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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

WHOA!  I seriously have just been on the emotional rollercoaste


WHOA!  I seriously have just been on the emotional rollercoaster of the century!  Other than Illicit Love and Consequences, I don't know if I have EVER been so emotionally engaged in a book while I was reading it.  It's a good thing I had an eBook copy of this novel, o...

WHOA!  I seriously have just been on the emotional rollercoaster of the century!  Other than Illicit Love and Consequences, I don't know if I have EVER been so emotionally engaged in a book while I was reading it.  It's a good thing I had an eBook copy of this novel, or I might have been tearing the pages out as I read some of the scenes!  As it was, I was punching my fist into my other hand, running my fingers through my hair (wanting to tear it out!), pacing the floor, yelling at my eReader like I sometimes yell at football referees on the television.  SERIOUSLY! 

First of all, before you read this book, I have to warn you...Lauren?  Ivy's boss?  Well, I am POSITIVE you will want to kill her, or at least punch her, just as much as I did!  She is the most crazy, manipulative, mean...let's just say there are a lot of bad words I could use to describe her.  Now that I've forewarned you, let's get back to the rest of the story. :)

This crazy, yet 100% realistic, story all begins when Ivy takes an internship, the summer before her senior year of college, working for one of her life-long friends' step-sister, Lauren.  Sounds like an easy-peasy internship, right?  WRONG!  In the beginning, Lauren just seems like she's uptight and busy, but when she finds out that Ivy and Eric have met under too nice of circumstances, she grabs her broom and becomes an all-out witch. 

Ivy is having ridiculous amounts of mixed feelings about her meeting with Eric.  She had just run into the boy she has 'loved' since she was like 10, Will, and her emotions are all over the place.  She knows about Eric's tragic past, but she's not sure if/how his past still affects him.  But she can't deny...she felt something between herself and Eric.

24 year-old Eric hasn't been with a woman in almost 2 years, and who can blame him?  He has had to live through some extremely tragic things in his young life, and that tragedy was brought out not only to his friends and neighbors, but it even made it into the national news.  But when he meets Ivy, he starts to feel something he thought he might never feel again.  I'm not going to tell you about his very sad past, as it is a big part of the story, but just know...your heart will absolutely break for him.

And you remember that life-long friend of Ivy's I mentioned earlier?  Well, his name is Ryan, and as I also mentioned, Lauren is his step-sister.  He is only 17 years old, and he also is working for his step-sister for the summer.  It's obvious from the beginning that he is at least a little jealous of the other men in Ivy's life, but between their age difference, and being friends since Ryan was in diapers, Ivy doesn't even remotely have those kinds of feelings for Ryan.

With all these men(boys) vying for her attention, and Lauren already on her broomstick, this summer is about to get a WHOLE lot messier than the nice, easy summer that Ivy was anticipating.

posted by AshleyBodette on July 22, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

New Adult Contemporary Romances are quickly becoming my guilty p

New Adult Contemporary Romances are quickly becoming my guilty pleasure reads so when author Faith Sullivan contacted me about a possible review of Take Me Now, I jumped at the chance. This is the first in a trilogy.

This is the story of twenty something, college stude...
New Adult Contemporary Romances are quickly becoming my guilty pleasure reads so when author Faith Sullivan contacted me about a possible review of Take Me Now, I jumped at the chance. This is the first in a trilogy.

This is the story of twenty something, college student Ivy, who is interning as a reporter for Lauren a.k.a. the boss from hell. Ivy figures she can survive her internship unscathed if she does what Lauren asks of her and doesn't complain. Enter Eric. Gorgeous, independent business owner and widower. Eric lost the love of his life to cancer a few years ago. He's your classic all around good guy.

When Ivy is sent to interview Eric, the two are attracted to one other, which makes for a sticky situation since Lauren is after Eric herself. Lauren decides to make Ivy's job a living hell once she realizes Eric has the hots for her intern.

Two other people are trying to make Eric and Ivy's lives hell. Ivy's childhood bestie, Will and Laurens' younger brother, Ryan.

