Series: Need #2
Genres: Erotic Romance
Buy on Amazon
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Love is only a battlefield when you have a fighting chance.
In the aftermath of bad decisions followed by poor thinking, Brayden is still without KiraYears of hurt have hardened Kira, and sheÔÇÖs not just going to roll over for Brayden on command. Strong willed and stubborn, neither of them is willing to give in without a fight.
ThereÔÇÖs a million reasons why she shouldnÔÇÖt care for him anymore . . . but she does.
Brayden senses this, and heÔÇÖs laid siege on her life, haunting her in every possible senseÔÇöreminding her of what they once shared.
But heÔÇÖs still the man that wrecked her.
The man she loves.
The man she utterly despises.
HeÔÇÖs still her step brother.
Right and wrong have no sway with the heart. What it wants, it takes.
With every day that passes, Kira is reminded of all the reasons she has to hate him . . . and all the reasons she still has to adore him.
Can Kira let go and give him a chance, or is it really too little, too late?
Even if she can forgive him, is it possible for them to have a future together while still being step-siblings?
ÔØñÔÇó.┬©Ô£┐┬©.ÔÇóÔØñ5 Star ReviewÔØñÔÇó.┬©Ô£┐┬©.ÔÇóÔØñ
Boy, oh boy! It’s apparent to me that Take is a fantastic follow-up to Need as I pretty much devoured this book. It appears Kira has found her voice and sheÔÇÖs not afraid to use it. The girl has chutzpah and makes this one explosive read. Some of the same drama is there, the circumstances havenÔÇÖt changed. It’s only Brayden whoÔÇÖs come around and Kira is left to fend him off as he makes winning her back his mission in life. There’s too much history between them and no going back to a just friends status. Initially I interpreted Take to refer to Brayden going after Kira, Taking what thinks is his. But by the end of the story, I believe it’s more about Kira taking control of her future. The trouble is, she canÔÇÖt control her feelings and she is ruled by her heart.
The storyline picks up from where we were left off at the end of Need. A lot happened in the last couple chapters of Need. Kira made some decisions about her future and Brayden decided to man up – for the most part. Much of Take is about Brayden reducing the obstacles between them, and Kira fighting him every single step. The saying about winning battles versus winning the war comes to mind.
As much as I wanted to wrap Kira up in a hug (when reading Need), this time I wanted to play mediator. Kira knows when to keep quiet and she lets Brayden assume the worst about her relationship with Austin (what he would consider the worst thing). SheÔÇÖs doing what she needs to do to protect her heart and her attitude makes her a bit snarky (which I loved). But her insecurities run deep. SheÔÇÖs one of the most conflicted heroines IÔÇÖve read in awhile but she is definitely matured.
With the change in who’s pining over whom, there were times I wanted to rub Braydens back and coo in his ear that itÔÇÖs all gonna be okay. He showed signs of a more sensitive side although heÔÇÖs always been overly confident when it comes to Kira. But when she pushes back, she pushes hard so his esteem gets to take a hit and he doubts his ability to win her back. Kira hates/loves the way he flirts with her and decides to call what they have as ÔÇ£hate f**ksÔÇØ. They often take risks as far as the place and time, and this just seems to fire up the erotic/naughty aspect of their relationship.
Bright spot of the story are KiraÔÇÖs group of girlfriends. I never got a bad feeling about them and IÔÇÖm hoping that remains true into the next part of the story. A not so bright spot is the situation with the parents. IÔÇÖm not a fan of his father – at all – and it looks like his marriage to Sonia is beyond strained. I have a lot of sympathy for Kira’s mother now, although I think it’s one of those well identified things about infidelity. If you cheat to be together, what’s to stop the same behavior from happening again – to you? So with family dynamics playing the story I can see some twist and turns coming.
I think it’s pretty clear that I love this story. IÔÇÖve not been a reader of the ÔÇ£step-brotherÔÇØ romance genre, but I really had no issue with it here and I donÔÇÖt think this series was labeled as such. It fits nicely in the “friend to something more” and “boy next door romance” genreÔÇÖs too. Take is a 5 star follow-up to a 5 star read and is a series I recommend for readers on the erotic romance genre.
~Review by Cyndi