Book Review – Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

by Maryse on January 22, 2017 · 15 comments

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YAY!!!! This one was so gooooood!!! Definitely one of my favorites by this author. Well rounded and fun, and light on the angst, but still has enough emotional oomph to not only TICK ME OFF like no other mad (*squeeeee*!!!! I love when that happens!!), but to also make my heart swell with love (all the best kinds of love!!).

It’s a sweet romance for sure (er… as sweet as it can be, with a foul-mouthed, dirty-minded alpha male involved), and as steamy as it is, it has that awesome “family and friends” feel that makes this one come to life. It had me chuckling, it had me growling, it had me nervous, it had me fuming, it had me hurting… and well. It just had me.

It got me right in the feels! :P

So what’s it about?

Emerie just moved to New York to be closer to her best guy friend (and the guy she’s been crushing on forever) while she builds her marriage counseling business. Finding an amazing deal (a rental office in Manhattan!!!), she jumps at the chance and promptly settles in. Her future is bright, and everything is clicking right into place. That is, until sexy but uber-arrogant “Drew” shows up, and scares the wits out of her, one night.

‘Cause you see, this is HIS office, and he was simply away on vacation while it was being renovated, and poor Emerie got swindled BIG TIME.

Of all the crazy sh!t I’d heard so far, thinking she could get space on Park Avenue for twenty-five hundred a month took the cake. I broke out in a fit of laughter.

“What’s so funny?”

“You’re not from New York, are you?”

Gah!!! I felt SO bad for her (P.S. I just LOVED her character and her outlook on life!!), and I loved her reaction. Well… that’s mean. I didn’t LOVE her reaction, as much as I totally believed it. She was trying to stay upbeat, and roll with the punches, but sometimes, it just got to be too much.

In the last three days, she’d realized she’d been swindled for ten grand, gotten arrested, and found out her dream office belonged to someone else. Yet this was the first time I’d seen her truly saddened. It looked like she’d reached her limit. When I saw her eyes well with tears, I felt it in my chest. It affected me more than I could explain. And obviously it affected more than just my chest, it affected…

My sanity.

But never fear! While Drew might not seem like the perfect gentleman at first (or… for the most part – HAHA!!!), he’s all about helping Emerie out of a jam (after all… he thinks she’s hot with her cute glasses and her nice butt and her sexy-conservative suits). rolleyes He likes to look at her. LOL! But he’s especially happy when he realizes she’s got amazing office skills, so he offers her space in his office in exchange for her office assistance.

Because the bad idea I heard myself suggesting certainly wouldn’t have come out of my mouth had I not had a momentary lapse in sanity.

“Stay. You and your desk should stay. I have plenty of space here.”

Awwwwwwwww!!!!! <3 *sigh*

And a wonderful friendship is forged!

“So… you said checking out each other’s photos would tell us a lot about the other person. What did my photos tell you about me?”

“Family oriented, brokenhearted, and a little bit of a nutjob.”

I wanted to be offended at that last part, but it was hard when he was completely on point.

A friendship forged in constant arguing, that is. ;) Emerie realizes that HE is a divorce lawyer, and he only represents the husbands.

I worked in an ugly-ass business, but I was damn good at my job. Revenge was what they wanted, and every time I dealt a blow to a wife who deserved it, I mentally got even with my own ex, Alexa, all over again. I probably needed a therapist, but vicarious revenge was cheaper and far more satisfying.

And so the FUN begins!

“Is it a problem?”

I shook my head. “Shouldn’t be.”

Famous last words.

Because these two can’t stop arguing and appalling each other with their views on life and love, and of course, Drew and his antics… the foul-mouthed, super jaded lawyer-turned-comedian can’t help but mess with her. ;)

LOL!!! lol Okay. I’m stopping here ’cause the rest is just plain ol’ good reading, with pretty much everything we love.

My ONLY hiccup would be that this is dual POV. And you know me. I love wondering and being nervous, and not knowing “everything” along with the heroine. The “feels” would have had more oomph for me, had I been reading soley from her POV. Mind you… the “OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!!” moment sure struck a chord with me, anyway.

And anyway, BOTH POVs are amazingly well written. Each character’s voice and thoughts and mannerisms are believable and true to them (even the entourage felt real), and Drew (and his dirty mind) were so much fun. But there was SO much more to him, than just his “guyness”. *swoooooon*

“Damn straight. I’m like a superhero. The Prolactinator.”


Drew. It was so easy to envision you and your amazingly true-to-life mannerisms. You are a real guy, no doubt about it. Oh and umm… that cover. Yeah. It was so easy to envision you indeed. ;) *blush*

4.5 stars!

P.S. Thank you to the author for sending me this review copy!! :D

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa M January 22, 2017 at 6:05 PM

On my tbr list. Next up actually. Love Vi’s books. Can’t wait to read this one even more excited that you gave it a 4.5!! Maryse your reviews are so spot on!!! Only blog I follow!!!

Lisa January 22, 2017 at 6:19 PM

Reading it now and loving it. VI Keeland never disappoints. She does hot bossy alphas to perfection.

Melanie January 22, 2017 at 7:02 PM

Just finished it today! I agree with your review, great book!

Rebecca January 22, 2017 at 7:07 PM

Heard a lot of great things about this one, look forward to reading it!

marina January 22, 2017 at 7:19 PM

Oooooh, sounds great, can’t wait to read!!

Leslie M January 22, 2017 at 10:44 PM

“Blowing someone else makes his day shine brighter. Today I will make my spouse shine by blowing him.”

Hee hee

This book made me chuckle.

Fabi January 23, 2017 at 6:45 AM

Great review Maryse. I think The Prolactinator got us all in the … feels.

Maryse January 23, 2017 at 8:54 AM

It was fun, wasn’t it, guys??

So many cute and laugh-out-loud spots, and there was a lot going on (living-wise) for both of these characters.

I really liked it!!

Leslie M January 23, 2017 at 10:15 AM

This one, Cocky Bastard, Beat, and Made for You are my faves by Vi Keeland.

Vi Keeland January 23, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing, Maryse!

Maryse January 23, 2017 at 1:55 PM

It was fantastic, Vi!!!! :D

Emma January 23, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Enjoyed this book so much . Good to start out the new year with a BANG !

Rose January 23, 2017 at 7:13 PM

I just posted my review earlier today- I loved it too!!

Julie January 24, 2017 at 9:12 PM

Read it in one sitting – loved it

Lisa January 24, 2017 at 9:51 PM

Finished this one and really loved it. I really appreciate the fact that Vi Keeland can write in a bit of angst and those Oh-O moments without creating unnecessary drama and crazy unbelievable plot twists. These characters had REAL life problems and handled them (mostly) like grown ups. Loved it.

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