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From New York Times bestselling authors Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland comes a new standalone novel. 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. Event From New York Times bestselling authors Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland comes a new standalone novel. 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. Whoops! 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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From New York Times bestselling authors Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland comes a new standalone novel. 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. Event From New York Times bestselling authors Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland comes a new standalone novel. 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. Whoops! 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.

30 review for Park Avenue Player (A Series of Standalone Novels)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So for the first time in my life, I decided to go into a book completely blind. None of my GR friends had read this and I didn’t read any other reviews. This book just goes to show-for me- EXACTLY why I do not and will not ever do it again. *THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS! DO NOT READ IT IF YOU DONT WANT THE BOOK TO BE SPOILED!!* This book started off ok for me, I didn’t feel any real connection to the characters. The only thing I could feel between them was lust. Especially with the H’s So for the first time in my life, I decided to go into a book completely blind. None of my GR friends had read this and I didn’t read any other reviews. This book just goes to show-for me- EXACTLY why I do not and will not ever do it again. *THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS! DO NOT READ IT IF YOU DONT WANT THE BOOK TO BE SPOILED!!* This book started off ok for me, I didn’t feel any real connection to the characters. The only thing I could feel between them was lust. Especially with the H’s CONSTANT pushing away. There’s like maybe two chapters in the book where he gives in to his feelings before he’s right back to pushing away until the end. Besides that though I was thinking this was going to be an ok maybe four star read. Boy was I wrong. So, we know that the H had his heart completely broken by Anna, the most amazing beautiful woman in the world, sarcasm intended. We know this from the multiple flashbacks of how much he loved her and the experiences they had together. She cheated on him and he found out when he was proposing. While I didn’t like these, I put up with them because it was obviously in the past. Well, because the H is a big baby he is ruined for all other women except for one night stands. He meets the h, they go back and forth for a while and like I said before I only felt lust between them I could’ve put up with that if the H would’ve just stopped pushing her away and being a major asshole. The H’s niece was the only character I really liked in this story. We also get the meet the h’s bff, Bree who is the h’s ex-husbands stepsister. She has a disease and is very sick. We get a lot of scenes where the h is checking up on her, and I truly felt bad for her and she was becoming a character I was rooting for. She was always rooting the h to find love and be patient with the H. Anyways, after a really long time the H gives into his feelings, declares his love for the h, wants her to move in, and tells her he wants to have babies with her. It was all well and good until the h gets a phone call in the middle of the night after the baby convo I believe. Bree had taken a turn for the worst and is in the hospital on machines. Well our amazing H, is obviously going to be the most amazing boyfriend ever and drive her to the hospital without a second thought. The h is so upset that her bff didn’t get to meet the H. Well she needn’t have worried!! They’ve already met. It turns out Bree, is Anna! I don’t know if anybody else who read this expected this, but I 100% did not see that coming. I guess props to the authors for that, but it was NOT a happy surprise. Back to the story though, the H is shocked that HIS Anna is dying. He had no idea, and is very regretful. After this shock, he drops the h off, tells her he’s going home and somehow winds up at the hospital holding Anna’s hand absolutely distraught. Other things happen, and of course as you would expect, the H pushes the h away AGAIN. After Bree/Anna (Brianna!) dies, he cries at the loss of the girl he LOVES! He gives a speech at her funeral, which tbh I didn’t even read bc I was pissed. When they go home, he drops the h off at her house and goes back to his house to “think”. What does he need to think about?? No clue. I pretty much skimmed the rest of the book, but I got all the “good” parts in. I will tell you right now, the rest of the book revolves around Anna. Even the epilogue, just wait for what I have to say about that. The H and h both come to the realization that he will always love Anna and as the H so eloquently puts it, before the h she was the love of his life. Wonderful. Just what I wanted to read. Anna’s dad brings the h and H both a letter from Anna. We never get to read the h’s (I think. I might have skimmed over that part if we did get to read it) but of course we get to read the H’s. turns out she never cheated on him!! Isn’t that amazing! Of course this makes the H feel incredibly guilty about “loving” the h. How could he do that to her? Love someone else while she dies loving him?? We also learn that Bree/Anna is the reason the h and H met! She just knew they would be prefect together. More stupid shit happens in the H’s head, when suddenly he sees a rainbow and knows it’s “his beautiful girl”. Of course she’s giving her blessing to love the girl he already supposedly loved and he doesn’t feel guilty anymore! Awesome!! Immediately after the conflict we get the “epilogue”. They are married and have a baby. And yep. You guessed it, their son is named after Anna. Unfortunately it was a boy, so they had to go with her last name Benson, but how heartwarming is it that the h and H name their baby after the H’s ex! I know it really warmed my heart...not! The final nail in my one star coffin was the last line of the book, which was in the H’s POV “I hope Anna was looking down right now and laughing her ass off” because her bird that he kept said something funny. The same bird who always says “Anna’s home”. Wonderful way to end a love story. This is the longest review I’ve ever written, but I seriously had to get this off my chest. I should’ve know something like this would happen with these authors bc I’ve heard of them doing something similar before, but I guess I didn’t learn my lesson. I can rest assured now that the lesson has definitely been learned. Always read reviews before reading a book! IMO, the h is 100000% second best to the ex. I feel like if she hadn’t died, and had recovered the H would’ve broken up with the h to be with her. SAFETY INFO: if you still want to read this after the major ex drama, this wasn’t that unsafe to me before the ex drama. Obviously the H was hung up on the ex and pushed the h away throughout the whole book. On one occasion, he decides to fuck her out of his system, and invites a woman over to his place. Of course the h forgot her phone there, so she walks in while they were drinking wine and the H is a major ass to her. I think the woman left while they were arguing, but I’m pretty sure nothing happened between them. The h later goes on a date with a sweet and funny man who I liked better in his short appearance in the book than I did the H, nothing happens with him. The H ruins her date the first time they go out, and the second time she does it bc she knows it will make the H mad. Other than that stuff, no scenes with ow/om besides kissing and dirty talk in flashbacks between Anna and the H.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vi Keeland

