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The world might think billionaire Xavier Gaines has it all, but he's got a big problem. His successful software company is about to sign a government contract that'll land him smack in the glare of the public limelight, and his lifelong battle with social anxiety has marked him as a cold, uncaring bastard in the eyes of the press. To dispel the unflattering image, he needs help, and there's only one person he trusts with the job - Peyton Smoke. Gorgeous, kind, and funny, she agrees to be his media relations director and soon imbeds herself so deeply in his life, his world will crumble if anything upsets the balance. He cannot screw up their solid unit. No matter how achingly he desires her. Yet, how is he supposed to resist when she tugs emotions from him he didn't think he was capable of experiencing? Especially since it appears he's not the only one fighting their undeniable attraction.
Ever-after just might be possible...if he can convince her to believe in love again.
Peyton Smoke is looking for a change, and working at Gaines Industries has given her the boost she needs to fill the empty void in her life. Xavier is the perfect boss. Under his seemingly callous, frigid demeanor lies a compassionate man who cares about causes and those precious few he lets into his inner circle. What she wasn't prepared for is the smoldering passion suddenly flaring between them, nor the hot-as-sin alpha side beneath the layer of sexy nerd. Getting involved with him puts more than her job at risk. She's been trampled one too many times, and she vowed never to leave herself vulnerable again. But the heart wants what the heart wants. If only she can figure out whether his feelings are genuine or if this is a mistaken case of gratitude wrapped in lust, then their shot at forever may not seem like such a fruitless hope.
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By Darcie on 02-24-18
The geek & his publicist
Xavier is a computer genius but suffers from social anxiety. He needs someone to clean up his corporate image. Peyton is a publicist who knew Xavier back in high school. She’s had lots of loss in her 30yrs...her parents, her only brother & her fiancé. Peyton goes to work for Xavier & the pair become friends. Over the years, the friendship grows inti something more but will it last? Can Peyton open her heart or will all of her past losses force her to protect herself? This is a sweet story about two ppl dealing w loss and insecurities and learning to let go so they can love. Sweet HEA.
By NDP Book Review on 01-30-18
One of my favorite authors!
Would you consider the audio edition of Counterbalance to be better than the print version?
I really like Kory's voice. It's sweet and quirky—a little young—but he has the right inflections for this type of geek gone billionaire story.
But just because you have a killer voice doesn't mean you have a killer performance. It happens to the best, and unfortunately, Counterbalance doesn't showcase Kory's strengths as a narrator.
In the beginning I really liked the monotonous tempo. This is one of my favorite Kelly Moran books, and I always pictured Xavier being this way. As I transitioned to the end of the book, I was craving a different style of narration; something with more emotion and vulnerability. I had a difficult time assimilating with Kory's interpretation of the characters near the climax even though the voices were done well.
There are some sound quality issues particularly background noise and I could hear Kory swallowing throughout the audiobook. In fact, maybe the sound quality is too good on this one. Kory also sounded thirsty... which made me really thirsty!... Hur hur. Thirsty for LOVE!
Kory Getman is a YES, but this isn't my favorite narration.