A new standalone novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Vi Keeland
The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office.
I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.
He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.
Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.
Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.
Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated.
Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent.
I was swindled out of ten grand.
The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place.
I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.
I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.
The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages.
The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.
And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.
This book was so much fun!! I’ve read a few books by Vi Keeland, and I’ve enjoyed them all, but this one is definitely my favorite by her! She always gives her readers a well-written, well-developed witty and sexy story, so it’s no surprise that Egomaniac was all of that. In the very beginning of the book, Ms. Keeland quotes an unknown by stating “Sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all.” It’s been a weird book week for me, a bit hung over from another book, I just couldn’t make up my mind what I wanted to read so I was relieved when this landed on my Kindle making the decision for me. Turns out that what I was looking for was this book!
“You’re really a giant egomaniac.”
“So I’ve been told.”
The book is titled Egomaniac, so obviously the hero, Drew, was going to be a cocky, arrogant, full-of-himself alpha-hole. I totally expected that going in, and Drew didn’t disappoint. A seriously jaded divorce attorney, Drew was a giant, well, egomaniac. But see, the thing is he had his reasons, and even though I’m loathe to dismiss his sometimes boorish and always crass behavior, I can admit that they were valid. The thing is that wasn’t all there was to him. As the book unfolds, Drew’s story is told and my heart hurt for him. Underneath all his egotistical overconfidence is something else entirely. I liked that guy—I really, really liked him, and I loved the way he was with Emerie.
“Some of the best times in life come from bad ideas.”
I loved Emerie. She was the exact opposite of Drew not only professionally, as a saver of marriages to his severer of them, but also with her sunny outlook, her positive attitude and her faith and belief in relationships. Emerie relocated from Oklahoma to New York City, to be closer to the man she was in love with, a man who never saw her as more than a friend. A bit naïve, Emerie soon learns some hard truths when she’s swindled out of her life savings, leaving her broke and officeless. It’s on that day, what is arguably the worst day of her life, that Emerie meets Drew and even as her professional world is imploding around her, she still manages to charm him with her quirky sense of humor, her mad Krav Maga skills and her fantastic ass. In a completely uncharacteristic turn of events, Drew makes her an offer she cannot refuse, and they strike a deal to temporarily share Drew’s office space. It isn’t long before they’re sharing more than just an office together.
“Maybe, just maybe, neither one of us had found the right one before now…because we hadn’t met each other yet.”
What starts out as a flirty and fun friendship, quickly builds into much more as the simmering attraction between them bubbles right there under the surface. Taking the time to get to know each other, a solid foundation of friendship was laid before they took it any further. Once they crossed that line, though, there was no going back. They were explosively hot together! So, so sexy together and don’t even get me started on that filthy, dirty mouth on him. I was swept up into this surprisingly sweet relationship right along with Drew and Emerie. For such an anti-relationship guy, Drew slid right into one with Emerie like it was his favorite pair of slippers. He had some serious trust issues to work out, and the drama of his conniving, miserable ex was an ever-present reminder to him not to do so easily. But in his most difficult moments, Emerie’s patience and kindness worked their magic on him.
“You’re the red in my black and white world.”
I loved this book! Vi Keeland does the cocky, arrogant hero so well, but Drew was special. His story made my heart ache and had my blood boiling for him. As funny as it was sexy, this was also a sweet and romantic love story that I just could not put down. Vi Keeland’s Egomaniac gets five smooches from me!
~ Danielle Palumbo