    I can't wait for you to meet Hollis and Elodie! PARK AVENUE PLAYER IS LIVE AND FREE TO READ IN KU! Ebook ➜https://fave.co/2NurkHL Audio ➜ https://adbl.co/2KGXyx Amazon print ➜ https://fave.co/2ZjnGpE Park Avenue Player LIVE NOW! Ebook ➜https://fave.co/2NurkHL Audio ➜ https://adbl.co/2KGXyx Amazon print ➜ https://fave.co/2ZjnGpE I can't wait for you to meet Hollis and Elodie! PARK AVENUE PLAYER IS LIVE AND FREE TO READ IN KU! Ebook ➜https://fave.co/2NurkHL Audio ➜ https://adbl.co/2KGXyx Amazon print ➜ https://fave.co/2ZjnGpE Park Avenue Player LIVE NOW! Ebook ➜https://fave.co/2NurkHL Audio ➜ https://adbl.co/2KGXyx Amazon print ➜ https://fave.co/2ZjnGpE

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

    *****FIVE STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Authors} ”There are some people who come into our lives and take a little piece of our hearts when they go. So they’ll always have that love with them. But the heart is resilient and will eventually heal itself. Though the new heart isn’t the same as the old heart, and that’s why we never love two people the same way.” I always love reading the collaborative works of Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland. These two have written some of my most favorite ro *****FIVE STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Authors} ”There are some people who come into our lives and take a little piece of our hearts when they go. So they’ll always have that love with them. But the heart is resilient and will eventually heal itself. Though the new heart isn’t the same as the old heart, and that’s why we never love two people the same way.” I always love reading the collaborative works of Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland. These two have written some of my most favorite romances. There are some I consider to be better than others and ”PARK AVENUE PLAYER” is up there with some of their best works. I can honestly say there wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about Hollis and Elodie’s love story. I laughed quite a bit and even shed a few tears. Get ready to go on a roller coaster ride filled with raw emotions. The plot twist made for some gut-wrenching angst. This book was everything and more! I hope that you all enjoy it as much as I have! I’m not going to say much else because in no way do I want to spoil this for anyone. The book releases on September 23rd. Readers are in for a real treat!! Here are my overall ratings: Hero: 5 Heroine: 5 Plot: 5 Angst: 4.5 Steam: 5 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5 Audio ➜ https://adbl.co/2KGXyx Amazon print ➜ https://fave.co/2ZjnGpE Amazon E-book ➜ https://fave.co/2NurkHL

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hulya Kara Yuksel

    Ahhh I'm on the pink clouds right now. :) Ahhh I'm on the pink clouds right now. :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The hero is still hung up on his ex so much that it will kill the romance for me. As if how much he loved her wasn't enough, the plot twist is also about the ex and it reveals a fact that destroys whatever romance there was between the hero and the heroine. I have read many reviews but one of them has been so helpful that I want to share it with you, guys. It is full of spoilers so be careful before deciding to read it but the reasons why she gave it 1 star would definitely be my reasons to give The hero is still hung up on his ex so much that it will kill the romance for me. As if how much he loved her wasn't enough, the plot twist is also about the ex and it reveals a fact that destroys whatever romance there was between the hero and the heroine. I have read many reviews but one of them has been so helpful that I want to share it with you, guys. It is full of spoilers so be careful before deciding to read it but the reasons why she gave it 1 star would definitely be my reasons to give it 1 star if I ever read it. This review makes it crystal clear that this is not my type of romance as it sounds more like a romance book between the Hero and his ex, not the heroine at all :( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Penelope Ward

    PARK AVENUE PLAYER, my newest standalone written with Vi Keeland, is live! You can either purchase on limited-time release sale for $3.99 or borrow FREE in Kindle Unlimited! An emotional, sexy STANDALONE! Can’t wait for you to meet Hollis and Elodie! Amazon: https://fave.co/30Icf7F Amazon UK: https://fave.co/32WIi5m Audio ➜ https://www.audible.com/pd/B07WQYDQJW... Paperback ➜ https://fave.co/2ZjnGpE PARK AVENUE PLAYER, my newest standalone written with Vi Keeland, is live! You can either purchase on limited-time release sale for $3.99 or borrow FREE in Kindle Unlimited! An emotional, sexy STANDALONE! Can’t wait for you to meet Hollis and Elodie! Amazon: https://fave.co/30Icf7F Amazon UK: https://fave.co/32WIi5m Audio ➜ https://www.audible.com/pd/B07WQYDQJW... Paperback ➜ https://fave.co/2ZjnGpE

