Review ~ It’s Been You by Rina Gray



Marketing manager Tiana Holliday just landed her dream job at an award-winning agency in New York City. There’s just one problem: cocky playboy Nathaniel Lawson, her old grad school nemesis, is her new officemate.

As the firm’s rising star, Nathan never had to compete for prime clients until all-work and no-play Tiana strutted into his workspace. When an opportunity arises to manage a lucrative sports car account and nab a big promotion, he challenges her to a wager: Loser does the winner’s bidding for one month. But their friendly little competition suddenly threatens to erupt into an all-out battle of desire.

As they straddle the line between love and war, they just might discover that challenging each other outside the boardroom is even more satisfying than advertised.


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Oh my freaking gosh, Rina Gray tells one heck of a cutie-patootie story 🙂 But WAIT! There’s more to It’s Been You than a sweet romance.

There is a funny, competitive enemies-to-lovers theme that Ms. Gray nailed. Nathaniel and Tiana have great chemistry throughout and while their antics were sillier than I expected, it actually helped keep the characters likeable. Too often, inter-office competitions/romance have unnecessary devious actions that make you question whether you can root for the character. Ms. Gray pulled the entire thing of while keeping her MCs respectable.

The MCs relationship develops beautifully. Both Tee-Tee (don’t you love nicknames from younger siblings?) and Nathan are strong, intelligent, and ticked off about the history they share… can you say fireworks?

Overall, the story is well balanced with angst, humor, and heat, which led to a super fun read and put this new-to-me author on my radar.

About the Author

Rina_Gray_Black_Romance_Author.jpgRina Gray is a contemporary and paranormal romance writer. She is also a digital marketing professional who discovered her love of writing in 2012. Writing has always been Rina’s passion, though initially, she tried to deny it. In college, she served as the copy editor for the entertainment magazine and newspaper. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to interview various talented entertainers including Chris Rock and the cast from Reno-911.

Rina has always been an avid reader, sneaking to read her mother’s books she had no business reading i.e. Stephen King’s The Stand, It, and Anne Rice’s various vampire series. As a pre-teen, she received a load of romance novels from a family friend and from that point on, she devoured any book related to romance or horror.

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