Thursday, June 9, 2016
Trade Me by Courtney Milan
It blew me away.
I don't like the New Adult romance genre spawned by the 50 Shades trilogy as a general rule. However when a story comes along like this I owe it to myself and romance fans to talk about it.
First, look at that beautiful non-white woman on the cover. I am so tired of the lack of diversity in romance that this was reason enough to buy this book.
Second, I would like to discuss a problem I have with most New Adult romance books. Most books in the genre have a protagonist--or two--in college. My issue has always been how come these college-educated people are doing such stupid things! The main characters in Trade Me talk about the decision making processes--such as they are.
Third, chemistry. Oh the chemistry between these two fully realized characters is so hot that if you put a container of ice-cream over the book it would melt!
Fourth, the organic use of characters. Tina--our heroine--has a roommate who used to be a man. Blake--our hero--is mourning the loss of his father's partner. Any one of these characters and plot twists could, in the hands of a lesser author, be sensationalized. Here it is just a simple turn.
I think that's what I like most about this book--stunning simplicity. When done right simplicity makes for a wonderful romance.
Read this book and enjoy!