All Grown Up

All Grown Up

by Vi Keeland

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A new, sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.

When I first encountered Ford Donovan, I had no idea who he was...well, other than the obvious. Young, gorgeous, successful, smart. Did I mention young? If I did, it bears repeating. Ford Donovan was too young for me.

Let's back up to how it all started. My best friend decided I needed to start dating again. So, without my knowledge, she set up a profile for me on a popular dating site—one that invited men ages twenty-one to twenty-seven to apply for a date. Those nicknamed Cunnilingus King were told they'd go straight to the top for consideration. The profile wasn't supposed to go live. Another point that bears repeating—it wasn't supposed to.

Nevertheless, that's how I met Ford, and we started messaging. He made me laugh; yet I was adamant that because of his age, we could only be friends. But after weeks of wearing me down, I finally agreed to one date only—my first after twenty years of being with my high school sweetheart. I knew it couldn't last, but I was curious about him.

Though, you know what they say...curiosity kills the cat.

My legs wobbled walking into the restaurant.

Ford was seated at the bar. When he turned around, he took my breath away.

His sexy smile nearly melted my panties.

But...he looked so familiar.

As I got closer I realized why.

He was the son of the neighbor at our family's summer home.

The boy next door.

Only now...he was all man.

I hadn't seen him in years.

I left the restaurant and planned to put the entire crazy thing behind me.

Which I did. Until summer came.

