Review Tour & Reviews – The Rules of Dating, Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

September 23, 2022 | Posted in Blog Tour, Review | By


Title: The Rules of Dating
Authors: Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2022


It all started when I hosted a little party for a bunch of new friends.


Though “friends” might not be the right word since the invitees were all the women I’d found out my boyfriend was talking to behind my back. When the guest of honor walked in—aka my now ex—things took a turn…
Unfortunately, a stranger witnessed the whole blowout. I was in a mood that night and ended up giving this gorgeous guy an attitude, too. As if my night could get any worse, before he stormed off, he informed me he was actually my landlord.
Colby Lennon, along with three of his friends, owned the building where my tattoo shop was located. He and I were total opposites. He wore a tie, oozed confidence that came with years of women falling at his feet, and wasn’t afraid to say what he wanted, which lately—was me.
I hated that I found myself attracted to him. Especially since I was supposed to be on a self-imposed dating hiatus. Yet the two of us couldn’t seem to stay away from each other. We started hanging out, as friends. I even went as far as making rules for what he’d dubbed our “undates.”
But eventually, our explosive attraction became too much to bear, and we broke our resolve. I let my guard down and started to really fall for Colby.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.



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5 out of 5 stars
The Rules of Dating is the newest standalone by one of my favorite duos, Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward. I just know when I open their books I am not going to want to put it down and this one is no different. If you follow my reviews then you know I don’t read blurbs unless it’s a new-to-me author until I am about to review. I do this so I don’t spoil anything, this blurb is amazing so I will make it fast. 
Billie and Colby have been burned in the past, relationship wise. Billie was actually on fire on the night she meets Colby at her tattoo shop so it was the cutest meet-cute but it is an unforgettable one. Neither one of them could stop thinking about it but it was not the time to date so they decide to go on undates. Errands. Adulting. Hanging out with others. All innocent. Friends totally think of their friends naked, right? Yep. One-hundred percent. Will their undates turn into real dates? 
I don’t want to get too far into the storyline but I can say it’s adorable, flirting, sexy, beautiful and in Vi and Penelope fashion, there is an oh, fuck moment. Those always get my heart going and I am here for it. I can also say that I love these characters! Billie a badass boss lady. Colby is a sweet hottie in a three-piece suit. I also have crushes on his three friends. I definitely have my favorite and I am sure Kara (blog partner) knows exactly who 🤣. 
Overall… GO READ THE BOOK! You will love it. Hard. 
“I kind of like bossy Colby.” 
“Oh yeah? Well I’m happy to boss you around, sweetheart. Just get your ass over here to my bedroom, and I’ll show you.”
“His voice is beautiful, and I’m sure he’s a very talented musician. But I’m not interested in Holden.” 
“No?” She shook her head. 
“How about any of his friends? Because I’ve heard dudes who can bake a cake are way better in bed than the ones who can sing.” Billie’s eyes sparkled. “That cake was pretty delicious.”
She bit her lip. “Fine. Yes, we can be friends.” 
“Great.” I winked. “But just to clarify, I sometimes look at my friends’ asses.”
5 out of 5 stars

The Rules of Dating is the newest fun, sexy and weirdly romantic story from Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. I love this writing duo and I devour all their books. I love a single dad romance and pairing him with a badass, tattooed, woman was perfection. Colby and his daughter, Saylor, are living their best life. He’s such a good dad with friends who’ve been there for him since he was young. As soon as he meets Billie in her tattoo shop, he’s smitten. But Billie isn’t so easy to convince. She’s reluctant because of his daughter, but in the best way. She doesn’t want to hurt her. But that little girl just goes right to her heart. Colby has to work harder than that! But he’s up for it and he vows to show Billie that he means business. Colby is a sneaky one showing Billie how special she is without her even knowing it! Just when everything is going well, the past comes back for them. Are they strong enough to make it out the other side together? Oh man! I loved Colby and Billie and Saylor! Colby is funny and sexy and a great father. I loved his dedication to making Billie his. Overall, I laughed, teared up, smiled, got really mad and swooned! Looking forward to the surprise next book!




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 thirty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.




Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles are currently translated in twenty-seven languages and have appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria and Hungary. Three of her short stories have been turned into films by Passionflix, and two of her books are currently optioned for movies. 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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Release Blitz & Review – Once Forbidden, Twice Shy, Carrie Aarons

September 23, 2022 | Posted in Release Day Blitz, Review | By

Once Forbidden, Twice Shy by Carrie Aarons is live!

Running from your problems only brings you hurtling face first into even worse baggage.

After experiencing a brutal trauma in New York that I’d rather bury than address, escaping to a new job in London seems like the perfect solution. That was before I was introduced to my new boss, who is none other than my brother’s best friend. You know, the one I’ve been head-over-heels in love with forever.

Jack Merrick had been my crush since I knew what one was. For years we fought the feelings; I didn’t want to humiliate myself and his excuse was not betraying my brother or parents, who had accepted him as their own. Then, the night of my college graduation party, he undressed me in my childhood bedroom and confirmed that there was no one else on this earth for him but me.

When I woke the next morning he was gone, off to take a job as a coder halfway around the world. Four years and a mangled heart later, Jack is the last person I expect to see in London, and something close to fate is tricking me into thinking this is more than a coincidence. Our shared love of programming has always connected us, but now it’s the thing we’re weaponizing to get back at each other.

Until one night, when the emotional scars from my attack resurface and he’s the only one to witness a massive breakdown. He coaxes out my secrets and swears to love and protect me like he couldn’t before. But with everything stacked against us, I’m not sure we can ever have what we’ve always dreamed of.

Except just as we’re beginning to tackle those obstacles, I learn the truth of why he left all those years ago. And suddenly there may be no future for us at all.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Once Forbidden, Twice Shy is Carrie Aarons’s newest standalone. I love, love, love Carrie’s books since each one is so unique. This book is a mix of best friend’s sister, second chance, and off-limits romance.
Taylor needed to get out of New York so she applied for a coding job across the pond. She was so ready for a fresh start in London. It was exactly what she needed at this point in her life. She was excited and nervous for her first day of work. Then, she saw him. A man she has loved for most of her life. A man who four years ago had finally made her fantasies a reality. A man who was gone come morning and hasn’t heard from since. A man who is now her new boss…
Jack was in shock when he walked into work on his first day and saw Taylor there. And she didn’t looking happy to see him and he knew exactly why and one hundred percent takes responsibility for it. He was an ass back then. Now that she is here, he is not going to just let her go. He knows it’s going to be an uphill battle, one he shouldn’t even fight since she is his best friend’s sister and I am now her boss.
I can’t really get more into the story but I will say that it’s a fun, emotional, and sexy story. Taylor is a badass. Jack is a protective sweetheart that has work to do. I felt their intense connection from the beginning to the very end. If I wasn’t out camping, I would have read it in one sitting. I can’t wait to see what Carrie has for us next!
This is the boy who had been my childhood crush, my teenage dream, and my adult fantasy. One that had actually come true, until he shattered me into a million pieces.
So many moments over our lifetime that have been solely ours, that made us … us. And none of them amounted to anything, yet they amounted to everything.
“I’m not rushing this time, cookie.” It’s a promise, a threat, and a reminder to myself.

Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, two children and ninety-pound rescue pup.
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