“Park Avenue Player” is a Playboy Extraordinaire – Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland’s Latest Release

My favorite writing duo is P. Ward and V. Keeland because their plots are always original, the dialogue is fresh and the characters are people you’d like to get to know and the romance will make your heart go pitter-patter, that is when it’s not racing from the smexy love scenes. But isn’t that what those of us who love the genre are looking for in a good book? “Park Avenue Playboy” meets all the criteria and then some.

Elodie just wants to get out of her current dead-end job and back to what she loves, which is taking care of kids. Hollis La Croix, playboy extraordinaire, now has his pre-pubescent “troubled” niece living with him and is in dire need of a competent nanny. Given that his initial meeting with Elodie was inauspicious at best, he’s not exactly impressed with her qualifications. But Elodie and Hailey hit it off right away so Hollis agrees to a trial run. What he didn’t bargain for was the sparks flying between him and Elodie. Could they ignore their magnetic attraction and each keep their distance or was the pull stronger than their resistance?

I loved Elodie but Hollis took a lot more effort. Once I finally got his backstory it was easier to find some empathy for him but by that time I’d built such a strong dislike for him that it was hard to turn it off. However, Elodie and her relationship with Hailey was fun to watch since they related to each other so well. Teenagers, by their nature are difficult but Elodie had already experienced what Hailey was struggling with so it was easy for them to develop a deep rapport. The witty and fresh dialogue made for some fun reading but there was plenty of angst to go around too. As I try to wrap this up, it is the block I developed against Hollis that determined the four star rating instead of five. But as the umpire said, I calls ‘em like I sees ‘em.

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