Monday 23 September 2019

✪ PARK AVENUE PLAYER ✪ Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland ✪

©  Bianca  Janeane 

• 23 September 2019
• Cocky Bastard #6
• can be read as a standalone
• Cover Model: Jason Morgan
4 Stars
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 anywayone 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 really wanted it. No, I needed it. 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 gamedont ask.)

We continued to flirt without crossing the lineuntil 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.

Elodie and Hollis.
She was on her way to him for a job interview. But instead she kinda crashed into his car. What she didn't know then was ... that he was possibly her new boss.
Of course she didn't get the job. At least not on that first day. But she tried again - and because Hollis is super overwhelmed since his 11 year old niece moved in with him two months ago - Elodie got the job!
And things are perfect. Elodie and Hailey get along amazingly and Hollis and Elodie flirt and spark like crazy, but of course we're not going anywhere with that. Boss and Nanny - way too cliché.
But of course it's not too cliché for our two darlings .... even though Hollis doesn't do serious anymore and Elodie wants it all!

Let the fun times begin! 

What will happen to Elodie & Hollis?
Will there be a HEA?


It's this super-cute Nanny and Boss romance. With an adorable, way too old for her age kid and a hilarious pet!
But it's also such a heartbreaking story ... we get to see very sad moments from their pasts. And we just know that something is coming that might stop this happy end from happening.
And even if know that 'something' is always coming in a Vi & Pen book, this time it wasn't too bad. There was no secret baby and nobody was secretly still married to a person who shows up. Nobody was meanly intriguing against them. I really loved that. But the 'something' that happens was very sad and heartbreaking - but don't worry - it's not some kind of cancer thing where one of our darlings gets sick or anything either!!!
But since it got really sad and heartbreaking Vi and Pen did the thing I hate most in my romances: they went the religious way. The faith talk, the priest, the church, the whole sh*tshow! I just hate that. That and giving cancer to our hero/heroine are the worst things a romance can have! I didn't sign up for a christian romance, and if I would have been in a bad mood today, I would've taken away 2 or 3 stars from my rating just for the religious stuff. But I'm in an okay mood, so I only take away .9 stars! I don't understand why instead of an priest they could have met an old lady on a park bench and had the same conversation with her??? Ugh - I just hate it. I could rant on and on about it, but I won't. I already said enough. I just wish authors would think about international readers more. People all over the world are not the same kind of religious so many Americans are!

BUT ... I loved reading this book. We have soo many adorably hilarious moments. And very sparky and sexy moments. I just adored that little family! And I loved that there weren't any stupid misunderstandings and fights. He could've reacted a little less extreme toward the end - acted in this weird way for a shorter time, but pfff, it was understandable.
I really liked this story.
Wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day!

PARK AVENUE PLAYER was such a sweet and funny and sexy love story! I adored (almost) everything about it! ☺ Run to your nearest amazon for your own Hollis - this one is MINE!!!! ☺☺☺

P.S. I LOVE that the cover - but that goes without saying with all the Vi & Penelope books!!! LOVE THEM!

ARC received for an honest review

This is me whenever a new Vi/Penelope collaboration arrives on my kindle

 I adore their collaborations, and Park Avenue Player is no different.

The guy falling for the nanny is not a new situation in bookworld, however this pair made it feel fresh.

Our lovelies Elodie and Hollis get off to a rough start, and you could feel the tension and sparks between them from the get go.  As much as they "hate" each other, they like each other, and they play off that sexual energy around them.

However, theirs is not always the happiest of tales, they have crap in their pasts that is stopping them from living their best lives.

Their charge, a 30 year old woman in a tween's body, is just fabulous. She is smart and funny and fun, and is the connection between our guys that will bring them together.

As with every Vi/Penelopy book, at about 80%, the "thing happens".  If you have read their books, you will know what it is all about.  However this time it was something completely different, something that really took me by surprise, and I may have shed a tear or two this time, instead of throwing my Kindle across the room.

There was a wonderful cameo by my favourite goat in this book too!

I look forward to their next collaboration, Dirty Letters, coming our way soon.


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 Other Books by Vi & Penelope:



British Bedmate

Rebel Duet Book #1

Rebel Duet Book #2

Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

Books by Penelope Ward

Sins of Sevin

Stepbrother & Neighbor Dearest

Room Hate

Mack Daddy






When August Ends


 The Day he Came Back
vi keeland bio.png

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!

Books by Vi Keeland



Sex, not love

The Naked Truth

We Shouldn't


All Grown Up