REVIEW: VI KEELAND – WE SHOULDN’TWe Shouldn't by Vi Keeland
Also by this author: Hate Notes, The Naked Truth
on January 21st 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: office romance, enemies to lovers
Source: Amazon
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Narrator: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins

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

we shouldn’t



I’m utterly smitten with Vi Keeland’s writing. I had so much fun with WE SHOULDN’T – it was everything I wanted it to be multiplied by 10. It started out with a laugh-out-loud scene and those were generously sprinkled throughout the story.

In this romance novel we meet Annalise and Bennett who are adversaries, competing for the same job after the merger of their former employers. To say I loved these two characters is a major understatement. Annalise is a beautiful, a little quirky, tender-hearted young woman who made Bennett a better man by leading by example. Although she was competitive she had a fairness and decency about her that couldn’t be overlooked. And Bennett didn’t.

“Underneath all the tough exterior was a man with a giant, soft heart.

He comes across like a bit of a douche in the beginning, trying to one-up Annalise at every turn but we know it’s always much more complex than that because along the way you’ll find out that there is a decent man hidden under the snark and cocky attitude. He looked out for Annalise and although it was bound to be complicated they became friends. Yes, there is a lot of push and pull happening on Bennett’s part but there was always an underlying feel of him caring immensely for his combatant so it didn’t bother me all that much..

“I didn’t see you coming, Texas. Didn’t see you coming.”

I loved loved LOVED Bennett’s inner monologues, I busted a gut laughing at him. His confusion about his feelings and attraction for Annalise were adorable…and damn he was ovaries-destroying in bed. Vi Keeland really made me wait for their first time – there was so much pent up sexual energy between them that I knew it would be explosive.

Two more things I absolutely adored: Annalise narrating her driving – of course it was sex where Bennett’s mind wandered when he learned about it. The other thing was his relationship with his godson. There is nothing sweeter than a man who loves kids.

This office romance is also an enemies to lovers story that is perfectly executed with humor and just enough heartache to make your heart go pitter-patter. Go, pick up WE SHOULDN’T, I promise you’ll have a good time.

“Thank you for loving me even when I hated myself.”



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