Vi Keeland “We Shouldn’t” Book Autopsy

Romance sometimes makes the top ten on the New York Times bestseller list. But it’s rarer than you would think. In the age of Amazon charts, New York Times changed the way they rank books and USA Today being steadfast, maybe it’s surprising anyone charts with any regularity.

I have never heard or read this author. No idea about her track record. Not sure if this book is typical of her output. This book is not one I would have clicked to buy. The only reason I read it is because I am trying to pay attention to books who have large success. Defining success is nebulous, but as a top ten NYT I figured it has to be good.

“We shouldn’t” is a business trope story. First person. Each chapter bounces from the point of view of the hero and heroine. Sex scenes are hot, but not scorching. You could leave this book on the back of the toilet and not be embarrassed when your mother-in-law stays in there for half an hour.

The writing is concise. Sparkles of genius from time to time.

About half way through I wondered why the heck I was still reading this thing. While the characters were nice and the sexual tension was warm, nothing was making this book stand out from all the others I read in a week.

Except the emotional arc’s for both these characters were off the charts. The Story is rock solid. Swings around like a roller-coaster offering light banter to tear jerking twists.

The ending pushed all my happy tear buttons. Beautiful.

Now ask me if I want to read another book by Vi Keeland.

Probably not. It’s not a trope I enjoy. I’ve written a boardroom romance. While I had fun, it wasn’t my best work. I love a big strapping alpha male with a sassy heroine.

That said, what this book taught me was story matters more than anything else. Even with the other pieces of the book that didn’t click for me, the story hooked me and kept unfurling in new directions I hadn’t imagined yet.

So you can write good characters and good sex but if the story sucks I'll close it, rate it less than three stars and move on with my day.

I am so glad there are authors out there to meet everyone’s needs. There is no one size fits all anymore. Readers love her stuff and she keeps them coming back over and over again with fabulous tales that never quit.

Here's a link to the book on Amazon. And there is an excerpt below. You can see why I was curious, right? Only took a few lines.

Have you read a great story lately? Tell me about it below. I love reading your comments.

Bennett Fox walked into my life on one hell of a crappy Monday morning.

I was late for the first day at my new job—a job I’d now have to compete for even though I’d already worked eight years to earn it, because of an unexpected merger.

While I lugged my belongings up to my new office, a meter maid wrote me a parking summons.

She’d ticketed a long line of cars—except for the Audi parked in front of me, which happened to be the same make and model as mine.

Annoyed, I decided to regift my ticket to the car that had evaded a fine. Chances were, the owner would pay it and be none the wiser.

Except, I accidentally broke the windshield wiper while slipping the ticket onto the car’s window.

Seriously, my day couldn’t get any worse.

Things started to perk up when I ran into a gorgeous man in the elevator. We had one of those brief moments that only happened in movies.

You know the deal…your body lights up, fireworks go off, and the air around you crackles with electricity.

His heated stare left me flush when I stepped off the elevator.

Maybe things here wouldn’t be so bad after all.

Or so I thought.

Until I walked into my new boss’s office and met my competition.

The gorgeous man from the elevator was now my nemesis. His heated stare wasn’t because of any mutual attraction. It was because he’d seen me vandalize his car. And now he couldn’t wait to annihilate his rival.

There’s a fine line between love and hate—and we shouldn’t cross it.

We shouldn’t—but straddling that line could be so much fun.