Monday, August 1, 2016

Take Heart by Lauren Michelle Smith

Take Heart
by Lauren Michelle Smith

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Take Heart - Book 1
Publisher: Story Merchant (September 23, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0990421643
ISBN-13: 978-0990421641
Genre: NA Romance
Print Length: 319 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Twenty-two-year-old Amelia Foster just can’t seem to catch a break. After surviving the sudden death of her father, she’s forced to drop out of college in order to support her alcoholic mother. Dealing with years of non-stop verbal abuse and strife, Mia decides she’s finally had enough. She packs her bags and moves to Austin, Texas—leaving the remnants of her old life behind. On her first night there, she unexpectedly meets Chase.

Chase Williams plays a carpenter by day and a bartender by night. With his supreme confidence, unapologetic sarcasm, and undeterred motivation, he will stop at nothing to get what he wants—including Mia. Attracting women has never been a problem before, but getting Mia to come around, well, that’s something else entirely. Instead of spending all of his energies charming her, he must do damage control so he can secure a first date. When she ultimately succumbs, sparks fly, and an intensely passionate relationship ensues.

As Mia tries to move forward with her new life, she finds that escaping her past isn’t as easy as she thought. Will the love from a reformed womanizer make her stronger? Or will the demons of her not-so-distant past tear everything apart?

*Contains strong adult content*

Take Heart by Lauren Michelle Smith

Take Heart (Take Heart, #1)How much emotional and verbal abuse can a person take? How much is enough of one’s life to give up to help their alcoholic mother? When is it time to say I’m done, I need to create the life I want, need and deserve? Amelia has had enough, she has been emotionally beaten down, worn out and hung out to dry by the woman who was supposed to be her rock and now it is time to cut bait and run. Can you really run away from your past or will it always be there to haunt you?

Chase is a womanizer, finding a warm and beautiful body to get up close and personal with isn’t an issue, but when he meets Amelia, he has met his Achilles Heel, a woman who has him far more interested than even he can imagine. Amelia is damaged, she is running away from something and Chase has made it his mission to break down her defenses and give him a chance.

Take Heart by Lauren Michelle Smith is a tale of lies, loss, emotional fantasy and regrets, as well as survivor’s guilt that is not deserved. With the witty and sometimes biting banter between Amelia and Chase, the sexual tension runs high. I give kudos to Ms. Smith for tackling an all too familiar and painful disease by showcasing Amelia as a character who is the result of the life choices she made regarding her mother. Her flaws are the flaws of millions and while not always making her the most likable character, it certainly makes her real.

Often frustrating, definitely containing romance and the support of a man in love without the flowery hearts and birds singing, Take Heart is definitely a book to check into and read with its emotional impact and the superb writing of Lauren Michelle Smith.

I received this copy from Lauren Michelle Smith and Story Merchant in exchange for my honest review.

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