Review & Giveaway: CONNECTIVITY by Aven Ellis
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…
Dawn’s Review 3.75 Stars
In Connectivity, we meet Mary-Kate or MK and William. Mary-Kate is sweet, hilarious, and a bit clutzy. I found her refreshing and quite charming. I loved the way she was forthright, particularly when it came to William. Mary-Kate is paying her dues as an assistant at a communications corporation with the intent to move up the career ladder in a year or so. That is until her company is bought by Connectivity, which is owned by the mysterious William Cumberland. William is a sexy, broody, dashing mogul who hides behind his business persona, until he runs into MK.
Connectivity builds up beautifully and the relationship between MK and William is fun and witty with a good dose of humor that had me laughing along with them. And the lead up to their first kiss, the first holding of hands, and everything else had me giddy and swooning and impatiently waiting for the moments to happen! There is lovely banter that is a great mix of silly, sweet, and a little naughty.
Aven Ellis wrote such a wonderful story of the push and pull between love and career that I found myself reading this in almost one sitting, needing to know if William and MK could make this work or not. Reading Connectivity was one I lost myself in, as I would a good romantic comedy.
Nicole’s Review 3.75 Stars
Connectivity, by Aven Ellis, tells the story of what happens when unexpectedly finding love runs smack into career goals and plans. Mary-Kate (or MK as she is known to her friends!) is one independent, career oriented woman. She is charming, smart, witty and very creative. MK has set herself on a career path that takes her from the bottom to the top! Her current position as an assistant at a sports network is not her final goal. Within a year, MK hopes to be moving up to bigger and better things within her company and she believes that hard work will get her there. When her company is unexpectedly bought by Connectivity, a social media site, MK worries, as so many people do, that her job and therefore her career goals are in jeopardy.
Enter William Cumberland, media mogul and founder/owner of Connectivity. He’s smart, savvy, and British!! Yum! William is also quiet, thoughtful and very witty. His quips and verbal play with MK are some of my favorite things about this story. He and MK don’t exactly get off on the right foot, but from the get- go there is something special about their interactions with each other. Quickly, William goes from being just MK’s boss to her favorite person to talk to and be with. The development of their relationship is sweet and fun to watch.
Aven Ellis does a wonderful job of creating interesting and relatable characters. MK could be a friend of mine. William could be my crush. (He meets most of my book crush criteria including the rarely met “drives a cool ass car” and “has a British accent”!)The story in which MK and William live is sweet, funny and easy to get caught up in. I read this book start to finish in one day! I really couldn’t put it down. And while I enjoy hot, steamy angst and drama as much as the next girl; Connectivity was a refreshing change. It gave me butterflies with its sweetness, some “oh no she didn’t” from the book’s bitch and many opportunities to laugh out loud! I give Aven Ellis’ debut novel 3.75 stars. I can’t wait to see what she writes next!
Copy provided for honest review
For bonus scenes of MK & William and additional blog posts by MK, visit Aven’s blog: http://avenellis.com/blog/
Aven 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.