*** This novel is intended for those over 18 years of age, due to mature content.
Life is full of choices… paths, if you will. Vincenza Lombardi’s life has been carefully planned out and orchestrated by her wealthy and powerful family. Nothing but the best for their “Baby V”. The best prep schools, the finest finishing schools, and the top girls-only university in the nation.
As the only daughter, she has been protected and shielded by her three older brothers from anything unsavory that could possibly compromise their pride and joy.
Every decision, every move, has been to prepare Baby V for the role she was born for.
But Vincenza, or “V”, has other plans. Home for one last summer before she embarks on her secret life plans, she’s determined to forge her own way, on her own, separate from her impressive but constricting family legacy. As if three older brothers aren’t enough to stand in her way, V also has to deal with Dom DiBenedetto.
The Dibenedetto and Lombardi families had grown their fortunes together, raised their families closely and run one of the most successful importing business in the world. As CEO, Dom is used to running things his way and getting what he wants. As the head of his family, Dom takes his role seriously… ensuring the future and security of his employees and his loved ones. Unbeknownst to her, V plays a critical role in those plans, but will they fit in with the life she see’s for herself?
“It’s the same smile she gives everybody, every time, exactly the same. I’m sure it was perfected somewhere around thirteen years old in the company of her vanity mirror.”
“She’s materialistic, snobbish, fake… all the things I strive not to be. She’s probably the type of girl that would list Barbie as a role model.”
Baby V is a bit of a genre hop, combining New Adult romance, some family drama, and romantic suspense. I enjoyed every twist and turn in this engaging and well written tale. The story is remarkably tame for Tara Oakes when compared to her MC books – which I adore – but it does not disappoint. It was actually rather sweet and tender. I doubt I will ever eat a chocolate sundae again without thinking of this story. Ms. Oakes characters are interesting, complicated, and likable. Her writing is clever and insightful with hidden humor. I find it addicting. When I need to put my kindle down and take a break, I have a hard time finding a place to pause, as she has an evil knack for stringing me along with these bread crumbs and missing pieces of information. She teases my brain by dangling them just out of reach, keeping me anxious to unravel the secret. And while I eagerly look forward to reading more of this story, I am very happy to inform you there is no nasty cliffhanger – yay!
Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She’s a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she’s not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.
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