A Standalone Second Chance Romance Novel

 #1 NY Times Best Selling Author, Vi Keeland

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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 despised—yet 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 client…was there?

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My Review

The Naked Truth is the perfect title for Grayson and Layla’s story; these two characters have been lied to and, in some ways, taken advantage of their entire lives, and while their story begins with the idea that Grayson is just one more person to lie to Layla, I have to admit that I was already in Gray’s corner before he finally got the chance to tell Layla the full truth.

It says a lot about the type of man Gray is that he wanted to make amends with Layla as soon as he was released, finding a way to talk to her and providing her an explanation as to why he withheld a significant truth, and while I don’t condone him for trying to lure Layla away from her lawyer boyfriend, it was clear from what little insights Layla provided about her ‘newish’ relationship with Oliver that what she felt for him was nothing like the strong pull that she felt for Grayson, even if she didn’t want to feel it any longer.

The flashbacks to Grayson and Layla’s first meeting and how quickly their connection turned to one with overwhelming feelings helped to set the stage for the crazy chemistry between them once Gray reappears in Layla’s life. He’s a tenacious businessman and that drive applies to his personal life as well, which means that Layla really didn’t stand a chance once Gray was released and worked to be given a second chance.

The supporting characters in The Naked Truth add so much to the storyline; they help to ease the minds of the hero and heroine…they help to enlighten the main characters when necessary and they prove just who Grayson and Layla are with how much those they love, love them back. But while I appreciated all of the secondary characters; in my opinion, Etta stole the show. She’s an absolute gem of a supporting character; her love for Gray and her perspectives on him help Layla to look beyond the charismatic and dirty talking man and see just how amazing he is, and because Etta loves Gray like a son, she offers both of them advice and meddles a bit as well.

The Naked Truth showcases Vi Keeland’s skill at creating likable and interesting characters, and like all of Keeland’s alpha males, she characterizes Gray in a way that illustrates this complex man in all of his selfless and selfish (in purely filthy ways) glory. I love that Gray has an edge to him, but he also has a softer side that is brought out throughout the course of the story as revelations are made and new relationships begin.

Is Gray the ‘perfect’ man? Absolutely not, but it’s his flaws that will endear readers to him and have them cheering for a man who more than deserves a second chance with a woman who owns his heart, and although, Gray and Layla both make missteps on this new journey, I never doubted the true nature of the love and commitment even when the wrong choices are made, causing some damage to their newly created connection.

I do have to say that I can’t blame Layla for her reactions to a number of overwhelming situations; her past dictates her present romantic relationships, and this is made more than clear with the backstory that Keeland provides readers with when it comes to Layla’s mother and father.

Vi Keeland is a great storyteller and the flawed characters she creates easily charm readers, which is exactly what Gray and Layla’s story did to me.

4 Poison Apples



About the Author

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 ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty 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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