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Beyond the Ivory Tower (The Silicon Beach Trilogy Book 1) by [Blake, Jill]
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"I loved everything about this book! The romance builds at a great pace, but it's the rest of the story that pulls you in." --R. Colora, Author 

"I love stories with empowered heroines and this fits that bill outstandingly. The growth that both main characters showed, while still being resistant to change, was my absolute favorite part..." --Catherine E, reader

"...sizzling romance and chemistry..." --Paula L. Phillips, reader

"...the chemistry between the main characters is hotter than molten lava." --LJT, reader

From the Author

Beyond the Ivory Tower is Book 1 of the Silicon Beach Trilogy

While each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone, they do share the following:

  • Setting - Southern California. Specifically, the coastal area that encompasses Santa Monica, Venice, and Playa Vista, and is home to 500+ tech startups. Touted as the new "Silicon Valley," this westside region of Los Angeles has been nicknamed "Silicon Beach."
  • Characters - The series follows the interconnected lives of two families: the Lazarevs and Kogans. In order, the books tell the stories of Anna Lazarev (Book 1), her childhood friend Leo Kogan (Book 2), and their younger siblings: Anna's sister Klara, and Leo's brother Vlad (Book 3).
  • Humor - real-life problems, a happy ending, and plenty of laughs along the way.




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  • File Size: 2182 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015EYQQRC
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By Kate McMurry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2015
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Anna Lazarev is a brilliant math professor who, at 32, has been a tenured professor since the very young age of 29. She raised her sister from the age of 23 when their equally brilliant Russian émigré parents died in a car accident. Now at age 19, Anna's sister is dropping out of college to become part of a highly innovative intern program, and Anna finds this extremely upsetting. Its founder and primary funder, billionaire venture capitalist, 39-year-old Ethan Talbot, believes the US academic system is overpriced and grossly under-delivers in terms of producing the possibility for graduates to obtain good-paying jobs. His solution is to offer top-flight students a chance to participate in a highly competitive program. It provides the opportunity to be mentored by extremely successful business people within the participants' chosen areas of expertise in order to pursue their entrepreneurial goals without going massively into debt, both in terms of the cost of education and a great deal of lost income during their years in school.

Anna is extremely upset because she believes that Ethan has lured her baby sister into this program with a series of false promises. At best, in her opinion, he will keep her extremely smart and talented sister from the education that Anna's convinced she requires to obtain the American Dream that Anna herself has achieved. At worst, Anna believes that Ethan has a hidden agenda to steal the marketable ideas that his protégées come up with during their time in his program.

When fiery Anna flies from her home in Los Angeles to arrive without notice in order to burst into Ethan's office in San Francisco to confront him, Ethan is instantly taken with Anna's amazing combination of beauty, brains and passion.
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Can you say opposites attract? In this latest romance by Jill Blake, Ethan and Anna clash from the get-go. He’s a billionaire philanthropist who thinks college is a big ol’ waste of time and money. She’s a math professor who thinks a college degree is a must if you’re going to succeed.
The fight starts when Anna’s sister drops out of school to take part in a mentorship program that Ethan funds as an alternative to college. Anna goes public with her criticism of the program, and the press jumps on the story.
But this is romance, peeps, so of course they’re hot for each other (we’re talking smokin’ off-the-charts hot), and despite all the complications (like Ethan’s high profile glitzy lifestyle, which intimidates Anna, who comes from a humble background and is also an introvert), ya know there’s an HEA in store.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good romance, and this one is a keeper for sure.
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By LJT on November 17, 2015
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Beyond the Ivory Tower is a smart and creative new book from Jill Blake, one of my favorite authors. The story moves along at a steady pace and the chemistry between the main characters is hotter than molten lava.

Anna Lazarev is a mathematics genius and truly understands the value of a college education. She was a child prodigy and worked her way into the upper echelons of academia by keeping her nose to the grindstone, while raising her younger sister Klara. So when Klara decides to drop out of college in order to participate in a prestigious fellowship program, Anna is beyond furious. However, when she meets Ethan Talbot, a billionaire and the founder of the program, she finds it difficult to dispute his logic and reasoning for an alternative approach to the traditional learning process. Within a very short time, Ethan's smarts and good-looks sweep Anna off her feet. However, compromising their respective beliefs proves to be challenging as well as stimulating.

This novel is another winner for Ms. Blake. The characters are well-defined, the plot is engaging, and the sexy times between Anna and Ethan are extremely hot. To top it all off is an ending that will leave you shocked, angry and impassioned. The epilogue concludes this moving story with a happily ever after that is one for the record books. Overall, this is a solid romance that should be added to your TBR list.

Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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This story is difficult to classify beyond contemporary romance. I can see it being enemies to lovers, but they weren't really enemies to start. I can see it being forbidden love, but it wasn't exactly forbidden by anyone. It doesn't really matter how it's categorized, it's a great read. This author has a history of writing trilogies, so I'm really hoping this is the start of another one. I love stories with empowered heroines and this fits that bill outstandingly. The growth that both main characters showed, while still being resistant to change, was my absolute favorite part of this book. If this sounds confusing, it's actually not, once you read the book. This author should be far more well known than she is and this book is a perfect example of why. And let me please log my vote for more in this series.
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I received this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will keep you wanting to find out why he is doing what he did and why she is on the warpath wanting to do some damage to him. they discover that they have some chemistry and the overwhelming feelings that they possess is off the chain It leads up to them working together sorting out their differences. Its a must read
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