on April 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Manwhore. Adrenaline junkie. Lead singer of ContraBand. What you see is what you get. I make no apologies for my actions, and by now no one expects any from me. I live my life the way I want and as long as it pushes the demons back, then I'm solid. I've never needed a chick for more than a good lay. Why would I need just one when I can have a different one every night?
Until she walks into my world.
Mouthy. Perfectionist. Princeton student. Chemistry major. Yes, that pretty much describes me. Oh, and virgin. But I'm only nineteen, and have more important things to concern myself with. What really matters is finishing my degree and getting a good job. I’ve worked hard for what I want, and do what’s expected of me. I don’t need anyone to get in my way.
Until he opens up my world.
But if I give you my world, whatever you do…don’t TAKE ME for granted.
Take Me For Granted by K.A. Linde was a much grittier love story than I originally anticipated. I also had the mis-conception that it would just another humdrum bad boy rocker/naive college girl romance. But it wasn’t, it was actually more complex. Grant is unlike any bad boy rocker I think I’ve read to date. He’s not only gorgeous and sexy, talented, and arrogant, he’s not sorry or bashful about any of it. He thrives on the hunt and comes across as having no morals. Aribel is not just your average college student either. Yes she’s beautiful, smart, witty, and affluent, but she’s also very independent and quite possibly the strongest willed female protagonist in an NA book.
When Grant set his sights on Aribel, I’m not sure he had any idea what he was in for. And as the chase ensued, he found himself not only faced with a challenge, he was now faced with a girl worthy of more than just one night with the bad boy, Grant. This confuses him and I was glad to see it wasn’t quickly resolved. As Aribel held her ground to stay away from the likes of Grant, he in turn struggled with maintaining this persona he created to hide behind.
Aribel surprised me the most though. I had her pegged in the beginning as a mean girl with daddy issues. She was obstinate for the sake of being so. She was harsh when it wasn’t necessary. She was in my opinion just rude and even uncaring. As if Grant was beneath her and I guess he was. I didn’t like it. It made my skin crawl. She was ugh she was just snobby. I almost didn’t care if they got together. However, Grant and Aribel together is an interesting dynamic. They feed off each other and in some weird way make the two of them together seem right. As they both slowly realize this, they in turn begin to realize many things about themselves. Aribel is able to reach Grant in a way no one ever has. Grant makes Aribel see just how wrong she was to judge anyone for any reason.
Obviously there is agnst, and even though I may have rolled my eyes, it was a much needed catalyst for them both to realize exactly what they needed and wanted from one another. It was during that time they both grew as individuals, had their eyes opened so to speak about how their lives had been going. This wasn’t typical break up where they both sulk for a few days before making their way back to each other. This was clearly a break up that was going to last. I found myself heart broken right along with them.
I will say I didn’t see the end coming. I was a little surprised. All in all I really enjoyed Grant and Aribel’s story there were several laugh out loud moments. The banter between the two was really funny and I found myself shaking my head several times. I would have liked to seen more of a connections between Aribel and her roommates. They really seemed to care about her and she always appeared aloof to me. I also wasn’t sure how to take Vin. His presence was very commanding in his scenes. He felt larger than the others at times. I very much look forward to seeing where the series leads.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
“So, after your phone died earlier today, you didn’t call me back.” Aribel rolled her eyes and picked up her pace, carrying us out across an open field.
“Do you need my number for next time?” She humphed and kept walking. Jesus, what is with this chick? “You don’t take jokes very well, do you?”
“Excuse me, but did I lose a glass slipper or something?” she asked.
“What?” “A glass slipper. Do I look like Cinderella to you? Are you some kind of prince trying to sweep me off my feet? What is this whole charade, Grant?”
“No charade, babe. I just wanted to see you and take you out.”
“Uh-huh. Where exactly are you taking me?” I smirked at her.
“Dinner.” My bed.
“Why do I have a feeling that we’re not talking about eating the same thing?” I chuckled to myself. She had me there.
“Oh, come on. I didn’t even say that.” Though, if I had it my way, I’d be doing more than that tonight.
“You didn’t have to,” she called over her shoulder. I caught up to her again and started walking backward in front of her. I was probably making a spectacle of myself, but I didn’t really care. She didn’t even seem to notice that people were staring at us.
“Look, I really do want to take you out. I’m not one to deny myself the things I want, but I was talking about eating food with you.”
“No. And anyway, how did you know to find me? Are you stalking me or something now? Should I invest in a rape whistle?”
“No, but you can blow my whistle, baby.”
“Oh, dear Lord.”–