  7. 5 out of 5

    naz

    Spoilers - All my reviews seem to be just of the ramblings of a sleep deprived mad woman so here we fucking go again. Everything was going well, I was honestly enjoyed reading the first half even with Hollis' point of views of the past which was all about Anna (ex). It didn’t bother me because it was over and he was trying to move on. BUT OBVIOUSLY, these authors had to go with this trope. I knew half way through that Bree was Anna. I’m tired. Again, with the exes? It wasn’t enough exes were the m Spoilers - All my reviews seem to be just of the ramblings of a sleep deprived mad woman so here we fucking go again. Everything was going well, I was honestly enjoyed reading the first half even with Hollis' point of views of the past which was all about Anna (ex). It didn’t bother me because it was over and he was trying to move on. BUT OBVIOUSLY, these authors had to go with this trope. I knew half way through that Bree was Anna. I’m tired. Again, with the exes? It wasn’t enough exes were the main focus in your other books??? It had to happen again?? But this time, Anna (Bree) was honest to fuck perfect, she didn’t cheat on him and wasn’t a rude bitch. He loved her more than Elodie. I know this. You know this. The authors know this. Fuck, even Anna and Elodie knew. If she never died, and he still found about her – the fucker would go back to her in a heartbeat. THEY HAVE HISTORY. He was heartbroken when he thought she met someone else. I’m sure if Anna was to explain all of this, it would be water under the bridge, and he would finally get her down the aisle and have perfect babies. Also, they never got to have a conversation which I thought was a fucking cop out. I know it would be even more evident for the readers to see how much he loves Anna more but it’s still fucking obvious. He even said he will always love Anna. How many more times are you going to have this shit in your books. “We both need time, Addison. This was her best friend and my Anna.” HE CALLED HER HIS ANNA. “Living without her. Those words made my damn chest hurt.” It was more sexual attraction and lust between Elodie and Hollis. Lets be fucking honest. I thought this would be a cute, funny read before I went to sleep but nah, I went to sleep angry so thank you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

    ❤️5 STARS❤️ What a great read, it was sweet, sexy,fun and full of emotions.I loved the story a lot, the way the characters were met was fun!It was fast paced, with great characters and an addictive story! Elodie and Hollis stole my heart, they have a great connection and they have some fun and intense moments!There is sexual tension and angst between them and this make every moment they have together entertained! If you are looking for a great romance with the perfect amount of angst , some emotio ❤️5 STARS❤️ What a great read, it was sweet, sexy,fun and full of emotions.I loved the story a lot, the way the characters were met was fun!It was fast paced, with great characters and an addictive story! Elodie and Hollis stole my heart, they have a great connection and they have some fun and intense moments!There is sexual tension and angst between them and this make every moment they have together entertained! If you are looking for a great romance with the perfect amount of angst , some emotional moments and steamy to make you melt this is perfect!     

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dora Koutsoukou

    2 🤔😔⭐️s This story was written with almost all the prerequisites to grip the readers. Unfortunately I was not of of them. As soon as I read the last page I was left indifferent. The writing and the plot didn’t manage to captivate me or bring out emotions. Regarding the twist towards the end, I found it very exaggerated, as another prerequisite to effect emotionally and create impressions.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I grabbed this book a while ago because I like this writing duo, definitely not because of the cover 😉 . Although, the title of the book is kind of deceptive. I never thought the H was a player at all. I did like both the h/H. Elodie was spunky and didn't take crap from anyone. There were a few eye rolling moments, but they fit in with the story. Hollis was also likeable, most of the time. Part of his storyline was a little overplayed, but again, fit in with the overall story. The big surprise w I grabbed this book a while ago because I like this writing duo, definitely not because of the cover 😉 . Although, the title of the book is kind of deceptive. I never thought the H was a player at all. I did like both the h/H. Elodie was spunky and didn't take crap from anyone. There were a few eye rolling moments, but they fit in with the story. Hollis was also likeable, most of the time. Part of his storyline was a little overplayed, but again, fit in with the overall story. The big surprise was a plot twist that I did not see coming. I thought it was heading in a totally different way, so I was absolutely shocked and it turned the story in a different direction. I am hoping this will lead to the end of my book funk, as I thoroughly enjoyed this one and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick and easy read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    (Would've been 4.9, but one of my romance hard limits made me take away .9 stars from my rating! ↓) 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 (Would've been 4.9, but one of my romance hard limits made me take away .9 stars from my rating! ↓) 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? READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT ☺ ══════════════════ THAT WAS VERY ADORABLE! It's this super-cute Nanny & 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 really bad 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 period of 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 Vi & Penelope books!!! LOVE THEM! ♡ ♡