And guess who decided to use his family's summer home this year?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163119561
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 07/08/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,142
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over one hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-six languages. 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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All Grown Up 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
wendm_ccbh 4 months ago
4.5 STARS! The truth is, you can never have the right feelings at the wrong time, because there is never a wrong time for the right person." Vi Keeland has shown she exhibits a versatility in her writing and that she is not afraid to write about taboo topics. Though I have only read a few books by this author at this point, she never disappoints! All Grown Up was every bit the sexy forbidden trope you need! Not only was Valentina 12 years Ford's senior but she also happens to be his neighbor #yes! The premise of the story was great. We started off with Val getting back in the dating world after being divorced for 2 years. With a lot of help from her best friend Eve, she tries Ford is asked to advertise his company through the site and decides to give it a go as well. He's 25 and a successful man. While looking through the site he comes upon a photo of a woman cannonballing in a pool and she's smiling. He's instantly drawn to this stranger and he begins chatting with her. Chatting soon progresses and they decide to meet up in person at a restaurant. Val is a nervous wreck and she can't even go inside. However, Ford is a complete gentlemen and very respectful of her nerves and he has drinks and food delivered to her car! When Val gets the courage to go inside the restaurant all hell breaks loose for she instantly recognizes Ford. The sexy, young stud she's been having a great time talking to is no other than the boy next door from her summer home #ohsnap. After this moment a whole lot of emotions, angst, and steamy sexy moments ensues between these two. Val fights the fact that he's too young for her. However, she realizes they have an undeniable chemistry and attraction towards one another so she stops fighting the pull and just goes for it. I loved how Ford didn't care that Val was much older. He made her feel alive again. Val could be herself around him and she was finding herself, going after all of her dreams and goals. This book was such an emotional, sweet, funny, and forbidden love affair. The perfect summer read. Take me to Montauk, please!
DeanaRenfroe 4 months ago
This book had me from the start. If you want laughs, tears, sadness and happy endings, then this is the book for you. I can actually vouch for the love story that this book had. I am actually married to a younger man. Vi knows how to capture her audience and keep them entertained throughout the whole book. This is my favorite book from Vi so far.
FS_Meurinne 4 months ago
This book is just perfect, I love every page, every chapter. The characters, Valentina and Ford are amazing. Their banter, their chemistry, the circumstances. I love a young yet mature and romantic guy, that has all the sexynes and charm anyone would love to have. Valentina is a woman that fears going out into the dating game again. Yet they find each other in a way they never expected. The story plot goes deeper than expected, yet it is just perfect. I got all the feels and I think it has come to the top list of my favorite Vi Keeland's books. A superb 5 star must read!
Anonymous 4 months ago
This one of my favorite tropes, an age gap romance. I love the two main characters, Ford and Valentina. Val is the older woman, recently divorced and the mother of a college aged son. Despite her insecurities brought on by her ex-husband and failed marriage, Valentina is trying to find her way back to her fun loving, adventurous self. Ford was thrown into adulthood early, having to raise his younger sister after the death of his parents. I loved reading every word in this book! There was a perfect blend of humor, tender moments, and angst. I was consumed by this story when I encountered the unexpected plot twists, the ones that make your jaw drop. Vi’s writing is flawless and the story had a nice flow. The ending was absolutely perfect!
Anonymous 9 days ago
Loved the book. I had a hard time putting it down, it was so good.
Anonymous 29 days ago
absolutely loved this read
DebraSchwartz1971 3 months ago
Val's friend Eve sets up a profile on for Val, wanting to get Val back in the dating scene after her divorce. At the same time, Ford is looking at a business investment with and decides to check it out. They met up online, start texting, and while they are having fun texting, Val is upset about being 12 years older than Ford. I loved this book. The way they got to know each other before meeting in person, they way Ford gently pursued Val even as she constantly pushed back, even though she really liked him. And the yellow post it notes! Ford was amazing, he was so considerate, so funny, and such a gentleman. Val was so insecure, thinking Ford could be dating younger, more beautiful women, while Ford was focused on Val as the total package.
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bbarneybooks28 3 months ago
The old adage of age only being a number holds true in Vi Keeland’s newest release, All Grown Up, because even though there’s a 12 year age difference between the hero, Ford Donovan, and the heroine, Valentina Davis, their chemistry, their connection, and the way they make each other want more are so much more important than the gap in their age and the slight forbidden aspect of their relationship due to the fact that Ford was Val’s son’s babysitter when they were younger. At first, though, their past and their age difference, along with Val’s desire to find herself again after her divorce are absolutely points of contention for Val and her concerns with those factors drive her to not give into her desire for the sexy, sweet, and thoughtful adult version of Ford, but he’s more than determined to show Val exactly why they work and why he just needs a chance to prove to her that living in the moment, that thinking with her heart instead of her head are more than worth the risk. As soon as Keeland introduced me to the very grown up Ford Donovan, I was totally smitten by him. He definitely had to grow up fast after his parents’ death, which makes him quite the old soul, but what their deaths also taught him was that life is meant to be lived fully, not always questioning what can go wrong but remaining in the present and soaking up every single thing that life gives. His sincerity, his