Wednesday, October 23, 2013

REVIEW: CONNECTIVITY BY AVEN ELLIS

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…


Published October 14th 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing
*Review copy received from author for honest review*


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This book is the stuff many young women's fantasies are made of--urban setting, decent job, swoony  billionaire boss, a trip abroad, and...madly falling in love. And hey. Unlike some billionaire bosses...he actually is a damn good guy, and gets to know her! Fancy that! 

MK also known as Mary Kate (named after the Full House series...hahaha! Dude, when I was little I wanted to be an Olsen twin!) is a twenty-something living in Chicago, working in an industry that she wants to grow in but a job she's not in love with. To satisfy her inner designer/gourmand she also writes a blog. She lives with her two bossy best friends and is constantly being annoyed by her Bridezilla sister and her less than supportive mom. Luckily MK has a fiery spirit and isn't afraid to speak her mind--a quality that I find endearing all the way through this novel. She's never mean and she definitely tolerates too much from her friends and family but she doesn't allow herself to get pushed around, ever. If she has one teeny tiny flaw it would be one that I also share---her clumsiness. She seems to trip over her feet almost as much as I do...and often at inopportune times....like meeting her new boss, William Cumberland. Her chance at a first impression with him was less than stellar and I can imagine how embarrassing it would've been. 


I too connected with her first because of the unlikely awkward shenanigans she always found herself in. Whether it is getting stuck in a binding machine, or dropping an entire tray of tea that she wanted to impress William with...it was us in character form, and I definitely was laughing out loud at those moments. Too true, that the other reason I loved her at first was because of her blog! Can totally relate to that too! And she's my age! So I find that nice and again totally relatable to have a 24 year old trying to make her way in the big bad world on her own! 

Luckily William, a Brit who is visiting Chicago for months, is nothing if not mannerly and easily accepts her as she is. As a matter of fact, he welcomes her smart mouth, her smart brain, and her willingness to be honest and filter-less when it comes to him. He quickly changes her employment position and soon the flirty texts are flying. 


I loved the slow burn-esque type of relationship that they developed. Meaning they did not immediately meet and become lovers like some books out there. They developed their work relationship, their friendship, and then entertained the idea of dating in the workplace. Which can be really stressful apparently, and doesn't seem like something I can recommend doing! But....William, sexy Brit that he is (and yes, obvs we love those book boys, hardcore!) and even though he is big badass media mogul...he is a ridiculously awesome person. I had major swoons for him...and had mucho trepidation for how the end of this book was going to go! (See: emotionally scarred, but not dysfunctional male in the dictionary) He had me talking to myself outloud..."tell her. tell her, something. anything." Yeah. That's me. 

As MK and William get to know each other better we see him morph from her boss to a warm, funny, sexy counterpart to her. They compliment each other very well. She knows how to read his moods and he know just how to make her days...and nights. As she becomes more important to him both professionally and personally he flies her to London and their romance soars. When they come back to 'earth' aka  Chicago, they ease into this new relationship and try not to think about what happens when it's time for William to leave.


I don't know! The suspense will almost teeter you off the edge, but my assessment stands that this is pretty much what an ideal guy is. He is strong, protective, and a teensy bit bossy; but not controlling, or manipulative or overbearing. He is what I would write on my list for the perfect billionaire boyfriend. If I could have one. Yeah....Honey, don't read this. ;)

This is a sweet and quick read--I'd definitely recommend it for a beach trip or travel days because you can consume it quickly. Most definitely, and from my current experience a great time and stress reliever. 


Shelley: 3 1/2 Stars

Courtney: 4 Stars


About the Author
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency. 

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.


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