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. by Courtney Milan on September 11, at Chinese New Years. Note: This is a short story (10, words) that assumes that you've already read Trade Me. But when he offers to trade lives--he'll work her hours and send money home to her family; she'll Trade Me Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf rtf lrf pdb txt html Courtney Milan's debut novel was published in
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“Even though I absolutely adore everything I've read by Courtney Milan, I had a teeny moment of hesistation about picking up Trade Me. I'm not usually. 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 . Editorial Reviews. Review. "This is a New Adult billionaire story Milan-style, which means she crafts this story with her personal style of awesomeness and.
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A Kiss for Midwinter. What Happened at Midnight. The Lady Always Wins. Once Upon a Marquess. This Wicked Gift. One day during class Tina and Blake start fighting over poverty and after that Blake makes her deal: For six weeks they will trade lives and each one will find out the reality of the other.
And together they will find out why people say opposites attract. This was a sweet and kind of refreshing NA.
It had a slow rhythm and the story developed slowly and gave time to the characters really know each other. Somewhere around the middle I felt myself becoming bored and thinking that if the book was never going to end. However, it is a nice story with a refreshing plot and you should give it a try.
Characters Development: The good thing about Tina and Blake is they were really mature for a NA book. They were both very adult and work their asses off. I liked them individual characters.
The problem? Absolutely no chemistry. Seriously, I felt more connection between Blake and his father and Tina and her mother than between those two, and they were supposed to be the center of this story. Sensible Subjects: View all 17 comments. Nov 30, Geri Reads rated it really liked it. But this is still so much better than what is currently saturating the New Adult market out there. 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 4 stars!
Tina Chen is a struggling college student who's trying to keep her head above water despite myriad familial responsibilities that stop her from enjoying her life. Blake Reynolds is the son of a billionaire, a wunderkid who enrolled himself in college despite his father's protests.
Both of them had an interesting backstories. This is where Milan's writing shined the brightest. Tina and Blake are well drawn characters. I was shown the nuances of their personalities, the dynamics of their relationship with family and friends bit by bit and layer by layer. It made reading fun and easy when there's no clunky prose to impede it.
I liked Tina. She wasn't always likable but her struggles were relatable to me. Her being Asian is just a bonus to me. Her complicated relationship with her family was terrifyingly familiar to me because I live it everyday. I don't know if it's a cultural thing or it's just my family but reading it made me nostalgic.
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Blake isn't your run-of-the-mill NA hero. No way. He's smart, funny and an all around good guy. I love his relationship with his dad. The Darth Vader reference made me laugh.
Again, I wasn't just told about how loving their relationship is, I was shown how loving their relationship is.
While that aspect gave me the fuzzies, these characters are very flawed. None more so than Blake's father. Seriously, I don't know whether to give this guy the father of the year award or the shittiest father award. Either way, I love his character. So why not 5? Well, as much as I loved the writing and the characters, the romance was a bit of a let down.
It's not that they are not romantic or anything, it's just that they are so good and capable individually that it wouldn't matter if they stay together or not. They'll survive anyway. Simply put, I wasn't as invested in their romance as I was in them individually.
And since this is a romance book, I'm kind of bummed that their love didn't feel epic to me. But I am holding out hope that it's going to turn epic in the next installments because I needed epic.
Call me old fashioned but I just needed that in my romance books. A copy was provided by Courtney Milan via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
View all 38 comments. 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! Both MCs are endearing and well-rounded, making it very easy to root for them: I loved them both, dearly. For more of my reviews, please visit: View 2 comments. Jan 19, Didi rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 2. People of different backgrounds, cultures, races and creeds date and marry all the time. But from my experience in romance novels, this isn't the case. It's a normal thing that should really be reflected more in books, come on. Anyways, the reasons for the low rating. The connection and chemistry between Tina and Blake wasn't very apparent for me. I couldn't connect with them as the book went on.
In the beginning it was good, but as the story progressed something changed for me. The middle into the last third was a bit boring and then the whole 'this can't go on' dilemma felt forced and out of place. Where as that issue was obvious in the first part of the book, as Tina and Blake got more immersed in each other's lives it became a crutch and therefore lost its appeal.
The romance was there but again, it felt underdeveloped. By the end I found myself no longer invested in Tina's and Blake's story--although things end well--And I'm not interested in continuing the series. I do plan on reading this author's HR's, I've heard they're great.
View all 28 comments. Jun 17, Whitney Atkinson rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. I loved the representation of a male character with an eating disorder, but it felt side-lined as a character trait and not necessarily something that was integral to the story and it was completely forgotten about by the end of the book.
Plus, the trajectory of the love story follows the cookie cutter mold of forbidden romance and wasn't intriguing at all.
The first half of this was great, but the second half was so cheesy and unrealistic and messy that I was skim up until the acknowledgments page.
It felt so incomplete, and the original plot of the book just dove off a cliff and in came in random side plots instead that were never wrapped up adequately. Jan 21, Wendy'sThoughts rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Courtney Milan Fans.
