Title: Trade Me (Cyclone Series, Book #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Young Adult
Author: Courtney Milan
Publisher: Courtney Milan
Source: Free for review from the author
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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 Systems. But when he makes an offhand 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. Trade Me is the first book in the Cyclone series.
When you have such an accomplished author like Courtney Milan it is expected that there will be a very good story that is well written. This offering is no exception. Her characterization is so spot-on that you will think this is a real story about real people. The Chinese background of Tina and the corporate culture background of Blake is so well developed and presented that it is what makes these characters so real. (Courtney goes so far as to thoroughly explain that these are not real living people in an afterword.) There is a strong initial attraction between Tina and Blake but since they have a business agreement and both are full of their own insecurities, they try to set aside (unsuccessfully) the attraction. The romance is slow building and sensual. There are side characters that play important roles in the lives of both Tina and Blake. There is even a shocking surprise or two.
I can highly recommend this book to Contemporary romance fans as well as fans of the Young Adult genre.