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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.All Grown Up by Vi Keeland
Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Self Published on 7/8/19
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
I’m nothing but a puddle of melty feelings over these characters! THE HEAT, THE PASSION, THE CONNECTION, THE FEELS! It was all consuming! An addictive age-gap romance with so much heart. I ADORED it. And cannot wait for you to read it. An excerpt and review are below!
HOLY MOLY! This book surprised me. I haven’t read many age gap romances where an older woman falls for a younger guy (in All Grown Up she’s 37, he’s 25) and I wasn’t expecting to LOVE it so much. But the way Vi Keeland wrote this… I WAS HERE FOR IT 100%! And I fell in LOVE! THE FEELS. Oh my word, the sweetest feels that were so heartfelt. I adored Valentina and Ford from the first page. Their chemistry and connection was tangible, and their love story was so charming. Ford is the ultimate hero–a gentleman with a heart of gold and a filthy mouth! Basically PERFECT. LOL! I LOVED everything about him, but especially the way he pursued Valentina, the way he wanted her and worked for her. He was relentless!
This book really shows that age is just a number. Some people have soul and depth and maturity that goes beyond their years, and that was Ford. He’s an old soul. His parents passed away when he was younger and he became his sister’s guardian. He’s responsible, hard working, smart, charming! A business man, a family man (and a beast in bed 😉 ). Ford is only 25 and he’s already lived a hard life.
Valentina is a divorced mother. She’s still getting over her ex husband. Her son is only a couple of years younger than Ford. To say she has some obstacles to overcome with this age gap is an understatement. Their romance is a little forbidden, maybe even a touch taboo (a teeny, tiny touch). I mean, Ford was the boy next door, he used to baby sit her son Ryan, there was a past connection there, so when they reunite, courtesy of fate’s touch, well…. it’s shocking because it’s Ford and he is ALL GROWN UP, ALLLLLL MAN!
AND WHOA BABYYYYYY!
Talk about some serious chemistry. Vi Keeland creates a deep connection between our hero and heroine. And you just LOVE them. I was pulling for this couple to work out, waiting on bated breath for them to say fuck it and get together. I couldn’t get enough.
All Grown Up is sort of second chance romance (at least for Valentina–she gets a fresh start), it’s an unputdownable age-gap read. A slow burn with heat and passion, connection and feels, all consuming romance that you will get lost in. SO SO SO fantastic. I can’t say enough good things. Pick this up! It’s a must read.
Eve’s face flashed on the screen, and I swiped to answer.
“Give me all the details.”
I shook my head repeatedly, even though she couldn’t see me. “It was horrible.”
“What happened? What did the bastard do to you? I’ll cut his balls off.”
Eve’s response made me smile for the first time since I’d laid eyes on my date. “No. It wasn’t that kind of horrible. He was a perfect gentleman.”
“Very sweet and funny, too.”
“Sounds awful,” she said sarcastically.
“The balls on him.”
“That’s not the worst part.”
“Let’s see…he’s young, gorgeous, sweet, and funny. What could be worse than that? He’s hung like a horse?”
“I wouldn’t know. And you know why I don’t know that?”
“Because you’re an uptight prude who hasn’t been laid in years?”
“That might be true. But the larger problem is that he is one of Ryan’s friends.”
Eve cackled. “That’s not a problem, that’s fantastic! Bang his brains out and send him to play golf with your ex. Let him eat his heart out when he realizes what he lost.”
“Ummm…Eve, I wasn’t talking about my ex, Ryan. I was talking about my son.”
“I’ll be over in twenty minutes.”
About the Author
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives 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.