Part of a series? Yes.
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
Trade Me is the first book in the Cyclone series. It can be read as a standalone.
It’s funny sometimes how it’s taking a little while to get into a story. Here, at first I was intrigued and even hooked, but I quickly got bored. And then, getting closer and closer to the end I went back to being hooked. In the end, I do think it’s a really good story, a story worth reading.
Blake and Tina are interesting characters. They have hang ups, issues that come in the way. The author did a really great job in showing us how difficult it is for them both to overcome their issues and take risks and stand up for themselves.
But, I had a hard time at one point with Tina’s issues. It’s believable and really well-done, but unfortunately I got bored. It didn’t last, of course, but at one point I was afraid that it wouldn’t evolve. I think Tina’s evolution came late and slightly rushed. But, it’s very well-tied up.
Blake’s problem was a mystery for a little while. I picked up on some things, but I think we were kept too long in the dark considering that it’s not used all that much later on when it came to light. That being said, it’s very understandable, well-written and I was on board with him. It’s not an issue often used, if at all, for male character. It’s also great to read about a nice male lead character, a character that isn’t cold, that isn’t an alpha-male and who isn’t a womanizer either. It’s a good change.
Considering that this story is written in dual POV, I expected to see more of a difference between Tina and Blake’s voice, but it’s pretty similar when it’s all said and done. Of course, you pick up on whose POV it is, but I didn’t necessarily felt the difference.
The plot itself is pretty straightforward and based on a switch between Tina and Blake’s lives. It’s not unheard of, it’s not necessarily unique and it’s not the most interesting aspect of this novel. The interesting thing is witnessing Blake and Tina overcoming their fears and issues and getting closer.
The writing style is flawless, but maybe a little too descriptive at times for my taste and for the tone of the book. It’s a matter of personal taste here. But, I can say this without a doubt: this author is talented.
In the end, Tina and Blake are very alike, they’re good characters, have a nice chemistry and their romance is akin to those you can find in modern romantic movies. It’s a nice distraction, a refreshing contemporary romance from what I often read. I will read the next ones in the series.
What do you think of Blake?