|Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
|October 25th 2021|
|From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a new, sexy standalone novel.
It all started with a bet.
|Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
|October 25th 2021|
|From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a new, sexy standalone novel.
It all started with a bet.
|July 12th 2021|
|Before I even met Donovan Decker, I knew his shoe size.
You see, I’d gone away for a few days, and in my haste to get out of the airport, I’d grabbed the wrong suitcase.
After checking out the expensive footwear and tailored clothes, I dialed the number on the luggage tag hoping maybe Mister Big Spender might have my bag. A deep, velvety voice answered, and as luck would have it, he had my suitcase, too.
Donovan and I met at a coffee shop to do the exchange. Turned out, it wasn’t just his voice that was sexy. The man holding my luggage was absolutely gorgeous, and we had an immediate spark.
He got me to admit that I’d snooped in his bag and then convinced me to make it up to him by letting him buy me coffee. Coffee led to dinner, dinner led to dessert, and dessert led to spending an entire weekend together. Donovan wasn’t just handsome with a panty-dropping voice. He was also funny, smart, and surprisingly down to earth for a man who wore seven-hundred-dollar shoes.
Did I mention he also did my laundry while I slept?
Definitely too good to be true.
So what did I do to repay him for his kindness?
I waited until he was in the shower, then ghosted him.
My life was too complicated for such a great guy.
In the months that passed, I thought about Donovan often. But New York City had eight million people, so what were the chances I’d run into him? Then again, what were the chances I’d run into him a year later…when I’d just started dating his boss?
|January 17th 2016|
|From New York Times & USA Today Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.
Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Author’s note – The Baller is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
|July 13th 2020|
|The feud between Weston Lockwood and me started at the altar.
Only neither of us attended the wedding, and the nuptials happened decades before either of us was born.
Our grandfathers had been best friends and business partners, at least up until my grandfather’s wedding day—when his bride-to-be blurted out she couldn’t marry him because she was also in love with Weston‘s grandfather.
The two men spent years fighting over Grace Copeland, who also happened to be their third business partner. But in the end, neither man could steal half of her heart away from the other.
Eventually, they all went their separate ways. Our grandfathers married other women, and the two men became one of the biggest business rivals in history.
Our fathers continued the family tradition of feuding. And then Weston and I did, too.
For the most part, we kept as much distance as possible.
Until the day the woman who started the feud died—and unexpectedly left one of the most valuable hotels in the world to our grandfathers to share.
Now I’m stuck in a hotel with the man I was born to hate, trying to unravel the mess our families inherited.
As usual, it didn’t take long for us to be at each other’s throats.
Weston Lockwood was everything I hated: tall, smart, cocky, and too gorgeous for his own good. We were fire and ice.
But that shouldn’t be an issue. Our families were used to being at war. There was just one minor problem, though. Every time Weston and I fought, we somehow wound up in bed.
|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 …
|January 18th 2021|
|The first time I met Hudson Rothschild was at a wedding. I’d received an unexpected invitation to one of the swankiest venues in the city.
Hudson was a groomsman and quite possibly the most gorgeous man I’d ever laid eyes on. He asked me to dance, and our chemistry was off the charts.
I knew it wasn’t a good idea to get involved with him, considering the wedding I was at. But our connection was intense, and I was having a great time.
Though the fun came to a screeching halt when Hudson figured out I wasn’t who I’d said I was. You see, that unexpected invitation I received? Well, it hadn’t actually been addressed to me—it was sent to my ex-roommate who’d bounced a check for two months’ rent and moved out in the middle of the night. I figured she owed me an expensive night out, but I guess, technically, I was crashing the wedding.
Once caught, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. As I bolted for the door, I might’ve plucked a few bottles of expensive champagne off the tables I passed, all while the gorgeous, angry groomsman was hot on my tail.
Outside, I jumped into a taxi. My heart ricocheted against my ribs as we drove down the block—but at least I’d escaped unscathed.
Or so I thought.
