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Trade Me

(Cyclone #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  5,063 ratings  ·  957 reviews
Listening length: 7 hours, 45 minutes

Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Technology. But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her
ebook, 279 pages
Published January 19th 2015 by Courtney Milan
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Sydney | sydneys.books It isn't really a cliffhanger, but there is more to explore with the side characters. Book two follows Tina's roommate :)…moreIt isn't really a cliffhanger, but there is more to explore with the side characters. Book two follows Tina's roommate :)(less)

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Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars. Full review posted January 22, 2015

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Dear Reader,

If you are here to meet a man who…
…is a manipulative jerk with stalker-ish tendencies
…has a fetish for insecure virgins with an inner goddess complex (or any other complex for that matter)
…hides a torture chamber filled with BDSM devices in his penthouse, then…

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…you failed the test. Didn’t you know that I dropped out of Fifty? I’m very disappointed that you are not up to date. Shame on you. You are requested to kindly take exit A. Thank yo
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Maëlys
I loved so much about this book: the discussion on immigration, an asian-american main character, healthy talks of power imbalances, breaking stigmas of poverty, the guy love interest having an eating disorder, and more!

But I just felt like… the love interest was hard to root for. I constantly kept asking myself “should I be feeling empathy?” and I don’t think that’s a very good sign, especially when such a baseline of the story is built off power dynamics.

Also, this entire story was just so u
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!


This was such a refreshing NA romance!! Though there’s the overused billionaire trope, there were so many other aspects to this story that made me go ‘yes, this genre needs more of that.’ These characters were ethnically diverse, the billionaire hero was so down-to-earth, the heroine a smart and sassy chick, their banter was top-notch, and even though they both had a lot of baggage, I never felt like any of it was contrived or put in for drama’s sake. They’re genuine characters and I cou
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it

"Try trading lives with me. You couldn't manage it, not for two weeks."

Tina Chen
I have to play it safe.
Juggling her studies, work and family leaves Tina time for little else. She keeps her head down and her thoughts to herself. Until one day billionaire Blake makes a comment in class about poverty. Yeah, like he'd know all about it.

Blake Reynolds
I have a problem.
Blake's father is a self-made billionaire. Blake has been working for Cyclone since a teenager. Going away to college, he hopes f
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3,5 Exchanging Stars.

Tina is a student who works hard everyday of her life just to make ends meet and be able to keep studying. Her dream is study hard in college, then find a good job that allows her to pay her parent’s bills and never have to worry about money again. Blake works in his father company since he’s a teenager, his father is a self-made billionaire who wants to pass the company to Blake. One day during class Tina and Blake start fighting over poverty and after that Blake makes her
Geri Reads
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

This had the makings of being a 5-star read for me until I hit the last 20% or so. But this is still so much better than what is currently saturating the New Adult market out there. And Courtney Milan can definitely write NA contemporary as well as she does HR. She has always had a distinctive voice, and it definitely shined in this book.

Tina Chen is a struggling college student who's trying to keep her head above water despite myriad familial responsibilities that stop her from enjoyin
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Courtney Milan Fans, Romance
4.5 Art Imitating Life Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
Warning... This review is more about my love of Courtney Milan...The brief review is I loved the book.

I first learned of Courtney Milan because of The Siren and Tiffany Reisz. I was new to Goodreads, Romance, and Erotica. In my looking around for things to read, I had heard of this book The Siren... which lead me to the review by Ms. Milan( which in turn led me to her.

The review made me just stop. I lov
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
If you can accept a rather unrealistic premise, you'll soon find out that Trade me is a fantastic addition to the New Adult genre, without any of its regular fucked-ups (slut-shaming, stalkers, assholes, lack of diversity, giant dicks and their "it's not gonna fit!" *GASP*...). Both MCs are endearing and well-rounded, making it very easy to root for them : you have Tina, a Chinese-American student who refuses to lose her freedom and whose sarcasm is perfection ; and then Blake, a rich, smart hei ...more
3.5 stars
“You’ve never been invisible to me. I saw you the first day we crossed paths, and I’ve been seeing you ever since.”

