January 23, 2015

Trade Me by Courtney Milan - FMR REVIEW

TITLE: Trade Me (Cyclone, #1)
AUTHOR: Courtney Milan
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2015
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.
This book is very different. It's characters will reach out and grab you and not let go. There are so many diverse relationships going on in this story. There is Blake and his dad, Tina and her mom, Tina with herself, Blake with himself, and then Blake and Tina. It is a lot to take in. Each one of these relationships matures during this story. There is a lot of humor in this book. There are very few romance scenes in this story but there are loads of histerical moments involving the parents. 

The two main characters have a lot of soul searching to do. Blake has a problem. But, how can he convince his father that him taking over the business is not the right thing to do, if he can't convince himself to get the help he needs. His solution was to run from the problem till he got far enough ahead of it.

Tina has always been careful. Her mother is a very good activist, but sucks at trivial things like the light bill. That is where Tina comes in. She is always hording back her meager amount of money in case her family needs it. She has never splurged on anything.
Blake offers her a deal she can't pass up. They trade lives for the rest of the semester. She gets his house, money, and car. He gets her crappy garage apartment and her crappy minumum wage job. He feels like this will help him to get over his problem and be ready to take over the company. She is planning to save all the money to help her family in the future.

What they don't plan on, is learning enough about the other to end up being the help that they each need
4 Stars
Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat.
Before she started writing books, Courtney experimented with numerous occupations. She has trained dogs, written legal briefs, sold newspaper subscriptions, and written computer programs. Having given up on actually being able to do any actual things, she's taken to heart the axiom that "those who can't, teach." When she isn't reading, writing, or sleeping, she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.
Courtney loves hearing from readers. You can visit her on the web and find out more about her and her newest releases at http://www.courtneymilan.com.

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