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    3.5 Stars ✨

  13. 4 out of 5

    warhawke

    Genre: Contemporary Romance Type: Standalone POV: First Person - Dual Rating: Elodie Atlier needed a new job. But a mishap before her interview nearly jeopardized her chance as an employee of Hollis LaCroix. Now she must prove her worth, but it’s getting harder as attraction sparked between them. This book was not what I expected in a good way. It reminded me of the authors’ older works which I love. Hollis had been playing a game with me. And I’d used it as evidence that things might have bee Genre: Contemporary Romance Type: Standalone POV: First Person - Dual Rating: Elodie Atlier needed a new job. But a mishap before her interview nearly jeopardized her chance as an employee of Hollis LaCroix. Now she must prove her worth, but it’s getting harder as attraction sparked between them. This book was not what I expected in a good way. It reminded me of the authors’ older works which I love. Hollis had been playing a game with me. And I’d used it as evidence that things might have been moving between us, when it was always only a game. It was clearer now where we really stood. Hollis was the more serious and uptight one, while Elodie was the fun risk-taker. The relationship was a slow burn but they complemented each other well and I loved their banters and the tension between them. "You’re not the only one with abandonment issues. I feel like I’m always holding my breath for the other shoe to drop. And the fucked-up thing is, that feeling gets stronger when things are going well between us." The story was hilarious especially with a cameo appearance by the authors’ well-loved character. I also liked how in between the laughter there were heartbreaking moments that added depth to the story. I wasn’t fully surprised by a certain thing in the book but it didn’t take away my enjoyment. Park Avenue Player is a story of healing and seizing the moment. It would appeal to readers looking for a light-hearted romance with doses of emotions. 💰🏙💰 . . . (F)BR With Loyda . . . 💰🏙💰 For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    Y'all. I. Am. Wrecked. I did not even see this emotion explosion coming. I did not anticipate all the ways this story was going to touch my heart. I didn't expect to cry so much! And I didn't know my heart would fill to bursting in this delightful, joyful, glorious way. From the amusingly spirited meet-cute, I knew I was in for a treat with Hollis and Elodie. Their chemistry sparked immediately and as their banter slowly heated - turning from antagonistic to flirty and sexy - it quickly became cl Y'all. I. Am. Wrecked. I did not even see this emotion explosion coming. I did not anticipate all the ways this story was going to touch my heart. I didn't expect to cry so much! And I didn't know my heart would fill to bursting in this delightful, joyful, glorious way. From the amusingly spirited meet-cute, I knew I was in for a treat with Hollis and Elodie. Their chemistry sparked immediately and as their banter slowly heated - turning from antagonistic to flirty and sexy - it quickly became clear that these two would be something special. Their fiery personalities played so brilliantly off each other, and their giant lion hearts held my own heart in thrall, captivated, and hopelessly in love with the way they loved each other. They were spicy and sweet and their story had many, many layers. That is - it was utterly unputdownable and on top of that? It packed an emotional punch that I just never saw coming. I loved every minute. I love every bruise it left upon my heart. I love the way it put this giant glowy smile on my face even as I am wiping away the tears. I loved how it made me feel...all the things in every way. This might be my favorite of this duo's co-authored books yet. It was stunning, beautifully written, and exquisitely unexpected. I absolutely cannot recommend it highly enough. ~ Shelly, 5 Stars *** My god, Park Avenue Player was everything I didn’t know I needed this week! ✓ Fun, sassy, smart leading lady ✓ Dominant, sexy, vulnerable leading man ✓ Comic relief by way of an African parrot and a pre-teen girl ✓ Ridiculous, witty, antagonistic banter ✓ Embarrassing, but sexy AF pranks ✓ Undeniable attraction between the lead characters ✓ Deep, touching, emotional storyline Seriously, Park Avenue Player ticked off every single box. I adored the budding relationship between Elodie and Hollis. Loved how they tried so hard to keep their relationship professional and failed so epically. Don’t even get me started on the drying laundry prank that escalated to something so much more. Much like their professional relationship to a . . . err, more intimate, personal one. I couldn’t flip the pages on my Kindle fast enough to read and know what would happen next. I L-O-V-E-D every minute spent with Elodie and Hollis. That their relationship was truly an adult one—even with the fun and crazy times. And the emotional connection shared between Elodie and Hollis was unexpected and breathtakingly beautiful. It was everything I wanted and so much more too. Park Avenue Player is easily one of my top reads of 2019! ~ Missy, 5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nova B

