|Sadie, you know that what you were doing was a very bad idea …. but gosh I – as a reader can fully understand why you did it. Oh, and the word you were looking for is “Betrüger” – so yeah not a great idea … but as I said I fully understand how it happened …
Vi and Penelope made you do it – you didn’t stand a chance against these two – when they pick up their pens – the book character has no choice but to follow them on a wild ride.
This time it was like that movie – with the skyscraper – where the father is …. ahm – no actually I am not going to further follow that thought out loud because – while there might be similarities – this here is probably what the book would have been before they made it into that film – because it is soooo much better … hahahahha
Still, this book was somehow a more quiet version of the writing we are used to from these two authors – it had almost a feeling of reflection to me – I can not describe it any better.
The banter we are always looking forward to was there just different and maybe not as much or as loud.
Maybe it was the touch of Christmas I felt … not sure … but the whole setting made me feel warm inside – and I think that’s actually a great thing right now.
I loved both characters a lot – but to say this book had only two leads – would do all the other characters in this book injustice as the secondary characters here were also really great. –
May I complain about one thing? I have to say I miss the special appearances of certain “things” …. and I would love to have them back at the end of the stories as they were like a connection that always made me remember very fondly my first meeting with the characters from their joined pen power… I am not sure if this is a spoiler …. so I will not be goating you any further …. #innocent look…
In total, I am fully convinced that lovers of this writing duo will adore this book. I would suggest buying the book and maybe to start reading it a little closer to Christmas … on a cold weekend when you have some time for undisturbed reading … under a blanket with some tea or coffee and cookies … – yes you will def crave cookies…
|All Grown Up|
|July 8th 2019|
|A new, sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.
When I first encountered Ford Donovan, I had no idea who he was…well, other than the obvious. Young, gorgeous, successful, smart. Did I mention young? If I did, it bears repeating. Ford Donovan was too young for me.
Let’s back up to how it all started. My best friend decided I needed to start dating again. So, without my knowledge, she set up a profile for me on a popular dating site—one that invited men ages twenty-one to twenty-seven to apply for a date. Those nicknamed Cunnilingus King were told they’d go straight to the top for consideration. The profile wasn’t supposed to go live. Another point that bears repeating—it wasn’t supposed to.
Nevertheless, that’s how I met Ford, and we started messaging. He made me laugh; yet I was adamant that because of his age, we could only be friends. But after weeks of wearing me down, I finally agreed to one date only—my first after twenty years of being with my high school sweetheart. I knew it couldn’t last, but I was curious about him.
Though, you know what they say…curiosity kills the cat.
My legs wobbled walking into the restaurant.
If I would bring down this book to one line or even one word it would be PERCEPTION. It is all about that right ? Everywhere we go and with everything we do. I always avoided books that had a huge age gap in their plot between the leads. Not because I think it is a problem but simply because I always place myself into the story to feel them and I could not see myself in that role. In my case especially the “daddy” thing – (meaning young woman older man) – but when one of “my” top authors comes around with that subject well I cannot resist …. So I took a leap of faith that Ms. Keeland would pull me into it … and what can I say … she did it …
As I said it is always about perception – why is it ok in our society if a young woman has an older husband ? Well the guy would get backslapping. It would only be frowned upon if the age gap would be so huge that there would be rumors about a marriage for money in awaiting the impending death. But the only comment you get when an older women is interested in a younger man is “Mrs. Robinson” – WHY? I asked myself that question before and could not come up with a reasonable answer. And even worse when I started reading “All Grown up” I was irritated with myself because I could totally understand the feelings of the female lead. Her shock and hesitation …
But this author worked magic and with the flow of the story my thoughts started changing and I could feel myself getting into the characters. As usual Vi Keeland writes her characters so beautiful it almost hurts. And what is special about her writing is that they are equally beautiful and deep in their development.
Slowly but surely this author secured her place in my top 20 go-to-one-click-authors. If you haven’t read anything from her I can only advise to remedy asap. – just check her books for a plot you like and go for it. I truly wonder at this point what else she might be able to sell to me that I normally would not read …
But let me again come back to PERCEPTION … read this book and learn from it … learn not to care what other people think and follow your heart …
Reading “the Rivals” by Vi Keeland made me think a lot about Hard Limits.
Do you have Hard Limits when it comes to reading books?
I am thinking of stuff like “cheating” and similar… – well I have – for one there is cheating … and the other big one is the need of a “HEA” – and while the “HEA” is a clear one – already the lines around “cheating” are blurry at times.
Until now it never even crossed my mind that Hate and Sex might also be a hard limit for me – not on their own but when they join forces and become HATE-SEX. I read tons of enemy to lovers’ books but still, I was really thinking very hard with all the stuff I read (and trust me I read a LOT) if I ever encountered a book before today where I could really feel the hate of two persons having sex.
Vi Keeland actually made me feel the hate – and the confusion about the sex of the main leads. And while I definitely made up my mind that this is a hard limit for me – I also could not stop reading in this specific case as it was Ms. Keeland making me feel al these things while following the journey of Weston and Sophia.
And it was interesting to experience how my thoughts about the characters changed while reading. While I struggled to understand how two persons can hate each other that much in the beginning – during reading that transformed to an understanding that if the hate is based on something that is ingrained in you from birth and not by personal choice anything can become relative when the chemistry between to persons is strong.
This is really a great example of a book where the right kind of writing can change your mind about almost every kind of plot or hard limit. (I repeat ALMOST because for some plot’s I personally have not found the book to do that but probably just because non of my go-to authors have attempted to write them)
So I would like to give 5 stars to “The Rivals” by Vi Keeland for a book that made me feel hate and that surprised me a lot. For writing a believable journey from enemy to lovers – well done …
When I first started ro read the books from Vi Keeland, I was nervous and excited at the same time. And what can I say… every book and every story was worth it. I can assure you, that they were like an rollercoaster of emotions. Like crying and laughing at the same time.
So when my friend asked me, if I wanted to read another book from Vi Keeland, I of course, couldn’t resist.
Well… what did I get myself into?!
But let’s start at beginning.
Sophia Sterling. A wonderful young woman, who knows how to handle the men in her life. She is a strong, independent person. She knows what she wants and how to get it.
Until she has to work with her enemy.
Weston Lockwood. A sexy, dark alpha. He also knows what he wants. Especially from Sophia. He knows how to handle her, and of course to satisfy her. But he is also a big mystery. And the more he gets into Sophia, the more he learns about himself too.
They both have to find a way to make things work between them. And the way they handle the fights between them is so intense and funny at the same time.
The story writing is so perfect. Not that I expect anything less than perfect or phenomenal from Vi Keeland.
Even some dialogues were so deep, that it might changed my point of view on some things in life. And that will mean something. They are only a few books that could do that to me.
So be prepared to another rollercoaster of emotions while you read this book. You will cry, you will laugh and you definitely will not get disappointed.
That’s why I don’t have any chance than to leave 5 Stars.
Be ready ’cause ‘War has never been so sexy’
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