Trade Me is my first book by Courtney Milan and I really enjoyed it. Blake and Tina's story was sweet, steamy and had some important topics. There was so much I loved about this one and the audio was great. I never felt truly connected with the characters, so it was hard for me to really connect with the story, but overall it was still great and I'm glad I pick
Whitney Atkinson
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book because I love how realistic it is with its representation and romantic scenes. And it was really steamy and had a good build-up to the characters' relationship, but the entire plot surrounding it was SO messy. The actual plot of this book is nothing like the synopsis. The two main character supposedly trade places to get a taste of each other’s lives, but we quickly see that we’re only meant to care about Blake and his daddy issues and whether or not the poor privileg ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was ok

I'm truly in the minority here with my rating. The good with this book is that for a NA, it was refreshing because it lacked the excessive drama and overused angst often seen in that sub-genre. There was no insta-love, the relationship between Tina and Blake was progressive and based on more than just lust. My favorite thing was the interracial coupling in this book ( Tina is Chinese, Blake is Caucasian ). In reality this is not even something that warrants attention. People of differen
Courtney Milan is known for writing unusual historical romance novels--the kind that make you swoon but also make you think. I love her historical fiction primarily because she writes about the types of female heroines no other author really feels comfortable discussing, whether it be the feminists, the scientists, the overly large, or those of different races. What's more, her male characters range from the classic duke to the a-typical male virgin to the self-proclaimed male suffragist. Thus, ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
This is one Courtney Milan I wasn't late to. I read it near its release, I just didn't remember. I think there's a few reasons why. What could've been a beautiful thing was weighed down with angst and nearly free of Courtney Milan humor. While it features nearly convincing conversations on privilege, its ultimate conflict was
"We will hurt each other if we are together."

And most unusual, it features a male protagonist with an eating disorder. I mean, there's good stuff, but the execution wasn't p
Sherwood Smith
Jan 26, 2015 added it
Shelves: fiction
A fast-reading, involving spicy romance with humor and a whole lot of realistic angst about being poverty-stricken--and the workaholic rich.

Ordinarily I'm suspicious of romances with billionaires, but this one, with its "trading places" twist, was way better than most--Tina Chen, the poor girl, who switches places with wealthy Blake Reynolds, holds her own. In fact, I thought the best conversation in the entire book was when she met Blake's dad Adam (think a bearable Donald Trump crossed with S
[3.5] What made this book wasn't even the romance. It was the fact that it discussed immigration and the suffering families have to go through, poverty and privileges. I love that a NA book was discussing such heavy topics in pretty great detail and basing the romance around that story arc.

But speaking of the romance, it wasn't necessarily that well developed for me. Or believable. I was half-heartedly rooting for them. I loved them as individuals (strong, outspoken, determination, great family
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I moved this book to my top-tbr only because I was very curious about Courtney Milan’s approach to this genre. Honestly the key words “sexy billionaire” in the blurb could just cut the level of my enthusiasm for Trade Me in half!

Is Blake a possessive, six-pack man-whore?
Absolutely not! Blake character surprised me. A nerdy gentleman. I love this character.

“One of these days, though,” Blake tells his father, “she’s going to realize that I think the sun rises on her smile.”

Tina doesn't take ris
3.5 Stars!

There are many things I very much enjoyed about this tale, first and foremost being Courtney Milan’s clever writing as well as the unique plot. She’s incredibly talented and as with her highly successful Historicals, her foray into the Contemporary genre has produced a well written, well researched story.

However, I missed the chemistry between Blake and Tina. I didn't feel the deep, romantic connection that I find in Milan's historicals.

All in all, an intriguing read with a well writ

This is a story which has "intentions". It's written to fit an agenda, and unfortunately it is so preachy and OTT that I fail to understand all those positive reviews.

This is not a feminist book, at least not according to how I understand feminism. The male MC is so clearly invented and unbelievable as to be super-exasperating. And the Asian (we are never allowed for a second to not notice her being Asian!) female MC Is as bad a klutz and as insecure - at the end of the day - as Bella. The two
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Chinese MC that has an activist mother. A hero with eating disorder?

