Monday 23 July 2018

✪ THE NAKED TRUTH ✪ Vi Keeland ✪

©  Bianca  Janeane 


• Sexy Second-Chance Romance
• 23 July 2018
•  Standalone 
• Cover Model: Simone Bredariol

4.15 Stars

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 despisedyet 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 clientwas there?

Layla is a lawyer in New York. She's just been sent upstairs to present their services to a new client. She's mega excited and a bit scared. She has to prove herself to her bosses - there was a tiny little incident a couple of years ago. But she's ready now.
Only, when she walks, or rather falls into the conference room ... it's her sexy idiot of an ex who requested her for his new company! Grrrr. And he's still just as irresistable as he used to be.
Back when he charmed his way into her heart - the LIAR!

Grayson just spent three years in a white collar prison for insider trading - a crime he didn't commit!
And while he was in there, he met the woman of his dreams. Lawyer Layla.
He never forgot her for a single second. And he hates how things ended. But now he's out and he wants her back!
Let the fun times begin!



The cover is really sexy!! BUT - what's with the dangling arm??? Is that supposed to mean something? Very weird!

Well, that was funny and adorable and sexy and heartbreaking! I enjoyed reading it ....

But it was also a bit boring. Nothing really happens. Or if things happen they're only those ... I've-read-that-a-million-times-before things. Gray is a great guy, hot, sexy, smart, funny. But we also can't really love-love him in the beginning because he's just out of jail. We hope that he was innocent - we don't yet know the story. But I couldn't immediately love him. And I hated that. I wanted to love him.
And Layla. She's not making the best impression on me either in the beginning. And the constant back and forth of I want him and I hate him and he lied to me and I can't forgive him but I still want him. Ugh.
The book starts and bam they're flirt-fighting. I don't see any sparks between them. And we don't know any kind of backstory. I first thought they were together at college or some other scenario years ago - but nope - it was just recently - in jail. And we're told that in a few back-in-time chapters - and I hate going back in time in most books! But it was done ok here.
Anyway, the book started a bit weirdly for my tastes. I'm writing this now that I'm only 15% into the story - which might be stupid, but I had to write down what I was thinking.
I'm coming back later - maybe it's gotten better. I really hope so.

It definitely got better. It's funny, sexy. And we have adorable doggie moments. But we also have that typical Vi Keeland (and Penelope Ward) 'surprise' thingy around the 50% mark. I was SO surprised. NOT!
But it was an ok part of the story, it was something you could've guessed. It was a little heartbreaking blip on the way to their happy end. I even had to cry a few times! But it was also kind of very adorable! ☺

I really liked reading the book, but it wasn't anything earth-shatteringly amazing and new and exciting and surprising. But there were some very good moments. Very sexy ones. Adorable ones. Sad ones. Funny ones. Frustrating ones.
Don't let me keep you from reading this story. It wasn't bad at all! I just expected something a tiny little bit  ... more - especially in the beginning.

THE NAKED TRUTH was an adorable and funny and sexy & heartbreaking second-chancey romance! Run to your nearest amazon to get your own Grayson - this one is soooo MINE!

ARC received for an honest review

Woohoo another Vi Keeland novel has hit my kindle!  Happy dance!

Helloooooo sexy cover (well, except for that arm just dangling there).  I am a sucker for a suit so this cover was a draw for me.

I liked The Naked Truth, it was sweet and cute.  However for me, it was lacking the oomph that previous Vi Keeland books have had for me.

Maybe is it just me, but this time it took me a long time to get into the swing of the story, and longer to feel the connection between Grayson and Layla.  I can't put my finger on exactly what it was though.

I did like Grayson and his whole bad boy in a suit but isn't really a bad guy vibe.  It takes us a while to get the whole background on Gray and Layla, and this is told in both present and past tense.

Now,if you have read any Vi books or any of her co-authored books, you will know that there is this "thing" that always happens in the books.  And me personally, I am always reading, thinking "when is the thing going to happen?"  And yep, there was the "thing". Though this time it was a little different from previous books.

I did feel that The Naked Truth did get better as the story progressed, and I did end up reading it in one evening.

The Naked Truth is a cute and drama-llama free read.  Now I am waiting to see what Ms Keeland brings us next.



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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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