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She’s a beauty, but he’s just a geek.

The world might think billionaire Xavier Gaines has it all, but he’s got a big problem. His successful software company is about to sign a government contract that’ll land him smack in the glare of the public limelight, and his lifelong battle with social anxiety has marked him as a cold, uncaring bastard in the eyes of the
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Published March 21st 2017 by KDP/SW
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Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and wonderful book. Ms. Moran grabbed me from the first page. It was sweet, hot, and touching. Xavier doesn't know what he's getting himself into after hiring Peyton. She knows him better then anyone. He needs her by his side. It's important to him, and his company.

Peyton knows Xavier to be a wonderful person, boss, and now something more. It's just scares her a bit. She's lost a lot. But she falls for Xavier. Not sure what to do about it.

Buy the book and see what happens. Truly a must
Kaylee Nizza
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved It!!! Another fabulous read by Kelly Moran. Hot billionaire Xavier needs to hire someone for PR of his company. Once Peyton is again in his life he holds back his feelings for her. His anxiety attacks are bad. Peyton keeps him calm. Once the attraction is unleased Holy Moly it is hot. This book did bring on the tears at different times. This book is emotional, heartfelt and heartwarming. This book is a must read.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some book simply need more than 5 stars and this is one of them. Every book I've read by Kelly Moran has me saying the same thing in the reviews but it's because it's always true. Her characters are just so real and well written. Even her 'billionaire businessman' is beautifully flawed in a way that normal every day people are. I get so connected with her characters I don't want the books to end.
This book sucks you in from page one which is another thing I love about it. Then you are hooke
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. This book is a great read and you don't want to put it down.
Molly McLain
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, I loved this book! I stayed up until 4:30 in the morning and made myself put it down with 20% to go, only to wake up 3 hours later, dying to finish!

I adored Xavier's vulnerability (I'm sucker for a broken hero), and Peyton was such a perfect match for him. A counterbalance, indeed.

This book was also incredibly well-written. Very thorough and immensely satisfying. I don't reread books, but I might reconsider for this book. It was THAT good. <3
Catherine Coffman
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Kelly Moren and I have to say she sucked my in from the beginning. Xavier has a successful software company and he does well on his own but he needs someone to help him with public relations. He is known as cold hearted. He decides to hire Peyton Storm. She became his friend in school even though she was the popular one and he was the geek. But all grown up he's no longer the geek. He's built and strong but Payton counterbalances him. She calms and teaches him how to pre ...more
J Williams
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a 5 star read! Xavier appears to have everything...billionaire, handsome, great family. But he is seen as cold and unfeeling. Peyton has lost everything...her parents and brother, her fiance. But she has an amazing outlook on life that naturally draws people to her. When Xavier hires her to help him with his image, their chemistry is off the charts but neither want to ruin their professional relationship so they become friends instead, until suddenly its more.

I loved this book. Xavie
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms Moran has written a fabulous story filled with something for everyone. A second chance romance filled with love, laughter, hope, learning to live for the moment and a HEA that sure to please everyone who reads it. The storyline is well developed and filled with great characters that kept me reading til I finished the book. Loved this sensational story!!
Jodi Nichols
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! Kelly did an amazing job with the storyline and the characters. Xavier was the perfect leading man and the fact that Peyton was his total opposite and balanced him out was amazing. This is one couple, or two people before they became a couple, that kept me wanting more. There was so much between then and Xavier especially stole my heart!
Wit & Wonder Books
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

*** ARC Provided By Author In Exchange for Honest Review***

Kelly Moran hits it out of the park with Counterbalance!  Having a sexy, billionaire nerd as the leading man and the girl next door that everyone loves as the leading lady was brilliant. The two had the most tense chemistry I have ever read and it made for a great love story!