    Confession I read this duo to see if Chance makes a cameo. And he did in this one with my fave goat Yay!!! Oh it would have been great if he kept making that cameo it would have saved the book. I’m sorry but I don’t want to read about the hero still so much in love with his ex. She was his everything and he never really got over her. The man was going to marry her. This duo loves this trope and I’m actually tired of it. But again that darn cameo is why I put myself thru it. Please stop it cause Confession I read this duo to see if Chance makes a cameo. And he did in this one with my fave goat Yay!!! Oh it would have been great if he kept making that cameo it would have saved the book. I’m sorry but I don’t want to read about the hero still so much in love with his ex. She was his everything and he never really got over her. The man was going to marry her. This duo loves this trope and I’m actually tired of it. But again that darn cameo is why I put myself thru it. Please stop it cause your stories are good but don’t need this dead/alive ex thing or worse secret baby shit. Try something else now.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    great cover.....not sure whether I will read yet.......will wait for friend reviews that I trust.......as I never TRUST the "blurb" for books by these authors.....have been burned before......i.e. crazy OW drama...or a secret child....dead or alive exes that suddenly appear out of NOWHERE....... ******************* 2 stars ⭐⭐ Well I thought I would give this a go, while I still had my kindle unlimited membership and wouldn't you know - not only does the hero have an ex that he has never really got great cover.....not sure whether I will read yet.......will wait for friend reviews that I trust.......as I never TRUST the "blurb" for books by these authors.....have been burned before......i.e. crazy OW drama...or a secret child....dead or alive exes that suddenly appear out of NOWHERE....... ******************* 2 stars ⭐⭐ Well I thought I would give this a go, while I still had my kindle unlimited membership and wouldn't you know - not only does the hero have an ex that he has never really got over but at 78% in she suddenly resurfaces. What's the odds!!!! Why do I even bother with these authors!!!!!....the blurb never matches the true storyline....their writing is great but I really hate the message they send out in their books.... they managed to suck all the romance out of this for me with that late twist and I couldn't even enjoy the ending. Elodie was such a great character and heroine so it is totally maddening for me that by the end of the book I really did feel like Hollis's Ex was really his one true love and that Elodie came in second by default. How could she ever compete with the sacrifice Anna made. So I guess you could say that this book lived up to my expectations, just not in a good way. I am obviously not these authors readership anymore and I am not really sure why I keep trying??? EXASPERATED MUCH!!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Auntee

    Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland are magic together! And so are Hollis and Elodie! It's rare for me to love BOTH the hero and heroine, but these two were utter bliss. The teasing, the snark, the sassiness, the underlying HEAT, the 'I hate that I want you but I do', the insurmountable walls around the heart....everything that led up to Elodie and Hollis becoming a couple had me on the edge of my seat. I've read a lot of good romances lately, but this one was a cut above. This was one of those unputdow Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland are magic together! And so are Hollis and Elodie! It's rare for me to love BOTH the hero and heroine, but these two were utter bliss. The teasing, the snark, the sassiness, the underlying HEAT, the 'I hate that I want you but I do', the insurmountable walls around the heart....everything that led up to Elodie and Hollis becoming a couple had me on the edge of my seat. I've read a lot of good romances lately, but this one was a cut above. This was one of those unputdownable stories that you have to keep reading, but also want to savor because you don't want it to end! And I was cruising right along enjoying every word of it, waiting for the inevitable moment (where the hero and heroine's relationship is tested), but I did not see it coming--THE BIG TWIST! Why didn't I see that coming? All I can say is that I was soo distracted by Elodie and Hollis.... This book had HEAT, humor, and tears....a sexy girl next door heroine and a gorgeous, afraid to trust , sometimes an asshole hero who was a softie at heart---did I mention their incredible chemistry? Add to that a wise beyond her years 11 year old niece, a story with no slow spots and lots of STORY development, and some white hot foreplay (loved the whole panty swiping)...man, can we have a sequel?? I couldn't get enough of this story... 5 BIG stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Spoilers . . . . . . I am so tired of this recent trend of heros who already have a love of a lifetime, and then authors expect me to swoon over a relationship with the heroine who is obviously second best, why do heros get TWO great loves, and a heroine only gets a sloppy seconds type of love as their great love? It's so frustrating that women write this crap. Yes. It happens in real life but this is a ROMANCE BOOK, that plot does not work in a romance book, and I seriously side eye any author who th Spoilers . . . . . . I am so tired of this recent trend of heros who already have a love of a lifetime, and then authors expect me to swoon over a relationship with the heroine who is obviously second best, why do heros get TWO great loves, and a heroine only gets a sloppy seconds type of love as their great love? It's so frustrating that women write this crap. Yes. It happens in real life but this is a ROMANCE BOOK, that plot does not work in a romance book, and I seriously side eye any author who thinks it does.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cami

    4.5 Stars! This writing duo is ALWAYS a slam dunk for me. The storylines are interesting and the books are sexy. This is definitely one of their best ones together. I will say I figured something out early on but it didn’t take away from the story. I’m sure for the people who didn’t see it, it is possible they found this book even better than I did. Hollis & Elodie’s love story is funny & sweet. There are some other aspects of the story that are very sad so you might want to be ready to go on a 4.5 Stars! This writing duo is ALWAYS a slam dunk for me. The storylines are interesting and the books are sexy. This is definitely one of their best ones together. I will say I figured something out early on but it didn’t take away from the story. I’m sure for the people who didn’t see it, it is possible they found this book even better than I did. Hollis & Elodie’s love story is funny & sweet. There are some other aspects of the story that are very sad so you might want to be ready to go on a bit of a bumpy emotional ride.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    3.5 stars Since I'm in the minority with this book I have decided to keep this review short and to the point. The first 50% of this book was 5 stars and exactly the fun and sexiness I love from this author duo. The second half 2 stars sorry but I didn't enjoy it at all and I couldn't wait to be finished. The hot and cold behavior of Hollis became tedious and I was done with him. The twist was awesome because I never saw that coming but it ruined their relationship for me and then it took a turn t 3.5 stars Since I'm in the minority with this book I have decided to keep this review short and to the point. The first 50% of this book was 5 stars and exactly the fun and sexiness I love from this author duo. The second half 2 stars sorry but I didn't enjoy it at all and I couldn't wait to be finished. The hot and cold behavior of Hollis became tedious and I was done with him. The twist was awesome because I never saw that coming but it ruined their relationship for me and then it took a turn to cheesy town and I was done. Oh well can't love them all, but I do look forward to what this duo has in store next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ✰♊ Angie ♊✰

