Connectivity by Aven Ellis
Author: Aven Ellis
Format: Kindle Edition
Release date: 14th October 2013
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry. MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.
But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for – and makes her his personal assistant in the process.
Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well.
Before I start with my review I have to tell you one thing. Aven Ellis is not only an amazing writer, she is also such a lovely and generous person. She was the one who supported and believed in me from the very beginning. I was totally new to blogger communtiy when I started blogging last November. I was still working on my blog design. Things were not set proberpby and I hadn’t posted any reviews yet. Suprisingly she offered my to read Connectivity in exhange for an honest review. Thank you so much Aven, you’re a star!
Reading the first few chapters of the book everthing reminded me a bit of too much of 50 Shades of Grey, especially William had potential to be like Christian Grey. I really hoped it’s not going to be a sterotyped 50 Shades of Grey story (I absolutely disliked the books!). I’m very happy everything turned out differently and Aven proofed me wrong. I fell in love with the story and William.
What if you find true love when you least expect it? Can you have a career and a releationship? Find out in Mary-Kates and Williams story.
Mary-Kate Grant, named after an Olsen Twin, is working as an assistant in a media company. She is very independent, career driven and totally focused on her job. Mary-Kate believes in making something of herself and she doesn’t need love or a man to do it. Even though she’s not overhappy with her job at the sport network but she is pursuing her dream to work in Beautiful Homes network.
When Wiliam Cumberland, a young British media mogul and owner of Connectivitiy, buys the network, that Mary-Kate is working for, she tries her best to make a good first impression, but instead ends up making a fool of herself. In fact she is having a fight with the binding machine at the office when she first meets him. Very suprisingly William chooses Mary-Kate to be his PA for the time while he is in Chicago for a few months. This leads to much more than she ever could have dreamed of.
As she gets to know William, Mary-Kate realizes how much alike they are and how much they enjoy being around each other. Between laughter, banters, and flirting their relationship starts to slowly change creating an undeniable connection. So in her journey to happily ever after, Mary-Kate is forced to take a leap of faith, take big risks, and completely rethink her life priorities in order to get her prince William. Does she follow her heart or does she listen to her head?
William Cumberland… what can I say about him? With a age of 32 years he has build up a massive empire on his own. He’s probably everything a girl wants. He is not just a perfect gentleman. He is charming, sexy, smart, generous and rich but he can be a controlled bad ass when it comes to business. He has troubles to let people close to him. Maery-Kate can break through his shell and she’s sees who he really is. She sees the soft, shy and quite side of William.
I enjoyed reading about how their relationship developed. It was building up slow, nothing was too rushed. The relationship starts off strictly business/professional and slowly grows into much more. William and MK’s relationship is refreshing. Their conversations are fun, the banter is funny and the inside jokes keep you engaged. The story is simply about two people two people who weren’t looking for love find it and dare to take the chance to pursue it.
I have to be honest and say that there are a few things that I didn’t enjoy. I know in every story there need so be the bitchy characters but MK’s friends/flatmates really annoyed me. They are very unnsuppotiv and not a help at all. I was relived that Mary-Kate was not listening to them and decided for herself what’s best for her. And there was Williams assistant Arabella. I just wanted to slap her, seriously. For my case there was an overuse of some phrases like Mary-Kate was snorting with every laughing. Overall I really like Aven’s writing style. It was engaging and easy to read from the start. I liked the character development, the pace and flow of the story.
The whole story was told out of MK’s POV. I’d loved to read from Williams POV as well. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It was a romantic,
fun, lighthearted and charming read. A must read for every chick-lit and romance fan! The best thing is the story of MK and William is not over yet. Read bonus scenes on Aven Ellis blog. Great debut novel of Aven Ellis. Keep your eyes open for her next book Waiting for Prince Harry in Summer 2014.