Taking Something

Taking Something

by Elizabeth Lee


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I know what you're thinking. "You were such a jerk, Nick!" Believe me, I know I screwed up the best thing I had going in my life, but that was kind of my thing. I'd learned how to run cons before I could even form complete sentences, and I'd always been selfish. But I changed. Lila forgave me, my brother and I were getting along, and I was trying to make a name for myself in the music world.

At least that was what I was trying to do when I negotiated my way into the recording studio with pop superstar Sadie Sinclair. I thought it would be a piece of cake-charm my way into her heart and into her record label's good graces.

Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I got mixed up in a web of lies, manipulation, and deception. A web that had me questioning my motives and desires altogether.

Was the fame and fortune really worth the price?

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ISBN-13: 9781495349263
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/02/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Taking Something 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 stars How do you redeem a character that makes himself so despicable that women everywhere (AKA Goodreads) are threatening his manhood with castration or worse? Well, Taking Something by Elizabeth Lee manages to answer the how of it in this second book in her Give Me Something series. This story focuses on Nick's point of view and won't have you liking him very much, but you will find yourself no longer hating him. His journey and dawning realization of his actions and their repercussions will draw you in and have you hooked on Nick in a way you wouldn't have thought possible. Read book one, Give Me Something, first and enjoy the bumpy ride.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by confessing that I haven't read the first book in this series. Having said that, I really did not feel lost in the story, and from everything I did pick up, I really want to read book one. Even though Nick seemed to not care who he walked over for success, I really did love him from the very beginning of this book. He had the bad boy attitude and he carried it well, but he obviously had a sensitive side. His heart had been trampled on and it left him vulnerable, so he kind of showed no mercy as he steam rolled into LA and played people to get what he wanted. It may have seemed selfish and I probably shouldn't have liked him as much as I did, but I had plenty of hope that he'd find his way and get his life on track. There was a certain amount of predictability to this story, but I still loved reading every second of it. I've never wanted to murder someone as much as I wanted to murder Sadie. She has to be at the top of my list of most annoying characters and I would have loved to step into this book just to kick her ass. She was weak and mean, and when she never got her way she threw a tantrum. Gia was the exact opposite of Sadie, and she brought a real balance to Nick's life. He deserved happiness, and for a second I though his foolishness would stand in his way of getting it, but I'm glad he finally realized what was more important in life. This story was exciting, with a hint of romance (enough to fill my cravings), and I loved seeing Nick transition from bad boy to man in love. It just proved that sometimes one can have it all, but also, that success is not everything. Sometimes you have to follow your heart and go with what feels right, before the world will be placed at your feet.
Mariev14 More than 1 year ago
Taking Something Review I was pro-Nick in Give Me Something. I know he was an A-double-snakes and made terrible decisions in Give Me Something but he charmed his way into my heart so I was excited to get his story in Taking Something. Let me just tell you, Taking Something did not pull a con on me but made me love Nick even more.  Trying to make a name for himself in the music business, Nick not only charms his way with the ladies but also with a music executive. Charming his way into producing superstar-slash- super difficult pop singer Sadie Sinclair's next album.  "As far as I could tell, you made your own luck in life-which is exactly what I was trying to do."  Nick's idea of making his own luck is conning his way into Sadie's bed so that they'll be able to produce a chart topping album and he'll be made. Sounds easy to him, even with a warning from best friend Lila, it's far from being easy. Three letters throw Nick off his con game, what are those three letters that discombobulate Nick's rise to fame, you ask?  Gia. She is his curve ball. She is Sadie's assistant. He is Sadie's producer and "boyfriend". These two have so much angst and attraction between them that you'll just want to scream at them to get their act together already. Miscommunications and their lives keep them apart but they end up finding their way to being friends.  However, Nick tangles a very complicated web that not even I, a big pro-Nick supporter, thought he would be able to untangle from. It seemed like every single thought made his web that much more tangled. I was nervous. Like really nervous that he wouldn't but he is able to untangle it, eventually and with help/advice from Tucker and Lila he's able to live his life on his term without conning.  I want to say I'm surprised to see Tucker and Lila back in his life but I'm not. They are each other's family and they've formed that familial bond. That bond that no matter how much a person screws up or how many times they are still family and you still support them. Maybe Tucker and Nick's bond isn't as strong but they both love Lila and that is enough for them.  Elizabeth Lee is a genius, that can make a reader's hated character their new book boyfriend. Nick is definitely on my book boyfriend list and pretty darn close to the top at that. Everybody needs Nick Kline in their lives. I recommend this book because it's a story that will have you laughing, crying and shocked throughout and Nick has a HEA that has you saying "aww I love that charming a-double-snakes." 
