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Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: Turning the Tables by Joan Kilby

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: June 9, 2015

Tina Borlenghi is a billionaire businesswoman, heiress to the Borlenghi fortune, and living la dolce vita. She's also a magnet for men who crave fame and celebrity. So while in New York City launching a new fashion boutique, Tina is more than intrigued when sports bar owner Luke Pederson mistakes her for a sales assistant. He's sexier than sin and only interested in her. What's the harm in a little steamy role-playing?

Luke can't get enough of Tina. And yet, something feels…off. Why is she so secretive? As their role-playing encounters become more erotic, Luke’s suspicions grow. The woman rocking his world is hiding something. Something big. He’s ready to play for keeps, but finding out who Tina really is may just turn the tables on everything he thought he knew about love.

Tina Borlenghi is the billionaire in Turning the Tables and I have to say it’s a welcome change in the billionaire romance trope. Anyway, because of Tina’s immense wealth she’s attracted men who just want to use her for her money and family name but while in New York launching a new boutique she’s mistaken for a sales associate by bar owner Luke Pederson. A chance to have a normal affair with a normal attraction to a man who doesn’t know who she is too good to pass up. But of course the affair turns serious and Luke begins to suspect that Tina hasn’t told him the entire truth.

The biggest draw about this book and author Joan Kilby was that Tina had the wealth and all the complications that came with it. I loved the difference in the dynamic between Tina and Luke, it was completely different with the heroine being the billionaire. Tina was more vulnerable and emotionally raw than I expected but she still had a sharp intelligence that made her a solid leading character instead of a damsel in distress. She had her moments of silliness that had me going “Seriously?” but I still liked Tina.

Luke though, boy Luke had me falling in love with him. Aside from having one of my favorite names ever, he was a guy who was laid back and easy going about himself but when it came to the people he was responsible for, he was a worry wart, a care giver and a nurturer. While he was definitely a strong male character, he wasn’t overbearing with Tina or anyone else. He didn’t have a problem pursuing Tina once he met her but I didn’t feel like he was steamrollering over her.

As a couple I did like how balanced Tina and Luke were. The balance of power between them really didn’t give either an edge over the other. What one was missing, the other provided and of course, their chemistry was there from the moment they met. There was something off about the sex scenes though. They didn’t feel natural for these two characters; instead they felt more staged than a natural progression between two characters who were attracted to each other physically.

Final Verdict: Turning the Tables was a good read, it had a woman in a role that has so far been reserved for men and it gave a new dynamic to the entire story and of course the romance. It wasn’t the best read but still an interesting one. I’m interested to see what’s next in the series.

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