Review: Tracie Banister - Twin Piques

Review: Tracie Banister – Twin PiquesTwin Piques by Tracie Banister
Published by Tracie Banister on January 7, 2015
Genres: Chick Lit
Pages: 383

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?

Snort-laugh hilarious!!

It dawned on me this afternoon why my abs hurt a bit yesterday and today when I haven’t worked out in months…this book since I finished it at 3:00 yesterday morning. This book. Holy crap. There were several times that I had to wipe my eyes after laughing so hard. Worth every minute of sleep that I did not get!

And with that, I give my new friend a saucy wink and follow the PA out to the corridor, doing my best not to wobble like a Weeble.

I seriously have no idea why that line was so funny to me, but I cracked up. For about 5 minutes after I read it.

And this scene…Lord, I was rolling after this one!

“Me, too!” says Parker who pops up out of nowhere, like one of those obnoxious internet ads that encourages me to get a free colonic or enroll in clown college when all I want to do is buy a six-month supply of toothpaste and tampons.

“I love team lunches. Where are we going? The Italian place down the street, I hope. Their manicotti is the best!”

Been there. SO been there. I think we all have a “Parker”, right? 😉 All I could picture was a hyper little dog ready to go for a walk. Fitting, no?

There are really so many funny lines in this book. We’ve got the “forget about men” thing going here, too. Oh, my friends, can I relate.

Men can always be counted on to let you down is a lesson I learned a long time ago…

Agree 100% for any potential love interests. I do have some pretty special guys in my life who I can count on if I need them, but they’re more like family. (Hi, Boys!!)

Then comes the romance. *SWOON* I never expected to get TWO book boyfriends from one book but um, hello! Tracie showed me that TWO book bfs are WAY better than one. No, that doesn’t mean what you think it does. Get your minds out of the gutter. This isn’t THAT kind of book!! (There is a review for one coming soon though, so stay tuned.) Twin sisters in a Chick Lit novel means the possibility of several guys (again, not that way) which means getting to pick and choose who your favorites are. I won’t go into too much detail, but there are the winners and the jerks (as per usual, right?). *runs off to find the jerk-be-gone spray* My “winners”…drumroll please

“Wyatt. Brody Wyatt.” Mr. Rosarian. The man with the green thumb. I dig it. *snort* (Pun totally unintentional but couldn’t delete!)

Gavin. Boy Next Door. Best friend since a very young age. Graphic artist. Oh yeah. Color me sold. (Now that pun was on purpose.)

On to the twins and starlets of this fabulous story, Willa and Sloane Tobin. Identical only in physical appearance. Style and personality, 100% different. Ok, maybe 99%. Right before release day, Tracie introduced Willa and Sloane in a couple of blog posts.  I read both, commented on a Facebook post and said “I have a good feeling about who I will relate to more. I can’t wait to find out if I’m right!!” Her response? “Ha ha You might be surprised, Karan Eleni.”

Tracie, my darling friend, you were correct. I was very surprised to find that I’m almost an even split between the two. Then I remembered (how can I forget this??) that I’m a Gemini. Twins. *facepalm* Of course I’ll be like both! One is dead serious when it comes to her career and the other is artsy-craftsy creative. Yup. Totally me.  Except for the pet psychic thing. That would be awesome though!!

She also introduced us to “the Men of Twin Piques”, two of whom I mentioned above. Her blog posts are linked below. Swing over and see if you can figure out which Tobin twin you might relate to more. Take a peek at the guys too. Trust, you’ll want to. 🙂

Willa Tobin  ~  Sloane Tobin  ~  The Men of Twin Piques

Now, go buy the book. Then, I want to know if you were right or pleasantly surprised like I was.

Final word: 5 stars. This will be a hard read to beat in 2015. Great start to the year!

(Don’t forget!! Head over to the BBP event page to read all of the amazing blog posts that were part of the TWIN PIQUES Release Week Blitz! HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated!!!)

*This event was organized by Bliss Book Promotions*

About Tracie Banister

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 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 back burner 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. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit).

Although Tracie swore she’d never write a sequel to any of her books, the character of Izzy Alvarez, who first appeared in In Need of Therapy, would not be denied. Izzy As Is is Tracie’s fifth novel, and she hopes readers enjoy this return trip to Miami.