Sunday, October 25, 2015

Review: "Trade Me" by Courtney Milan

Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Technology. But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life. To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations. But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart...but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.
Thank you to Victory Editing via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Did I like this book?

You know, the things I liked about this book, I really LOVED, but I still can't help but feel I wanted more.  

Individually, Tina and Blake are wonderful characters!  Tina's back story is truly unique, especially in the world of New Adult romances.  I loved her mother, and more specifically their relationship - it was great to see how things between them evolved throughout the book.  Likewise with Blake and his father - awesome relationship, fantastic story development, loved everything about them.  But, Tina and Blake together...I don't know.  I think there was a bit too much tell and very little show.  I just wasn't feeling the love, you know what I mean?  Their chemistry jumped off the page when it was there, but it just wasn't there often enough for me to be buying into it, if that makes any sense.  

Will you like this book?

Yeah, it's good.  Romance readers and fans of New Adult will probably enjoy this one, and similarly, if you've read and liked anything by Courtney Milan, you will definitely want to read "Trade Me", even just to see how the author crosses over genres.

Will I read more by this author?

This is my first book by Courtney Milan, and I am seriously intrigued!  She is known for writing historical romance, and although I used to read a lot in that genre, I haven't in quite a while.  Seeing that the writing and character development were real strengths of this book, I would love to give historical romance another go if only to try some of this author's earlier titles.  And, although I wasn't "shipping" "Blina" (some new book blogger lingo I'm trying out, you like?) as much as I would have liked, I'm still curious enough about the Cyclone series to give the second book, "Hold Me", a try as soon as I can get my hands on it.        

My rating:  3.5 stars

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