Hello, I'm in.

Diversity in New Adult makes me so happy.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

Today I am presenting you with a book I read in one sitting. ONE. Granted, I had no internet to distract me, but it’s still a lot for me. That almost never happens and that’s how hooked to the book I was. I was so invested I couldn’t put it down.  Trade Me was such an adorable, fun and sometimes very serious ride.

Not gonna lie, the writing took me by surprise, I always expect NA writing to be just… there bu
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 Stars

5% in...


30% in...good going


75% in...


95% in....


This is what you call taking a completely awesome book, having realistic down-to-earth unique characters with an original plot and....well falling flat. What in the hell was that last 15% ?? Cheesy unrealistic fillers. Was it the same author who wrote the first half of the book ?? The conversations became so forced.

The romance during the whole book was underdeveloped, but the character driven plot was awesome enough to overshadow that. Bu
Michelle [Helen Geek]
01/25/2015 --

2nd attempt. DNF at about 50%. I should have stopped at the first chapter, but kept plugging away. I really didn't like the h. She was nattering on about a lucky white cashmere sweater and then **splash** it is a mess. She has real issues with the clock and the whole time she is nattering on and on about the looks she and the driver of the **splash** offender have exchanged in class ... BLAH!

Knew then I should just give it up then, but kept at it until I just couldn't anymore. I rea
Sometimes when you read a book, against all odds, these letters that form words that form sentences that form pages of a story CAPTURE you - they affect you, and you truly feel it. That was the case with Trade Me. I can't quite articulate it and I wish I could. But this book felt personal; it resonated. I laughed, I cried (I ACTUALLY 100% CRIED), I even got a lil hot (if you know what I mean). It had it all. I am thrilled that I ignored the sort of iffy reviews and decided to read it regardless. ...more
3.5 Stars

Arc provided by Victory Editing through Netgalley

TW's: Eating Disorder and Drug abuse

Full disclosure: New Adult is not my favourite literary genre. To put it mildly.
However, since this was written by author Courtney Milan, I decided to risk it, and request an arc.

Thankfully I was approved, because in a way this story almost restored my faith in the genre.
The reason for that "almost" is that for almost eighty percent of the book, I was pretty much loving it.

In fact this was promi
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not your typical NA. It's very character focused story where the romance was not as strong/central as I would have liked. The final 20% were unexpected and a bit over-the-top. Still, it's a great start to a new NA series, well written and elaborate, just as Ms Milan's historical romances!

Full review is also posted on my blog, Ellie Reads Fiction

I love Ms Milan historical romances and when I heard she was writing a contemporary, I was curious to read it asap. Now, when I saw the blurb that the he
Rebekah Weatherspoon
1) This book was filled with subject matter that should have triggered me right into therapy, but Milan handled each topic so well I couldn't wait to turn the page instead of DNFinh onto the next thing.

2) This is how you write a billionaire romance.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it

Trade Me has to be one of the most interesting books I have read, from the concept of literally trading lives to the whole technology part to the mental health representations throughout. It was honestly so engaging that I finished it in a day. Courtney Milan is now an author I desperately need to read more, especially with her excellently diverse casts. I am just so excited to have read this book.

What is Trade Me by Courtney
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Love is never safe."

First off, let me just say this book is not what I expected. And yes, this is a good thing because I'm not really a fan of the "sexy billionaire" trope (sorry, not sorry but arrogant SOBs don't appeal to me). But luckily this book was so much more than just another billionaire romance and I’m really glad I decided to give this book a chance.

Trade Me follows the story of Tina Chen and Blake Reynolds. Tina is a college student trying to balance school work, a job a
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, new-adult
Trade Me was my first book by this author, and it was a nice surprise.

I loved that it felt different than most of the New Adult books out there. The characters somehow felt more real and more mature, the book was not drama-filled and it was not full of angst. Even the characters were likeable.

So why 3 stars, you ask?

Because something was missing.
And that something is the SPARK between the characters!!! The passion! The chemistry was there, but only I could feel it a couple of times.

Also I e
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Courtney Milan’s books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller and a RITA® winner.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After th

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