Trade Me

Cyclone, Book 1
Narrated by: Xe Sands, Sean Crisden
Series: Cyclone, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (470 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 Systems. But when he makes an offhand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn't last a month living her life.

To her shock, Blake offers her a trade. She'll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he'll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.

But before long, they're trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina's heart...but Blake's secrets could ruin her life.

©2015 Courtney Milan (P)2016 Courtney Milan

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Heart-warming.

I loved this book. The build-up to animosity, then friendship to love, the tension, chemistry – it was very well done. I felt the love this couple generated for each other and it warmed me. But there are 3 love stories here: the hero and heroine’s love/romance; plus the love between the protagonists and their parents. Two diverse families demonstrated love in different ways, but both heart-warming. “I have a problem,” oh, the clues were all there and once the reveals happened I wondered how I hadn’t guessed all of them. Courtney Milan is a master of Grand Gestures saving the day when you think all is in turmoil. I was bowled over by the grand gestures here. I recommend any Courtney Milan romance novel – historical or contemporary. They leave you with a big, happy sigh.

I listened on Audible and I loved, LOVED, the narrators Xe Sands and Sean Crisden. They created an ‘addictive-listening’ pleasure with their wonderful performances. I couldn't pause the audio.

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LOVED THIS ONE!

What did you love best about Trade Me?

Tina. She was a relatable character me being 2nd generation American myself!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Trade Me?

When Tina played his dad when she first met him. She was FIERCE!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Any scene Tina was in! She stole the show!

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Never lags

Stunning writing and performance. Beautifully written with lots of attention to detail and satisfying connections between various subplots. The performance does the writing justice. I found some of the falsetto voices distracting, but not actually irritating. Xe Sands gives a spectacular performance, with great pacing and nuance. This book has more profanity than I was comfortable with, but it was believable within the story.

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Why did I wait so long to read this book?!

Courtney Milan is a goddess. This story made me laugh, cry, and swoon. Absolutely sublime.

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Great story

Very short but sweet and nicely sarcastic. Have to love a billionaire story that doesn’t follow the standard romance

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Full of suprises

This book has a unique plot which I really appreciate. Endearing characters and excellent narration make this book one of my top picks. Can’t wait to dive into the sequel.

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inspiring story

loved the dynamic between Blake and his dad. never did I expect that twist! so much fun with this one!

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Loved it

I Loved this Book. It showed that no matter What you have going on in your life someone else maybe able to help you.

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I’ve discovered a hidden gem in this story!

Oh wow. This story was really as pleasure to listen to. I came upon it by browsing audible Romance Package titles, and the cover caught my attention. The beautiful couple features an Asian female with a White male. Then reading the synopsis that this was a hate-love type of romance...yup, that sealed it.

Tina Chen is a “starving student” at Berkeley. Blake is also a student, but one with privilege. He’s student and protege of his father, the CEO of Cyclone systems, a tech company akin to the real-life Apple Inc.

When Blake makes an ignorant remark about economic class structure, Tina doesn’t stay silent; she criticizes his remark and hypothesizes that Blake would not be able to survive should he trade places with her. Blake takes her up on this offer and proposes a plan where they would be essentially swapping roles for the rest of the semester.

Tina is intelligent, witty, and very headstrong. But she’s also a worry-wart and is fiercely protective of her family, like me.
This I think made me identify with her character so much.
Blake initially appears to be the typical arrival rich college guy, but as the story progresses, more angsty layers are revealed.

I absolutely loved the incorporation of Tina’s family who all immigrated from China to the U.S. The cultural aspects that were woven into the story showcased an everyday-in-the-life of a first generation Chinese-American family. It was refreshing.

The female narrator, Xe Sands, delivers great narration, especially reading parts referencing Chinese dialogue or names. She gave a life to characters like Tina’s mother and siblings, adding the just right amount sarcasm in her voice that I was endlessly smiling and amused throughout the scene!

The POV alternates to Blake, read by Sean Crisden. His narration was ok for me. The “female voice” he adopts for Tina’s dialogue wasn’t the greatest. It really sounded like an exaggerated male voice trying to portray a female voice... think Mrs. Doubtfire.

Overall, I was impressed with the storyline and sassy smart dialogue between all the characters. I loved how each character developed, challenged each other, and grew into better selves. And most of all, I loved the twists and turns this story took. They were unexpected, and I enjoyed the ride it took me on.

4 STARS ⭐️

This was my first exposure to any of Courtney Milan’s stories. It appears she’s primarily a historical romance writer (not my favorite genre), but this is the first book in her Contemporary romance series and I will be following her for future reads!

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Fantastic story.

I love this story from beginning to the end. It grabbed me at 10 minutes held me at 4 hours in kept me going strong at 7 hours and 45 minutes. It captured my heart and made me feel from beginning to end this is the kind of story I like to listen to where you get a good sense of who the characters are how they come together what may or may not separate them while you can feel or at least try to feel what they are feeling it was awesome

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  • Leigh UK
  • 01-09-20

Refreshing!

I know that's a weird headline but it's how I felt about this book.

It was refreshing to have an Asian leading lady.
It was refreshing to have her be strong without being a bitch.
It was refreshing to see a couple evolve where neither of them is a "white knight" (all puns intended!)
It was refreshing to see the vulnerable side of the male lead without emasculating him.
It was refreshing to see how naive he is, compared to her street smarts, and neither of them were caricatures.
It was refreshing to have such realistic dialogue that wasn't a diatribe, and finally,
It was refreshing to see such a wonderful unique bond between father and son.

Yes he's rich and she's poor but you'd be surprised how that didn't play out in the usual "I will save you" trope. Courtney Milan, I love your books! The historical stuff and this new series set in modern times too. So beautiful to see a romance novel be full of diverse characters in an inclusive rather than tokenistic manner. The story isn't a stereotype and the romance is still very real.

The leading lady doesn't make nonsensical assumptions to advance the story. Her self-worth is not dependant on a man. Her leading man does not assume he knows what's best for her, and he's not so strong that nothing can phase him. They're both blessedly human with brains and they behave how you'd expect highly intelligent humans to behave - sensibly most of the time and slightly irrational when emotions take over - like most of us. And I think that's the thing. You're not sitting here going "what the hell are you doing?" or rolling your eyes at anyone's stupidity.

This is romance for people who want love with a hefty serving of common sense.
Yes, common sense is absolutely sexy!

More cyclone please!