    Another great, meet-cute, contemporary Penelope Ward/Vi Keeland collaboration!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Funda Demir

    The heroine is second best throughout the whole book. 🤦🏻‍♀️ literally the last sentence in the epilogue still has his ex’s name in it. Writers need to stop with this crap 😒

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    I didn't see that coming... I finished Park Avenue Player emotionally rung out and convinced this was the best Penelope Ward/Vi Keeland story I've ever read/listened to. I was on a high, feeling the love and completely mushy gushy. My review was going to be EPIC because I needed to share all of my feels. Then, the high wore off and I started to think... Why are the characters always so bloody beautiful and perfect? He's gorgeous with lots of money and a great job. She's beautiful, quirky and strong I didn't see that coming... I finished Park Avenue Player emotionally rung out and convinced this was the best Penelope Ward/Vi Keeland story I've ever read/listened to. I was on a high, feeling the love and completely mushy gushy. My review was going to be EPIC because I needed to share all of my feels. Then, the high wore off and I started to think... Why are the characters always so bloody beautiful and perfect? He's gorgeous with lots of money and a great job. She's beautiful, quirky and strong. Don't tell me, beautiful people struggle with relationships too? I'm shocked!! Why does the hero have to try to get the heroine out of his system with someone else? I think this is a bit of a recurring thing when it comes to these millionaire/billionaire heroes. They have to have one more attempt at being emotionally unavailable before they let feelings get involved. And, they always get caught and it breaks my heart...I mean, the heroine's heart. Why is it OK to emotionally manipulate people just because the character is sick? One of the additional characters manipulated the couple to an outcome of her making. Just because you're sick, doesn't give you the right to mess with peoples lives. I still really enjoyed Park Avenue Player despite those little issues. The storyline kept my attention from start to finish, the narrators do an amazing job bringing this story to life, and the romance ended up being sweet, sexy and swoon-worthy. I will definitely be back for more from this duo in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rejane

    ROTFLMAO 😂🤣🤣🤣🤣 I know there’s second best... but being a left over is just not cool. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Read the comments in this review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... There’s a response from an author for one of reader’s questions. Just pathetic as the book. They underestimate our intelligence. ROTFLMAO 😂🤣🤣🤣🤣 I know there’s second best... but being a left over is just not cool. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Read the comments in this review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... There’s a response from an author for one of reader’s questions. Just pathetic as the book. They underestimate our intelligence.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•

