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Heroine: Aribel Graham – Perfectionist, Princeton College Student
Hero: Grant McDermott – Manwhore, Lead Singer of Contraband
Nineteen year old Aribel Graham majors in chemistry at Princeton University. She’s smart, feisty, and a perfectionists with a no nonsense attitude. She grew up rich and strives hard to meet her parent’s high society standards. The guys she has dated in the past have never worked out. They’ve never held her attention or attraction. So, she’s never been in love and is still holding onto her virginity, hoping to meet the right person one day. Due to her busy schedule in school, she doesn’t make time for a social life, despite living with two very outgoing, socially involved girls, who relentlessly try to get Aribel to go out with them. They succeeded one night and took her to a ContraBand show, where Aribel meets the lead singer/lead guitar player of the band, Grant. For the first time in her life, she finds herself undeniably attracted to someone.
”You saved me from myself. You’re my life raft in an endless ocean.”
Grant McDermott is a manwhore. He’s unapologetic. He’s cocky. And he’s gorgeous. He lives his life the way he wants to. But his life hasn’t been easy. He has skeletons in his closet that have greatly affected his life, turning him into the bad boy rockstar, who carries around tons of emotional baggage, refusing to create emotional ties to any one woman, until meets the beautiful and mouthy Aribel. Meeting her turned his life inside out. And for the first time in Grant’s life, he was doing the chasing, when he’s used to girls dropping their panties for him at any time. Grant is charming and sexy and is a bad ass guitar player… What girl wouldn’t want him? But Aribel proved to be a challenge for him. She didn’t give him the time of day, determined to stay away from the bad boy. But Grant wears her down, and convinces her to go out with him. And the cat finally catches the mouse.
As the story continues, Grant and Aribel start to get to know one another. What starts out as a few dates turns into a sweet and fun relationship. Grant starts to develop feelings for Aribel that goes beyond just wanting to have sex with her. He starts to truly care for her, respect her, love her. And Aribel has finally met someone that consumes her thoughts and feelings, making her toes curl when he kisses her. He may be the most unlikely person she thought she could fall for, but the fierce chemistry between, draws her to him emotionally and physically. As they grow closer, feelings start to develop, and things become serious between them.
Meanwhile, ContraBand is being noticed by several record labels, which is a good thing for the band, but causes problems with our couple. A lot happens between them as they struggle with their new relationship; jealousy, insecurities, outside manipulation, frustration, anger, misunderstandings, sadness, and distance. All of these things cause quite a bit of drama and angst.
These two are polar opposites, coming from two different worlds, growing up in two very different ways, but together, they are perfectly matched. Grant made Aribel her feel alive and happy, helped her free herself from a controlled life she’s created for her parents. In turn, Aribel gave Grant her trust and friendship. She helped him liberate himself from the secrets that weigh him down. They made each other better people. I really enjoyed watching as both these characters let down their guard and let each other in. But they still have a long road to get their happy ending.
When I first started reading this story, I felt like some parts of this were written too young for me, especially when the guys in the band would discuss women. It was a bit immature. And, while that is my main complaint, there isn’t truly anything wrong with this story, like I said I enjoyed it, but this storyline where the bad boy rockstar falls in love with the good girl virgin has been done one too many times. It was nothing special that stood out and made me want to rave about it.
So, while Take me Granted didn’t blow me away, it’s a solid beginning to K.A. Linde’s new adult romance series, Take Me. K.A. Linde is one of my favorite authors. I love how she writes, the character development, the emotion, the pace of her stories. With that said, I can honestly say I’m interested to see what’s next in this series, especially with the way this book ended. Is there a cliffhanger? Yes. But not one that will leave you feeling pheening for the next book, yet my curiosity has been piqued enough to see where this story is going. I am looking forward to the second book in the series.
About the Author
K.A. Linde graduated with her Masters in political science from the University of Georgia in 2012. She also has a bachelors in political science and philosophy. She wrote her the Avoiding Series while struggling through advanced statistical modeling and writing her thesis. She enjoys dancing and writing novels that keep you guessing until the very end.
She currently resides in Georgia with her boyfriend and two puppies, Lucy and Riker.
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