Trade Me

Trade Me

by Courtney Milan

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ISBN-13: 9781519497321
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/27/2015
Series: Cyclone Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 558,716
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Trade Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
krystolla More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Blake when he started describing the smart watch that he helped design and mentions that they've solved some of the difficult programming problems of our time (real time video recognition and processing) as an aside to assuring steady video orientation. For a recovering software engineer, that's the same feeling as the movie moment when paleontologist driving over a hill and seeing live dinosaurs. Other reviewers can fill you in on how deliciously hot but flawed our hero, Blake, is or how our heroine, Tina, is strong but still warm and real. This is no worn retelling of Cinderella, or tired social commentary. I can't vouch for the reality of Tina's background, though I've read very few descriptions of poverty that are as exactingly detailed as this one. For me, it's the geek-cred that stands out. I've read a lot of novels involving characters who are supposed to be 'geeky' or who are programmers. There's always a lot of focus on the outer view of programmers -- long hours, and lots of perks like toys or extraordinary stock options. Somehow those faux professionals don't display stress in anything more than a mountain dew addiction and lack of social skills. Many of them fail to display even the basic logic skills that are drilled into every programmers head during the first version of 'Hello World!'. Courtney Milan manages to recreate the tech development environment, and without relying on tech buzzwords or jargon. She also tackles the trapped feeling that comes from all your social experiences and work experiences being in the same place. When you can't talk to people outside of work not only because of NDAs and trade secrets but because they literally do not have the language. These are people who really were up for 63 hours straight, two days passed the deadline, running on cold coffee, stale donuts and painfully blunt language. Fixing the bug becomes not just satisfying but addictive -- and addictive behavior bleeds over into other things. The author even manages to broach that particular illusion that software writers often develop that they can solve any problem, anything, just as soon as that shining moment of clarity happens again. Programming is not discovering whether or not a solution exists, it's discovering how expensive that solution will be to implement. You can see this both in Blake's behavior and his father's -- approaching everything in life as a repeatable, solvable problem just waiting for that moment of clarity or cost to realize. As well as that dissonance that comes with interacting with those who don't think that way. For me, the influence of that culture on the characters is what makes this a five star book. They are so real, so richly textured, that I know I'm going to need to read them again. That they will live on in the back of my mind once I've put the book down. So whatever you were considering before, read this instead. It's not the story you are expecting but it's one that you need.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
WOW I really enjoyed this book!! It has so much going on it's hard to recap but it all works really well together and definitely keeps you turning the pages. I simply couldn't put this one down. This author is new to me since she has written strictly historicals up until now but she has absolutely done an amazing job with the NA contemporary. I highly recommend it to everyone!!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
I will admit to my shallowness: the gorgeous cover caught my eye. If you like the cover, you will like the book! Then I looked at the name: Courtney Milan! TRADE ME is not a historical romance, a first for the author, and it is a resounding success! Great characters, superb writing, a clever story; it has everything! I finished the book – at around 400 pages – within a few hours: it is that captivating! Do not miss this fabulous read! Ms. Milan has penned an excellent New Adult novel and I can’t wait for the others! Totally fab!
mjm101 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful new adult romance, though the romance felt secondary to the characters. If you're looking for hot and heavy, this isn't the one. If you're looking for a book that completely humanizes the billionaire/college girl trope, this may hit your happy spot.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Trade Me is a excellent romance. I am not a huge fan of the New Adult but I love Milan so I was happy to try this one. It is a smart book with careful contemplations of class, gender, and race and yet remains deeply entrenched in what is best in the Romance genre--what it means to be human, the search for connection, and the ability to risk and love.  It has everything a reader could want. Well developed characters, humor, realism with an insight into the fantasy world of the very wealthy, intimate sexy times, and a love that is not easy but is grand.  What makes Trade Me a great book is all the small touches. The history of Tina's parents, Blake's struggle for control over overwhelming situations, Tina's roommate (who I am thrilled to see should be getting her own love story, and a wonder of other unexpected gifts. The writing is fierce. Can't wait for the rest of the series.  I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it! 
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
Great characters with great chemistry, believably high stakes, and a romance that's sexy without being sleazy. I blew through TRADE ME in less than two days, and I'm already eager to get my hands on the rest of the series. It was that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was my first non-historical Courtney Milan and, I have to tell you, she is better at historical than at the billionaire-meets-feisty-poor-girl thing. The best and most interesting parts of this book are the well-drawn minor characters of the mother, Adam, and the best friend. In my opinion, Ms. Milan should stick with historical. At that genre, she is superb. Skip this one. Since I paid for this book, I will be saving up for her her next historical. You should, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously, this was awesome. My first book from this author, and I am going to buy more right now! I wish wish Tina was really real so that we could be friends.
ams_1987 More than 1 year ago
