Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.
Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent—something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.
That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win…
Each book in the Out of Uniform series is STANDALONE:
* In Bed with Mr. Wrong
* His to Keep
* Falling for His Best Friend
* His Lover to Protect
* His to Take
About the Author
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. She discovered romance novels and never looked back. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
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His to Take
An Out of Uniform Novella
By Katee Robert, Heather Howland
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Katee Robert
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Erin Robinson glanced at her phone for the fifth time in five minutes. Unfortunately, the minutes hadn't gone backward and no texts had arrived, which meant only one thing — she'd been stood up. There was no other way to explain her blind date's being over thirty minutes late and not bothering with some sort of reassuring something to let her know he wasn't dead in a ditch somewhere. It might be snowing outside, but any citizen in the Wellingford area worth their salt had prepared for the harsh winter months ago. This guy apparently grew up the next town over. If he hadn't put studs on his truck and sandbags in the bed, he was an idiot.
Kind of like I'm an idiot for agreeing to this date in the first place.
She'd only done it to get her mother off her back for a little while. Erin had figured the worst that would happen was that the guy would be an insufferable dick, and she'd spent enough time with guys like that over the years to know how to deal with them.
Being stood up never entered into her realm of possibilities.
She glanced around Chilly's, hoping she didn't see anyone she knew. That would just be the icing on the humiliation cake she'd been eating for the last month. After she'd turned nineteen and blown out of here with both middle fingers up to move to New York, she'd never once considered that she'd be back here six years later with her tail between her legs, jobless and forced to move back in with her parents. The Wellingford rumor mill hadn't quite figured that out yet, though. Thank God. She'd threatened both her parents with a lifetime of therapy bills if they told anyone that she was back for anything other than visiting over the holidays between shows.
Shame stuck in her throat. She should have kept her mouth shut last month when Randy, aka Director Douche, started spouting about her performance as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Everyone knew he was a dick, and she had the part. For the first time, she wasn't an understudy or relegated to the background. It was going to be her big break.
But then he'd made Maggie cry. The girl was tough as nails, even if she was only twelve, and he'd stripped all that confidence away with a few sharp words. And that, Erin couldn't deal with silently.
Well, she'd paid for her attitude by getting fired, and then the universe decided to stomp on her while she was down in the form of her landlord kicking her ass to the curb. Apparently he was tired of waiting "just one more month" for her to catch up on rent.
So, here she was, occupying a stool in Chilly's, the one bar worth mentioning in the one-stop town she grew up in. The place where everyone knew everyone else's name — and could recite their family tree back half a dozen generations. The past was never the past here.
Erin stared at her beer, wondering if the bartender, Gena, had slipped her a little something extra, because there was no other explanation for hearing that voice in her ear. Spend too much time thinking about the past and it'll creep up on you. Next thing I know, I'll be as bad as my parents, constantly living in the glory days. She took another drink of her beer to buy herself time before she had to turn around and face the fact that either she was hallucinating in a truly magical fashion or, even worse, that Warren Davis was standing right behind her.
Hearing his voice was all it took for her imagination to kick into high gear. She didn't have to look at him to feel him at her back, probably wearing that self-satisfied smirk he always seemed to have on his face. Unfortunately, it didn't make him any less attractive. If she concentrated, she could almost catch a whiff of the expensive cologne he favored.
Nothing for it. She had to face the music. She took a fortifying breath and spun on her stool, her heart jumping into her throat in a seriously annoying way. Some things never changed, and apparently her reaction to this particular man was one of them.
It didn't help that he looked ... Hell, he looked really good. His hair was shorn close to his head in the traditional Marine style, but it was all too easy to picture the way it curled when he let too long go between haircuts. Every time she went back to New York after visiting home, she'd half convinced herself that his dark brown eyes couldn't possibly be as soulful as she remembered — and every time she was wrong. And his mouth ...
Erin flushed and reached for her beer again. She had firsthand knowledge of just how devastating that mouth could be — both in and out of the bedroom.
Stop it. Stop it right now.
The last thing she had the energy to do was dredge up the attitude necessary to deal with Warren, but she tried anyway. "Hey, yourself."
"Nice comeback." He dropped onto the stool next to her.
That was another thing she almost always managed to forget — how damn aggravating the man could be. Five seconds in his presence and she was transported back to when she was a hotheaded nineteen-year-old with more hormones than sense, and the one wild summer they'd spent together. Erin glared. "Find another seat. This one is taken."
