"Could I do the happily ever after? I wasn't sure if I even deserved one."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I really enjoyed book one in the series, Give Me Something, although I must admit I wasn't a fan of Nick so I was interested to discover if his own story could sway my opinion of him.
Nick moved to the bright lights of Hollywood, he was now trying to stay on the straight and narrow and earn his money rather than conning someone out of it. This landed him as music producer for America's pop princess. Of course, he still had to use his charm and in order to convince Sadie Sinclair that he was the guy for the job, he made her fall in love with him. Nick was living his dream and the benefits of being Sadie's arm candy wasn't too bad either, that was until Gia, Sadie's childhood friend and now personal assistant caught his attention. Gia would soon change Nick’s world and the way in which he viewed it. But Sadie wasn’t giving Nick up without a fight, blackmail was her method of torture and if I thought Nick’s scheming was bad in book one, well Sadie had nothing on him. That girl was plain evil and poor Nick and Gia were her pawns.
I liked the fact that this love triangle was based on two girls and one guy, as so often it is the other way about. The term love triangle is used loosely here as really Nick was only ever with Sadie in the first place to further his career. I knew as soon as Gia was mentioned that she would be the real girl for Nick. Sadie was always at the forefront though and Nick and Gia had to steal little moments together, to build their friendship/relationship. I did feel that I didn't get to know Gia well enough. As the story was told through Nick's point of view, I missed Gia’s character development, I wanted inside her head to really know her and to learn why she was the right girl for Nick. I had guessed her secret early on and when it came to light, Nick surprised me and proved he had changed his ways as he was willing to give everything up for Gia. I may have swooned a little over Nick at that point.
It was great to get little snippets of Lila, Tucker and their life together. It was also nice to see Nick had formed a close family bond with them, and they were both on hand to give him the support he needed.
I enjoyed Elizabeth's writing, I must give her credit for making me fall a little in love with Nick after I had written him off in book one. For me, the story didn't really delve deep into the bones of the characters, Gia’s background had potential to be emotional and gritty but I get that this was Nick’s story. I also wanted more time with him and Gia together for me to fall for them as a couple. The pace of the story felt a little slow for me and there was much toing and froing with Nick and Gia giving in to Sadie’s demands. I just wanted someone to put Hollywood Barbie in her place already.
The story ended with a sweet epilogue and we got a tiny glimpse into Gia’s point of view. Even though I would have liked more of this and sooner, it was great to see Gia grow in confidence and finally go after what she wanted. I liked the setting of the music industry and the award ceremonies with even a little cameo from our fav country star Kylie Ryans!
Taking Something was a quick, easy read with an original storyline. Fans of the series will love the continuation of the Kline characters. It can technically be read as a standalone but to understand Nick better and to get a clearer picture of his relationship with Tucker and Lila, then it is best read in order.
If you are a fan of Elizabeth Lee, Give Me Something or just contemporary romance in general then you need to check this one out today!
"The woman pushed my buttons, and not just the hot ones. She had her finger firmly on the irritate the shit out of me while pissing on my self-congratulatory parade one too."
"For the fist time in my entire life I wanted to earn someone's trust. Hers."
"Fuck. I was developing a damn conscious. How in the hell had that happened?"
"She was my second chance at love. My second chance to prove I was worthy of love. Capable of giving and receiving it."
"Her lips started to curl into a giddy smile. And when I knew she was completely satisfied, I let myself-and my heart-go. Completely."
"I'd always been on the take. My whole life I was always taking something from someone. But Gia had changed me. All I wanted now was to give. Give the beautiful woman in my arms everything she deserved and then some."
When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!
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