ambition, his drive, and his filthy mouth make Ford quite the complex hero, and I love how Keeland characterized him in a way that more than showed why he is Val’s perfect match despite all the ways they are different and perhaps even wrong for one another. Val’s concerns about a relationship with Ford will resonate with readers, partly because that’s how society seems to view an older woman/younger man connection but also because as a divorced woman, she’s a bit gun-shy when it comes to dating again and the fact that she hasn’t had a date in over 20 years because she and her husband were high school sweethearts. The way that Keeland addresses those concerns and has Val work through them at her own pace, getting stuck in her head way more than some would have wanted her to, but given all that Val has been through, I can’t blame her for being both gun-shy and hesitant to give her heart to Ford given all the obstacles that seem to be working against them. All Grown Up is one heck of a sweet and sexy story, but it’s also one that addresses some of the social stigmas that come with an older woman dating a younger man and the hypocrisy of such a closed-minded perspective. Ford and Val’s personalities and views on life complement each other, making them the perfect couple and the fact that Ford never deterred from his mission of making Val his despite the wall that took him quite a bit to tear down proves just how amazing his book boyfriend qualities are. 4 Poison Apples
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At 239 nook pages it's filled with a little humor, steamy loving, emotional issues, conflict, heartache and just a great mix for this wonderful love story! (I really liked it for I too am known for being a post-it queen!! Lol... Val was a character close to my heart!)****
triciabartley 4 months ago
All Grown Up…and ohhh LAWD is Ford Donovan All Grown Up!!! One of the best books to read this summer!!! Vi Keeland is at it again with this new sexy standalone, I could not put it down!! I was definitely burning those pages way into the night to get to the end..haha ”The ink on my divorce papers is barely dry.” “It’s been eighteen months.” “How long has it been since you’ve had good sex?” See…. starting off with these types of questions from your BFF, you know it’s going to be a fun, sexy read!!! Then your BFF tells you she signed you up on *giggle snort* So what can it hurt?? Your only chatting online at first, innocent flirting, great conversation. Well that is until you finally agree to meet this person and you actually know him and you realized he is a bit young for you. Now what do you do?? Ummm this is where you go one click All Grown Up by Vi Keeland and find out for yourself. Soo much fun and lots of banter, just like I love to read in my books!!! Thanks Vi for another fantastic read!!!
lexiesmomma_32 4 months ago
As someone who is usually all for the older man/younger woman I wasn't sure how I would feel with the role reversal and if I would like this book but its by Vi Keeland and I am such a fan and figured if anyone can give me a book about this reversal that I would love it would be her. I was definitely right for sure. Vi delivered us a book about two people who have a strong connection and chemistry when they start talking and then things go awry but that doesn't mean their connection and chemistry is any less. Val is trying to move on from her divorce and the last effects it has caused emotionally never expecting to find herself in the situation she finds herself in. The connection is undeniable but can she get over the age difference, the judgments that are sure to come?? Ford isn't your typical man his age. He has had to grow up fast and doesn't feel that age should make a difference when it comes to the connection that he has with Val, he just has to show her that. Unfortunately that is easier said then done and then a wrench in his life throws him for a loop and everything he thought he knew is shattered. Vi has once again delivered a must read that I could not put down. As someone who was on the fence about reading this book I can honestly say that I truly enjoyed this book and I am thrilled that I decided to give it a shot.
Stace_Lou-88 4 months ago
Vi only went and did it again!!!! She just keeps releasing these books and keep loving them all so much. I love reading a book with an age gap in. But it's normally a younger woman/older man. I've never read one where it's younger man/older woman. But I always say 'I'll read anything'. The gap isnt that big only 12 years but it doesnt matter at all. You have to meet Ford and Val. The story is just so amazing I loved every single minute of it from start to finish. Oh Ford how much I love him *swoons*. He made me laugh, go OMG that's hot, say Ford dont do it and giggle. You can't help but fall in love with him. Because I certainly did. Val... LOVE HER. I love that after her divorce she starts to try new things after she never got to do them because she was married at such a young age. I loved the back and forth messages Ford & Val shared. Plus when he got all flirty I was like 'Ford you are so darn sexy' lol. This book was absolutely fantastic
Ambrosia1109 4 months ago
Ford = THE BEST Vi Keeland book boyfriend EVER!!! He hit me in all the right places and I felt like getting my fill was completely impossible. I became insatiable when it came to Ford. All Grown Up is written with utter exquisiteness! Ford is charming, funny, sexy, smart, witty, thoughtful, loving, strong, and considerate. I'm sure I could fit in more complementary adjectives because these just aren't enough. And Valentina - she is so many of us. Because of her life experiences and her age, she finds herself lacking in the self esteem department. Despite all of it, however, she does not lack in strength. Ford is her salve, and she is his. The pairing of these two couldn't be more spot on. This story touches on so many issues of the heart that are relatable, which made for a captivating read. Vi Keeland did this trope proper justice. It was impeccably done and left my heart full. If I could recommend a Vi Keeland book to anyone, All Grown Up would be at the top of the list.
SarahKlecker 4 months ago
