by Aven Ellis
Published by Soul Mate Publishing Release date : October 16th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: The Author | Format: eARC
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Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.
MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.
But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.
Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well…
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After receiving the funniest review request, ever- and earning myself a new nickname in the process- I have frequently chatted with Aven over twitter and I consider her one of my friends. I feel the need to disclose this, and also state that in no way did this cloud my judgement or opinions about Connectivity.
After reading the blurb, I knew this was something slightly out of my element. Yes, it is a romance and I do love my romance, but this screamed sweet and fluffy. Which isn’t a bad thing, mind you, just not my forte. And I was right, this is a sweet, slow building romance between two people. Two people with reservations about love. No damage. No shocking past. Just two people falling in love and discovering that they are their own worst enemies.
MK (Mary-Kate) is career driven and solely focused on her job. Mucking along as an Assistant in a sports network, striving to get the job she really wants in TV programming. Enter William, billionaire and owner of Connectivity, a social media site. After William buys out the networks that MK works for, he storms into Chicago and into MK’s life, choosing her as his assistant while he’s there. As the two get to know each other and get close, they discover life has more in store for them they what they planned.
I was immediately drawn into the story. MK was hilarious and being inside her head was so fun. She is witty, sassy and quite the klutz. She was also pretty hot-headed and had a temper. We see it flare a few times but for the most part, she is pretty easy-going. Having her Mother and sister basically give up their careers after finding love, MK swears it off. She has goals and dreams for her career. She is driven and doesn’t want any distractions. Although she was attracted to William right off, she still held back. There were several reasons why, obviously #1 being that he was her boss. I got it. I understood why she was holding back. But once that ball starting rolling… William made her question everything. What she wanted in life. What she could/couldn’t live without. And that she didn’t necessarily need to give up herself OR her career for love. I also loved that she was a blogger. Those little comments about her followers made me smile several times. As for William, he is quiet, reserved and hesitant to let people in. As the two got closer, we see this wall that he has masterfully crafted crumble. We don’t get his POV but he was such a well written character it was easy for me to connect to him as well and really SEE him. If that makes sense.
I loved how their relationship was slow building. They never put a label on it and although we could predict where it was going, I liked that. I had fears that since William is supposed to be a powerful person in the business circuit, that he would treat MK different. Which in a sense, he did. But not in the way I was fearing. He pushers her to better her career. He opened a door for her, but left it up to her whether or not she would pursue it. MK, in turn, saw William for William. Their banter was hilarious and sweet. You can’t help but just feel all mushy.
There weren’t a lot of secondary characters in Connectivity, since the story is primarily about MK and William. MK’s sister; who was a piece of work. Her friends/roommates; who honest to goodness pissed me off a few times. Although their intentions were good, I felt they were too focused on the negative and trying to micromanage her love life. William’s brother and wife; their presence is small yet significant. And lastly; William’s other assistant, Arabella. I have nothing nice to say about her, honestly.
My Peeve- It was semi important and an inside joke, but I didn’t like that they constantly said each others name while speaking to each other. I know, weird peeve. The ending too, felt kind of rushed to me. We have 300 pages of these two slowly building up their relationship, only to have it wrapped up in this nice little package in 5 pages or so. (I don’t really know the exact page number, I am guessing here.)
Overall- I really liked it! I was hoping that we could see more of these two in the future *side eyes Aven* but after the epilogue, it’s pretty obvious she is finished telling their story. Sweet, slow building romance that had me laughing throughout. I recommend this one.