Review: Trade by Tabitha A. Lane

Posted November 25th, 2015 in book review / 15 comments

Review: Trade by Tabitha A. LaneTrade by Tabitha A. Lane
Publisher: Self-Published on July 22, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Pages: 179
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars
Heat: four-flames

Can nine days in paradise change their lives forever?
Maxine Goode’s friend needs a trophy date for her school reunion, and dream maker Max is determined to help. But the only way to get hot Scottish actor Sholto Kincaid to agree is by trading a favor for a favor by joining him in a survival challenge on a tropical island.
Sholto is determined not to be a one-hit wonder. But fame, beyond his blockbuster erotic movie After Ecstasy, means winning his dream castaway role by proving his worth on a deserted island with the woman he publicly humiliated years ago.
Alone on Melati, the sizzling heat between them is undeniable, and the scene is set for a blazing affair. Will their time together survive the secrets Sholto hides, and what will happen on the harsh return to reality?

At A Glance

Good but nothing special.

The Good

First let me say that I have been in a reading slump lately. Nothing sounds good. I start a book and after the first chapter I am putting it down and moving on. I just don’t know what genre I feel like. So I have been reading generic romances/eroticas because they are my go-to genres when I feel like nothing in particular. Trade is one of those generic books. It was good but nothing special.

Maxine has the coolest job ever. She makes people’s fantasies come true, be it skydiving naked or getting married on top of Mount Everest, she finds a way. How unique and interesting it was to see what kind of fantasies she had to make happen. Max has a very good heart and felt genuine. Despite her embarrassing childhood past with Sholto, now a famous actor, Max is determined to help a friend out by getting Sholto to take her to her school reunion. But Sholto wants something in return: the deep, emotional role he has been waiting for to diversify his career. This all leads to Max and Sholto spending 9 days together on a secluded island, fending for themselves, and slacking their lust!

The story and plot was interesting. The islands scenes were both fascinated and hot. Sholto had a heartbreaking past that made me feel for him. I liked him and Max together, even if they got in each other’s way a lot. The ending was good and I felt satisfyed in the end.

The Bad

There isn’t anything huge I can really point out that I didn’t like. I just wanted more. More intensity, more realism. I never felt that Sholto’s authenticity was all that authentic. His shallow actor to deep, thoughtful lover transformation felt forced. And Max’s “I’m going to run away before talking to Sholto about what’s bothering me and ruin the relationship” attitude left me rolling my eyes. I am so over stupid misunderstandings!!!

The Snuggly

This book is labeled as an erotic romance. I do see the sex getting pretty hot and descriptive but I don’t think this book is quite erotica. It’s not super risqué. This felt like a very sexy romance. We get really steamy sex scenes but not too many.

Final Thoughts

As long as you’re not looing for anything too deep or unique, then Trade might be a good read for you. I do recommend it because it’s usually free! Can’t beat the price.


Stop looking at my ass and reach up to take this.” He gripped a heavy fruit and slashed its stem with the machete, then twisted to look down at Max.

Her arms were raised high to clasp the fruit. From this angle, he could see right down the front of her shirt, to the shine of sweat glistening between her breasts.

“Stop looking down my shirt.” her lips curved upwards.

“You started it.” With the fruit deposited in her waiting arms, he edged down the tree to the ground.

“How did you know I was looking at your ass?”

“Everyone looks at my ass.”


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15 Responses to “Review: Trade by Tabitha A. Lane”

  1. Lekeisha

    I’m just so frustrated with Adult and NA sometimes. I just finished a similar and for the life of me I’m trying to figure out why everyone went gaga over it when it released. I can’t take many more generic romances these days, I may just snap.

  2. kindlemom1

    I loathe reading slumps. I hope you pull out of it soon and I know what you mean about your go to books because something is better than nothing right?

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      This is my first real reading slump, especially one that lasted so long.

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    I get in slumps sometimes. I just went back to urban fantasy since that’s what I was feeling, but sometimes it’s really difficult to figure out what genre book is just right.

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