Thursday, December 16, 2021


LJ Greene
Publication date: December 13th, 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Who can you trust?

Ally Michels is fresh out of her MBA program at Cal and has landed her dream job at hot, up-and-coming video game developer, Jet Stream Studios, all thanks to her uncle, Jet’s largest venture capital investor. She’s feeling pretty good about her future until an inadvertent blurt in a company meeting brings down upon her the dangerous attention of Jet’s co-founder and chief developer, Marcus Abby.

Beautiful, brilliant, and vicious, Marcus is every bit the arrogant, deceitful founder her uncle warned her about. But in the power-fueled world of venture capital investing, things aren’t always what they seem. When Ally finds herself caught up in a play for corporate control, she must work with Marcus to save the company and an ideal she believes in, while navigating perilous family loyalties and fighting to hold onto her own integrity.

For Ally, there’s just one rule: never, ever trust Marcus Abby. Because the one man she needs to stop a high-stakes plot is the one man who has every reason to want her gone.

SIDE EFFECTS is an adult contemporary, twisty, underhanded, certainly unscrupulous . . . romance.

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Side EffectsSide Effects by L.J. Greene
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don't judge the book by its cover.

I need to get something out of the way before I say anything else. As someone who LOVES book covers like this, it doesn't really do the book justice. This book is the fourth (4th) standalone in a contemporary romance series. The cover gives more futuristic, sci-fi, or dystopian vibes than it does a contemporary romance. Truthfully, the cover is what drew me in and I was surely expecting a completely different plot.

This aside, the story is really enjoyable. I was held from the beginning. The characters are amazing. I don't usually enjoy slow-burn romance, but this one was great. I can see myself wanting to read it again. It was spicy, I do prefer the sweeter side of the balance, but this was great. There was nice of suspense. Marcus is swoon-worthy.

I have not read any books from L. J. Greene prior to this one; I want to check out some of the others now.

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Author Bio:

Romance author, obsessive multi-tasker, California native, music lover with no apparent musical talent, travel enthusiast, and cheese connoisseur.

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  1. Ester, thank you so much for your thoughtful review of Side Effects and for hosting me on your site! Indie authors like me are so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to showcase our work. Many, many thanks and happy holidays! Warmly, LJ Greene

  2. Great review! This sounds like a compelling read from start to finish! So happy you liked it!