Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review Blitz: Ego Maniac by 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.


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4. 5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane
I don’t think I have read anything from Vi Keeland that I didn’t want to make love to-that’s how crazy I am about this woman’s writing. Egomaniac is another fantastic read in a long line of fantastic reads from this author. 

High powered attorney, Drew Jagger returns to his New York office after being away in Hawaii for two weeks. His office is being renovated and it’s still under construction. Emerie Rose has just moved from Oklahoma, paid ten thousand dollars in a deposit and rent for her new office. She’s a psychologist and she’s opening up her new practice in Drew’s space. Only she thinks she is-she’s been swindled. But a guy named John Cougar. And she paid him in cash. The hits just keep coming for her. Now she has to deal with the arrogant, pompous ass who really owns the space. Just shoot her and put her out of her misery.  

I no longer have an office. 

I’ve given all of my patients my new address.

My head spun.

Where will I go?

What will I do for a security deposit even if I find someplace new on short notice?
 Drew feels badly for Emerie and offers to take her to the police station the next day to see if anything can be done to catch this guy. But then Emerie’s bad luck streak continues. Turns out years ago, she went skinny dipping on a date and got arrested for indecent exposure. She never paid the citation and now she has to face the court system. Drew represents her, has to work out a deal he wouldn’t want to admit to with an opposing counsel out for his blood. 

I shook my head. “What do you want, Kierra?”

“You want your client home tonight. I want something in return.”
Emerie is indebted to him. They work out a deal where she will work for his as his PA while being able to keep her practice and her office equipment in his space. This is a great temporary fix for her.  

When Emerie admits the real reason she came to New York Drew can hardly believe it. Seems she followed Baldwin, the guy she’s crushed on for years. He’s friend zoned her, but they two moved next door to each other in New York. He’s a professor and is trying to get her an adjunct position. Unfortunately, that’s the only position he’s trying to get. He dates like crazy, and now has a new girlfriend. Emerie has never admitted her feelings to him but Drew tried to tell her, he is more than aware of them. He’s playing her. Of course, she doesn’t believe it.

I sighed. “Why is it so easy for you to see it, but Baldwin seems to be clueless?”
“He ain’t clueless. He knows. But for one reason or another, he isn’t letting you know he knows.”

The banter between Emerie and Drew is hysterical. Drew is ultra-sophisticated, gorgeous and rich. He takes Emerie under his wing. They could not be more different. Drew makes his very lucrative living by representing men fighting off scheming spouses out to get large divorce settlements. Emerie counsels couples on how to make their relationships work. Polar opposites. And works. 

“You have three seconds to get out of my office. Otherwise you’re giving me permission to do whatever I want to you.”
Drew may just do casual hook ups, but these days he is trying to make an effort with Emerie. There's a sweet side to this ruthless lawyer that only she sees. 
Bag on counter. Got you some girly bath stuff. Remote to tub jets in bag, too. Happy belated birthday. Enjoy your day. P.S. Motrin in medicine cabinet.

 Drew has baggage. Enough to incur big fees at airports. He is jaded by a past relationships and does the dance in order to keep the peace. Now that part frustrated the hell out of me! This guy is too damn nice and will go to no expense to keep his ex from pulling her she devils strings and making him even more miserable. Agghh..

This is a guy who's putting in the time and work to make this more than just a friendship, more than just casual sex. He's used to being #1 and has to accept that Emerie still has feelings for Baldwin (forever known in my mind as Douche Bag Baldwin)

Ok, maybe the panties dropped on the floor after that...but they did it all on their own.
 As much of a rom/com as this is, there are some seriously heartbreaking moments. Once that will make you want to scream at Drew and maybe throat punch him a bit. He has such good intentions but he just can't see the trees for the forest. Heart are gonna break. Tears are gonna flow. And not just for the characters. 

Long distance relationships:
My eyes bulged. “And what is your idea of realistic advice?”

“Simple. Hire a good divorce attorney. Long-distance relationships Do.Not.Work.”
I adored Egomaniac. It's witty and delicious and I ate it up faster than that creme Brule I had for dessert last week. And just like that, I could have licked my plate afterward. And did I say how much I loved the epilogue, "swoons like a fool".



Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve 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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