Friday, March 15, 2013

Take Me by Olivia Cunning

Title:  Take Me
Author: Olivia Cunning
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series:  One Night with Sole Regret #3
Main Characters: Amanda and Shade
Release Date: October 2012

Publisher: -

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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
She is one woman he should never touch…

Sole Regret’s enigmatic vocalist, Jacob “Shade” Silverton, is a consummate womanizer, but even he knows better than to get involved with one special woman from his past. Mixing friendship and pleasure can only lead to a broken heart, and he’s suffered enough heartache to swear off relationships for a lifetime.

He is one man she has always desired…

Amanda Lange knows all about Shade’s naughty reputation, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to dive into the gorgeous rock star’s arms and into his bed. She convinces herself that one night of passion won’t complicate their friendship, but can she convince him of that?

They’re both playing with fire.

Neither of them realized how far one kiss would take them. As the flames of their passion ignite with the intensity of an inferno, will either of them escape the experience without being burned or will both be branded fool enough to take a chance on a relationship that was marked for ruin before it even began?

My Review:
Are the next 3 novellas out yet? OMG, I had no idea how much I would love this series.  Even more shocking, the novellas truly only cover one night in time for the characters, but Olivia Cunning weaves such an incredible and deep story within that 24's incredible. I bow down to her amazing story telling!

This book is about Shade/Jacob, the lead singer of Sole Regret. From page one my heart broke for him. He's gotten a raw deal in life...he married the wrong girl and being the rock star he is, had a hard time keeping it in his pants. Their marriage died a horrible, painful death and she is still extremely bitter, but they have a beautiful four year old daughter, Julie, who Jacob adores. Unfortunately, his ex sees Julie as another way to hurt Jacob. 

Amanda is the ex's sister and she's tried to smooth things over the years so that Jacob could see Julie more easily. She's a school teacher, smart, funny, and she's had a thing for Jacob for a long time. Jacob has had a thing for her too, but things between him and his ex are impossible enough without adding THAT extra drama so he's always stayed away from Amanda. 

This book took place on Julie's 4th birthday and Jacob is seriously in a bad place. He missed his daughter's birthday party because of one of his bandmates, not that he was invited, but he wanted to be there. The drama between him and his hysterical ex left Julie in tears and Jacob shattered. It's breaking his heart what all the drama is doing to his daughter, but the ex is completely irrational when it comes to him and he just can't walk away from his daughter's life although that is truly what the ex is trying to force. 

The chemistry between him and Amanda just hit him at a time when he needed to connect with someone and Amanda sees him as he truly is and likes him anyway. Every thing about this book broke my heart. The situation between him and Amanda is truly impossible. He has such an awful self-view. He doesn't believe that he deserves a real relationship. He dropped out of high school and is extremely sensitive about it. His ex and the band are constantly saying disparaging things about his intelligence and he internalizes all that although he uses his sunglasses to hide it all from the world. I loved his character and just wanted to wrap him up in a huge hug. Luckily, Amanda felt the same so I could live vicariously through her....and wow! She may be taking care of Jacob, but hello....this guy knows how to take care of a girl. Very nice!! 

Once again...I love this series. I don't know how in the world that Olivia Cunning is going to tie it all together in a neat little HEA, but I am really hopeful, because so far, every single one of these stories has been amazing. I LOVE these couples and this band.

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