Author: K.A. Linde
Series: Take Me #1
Publication date: April 29th, 2014
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Manwhore. Adrenaline junkie. Lead singer of ContraBand. What you see is what you get. I make no apologies for my actions, and by now no one expects any from me. I live my life the way I want and as long as it pushes the demons back, then I'm solid. I've never needed a chick for more than a good lay. Why would I need just one when I can have a different one every night?
Until she walks into my world.
Mouthy. Perfectionist. Princeton student. Chemistry major. Yes, that pretty much describes me. Oh, and virgin. But I'm only nineteen, and have more important things to concern myself with. What really matters is finishing my degree and getting a good job. I've worked hard for what I want, and do what's expected of me. I don't need anyone to get in my way.
Until he opens up my world.
But if I give you my world, whatever you do... don't TAKE ME for granted.
Sometimes, in my life as a new mom, I need to look back on what it meant to be young and carefree. New Adult has been my genre of choice when I need an escape back to simpler times without adding in the teenage angst (yuck, who wants to relive that?). I have had a few K.A. Linde books slide across my electronic review desk but have never indulged in her writing until now. I had high hopes that I wouldn't be disappointed in my choice as my reading schedule has been precarious with a demanding newborn.
Grant is the stereotypical lead singer rocker dude. He sleeps around, drinks, smokes weed, and typically could not care less about anyone but his very limited inner-circle. Every woman he meets is simply a means to an end, a quick lay before moving on to yet another of the same. Groupies flock to him from every angle and he is more than accommodating... for the first 20 minutes at least. However, he meets his match when he expects 'easy' from Aribel.
Aribel has no desire to be another notch on Grant's rather whiddled down bedpost. She has her goals in mind: study as hard as possible to make the grades to graduate and do something productive with her life. That does not include getting tangled in Grant's sheets... despite the heat he brings with him in every cocky gesture or teasing remark.
Grant and Aribel are two of the most unlike people to become involved with each other. But some how the fast and loose rocker and the uptight and shy recluse find solace in each other's company. Grant, running from his past, and Aribel, sprinting towards her future, were not looking for any sort of entanglement. But sometimes love can be found in the most unlikely of people.
I am a sucker for books about troubled rock stars being changed (usually for the better) by good, well-meaning girls. Every woman wants to believe they can change a bad boys vices for the better and I am no exception. I found myself more and more frustrated with the groupie population. Any woman who has no self respect really doesn't deserve any from me (in my opinion). I watched Grant be surrounded by these women who believe the best way to tame the beast is by warming his bed. Yeah, because that always works.
I loved that Aribel didn't swoon every time Grant hit on her. I liked that Grant found the strong-willed nerd intriguing to the point of pursuit. The major fault I had in the book is one I can't devulge. I can't spoil a paramount plot aspect by discussing it in this review. However, I will say, that I found Grant's 'demons' to be immature. The reason the situation happen was due to a crippling condition. A little understanding from Grant would have made it a more believable hook for the story. Instead, it just seemed like Grant was faulting an otherwise good person for an uncontrollable characteristic. This cost Grant quite a few cool points in my book. When you lose interest in the opposite sex protagonist it can be to the detriment of the book as a whole.
But, that is not to say that I didn't enjoy the book. I truly did. Grant was hunky despite, what I feel, is a immaturity on his part and Aribel was delightful. Nothing makes this book addict sit up and take notice then when the most unlikely of beauties can tame the most debauched of beasts.
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