An appetite for sensual pleasures must never be denied....
Lily Ellis has curves - soft, beautiful curves. The kind of voluptuous body she fears Travis Carson, the man she's always loved from afar, would never crave. But Lily is about to be proven wrong. Her adventure begins when the demure San Francisco interior decorator agrees to model a plus-size dress for her fashion designer sister. Watching this sensual beauty move down the runway, Travis can't believe it's the same Lily he's always known - and always rejected. In a whirlwind of electric attraction, Lily is soon moaning Travis's name in his bed, not just in her wild fantasies. But Lily is all too aware that she's nothing like his past lovers.
Determined to beat Travis at his own game by guarding her true feelings, Lily partners with him on a business deal that takes them all the way to Italy. In the seductive warmth of the Tuscan sun, Lily plays a game of desire with the hot-blooded Travis. Will she be burned by an all-consuming ecstasy or will Travis open his heart to the sexy, exciting, and lasting love she has to offer?
©2013 Bella Andre (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
"Emotionally charged and deliciously erotic. A must-read from cover to cover." (Jaid Black)
"Oh my! Bella Andre's Take Me is wonderfully sexy - a big, fun fantasy with an equally big heart. You'll cheer these characters on as they find each other...and themselves!" (Emma Holly)
After reading the other reviews I had high expectations of Take Me, but I was really disappointed - the book was flat and lacked the spark that makes you want to keep listening despite the late hour and lack of sleep.
The narration by Grace Grant was superb as always, but Ian MacLaren sounded like he was bored and just wanted to finish up and go home.
I am a huge fan of Bella Andre but this book lacked the usual finesse that I have come to expect from her writing.
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Steamy, funny, Romantic-as-hell!
Although the language was perhaps a bit strong for me I really, really did enjoy the story. For the real women out there I'm sure there's a chapter each one can relate to. I like the way you didn't have to wait to the end for the love affair to begin, and I like that after all the glitter and wonder of Italy (no spoilers) Bella takes you back to reality and continues to develop the story back home on US ground where the characters have to deal with the realities of everyday life. I ended up falling in-love with Travis, who wouldn't? I loved Lily from the the beginning although sometimes wanted to strangle her and say "SHUT UP WOMAN, DON'T SPOIL IT" but then realised most women do just as she did (no spoilers again). I think I'll try her "Sullivans" series as I enjoyed this one so much.
I thought Grace Grant did a wonderful job and her voice is so versatile, she can handle any situation and make you live it. As for Ian MacLaren, why the heck has he only done one audiobook? I loved him. Contrary to what another reviewer said, I don't think he sounded bored at all. I think he made Travis sexy as hell and I applaud how comfortable he was reading those super steamy words. I blushed a few times as it was quite strong for me, and couldn't help but wonder whether he had to take a cold-shower after having read it, lol. I think he did a great job. Lovely voice and he really brought the character home for me.
Oh yes, when Ian MacLaren is narrating Travis saying I LOVE YOU LILY for the first time. Ufff I just cried and felt out of breath and stared out the window for a bit, thinking, wondering...
Although very steamy it is definitely a lovely love story. The author created wonderful scenes and details and the narrators delivered it with much talent.
hot, sexy and had me giggling ... thoroughly enjoyable!
entertaining mix of characters
I read all books with Grace Grant's narrations. Really enjoy her. First time I had heard Ian, but enjoyed him.
giggled a lot
Loved the way this book showed a plus size woman enjoying all the pleasures usually reserved for thin women. Couldn't help but love Lily and Travis too.
I enjoyed the story, somewhat. It had a bit of a different flavor from what B.A. has written in the past. Even though I enjoyed the story and very much liked that the heroine was not the typical "bony blonde" that most romance novelists write about and loved that she was a "real girl" and despite her shyness and self-loathing she could be bold and bolster her inner strength to get and do what she wanted, at times, I think the story could have had more substance, more intrigue; something to hang onto.
Not sure how I would have changed the story, but would liked to have seen it drawn out a bit to include a little more intrigue. It does seem that B.A. has set us up to expect a second book to include Janecka & Luke's story, I just hope it's better than this one.
No. I was not so turned off by their performance, not so much as to quit listening (which I have done in the past with other books), but Ian MacLaren's voice and narration did not do the story justice. Also, I would have expected that whenever Travis or Luke talked, Ian's voice would be heard, however, that was not always the case. I think the set up of how the dual narrators was used lacked sync.
Only "Lifetime", otherwise, a resounding "NO"
Not Bella Andre's best, or even close. This book, however, will not make me quit listening to her books, but I will wait in the future to see some reviews and not blunder headlong into purchasing her book when it first hits Audible.
This was a good story I just wish they would'nt have made Lily such a martyr. She finally gets the love of her life but she can't accept the fact that he loves her no matter how many times he tells her.The "poor me" when it came to Lily was stretched out too long. I wish it would've ended with a little more pizzaz then they way it did, but it still was a good-erotic story.
Yes it had some real feelings and issues to deal with besides, love, and passion. Dealing with self image, and loss. How one deals with things under pressure>
When Lilly learns that she is more than what she thinks she is. When she understands how the people who love her see her.
I think they did the emotions and voices very well
Sweet romantic and passionate story with learning experience I enjoyed .
I'm a 25 year old mum to my beautiful nearly 2 yr old daughter and i LOVE books , both reading and listening to them :D
yes defferently would recommend take me , really enjoyed the story
that Lily found confidents in herself and come out of her shell and enjoyed the funny wit between the characters
i enjoyed both Narrators , both very easy to follow and listen to
this book defferenly made me laugh and smile
defferently would recommend !! very enjoyable listen
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
It had its moments-good & bad. At times I could really 'feel' Lily's hurt. However, overall the plot was a bit jerky and didn't flow well.
I have not, but understand her to be a good 'feel good', nice, chick-light romance writer.
I think she will do well in this new genre as she continues to write and becomes more comfortable with the edgier parts.
These two are fantastic and brought the story to life.
No. This one ran hot and cold, one is in love-the other isn't and vice versa. That can be fun but the plot was a bit loose.
For Example---SPOILER ALERT---a mob comes together in wedding celebration & 'forces' them into wedding clothes and neither realizes it is a real wedding?
Some hot sex scenes & strong language.
Love Romantic Erotica with a twist , thrill, suspense and a great story !
Ok, have to admit , I got this book because Lily was a plus size girl. And I can relate. I did enjoy the story , where it lead them to Italy, my favorite place in the world. She was very talented , but very insecure. Would have liked her to be a bit more out there , and confident in herself. I pictured her very beautiful, but frustrated me how she couldn't accept it. Especially carrying on and on. And Travis , they both frustrated me because of their denial. Then FINALLY Travis figured it out. OOHHHHH how them two totally aggravated me! But in the end ...it was a descent ending. The perfect amount of sexual tension. For me , I didnt care for the male/female narrator combo. They were both good , but didn't like the back and forth and the way you got both her thoughts and his thoughts on the same situation.
I wouldn't say time well spent, more like a guilty pleasure.
This is my first Bella Andre novel and it was ok.
Both GG and IM narrated really well and got the feelings and storyline of ALL characters over well, no grumbles here.
Again it was ok and probably will not re-listen too.
A fun easy listen, I especially enjoyed the shenanigans the 'plan' involved, the novel could of ended a lot sooner though and was feeling a little bored towards the end, but the prickly interplay and the blossoming of realisation was good to witness, but like I said dragged on too long...
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