Max and Henley were so awesome together. Their animosity and heat towards one another was off the charts and I loved being absorbed into it all. That conflict they were having made for the best one liners, great verbal sparring, and sizzling chemistry. There were just so many great moments between them and I couldn't get enough. I loved Max's voice and his vibe. He had great internal dialogue and I enjoyed his slightly self deprecating humor. Henley was great as well because while she was a tough chick she was also a girly chick and I loved seeing the different sides of her. These two clash and it's ridiculously fantastic! I love their bickering and tension. And when they explode, they EXPLODE! Lauren Blakely is a master with the sexy time scenes. Loved the storyline and writing. Loved the feel of it, the pace, and details. I enjoyed getting to see other characters from previous stories as well. I enjoyed the animosity of their relationship immensely and loved reading between the lines of their hate-speak. And the innuendoes? Priceless. Get ready for some serious fun, a whole of sweetness, and off the charts sexy in this incredibly entertaining story. And don't forget the hate-flirt! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Joy Ride was one heck of a ride.  Max and Henley, have a past. One that could not be easily forgotten. But it’s been years since they’ve seen each other. And the moment he sees her again. The world shifts, and he’s brought back into her world  What can I say? other than that I loved their story. They're both very hilarious together. They are both smart and confident. Henley is no weakling, she can’t be. In a profession that's mainly run by the male species.  I have to say that Lauren, is the Queen of Romantic Comedies. She has a way making it funny, emotional, and having sexual tension that just radiates off the pages. You become invested in these characters and you love what happens to them in the end.  I get excited whenever I know she’s having a new release. I know that, by now that I will absolutely love it and that it will not take very long to read. The writing style just catches you and never lets you go.  Overall, Of course, it’s Five Boundless Stars.
Kelly_BTCBlog More than 1 year ago
Start your engines ladies, 'cause Max Summers is going to take you on a very memorable joy ride! Wowza...this book was utterly fantastic! Smoking hot, with an over-abundance of sexual tension and sexy cars, Joy Ride is your enticing ticket to the fast lane! Max and Henley have a very unique and complicated relationship. Once Max's apprentice, Henley has now become his competition, in more ways than one. And when a once-in-a-lifetime job is presented to both of them, they have to set aside any hostility towards one another, and their raging libidos, to find a way to make working together possible. First off, let me just say that I LOVE Lauren's male-POV stories! I don't know how she does it, but she captures her reader's attention from page one, and takes them on an epic journey through the man's mind. My guess would be she knows sorcery...but hey *shrugs* I've been known to be wrong a time or two. Max....oh Max, Max, devilishly sexy grease monkey.! He is the ultimate man's man. Tough, rugged, with so much sex appeal I'm surprised he doesn't get bombarded with tons of fan mail containing women's underwear. HAVE MERCY, what that man can do with his "tools"! But the character that really stole the show for me was Henley. Her spit-fire personality and confidence, along with her quirky fashion sense, really set her apart from Lauren's previous female characters. I can totally see many women having girl-crushes on her, *cough* like me *cough*. Hey, the heart wants what the heart wants. The undeniable chemistry between Max and Henley just radiates off the pages. Both are stubborn, both are strong-willed and competitive, and both have lost their hearts completely to the other even though they don't realize it yet. And the passion they share is completely erotic and heart-poundingly delicious - not so much sweet, but oh so savory! Warning: get a fire extinguisher ready, 'cause you're gonna need it! This story will take you on a wild ride of emotions, laughter, and excitement! Joy Ride will make your heart race and your palms sweat. It's a definite 5 star page turner, and one you absolutely cannot pass up!
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
A Fun & Sexy Ride!!! Well, Lauren Blakely has done it again! Yup, Max Summers is definitely a hero who is all that and a bag of chips!! He is everything I hoped he would be and so much more. He is gorgeous, sexy, funny, sweet and could melt the sleek paint job right off of one of the sexy cars he builds. He is definitely a man who knows how to use his tools to make the ladies purr. He is after all, the king. His arch rival Henley returns to NYC hoping to rise to the top as the queen of custom cars after having once been Max's apprentice before he fired her 5 years earlier. She has unbelievable talent and knows how to use it! She is so awesome! I really like her vulnerable badassery! They have had mostly a hate relationship in the past but you know what they say about that fine line? Just wait and see what happens when they cross it!! Anyway, this is a must read and as always the humor and innuendos are spot on and the sexy times are hotter than hot! The bath bombs and Nipplegate had me laughing out loud. I love that even though this can be read as a stand alone, if you have read the other sexy books, there are many connections between the characters and they always have cameos in each others' books. Such an enjoyable read that will leave you with a smile on your face even after you take a cold shower.
Theresa-Martin More than 1 year ago
How can you go wrong with a hot as hell car-building alpha who loves his claw foot tub and bath bombs? You can’t! Throw in an equally hot car-building badass chick, and here comes one hell of a tale. Max hates Henley, and Henley hates Max. They’re professional rivals, and when a dream project puts them together in close quarters, the tension is thick. Henley worked as Max’s apprentice in his car building shop years earlier. Their work relationship didn’t end on the best terms, but Max has built up quite the reputation as one of—if not the best in the business. Henley has also risen up the ranks as a formidable builder. She’s learned her craft, and is very ambitious. Nothing will stand in the way of her dreams, but Max is proving to be quite the road block. Working on their sweet project together, Max and Henley start out kinda rough, but get back into the rhythm they once had, and actually start having a good time around one another. They can’t deny the chemistry between them, but these are two stubborn overachievers aren’t willing to admit their attraction for one another. If you know, Lauren Blakely, there’s some giving in of desires, and some dirty talking, and a great enemies-to-lovers story that only Lauren can dream up in that naughty mind of hers. I absolutely loved this story. Henley is my girl crush with her kickass skills and wicked determination. I’m certain you’ll love her, too. And Max...yeah. I’m in love, and want to get into that claw foot tub with my own bath bombs. Also, be sure to check out the sneak peek of what Lauren has coming up at the end of this story. It’s going to be great! I voluntary reviewed an ARC of this book, and I give it 5 stars.
