Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: Take Me Now by Faith Sullivan

Take Me Now
By: Faith Sullivan
Pub. Date: July 16, 2013
Publisher: Self
Pages: 160
Source: Author

I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

How do you survive the internship from hell?

Don't fall in love.

Ivy thought being a reporter-in-training at the Independent Gazettewould 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 eyeing 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.

When I read the synopsis for Take Me Now I was super excited to get the chance to read it. I was even more excited that it was only 160 pages because my to-read pile is absolutely ridiculous! But I think this is what hurt the story. I feel like the characters weren't developed enough, and I wish they were. I have never done this before, but I think it would be easier to write this review as a list format.

What worked for me:

  • The story: I was really invested in the story. I HAD to know how everything was going to turn out.
  • Lauren Price: Lauren is Ivy's boss at the Independent Gazette. Lauren is the ultimate psycho boss from hell and she was my favorite! She was so well written and devilishly creepy! I couldn't believe some of the things she did. I like to see the good in everyone, even in book characters, but I can't find any redeeming qualities in Lauren. I would love a book focused on her that shows why she turned out the way she did. Lauren as a teenager must be terrifying!
  • Eric and Ivy (separately): I loved these two as separate characters. Eric was so complex and while he is so young, he has been through so much which definitely aged him. Ivy is a few years younger and is trying to make her mark in the world. She's naive and definitely a little stupid (I mean really Ivy, who did you think the shirt belonged to?), but she is also extremely relatable.

What didn't work for me:

  • Eric and Ivy (together): I so wanted to love these two together, but it just didn't work for me. It didn't seem realistic at all. I also didn't like that about an hour after they met, Ivy is acting like she knows everything about Eric and how he is feeling and Eric is thinking about how amazing and special Ivy is. It just seemed very forced to me.
  • The synopsis makes it seems that Eric is this wonderful and sweet guy with a heart of gold, but he actually gave Ivy an ultimatum! He wanted her to choose between her career or be with him. No respectable man should ever make a women choose, and that was very hard for me to get over.
  • The writing: It didn't flow nice for me. There were too many times where I was confused with what was going on in the story. For example, at one point in the beginning, Ivy is meeting her boss for the first time (in flip-flops no less. Really Ivy?), and in the next sentence she is in her heels running errands for the women.
I might not have been the biggest fan of Take Me Now but I have heard wonderful things about Faith Sullivan. I am excited to read some of her other works. 

1 comment:

  1. I honestly can't do shorter books I'm always left feeling rushed


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