Xaviet Gaines is a twenty nine year old billionaire who started his own tech company.  Hes always been the geek growing up and al
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This phenomenal book by Kelly Moran takes you on one incredible journey with amazing characters. The story itself was well written and has a plot that flows flawlessly; it leaves the reader with all their questions answered and has a very happy ending. The characters were amazing; each has a wonderful amount of depth and change that you can't help but fall in love with them.

Xavier Gaines is your typical male geek, but he has difficulty in the personality department. That's where the lovely Peyt
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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.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED Counterbalance! Computer nerd turned billionaire falling in love with his marketing director. The story was so sweet, the characters were well developed, and I felt a deep emotional connection to them. Also another thing I really loved was all the nerd/tech speak to describes emotions etc... in scenes and some of the nerdy/nostalgic refrences (THE MUPPETS!!!!) ;) Also just a side note, because the main female character is named Peyton Smoke, and Xavier is a geeky billionaire I ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Counterbalance by Kelly Moran

A harmonious, sweet and spicy romance between billionaire businessman, Xavier Gaines and the woman who was his secret salvation long ago. Peyton Smoke, comes to work at Gaines Industries, a Fortune 500 company. She becomes essential to the operation of the company to Xavier by melting the public image that was current and molding their views to see the actual persona of the man. She is a beautiful woman who brings out the best in everyone she meets--espec
Maree Repa
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing


Five Star Winner

I was so utterly excited to read this extraordinary amazing new romance from from one of my most favourite authors around, Kelly Moran. With her brilliant and extraordinary writing that bring yet another desirable relationship that exceeds so much of both these wonderful characters. Such a winner to me!!

As Xavier Gaines had just noticed at the end of his day, the last person he would see had finally arrived. He had wait so long for meeting this
Kelly Moran
Jan 27, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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"This stand-alone novel from Moran is a well-written story. The author keeps readers turning the pages through strong characters, an intriguing plot and subplots, and solid writing. An entertaining playbook on how to win at love and work." ~Library Journal

"Moran pulls you in and does...Not. Let. Go. Hot, heartfelt, and hard to put down."
~Molly McLain, USA Today bestselling author
Shelly Wygant
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Xaviar - geek, billionaire, social anxiety, successful, quiet, and oh so sexy
Petyon - outgoing, popular, fiesty, and lonely

Can two opposites attract, fall in love and have a HEA. They certainly can but now with out plenty of bumps and emotional fall outs along the way. This story will make you fall in love with two people that are not perfect. They are whole but broken and you will feel all their emotions right along side them as you turn the pages. I cried, yelled, laughed and swooned as

Xavier Gaines needs someone to help him be less awkward in social situations and help him find a way to handle the public limelight that he's sure to land himself in once he signs the government contract his software company has landed. There's only one person he trusts for the job -- Peyton Smoke. Can she help him while keeping their relationship strictly professional, or will Xavier fall for the one woman off limits to him because they work together?

What happens when a beauty comes
Le Ann Foster
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
☆☆Reviewed for Hooked On Books and CherryOBlossoms Promotions ♡ ♡

I gave this book 4.5 stars!

Wow I have never read a book about a geeky Alpha male with social issues before but ladies let me tell you Xavier will leave your kindle hard drive melting down. This computer terms through out the book just added more to this story.

Xavier and Payton find that opposites attached and it makes them have a Counterbalanced. I love the secondary characters just as much as the main.

This was my fi
Debbie Kolins
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Peyton Smoke and Xavier Gaines have known each other since High School, he was a geek and she was a Cheer Leader but, now Xavier is a CEO of his own company Gaines Industries, a Fortune 500 company which is making millions. Peyton has lost a lot, her parents in a car accident when she was younger, she lost her brother in the war and her boyfriend to suicide due to PTSD. Xavier's successful software company is about to sign a government contract that’ll land him smack in the middle of the public ...more
Jacqualine Davis
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can't read this book and NOT love Xavier. He is an extremely handsome, intelligent, brains-to-the-nth-degree billionaire who appears to have the world at his feet. Looks can be deceiving. Social anxiety and insecurities leave him coming off as cold and detached.