"By your imaginary friend?" He nodded at Gena. "You've been sitting alone for half an hour with no one in sight. If he's not here by now, he's not coming."
He'd been here the entire time, watching her? How did I miss him? Her face went hot enough to scald. It was bad enough knowing she'd been stood up — it was a thousand times worse to know that he had witnessed it. "You're unbelievable. I'm waiting for Marcy."
"Liar. She and Aaron are out of town until tomorrow." He rubbed a hand over his mouth, his dark eyes shining with amusement. "Which is a damn good thing, because your brother still hasn't gotten over his love of giving me speeding tickets after my granddad set Marcy and I up a while back."
Erin looked away, fighting the urge to smile. Marcy had told her about that, and she'd be lying if she said it didn't make her day a little bit brighter to know that her brother went out of his way to shit on Warren's day when he could. "You should consider yourself lucky. If he knew half of the stuff you pulled with me when we first met, he'd kill you." But her brother didn't know. No one knew — not even her best friend, Marcy. The forbidden and secret aspect of their relationship — if it could be called that — had been part of the attraction back then.
Now it just felt stupid.
"No, he wouldn't." He accepted the beer Gena set in front of him with a smile. "He might whup your ass for getting involved with me, but Aaron is too honorable to stoop to something like murder for his rebellious Mini Me."
Mini Me. One of the many hated nicknames that she'd never been able to escape because of her parents' questionable taste in naming their son and daughter versions of the same damn name. There was no excuse for that kind of lunacy. The best she could tell, her mother had insisted they name their second child Erin out of sheer stubbornness. Pregnancy-related hormones did weird things to the brain — she'd seen that well enough when Marcy was knocked up — and her mother had never met a mistake she was willing to admit to. So despite her father's pleading, she'd refused to change the initial name on the birth certificate.
Which is how Aaron and Erin came to be.
The town took it in stride like it did most of the locals' quirks, and everyone and their dog had taken to fondly calling Erin some variation of "Mini Me." As if she weren't her own entity. She'd half thought that it would change after Aaron graduated and went off to join the Army.
She should have known better.
Just like she should have known that engaging Warren in any type of conversation was a mistake. It ended only one of two ways, neither of which she had the wherewithal to deal with.
Erin finished off her beer. "As fun as this has been, I'm leaving." She carefully counted out her last few five-dollar bills and set them on the counter next to her beer. I am so broke, it's not even funny. Thought I might at least get a free meal out of this damn date, and here I am, paying for my own drinks. It was time to get out of here. The longer she stayed in Warren's presence, the closer she came to losing what little self-control she had. Right now she was leaning toward snarking that smug expression right off his Marine face, but she knew herself well enough to know that could flip like a switch. And the last thing she needed was to make the mistake of falling back into bed with Warren Davis. With her current luck, it would be the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back.
It didn't matter how many times she'd told herself the same thing over the years and then promptly ignored her own advice. She always woke up the next morning in a pit of self-loathing and angst — which was why she'd taken to avoiding him over the last year. When the hurt started outweighing the pleasure, it was time to kick the habit.
She pushed to her feet, trying to ignore the way he did the same. "I mean it, Warren."
"When did you become a coward?"
"I'm not a goddamn coward." She froze. How does he always manage to do that? A few words and he was under her skin, poking at things she thought she was too mature to be riled by. She turned around to face him and — surprise, surprise — he was wearing that little smirk that made her breathing pick up. Not this time, Erin. You know better, remember? "Knowing a losing battle when I see it isn't cowardly. It's smart."
Warren searched her face, and for a second, she thought he'd drop the smart-ass act, but then the corner of his mouth quirked up. "So who was the poor shmuck you scared away? Anyone I know?"
Irritation got the best of her — again — and she spoke without thinking, "And why is it always my fault? I didn't do a damn thing to the guy." She hadn't done more than respond to his texts. Yeah, she might have been a little short with him, and maybe she corrected his atrocious grammar once or twice, but how was she supposed to take this guy seriously when he used emoticons and shortened all his words to their letter counterparts? It was like texting with a teenager.
"Maybe he was intimidated."
She glared. "You know damn well that's not the case." She wished she could be intimidating. Her life would have gone a whole lot differently if that was something she could pull off, but with her shoulder-length curly brown hair, freckles, and wide hazel eyes, she'd grown up with comments about how delicate and breakable she looked. It just made her more fiercely determined to prove everyone wrong.
