Title: Love On My Mind (Shades of Love #1)
Author: Tracey Livesay
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Potential Triggers: n/a
My Rating. ★★★★★
Successful PR executive Chelsea Grant is one assignment away from making partner at her firm and nothing will stand in her way. Her big break? Turn a reclusive computer genius into a media darling in time for his new product launch. He may have been dubbed the “sexiest geek alive” but he has no patience for the press—and it shows. Piece of cake, right? Only problem is… his company doesn’t want him to know they hired her.
After a disastrous product launch two years ago, tech CEO Adam Bennett knows the success of his new device depends on the media’s support. When a twist of fate brings the beautiful PR specialist to his door, Adam hires Chelsea to help turn his image around. Their attraction is undeniable and the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep things professional.
But when Adam discovers Chelsea’s deception, will she risk everything for her career or is love the real thing on her mind?
“If only dealing with people was as simple as dealing with computers. Computers were logical, methodical, and unambiguous. You input a prompt, it delivered a response. You request a function, it carried out your command. No judgment. No miscommunication.”
Love On My Mind has everything I love. And I really do mean everything. It is no secret that I love books set in Northern California
*cough* Hold Me *cough*, so I had to read Love On My Mind. A tech CEO, an ambitious heroine, and trust themes were the icing on the cake. Love On My Mind was perfect, and I have only good things to say about it. I smiled the ENTIRE time reading it, which says a lot because that is a really rare thing for me.
Chelsea Grant was perfect. I loved her drive, and that she never devalued the work she did as a PR executive. Adam Bennet was the true shining star. I’ve never a romance novel with an Autistic hero before, so that was really awesome to see. I always fall in love with characters who have trust issues, so I absolutely adored Adam. I loved seeing his journey, and growth over the course of the book.
Adam and Chelsea’s relationship was amazing. I loved their interactions with each other, and they had a ton of chemistry. It was really cool to see how they started off with misunderstandings, and then overcame the secret that Chelsea was harboring and Adam’s trust issues. When Chelsea was trying to do her job and help Adam be improve his image, she never tried to change him and came up with inventive ways to help grow his skills. The things that Adam did for Chelsea… So. Adorable. He was such a great guy, and there were so many good scenes. There is one scene in particular involving them playing video games together, I won’t go to in depth, but just know, it was so thoughtful and nice.
Technology plots can be hit or miss with me. Sometimes they just don’t work because there wasn’t enough world building to make it believable, or it wasn’t presented in the right way. In fact, it was one of the issues I had with Trade Me by Courtney Milan. Thankfully, I did not have that problem with Love On My Mind. I really enjoyed how Adam’s creations were presented, and how we got to see his work space. I also enjoyed the backstory with Mike and the company.
I have never talked about the acknowledgements in a review before, but you have to read the acknowledgments in Love on My Mind at the end. They were so heart warming.
If you are looking for a diverse romance or are a fan of Courtney Milan’s Cyclone series, then I would highly recommend Love On My Mind.