Jul 08

All Grown Up by Vi Keeland Review


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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.
Ford was seated at the bar. When he turned around, he took my breath away.
His sexy smile nearly melted my panties. 
But…he looked so familiar
As I got closer I realized why. 
He was the son of the neighbor at our family’s summer home. 
The boy next door.
Only now…he was all man. 
I hadn’t seen him in years.
I left the restaurant and planned to put the entire crazy thing behind me. 
Which I did. Until summer came.
And guess who decided to use his family’s summer home this year? 

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I always know when I crack open a Vi Keeland book that I’m going to get a witty, banter-filled, sexy romance that I don’t want to end, and All Grown Up was exactly that kind of story. I’ll be honest, an older heroine and younger hero isn’t one of my top favorite tropes. I think maybe it’s because while I can joke about it, I’m not sure I’d actually go there in reality.

But Ford Donovan was not your typical 25-year-old hero. Greek God gorgeous, he was also wise beyond his years. He was incredibly mature, and in this particular dynamic, he was more experienced than the heroine, Valentina. I loved this hero from the moment I met him, and it was easy to see why Val had a hard time resisting him. Val, on the other hand, is fresh off a divorce from her high school sweetheart, the only relationship she’s ever had and the one that made her a mother as a teenager.

The chemistry between Val and Ford is undeniable, though Val gives it a valiant effort to do so. But it was so much more than that, they had a real and genuine connection, the kind that is rare and special. The heat between this couple, the sheer passion crackling between them, was not something that could be ignored. Val struggled mightily with not only with their age difference, but also with the fact that he was the boy next door. Try as she might, though, she could never really make the “boy” label stick to Ford because he was very much a man. I couldn’t get enough of his patient but persistent pursuit of Val, and while it took her a little longer to wrap her head around it, Val matured a lot through this book, and I enjoyed seeing her come into her own.

Keeland gave her readers an incredible story in All Grown Up. I loved everything about this seemingly unlikely couple’s sexy, swoon-worthy, heart-tugging journey to happily ever after. Five smooches from me for All Grown Up by Vi Keeland.

~Danielle Palumbo





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