Skip to main content

Trade Me by Courtney Milan


Title: Trade Me 
Author: Courtney Milan
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published: January 20, 2015
Publication: Independent
Rating:  ♨♨♨♨ 4 of 5 cups ( A great twist on the Prince and the Pauper plotline straggling both cultural and class divide.  Witty and zippy dialogues with wonderful characters)

Synopsis:

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.


Review:



Trade Me is Courtney Milan's first contemporary new adult romance and is also my first Courtney Milan book. As a whole, it has the basic tenets of new adult, characters dealing with the first basic steps into adulthood, young woman meets young man, an auspicious first encounter, a very devious twist into the prince and the pauper plot and of course the falling into love bit. What is the difference? The class and cultural divide was so simply discussed and yet so multilayered. Tina Chen was someone I can actually relate to in a whole personal level. Her background, her family, her choices in her path in life. It will definitely resonate with most Asians whether Asian American or not. Blake's situation on the other hand is again so common in today's young generation. The expectations, the weight of responsibility, not so much on the financial aspects but more so on what their purpose in life truly is. There simply nothing I didn't love or get about this book. The writing was just superb, the dialogues spot on, the simmering almost boiling attraction between Tina and Blake that was for the most part just there but not overtly displayed in anyway was sexier and hotter when it did culminate. The vivid and visceral details of the story was enough to actually get the readers to believe that they actually know this (and those tech gadgets sounds amazing). In many ways Trade Me isn't just a love story or a coming of age one, its also story of the world. Gearing myself to reading Maria's story next, now that one is definitely going to be really interesting.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Release Day: Bohemian by Kathryn Nolan

RATING/REVIEW: ☕☕☕☕ (4 cups of soothing, slow burn romance!)
Bohemian is a modern day love story about two very different people whose common love for the written word brings them together and in the end may drive them apart.  Lucia and Calvin never would have met in the same place except for the presence of The Mad Ones, an old fashioned bookstore found in the beautiful area of Big Sur.  Lucia is a supermodel, at the age of 26 what use to thrill her has been leaving her bored almost.  When a scheduled shoot in an old fashioned bookstore suddenly fans the flames of her love of reading she starts yearning for more.  Calvin inherited The Mad Ones from his beloved grandfather.  His grandfather's love of reading and his lifestyle has always brought joy to a young Calvin but he never really subscribed to that way of life.  When he meets Lucia he might have been starstruck for a bit.  What does a geeky nerd like him have in common with a beautiful woman like her.  When he finds out they …

Blog Tour: Ride With Me by Ashley Hastings: Review plus Giveaway!

RIDE WITH ME by Ashley HastingsPublication Date: April 5, 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating/Review: ☕☕☕ 1/2 (3.5 cups of funny and sweet but sexy romance) Ride with Me pairs up a sexy cop and a sweet nerdy but adorable grad student who spend their time getting to know each other through a ridealong.  But first they had the most unique meet cute involving car chases!  Who can beat that?!  Lucy and Grayson may not appear to be compatible but in Ride with Me they definitely hit the right notes together. Sweet, short and funny, Ride with Me is a lighthearted read that would put a smile in any romance readers face.

BUY NOW!Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Jq6nsq(#FREE with #KindleUnlimited) Paperback: https://amzn.to/2EpsefW


SYNOPSIS:A bad boy cop and a straight-laced student are about to go on the ride of their lives… He’s the law, but she’s the one making the rules. Graduate student Lucy wants order and predictability in her life. She always has a list to consult and a plan to execute. Poli…

Review Post: Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee

Rating/Review: ☕☕☕☕ 1/2 (4.5 cups, this romantic suspense will give new meaning to The First Wives Club)
You never know what you really would be getting when reading a Catherine Bybee book.  On the outside, each book can definitely hold its own as a great contemporary romance novel.  Read a little bit further, you get well-defined, multilayered characters and a romantic suspense in the making. Pretty soon you will be amazed on the intricate storyline balanced well with the main characters developing romance.  Fool Me Once is definitely a Catherine Bybee book.  The first in her new series, First Wives,  Fool Me Once is also a spinoff from her popular Weekday Bride series.  And yet again, Ms. Bybee delivers in her great characters, well thought out plot and melding her two series together without one overpowering the other.
The story starts out as the head of Alliance and their legal go to person, Lori try to help one of their client who unexpectedly lost her husband.  To get her away …