16 August 2013

Review: Take Me Now by Faith Sullivan

What they say (book info): 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.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: Take Me Now is a fast paced NA book with lots of drama and action. If you enjoy books with a touch of angst then you're in luck as Faith Sullivan has written a book full of it!
The first thing that comes to mind after reading the book is: Poor Ivy! Sullivan certainly puts her MC through the ringer in this one! 21-year-old Ivy finds herself struggling to complete a mandatory summer Uni internship working for evil harpy Lauren. Sent on an assignment, Ivy meets garden-store owner and uber hottie Eric (I couldn't read the name without thinking of True Blood). Eric maybe all kinds of swoon worthy, but he comes with a boatload of issues and can be pretty self-destructive.
The major stinger in the story is Lauren. Lauren has set her sights on Eric and will do pretty much anything to have him! Along with her accomplices Lauren stirs up a whole lot of trouble for Eric and Ivy. Psychotic does not even begin to describe her behaviour!
Some of Eric's actions leave a lot to be desired; by trying to prevent Ivy from learning one truth he lies, and does something arguably worse to cover it up (men)!! I also though he massively overacted to the clothing issue (I can see why he was upset, but he's pretty horrible to Ivy). Ivy isn't completely innocent of stupid deeds, and should NEVER be allowed to drunk dial! I wanted her to stand up for herself more and put almost everybody in their place.
I couldn't believe Ryan and Lauren! At times their actions were awful and I wanted to see them punished. Ryan was something of a conundrum a cross between friend and stalker. His age and friendship with Ivy was confusing and it didn't really make much sense to me that he could suddenly snap so horribly, but I suppose this was Sullivan's point.
Throughout the entire book Ivy has a pretty horrible time of it, and just when I though things might be about to go her way, Sullivan would reveal another secret! Sometimes Ivy cam across as younger than she is, but I think this may have been down to her dialogue. I enjoyed this short book, which will have you torn between happiness and wanting to slap somebody! Every time Lauren was mentioned I think my blood pressure tripled!
3.5 Stars in my Sky! :)
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "I don't know what I love more - you or these clogs." She gives me a playful sort of shove and my heart contracts. I hope for her sake she never falls in love with me.
  • It's hard to reconcile the contempt in his tone with the boy I thought I knew. When did he turn into such a monster?
  • "We'll work on your timing. I like a challenge."
  • I should be leaping for joy that I finally got what I'd been dreaming of instead I felt numb, empty even, like I kissed my prince but he remained a toad.

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