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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.
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New Adult Contemporary Romances are quickly becoming my guilty p
This is the story of twenty something, college stude...
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, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2013
I'm a new fan of Faith Sullivan and have now read all of her wor
I'm a new fan of Faith Sullivan and have now read all of her work. I love finding new authors and then diving into every novel they've written. Faith's books embody everything I like about the new adult genre: great chemistry, a permanence to the love stories (since the main characters are older it makes it easier to imagine them staying together if not forever, for a long time), and good contemporary fiction plots.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I adore Faith's Heartbeat series (Heartbeat, Come What May, and the soon-to-be-released I am Yours). I started Take Me Now expecting a great love story and emotional writing, with lots of chemistry. And I wasn't disappointed: Take Me Now was a good read. It wasn't as intense as Heartbeat was for me but I enjoyed it a lot.
Take Me Now was a little darker than Faith's other books, which was a nice change of pace. There was a definite villain in this story, and that aspect of the book was well-developed. I liked that there was a lot going on in the plot: it made the book more substantial.
It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did I really enjoyed the book. I liked Ivy and Eric was appropriately swoon-worthy. I wish Take Me Now were a little longer, with more development to the relationship between Ivy and Eric. Their relationship was bordering on insta-love, something I'm not a big fan of. It just doesn't feel authentic to me.
But, now that the world-building is complete, I think book two, Meant for Me, will be even better. I love that I can escape into the world Faith creates with her words. That is my favorite thing about reading and Faith's books are great escapism fiction. I look forward to reading more of the Take Me Now series, and will continue to read everything Faith Sullivan writes!
Posted October 1, 2013
Take Me Now is a very well-written New Adult book. New Adult see
Take Me Now is a very well-written New Adult book. New Adult seems to really be taking the reading world by storm, and I’ve been along for the ride. Take Me Now focuses on Ivy, as she is trying to find her way as an intern, and Eric, as he is trying to get over his tragic past. I actually loved the sweetness in the story, especially their meet-cute.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ivy seems like a typical college girl. She has her immature moments. She is hung up on an old crush and she lets some people walk all over her. That was a little frustrating, but she grows as a character, and that made it better. It also made it more believable. Instead of a perfect girl, or someone who is insanely needy, I felt like Ivy was someone I could actually know and even like.
Eric is a seriously hunky working man. Not just a pretty face, but a guy who gets his hands dirty. I wish I could elaborate more about him, but I would end up getting to spoilery. Not my style, so I’ll just say that man knows how to love with everything he has. He is sweet, loyal, and chivalrous. Oh, and he has an awesome dog.
Ivy and Eric don’t have it easy. Sure they have that instant spark, but they work for their relationship. Plenty of obstacles seem to pop up from their pasts and the present. There was plenty of drama and romance. I wasn’t expecting the ending at all, but I loved it. I can’t wait to find out what happens next, in Meant for Me. I think lovers of New Adult books will really enjoy this book.
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. All thoughts are 100% my own.
Posted September 4, 2013
This is the first book by Faith Sullivan that I have read, but i
This is the first book by Faith Sullivan that I have read, but it won't be the last.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Take Me Now is a great start to this trilogy. This story grabbed me, and kept me reading until the end. I was on an emotional roller coaster while reading this story, but I don't regret any of it. I felt what the characters felt, and that is good storytelling in my eyes.
The characters were like able, and easy to identify with. However, I do think a little more character development would benefit this story. Ivy is a strong heroine. She's a little naive, and definitely a little broken, but despite that you can relate to her. I liked her, Some of her so called friends I didn't like so much.
Eric is broken at the the beginning of this story. He has had real tragedy in his life, and you can't help but empathize with him. The fact that he's sweet, protective, and dedicated just makes you fall for him all the more. Don't get me wrong, he's far from perfect, and makes mistakes, but he doesn't give up. Eric try's even though its hard for him to let go of the past.
I enjoyed this story, but I do wish that their was more Eric & Ivy time. I'm sure their will be more in the next book, and I will be picking it up.
* I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. My opinions are my own. *
Posted August 9, 2013
Take Me Now is a sweet and short summer read. The story centers
Take Me Now is a sweet and short summer read. The story centers around Ivy, a journalism intern at the Gazette. She needs this internship so that she can move forward in her school career. The problem is her boss (Lauren) is just impossible. Oh and evil. Let’s not forget, vindictive. Fun summer internship, huh? Eric is known as a town tragedy. Everyone knows his sad past. Ivy and Eric cross paths and their connection is undeniable. Sparks fly when these two meet. Although fast, I think their feelings toward each other are genuine. Both have been ruined by love in different ways, yet the moment they meet their hearts want to learn to love again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This story starts strong. The prologue is intense and passionate. We are then introduced to other guys in Ivy’s life, Ryan, her best friend and Will, the guy she has been in love with forever. This is not your typical girl likes several guys story. There are twists and turns, lies, deceit, and betrayal. There is also love and sweet moments in this story. You want to believe in love and second chances at love.
Overall, I liked this story. I wish it were a bit longer as some things have not been resolved. If you are looking for a story with enjoyable characters, then this is for you. I look forward to the continuation of this story.
Posted August 4, 2013
I received this book for a fair and honest review. This is a qui
I received this book for a fair and honest review. This is a quick read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I'm a romance novel lover. I was excited to read this book.
I think all of us at one time or another have been part of unequited love. Either as the person with the attraction, or the person on the receiving end. No matter what side you are on, it makes dealing with the other person difficult to say the least. Ivy and Eric both are dealing with this situation.
All of this love triangle drama makes Ivy's much needed summer internship very difficult to do a good job at. She is constantly on her toes and waiting for the next shoe to drop.