After a bitter divorce and years of self-doubt, Valentina finally has the chance o focus on herself and finding out who Val is and who she could be without worrying about others. After pursuing schooling, a new career path, making new friends, and finally finding her rhythm...Val is pushed head-first into the dating pool by her best friend whether she is ready or not. What she didn't expect...was that one perfect match for her to show up on a dating app. What she expected even less after taking time to get to know that man behind the screen that he is literally the boy next door from her and her ex-husbands family beach house...but that he is perfect for her in every way but one... They say that age is just a number...but it could prove to be the ONE thing that keeps Val away from finding love again after finding herself. Vi captures my attention from page one, and I couldn't stop reading. Val was so relatable as a person very close in age to myself. Made me question what I would have dnoe done in the same situations. Ford Donovan is the definition of "boy-next-door" while also being the epitome of "a man's man". Swoon worthy, passionate, and downright honest. This book has all the feels!
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MarshaJo 4 months ago
This is a cute and fun and sexy story about a divorcee who joins a dating app to 'get back in the game' only to make an instant connection. She should be ecstatic. The two have chemistry that shines through their texting, but when it comes time to meet in person, disaster strikes. They already know each other and he is closer to her son's age than he is to hers, and quite frankly that freaks her out. He is a persistent little buggar though and doesn't let her push him away without any resistance. The book has humor and plenty of swoony moments, as he sets out to prove age is just a number and he is every bit a man as the men her age. Even the steamy moments are kinda sweet. Both characters are smart and independent. Neither were looking for long term relationships, but wanted more than that they currently had. She had a past to work through, and he had discovered a past secret that threatened to ruin everything they had worked towards together. It's easy to read well written. Hard to put down, thus making it a fairly quick read. It alternates between POVs. Due to the sexual content, I would say this is recommended for mature readers.
DuckyDi 4 months ago
I’m still smiling… Ford and Valentina were delicious in this heart-warming and laughter-inducing older woman/younger man romance! Author Vi Keeland transformed sexting and sexy conversation to an art form as this these two meandered their way through society expectations, inner fears and a whole lot of love. An online dating profile sparked a breezy back and forth that had me laughing and smiling at all the yummy awkwardness from the very beginning… Ford endeared himself right away. He said the right thing at the right time and managed to be uber hot and sincere through it all. He wanted Val and he wasn’t afraid to put himself out there, again and again, until she felt the same. Each conversation, each courtship step, had me swooning along with Val. She, however, held out a lot longer though! Val, and her bestie, had me laughing. A lot! They knew each other so well and the poking and prodding through all the will they, won’t they was well intentioned as well as hilarious. Val did need some help working through all the real (and imagined) obstacles that kept her from committing to Ford. How she resisted so long was the real mystery for me… I couldn’t read this story fast enough even if it took me to the wee hours of the morning to get to the “all the feels’ ending. One of the best reads of the year! *Reviewed for 1-Click Addict Support Group
Lisa-Lou 4 months ago
All Grown Up by Vi Keeland is a standalone contemporary romance that is simply more proof as to why I keep this amazing author on my Must-Read list of authors. The older woman/younger man romance between Ford and Valentina is emotional, hard-won, steamy, and phenomenal. Told in dual POV between Ford Donovan and Valentina Davis, this isn't just a love story between two people with big hearts and beautiful souls, it's about a divorced woman in her late thirties getting her life in order, setting goals, achieving dreams and about the mature and wise young man who is strong enough to let her spread her wings. The push and pull, the awkwardness of realizing they know each other, of their age difference, of learning not to care what others think and only caring about those who matter. Well-written and perfectly-paced this was an absolutely awesome read that had me swooning all over the place. Enjoy!
jenzny 4 months ago
I'm going to tell you right now... If you are romance reader, Ford is the KING of book boyfriends. And if you aren't a romance reader, he will make you become one. This story is what romance is all about. Love doesn't always follow the rules that you set for yourself or that others think you should abide by. It happens when you aren't looking. I enjoyed the woo-ing, the banter, the texts and just about everything else in the story.
KaraHildebrand 4 months ago
All Grown Up is Vi Keeland's new standalone romance. I’m a huge fan of Vi and her books always give me all the feels. I especially loved this one because the age gap and the woman being the older of the two! Dare I say that Ford is one of my favorite Keeland men? Valentina is pushing forty and divorced with a grown son. Her best friend thinks she needs to start dating again so she sets her up on an online dating site. She connects with Donovan and they hit it off. There is already chemistry and sparks and they decide to meet. Uh oh. Turns out Donovan is actually Ford, the son of their neighbors at the Montauk summer home. What are the chances. Ford is only twenty-five, but he's not immature. He had to grow up fast and learn things no teenager should have to know. Ford my be younger than Val, but he's responsible, runs a business, takes care of his sister and isn't going to let Val get away. Val is very attracted to Ford and can't get past his age. Her own insecurities are just too strong, even though she's doing what she loves, taking care of herself and happier now than she has been in years. Ford doesn't care about the age difference. He knows he wants to be with Val and he chases after her. Hard. Then he finally finds the key to getting her. Promise her just the summer. When it's over, they're over. Val loves this idea. Ford is the first man she's been attracted to in years and she wants him. It doesn't take long for Val to realizes she doesn't care how old Ford it. She's falling for him and he's perfect for her. What happens when the summer is over? Will they admit their feelings or let each other go? I loved watching Ford and Val learn, grow and fall for each other. They both had their own obstacles to overcome before they could allow themselves to find happiness. Together! I love Ford. So much. He is sweet, sexy, handsome, romantic and he didn't give up on Val. She's older and wiser. She won't make the same mistakes she did when she was younger. She's strong, independent and knows what she wants. Ford. Her sexy, younger neighbor! Overall, I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered and swooned!