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Review: Connectivity by Aven Ellis

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   by: Aven Ellis

Publication Date: Oct. 16, 2013
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC received from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 259 pages
Order Links: Amazon
My Rating: 4/5 stars

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 am so fortunate to have met Aven via Twitter thanks to some of my other blogging besties! I love chatting with her (especially on game days as we watch our teams usually get their butts stomped). When she offered me the opportunity to read and review her book I jumped at the chance because it sounded really cute and fun.
And it was! Connectivity was just the book I needed as a little pick me up. School has been quite stressful lately, so to completely lose myself in this book was just what I needed the other evening.
Our main character MK is just so endearing and relatable. I couldn't help but enjoy getting inside her head (which at times had me chuckling because she would find herself babbling and then chastise herself for acting so silly). MK is a bit of a klutz and I thought her awkwardness around the great William Cumberland was hilarious. In fact she is having a fight with the binding machine at the office when she first meets him. She is beyond mortified that the new head honcho (who is extremely good-looking and British!) has just heard her cuss out a machine. MK is extremely career driven and even though she is single, she's content with her life. While going out with her friends, she isn't on the constant hunt to find a man just for the sake of trying to find her true love. I really loved that about her. This book is written in first person POV and it did take some getting used to, as I felt we were sometimes a little too in MK's head at times. Even so, I felt the story flowed and progressed really well, so we didn't get too caught up in one scene or get to the point where I felt it was being dragged out needlessly.
William Cumberland. What can I say? He's a perfect gentlemen and unlike most billionaires that have their empire to run, he is not that cocky, self-assured jerk who thinks the entire world should bow to his will because he has power. He has a quiet, soft spoken personality- yet isn't afraid to exert his authority when needed. In fact, watching him stand up for MK to his assistant was so refreshing. He wasn't going to let anyone push her around and take advantage of her. I found him difficult to read at first because he is so proper and professional. But once he hires MK as his personal assistant we really see him start to let down his guard with her. His true and genuine interest in her is really sweet and I thought it was adorable that he had her order the first season of Full House so he could see where she got her name (Mary-Kate) from.
Watching their relationship go from strictly professional to fun and flirty and then to something more was probably my favorite part. Both are so career driven that they aren't actively looking for a relationship. Not to mention- having a relationship wouldn't be very appropriate given the fact that they work so closely together. Appropriate... psh. Who gives a hoot about being appropriate! If the spark of attraction is there, then they owe it to themselves to see where it goes. The moment where MK and William both turn their brains off and start listening to their heart is where all of their preconceived notions of what they really want go out the door. Sometimes even though you aren't actively looking for love, it just drops into your lap and you have to make the decision as to whether to embrace it or turn away from it. Thankfully, MK and William both embraced it.
There is relatively low angst in this book, but there are a couple of times where MK and William are tested and I felt that was really important to the furthering of their relationship. Let's face it- real life isn't all hearts and rainbows all the time so I appreciated that MK and William did have a few bumps in the road.
This story is very simply one of watching two people who weren't looking for love find it and dare to take the chance to pursue it. Add in a klutzy, witty, intelligent main character, a dashingly handsome British gentleman love interest, and some hilarious inner dialogue and you're all set to go! If you are in the mood for a pure, sweet romance definitely add this to your list.

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  1. Great review! I really enjoyed this book too. I loved that it was just a sweet and endearing love story and it was definitely a nice break from the angst. I absolutely adored the epilogue, probably my favorite of all time. It was just too sweet.

    1. Thanks girl! This was a nice change from all the angsty romance. And the epilogue was adorable! And the extra scene Aven posted on her blog? SO cute!

  2. Yay I'm glad you enjoyed it! I loved how sweet and fun of a romance it was!

    1. Right?! We need more of those in our lives!

  3. Sounds like so much fun. I have this one read to go for my next just-for-fun read. Trying to clear a few review copies out of the way first. Great review Jess, I'm more excited than ever to read this one now :)

    1. I definitely feel you on the review copy clearing out Trish. I'm trying super hard to get caught up and on top of them! Good luck to you! I hope you enjoy this one like we did!


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