Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey

Take What You Want
by Jeanette Grey
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Publication date: March 13, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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She needs an escape…and he’s exactly what she had in mind. College senior Ellen Price spends every spare minute studying to get into medical school. Until spring break yawns before her, as empty as her wallet. With no money to hit the beach, she fills her empty to-do list with a plan: for just one week, she will become the kind of take-no-prisoners woman she secretly wishes to be, starting with the hot guy at the bar. It's a no-risk situation: at the end of break, he’ll head back to his campus, and she’ll go back to hers. No muss, no fuss. At first, Josh Markley isn’t sure what to think when the quiet, intense beauty from his pre-med classes approaches him for a night of casual sex. Even more mystifying, she doesn’t seem to return his recognition. But if she wants to play “strangers in a bar”, he’s game. Their passionate night is a welcome respite from life’s stress, but afterward, Josh realizes he wants more—from himself, from life, from Ellen. Except she still thinks he’s a one-off she’ll never see again. Confessing the truth now—before she figures it out on her own—could shatter the fragile beginnings of just what the doctor ordered. A forever love.
Recently I have been enjoying new adult contemporary romances and jumped at the chance to review Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey. She offered a delightful tale about anonymity. A chance to be the brave, confident person you have always dreamed you were and the result that happens. This was a fast paced, smexy read that I consumed on a cold Sunday afternoon and one I would recommend.

The tale begins when we meet Ellen Price a pre-med student in her senior year. All of her friends have gone off somewhere warm and tropical for spring break, but between her rent, waitress job and studies Ellie just cannot afford it. She instead decides to give herself a week to dress, and act the way she secretly wishes too. From clothes to picking up a hot guy at a bar she intends to do it all. At the end of the week she will go back to being plain old Ellen. She decides on a rugged, motorcycle hottie she spies sitting at the bar. Josh Markley can barely believe it when sweet Ellen from class walks up looking like a hot goddess and propositions him. He is mystified that she does not seem to recognize him but decides to play along. The tale that unfolds was sweet, funny, smexy and filled with promise.

The characters in this tale where nicely fleshed out and I loved the situations that arose from their role playing. It’s nice seeing two good, grounded and thoughtful people grow and develop feelings for one another. The author shares both of their backgrounds and problems with us and I developed a real sense of who they were. While the physical part of their relationship started out hot and heavy, the romantic aspect moved more slowly and felt genuine. Josh’s parents were present and I liked how they dealt with him.

As the two characters grow closer and the week is almost over they are faced with confessing who they really are, and the author revealed all of it in such a wonderful way. This is not only a love story; it offers direction and acceptance of who you are and what you want. While the tale itself was relatively short and predictable, it was well done and did not feel rushed.  

Fans of romance and coming of age will enjoy Take What You Want. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.

Three dark roast coffees out of five
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35 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

Thanks Kim sounds good, adult contemporary is on my definite like list

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM , Anonymous Brooke Bumgardner said...

I've really started to enjoy the New Adult contemporary romance genre. Great review, I really want to read this!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM , Anonymous Erin F said...

This sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing ;)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Arely Z. said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You will enjoy this Lisa it is hot and sweet :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Candace's Book Blog said...

I remember seeing another review for this and it sounds pretty good. I like the whole concept of it all though. And it sounds like it's maybe a bit more on the sweet side rather than angsty, which drives me nuts!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this was sweet, and funny and cute..i think you would love it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

Another one to add to my NA pile :) I haven't heard of this one before now but it sounds like something I'd quite enjoy despite it being predictable.

A great review Kimba & thankyou for the giveaway! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

welcome!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Mary Preston said...

It's always a good sign when you say you will be looking out for more works from an author.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

agreed, the author has a lovely writing style and the tale unfolded at a nice pace allowing me to escape reality, which is fun :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I haven't read many New Adult books, but I think the genre has a lot to give. The characters in this one seem very well developed, and that's the most important thing in a contemporary, I think.
Great review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I agree Maja :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Jenny Zemanek said...

Oooo this sounds like just what I need right now! Yes please to sweet and predictable. I've been stuck with dark and dramatic for a while now, so I'm very ready for this one! Thanks so much for the chance to win Kimba!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this is a fun one and sure to be a hit :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Andrea @The Bookish Babe said...

I loved this book! I thought Jodh and Ellen were really well-developed, too. Glad you liked it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

so agree Andrea!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

Even though it was predictable I still like the sound of it. I really love New Adult right now too. It's perfect for me. I often feel like YA is missing something and Adult can get a little too much sometimes. New Adult is almost perfect for what I usually look for in a book.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It is enjoyable and I agree

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

your welcome Erin..good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Heather Bogucki said...

this sounds like a great book!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Heather and good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Rose said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I like that this one seems more on the fun and lighter side. A lot of the NA I am seeing is very angsty and full of drama and tragedy and I read to escape so I don't like a lot of drama. Thanks for the giveaway :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

haha..there has to be some drama and usually its an outside source, but yes this one was sweet!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

This time around, nah, not the book for me. Nothing says yay

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

Some how I have missed this one and it sounds really good! I love reads like this one when I need a quick fun (slightly emotional) read that I know will have a HEA.
Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hey...we have to have our HEA!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Leslie Miner said...

This sounds really good! Thanks for a chance to win a copy!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Nick said...

Never heard of this book before, but it's New Adult, so I'm in.
I also like how it seems a little different from all the other NA. I'm glad to hear that their romance is slow and it seems realistic. Lovely review, Kim!
Thanks for the giveaway! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I did like that it built slowly after the hot and heavy start.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

agreed

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

Good luck to everyone! This does sound like another wonderful addition to the New Adult Genre!

 

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