"I don't know, Freckles." He grinned suddenly. "You've got me shaking in my boots."
Hearing his pet name for her on his lips was a jolt she needed like another hole in the head. Erin looked him up and down, keeping her expression unimpressed despite the way the man filled out a thermal shirt. And those jeans ... Get a hold of yourself. "You're not wearing boots." She turned back for the door.
"What are you doing back in town?"
Nope. No way was she doing this. She motioned to the Christmas lights strung up over every available beam in the room. "That's a stupid question. It's Christmas in two days."
Now that she mentioned it, that explained what Warren was doing back in town. He liked to come home during the holidays to visit his grandfather, Old Joe. It was part of the reason she'd made excuses last year to come in for the minimum time necessary to meet her familial obligations — this was the one time of year she was guaranteed to see the man if she wasn't careful.
"See you around." But hopefully not too much. Erin kept her head high as she pushed through the door and out into the frozen night. Though it was exactly what she wanted, she couldn't help feeling a smidgen of disappointment when she realized he wasn't following her.CHAPTER 2
Warren watched Erin go and then turned back to his beer. He shouldn't have poked at her, but hell if he could resist approaching her when she was sitting all alone with that lost look on her face. The woman he knew didn't hold still long enough to be lost, so it was disconcerting in a big way to realize that something so fundamental about her might have changed when he wasn't paying attention.
So he'd done the one thing he knew would snap her out of it.
Even then, it hadn't fully chased that expression off her face. She was like a boxer who'd taken a ringer and was against the ropes. He didn't like it. He didn't like it one bit. Warren took another pull from his beer. It wasn't his goddamn business. Nothing about Erin Robinson was — something she'd made damn sure he knew time and time again over the years. He might have access to her body, but she never let him past the surface after that first summer. They'd get together for wild sex in whatever place was available — closets, bathrooms, one particularly memorable time on a tractor — and the next morning she'd slip out of bed and walk away.
And hell if she didn't take a little piece of him every time she did.
Gena stopped in front of him and leaned against the bar. "How long are you back in town this time?"
There was no missing the interest in her eyes, but he couldn't find an answering spark inside him. Even a year ago, he might have considered taking a stab at it. But that was before his last tour in Afghanistan, before ... He didn't touch his newest scar — a bullet wound just above his hip — but it was a near thing. That injury had changed his course, whether he wanted it to or not.
It had put a lot of shit into perspective while he was lying in the hospital, wondering if he was going to die.
One of those things was Erin.
She was fire and lightning, all bottled up in a package that was deceptively innocent-looking. A man who didn't know better would be caught flat-footed when she went from sweet to pit bull in the space of a heartbeat. The contradiction was part of what had attracted Warren to her in the first place. It was one of the things that kept him coming back for more, no matter that she seemed determined to keep him at a distance.
He glanced up and realized he'd been so lost in thought, he hadn't responded to Gena. "Just for the holidays." Old Joe was town patriarch in a lot of ways, but the holidays had a way of bringing out the loneliness when people weren't paying attention. With Warren's parents off in ... He thought hard. Where were they this month? India? Thailand? Brazil? He'd lost track. In a week or two, a postcard would show up with another exotic location on it and a short note from them. These days they even managed to pick up the phone every few months.
His parents suffered from a wanderlust that was rivaled only by their love for each other. Growing up, they'd hauled him along like a well-loved teddy bear — and paid him about as much attention. He'd spent his formative years in Mexico, Russia, Chile, and half a dozen other places scattered around the world. The only constant had been when they sent him back here for a few weeks a year to spend time with Old Joe. Even with so little time, his granddad had become his rock in a lot of ways.
In a life where everything around him was a never-ceasing wind, that consistency was priceless.
So he came home every holiday season to spend time with the old man. His granddad always had a whole new batch of stories to tell. It had been one of Warren's favorite times of year growing up, and it was even more so in a lot of ways now.
Especially now that he was looking for a life that was more rocklike than windblown.
Disappointment flickered over Gena's face, but she masked it quickly. "Mark my words, Warren Davis — someday you're going to settle down in Wellingford for good."
"Maybe someday." Sooner than anyone realized. He'd told his granddad about his plans, but it wasn't public knowledge. Not yet, at least. He finished off his beer and dropped a twenty on the bar. Though he knew better, he asked, "You see Erin Robinson around here much?"
"Just the last month." She shrugged. "She's between shows or something."