I am so picky when it comes to my heroes and heroines falling in love. I need it to be realistic. I need it to develop slowly. Ivy and Eric had love at first sight. I know damn well this doesn't really happen. Lust at first sight? Yes. But love takes time to develop. I didn't get that here with these two. They were crying over each other very early on in the story. Eric delivered what sounded like a proposal to me and these two hadn't even slept together at that point. I know this is New Adult Romance and geared at a younger audience who may like those love at first sight moments, but it just didn't work for me.

I liked Ivy, but I didn't like the way she'd let her childhood friend Will, toy with her emotions. I also didn't like the way she handled a particular situation where Ryan was concerned.

I think Eric was a great character. I enjoyed his inner monologue for the most part. He wonders what Ivy could see in someone like him. He visits his wife's grave and talks with her about his life while there. He worries Ivy will lose her job because of Lauren being so jealous. He puts her best interests first. All good things. I didn't understand some of his decision making though, and the way he was behaving overly dramatic at one point.

"This is what I want. This is where I belong, in her embrace, under her care, around her heart."
p.152, Take Me Now

The baddies in here, Lauren, Will and Ryan and really bad. Which made me wonder, why? Lauren was definitely 'over the top' with her behavior. Especially Will. Why would he be so rotten to Ivy?

I did enjoy Faith Sullivan's writing style. I read Take Me Now in about two sittings. This is a quick, fluffy read. I liked the storyline. I just wish a few more pages were devoted to Ivy and Eric falling in love. I would have given this one a higher rating if the romance developed at a slower pace.

This is the first in a trilogy and the ending leaves the storyline wide open for the next book, Meant for Me.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of Take Me Now from the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as Take Me Now, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

posted by thebookwormNJ on September 7, 2013

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    Thank you to the author for allowing me to read this book as a r

    Thank you to the author for allowing me to read this book as a read to review.  
    I am very torn about my feelings on this book.  It was an easy read, which was nice - but I think the author
     should have developed the story (especially character relationships) a little more.  It almost felt like I
    was thrown in the middle of a love triangle without knowing how I got there.  I agree with several reviews
     stating that it would have been nice to have a little more background...for example, why does Lauren
    hate Ivy so much???  There has to be more there.  There were some points in the story where I felt I
    could understand and relate and the next minute I felt like "did that really just happen". Love and feelings
    are kind of just thrown around making Ivy seem almost dumb at times.  
    That being said, i enjoyed reading it...I think I just wanted more out of it.  I will probably continue the
    series to see how it all plays out and hope I will pick up a little more back story.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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    New Adult Contemporary Romances are quickly becoming my guilty p

    New Adult Contemporary Romances are quickly becoming my guilty pleasure reads so when author Faith Sullivan contacted me about a possible review of Take Me Now, I jumped at the chance. This is the first in a trilogy.

    This is the story of twenty something, college student Ivy, who is interning as a reporter for Lauren a.k.a. the boss from hell. Ivy figures she can survive her internship unscathed if she does what Lauren asks of her and doesn't complain. Enter Eric. Gorgeous, independent business owner and widower. Eric lost the love of his life to cancer a few years ago. He's your classic all around good guy.

    When Ivy is sent to interview Eric, the two are attracted to one other, which makes for a sticky situation since Lauren is after Eric herself. Lauren decides to make Ivy's job a living hell once she realizes Eric has the hots for her intern.

    Two other people are trying to make Eric and Ivy's lives hell. Ivy's childhood bestie, Will and Laurens' younger brother, Ryan.

    I am so picky when it comes to my heroes and heroines falling in love. I need it to be realistic. I need it to develop slowly. Ivy and Eric had love at first sight. I know damn well this doesn't really happen. Lust at first sight? Yes. But love takes time to develop. I didn't get that here with these two. They were crying over each other very early on in the story. Eric delivered what sounded like a proposal to me and these two hadn't even slept together at that point. I know this is New Adult Romance and geared at a younger audience who may like those love at first sight moments, but it just didn't work for me.

