Review: It’s Been You by Rina Gray

It’s Been You by Rina Gray
Series: Crush on You (# 2)
Release Date:  November 7, 2016
Publisher:  Crimson Romance
Pages: 216
Source: book provided by publisher for review
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Marketing manager Tiana Holliday just landed her dream job at an award-winning agency in New York City. There’s just one problem: cocky playboy Nathaniel Lawson, her old grad school nemesis, is her new officemate.

As the firm’s rising star, Nathan never had to compete for prime clients until all-work and no-play Tiana strutted into his workspace. When an opportunity arises to manage a lucrative sports car account and nab a big promotion, he challenges her to a wager: Loser does the winner’s bidding for one month. But their friendly little competition suddenly threatens to erupt into an all-out battle of desire.

As they straddle the line between love and war, they just might discover that challenging each other outside the boardroom is even more satisfying than advertised.

 

Review:  It’s Been You drew me in from the beginning.  There’s heat, foreplay, burn up the sheet moments, chemistry, miscommunications, friends and family, playfulness, fashion statements and lots of loving and love.  Tiana and Nathaniel have a history from grad school, not all pleasant, and now are working together in New York City after she ran away from her last job in Atlanta due to unfortunate events.  They work closely together since they share an office and an intern to boot.  Both of them are overachievers who want to win but at what price? As we are immersed in the marketing and advertising world we see just how competitive Tiana and Nathan can be with the wager they come up with regarding the promotion to director that one of them can get.  The intern was a little creepy at times since she seemed to be stalking Tiana on social network, at work and even following her to the bathroom to continue discussions about their work.

Tiana and Nathan both have baggage from their childhoods and both have risen above it or have they?  Watching them get closer and the fun things they do is great but when they take two or three steps back it’s heartbreaking!  Tiana has a great friend in Melanie, her roommate and best friend, and I love their word games.  Her younger, twin siblings, have their heads on straight considering they were raised by older sister, Tiana.  Nathan’s support system is from his dad and step-mother and they help him to see things clearly and not get angry and volatile when things don’t go his way or so they seem.  There are unexpected twists and turns to the story and some closure with a happily ever after in the offing but the book ended too abruptly for me.  An epilogue would have given me the closure I needed.

I have not read the first book in the series, Fool For You, but I hope to rectify that soon.  Gray is an author I will definitely read more of especially if this is her caliber of writing.

Favorite Quote:  Big, tacky, and loud.  An oversized lime-green teddy bear.  Tiana wanted it.  She tried to pass by the games without giving away the fact that she’d never owned a stuffed animal.  But Nathaniel, always observant, must’ve seen her look at the bear more than once because he grabbed her hand and then dragged her to the game.

 

joanne