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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!” –JennyD., 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 Danielle from Short and Sassy 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... ...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... ...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 fri... ...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... ...more

By Fern's Book Blog 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 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... ...more

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. Determi... ...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 fu... ...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 di... ...more

By Victoria September 21, 2017

Please note: I received a copy of LUST IN TRANSLATION from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.

Five stars and here’s why:

Hella-hot, sexy scenes and great writing! **fans herself** Jaime and Xavier are forced to travel to a wedding together and the end... ...more

By Heather August 27, 2017

Xavier tries to be a persuasive man, "his brows knit together. “It’s for me, not public viewing. I want something to look at while I talk you into phone ***.” He gave a you-know-you-want-to grin and reached for her hand." Xavier likes to give his girl high praise:
“I’m so proud of me right now.”... ...more

By Laurel August 26, 2017

I was given an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and independent review.
I 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 devleo... ...more

By Love V December 01, 2017

It took me awhile to be pulled into this book, it was kind of slow and did not pull me in right away.
However, I did like the fun road trip with Jamie & Xavier and how they both brought out a different side to each other. I felt that the ending was slightly rushed and more could be added. But... ...more

By Shelved September 01, 2017

I received this book free from Netgalley. I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice light, fun, happy ending type of read. I always enjoy a good "enemies to lovers" type of story. Nothing that I was really not expecting, but fun none the less. I will definitely look for more by this author. ...more

By Jacki September 11, 2017

This is my first book by Jenna Bayley-Burke.

What I liked:
The writing style
The characters

I look forward to reading more from this author.
I voluntarily received an ARC from NetGalley. ...more

By Ann (Fanni Ann) September 18, 2017

Great characters and engaging storyline, the chemistry between the two, Jaime and Xavier, was good, a really enjoyable romance, couldn't put it down

I received an ARC from Netgalley and voluntarily leave my own opinion ...more

By roy suarez October 01, 2017

One way itinerary with lust

This is a gripping story of sexual male dominance of sexual relations between two people who don't know what they want and then she has a gripping sexual relations with her driver


By Kris November 03, 2017

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ...more

By Tami August 27, 2017


Nice story. 'New to me" author I will be following from now on.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more

By Donna October 29, 2017

This might be my favorite road trip book ever. Wonderful characters, great dialogue, hot sex... And just enough travel detail that I felt I was taking the trip with them. Loved it. ...more

By Rachel September 16, 2017

Jaime is moving back home jobless, homeless & single but first she has to get through her sister's wedding.

Xavier is the groom's best friend & agrees to drive Jaime home for the wedding in 3 weeks time.

There is instant attraction on both sides but Jaime just wants to make the 3 day drive... ...more

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3.74 avg Goodreads.com rating
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. http://www.jennabayleyburke.com/

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