It’s extremely rare for me to rate a book by Vi Keeland as anything less than 5 stars, but I’ll be honest and say that this was just sort of okay for me. Yes, the writing is exceptional. And yes, the beginning had me all sorts of hooked on the story. But as I got further in, I couldn’t help the feeling that I had read this story before. Anyone who has read any of Keeland’s work knows that she writes great banter, chemistry that is smoking hot, and connections that go deep. She also knows when to deliver a gut punch of emotion, and unfortunately I saw where this one was heading way too early for it to have the impact it should’ve.
I won’t share too many details about the plot – that’s something you should discover on your own as you’re reading – but I will tell you how the book begins. Essentially, Ireland has worked hard at her job for the last several years, slowly moving up in the company and building up her career despite obstacles in her path. When video of her trip to a topless beach gets into the hands of the company, she’s fired without warning and drunkenly sends an email to her boss’s boss’s boss, the CEO of the company. Grant is intrigued by the woman who so easily spoke her mind, but things get extremely complicated when Ireland gets her job back and neither one can forget the attraction that simmered between them.
While this is an office romance, it’s not what I would consider typical for the genre. There are some light moments but most of the book is emotional, moving, and will probably be triggering to some readers. The writing itself is solid and the storyline interesting. I’m betting that if I had read this as someone unfamiliar with Keeland’s other books, I wouldn’t have experienced the story in the same way and probably would’ve enjoyed it more, though I think the heavy focus on the woman in Grant’s past would’ve been problematic either way. That being said, I loved the chemistry and the evolution of their relationship. The start of the book was really great and there were plenty of other moments I loved along the way.
A new, sexy standalone novel from #1 New York TimesBestseller, Vi Keeland.
Terminated for inappropriate behavior.
I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands.
Nine years. Nine damn years I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba.
All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friends—a private video made on my private time. Or so I thought…
Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices.
I didn’t think he’d actually respond.
I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk.
Eventually, he realized I’d been wronged and made sure I got my job back.
Only…it wasn’t the only thing Grant Lexington wanted to do for me.
But there was no way I was getting involved with my boss’s boss’s boss. Even if he was ridiculously gorgeous, confident, and charming.
It would be completely wrong, inappropriate even.
Sort of like the video that got me into trouble to begin with.
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
But sometimes it’s twice as fun.