That made sense, though he'd never known her to come back here for longer than strictly necessary since that first summer they spent together. Ever since he could remember, she'd had her eyes to the stars and her plans for moving to New York and becoming a famous Broadway star. She hadn't done too bad for herself, but all his knowledge was second- and thirdhand, so there was no telling.
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Good read. Worth s look
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first In Bed with Mr. Wrong (Out of Uniform, #1) His to Keep (Out of Uniform, #1.5) Falling for His Best Friend (Out of Uniform, #2) His Lover to Protect (Out of Uniform #3) This is Erin and Warren’s story. Erin’s year has been horrible. She stuck up for someone and got fired for it. She is now home. She is out one night for a blind date that didn’t show when she runs into her old fling Warren. Warren wants Erin and will do anything he can to have her. After running into each other they fall into old habits of playing games. Can Warren convince Erin that he is the right man for her? Or will she continue to think he is just with her for the moment? When the truth comes out as to why they are both in town will it pull them closer together or further apart? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
This book, The Out of Uniform series book #3.5 can be read as a standalone novel. I always remind readers with a series romance, that for full understanding and reader enjoyment, please follow along in the order intended by the author. While playing an epic battle of the Truth Or Dare game, Warren and Erin rekindle their romance that has been on and off again. Warren is looking to settle down and wants something more permanent. Erin has lost what was her climb to her dream and is frustrated at where her future is not going. Together they must choose if what they have is worth more than where they've been. I found this a fun and quick read. It was just the best game of truth or dare I have seen in some time. I laughed and I enjoyed every page. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A short (I read almost the whole thing during a single lunch break last week) but H-O-T addition--and final offering from--Ms. Robert's Out of Uniform series of 3 novels and 2 novellas. His to Take brings the series to a satisfying conclusion and would probably work fine as a standalone--but really, the entire series is definitely worth a read, so why wouldn't you ? ;) Erin and Warren are lovers with a (secret--or is it?) past--he's in the Marines, she's been trying to make a name for herself on Broadway, but when they're both in town the sparks have a tendency to fly like crazy. Erin (aka "Mini Me"--bizarrely, her mother named her two children Aaron and Erin, much to her younger child's chagrin) is trying to keep the fact that she was fired from her last-big-chance show and is back in town for good on the down-low, though, so she's less than thrilled to see that Warren's around too. Afraid he'll figure out the truth, she tries to keep her distance from him, but she's no match for his sexily tempting game of truth or dare... (This made two books in a row--after Say You're Mine --that utilized that game in some pretty creative ways. I had no idea what I've been missing out on all these years...) Reading about Erin and Warren's night of crazy dares and truths was a lot of fun, and it was easy to root for them to get the chance to be a real couple at last. Since the "fix" for their relationship isn't terribly complicated, it makes sense that their story plays out in a novella. The fact that it's all happening during the holiday season is the sweet icing on top of a slice of naughtily indulgent cake. (Not fruitcake, though, because that stuff's just wrong on every possible level. Just saying. Aaaand...clearly I've spent too much time writing papers this weekend. Is the semester over yet???) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
"Got you, Freckles." Recently relieved of her spot on the New York stage, Erin Robinson finds herself in the one place she'd really rather not be. Forced to return home to Wellington, and, worse, to move back to her parents' home, she couldn't be feeling any less jolly, Christmastime or no. To make matters worse, she's been stood up by her blind date. What could make the night go further downhill? The appearance of Erin's frenemy-with-benefits, Warren Davis, back home in Wellington after his stint in the military. She's not ready for another run-in with him, but Warren has plans of his own. I am a hardcore fan of the Entangled Brazen books, and of the Out of Uniform series by Katee Robert. Although HIS TO TAKE is a novella, and shorter than the other books, it is still chock-full of the signature steam, sass, and romance typical to these reads. Erin has wanted to shake off the dust of Wellington for most of her life. Warren is happy to be home, and he's ready to show Erin that the time for them to put aside their back-and-forth dance and make things more permanent has come. What better way than a friendly and oh, so hot, game of Truth Or Dare? You can see where this is going... I love Warren, and his unique way of turning things around; it doesn't hurt that this former man in uniform is darned sexy and knows exactly what he wants. And Erin is full of the spunk and sass I've come to expect from Katee's ladies, which makes things much more interesting. This is an easy 4.5 stars for me, and an even easier recommendation, even if you haven't read any of the other books. If you're looking for a sexy shot of holiday love, add this one to your TBR, and enjoy.