ericafayeTN More than 1 year ago
This was SO good. It's my favorite book that Elizabeth Lee has written. A new FAVORITE, and I'll tell you why... At the end of Give Me Something, I hated Nick. Hated him so bad that I wanted to serve his man parts up on a shish kabob. I wish I was exaggerating. When I found out that Nick was going to get his own book, I was a little taken aback because NO WAY was I going to love that jerk. NO WAY! I've never been more wrong. In fact, I'm eating my words as a type this because Nick was amazing in this book. His character was so intriguing, funny, crazy, and redeeming! The tin man does indeed have a heart. ;) "There are two things I know inside, outside and upside down, sir. Music and women. There is not a doubt in my mind that I cannot only please Miss Sinclair, but you also. I just need a shot." Ok, so maybe it took a little while for the tin man to find his heart, but it's there. I saw it. I promise! The storyline follows Nick as he chases his career as a music producer. As you know from Give Me Something, Nick does what Nick does best. Con and charm the panties off ladies (at the same time). When he sets his mind to something, he chases it. He doesn't believe in luck; he believes in going after what he wants. In fact, he GETS what he wants because he'll lie, steal, and cheat to get there. Whatever it takes. "Besides, think of all the cons I can run with a baby." This go-round Nick wants to be a music producer. He sets his eye on pretty little up-and-coming Sadie Sinclair and is determined to use her to get where he wants. He doesn't expect to develop feelings for Sadie's stunning assistant, Gia, though. This poses quite the problem for Nick because he doesn't need to muddy up the water with Sadie. She could run his career into the toilet, and there wouldn't be a dang thing he could do about it. What do you when the person you love could be the end of your dream? Nick doesn't know. It's always been so simple for him because all he ever cared about was himself. He finds himself in quite the moral predicament because Gia changes everything. "I didn't have time for women and I certainly didn't have time to care about people." This book kept me on my toes because there were a ton of little twists and turns. I loved the humor. It was so quick, witty, and sarcastic (the perfect combination, really). It's been awhile since I picked up a book that I couldn't put down, but I found myself reading in every spar moment I had today. Nick won me over BIG TIME. If you're a fan of jerks, you'll eat up everything about Nick. Also, I think you'll love it because there was no magic transformation. Everything happened naturally, and Nick's character grew. I guess I liked it because his character didn't change to fit the storyline. He was just as human as the rest of us (even though he was evil in Give Me Something). In fact, he even found himself a little broken at times. I felt bad for him!! "The one thing I wanted to give her -- my completely worthless heart -- she'd tossed aside." This one made my favorites list, so I hope everyone reads it! Taking Something was easy to fall in love with and I can't recommend it highly enough! P.S. Loved the epilogue. Not over the top. Just perfect.
Paperbook_Princess More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED Give Me Something and although I was not a fan of Nick I was excited to read his story because obviously there is some good in him right? The story is so well written, you literally sit down thinking you will read jut for a bit and then all of a sudden you look up and its like 4 in the morning! Like seriously?! That is very weird for me because I hate staying inside for a whole day, I generally go stir crazy and just need to get out (even though its freaking COLD up here in Canada!) But yea, so that’s how well written the story is! It just drags you in and you wont stop until you get to the very last page. As I said, I wasn’t Nick’s biggest fan in Give Me Something, but by the end of the book I was excited to read his story in Taking Something. He is obviously a product of his upbringing, and well hes very jaded and super confident but that is just his façade, he is definitely hiding a big heart under all that bravado. If you havnt read Give Me Something then you are definitely missing out because not only is that book super awesome but this book just takes the cake (even though I am totally a Tucker Lover) Nick was able to worm his way in just a teeny tiny bit, enough that I forgave him for his past at least.
Jenna77 More than 1 year ago
So here's the thing, most people are probably going into this story hating Nick.. I, on the other hand went into this story already half in love with him. *gasp* Yes, I was on Team Nick. Even after he was a douchebag. Because I just had a feeling he would redeem himself in some way. He just made some stupid mistakes, hell we all do.  Anyways in my eyes he does redeem himself in his book. But it was done in a way that didn't take away from his character. You don't go into this story afraid Elizabeth Lee is going to make him so different that you hate it. Because she doesn't.  He is still a con man for the majority of the book but I found myself falling more and more in love with him and understanding him. Oh and he's hot.. so that doesn't hurt. I think what I enjoyed most about this story was being in his head. Knowing how he was feeling through everything. The way he grew in this book was fantastic too. I never doubted he could be the person he becomes. So if you weren't Team Nick before, you'd be crazy not to be Team Nick after hearing his story. Enter the world of Nick, Sadie and Gia.  You won't be disappointed. **ARC provided via the Author in exchange for an honest review**