ARC Review….Connectivity by Aven Ellis


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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…


My review:

Connectivity is the debut work from author Aven Ellis and is by far, one of the best debuts I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Educated and career driven, Mary Kate Grant has gotten her foot in the door working at a sports network with the hopes of fulfilling her dreams of working for a widely known home and garden network.  When a young British media tycoon buys the network, she tries her best to make a good first impression, but instead ends up making a bumbling fool of herself.  Lucky for her, it’s a lasting impression and she soon finds herself as his personal assistant, which leads to much more than she ever could have dreamed of.

Talk about a feel good, funny and charming read.  Aven Ellis has such personality packed in her pages and I enjoyed every single second of this book.  Mary Kate, or MK as she is better known, is an adorable, clumsy, witty and endearing gal with a solid head on her shoulders.  Totally a gal I could see myself being friends with.  She also has a bit of bad luck when it comes to trying to make a good impression and had my laughing out loud so many times just within the first chapter that I instantly fell in love with her.  That’s tough to do with me, since I don’t really love a whole lot of heroines.  William is a classic Brit with manners and charm set to a cool and controlled attitude.  He has come from an equally fortunate and unfortunate upbringing that has shaped the brilliant businessman he is today and also has made him leery of people and close relationships.  But don’t worry; it’s not the deeply disturbing back-story that so many books these days tend to gravitate toward.  Thank God, right?  I think I’ve just about had my fill of the deeply scarred billionaire hero.  William is anything but.  He’s just very controlled and honest with himself.  He knows himself well…so does MK and that makes them so suitable for each other.  They are both focused solely on their careers and that makes their desire for one another, and a relationship, such a surprise for both of them.  The relationship starts off strictly business and slowly grows into much more and is beautifully done.  MK and William have an evenly matched wit that brings a delightful facet to their relationship and makes reading their conversations and interactions pretty freaking fantastic.  They really “get” one another and it works so well in building a friendship into more.  This really is a modern day fairy tale and has so much love and tenderness.  Really, really well written and such a joy to watch grow.

Add deliciously loving moments, two truly likable characters and throw in some laugh-out-loud funny parts for a total package of reading WIN! This definitely needs a spot on your to-read list because every once in a while, it’s great to read a tried and true romance.  Thank you, Aven, for Connectivity!  I am really looking forward to see what else you have in store for us!


5LovesRLBFive Loves


About the author:

305735_174313112726906_715903293_nAven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.


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