Peyton is amazing! She's everything Xavier is not. She appears sure of herself and takes media attention and social outings in stride. You would never know she deals with abandonment issues. She's known Xavier since high school and k
To the world, Xavier Gaines is a cold, calculating billionaire. In reality, he's just a computer geek battling severe social anxiety issues. When attending social events related to his business, Xavier tries to tamp down on his nervousness by minimal speaking and mingling, leading people to believe he is cold and aloof.

When Xavier's company needs to land a huge but sensitive contract, he realises that his public image in the media needs desperate improvement. He hires Peyton Smoke as his media
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Xavier and Peyton knew each other in high school. He was the genius geek, she the captain of the cheerleaders. Peyton liked him and tried to bring him into her circle. He felt way too out of place. Xander is now a millionaire software genius. But is considered "arctic." Peyton is a marketing whiz......everybody loves her and will bend over backwards to please her. Can she break down his social anxiety and show what a good man he is? Slow, very sexy build up, but eventually they can't fight it an ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

I so enjoy to read of a millionaire and his employee and this one was no exception.
Kelly Moran's writing makes this beautiful book hard to put down.

I loved the connection between the main characters.Xavier,a geek with social anxiety,and Peyton,a beautiful sociable woman,need each other to be truly whole and happy but their journey is not that simple because they have to fight some of their past demons in order to accept their feelings.
I liked so much the secondary characters,

Books Laid Bare
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the first page virtually I knew I was going to love this book and as the story developed and I got drawn into the characters and their lives, I was not wrong…this is may very well be one of my favourite reads of the year to date.
I loved the way that despite his wealth, software superstar Xavier, was normal, he wasn’t perfect, far from it but while other might have perceived him to be a little on the cold side, I actually thought that nothing could have been further from the truth, he
Charline Bonham
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ebooks
Xavier hires Peyton to help him overcome his anxiety when in the medias spotlight. He has know her since school but not seen her in many years. They work close and she does help him. Now she cannot accept that he loves her for her and not as a crutch. Love the interaction between the main characters and secondary characters as well. Well done.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ge ...more
Tiffany Readz
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

Ahhh there's nothing like the sexy, nerdy guy and Kelly Moran nailed it with Xavier Gaines. When reading a blurb containing the words successful billionaire, you think instant alpha a-hole and it couldn't be further from the truth in Counterbalance.

I was immediately drawn to X's personality. Sure it wasn't the "norm", but I liked his slight vulnerability and the fact that he was so accomplished, yet didn't know what to do when confronted with the public eye, as well as personal relat
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great romance…part office/corporate romance and part friend’s to lover’s romance! Xavier Gaines appears to have everything he’s wanted at his fingertips. He should be full of confidence with all that he’s been able to accomplish, but that insecure boy he once was still lives inside of him. He comes across in the media as cold and aloof. He turns to the only woman, Peyton, who can help them. She was the girl in school who always defended him against the bullies, and everyone loved her. She happen ...more
Breanna Eichhorn
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Xavier hasn't seen Peyton since the benefit, he was looking forward to this interview with her. Peyton is trying to decide weather or not to take the job with Xavier. So she decided that she was going to ask him questions in order to figure out weather or not to take the job offered by Xavier.
Xavier owns Gaines Industries, he is known as "Deep Freeze." 28 years old. Youngest man to own a fortune 500 company. Peyton has lost a lot her brother and fiance. Wants to help Xavier. Joesph is Xavier's
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Kelly Moran is a bestselling romance author of enchanting ever-afters. She is a RITA Finalist, RONE Award-Winner, Catherine Award-Winner, Readers' Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and an Award of Excellence Finalist through RWA, plus she's landed on the "10 Best Reads" & "Must Read" lists by USA TODAY's Lifestyle blog.

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