Monday, August 14, 2023

Start Us Up by Lexi Blake - ARC Review

From New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake, discover The Park Avenue Promise Series...

Three young women make a pact in high school—to always be friends and to one day make it big in Manhattan.

She’s a high-tech boss who lost it all…

Ivy Jensen was the darling of the tech world, right up until her company fell apart completely after she trusted the wrong person. Her reputation in tatters, she finds herself back in the tiny apartment she grew up in, living with her mom. When a group of angel investors offer her a meeting, she knows she has to come up with the new big idea or her career is over.

He’s an up and coming coder…

Heath Marino has always been fascinated with writing code. He’s worked on a dozen games and apps and is considered one of the industry’s more eccentric talents. But now he’s back in New York to spend time with his grandmother. She was known as one of the city’s greatest matchmakers, and he wants to know why. Surely there’s some kind of code in his grandmother’s methods, and he’s going to find them.

When Ivy meets Heath it’s instant attraction, but she’s got a career to get back to and he just might be her on-ramp. It could be a perfect partnership or absolute heartbreak.

I love Lexi Blake and I was really excited to read this one. It feels different from her usual titles, but in a fun way.

Usually her heroes are mercenaries and tough. And I love them. But in this one Heath is more intelligent than tough (not that the mercenaries aren't intelligent) and I loved him. I loved his relationship with Ivy and with his grandmother.

I also really believed the relationship between Ivy and Heath. I believed in their connection and in the way the romance developed.

There was something different about this one, about the world in which it happened, and the way the characters were written that made it feel unique.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.



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