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Jul 24

The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland Review

5 SMOOCHES!

SYNOPSIS:

From #1 New York Times Bestseller Vi Keeland, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

It was just a typical Monday.

Until the big boss asked me to make the pitch for a prospective new client.

After two years on shaky ground at work because of my screw up, an opportunity to impress the senior partners was just what I needed.

Or so I thought…

Until I walked into the conference room and collided with the man I was supposed to pitch.

My coffee spilled, my files tumbled to the ground, and I almost lost my balance.

And that was the good part of my day.

Because the gorgeous man crouched down and looking at me like he wanted to eat me alive, was none other than my ex, Gray Westbrook.

A man who I’d only just begun to move on from.

A man who my heart despised—yet my body obviously still had other ideas about.

A man who was as charismatic and confident as he was sexy.

Somehow, I managed to make it through my presentation ignoring his intense stare.

Although it was impossible to ignore all the dirty things he whispered into my ear right after I was done.

But there was no way I was giving him another chance, especially now that he was a client
…was there?

REVIEW:

I’m nursing one heck of a book hangover courtesy of Vi Keeland and The Naked Truth right now. Keeland has landed on my top favorites list – twice – in 2017, and while it may only be July, I’m already sweating the end of this year just thinking about attempting to pick my favorites amongst the fantastic books she’s released in 2018. Unputdownable, all-consuming love stories that I could barely tear myself away from, every single one of Vi’s books left me still thinking about the characters and their stories days later. Every. Single. One.

Hooked from page one, The Naked Truth drew me in with a perfectly paced plot punctuated with witty, snappy banter that was its own form of foreplay. This couple had an unconventional history—there was no “meet-cute” here. Told in present day, Keeland very effectively builds their backstory for the reader through flashbacks where I felt their longing for and attraction to each other. Gray charges back into Layla’s life, and she never stood a chance against this man’s sheer determination. At first glance he’s cocky and arrogantly sure of himself, but once the author began pulling back his layers, readers saw hints of vulnerability in him that balanced out that confidence and made Gray an irresistible hero. Layla was a perfect match for this man—whip smart, sassy and not afraid to go toe-to-toe with him.

The push and pull of this relationship was delicious, and this couple’s chemistry in every single one of their interactions lit up the page. In true Keeland fashion, though, she didn’t make this second-chance romance a slam-dunk for them, though. They had to work for their happily ever after—trust had to be rebuilt, and as if that weren’t enough, Vi had lessons for them to learn and battles for them to best along the way. The addition of interesting side characters rounded out a what was already a fantastic story into something truly special.

A steamy love story with hefty doses of emotion and well-timed punches of humor, Keeland delivered an addictive, passionate romance in The Naked Truth that I simply did not want to put down. Five smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo

 

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