All of my demons are coming to head.
I thought Ari could push them back.
I thought I could conquer my vices with her at my side.
I thought wrong.
Fear is my new constant.
I thought I could conceal it, contain it, control it.
I thought that now that I had Grant the worst was over.
I thought wrong.But if we’re going to survive, wherever you go…take me with you.
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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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Review by Michelle:
I am a huge angst fan and thus an even bigger fan of K.A. Linde, the queen of angst. After reading and loving the Avoiding series, I was anxious to sink my teeth into the Take Me series which promised not just angst, but also a super hot rock star. Take Me With You is the continuation of Grant and Aribel's rocky love story.
Although it is easy to see how much Grant evolved over the course of his and Aribel's relationship, I was a bit disappointed in the beginning to see the same old Grant rear his head time and time again. Grant and Aribel would get into some sort of argument or disagreement, no matter how small, and he would run off, get drunk, and be tempted by other girls. I appreciate the look-but-don't-touch perspective he adapted, especially being in the center of temptation while on tour, but the constant threat of Grant giving into that temptation while upset with Aribel looming over our heads made it a little hard to trust him and certainly got a bit tiresome. Luckily after some pretty significant events, this seemed to finally change for good. As I said, I liked that Grant was still a real guy who was not oblivious to the looks and charms of other beautiful women and his head was not so far in the clouds as to do a total about face, but eventually this reformed manwhore was able to realize what he had waiting for him and that no amount of pretty faces or easy lays would compare to what he already had. I had only hoped this enlightenment would have come a bit sooner and without the undue headache and constant worry of will he or won't he stray.
Much of the first half of this book seemed to be more of the same from the last. Although I love some good angst these two characters seemed to find their way into plenty of needless, drawn out drama, were continually blowing things out of proportion, letting pride get in their way, and always waiting for the other the make the first concession. Once a few of these issues and more than a few loose women are sorted through there is more to the story than just your typical rock star tale with all of the typical band, tour, long distance, groupie complications. Grant's past comes back to haunt him making for some much more serious problems and scary situations, a twist here and there, more maturity, and less unnecessary drama.
I did really enjoy how much each of these characters ended up changing over the course of the two books and especially by the end of this one. It wasn't only Grant's epiphany and reformation that I admired but also Aribel's willingness to let go of her family's standards and stereotypes to open her mind and find her own way in life.
Take Me With You is just the sequel Take Me For Granted needed for a pleasant and enjoyable resolution to Grant and Aribel's story. It is a fun, easy read with just enough character maturation and growth to finally make them truly loveable and a great match for one another. If you love a good, filthy manwhore turned sweet, lovable guy, you will enjoy this one.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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