Erin has been down on her luck ever since she lost her top spot on Broadway and has been forced to move home. One night with Warren playing their old game of truth and dare and suddenly the future and Christmas are looking a whole lot better. His To Take follows character Erin and Warren. The two have been “getting together” for years, but neither were ready to make the relationship real. Then Warren got injured and decided to take control of his future, a future he wants Erin in. Erin has felt like a constant outcast and doesn’t want to be stuck in her small town forever. I didn’t like how the book went from “I don’t want to stay in this town” to “maybe I could teach a class.” The book because of its shortness didn’t really fully develop the story or have full character development. Warren’s has been in the service and after he’s injured he decides to play Truth or Dare with Erin in order to get her to be his girlfriend. Warren is nice sometimes and a total jerk other times. I honestly couldn’t get a good read on his character. Overall, His to Take was a cute and short holiday read with a predictable plot and some alright characters.
A quick read that had all I’ve come to expect from Katee Robert – a great love story filled with some sizzle and steam but also some great emotion. As usual with a novella, I would have loved to have more – I can only imagine some of the scenes from their past that could have been written in! Erin and Warren have quite the past together – one filled with lots of sexy times but little substance. When circumstances bring both Warren and Erin back to Wellingford, it’s only a matter of time before these two run into each other…and they end up between the sheets, or in the barn, or in a Jacuzzi. Their attraction and chemistry are off the charts, but when Warren puts his plan in place to get Erin to give them a real shot at a relationship he has his work cut out for him. Another fun read from Katee Robert that is perfect for anyone looking for a short steamy read with some emotion. I’m sad to see the Out of Uniform series come to an end, I’ve really enjoyed all the characters that Katee has brought to life. This can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend this entire series to anyone! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
"His To Take" by Katee Robert - ***** Truth: "His To Take" is a fabulous short and sexy novella that takes place over the course of about 12 hours or so. So much to do and so little time but Katee Robert does it remarkably well and makes it look easy. She gives us a charming and slightly devious hero in Warren Davis, a home town boy now a Marine back for the holidays. The heroine, Erin Robinson, is a small town girl who always knew she belonged among the bright lights of Broadway. She's back visiting her parents over the Holidays but her stay may be longer. Her stage career was never a solid success and just as she had her starring role it all exploded along with her future on the stage with it. This novella is tight with really only two secondary characters to note, Erin's quirky mother and Warren's solid as a brick Granddad. Warren and Erin have had a long history that no one truly knows about. It all started back in High School with an innocent game, among friends, of Truth or Dare. Since then they've had secret sexual encounters. After they both left town - he for the military and she for New York - they've had a fling at least once a year - still in secret. This is attraction is something Erin fights every time she returns home but she cannot resist her attraction to Warren. Their encounters are always tempestuous, contentious, and a battle of words and wills. This year Warren notices something different about Erin. Although she is just as fiery and contrary as usual there seems to be something "broken" inside. So he devises a way to get her fire burning and her spirit back. He also wants something else. So he concocts the Ultimate game of Truth or Dare - and as always Erin will be damned if she is going to lose. "His To Take" is sweet and spicy. It's incredibly fun and full of surprises. The main characters - especially Erin really takes a beat to rethink things and change up her mindset. I can't believe how much emotion, entertainment and sexy times Katee Roberts packs in here. This is a fun novella I recommend you pick up! This novel was provided by the Publisher for an objective review.
3 Freckles Erin Robinson returns to her Wellington home with her tail between her legs, having been cast off from her latest theatrical stint. She’s unsure of what the future holds, but in her immediate eyeline, she spots her go to sheet ruffler, Warren Davis, who is back in town and on the prowl. Marine Warren is back in town following a thought provoking incident, and is gunning after Erin, his go to bed warmer. Feeling she deserves more, he battles with any likely future they may have together. This has been an entertaining series, with an agreeable balance of story, humour and steam. This condensed offering gave us the latter, without much of the former, albeit still an enviable way to waste a couple of hours. Katee writes to arrest you, and I was still able to submerge myself, even for that shorter period. ARC gratefully received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
This is a short fast paced read. Erin is down on her luck and was forced to move back home. Warren is a Marine and home for the holidays. They have had an on again off again fling for years and now Warren wants to see if there is more to their relationship. I really liked Warren and Erin, their chemistry is hot and steamy. I enjoyed the story and it held my interest throughout.
