I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
The VIP Doubles Down
Gavin Miller, the billionaire author of a bestselling thriller series, struggles with a grim secret: he hasn’t written a word in more than a year.
Writer’s block is killing his spirit and jeopardizing his contracts with his publisher and his Hollywood producers. Prodded by his agent, Gavin reluctantly agrees to see Allie Nichols, a sassy physical therapist tasked with treating the novelist’s severe neck and shoulder pain—and maybe his writer’s block, too.
The tempestuous Gavin and no-nonsense Allie soon find themselves entangled in a steamy affair that sparks Gavin’s creativity again. But their manipulative ex-lovers and Gavin’s lingering childhood scars threaten their happily ever after. Can Gavin and Allie find their way to love when the stakes are high and the obstacles are overwhelming?
The VIP Doubles Down by Nancy Herkness brings the Wagers of the Heart series to a delicious close. One can’t help but become attracted to the yummy billionaires with generous hearts and giving natures. But when it comes to love they can be cynical and closed off. The moody Gavin Miller is no exception and I can see why his story was left for last.
A key thing to note about the series, and that I think is not a spoiler is that it revolves around a wager that 3 friends made. One year to find true love or they risk something of value. If you are new to the series, like I was when I read this book, it becomes pretty clear in the beginning. You pretty much get the gist of the wager, but you will not find out what they risked until the end of the book.
All Gavin needed was a fire haired muse with strong hands to get his creative juices flowing. Sounds naughty when I put it that way, but it’s the truth! A very popular author in his creative doldrums, makes him extra grumpy and standoffish. So when the stress of it all makes him require a physical therapist, he gets more than what he expected.
What I loved about Gavin was his generosity. All the money that he has accumulated did not make him forget his roots and where he came from. Getting a glimpse into his thought processes was fun, but there was a point where a new aspect to his nature came through. His neediness. I did not like that he interfered with Allie’s life just because he needed her. He did use his wealth and influence to manipulate her. That was a big turn off, but as the story unfolds, the why of that part of his nature becomes apparent and yes, I forgave him. I might have even shed a tear, when his backstory became apparent. There was one scene that was heartbreaking.
This was a fun read, that slowed down some with the excessive sex scenes, but I really loved the humor and dialogue. Romance fans get what they want with the overtures in the end.
“If you come back to me, I promise to love you the way you deserve. I will do everything in my power to make you happy every day of your life.”
The friendships with the other characters will definitely make me want to go back and read the other books in the series. But as it is, I do believe you will not feel out of place reading this one first. Maybe, just skip reading the epilogue if you don’t want to know what all three of them wagered and you don’t want that to spoil your reading of the previous books.