I'm glad I listened to the recommendations and picked up this book. Over all, I really enjoyed it, and will continue the series.
But, there were more tI'm glad I listened to the recommendations and picked up this book. Over all, I really enjoyed it, and will continue the series.
But, there were more than a few bumps through the book that bothered me. I'm over the "I don't know anything about Guy X, but I'm in love and we'd be perfect, but I need to use Guy Y (aka, the hero) to get Guy X to notice me" theme, and that's what started off this story. There were a few times when Hannah was just annoying. And don't even get me started on the conflict at the end that could have been resolved if Hannah has JUST COMMUNICATED WITH GARRETT. *head desk* Hannah's a smart girl, and her character was fairly strong -- there was NO reason for her to pull that stunt and run away rather than talking it through with him.
These things (and a few other minor things) are why I'm giving The Deal 4 stars; a respectable rating, and I truly did enjoy the book, but I didn't love it quite as much as everyone who recommended it to me. Still, can't wait for the next book! ...more
Trade Me surprised me at every turn of the page. At the beginning, I wasn't sure how I felt about Tina, because I – wrongly! – assumed th 4 1/2 STARS!
Trade Me surprised me at every turn of the page. At the beginning, I wasn't sure how I felt about Tina, because I – wrongly! – assumed that she was going to be a cookie-cutter heroine. God, how wrong I was! Milan created an extremely complex heroine, and one that I soon felt a very deep connection to.
But Milan didn't just create a complex heroine – nope, she gave us a unique (and complicated) hero, too, and I found myself falling for him. Blake may seem to the world to be yet another wealthy man, but there is so much more to him than just that. Some good, some bad. I was pleasantly surprised by Blake's secret and I applaud Milan for writing about it.
Really, I can't find much about this book to complain about – I loved every minute of it. Tina's relationship with her mother, Tina's friend, Maria, and Blake's relationship with his father, all added to the overall story. Blake and his father have an interesting relationship, to say the least, and it's hard to explain, but it's unique and fun, though far from perfect (and that's okay!).
Of course, I also loved Tina and Blake together, loved that they each brought out the best in each other, helped one another when they were too afraid to admit they needed the help. These two were great together, with some sexy times, but also some sweet and emotional scenes as well.
I'm very anxious to read the next book (Maria's story) – she's a transgender heroine, and we so desperately need diversity, of all things, in our romances, so thumbs up for that alone. I'm also looking forward to book three, which will return to Blake and Tina. I'm glad; while Trade Me does not end on a cliffhanger, their story is really just beginning. I haven't had a chance yet to read Milan's historicals, but I will have to do so while I away the next release in this amazing series.
My first time reading Ava March and my first historical m/m romance. I enjoyed the story, though it didn't capture me compl Between 3 1/2 and 4 Stars!
My first time reading Ava March and my first historical m/m romance. I enjoyed the story, though it didn't capture me completely (I was able to put it down for a day or two before picking it up again). Still, I did like these two men.
My favorite part was the scene where Tristan was a bit sore from their constant love-making and the fear that he wouldn't be able to get into the moment enough for Max lead to his loss of arousal. The scene seemed real, rather than the pearly white perfection that sex scenes in romance novels can often be portrayed as. Of course there was a misunderstanding between the two as to why Tristan was no longer aroused, which lead to some drama for a day or so, but when they finally talked it over, I found the frank conversation and the way they handled sex after that point to be very satisfying.
I'll probably try another novel by Ava, and perhaps expand to explore more historical m/m in the future.