    This story is another fantastic addition to the cocky men stories. Elodie and Hollis’ paths collide - literally - when they crash into each other whilst parallel parking. Who is at fault depends on whose version of events you believe but all Elodie knows is that this was not a great start to her day. However, an arrogant, self-righteous man will not get in the way of her making it to her interview on time. Except it turns out that he is the man interviewing her - whoops. Do first impressions rea This story is another fantastic addition to the cocky men stories. Elodie and Hollis’ paths collide - literally - when they crash into each other whilst parallel parking. Who is at fault depends on whose version of events you believe but all Elodie knows is that this was not a great start to her day. However, an arrogant, self-righteous man will not get in the way of her making it to her interview on time. Except it turns out that he is the man interviewing her - whoops. Do first impressions really count? Hollis is looking for a nanny for his live in niece, after being awarded the responsibility of caring for her. Elodie is definitely no longer on his list of people to consider based on her driving skills, this means his niece is already potentially at risk any time she takes her out in a car. She also gets under his skin a little and it makes him feel uncomfortable. Elodie licks her wounds and for a moment accepts the rejection - for about 5 minutes - then she puts on her big girl pants and knocks on his front door, somehow managing to convince him to give her a shot. Hollis cannot deny there is a connection between Elodie and his niece Hailey so in the interests of putting Hailey first he agrees to a trial. Something else you should know about Elodie, she is a complete bombshell, I mean really gorgeous. You may think that she is lucky but in fact it also works against her when it comes to men. All they see is her beauty and figure, making assumptions about her. She dreams of meeting the right man (one who doesn’t cheat on her), marrying and having a family. There has to be someone out there for her that is interested in more than what they see. Hollis is in knots over what he is feeling towards Elodie. She is like the perfect package, yes she is gorgeous but she is also amazing with Hailey. She cooks incredible food and he really enjoys her company. The more time they spend together, the deeper the connection grows. This is not a one-sided attraction, in fact Elodie is doing everything possible to flirt with Hollis. He is absolutely gorgeous and she enjoys seeing his reaction to her innuendos - and underwear. Both of them have issues from prior relationships that makes them reluctant to give into what they are feeling but when they do they soon discover that all the past baggage doesn’t really matter. What they have is so much more than they could have expected. And damn they are so cute together! There is so much more to this story that I haven’t even touched on as I want to save it for you to discover yourself. There are more plot lines and surprises awaiting you. And of course like all the cocky books, there is a special animal in this story for you to enjoy, including a guest appearance from a certain goat! Once I started reading this story I could not put it down, fabulousness once again from these wonderful authors.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    4.5 ⭐'s I just have to start off by saying that this book has the MOTHER of all twists that I totally did not see coming. HOLY COW...that was incredible. Hollis and Elodie "meet" when they have a minor fender bender and neither of them are willing to take the blame. Things escalate when he finds out she is interviewing for the nanny he needs to hire. Obviously, he's not amendable but Elodie works her magic and with a little help from her charge. The relationship between Elodie and Hailey was rea 4.5 ⭐'s I just have to start off by saying that this book has the MOTHER of all twists that I totally did not see coming. HOLY COW...that was incredible. Hollis and Elodie "meet" when they have a minor fender bender and neither of them are willing to take the blame. Things escalate when he finds out she is interviewing for the nanny he needs to hire. Obviously, he's not amendable but Elodie works her magic and with a little help from her charge. The relationship between Elodie and Hailey was really endearing and it helped bring Hollis around. However, there were some other situations that helped escalate events and it was also kind of funny. I loved the addition of Huey...he was pretty amazing but I was shocked that what he said didn't have more of an impact on Elodie. ALL the situations with a certain someone were heart wrenching especially when the twist comes up. I wasn't happy with Hollis. I didn't like how he wasn't there for a certain someone else even if things were understandable. And do even get me started on the "staycation". BTW...I am not a fan of the heroine's name. It messed with the flow of the story and then when I found out how it was actually pronounced, I was always stopping to correct myself. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for different character names but I just think this was too much. I also liked and disliked the ending...the rainbow, the name, I mean, seriously?? Enough is enough...time to move on...sheessshhh.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    4.5 'Love finds us all in different ways' Stars! Wow, wow, wow! Well done Penelope and Vi, you keep surprising us with these brilliant collaborations so please don't stop, ever! Park Avenue Player is definitely one of the most emotional novels I've read by them and the one that has surprised me the most with its twist. I was not expecting that AT ALL and it made this novel such a wonderful read for me. I loved Holis, Elodie and Hailey, how the story developed, the sexiness and those feels! My God 4.5 'Love finds us all in different ways' Stars! Wow, wow, wow! Well done Penelope and Vi, you keep surprising us with these brilliant collaborations so please don't stop, ever! Park Avenue Player is definitely one of the most emotional novels I've read by them and the one that has surprised me the most with its twist. I was not expecting that AT ALL and it made this novel such a wonderful read for me. I loved Holis, Elodie and Hailey, how the story developed, the sexiness and those feels! My God, so many feels! I love these two authors writing together so much and I can't wait for whatever is coming next. Highly recommend reading this one!

  28. 5 out of 5

    ... Lost In Bookland...

