ALL GROWN UP IS LIVE!
A Standalone Contemporary Romance
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vi Keeland
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?
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The old adage of age only being a number holds true in Vi Keeland’s newest release, All Grown Up, because even though there’s a 12 year age difference between the hero, Ford Donovan, and the heroine, Valentina Davis, their chemistry, their connection, and the way they make each other want more are so much more important than the gap in their age and the slight forbidden aspect of their relationship due to the fact that Ford was Val’s son’s babysitter when they were younger.
At first, though, their past and their age difference, along with Val’s desire to find herself again after her divorce are absolutely points of contention for Val and her concerns with those factors drive her to not give into her desire for the sexy, sweet, and thoughtful adult version of Ford, but he’s more than determined to show Val exactly why they work and why he just needs a chance to prove to her that living in the moment, that thinking with her heart instead of her head are more than worth the risk.
As soon as Keeland introduced me to the very grown up Ford Donovan, I was totally smitten by him. He definitely had to grow up fast after his parents’ death, which makes him quite the old soul, but what their deaths also taught him was that life is meant to be lived fully, not always questioning what can go wrong but remaining in the present and soaking up every single thing that life gives. His sincerity, his ambition, his drive, and his filthy mouth make Ford quite the complex hero, and I love how Keeland characterized him in a way that more than showed why he is Val’s perfect match despite all the ways they are different and perhaps even wrong for one another.
Val’s concerns about a relationship with Ford will resonate with readers, partly because that’s how society seems to view an older woman/younger man connection but also because as a divorced woman, she’s a bit gun-shy when it comes to dating again and the fact that she hasn’t had a date in over 20 years because she and her husband were high school sweethearts. The way that Keeland addresses those concerns and has Val work through them at her own pace, getting stuck in her head way more than some would have wanted her to, but given all that Val has been through, I can’t blame her for being both gun-shy and hesitant to give her heart to Ford given all the obstacles that seem to be working against them.
All Grown Up is one heck of a sweet and sexy story, but it’s also one that addresses some of the social stigmas that come with an older woman dating a younger man and the hypocrisy of such a closed-minded perspective. Ford and Val’s personalities and views on life complement each other, making them the perfect couple and the fact that Ford never deterred from his mission of making Val his despite the wall that took him quite a bit to tear down proves just how amazing his book boyfriend qualities are.
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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 a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five 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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