Short story. Good end to the series. His to Take is the final book in Katee Roberts’ Out of Uniform series and it is a standalone read. The novella focuses on Erin Robinson and Warren Davis. Erin is the younger sister of Aaron and Warren is the grandson of Old Joe. Erin and Warren have been friends with benefits for years. This Christmas finds the two of of them in Wellington with Erin licking her wounds after having her Broadway dreams dashed and Warren in town to celebrate the holidays and hopefully turn his relationship with Erin into something more permanent. I loved this couple because of their playfulness. The story starts out with a game of Truth or Dare and pretty much continues until the two can’t deny their true feelings for one another. Both are at a crossroads in their life, where they’re trying to figure out their next step. I would have definitely have liked the story to be longer. I’m big on happily-ever-after endings and with His to Take you’re simply left with a happily-for-now ending having to just imagine a happily-ever-after down the road. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
A short & sexy read! The characters are likable, and they are super sexy together! Erin Robinson has returned home to Wellington after her Broadway career tanked. She's ashamed and has no clue what to do with the rest of her life. Warren Davis is on leave from the Marines and in town to visit his grandfather. He's also got a future with Erin on his mind. He goads her into a Truth or Dare game, and admits he wants a future and that sends her running scared. Will she decide the chance is worth it? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
This is a solid 3.5-4 stars for me. It was a quick, fast paces novella that I didn't want to put down. Warren and Erin have hooked up over the past 6 years when both were in town. Everything that Erin has worked for in her career as well as life has just crumbles to her feet and she is back in her small town to like her woulds and decide how (and where) to start over. Enter Warren, an impromptu game of truth or dare and a whole lot of mischief. These two were fun to watch and entertained like no couple I've read in a while. It was a real page turner, but the ending was a bit rushed for me. Overall it was a great read and one I would recommend. I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
: 3.75 stars--HIS TO TAKE is installment 3.5 in Katee Robert’s contemporary, adult OUT OF UNIFORM romance series. This is Broadway actor Erin Robinson, and US Marine Warren Davis’s story line. Erin is Aaron Robinson’s sister (His To Keep 1.5). HIS TO TAKE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from dual third person perspectives HIS TO TAKE follows Erin Robinson as she returns home during the Christmas holidays, with her tail tucked between her legs. For ten years Erin has struggled on the Broadway stage and it finally looks like her star is about to shine but when a younger actress is verbally attacked by the director, Erin speaks up and is fired in the process. Returning home to Wellington was never in the cards. Enter Warren Davis, US Marine and Erin’s former teen sweetheart, and a man whose own visit home finds himself drawn to Erin like years before. What ensues is a game of Truth or Dare, where Erin and Warren dare one another to with sexual acts, and reveal the hurt the truth about the real reason they are both in town. HIS TO TAKE is a quick read (less than 90 pages) about two people given a second chance to reconnect; to fall in love with the one that got away. Katee Robert blends a little bit of humor, heartbreak, romance and love into a storyline perfect for the Christmas holidays. The world building reveals a little bit about their past, their present and what they both want for the future in a storyline that covers approximately twenty-four hours in their life. HIS TO TAKE is an enjoyable holiday novella.
Short and sweet is how I would decribe His to Take by Katee Robert. The story follows Warren, a Marine who is home for the holidays and Erin, who is home following a disastrous run on Broadway. The two of them have hooked up in the past and spent a wild summer together when they were teenagers. Their favorite past-time seems to be playing naughty truth or dare with each other. This was a good little book. I read it in just over an hour. There was a small backstory so you got to know the characters, who were well developed. The storyline, while short, flowed well and went rather quickly. The story itself was sweet and the sexiness level was hot. I loved Warren. I would really, REALLY have liked to have seen this made into a full length book. Katee Robert is so incredibly talented and I one click her books like crazy. I give His To Take 3***wickedgoodstars not because there is anything wrong with it, because there wasnt.... there simply wasnt enough of it.
3.5/5 stars While I'm generally not a fan of novellas, I do enjoy the Brazen ones! They are short, sexy, and full of steam, which is the perfect combination. Robert is an author I really enjoy, so I was excited to see she had a new novella coming out. His to Take follows Erin and Warren, who have had something going on since they were 19. However, it was never a serious thing, as they both had their own dreams. Erin has wanted to be an actress on Broadway forever and Warren has followed in his family's footsteps of becoming a Marine. They both find themselves back home in Wellingford for the holiday season and while their careers are in the midst of changing, one thing certainly hasn't: their scorching hot attraction to one another. I like how Warren challenges Erin to a game of Truth or Dare to reconnect with her, but this time he isn't looking for a simple hook up. He wants Erin and he wants her for good. However, trying to convince her of that isn't an easy task. He pushes her buttons and while he means well, it doesn't always come off the way it should. Warren should have come clean with her sooner than he did about his future and I didn't particularly like how quickly Erin changed her mind after she decided to jump all in with him. Aside from those small things, it was a sexy, fun read and I liked seeing Erin and Warren overcome their fears and go after one another. It's been a long time coming, so it was heartwarming to see them finally get it together.
