Twin Piques by Tracie Banister
Publication Date: January 3, 2015
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?
Twin Piques is a fabulously fun novel filled with humor, life and romance. I was literally laughing from page one! Within the pages of this novel, Tracie created a lively world and highly entertaining story. I have to admit, this is a difficult review for me to write, but not because I didn’t like it, but rather, because I LOVED this book! It’s always more difficult to write reviews for the books that I really really loved, because I want to do justice to the story and articulate why I enjoyed the story and why it’s a must-read. I’ll do my best to let you know why I loved it!
Living in San Francisco, twins Sloane and Willa Tobin are like night and day. Sloane is a sleek, organized, and professional forensic accountant while Willa is a sweet, artistic, and eccentric free-spirit that makes a living as a pet psychic working with dogs and cats. As different as these two girls are, they are both extremely good at what they do and they both love their job dearly.
The only thing that the sisters have in common besides loving their prospective careers, is their next-door neighbor and friend of more than twenty-five years, Gavin. They might have surprisingly different relationships with him, but he’s a wonderful and hilarious constant in their lives. I loved the way that the different relationships throughout this novel were introduced, developed and escalated.
There was a lot of laughter on my end and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute spent reading this novel. The twins aren’t the stereotypical personalities that one might assume when reading what they do for work. Willa is a free-spirit, but she’s not an airhead. Sloane is a tough professional but she’s not a malicious woman. They are both extremely different, yet I found myself wishing I had friends exactly like them both in my life.
I had never heard of or knew what a forensic accountant does and was excited to not only be introduced to something new, but for it to be relevant in my life outside of reading. A few days after reading this book, there was a forensic accountant written into an episode of my favorite television show. Needless to say, I felt a bit worldly and intelligent that I actually knew what a forensic accountant does. High five to Tracie for broadening my horizons!
One of the most important concepts throughout this novel was the idea of love and relationships and that sometimes things aren’t always as they seem. It’s important to learn to let the right people into your life and sometimes you need to allow yourself to be vulnerable in order to do that and be happy. There’s always going to be things that are out of our control, but at the end of the day we must choose happiness and open ourselves to the possibility of love.
Upon finishing this novel, Tracie was immediately added to my list of go-to authors. I can’t wait to read more of her stories! Thankfully I already have one downloaded on my iPad, In Need of Therapy and I have a feeling that I’ll want to purchase her other novel Blame It On The Fame when I’m done reading the one I already have. Tracie has an incredibly charming writing style and anyone that loves chick-lit or rom-coms is sure to enjoy reading Twin Piques.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Tracie provided me with a free copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. Receiving novels free of charge in no way reflects on my honest opinion and no monetary compensation was provided for my review. I encourage you to write reviews and share them on sites like Goodreads and Amazon so that your fellow readers can see what you think!
Connect with Tracie
An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Twin Piques is her third Chick Lit release. The pet psychic character in this novel was inspired by Tracie’s rascally rescue dogs. She’d love to know what goes on in their heads!