Until I realized I’d left my cell phone behind at the table.
Take one guess who found it?
This is the crazy story of how Hudson Rothschild and I met. But trust me, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
A new, sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.
Books are my escape from reality and except trying to be safe that is pretty much the most important thing to me just now.
Any minute that you can spend with books is precious – always has been and always will be.
And I have a bunch of authors in my “go-to” circle that actually keep me sane. Vi Keeland is one of them. No matter if she writes alone or together with Penelope Ward.
I am wondering what I could tell you about Vi’s books that has not been said before in any of my other reviews.
The plot is actually simple on the surface. “Woman crashes wedding and gets caught” But with a good plotter like Vi nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
Her writing is flawless and just what you will want to have in your hands when you sit down on a rainy and cold Sunday afternoon. You will start reading and you will be sucked into the story within minutes.
And even though in case of ” The Invitation” – I pretty much had figured things out early – it did not bother me at all.
It might not be the edgiest story Vi has ever written but it sure was the right one for me at this moment.
I also suggest keeping chocolate close when reading …
|Happily Letter After|
|Vi Keeland , Penelope Ward|
|October 20th 2020|
|y love story all started with a letter.
Only it wasn’t from the man I’d eventually fall in love with. It was from his daughter. A sweet little girl named Birdie Maxwell who’d written to the magazine that I worked for.
You see, once a year, my employer fulfilled a few wishes for readers. Only that column didn’t start up again for months.
So I fulfilled some of her wishes myself. It was harmless…so I thought. Until one day I took things too far.
While anonymously granting yet another of Birdie’s wishes, I got a look at her father. Her devastatingly handsome, single dad father.
I should have stopped playing fairy godmother then. I should have left well enough alone. But I just couldn’t help myself. I had a connection to this girl. One that had me acting irrationally.
Like showing up on their doorstep.
|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…
|My Favorite Souvenir|
|Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland|
|April 27th 2020|
|My planned trip for two unexpectedly turned into a trip for one. Rather than let my breakup get me down, I packed my bags and decided a week at a luxury resort was just what I needed.
But one calamity after the next, and suddenly I was stuck without a hotel room, along with a few hundred other people.
It looked like my fancy vacation was about to turn into me sleeping on the hotel lobby floor.
Until I overheard a gorgeous man pretending to be someone he wasn’t in order to steal a reservation from a guest who hadn’t shown up yet.
When I realized there were two rooms, instead of calling him out, I pretended to be his sister. That’s how the story of “Milo and Maddie Hooker” began.
We were the Hookers.
My depressing trip quickly made a U-turn into an adventure.
My fake brother spent the next few days showing me around his hometown. When it was time to leave, neither of us really wanted to go yet.
So, instead of flying back to our respective homes, we ventured on a road trip.
At every stop, we’d pick up souvenirs.
But as hot as our chemistry was, we never crossed the line.
Milo knew I’d just come out of a tough relationship and didn’t want to mess with a vulnerable woman.
So instead, at the end of our trip, we made a pact to meet again in three months.
It was always my intention to meet him.
But when I got back home, reality hit in a big way.
And I worried I may have lost my handsome stranger forever.
Was there a place for him in my future?
Or had the memory of him just become my favorite souvenir?
|“My Favorite Souvenir” by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland was a great yet slightly different read than what I am used to from this author duo. I loved the dialogues and the banter and the characters were wonderful – and at times I was laughing really hard. For that alone, the 5 stars are save
Yet in comparison to all the other books of that duo it had a slightly heavy taste due to the sort of character triangle that developed. There was no cheating – no misunderstanding – only the way the story is told – I as a reader developed this feeling as IF there was something very heavy hanging over the plot. It sort of reminded me of the heavy feeling I had when reading Cocky Bastard even if the reasons were totally different.
But within the story, the reader will also find all the things that the fans love when reading books by these two authors.
I have no idea how these two authors share the parts – when writing the books but it always feels to me as if you could tell.