Truth or Dare? What would you do? 3.5 stars *Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for an ARC of this book via Netgally. The snow is falling and Christmas bells are ringing as Erin finds herself back in the small town where she grew up. It's not just a brief visit this time as she's out of luck and out of a job. Her lifelong dream of making it big on Broadway came crashing down when she was fired from what was to be a starring role. She's back in town to lick her wounds, recoup, and decide what to do next. Warren Davis is also back in town - for good this time. The ex-marine's injuries will keep him from going back to Afghanistan. He has some decisions of his own to make, and he's decided to make Erin part of his permanent future. Now all he has to do is convince her that it's what she wants too. Crashed Out takes place mostly over one evening & day as Erin and Warren reconnect. They've been friends with benefits for several years, meeting up when they both happen to be in town and then going their own separate ways. Warren is ready for more - he knows he has one shot at convincing Erin that they are right for each other, that they should take a chance at a permanent relationship. And so, he proposes a game of Truth or Dare that Erin can't refuse. As they spend the night sparring back and forth, traveling around the snowy town, playing out their game, the sparks fly. Who will win this game of Truth or Dare? How great is the cost? Crashed Out is a short read but it's jam-packed with great scenes - intense, hot, erotic, sweet, funny . . . it's got it all. I couldn't help but get swept up in Warren's game to win Erin's heart. The longer they played, the hotter it got as he knew exactly what buttons to push. Before their game ended, they both learned that sometimes, life hands you lemons. It's your choice what you do with them. Sometimes, you just have to play the hand fate deals you. If you trust enough, love enough, and are willing to take a chance, you just might find what you're looking for. A Must Read! My Rating: 3.5 Sizzlin' ♥'s
This novella is the perfect blend of sass, sweetness, friendship, history and sexiness. The characters are easy to relate to and connect with. Ms. Robert does an excellent job of creating an addictive story full of emotion. A well written, very quick read. I highly recommend this one! ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** His to Take by Katee Robert Book 3.5 of the Out of Uniform series Publisher: Brazen Publication Date: December 7, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Truth or dare... Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space. Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can't have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent--something neither of them wants. But now that they're both back in town and she's right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he's never been able to resist, he's questioning everything. That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin's sure she's got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren's dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there's no way either of them can win… What I Liked: This novella consisted of exactly what a good novella should consist of - engaging story, great character development despite the length of the story, and for a romance novella one or two HOT scenes. I know I can always trust Katee Robert to right a really steamy romance! Erin Robinson is back in Wellington, unfortunately. She was fired from her job in New York, and she's also homeless. Six years ago she left Wellington with no intentions of ever coming back, yet here she is. Warren Davis knows something is up when he sees Erin for the first time in a year. The two of them share a really steamy history, but nothing beyond sex. Warren wants to change this - but is Erin looking for more as well? This is a novella, so it's really short. It took me less than an hour to read this story. But I really enjoyed it. It takes place over two days. Erin was stood up on a date, and Warren sees her by herself. They start a game of Truth or Dare, which quickly takes a steamy turn... or several. Warren is exactly the type of Brazen hero that I like to read about! He's a man in uniform (a Marine, specifically!), he's confident and slightly arrogant, he's got a naughty side, but he's also sure of what he wants. He wants more from Erin, and he's got this whole plan to show her that he wants her for more than just her body. Warren is actually a really sweet and romantic guy, for all his bravado and dirty talk. I love his naughty self. Erin is a little lost - she's employed, homeless, and seriously reconsidering everything in her life. Should she be trying to reach Broadway? Was New York, and acting, all worth it? Now back in Wellington, Erin isn't sure she believes in herself. But Warren's belief in her means a lot more than she realizes. I love how temperamental and tenacious Erin is - she's also one of those people that rushes into thinks, that puts both feet forward. She's a unique girl, and a likable one. Warren and Erin have a lot of growing to do, as does their relationship. I love how short and simple this story was, yet how much ground Katee Robert covered in such limited page count. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Since high school Erin and Warren have kept things casual with sexy hook-ups while visiting their families. Now both are at a crossroads and back in their hometown to consider their next options. After years of dancing around each other, they’re ready to explore a deeper relationship than an occasional night of passion. This is a fast-paced read that has all the usual Katee Robert elements of witty banter, sexy alpha, feisty heroine, and smokin’ hot sex scenes that leave you wanting more. 3.5 Stars
A fantastic quick read that is filled with all the hot sizzling times Katee Robert is known for. A great small town setting and characters make this the perfect afternoon entertaining read. After a few years of semi success in NY Erin Robinson finds herself unemployed with few prospects and back in her small hometown for the holidays. Only this time it looks like the stay might be longer. Also back is hot marine Warren Davis. He's always known Erin was it for him but she needed to be free to spread her wings and shine. Through a very interesting game of truth or dare they both might just learn the truth if they dare to take the chance. I highly recommend this one.
