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Release Day Review! START US UP by Lexi Blake (Park Avenue Promises #1)

Start Us Up by Lexi Blake is now live!

Book one in a brand new series!
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From New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake, discover The Park Avenue Promise series…
Three young women make a pact in high school—to always be friends and to one day make it big in Manhattan.

She’s a high-tech boss who lost it all…

Ivy Jensen was the darling of the tech world, right up until her company fell apart completely after she trusted the wrong person. Her reputation in tatters, she finds herself back in the tiny apartment she grew up in, living with her mom. When a group of angel investors offer her a meeting, she knows she has to come up with the new big idea or her career is over.

He’s an up and coming coder…

Heath Marino has always been fascinated with writing code. He’s worked on a dozen games and apps and is considered one of the industry’s more eccentric talents. But now he’s back in New York to spend time with his grandmother. She was known as one of the city’s greatest matchmakers, and he wants to know why. Surely there’s some kind of code in his grandmother’s methods, and he’s going to find them.

When Ivy meets Heath it’s instant attraction, but she’s got a career to get back to and he just might be her on-ramp. It could be a perfect partnership or absolute heartbreak.


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Start Us Up as a title plays two roles–it’s the start of a new series, which Ivy gets to kick off, and what Ivy and Heath are trying to accomplish together (their original goal, before an HEA and lots of sexy times took *some* of their focus, that is) is creating a new tech program that they’re hoping will change things.

Of course in the beginning what exactly they’re hoping to change doesn’t quite match up initially, but…details 😉

It felt really appropriate that the story is told completely from Ivy’s POV, since she was really the one who needed to make major changes. Her previous relationship (and life) had left her thinking certain things about herself that weren’t true, and it took some heavy lifting for her to get herself to a place where she truly believed she was deserving of good things. But fortunately she has a good support system around her to help her see the truth–once she let them in–and of course, Heath.

Heath’s the sunny optimist to Ivy’s “more realistic” view of life (in her mind, anyway), and I loved the modified puzzle analogy she came up with in her head to show how she’d learned to see relationships differently once she decided to let him in. It was absolutely perfect. (But that’s all you’re getting from me on that, because 1) I’d butcher it and 2) you need to read this one yourself! #yourewelcome)

The supporting characters here are all stellar–I loved both Ivy and Heath’s friends and employees as well as the “older generation” they had there to keep them on the right path. I know it’s oh-so-wrong, but CeCe’s habit of calling almost everyone who works for her by their job (Lawyer, Hacker, etc.) cracked me up every single time. And I can’t be the only one who wants a novella (at minimum) of CeCe, Diane, and Lydia’s girls’ trip, right?

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series–I absolutely called who would be the hero in Ainsely’s book, and am so here for it!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. Since starting her publishing journey in 2010, she’s sold over three million copies of her books. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings.

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