Friday, September 27, 2019

Park Avenue Player by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland


A Standalone Contemporary Romance
New York TimesBestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland


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 reallywanted it. No, I neededit. 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.

5 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane

I always wonder how authors collaborate and write a book together. Sometimes you read a book by two authors and it's like you can almost tell which part each wrote. Not the case with Vi and Penelope. The story lines flow and for the life of me if I didn't know it was the writings of two word ninjas, I wouldn't have believed it.

Hollis LaCroix and Elodie Atlier meet in the most unconventional way. Their cars go bump and their owners have over the top reactions. They both feel some connection, but their anger gets in the way. Elodie shakes it off as she's on her way to a job interview. Her friend Bri saw an advertisement for a nanny position and urged Elodie to apply. Anything would be better than the way Elodie has been making a living and she really needs to nail this interview.

You know where this is leading. Of course, the interview is with Hollis. He might think she's beautiful, but he writes her off as not haven't enough experience to qualify her to care for his niece.
He's pompous and overbearing. They just seem to rub each other the wrong way. Elodie knows this interview was a disaster, and Hollis makes it clear she's not getting the job.

But fate and the wiles of his niece, Hailey open up a door for Elodie. Who humbles herself so Hollis will give her a chance. He's intrigued by her but she offers little in the way of her job experience.

That's the basic facts. No spoilers there. That doesn't begin to scratch the surface for this story. As usual the characters are hilarious and their back and forth is so entertaining. But there is a lot of heartbreak here too. I was surprised by the unexpected paths I was following. I thought the path was leading one place, but nope these two authors never fail to crack a few eggs while scrambling up their books.

Go in blind, jump in with both feet and just breathe.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.



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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.


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