Ms. Robert is a gifted author that can write stories like His to Protect which is an inspiring drama that happens to be written seductively. Her emotional radar has been spot on in my opinion since I discovered her books. His to Take is her latest novella that takes the reader on an entertaining ride. Erin and Warren are on the hunt for guilty pleasure that they can only find with each other. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The story actually started off quite well and the game of truth or dare was a nice touch.
This sexy short novella is the story of two people who had a brief summer fling, followed by a few hookups but never with the idea that there could be anything serious between them. Warren's last military mission resulted in a possible life-threatening injury and he's re-evaluated his life, including what he wants from Erin, if she'll give him the chance to prove they can be more than just bedroom buddies. But while Erin is back in town with no imminent future plans, her recent job loss in NY dampening her holiday spirits, she never thought that they might include her handsome ex-lover. Can Warren convince her otherwise? I enjoyed this steamy tale of lovers reunited. It's right before Christmas and the holiday spirit is in the air, but Erin isn't feeling it, at least, until Warren makes it clear to her that he wants more than just what they've had in the past. They share some steamy scenes, precipitated by a fun version of "Truth or Dare" (revisiting what brought them together in the first place) and they definitely had a lot of chemistry together. Warren is just as interested in having Erin as a companion as he is in having her as a lover, and Erin might have been hiding her deeper feelings for him, but not anymore. This one has a let's see what happens approach, and a happy for now ending that suits the story. They are a fun couple together! 4 stars.
I've really enjoyed each book in Katee's Out of Uniform series and was super excited to learn there would be one more story in the series and that this time it would be a novella set during the holidays. I'm a seasonal romance junkie and I make no apologies for it. His to Take was a wonderful addition – and a great conclusion to this series. I do love a good friends to lovers story and when it's set during the holidays back in the characters' hometown, I'm all over it. I've read enough of Katee's books to know that I could expect a scorching hot story that would definitely warm up the cool nights. I wasn't wrong. Erin is back in her hometown, flailing a little because she's not really sure what to do with her life. Her Broadway acting career was a bust, she got evicted from her apartment and, to make matters worse, she was just stood up on a blind date. It's then, of course, she runs into Warren – her friend and occasional fling. They exchange some biting banter, but their attraction and chemistry is apparent. It's when Warren challenges Erin to a game of Truth or Dare that things really heat up, though. And you know what? It was wonderful. I really liked both Erin and Warren and I feel like I got to know them pretty well over the course of this novella. They were both grappling a bit with decisions about each of their futures and, after being face-to-face again, it was obvious there was something between them and it was worth exploring. I kept wanting them to move on from the past, stop being afraid of what the future has to offer and make a leap into something real. This was a short, sweet and super sexy read. If you've not read the other books in Katee's Out of Uniform series, you could still enjoy this one. Of course, I think you should go back and read the others because they are sooooooo good, but technically you wouldn't need to. I'm sad this series is over, but I'll be anxiously waiting to see what Katee has to offer us next, particularly in the Brazen line. She's easily one of my favorites. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I read " Foolproof Love" before I read this an di loved that book so i deciede to read more from this author. Thats when i found this book and to be honest i wa skinda let down. Maybe its my fault thinking that this would be just as great as the first book i read. This book wasnt bad i just wish we had more building between the two characters then them just jumping in. This book was only 12 chapters, but i feel like it could have been longer if the author spent more time on the characters reuniting then just one chapter. Like i said it wasnt a bad book just not as great as i thought. Still very much enjoy the author.