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Peek Inside Lust in Translation

Xavier gets an impromptu partner on his road trip and is surprised to find pushing the luscious Jaime’s buttons is more fun than he’s had in a long time.

Lust in Translation

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Jaime Cruz has a to-do list a mile long. She needs to get back to her hometown, find a new teaching position and a place to live, and ensure all the preparations for her sister’s big wedding go off perfectly. Good thing she’s organized and has a strict itinerary. But when her ride across country insists she have fun along the way, her plans and schedule go out the window…literarily and figuratively.

Workaholic Xavier Moreau is taking an uncharacteristic vacation to drive across America to see all the places his mother loved. He didn’t expect to have the world’s biggest backseat driver riding shotgun, but he can’t really refuse to take his best friend’s future sister-in-law with him when the wedding they’re both in is a shared destination. Pushing Jaime’s buttons is more fun than Xavier’s had in a long time, but getting the luscious control freak to let go soon has him questioning his own future.


“...really enjoyed this sweet, engaging romance. Good characters with plenty of emotional connections and some steamy scenes. Loved the chemistry between the two main characters and the way their relationship develops.” –Laurel C., Goodreads

“I loved every second of this quirky story!” –Danielle L., Goodreads

“Eeeek!! This book was SUCH A FUN READ!! This book was super fun and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a light hearted read.” –Fern’s Book Blog

“So enjoyed this story, the magnetic sparks flying and Xavier’s teasing sense of humour – I found myself smiling to myself whilst reading. Got to read some more of Jenna’s stories!” –Jenny D., NetGalley

“Loved this story and all the curves and touring the country with these two characters. Wow what a ride!” –Lori Z., Goodreads

“If you enjoy a story with a sexy main male character, a fun plot and a lot of heat, you will enjoy this one. It definitely is a fun "beach read" kind of book.” –Heather P., Goodreads

“Great summer / beach read. Makes you want to go on a road trip!” –Miranda S., NetGalley

“This was a fab story, I really enjoyed reading about their adventures in each different place. I couldn't put it down & read it in a day. Very much looking forward to reading more from this author!” –Rachel H., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640630574
Release Date: Sep 18, 2017
Page Count: 266
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: fling, forced proximity, road romance

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By Judy & Marianne from August 12, 2012

Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp...

A LASR Best Book!

What happens when you cross an organized high school teacher who wants to drive across the country in three days with a Frenchman who wants to enjoy the sights in three weeks? The answer is an unforgettable ride full of s ...more

By Danielle August 28, 2017

I loved every second of this quirky story! What happens when you go on a cross country road trip with a guy who is friend's with the groom, who's marrying your sister? Well, Jaime Cruz is about to find out!
Jamie is moving home, so she hatches a ride with Xavier Morea. They are driving from DC to Ore ...more

Kitty and Slick's reviews posted on Guilty Pleasures

Kitty's Review
I smiled from the beginning of this book to the end. What a wonderful read “Drive Me Crazy” was. Jamie and Xavier were fun, loving, and oh so sexy when she finally gave into him.

Jamie's attitude throughout the book was hysterical. She ...more

By Amelia October 06, 2012

4.5 stars

Jaime (or J'aime as Xavier calls her) is on her way to her younger sister's wedding. Her future bro-in-law's best friend, Xavier (yummy Frenchman) is her ride. A trip that should've taken only 3 days became almost 2 weeks as diversions pile on diversions.

The book started a little slow for m ...more

By Elizabeth September 25, 2017

Jaime has a lot going on. She's returning to her hometown, needs to find a job and a place to live, and oh yeah, make sure everything for her sister's upcoming wedding is on schedule. Phew, busy busy. Thank goodness she's always organized. But her ride across country, her future brother-in-law's bes ...more

By Valeen October 09, 2017

Lust in Translation is a sweet, sexy adventure.

