Counterbalance

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Pub Date 21 Mar 2017 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2022

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She’s a beauty, but he’s just a geek.

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.

She’s a beauty, but he’s just a geek.

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...


A Note From the Publisher

Kelly Moran is a bestselling author of enchanting ever-afters. She gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. Kelly is a RITA® Finalist, RONE Award-Winner, Catherine Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and landed on the "Must Read" & "10 Best Reads" lists at USA TODAY's Lifestyle blog. She is a former Romance Writers of America® member, where she was an Award of Excellence Finalist. Her books have foreign translation rights in Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the Netherlands. Kelly's interests include: sappy movies, all kinds of art, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet coffee junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She's originally from Wisconsin, but she resides in South Carolina with her significant other, her three sons, their wily dog, and their sassy cat. She loves hearing from her readers.

Kelly Moran is a bestselling author of enchanting ever-afters. She gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her...


Advance Praise

"A well-written story. Moran keeps readers turning the pages through strong characters, an intriguing plot and subplots, and solid writing. An entertaining playbook on how to win at love and work."

~Library Journal

"Moran pulls you in and does...Not. Let. Go. Hot, heartfelt, and hard to put down."

~Molly McLain, USA Today bestselling author

"Kelly Moran has done it again. Counterbalance is seductive and magnetizing."

~Nom de Plume

"A very emotional, funny and hot story you'll be hooked from the beginning."

~Once Upon An Alpha

 "I needed this story. The story owned meand I swear, it will own you too."

~Romance Bytes

"A well-written story. Moran keeps readers turning the pages through strong characters, an intriguing plot and subplots, and solid writing. An entertaining playbook on how to win at love and work."

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Business success has come easily to Xavier, but his personal life is pretty much a mess. Unfortunately, when an ill-fated relationship compounds the bad press already circling around him and his company, his prospects are put at risk. His position and fortune means the list of those he can truly trust is short, but he hopes an old high school acquaintance, Peyton, can work her PR magic and effortless charm to bring him back from the brink. They may have an excellent working relationship, but neither one is immune to wondering if that's all it is.

I loved the fact that this is a love story between people who are complicated and have baggage, but are also good-hearted, honest adults. They had issues and obstacles, but their tale is blessedly free of undue angst or manufactured drama. Instead they listen, grow, and work through things maturely and it's a joy to go on the ride with them. It doesn't hurt that there's some excellent steam along the way!

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

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The title is perfect for this book, and I loved that because sometimes the author does not get it right and Ms. Moran got it perfectly with this couple. We meet Xavier who was a geek in high school and has grown as a successful business owner who now needs the help of an old high school friend Payton to help him with PR stuff. Payton was the popular girl in high school and now she is going to work for Xavier, she is the perfect (counterbalance) to Xavier, the calm to his storm, the one to calm him when he needs it, there are feelings there more than employer to employee, but will they take it further, well read it and find out...Enjoy!

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I so enjoy to read of a millionaire and his employee and this one was no exception.
Kelly Moran's writing makes this beautiful book hard to put down.

I loved the connection between the main characters.Xavier,a geek with social anxiety,and Peyton,a beautiful sociable woman,need each other to be truly whole and happy but their journey is not that simple because they have to fight some of their past demons in order to accept their feelings.
I liked so much the secondary characters,Xavier's lovely parents and Peyton's best friend that I hope will get her own book.

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Counterb;alance is the perfect title for this book. Geeky, introverted billionaire Xavier hires outgoing and beautiful Peyton to help with PR after an ex girlfriend calls him cold and glacier like to the press. This is a very slow burn book. For two years, these two develop a friendship with a burning chemistry.

This book has a great plot and an amazing cast of characters, including Xavier's parents who I adored and whose comments made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed the banter between Peyton and Xavier and really can't wait to read Joseph and Kate's story!

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This book had all the "feels" to it. And I was on Xavier's side like at the speed of light. The author did a great job of drawing me into both of the main characters. They showed the depth of their personalities, their hurts, their challenges and even their successes. There was such tenderness on Xavier's part too. And the fact that he loved his family so much didn't hurt either.
"X' is what Peyton called Xavier when they were out of the public eye and that made me smile. X has the family that Peyton no longer has but she doesn't get how much they adore her. Well, not until later at least. Peyton does have one best friend, Kate who would protect her to the end. But she is snarky with X calling him "Moneybags".
This story was not only sweet but it also has some heat later on. It was also unlike any other stories I've read. Just on the social anxiety of a rich businessman who's a nerd, part alone. That idea sparked my interest and kept me involved.
And I just have to mention that the descriptions of places like the family home in Napa, Nate's home and some of the fundraisers and the offices was well fleshed out. A+ for the details.
I really liked that the title of this book is shown to be a really good decision. In fact, it's perfect. And so is the ending of the story.

I received an ARC through Netgalley and am voluntarily providing an honest review.

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This is the first book I read from this author and I so loved it. Xavier, who seemed to have it all and was extremely successful and Peyton who had pretty much lost it all. They were a match made in heaven. I loved the characters and the relationship that built between the two. I would highly recommend. I received an advanced reader copy and I’m leaving this review voluntarily.

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I really enjoyed this story and I though that it was really well written.

It had a well developed and fast flowing story line, there were great characters and they were well developed and had some great interaction.

I enjoyed it a great deal and was completely absorbed as I flew through the pages.

It was strong, romantic and a sexy read overall too

It is 5 stars from me for this one, very highly recommended!

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