sm0120 More than 1 year ago
"Life is short. Savor it now." I was hooked on Max from the first paragraph of the prologue. He had me at guilty pleasure...or rather, not feeling guilty about pleasure. My kind of man. But then again, what Lauren Blakely man has not been my kind of man??? I don't think there's been one I haven't completely fallen for, but I'm not sure it's happened quite this fast! Max has been living and enjoying his life one one-night stand at a time, until Henley Rose Marlow comes tap, tap, tapping on her stiletto heels back into his life. She's the one who got away, or rather, she's the one he let get away five years ago when he fired her, before he was ever even able to reconcile his feelings for her. And now that she's back in town old feelings, long held grudges, and devilish temptations all come roaring back to the surface. She's working for the enemy now and Max can't let his desire for her cloud his judgement. But when they're thrown together to work on a project, all his rules get thrown right out the window. Chock-full of the witty banter, fun, and sexiness I've come to love and expect from a Lauren Blakely book, Joy Ride was a complete joy to read!
kgagnon More than 1 year ago
This enemies to lovers romance is the exact reason why I love reading this kind of story! Max and Henley are both strong, intelligent, and ambitious. They are both extremely talented at building custom cars but for different companies. When they are surprisingly offered the chance of a lifetime to build a car together, they can't turn it down. Max and Henley have a contentious history. They were both unprepared for their mutual attraction when they worked together years ago. Now they are older, wiser, more confident and their attraction and chemistry is hotter than ever. But can you sleep with the enemy and not risk your business or your heart? I loved everything about this story. It’s not full of angsty drama, but more about finding that common ground and claiming love. It’s loaded with sexual tension, smoking hot passion, and witty banter. Ms Blakely creates wonderfully refreshing, multifaceted stories about real people who are interesting, socially conscious and face life head-on. There were so many laugh out loud moments but many sweet and heartwarming moments as well, not to mention their fiery passion! This is told from Max's pov but I love getting a glimpse of Henley's thoughts through her to-do list at the end of each chapter, they were brillant! Their family and friends all make appearances adding to the fun and setting the stage for upcoming stories that I can't wait to read! This book is the perfect combination of everything I crave in a story. It’s sweet, romantic, steamy, sexy, heartwarming, and witty all rolled into one wild Joy Ride! You must read it, you will love it, I promise!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**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!
Stacyotr More than 1 year ago
Once again Lauren Blakely has nailed it. Joy Ride is a hot, sexy, and funny enemies to lovers romance that will definitely rev your engine. Henley and Max were a perfect combination for a match made in hot rod heaven. These two could give and take the others snarky but flirty comments and come backs that are hot and combustible. You're going to love how these two can't help but break down and give into temptation.
gabby2846 More than 1 year ago
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.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
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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Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
Joy Ride was another funny read. I enjoyed the storyline of "enemies" to lovers. I loved Max and Henley's bickering and arguing and the game they play. Max is a great guy and I really liked being in his head. He has a bit of a soft side underneath his "big, brutish, bearish" side. Henley isn't as likable as Max, but she's still a good character. I like that she has her mechanic side as well as her girlie side. She's very strong and determined even when she's outnumbered in her field. All the Summer siblings together is a hoot as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stomach the "hero". Ruined this story!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
JOY RIDE by Lauren Blakely is a stand alone, erotic, romance story line focusing on custom car builders Henley Marlowe, and Max Summers. JOY RIDE is part of Lauren’s erotic romance series that includes Well Hung, Mr. O, The Sexy One, Big Rock and Full Package, connected by the familiarity of family, friendships and lovers, but can read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Max is the brother to Dr. Chase Summers (Full Package). Told from first person point of view (Max Summers) with intermittent ‘to do’ lists by Henley Marlowe JOY RIDE is a second chance (of sorts) for custom car builders Henley Marlowe and Max Summers. Five years earlier, apprenticing under Max Summers, Henley made an error with a custom build, and found herself unemployed at the hands of her mentor. Fast forward to present day, and Henley will come face to face with her past-Max Summers-one time boss, and now competitor in the world of custom cars. When a mutual client demands that both Henley and Max work together on a custom design, old sparks make way for new feelings but issues of trust and jealousy continue to come between our leading couple. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Henley and Max, and the potential fall out of a romantic relationship with your biggest rival. The relationship between Max and Henley is a frenemies to lovers, second chance story line for two people whose attraction to one another never went beyond boss and employee-a relationship hindered by angry words and forbidden dreams; a friendship destroyed by one man’s inability to look beyond his ego and demands. When Henley and Max are forced to work together their attraction to one another is palpable. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and intense. There is plenty of back and forth sexual innuendo adding some humorous moments to an entertaining story line. The secondary and supporting characters include Dr. Chase Summers, and his fiancée/wife Josie, Chase and Max’s sisters Mia, as well as Max’s neighbor and adventure tour company operator Patrick. Mia and Patrick’s story is next in Hard Wood (November 2017). The world building focuses on the passionate, fiery and flirty relationship; the rivalry between two competing garages; and the potential for a happily ever after between mentor and protégé, lovers and friends. JOY RIDE is a heartwarming, sexy and spicy; electrifying and playful story line. The premise is spirited, lighthearted and delightful; the characters are energetic and dynamic; the romance is intoxicating and passionate.