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 anyway—one 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 game—don’t ask.)
We continued to flirt without crossing the line—until 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.
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Bad first impressions sure can make things difficult between two people, especially when those involved are Elodie Atlier and Hollis LaCroix because try as she might, Elodie does not show herself to be anything more but a hot mess in her first interaction with Hollis and needless to say, he has no intention to give her the desired position. But one rejection doesn’t stop Elodie, and soon enough, she’s the hired nanny for Hollis’ niece, putting her squarely in his line of sight for an indefinite amount of time.
It’s clear from their initial encounters that Elodie and Hollis know how to push each other’s buttons and it’s quite comical how much disdain these two seem to have for each other because, as a reader, I find their banter and snarky exchanges in person and through texts to be a catalyst for the sexual tension that continues to build between them, which puts them in quite a precarious position, not only because he’s her boss and she’s responsible for a member of his family, but because their pasts dictate how they view and approach relationships, they most definitely are not on the same page. So the question becomes…should they cross the line that seems to be growing smaller the more time they spend together or keep their relationship firmly in the employer/employee category.
Both the hero and heroine held their own against each other, but the fact that their experiences led them down very different paths is a point of contention for them, which may be a blessing in disguise given the professional nature of their relationship, but with how much chemistry Elodie and Hollis appear to have, working through the things that divide them might just be what these two need for everything to finally fall into place.
The idea that Hollis was responsible for his niece’s care definitely allowed his softer side to come out and it painted him in a much different picture than the player persona that he seemed to carry with him. There were times that I didn’t quite understand some of Elodie thoughts, words, and actions, especially when they were directed toward Hollis, but by the end I had a clearer perception of who she was and I felt like she complemented Hollis nicely.
I’ve been a fan of this writing duo for quite some time, and I always enjoy the way they craft their stories and create their characters. But I wonder if the fact that I’ve read all of their books if it’s becoming easier for me to infer what’s going to happen, making the twist a bit too predictable given the information that is dispensed prior to the its reveal. Despite that, though, Park Avenue Player fits perfectly with the rest of the Cocky World characters created by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward.
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About the Authors
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
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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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THE RUSH DUET
Rebel Heir (Rush, Book 1)
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The Day He Came Back
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All Grown Up:
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Sex, Not Love
Life on Stage series (2 Standalone Books)
Worth the Fight
Worth the Chance
Worth It All (Complete Fighter Series)
Belong to You
Made for You
Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
Vi Keeland & Dylan Scott