Genres: Contemporary Romance
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ALL GROWN UP IS LIVE!
A Standalone Contemporary Romance
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vi Keeland
When I first encountered Ford Donovan, I had no idea who he was…well, other than the obvious. Young, gorgeous, successful, smart. Did I mention young? If I did, it bears repeating. Ford Donovan was too young for me.
Let’s back up to how it all started. My best friend decided I needed to start dating again. So, without my knowledge, she set up a profile for me on a popular dating site—one that invited men ages twenty-one to twenty-seven to apply for a date. Those nicknamed Cunnilingus King were told they’d go straight to the top for consideration. The profile wasn’t supposed to go live. Another point that bears repeating—it wasn’t supposed to.
Nevertheless, that’s how I met Ford, and we started messaging. He made me laugh; yet I was adamant that because of his age, we could only be friends. But after weeks of wearing me down, I finally agreed to one date only—my first after twenty years of being with my high school sweetheart. I knew it couldn’t last, but I was curious about him.
Though, you know what they say…curiosity kills the cat.
My legs wobbled walking into the restaurant.
Ford was seated at the bar. When he turned around, he took my breath away.
His sexy smile nearly melted my panties.
But…he looked so familiar.
As I got closer I realized why.
He was the son of the neighbor at our family’s summer home.
The boy next door.
Only now…he was all man.
I hadn’t seen him in years.
I left the restaurant and planned to put the entire crazy thing behind me.
Which I did. Until summer came.
And guess who decided to use his family’s summer home this year?
There once was a woman who was getting over a divorce and was encouraged by her pushy best friend to get back into the dating game. And there was also a man who was looking to expand marketing campaign. Add in a chance encounter on a dating site of two people who are so much strangers and let the story take off from there. Meet Valentina and Ford.
What sold me on this story is how irresistible Ford proves himself to be. Intelligent, charming, witty, a great big brother, and confident. Lordy, that man is confident without the arrogance. Is there is big age gap between the two? Sure, but Ford is the one who proves that age is nothing but a number.
This doesn’t mean I don’t love me some Valentina. Especially as a native speaker, I so greatly appreciate how Keeland got all of the translations correct. But that’s not really what I liked about Valentina. It was her struggle to be vulnerable and decide to love again. Because isn’t that the best? When you find a character who can finally let go and become the version of themselves you want them to be. Yeah…all that.
As always, solid writing by Keeland. In fact, I wanted the story to keep going. Yet another sign that the author has gotten it right. I wish I had grown up with this boy next door!!
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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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