    A hot mind-blowing tale of love and loss that will consume you right from the beginning and try to drown you in a sea of sorrow, but elevate you to the seventh heaven as well. This is the story of Elodie and Hollis. The guy with the tough exterior, but endearing sol and the girl with good heart, sweet and sassy at the same time. She needed a job, he had the perfect one to offer, but can they forget the fender bender? Of course, he became her boss, she became his niece’s nanny. Banging the nanny, A hot mind-blowing tale of love and loss that will consume you right from the beginning and try to drown you in a sea of sorrow, but elevate you to the seventh heaven as well. This is the story of Elodie and Hollis. The guy with the tough exterior, but endearing sol and the girl with good heart, sweet and sassy at the same time. She needed a job, he had the perfect one to offer, but can they forget the fender bender? Of course, he became her boss, she became his niece’s nanny. Banging the nanny, right? A cliché ridden romance…but this story is so much more… Will they be able to ignore that magnetic attraction? It is a funny, engaging and heart-warming story that will pull you into its world right from the beginning. Filled with angst, sassy banter and off-chart chemistry it will keep you engaged till the very last pages. The storyline was great, with really likeable characters. And just when you think that the Happily Ever After begins, there’s a twist that is a bit evident from the beginning, but still manages to turn the emotional aspect on its highest. A storm of emotions that will dig its claws into your heart and won’t let go long after you have finished the book. And not only does it focus on the romance, but also tackles topics which are not easy to read…Grief, loss, terminal disease, so perfectly intertwined into this amazing story. I’d have to say that some parts seem a bit far-fetched and exaggerated. Parker Avenue Player is one more addition to the stories that this amazing duo of authors have created. A story filled with hilarious and sexy moments, and several heart-breaking as well that will keep every reader engaged till the very end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    The first three-quarters of this is pretty good. I liked the characters and I liked how well they worked together. I loved Elodie's determination to be good for Hailey and how Hailey was important to them and a part of their relationship (even when they were keeping things from her). I had a hard time with Hollis being such a whiner-baby about his ex, but whatever. At least he didn't use that as an excuse to treat Elodie poorly. So they're doing well and have even spoken the "I love yous" and I n The first three-quarters of this is pretty good. I liked the characters and I liked how well they worked together. I loved Elodie's determination to be good for Hailey and how Hailey was important to them and a part of their relationship (even when they were keeping things from her). I had a hard time with Hollis being such a whiner-baby about his ex, but whatever. At least he didn't use that as an excuse to treat Elodie poorly. So they're doing well and have even spoken the "I love yous" and I notice there's still a quarter or more to go. And that worried me. Rightfully, as it turns out. There's a giant twist and I totally didn't see it coming. Which is normally a good thing in a twist. But as soon as it was revealed, I instantly knew the rest of the details of that twist and it pissed me right off. It involves my very least favorite peeve. And I had some hope that it'd have the originality to call it out as the broken, stupid pattern it is. But I knew, even as I clung to that hope, that there was functionally zero chance it would go that route. And I was right. Instead of calling it the broken betrayal it is, they lionized it and then canonized it as spiritual and good and very nearly holy. Look, when (view spoiler)[one partner makes a unilateral decision for the couple, that is a betrayal of love. When it's "hurting them for their own good", it's that much worse. The irritating cow, Anna, tells Hollis that there was another guy so that his love for her would die. This is the basest manipulation imaginable and it does not make it better that she does so in order to prevent him hanging around while she suffers a degenerative disease with no hope for cure. Yeah, he suffered watching his mom die and maybe it would be hard for him now that the woman he loves is going that same route, too. But he's a freaking adult that supposedly you love and you owe it to your love to give him that choice! Anna was not noble. She was not good. And she does it with the plan to tell him after she's dead because that makes it all right?!? This is the kind of thing you come up with in isolation where it can seem "romantic"... before you've looked at how things interconnect with how you'd want to be treated. (hide spoiler)] And then we learn that (view spoiler)[Anna was behind Elodie noticing the job with Hollis and that Anna hoped they would get together because she "sensed" they'd be perfect for one another! (hide spoiler)] So add creepy to the idiocy count. And I wish it stopped there. But no. Because our culture cannot (view spoiler)[speak ill of the dead (hide spoiler)] , all that dysfunction gets extra special spiritual buy-in by both our leads. I loved seeing an actual priest show up and be spiritually helpful and loved his role in a crucial moment for Elodie. Until I realized that he was being used to generate a spiritual aspect to all that broken nonsense. And it's all worse than that, even. Because in the midst of all the twisty nonsense that is broken and wrong, Elodie and Hollis go through some pain that remaps some of what they know. And them having a difficult time with it was understandable. But the authors at this point have tried to tell us that these two love one another. So having them (view spoiler)[go weeks nursing their hurts apart, even as they are in close proximity, is a betrayal of their supposed love, too. When you hurt is the very time you turn to your loved-ones for support and comfort. Having them go all meanderingly isolated just felt awful (hide spoiler)] . And that broke my buy-in of their love, too. I finished this sorry tale because I had hoped for it to rebound, if only a little. There were lots of places the authors could have jumped out of the obvious and made the story something powerful about choice and love and caring about others. And it almost kind of does if you throw in Hollis's niece, Hailey. The best thing these people do is take care of her, even in the midst of their turmoil. That was some A+ character depiction there and the most moral part of the whole story. So if you take the first three-quarters and keep your eye on their stellar treatment of Hailey, this is pretty outstanding. As it stands, it completely failed for me. No rating on this one for . . . reasons. It's complicated. Which is why there's a link... A note about Steamy: There's a couple of explicit sex scenes, though some stretch the definition a bit. At any rate, it's on the low side of my steam tolerance, though closing in on higher.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Reviewer✦

    5 STARS! Park Avenue Player by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland was magical! Another phenomenal story by this dynamic duo! Hollis LaCroix is a brooding, uptight jerk. And he had to be drop dead sexy, right? Indeed! However, life has thrown him lots of punches. Now, he's the guardian of his 11 year-old niece, Hailey (love her). Elodie Atlier is smart, sassy, funny, and blunt. She balances Hollis' and his many different moods. She's also the nanny to Hailey. The pair develop a special bond and friend 5 STARS! Park Avenue Player by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland was magical! Another phenomenal story by this dynamic duo! Hollis LaCroix is a brooding, uptight jerk. And he had to be drop dead sexy, right? Indeed! However, life has thrown him lots of punches. Now, he's the guardian of his 11 year-old niece, Hailey (love her). Elodie Atlier is smart, sassy, funny, and blunt. She balances Hollis' and his many different moods. She's also the nanny to Hailey. The pair develop a special bond and friendship. But, Elodie is jaded from her past relationship and doesn't think true love will find her. Elodie and Hollis meet in the most unconventional way.; they get into a fender bender. Moments later it turns out Elodie is the one being interviewed to be Hailey's nanny. Lots of sexual tension and attraction follow, along with some crazy and funny moments. Be ready for the cameo of a certain goat 🐐! Also, Huey the cockatoo will steal your heart 🐦. And OMG people! This book takes a turn that I was not expecting. I'm shook and I'm still trying to process the twist long after I've finished reading #itstoomuch. Parker Avenue Player is everything you want in a romance. Hilariously witty, sexy, sweet, angsty, and very emotional. Another fave and a must read! *Edit was provided by the author* *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authors. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

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