Connectivity by Aven Ellis

October 18, 2013 Author Bio, New Releases, Review 0 ★★★★

Connectivity by Aven EllisConnectivity by Aven Ellis
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on 16th October 2013
Pages: 259
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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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…

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REVIEWED BY JOANNE

*An eARC was supplied to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

This was a really enjoyable story. I loved the heroine – Mary-Kate or MK as she prefers to be known. MK is working as an assistant in a media company, which has just been purchased by British media mogul William Cumberland. Unsure of what this means for her job, she’s desperate to impress her new boss. Unfortunately for her, their first meeting is when he sees her grappling with an uncooperative binding machine! Embarrassed by the first impression she has given, things don’t get much better when MK gets flustered and starts babbling about the Olsen Twins and how she got her name!

William is intrigued by MK and soon has her working for him as his PA whilst he’s in the US, and their relationship soon goes from professional cool to friendly banter.

MK is only interested in her career so isn’t really looking to pursue anything further, however, the more they work together, the more her feelings start to grow. She doesn’t receive the backing of her rather unsupportive flatmates though which I thought was a bit harsh. As she starts to spend more time with William (helping him decorate his new apartment) they try to dissuade her and are no help at all. I’m so pleased she didn’t listen to them!

MK is like a breath of fresh air to William. He’s used to everyone running around after him, surrounded by ‘Yes’ men (and plenty of women) but MK isn’t like that with him at all. She talks to him as though he’s just one of the guys, and isn’t afraid to tell him what she thinks.

I loved how their relationship developed, it wasn’t instant love like in some books, it develops over a period of a few months. In fact MK isn’t even sure she likes William at first. When she does start to realise that she has feelings for him, she tries to talk herself out of expecting anything because she knows he’s only in the US temporarily and will eventually go back to the UK.  

William is everything a girl could want – he’s a perfect gentleman, intelligent, courteous, witty, hot, generous, and he’s rich. Very rich! I was rooting for them to get together; MK is obviously everything he needs. She’s down to earth, not fazed by his money, she’s good at her job and knows what she wants out of life but doesn’t trample on people to get it. She needs someone like William who is willing to put her first, as no one else in her life seems to. She has so called ‘friends’ who aren’t there for her and a crazy sister whose upcoming wedding has turned her into bridezilla!

Whilst I really enjoyed this book, I have to be honest and say that there are a few things that did get to me. The first one was the over use of ‘my God’. It seemed like it was said every few paragraphs and it started to grate on me. The second issue was MK’s clumsiness – the girl was often walking into, tripping over, and dropping things. I think it was supposed to provide comedic moments but to me it felt contrived and I could have done without it. That being said, I would recommend this book, it’s a nice light-hearted easy read, and I loved the epilogue.

About Aven Ellis

I have always loved to write. I completed my first novel at the age of 15—an angst driven high school romance (Boy meets girl! Evil girl likes same boy! A deception! Will true love prevail?) Though I truly wanted to be a fiction writer, I also knew it was more practical to pursue a job in the communications field and write fiction on the side. So I went off to Purdue University and earned a degree in communication, writing for The Exponent along the way (apologies to anyone who fought through reading those early attempts at journalism.)

After a stint writing for a community newspaper and a public relations agency, and not enjoying what I was writing at all, I found myself a non-writing job and continued writing at night and on weekends. I completed multiple manuscripts that found a home under my bed. Complete it, print it, stick it in an envelope, and slide it under the bed. It became a routine for me, similar to “Lather.Rinse.Repeat.”

Finally, years later, I wrote Connectivity. I loved this story; I loved writing for William and MK. I became brave enough to share this story with new friends who became equally as passionate about these characters and their journey. I ended up submitting Connectivity to Soul Mate Publishing, and it sold. Soul Mate also allowed me to explore this idea I had about writing a hockey-based series, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

About Aven Ellis

I have always loved to write. I completed my first novel at the age of 15—an angst driven high school romance (Boy meets girl! Evil girl likes same boy! A deception! Will true love prevail?) Though I truly wanted to be a fiction writer, I also knew it was more practical to pursue a job in the communications field and write fiction on the side. So I went off to Purdue University and earned a degree in communication, writing for The Exponent along the way (apologies to anyone who fought through reading those early attempts at journalism.)

After a stint writing for a community newspaper and a public relations agency, and not enjoying what I was writing at all, I found myself a non-writing job and continued writing at night and on weekends. I completed multiple manuscripts that found a home under my bed. Complete it, print it, stick it in an envelope, and slide it under the bed. It became a routine for me, similar to “Lather.Rinse.Repeat.”

Finally, years later, I wrote Connectivity. I loved this story; I loved writing for William and MK. I became brave enough to share this story with new friends who became equally as passionate about these characters and their journey. I ended up submitting Connectivity to Soul Mate Publishing, and it sold. Soul Mate also allowed me to explore this idea I had about writing a hockey-based series, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

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