Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review: Connectivity by Aven Ellis

*Synopsis and Cover from Goodreads.
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…

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Aven Ellis in exchange for an honest review. 

My 4.5* Review:

Mary-Kate (MK); works as an assistant to the general manager for Total Access Total Sports (TATS) at Collective Media Enterprises (CME). MK  Hates sports but knows that to achieve her dreams of working at CME's sister station Beautiful Homes Network she must stay at the very bottom and work her way up. She is very career orientated. 
MK comes from a family who put a serious emphasis on the women finding a husband who can provide for them whilst they stay home with the children.

CME had just been bought out by a British Mogul and the developer of Connectivity; William Cumberland (WC); who is in the US to the transition of the company.

WC walks into CME only to find MK having problems with the binding machine. WC hires MK as his assistant in the US. But MK finds herself becoming increasingly clumsy around WC. She breaks his tea set, writes a sarcastic blog post; which WC reads!

All this aside they both begin to break down the walls around each others hearts and find themselves falling for each other. Hard!

This is Aven Ellis' first book and it's a great book to start with. I loved reading this book from the very start. I shall be keeping an eye open for future works by Aven Ellis.

I couldn't get enough of MK and WC. I loved the clumsiness and MK and the banner between them both.

Connectivity is a great felt love story between two characters; that after meeting each other, learn that there is more to life than work and a career. The story is sweet, sassy and fun,  there is some drama and a little heat too.

WC and MK are well thought out characters, their interactions right from their meeting at the binding machine are great. The relationship they build is refreshing in that it's not love at first sight; it takes them a bit of time to realise What's happening. Their banter is funny too.

MK is driven, intelligent, maybe even a little bossy too. Her clumsiness around WC adds humour.
WC is driven, intelligent and smoking hot. He seems the perfect gentleman, respectful of MK both professionally and emotionally.

MK's friends became kind of irritating to me. Understandably they were concerned for MK, but they showed no sign of being supportive or happy for MK, even though she was clearly very happy.

This is a book that will make you smile, giggle and sigh. It may even make you shed a tear two. There were a couple of places where I felt like shouting at the characters too.

If you like romance and feel good books then I would recommend grabbing yourself a copy of Connectivity.

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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