Welcome back to Ellie Rice’s Key West, kick up your feet with her latest, KEYED UP, the second installment in her popular romance series. Micah’s got no time for women until he meets infuriating and sexy Ang, while on vacation. Fans of the Manhattan series by V.Theia, Heritage Bay series by MA Foster and vacation romance will devour this insta-lust, hot read.
About Keyed Up:
I’m a smart-ass with a foul mouth and I don’t take any sh–stuff from anyone. I’ve been through some
things that not even my BFF knows about. So, I have only one thing I want from a man, and it isn’t his
bank account. Hell, it’s not even his personality. Appendages are all I need. That’s why I hate Micah. He
had to go being all NICE. But our time is short. Once we leave Key West, everything stops. It’s for the best. It’s what we both want.
Or is it?
I’ve got no time for women. They require too much attention and if I’m going to build one of the premier
bike shops in Manhattan, I can’t afford to waste time with dating. I have goals. That’s why I hate Ang.
She’s infuriating, sexy, and complicated. All the things I cannot deal with right now. While we’re in Key
West, I’ll indulge. Once we leave Key West, everything stops. That’s what I want.
*trigger warning: This book contains themes related to domestic violence*
Welcome to my stop on the release tour for Ellie Rice’s Keyed Up! This follow up to Key to Her Heart picks up with Val’s best friend, Ang and Stone’s friend Micah who are in Key West for Val and Stone’s wedding! I loved Ang in Key to Her Heart, but that didn’t even scratch the surface as far the depth of her character in this one.
Ang is absolutely hilarious and inappropriate making her someone I would love to be friends with. What no one knows is, there is a reason she goes from guy to guy and won’t settle down with anyone. Micah isn’t fundamentally against settling down with one woman, but he’s insanely busy opening a second custom bike shop and has an extremely crazy and successful career. The problem is, the more these two spend time together while in Key West, the more they find themselves attracted to one another – and not just in the bedroom. They each try to muffle their feelings and play it cool with the other, but how long can that last?
Similar to her previous book with Val and Stone, Ellie Rice has created two characters who are perfect for one another, yet too stubborn to do anything about it. This was frustrating to read, but all of the angst made it worth it in the end. She beautifully crafted these two characters in a way that will make the reader believe without a doubt that they are soul mates and meant to be together. But of course, there is emotional baggage, self-doubt, denial, and so on.
The best part of this book, however, is Ang’s sense of humor. Her words, sayings, expressions, etc. had me laughing out loud with tears streaming down my face! And the way she could make big, bad, sexy Micah crack up in an instant was perfection. As I stated earlier, Ang is very inappropriate so if you are easily offended by terms or expressions related to body parts, sexual acts, bodily functions, etc. – you may not love this one as much as I did. But it was insanely funny while also serving the purpose of showing who Ang really was.
The most difficult part of the novel was both Ang and Micah’s pasts. Both of them had been through hell, but to see the people they had become despite their past secrets, made them all the more lovable. Even better was the way they eventually faced up to everything and worked on things together.
I cannot put into words what a page-turner this book was for me. It’s romantic, seriously sexy, crazy funny, and just left me feeling all happy inside when I had finished reading. Be warned, however, you will completely fall in love with Micah and will find yourself daydreaming about him while sitting in traffic for days to come! I highly recommend this one to anyone who wants a sweet and sexy romance mixed with real-life sorrows, but a ton of laughs!
*Thanks to Forever Write PR for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!
as her love of music. Ellie is fluent in sarcasm, song lyrics, and movie quotes. Chances are, anything
you say will remind her of a song or movie and she will quote it to you. Her debut romance novel
released May 2018, after years of hard work. Look for more titles coming soon.