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Review: Twin Piques by Tracie Banister

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Twin Piques
by Tracie Banister
Kindle Edition, 462 pages
Published January 3rd 2015


coffeesynopsisdForensic 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?

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Whoa, what can I say? Chick lits had always been my favorite genre and this one from Tracie Banister just made me giggly and starry-eyed. I think, sisters Willa and Sloane are the only twins I’ve encountered in a book who aren’t villainous and do not hate each other. Ha ha. Seriously, of all the books I’ve read before, be it dystopian, or mystery or sci-fi or fantasy, most twins are either pit against each other and one of them is evil and cunning and is out to kill the other one.

Willa and Sloane sure looks similar to each other but that’s where the comparison ends. I’m glad they aren’t wearing same-styled or same-colored clothes and that they wore their hair differently. Ever heard of a dog whisperer? Well, Willa is more than that. She’s a pet psychic. She communicates with animals (mostly dogs and cats) and she understands their feelings, she sees what their emotions convey, she makes sure their needs are met. Others thought her job is baloney, that she’s kinda crazy, but the truth is, she’s even better than the vet who treats sick pets.

Most of the time, I find myself lost in Willa’s world. The way she talks to her dog Cicero and those TV hosts’ pets were really convincing. I even thought I was reading a non-fiction book, that there really is someone out there who could interact with animals the way Willa does.

Sloane, on the other hand, deals with finances and threats and embezzlers. She’s an enigma. Working as a forensic accountant who investigates fraudulent issues and even those minute details such as questionable cash withdrawals and gay relationships, she’s out to put scammers and swindlers to jail. She’s also working her way up to a higher position, and her boss Josh is just too happy to help her (like unbuttoning or unzipping her dress during lunch hours, uh-huh).

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

These girls got the best of both worlds and I love them a lot. They’re both strong characters, funny and smart. Most of the time, they blab a lot (that’s one similarity I discover) and they don’t pull each other down. Their love interests were also fascinating. Willa meets Brody, a rosarian (a rose doctor in simpler terms) in a TV show and I thought they hit it off. Gavin and Sloane on the other hand keep each other at bay. They do not have any romantic feelings for each other, until…. Thea the Barracuda comes back and Josh the stripper abandons her after he meets their boss’s daughter. I am telling you, this book is exciting!

Oh and the best part is? The names of the dogs of bestseller Blythe Summers (Sloan’s client) were really cute. Yeah, you’ll get to meet Nora Roberts, Jackie Collins, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Nicholas Sparks and Sidney Sheldon in all their furry glory. They had me grinning the whole day! Yay!

Tracie Banister’s writing was light, quirky, and witty. Twin Piques is impossible to put down. I think this book is on par with Sophie Kinsella’s chick lits! Bravo Tracie!

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