by Kelly Moran
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Counterbalance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DixieLeeBrown More than 1 year ago
Counterbalance by Kelly Moran is one of those special books. You know the kind - when you don't feed the kids because you can't stop reading! You lose sleep - and then the worst happens - you finish the book and go through withdrawal because these characters have become part of your life! What a ride! Xavier and Peyton will definitely be missed. In fact, I might just have to read Counterbalance again!
Rhianona More than 1 year ago
Xavier knows he needs to change his public image: while he's successful, he comes across as cold due to a self-diagnosed social anxiety problem. Enter Peyton Smoke. Once upon a time, he tutored Peyton in high school. Now, she is a talented and successful media relations expert looking for a change. When Xavier offers her the opportunity to work as the media relations director for his company, she takes him up on his offer and discovers that underneath that cold demeanor is a compassionate and generous man. Neither are prepared for the attraction that eventually grows between them. It is always a pleasure to read a Kelly Moran book and this is no different. Xavier Gaines is a man who knows he needs help if he wants to change his image and keep his company successful and Peyton Smoke is one of the few people he trusts. This book also has two of my favorite tropes: friends-to-lovers and office romance. Both tropes are handled well, including the rather sticky situation of Peyton working for Xavier. There is not even a hint of coercion in the relationship. The focus of the book is on Xavier and Peyton but secondary characters do appear and shine through. Joseph, Xavier's friend and bodyguard, has a great friendship with Peyton and provides advice to both Xavier and Peyton. I wish we see more of Kate, Peyton's best friend, but what we do see of her is refreshing. My only complaint is that I think Peyton is portrayed as pretty much perfect. This may, in part, be due to the book being mostly told from Xavier's point of view, and he has definitely placed her on a pedestal. He trusts her and her opinion, especially when it comes to emotions, almost more than his own. Overall, Moran has written a fantastic romantic book. As is usual with her male heroes, Xavier performs a number of romantic gestures throughout the book. Peyton and Xavier have a solid friendship that shines through outside of their romantic one. I loved the emphasis on charity work and giving back to the community as well. I greatly enjoyed reading this and pretty much read it in one sitting. Final grade: 4.5 stars
Theresakerch-28 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful story Great read. Xander and Peyton have known each other since high school, she was the cheer leader he was the geek. Now he is the CEO of a company that is now a millionaire. The chemistry is smoking between them can they make it work even though they work together and with Xander's social anxiety and Peyton's fears of being left. This book is a great read and you don't want to put it down. Kelly Moran has made you fall in love with a great couple and the other characters in this book and you are rooting for them.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: She had a date with Thor and her couch via Netflix. Maybe she’d make it a threesome by adding Ghirardelli. She cupped Archie’s cheeks as his driver held the limousine door for them. ‘Drive it like it’s stolen. We’re running late.’ I could not have picked a better woman for you if I climbed an X chromosome tree and plucked her off a branch myself. I love the way you say my name. It’s like you’re marking your territory and begging at the same time. They’ve been together quite some time. After you, other pastures were bound to be greener. I’d say she’s emerald by comparison. ‘Let’s practice your surprise face.’ She mimed an exaggerated shock expression and waved her hands. His golden gaze gave her a once-over. ‘I’m not doing that. I’ll look constipated.’ My Review: I have thoroughly enjoyed every delectably written Kelly Moran book I have picked up. She has never failed to provide an amusing and engaging read and Counterbalance continues in that vein – it was full of feels, humor, and delightful visuals. Her writing is insightful, witty, and cleverly observant. She so deftly sets the emotional tone and flavor of each detailed scene and uniquely appealing character with mastery. Her books contain such vibrant detail that I feel I am right there watching, lurking in a corner, or peering in a window. Ms. Moran’s word voodoo pulls me in while her endearing characters hold me captive. I adored Peyton and Xavier. Xavier had always been socially awkward and as a smart geek had been bullied in school. As an adult, he could appear “as arctic as a glacier in Greenland,” when he was actually suffering from social anxiety and in fact, had a huge, tender, and altruistic heart. Peyton had already experienced far too many significant losses and had lost her entire family and fiancé over a short period and during a young age. I relished their sweet and thoughtful consideration of each other as well as the underlying heat to their attraction, which later bloomed into steamy sensuality. Once the geek turned on the charm he evolved into a romantic alpha and pure seduction, and sigh, I was goo.