This review is more about my love of Courtney Milan The brief review is I loved the book. I was new to Goodreads, Romance and Erotica. In my looking around for things to read I had heard of this book The Siren Milan https: The review made me just stop I loved every pa 4.
I loved every part of it Milan and her books. The first one I read was The Governess Affair. I was into historical and this worked on so many levels. There was a scene to this day which was so sensual and sexy The book was more than just that scene though So, I bring this up because in this book, all of the research, attention to detail and insight into the mind and human condition is here All of these things color how we look at life, what we expect or want and what is thrust on us We have two characters; both very intelligent The blurb lays it out perfectly The representation of both families were strong; each were different yet the same in their love of their kids Each character went through their personal arc and came out the other end better There is just so much to the details to the story I could read this again and get so much more out of it She addresses many questions about the story at the end She is just wired that way.
This is a new series for her and more is coming. I will be ready. A gifted copy was provided by Victory Editing via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways. View all 20 comments. Jan 18, Keertana rated it really liked it Shelves: 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, Courtney Milan is known for writing unusual historical romance novels--the kind that make you swoon but also make you think. But Trade Me surpassed even my wildest expectations.
Built upon the foundation of a relatively flimsy plot line--wealthy young man volunteers to switch lives with a poor immigrant woman--Trade Me does a brilliant job of pointing out not only the privileges of the wealthy, but also of the non-immigrant.
It features an Asian protagonist and is one of the first times that I have been able to sympathize completely with a character due to her life circumstances--immigrant parents who don't fit into the American culture, a series of different traditional values, struggling to make ends meet, missing family members who live oversees.
And, honestly, I found the entire experience shocking and eye-opening. It made me angry but, most of all, it made me grateful to Courtney Milan for doing her research and being brave enough to write about a culture of people different from her own.
Beyond the in-your-face diversity of an Asian protagonist, though, Milan weaves this love story through many complex issues. Unfortunately, I cannot reveal much more due to fear of spoilers, but none of these characters are what they seem on the surface--and I love that.
Admittedly, the whole "the rich have problems, too! If you're looking for a couple to swoon over, but one that will destroy your every pre-conceived notion about them, Trade Me is the book for you. Jan 16, -ya rated it really liked it Shelves: Is Blake a possessive, six-pack man-whore?
Absolutely not! Blake character surprised me. A nerdy gentleman. I love this character.
Trade Me by Courtney Milan
Friendship with Blake is not safe. I always play safe. What choice have I had? The story has a good mix of culture difference, humor, angst and family issues- We are all mortal. We all have family problem no matter what race we are, or what ethnic background we have. Love is an universal language. Refreshing storyline and characters. Courtney Milan's first new adult novel delivered. Jan 26, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: 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 A fast-reading, involving spicy romance with humor and a whole lot of realistic angst about being poverty-stricken--and the workaholic rich. 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 Steve Jobs and takes him apart.
Also loved that it was set in the present. I really enjoy this author's prose and characters and pacing, but the historicals are hard for me to read because I keep getting poked out by all the historical errors. Historical paradigm, language, and detail is totally off the table here, letting me sink right in. View all 3 comments. Nov 30, KatLynne rated it liked it Shelves: However, I missed the chemistry between Blake and Tina. I didn't feel the deep, romantic connection that I find in Milan's historicals.
The Year of the Crocodile by Courtney Milan
All in all, an intriguing read with a well writ 3. All in all, an intriguing read with a well written plot View all 6 comments. 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 [3. I loved them as individuals strong, outspoken, determination, great family dynamic , not as a couple though. Jan 20, Steelwhisper rated it did not like it Recommends it for: 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!
The two This is a story which has "intentions". The two had no chemistry with each other whatsoever. The unbelievability and OTTness of the MCs spilled over to the secondary characters, to the point that they as well were very unbelievable. Things I explicitly disliked: I dislike when authors are so clearly trying to ingratiate themselves. What was worst, though, is that plot and narration bored me to distraction. I was fighting falling asleep.
And ended up checking the author again, because View all 5 comments. Jul 16, Vaneesha rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. It had it all. I am thrilled that I ignored the sort of iffy reviews and decided to read it regardless. Chinese MC that has an activist mother.
A hero with eating disorder? Hello, I'm in. Diversity in New Adult makes me so happy. Sin embargo lo disfrute aunque admito que no estoy loca por la pareja principal y que fueron bastante pesados con lo de "I want, want, want, want this to be real.. Nov 30, Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. I should have stopped at the first chapter, but kept plugging away. I really didn't like the h. Knew then I should just give it up then, but kept at it until I just couldn't anymore.
I read NA. I had high hopes. This just isn't very good. They do a wonderful job in a genre that they really enjoy.
Why change? Leave a good thing alone. This is a 1 Star book. Just not good and don't feel like I can do more than that even if it is a DNF. I could skim to the end, but what would that prove? I hope you have better luck with this one.
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I do not want to feel grateful to Blake.
I feel like it could've been so much more than it actually was.
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