Xavier is a total workaholic who has decided to take some time off to go across the US from DC to Oregon to complete his deceased mother's checklist. He really doesn't want to bring along a companion, but the last thing he can do is tell his best friend ...more

By Ayekah September 01, 2017

What a great story this was riding along across the country with the uptight Jaime who is leaving her life in DC to head back to Oregon, not enthusiastically with no car, no job and no place to live.
She's going back for her sister's wedding and waiting for her ride, the groom to be's best friend Xa ...more

By Sami August 28, 2017

4 fun and sexy stars!!!

Eeeek!! This book was SUCH A FUN READ!!

"This is an adventure. When was the last time you did something exciting? Something just to enjoy it?"

And that is exactly what this book was - an adventure! Jamie is a school teacher who ALWAYS follows the rules. Residing in D.C. ...more

By Beate October 25, 2012

Honestly, I never thought I'd end up loving this book. I was going to bump this one down my list, but then I sat there at the airport, just having finished a BDSM book that left a lot to be desired, and decided to find something cute. I'd just downloaded this one, and it looked promising so I figure ...more

By Marj August 05, 2012

I'd say the best thing about this book is xavier. He seemed like such a great guy - he's handsome, nice, hardworking yet knows how to have fun and he's funny and charming. No wonder she cant help but fall in love with him. Jaime on the other hand started uptight and boring and im glad that he was ...more

By Jaime March 20, 2013

This was such a cute story!! I loved it! My only complaint was that i wish there was an epilogue or a sequel or some sort so you know what happens! ...more

By Erin July 16, 2012

This was my first book by Jenna and I really enjoyed it. Found myself looking forward to getting back to it each night. Will definitely pick up more from her!

By Angie June 01, 2012

What a great story! Loved the characters and the story line. ...more

By Periwinklepsyche November 29, 2012

a book that will definitely drive you,adventurous,and naughty read!a combination of light and intense romance love story.thumbs up for Drive Me crazy! ...more

By Lisa Kay January 03, 2013

★★★½✩ ...more

By Emily May 11, 2012

"Wonderful story about not sweating the small stuff and enjoying life."

Full review on Single titles ...more

By Leigh July 19, 2012

Really fun read. Great backstory. No side characters, but that was okay because the h/h were very entertaining. Great sex scenes, especially Xavier's wet dream in the car, which was also hilarious. ...more

By Ruth June 08, 2012

This was a great book! ...more

By Jennifer☠Pher☠ October 28, 2012

4.5 - I really liked it a lot and it was free! ...more

By Eva September 19, 2017

lust in translation pits sightseeing-minded xavier moreau against destination-focused jaime cruz. she's tagging along with him on a cross-country drive to her sister's wedding in medford. they have two weeks to get there, but she's done the drive in three days. xavier who is visiting from france has ...more

By Bec November 05, 2017

Xavier Moreau is determined to have the vacation he wants and no-one is going to change his plans, especially not Jaime Cruz, even though all she wants to do is get back to her hometown quickly. Besides, driving across America gives him the chance to visit all the places his mother loved. Determined ...more

By Heather September 10, 2017

This book has both cursing (including f-bombs) and a lot of on-screen sex. If those things will cause you to leave a bad review, this is definitely not the book for you.

The core of this story was really pretty sweet and I enjoyed watching Xavier and Jamie getting to know one another and having fun t ...more

By Bigred6126 June 02, 2020

I get bookbub emails that recommend books I might like. This is one of the books that caught my eye. I was going to read it in KU and accidentally bought it. I decided to keep it, the blurb was interesting. I'm glad I did. This is a great romance story. It's funny and exciting.
There is a lot of info ...more

By Bella September 27, 2017

So this one is a funny sweet story between french and american who is not. I loved this multi couture thing and that characters were speaking in they native language. The writing was great and so were the both POV Jamie and Xavier. I loved how Xavier call Jamie J’amie and their story is really diffe ...more

By Lori August 03, 2019

Xavier and Jamie had such an immediate and hot connection. I thoroughly enjoyed him pushing her out of her comfort zone. And he did, many times. It was quite cute, romantic, and a very sexy. He definitely brought out her wild side. But they fit together. I enjoyed how they took their time to get to ...more

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Jenna Bayley-Burke

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Jenna Bayley-Burke

By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound...but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply bandaids, clean up puke...wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dog.

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