    I liked Ivy, but I didn't like the way she'd let her childhood friend Will, toy with her emotions. I also didn't like the way she handled a particular situation where Ryan was concerned.

    I think Eric was a great character. I enjoyed his inner monologue for the most part. He wonders what Ivy could see in someone like him. He visits his wife's grave and talks with her about his life while there. He worries Ivy will lose her job because of Lauren being so jealous. He puts her best interests first. All good things. I didn't understand some of his decision making though, and the way he was behaving overly dramatic at one point.

    "This is what I want. This is where I belong, in her embrace, under her care, around her heart."
    p.152, Take Me Now

    The baddies in here, Lauren, Will and Ryan and really bad. Which made me wonder, why? Lauren was definitely 'over the top' with her behavior. Especially Will. Why would he be so rotten to Ivy?

    I did enjoy Faith Sullivan's writing style. I read Take Me Now in about two sittings. This is a quick, fluffy read. I liked the storyline. I just wish a few more pages were devoted to Ivy and Eric falling in love. I would have given this one a higher rating if the romance developed at a slower pace.

    This is the first in a trilogy and the ending leaves the storyline wide open for the next book, Meant for Me.

    Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of Take Me Now from the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
    I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as Take Me Now, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

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    ¿I believe there are two kinds of people in this world. The ones

    “I believe there are two kinds of people in this world. The ones who do everything right, expecting the perfect outcome every time, and those who know better.”

    This book was a good bit darker than I expected it to be from the blurb on Goodreads. A good half of these characters were massively screwed in the head. I mean, straight up evil.

    I adored Eric. His backstory was heartbreaking and it was so easy to feel for him... and fall for him. At times, his decision making was beyond awful. Just tell the truth, folks. It's always easier than going along with some lie. Ivy was a good protagonist. Sure, she was totally hung up on a guy from her past. Who among us hasn't been at one point or another? She was a little naive, but overall, I liked her.

    Will, Ryan and Lauren are all among the most despicable characters ever, for a wide array of reasons. You'll more than know what I'm talking about when you read the book. I was absolutely disgusted that they all got away with the completely screwed up things they did. There needed to be some retribution. I mean, the accusations and actions could have impacted Ivy's life permanently.

    So, while this book wasn't really what I thought I was getting when I started reading it, I can honestly say I did enjoy what it was. I loved the second chance at love angle of the story. It felt raw and real.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    I helped Faith reveal this cover about a month or so ago and onc

    I helped Faith reveal this cover about a month or so ago and once I read the blurb I knew I wanted to read it. I liked the idea of the forbidden office romance and I definitely wanted to see how it would play out!

    I enjoyed the storyline in this book and I think it has real potential as a series. However, I felt it was lacking a bit in the development area: both plot and character-wise. As for plot development, I felt certain key situations were rushed when it would have been more beneficial to see them drawn out. As for character development, I didn't feel like I got a good enough grasp on Ivy and Eric. Eric, especially is such a complex character, and I felt like I needed a little bit more depth in order to understand him.

    Ivy has just started her new internship at the Gazette, and is now working under her childhood best friend Ryan's evil stepsister, Lauren. Lauren is your rich, stuck up, manipulating diva who will stoop to any lengths necessary to get what she wants. And Lauren wants Eric Young- a good-looking landscaper who was pushed into the spotlight a couple of years ago due to the loss of someone close to him. Lauren is seriously an awful character. As I said, she is manipulative and she is absolutely horrible to Ivy. She is used to getting what she wants and when she notices Eric and Ivy together, she will do whatever it takes to drive a wedge between them. I have to say that I felt Lauren's character was the most consistent in the book. While the other characters seemed to go back and forth in their personalities, Lauren was Lauren. She was evil and didn't try to be anything else.

