Sep 23

Park Avenue Player by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward Review


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It started out like any normal day.

Then the fender bender happened.

The guy I collided with drove an expensive car and was drop-dead gorgeous.  Too bad he was also a total jerk.  We argued over whose fault it was and any other thing that came out of his condescending mouth.

Eventually, the police came and we went our separate ways.  The insurance companies would have to figure things out.  I had a job interview to get to anyway—one I was excited about.

Though that excitement changed to disappointment the moment the person interviewing me walked in.  The guy from the accident.


Yeah, so I didn’t get the position.

The problem was, I really wanted it. No, I needed it. Anything to get me out of my current career and back into working with kids.

So, even though Hollis LaCroix was as intimidating as he was devastatingly handsome, I went back to see him and begged for a chance.

To my surprise, he gave me a shot taking care of his troubled niece.

At least my attraction to him wouldn’t be able to go anywhere. I wasn’t about to jeopardize my job or the strong bond Hailey and I formed.

But resisting the magnetic pull between us wasn’t that simple. (Then there was our little underwear game—don’t ask.)

We continued to flirt without crossing the line—until it finally happened.

This is the part of the story where we fall in love and live happily ever after, right?

Well, life has a way of throwing some major curveballs.

Ours was one I didn’t see coming.

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I love Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward individually, both authors are fantastic, but their collaborative works are truly special love stories. The yin to each other’s yang, their words blend together seamlessly, effortlessly transitioning between their writing styles and meshing into addictive, unputdownable stories. Every. Single. Time. This pairing is brilliant, simply magical, and I can’t get enough of them.

Park Avenue Player, a standalone novel in the same vein as Cocky Bastard and Stuck-Up Suit, is the latest co-written novel from Keeland and Ward, and I absolutely loved it. A mash-up of the enemies-to-lovers and boss/nanny tropes, the plot was fresh and original. I was all-in with Hollis and Elodie’s story from the moment their worlds—literally—collided. Keeland and Ward penned a unique, creative love story here featuring a couple who had both been burned by love in the past and each had their own trust issues. Hollis was a bit of a prickly hero, but he quickly stole my heart, and Elodie was my favorite kind of heroine—whip-smart, funny and confident. This couple bickered and bantered their way through a good portion of the book resulting in crackling chemistry and sizzling sexual tension, and those interactions were the fuel firing the slow-burn build-up of their romance.

But Hollis and Elodie’s story was so much more than a simple love story. Keeland and Ward treated readers to a moving, beautiful romance in Park Avenue Player that was hard-fought and, at times, heart-wrenching yet still managed to be hopeful and occasionally humorous.

Park Avenue Player is the full package of endearing characters ensconced in an engaging, emotional storyline that ran me through the wringer but spit me out whole. A completely engrossing page-turner that I simply did not want to put down, I swooned, sobbed and snickered my way through this book in a day.  Five smooches from me for Park Avenue Player by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward!

~Danielle Palumbo




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