I am always on the look out for a romance that has something different. Trade Me hit several of my buttons with an Asian Lead female character, a billionaire aware of his privilege, trans representation and a lack of sugarcoating regarding the class system in the US. I was put off by the opening of the book though. The language that was so tight and that sung so well in the character dialogue, the dynamic movement of the plot was lacking in the opening and had it not been for other reviews, I probably would have passed this one by at the first glimpse. Tina is your every-woman college student in the current century. She's a 1st generation immigrant and she's got the world on her shoulders. Milan focuses not just on the relationship between our lead Couple, Blake and Tina, but also on the complicated feelings that all young adults have towards the parents that got them where they are today. Blake is a kind and flawed man, underestimated and misunderstood by those around him. It was refreshing to read him after a long string of alpha-business tycoons that usually litter the genre. (Not that there is anything wrong with that, but if your flavor of Rich/Poor dynamics if alpha self-made man in love, move right along) Blake is the ideal Beta-male hero. He listens, he cares and he admits when he's wrong. That doesn't mean he isn't sexy or devoted though. Blake's devotion to winning Tina is so thoughtful and heartbreakingly single minded that it took me by surprise. The real scene-stealer in the book though is Adam F*ing Reynolds. Where as Blake is thoughtful, charismatic and determined, his father, Adam is a force of nature. Fitting when you remember he named his company Cyclone. This book is great, my only complaints and the only things I found to be really eye-twitching were some phrasings and the draggy-build of the opening. Milan writes Trade Me in a present/past tense shift and in first person. The stylistic choice gives the text a lot of immediacy and keeps the reader in the action, but there were times I found it ramble-y and that pulled me out of the story. Luckily, her characters were compelling and that made it easy for me to resist putting the book down until I'd finished it in one sitting. I definitely recommend this book if you want good characters, a wonderful love story and something different from the average Rich boy meets Poor girl and falls in love.
GraneeJ More than 1 year ago
Characters to care about are essential for my reading enjoyment but the layers of medical, legal, and social issues that super-geek Courtney Milan packs into her writing grab my interest and make her one of my all-time favorite writers. Reading other comments, I see that social complexity doesn't necessarily appeal to romance fans, but the personal struggle to deal with the challenges of one's life ARE the heart of romance novels and this book shows those struggles are real no matter whether their source is poverty, political oppression, professional pressure, parental expectation, medical issues. I LIKE Blake and Tina, want them to get along and get together and I found real delight in getting to know Mrs. and Mr. Chen, Tina's parents. I care about these characters and want to know more. It's hard to have to wait for the next window into their lives.
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This book was a refreshing variance from the typical billionaire story. Not only was he not alpha, but he also did not use his issues as an excuse to treat others cruelly. The female also wasn't a typical female for billionaire tales. I really enjoyed the premise of the story and the lessons learned by the characters. I liked the family dynamics of the main characters. The story hit a wide range of emotions from humorous to sad while being an easy read. I look forward to reading more of this series, including more about Tina and Blake (note: although this book is the first of a series, with another book down the line about this couple, this book does not have a cliffhanger ending)
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BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Tina Chen is 20, from a poor family and going to college at Berkley. Blake Reynolds is rich and goes to the same college. Blake is famous from his childhood commercials and his father owns Cyclone Systems. His dad's company produces computers. On his way to campus, he splashes her white cashmere sweater and ruins it. Blake offers Tina a trade. He will take her place in her life: Do her job, live in her place, pay her bills. She will have his car, his house, and $45,000 for three months, basically his allowance, and $15,000 extra that he would normally earn on stock. She would do his job at Cyclone Systems as much as she could. I found this to be a well-written book. I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the twists and turns of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting twist on the billionaire stories
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I wanted to love this book and maybe that's why I don't. My expectations were too high. Between all the social issues and personal problems addressed in this book coupld with the ending I can't find the wikl to care if these two ever get together or make a happy ending for themselves in the subsequent books. Overall just not up to the standard I've come to expect from this author.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I received copy of this book for an honest review. I enjoy reading Courtney Milan books. My Kindle and Nook collections are filled with a number of her historical romances. Never have I read any of her contemporary romances though. Therefore I was thrilled to read this one. Ms. Milan did not disappoint me. She brought the hot and sexy love story that I was expecting.
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sissie2 More than 1 year ago
Great Book!
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Courtney's books. This was a very interesting story to add to my collection. I  think you would like it too. Courtney has come up with some really fun people here, not to mention some off the wall folks. Tina and her family are from China. She worries about her family and how she can pay their bills and go to college. Blake is a billionaire and they get into a debate about whose life is better. He calls her and challenges her to a life swap. This is where the fun parts start. She gets all his things-house, car, money. He gets the concrete garage-metal cot, space heater, broke fridge. The rest is a lot of spoilers and a new product launch of his and his Dad's newly developed watch that does everything. Even if you don't know electronics don't pass this book by. There is a lot of kissing so it's a safe story. Please give this book a chance. Enjoy your read!  I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
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Could've been something. Not quite there