Friday, August 2, 2013

Take Me Now by Faith Sullivan

Take Me Now
Faith Sullivan
Release Date: July 10, 2013

How do you survive the internship from hell?

Don't fall in love.

Ivy thought being a reporter-in-training at the Independent Gazette would be her dream summer job. Little did she know, interviewing Eric, a landscaper with a heart of gold, would derail her plans. It turns out Ivy's boss, Lauren, has been eying his chiseled physique for quite some time.

But at twenty-four, Eric already has a tragic past, one that he is still reeling from. Even though his ordeal turned him into some sort of local celebrity, it's been a while since he's shared his bed with anyone. When he comes to Ivy's rescue out of the blue, it's not long before the two of them start seeing each other behind Lauren's back. When they get caught, Ivy's journey toward a college degree is jeopardized and her relationship with Eric is severely put to the test.

Career versus love? In the end, a shocking turn of events provides Ivy with a revelation she never saw coming.
This book was not at all what I expected. I went into it thinking it would be a cutesy romance, but it's actually darker than that. The story is of a girl named Ivy who was given an opportunity at a newspaper for an internship. She got this job through her childhood friend, Ryan. His stepsister runs/owns the paper and turns out to be a malicious -----. 

Her first assignments lead her to two different men, one of which was her crush since she was in grade school. Will, the former crush, is a complete tool. He's arrogant and essentially has used Ivy their entire lives for his enjoyment, maybe? He led her on and she pined for him. She believes this is her chance to finally have him. After leaving Will, she meets another man, Eric. He is the exact opposite of Will, but unfortunately has a tragic past that he has yet to recover from. Ivy and Eric have an instant spark of attraction, however, she's still a bit caught up on the childhood dream of dating her crush. A few things happen and she realizes that her feelings for Eric are much stronger and real than they ever were for Will. But there's a problem. Lauren, her boss has been trying to claim Eric for her own and will stop at nothing to get in her way.

This book is pretty short so there's not a lot of time for the romance to get set up. You just have to feel their instant connection and believe in it. I felt the characters were mostly well-developed, but I was confused initially about a few things (Ryan's age was a big one). Ryan, Lauren, and Will are downright scandalous and self-serving. The word despicable doesn't even begin to cover their height of their plotting. And to be honest, Ryan comes off as the worst of the lot. I loved Eric. The man dealt with (and still is) a lot but is still living his life the best he can. Ivy walks into his life and turns his world upside down. I thought their relationship was cute, even though it was filled with turmoil in the beginning. I wasn't shocked by the development at the end of the book, but I will say it made me happy and gave me hope. One thing I still haven't figured out is where the prologue fits into the story. I'm not sure if it's a scene that's still to come, or if was a part near the middle of this book.

Take Me Now is an easy read, but also a bit darker than the typical contemporary romance. Since it's the first of a series, things aren't all resolved, so beware before you decide to read.
 This is the story of a young woman, Ivy, who is trying to complete her degree in journalism when she meets a damaged man, Eric, who is trying to move forward after suffering a personal tragedy. The story is full of twists and turns, as well as some crazy characters.

The story is told from Ivy & Erics POV, and alternates between them.

Ivy is a junior in college who is working at her internship at a newspaper that is owned and run by her oldest and dearest friend Ryan’s step-sister.

Eric owns a small landscaping business and is trying desperately to start living again after suffering a heartbreaking loss. 
“He’s everything I have ever wanted. That’s why it hurts so much to know that he can never be mine. His devotion belongs to another, even if I’m the one he desires.”

There are three supporting characters that we meet in this story as well that help make the story interesting.

Lauren is the owner of the Independent Gazette, and Ivy’s boss, who seems to always get her way in life due to who her family is and her money. 
“It turns out my new boss is not just uber-successful - she’s also a mega-bitch.”

Ryan is Ivy’s oldest and dearest friend. He has been there for Ivy since they were little ““We’d ride our bikes, go swimming, or explore one of the numerous paths through the woods either catching tadpoles or picking blueberries.” Things have changed though “but something about our friendship seems different, changed somehow. Like part of it has splintered and it’s never coming back.”

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