    Let's talk about Ryan for a minute. He has been best friend's with Ivy since they were kids. I could tell right away that Ryan's feelings for her weren't platonic. However, when he finally admits to it, I was confused. Did he like her for real or did he like her because he noticed how hot she was after accidentally seeing her naked one afternoon? To make matters worse, Ryan's character does a complete 180 and does something insanely unforgiveable. And I was so mad at Ivy for acting so blasé about it! I was really hoping Ryan would be this good, sweet character who Ivy could lean on in times of trouble.

    I did feel Ivy and Eric's relationship was too rushed. Again, I think this is where we really needed more development because we go from Ivy being in love with someone else one minute to all of a sudden she is having feelings for Eric. Eric is still grieving over someone he lost in the past and keeps saying it's too soon to get involved with someone, but then in a matter of no time he is envisioning spending his life with Ivy. We readers didn't see Ivy and Eric form that attachment to one another- to watch them interact and get to know one another.

    Again, Lauren wants nothing more than to sink her claws into Eric and will try to lead Ivy to believe they have more going on between them then they really do. This becomes a big source of Ivy and Eric's problems in the beginning. Ivy thinks Eric has something going on with Lauren and Eric thinks Ivy has something going on with Will. Due to the misconceptions they both have, the pair really does struggle to confront the other and talk about it. There is one scene in particular where Ivy believes Eric to be with Lauren and she makes a big deal of letting him go because she won't be the woman that takes another's man. I felt it was a bit overdramatic, considering they really hadn't even been together in a romantic way yet. However, making this decision absolutely crushes Ivy. Again, I think the Eric-Lauren-Ivy triangle could have used a bit more depth to make that seem more realistic. I also think had that scene occurred later on in the story it would have worked a bit better than where it was actually placed.

    Ivy has been in love with Will since childhood. After being sent to run an errand by Lauren, she crosses paths with him again. I didn't like Will at all. He is super wishy-washy. One minute he's fixated upon Ivy and the next he didn't even give her another thought. Ivy likes the way he makes her feel when he is paying attention to her, but she downplays the times he's treated her like crap. Unfortunately, I know several girls like that- it's so easy to forget the negative, when the positive is so worthwhile. But, after she meets Eric, she rather quickly decides her feelings for Will weren't anything like she feels with Eric. It just felt like one minute she was obsessing over wanting Will and the next she wants to be with Eric.

    Eric's character is a bit more complex. As I said, he lost someone very important to him and he is not ready for a relationship at the beginning of the novel. But after meeting Ivy, he is attracted to her and all of a sudden wants to be with her. But Eric has some deeply rooted issues concerning his loss that he hasn't worked out and it really comes to bite his and Ivy's relationship in the bum. After seeing Ivy wearing some clothes she shouldn't be, he overreacts and kicks her out of his house. No warning- no explanation- nothing. He doesn't even attempt to call Ivy afterwards to even talk to her about what happened. This goes to show that Eric really isn't in a place to move forward with his life. He is still hurting from the past and you can't just slap a Band-Aid on it and continue on.

    One line in particular he said really aggravated me:

    "Yet she couldn't give me the space to deal with issues I haven't resolved."

    He hasn't made any effort to open up to her about his past or really talk about how affected by it he still is. So for him to say this and put the blame on her is really unfair. Ivy doesn't give him the space he needs and ends up making a phone call to him that immediately ruins any chance of them sitting down and discussing their issues.

    The ending is a bit of a whopper. Ivy dumps a pretty big bomb on Eric and again- all of a sudden he's apologizing and he's sorry for acting the way he did and he thought by ignoring her, he was doing her a favor. But now, he's ready to start this new journey with her.... I feel that Eric still has a long ways to go before he can truly settle down and become happy with Ivy. He needs to deal with overcoming the grief of his past and learning how to move forward and it's not something that can occur overnight.

    Again, I really liked the storyline, I just wish we would have seen some more development with Ivy and Eric's relationship and Eric and Ivy dealing with his past. Oh, and I really hope Lauren, Ryan, and even Will get theirs! For the things they did, I want some retribution! I do plan on continuing the series as I am really looking forward to seeing how Ivy and Eric will tackle this new challenge that has been thrown their way.

    *Received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review*

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