Counterbalance by Kelly Moran (Review by Kristin, #NerdGirlSoldier)

Title: Counterbalance

Author: Kelly Moran

Published Date: March 21st 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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She’s a beauty, but he’s just a geek.

The world might think billionaire Xavier Gaines has it all, but he’s got a big problem. His successful software company is about to sign a government contract that’ll land him smack in the glare of the public limelight, and his lifelong battle with social anxiety has marked him as a cold, uncaring bastard in the eyes of the press. To dispel the unflattering image, he needs help, and there’s only one person he trusts with the job—Peyton Smoke. Gorgeous, kind, and funny, she agrees to be his media relations director and soon imbeds herself so deeply in his life, his world will crumble if anything upsets the balance. He cannot screw up their solid unit. No matter how achingly he desires her. Yet, how is he supposed to resist when she tugs emotions from him he didn’t think he was capable of experiencing? Especially since it appears he’s not the only one fighting their undeniable attraction.

Ever-after just might be possible…if he can convince her to believe in love again.

Peyton Smoke is looking for a change, and working at Gaines Industries has given her the boost she needs to fill the empty void in her life. Xavier is the perfect boss. Under his seemingly callous, frigid demeanor lies a compassionate man who cares about causes and those precious few he lets into his inner circle. What she wasn’t prepared for is the smoldering passion suddenly flaring between them, nor the hot-as-sin alpha side beneath the layer of sexy nerd. Getting involved with him puts more than her job at risk. She’s been trampled one too many times, and she vowed never to leave herself vulnerable again. But the heart wants what the heart wants. If only she can figure out whether his feelings are genuine or if this is a mistaken case of gratitude wrapped in lust, then their shot at forever may not seem like such a fruitless hope.

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Kristin, #NerdGirlSoldier Review***
 This phenomenal book by Kelly Moran takes you on one incredible journey with amazing characters. The story itself was well written and has a plot that flows flawlessly; it leaves the reader with all their questions answered and has a very happy ending. The characters were amazing; each has a wonderful amount of depth and change that you can’t help but fall in love with them.

Xavier Gaines is your typical male geek, but he has difficulty in the personality department. That’s where the lovely Peyton Smoke comes in. She’s his PR person and his right hand lady for everything that happens in the public eye. They are both incredible on their own, but when they stop fighting their feelings and the fact that they are boss/employee, Xavier and Peyton are scorching hot. I enjoyed watching them change and evolve as the book progressed. Peyton has dealt with a lot of loss in her life, but the death of her fiance really hit home for me; he was a military man suffering from PTSD and because I married a Marine with PTSD I know firsthand how hard it is to live with it, much less try to help deal with it. Peyton’s pain is something that I felt several times in the book. Xavier has not had to deal with that kind of loss, but he’s suffered in life as well; he may be a genius but he has a lot of problems with speaking in public and in large crowds. Together, Xavier and Peyton help each other overcome their grief and obstacles. Watching them evolve into two people who finally understand just what love is and accept it, was incredibly beautiful.

This book has a happy ending and no cliffhanger for those who don’t like having to wait for the next story. I truly hope you’ll pre-order your copy today and when you get it, that you fall in love with X and Peyton.

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