Twin Piques by Tracie Banister
Forensic accountant Sloane Tobin and kooky pet psychic Willa may have the same face, but that’s the only thing these identical twins have in common.
How she can read the hearts and minds of animals has always been a mystery to Willa, and her rotten luck with men is equally baffling. Although she’s been looking for “The One” for what feels like forever (A teenage marriage to a French mime and dating a guy named Spider seemed like good ideas at the time!), optimistic Willa refuses to give up on love. When she meets Brody, the handsome rose expert hired to save her grandmother’s garden, she’s instantly smitten, but why does he keep sending her mixed signals? Does he return her feelings, or is their attraction all in her fanciful head?
Unlike her twin, Sloane has zero interest in romance. Her passion is her job, where she uses her gift for numbers to take down slimy embezzlers and asset-hiding spouses. When she’s assigned two high profile cases, Sloane feels confident the promotion she’s been angling for is within her grasp. But will her plan to climb the corporate ladder be thwarted by difficult clients, her co-worker-with-benefits, or – most surprisingly of all – her own sister? And how’s she supposed to stay focused on the drama at work when her childhood friend, Gav, moves in next door and the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore?
To get what they both want, can Willa and Sloane band together and rely on each other’s strengths? Or will their differences drive them apart once and for all?
It took me a long time to read Tracie Banister's latest novel. Published in January of 2015, it's been sitting in my TBR pile, screaming for attention. I loved Tracie's other novels and this one was no different. I only regret not reading it sooner. Tracie's books are always well-researched - so much so, that I wonder how she has the time to write her stories. The careers that she chooses for her characters are never boring - and these two are no different: a forensic accountant and a pet psychic; a rose gardener and a graphic novelist/artist. I learned enough by reading this book, to know exactly how to take care of my roses this fall!
I fell in love with the characters, instantly. Willa, whose optimistic outlook on life made me smile the entire way through the book. Sloane, whose no-nonsense, direct approach to life had me reading her parts quickly just to see what would happen next. I rooted for Gav and Brody throughout the book and honestly felt like slapping Sloane once or twice for being so obtuse. This is what I enjoy most about Tracie's books - her characters. They are well-developed, well-balanced and memorable. They stay with me long after I've finished reading the books. I read this one over a month ago and I'm still thinking about Sloane and Willa and wondering what they're up to now.
Tracie Banister is hard at work on her fourth novel, and you can find her on Twitter, Facebook;and on he Blog! You can find Twin Piques and her other two novels (Blame it on the Fame and In Need of Therapy) on Amazon.
As always, thank you for reading my review and for supporting Indie authors!