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Who can you trust?
I am pleased to announce a cool book blog tour going on right now, presented by L.J. Greene, an author I met during my journey! Congratulations on your adult contemporary romance novel!
When a new book comes out, it is always an exciting time for authors!
Plus, here at the I Love Romance Blog, we love discovering romance novels!
Let’s hear a little about this great book…
This is the blurb for Side Effects, book four of The Ripple Effects Series:
Who can you trust?
Ally Michels is fresh out of her MBA program at Cal and has landed her dream job at hot, up-and-coming video game developer, Jet Stream Studios, all thanks to her uncle, Jet’s largest venture capital investor. She’s feeling pretty good about her future until an inadvertent blurt in a company meeting brings down upon her the dangerous attention of Jet’s co-founder and chief developer, Marcus Abby.
Beautiful, brilliant, and vicious, Marcus is every bit the arrogant, deceitful founder her uncle warned her about. But in the power-fueled world of venture capital investing, things aren’t always what they seem. When Ally finds herself caught up in a play for corporate control, she must work with Marcus to save the company and an ideal she believes in, while navigating perilous family loyalties and fighting to hold onto her own integrity.
For Ally, there’s just one rule: never, ever trust Marcus Abby. Because the one man she needs to stop a high-stakes plot is the one man who has every reason to want her gone.
SIDE EFFECTS is an adult contemporary, twisty, underhanded, certainly unscrupulous . . . romance.
L.J. is giving us a peek at her new, modern romance with some angst and corporate themes, Side Effects, today.
Author: L.J. Greene
Series: Ripple Effects
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2021
Here is an excerpt.
For the first time, I struck a blow. I could see it in his face for just a moment before the reaction was quickly shuttered.
As usual, he turned the tables with another question. “What are you going to do?”
“What am I going to do?”
His response was a hard stare.
And then it dawned on me—the murderous look in the board meeting when I started to speak up about the game wasn’t about me. I was partially right that he didn’t want me to defend him; he didn’t want them to know what I’d seen. He was worried about that. Was still worried about it. That’s why he’d sought me out.
I probably should have gone to Julian. After all, I loved this job, this company. I wanted to see it succeed and to contribute to that success over many years. These charades Marcus was playing—whatever they were—could threaten everything. There was good reason to think the things they were saying about him were true. And he certainly had no love for me.
So maybe it was just bizarre empathy for someone who probably struggled as I did to fit in in a world that told us we had to be an athlete or a supermodel or a jokester to be considered enough. Or maybe it was because we were the same age, both fighting to be taken seriously despite the obvious handicap of our youth. Or maybe I just respected him and what he’d accomplished, even if I didn’t like him.
It must have been that. Some Midwest sense of fairness that said a man should be judged on the full merits of his work.
I was certain of one thing, if nothing else. “It’s not my place to tell them, and I won’t.”
Marcus studied my face, hard, as though this answer was somehow suspect. But the long, searching look wasn’t quite laced with the usual hostility. It felt surprisingly . . . unguarded.
“Marcus, what are you doing?”
But that question was one bridge too far. I saw the moment he shut down, his expression closing to something significantly more restrained. His usual.
So fine, whatever was going on here, whatever repercussions may come to him, this was a situation he had brought upon himself, and he had no one else to blame for it.
“Never mind,” I said into the silence. “You don’t trust me.”
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PRAISE FOR SIDE EFFECTS
“I read this book without knowing what to expect from this author, and I cant say I’m disappointed.
First, I love Marcus’s and Ally’s relationship. It’s enemies to lovers trope, my favorite. Ally is an employee at Jet, and Marcus is the Cofounder. Both MC’s are likeable. I enjoy how Ally has a nerdy personality, but is not portrayed as the cliche quite, quirky, “being a nerd is my whole personity” type. In the beginning, Ally’s view of Marcus is negativly tainted by other people’s words (mainly her uncle’s words). Along the way, they start to form a bond of friendship and loyalty. Things happen (dont want to spoil), and boom, they start seeing each other unofficially. Their cute private moments are everything! Marcus is such a softy behind his mean facade, and Ally is a total girl boss.
Second, I love the cover. Cartoon covers are so much better than real people on covers, in my opinion. I didn’t really understand it at first, but as the book got to a specific scene, it became very clear.
Third, the story in the beginning was a very slow burn. It was hard to read at times, but I got hooked after the first few chapters. I also liked the inclusion of chapters in Marcus’s POV. I wish I had more of it.” – Basia’s review (Goodreads)
“I haven’t read any other books by this author so I didn’t know what to expect. Overall, the story was interesting and the characters likeable. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes contemporary romance.” – Sandra Berryman’s review (Goodreads)
“I was not expecting to like this nearly as much as I did. When I saw it pop up on my NetGalley and happened to be in the mood for a romance I thought, ‘screw it’, and hit ‘Request’ with pretty low expectations.
Before jumping in, let me say that I’ve never read anything by L.J. Greene before and didn’t realize that our main man Marcus was a character she’d introduced previously. Not having this context meant I didn’t get a ton out of the Epilogue or the bonus chapter, though the author’s long time fans likely will.
Both of the MCs were likable, though my personality aligns way more closely with Marcus than Ally. The enemies-to-lovers was believably done and I enjoyed how Ally was a nerd without being a stock “quirky girl” character. I also really like how much time the author invested into the challenges of developing a growing business, create a masterpiece game, and dealing with investors. A lot of workplace romances I’ve read use the setting as just a backdrop for office sex, as opposed to actually developing a plot line around it.
Now don’t get me wrong, this novel does have its problems…Still, definitely worth a read if you’re looking for some well done enemies-to-lovers, grumpy/sunshine, workplace romance.” – TimeToFanGirl’s review (Goodreads)
“Ally Michels has got a job at a start-up video game developer called Jet Stream Studios which is set to shake-up the industry when its new game is launched. The company was founded by two young entrepreneurs who are as different as night and day. Julian Dannen is blonde and charming, the CEO and frontman, Marcus Abby is more like a wasp at a picnic, although his is the creative mind behind the game. Ally got the job through her uncle Dave, a Venture Capitalist who owns a stake in the business.
Ally might not know everything that’s going on…why is Marcus pretending the game is far less advanced that she knows it is? But she knows that the game is 100% Marcus’ baby and no one works harder than him and his team.
But does Ally really know Marcus, or is he using her just as much as her uncle is?
I really enjoyed this, I had no idea it was part of a series until the bonus chapter which refers to unfinished business between Marcus and Dan so it can definitely be read as a standalone, but I have already bought the first book in the series (featuring Dan). I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.” – Alison′s review (Amazon)
Wow…intriguing tension! ♥♥♥
Sounds like quite a tale!
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Thank you for telling us about your contemporary romance, L.J.! I know I can’t wait to read this riveting novel!
Readers, don’t forget to grab a copy of this awesome book, or add it to your Goodreads list!
Or, check out the whole series!
Side Effects looks like a great read! ♥ We’ll be sure to check it out!
Don’t miss the giveaway!
Romance author, obsessive multi-tasker, California native, music lover with no apparent musical talent, travel enthusiast, and cheese connoisseur.
Thank you for telling us about your great book tour! I know readers can’t wait to get ahold of this new, contemporary romance with enough of an enemies-to-lovers theme and corporate intrigue to keep you guessing!
Thanks again to L.J. and her tour sponsor!
We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime.
Happy reading, everyone! ♥♥♥ Have a great rest of your week!
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Thanks for being on the tour! 🙂
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