Book Review: Take Me Now (Take Me Now #1) by Faith Sullivan

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.

Release Date: July 16, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Review copy from author

I'm a new fan of Faith Sullivan and have now read all of her work.  I love finding new authors and then diving into every novel they've written.  Faith's books embody everything I like about the new adult genre: great chemistry, a permanence to the love stories (since the main characters are older it makes it easier to imagine them staying together if not forever, for a long time), and good contemporary fiction plots.    

I adore Faith's Heartbeat series (Heartbeat, Come What May, and the soon-to-be-released I am Yours).  I started Take Me Now expecting a great love story and emotional writing, with lots of chemistry.  And I wasn't disappointed: Take Me Now was a good read.  It wasn't as intense as Heartbeat was for me but I enjoyed it a lot.   

Take Me Now was a little darker than Faith's other books, which was a nice change of pace.  There was a definite villain in this story, and that aspect of the book was well-developed.  I liked that there was a lot going on in the plot: it made the book more substantial.  

It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did I really enjoyed the book.   I liked Ivy and Eric was appropriately swoon-worthy.  I wish Take Me Now were a little longer, with more development to the relationship between Ivy and Eric.  Their relationship was bordering on insta-love, something I'm not a big fan of.  It just doesn't feel authentic to me.  

But, now that the world-building is complete, I think book two, Meant for Me, will be even better.  I love that I can escape into the world Faith creates with her words.  That is my favorite thing about reading and Faith's books are great escapism fiction.  I look forward to reading more of the Take Me Now series, and will continue to read everything Faith Sullivan writes! 


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