Also I would love to be a fly on the wall when these two brainstorm and come up with their book ideas
As all previous books – I loved this one and recommend it to lovers of well-developed characters that value great banter and chemistry between the
But I have to be absolutely honest it is no my favorite book from them.leads.
If you have never read a book by this duo you could start with this one – but if you ask me for a recommendation where to start – I would say “at the beginning” even if they are not connected I would still recommend starting with “cocky bastard” and go from there.
I personally cannot wait to see what they come up with next.
|January 20th 2020|
|A new, sexy standalone novel from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.
Terminated for inappropriate behavior.
I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands.
Nine years. Nine damn years I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba.
All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friends—a private video made on my private time. Or so I thought…
Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices.
I didn’t think he’d actually respond.
I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk.
Eventually, he realized I’d been wronged and made sure I got my job back.
Only…it wasn’t the only thing Grant Lexington wanted to do for me.
But there was no way I was getting involved with my boss’s boss’s boss. Even if he was ridiculously gorgeous, confident, and charming.
It would be completely wrong, inappropriate even.
Sort of like the video that got me into trouble to begin with.
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
But sometimes it’s twice as fun.
|OK I give up …. And by that I mean that from now on I’ll not only add the writing duo “Ward/Keeland” to my 1Click list but also Vi Keeland on her own. I am one lucky Girl being able to read “Inappropriate” this early and what can I say? Except … “GO BUY THAT BOOK” – ?
Well I can say that it was easy to get lost in that book … the thing is – I knew I was going to love the writing style but the question mark is always on the subject of the book itself. And this one is one of the deeper ones which I did not expect when reading the blurb … but after a few chapters I had a certain feeling …. Sometimes you simply KNOW.
The difficulty is how to write something without giving away anything. What I can tell you is that this book is a prime example for when a reader will fall in love with a fictional character. Because while there was a lot of banter, great chemistry, a solid backstory and a really hot male lead – there is also the same amount of depth and emotion.
Everything you need for a rainy day read.
|The Summer Proposal|
|January 10th 2022|
The first time I met Max Yearwood was on a blind date.
Max was insanely gorgeous, funny, and our chemistry was off the charts. He also had the biggest dimples I’d ever laid eyes on.
Exactly what I needed after my breakup.
Or so I thought…
Until my real date arrived.
Turned out, Max wasn’t who I was there to meet. He only pretended to be until my real date showed up.
To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
Before he left, he slipped me a ticket to a hockey game a few blocks away, in case things didn’t work out on my actual date.
I tossed the ticket into my purse and went about trying to enjoy the man I was supposed to meet.
But my real blind date and I had no connection.
So on my way home, I decided to take a chance and stop by the game.
When I arrived, the seat next to me was empty.
Disappointed again, I decided to leave at the end of the period.
Just before the buzzer, one of the teams scored, and the entire arena went crazy.
A player’s face flashed up on the Jumbotron. He was wearing a helmet, but I froze when he smiled.
You guessed it: Dimples.
Apparently, my fake blind date hadn’t invited me to watch hockey with him, he’d invited me to watch him play.
And so began my adventure with Max Yearwood.
He was everything I needed at the time—fun, sexy, up for anything, and only around for a few months since he’d signed with a new team three-thousand miles away.
Max proposed we spend the summer helping me forget my ex. It sounded like a good plan. Things couldn’t get too serious when we had an expiration date. Right?
Though, you know what they say about the best-laid plans.
The Summer Proposal by Vi Keeland was a very enjoyable read. It was the Keeland-Style that I love so much. From the beginning to the very end it was real, it was sexy, it was love. Perfect!
You get never dissapointed when you read Vi Keelands storys. The conversations, the scenery, the characters. It feels like you’re part of the story. When you read the books from Keeland, you know what I mean. This is no different. You fell in love with Max on the very first pages.
I always root for these books. I can’t wait for another book from Vi Keeland. There are always 5 stars.