Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review Tour + Giveaway: "Take Me for Granted" by K.A. Linde

 Take Me for Granted
by KA Linde
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.

3.5 - 4 Stars

First things first….Grant is one sexy, cocky mo-fo!!! He walks around as if the world revolves around him….and he can pretty much prove it. He beds a different woman every single day, says bye without so much as a smack on the ass and moves along to the next.  He just doesn’t care. He is living his life exactly as he wants. And this is how we met him:

I don’t remember the number of women I’d fucked. Yeah, that might sound cocky or maybe a bit disgusting even, but I’d never given two fucks. I wasn’t about to start now. ~Grant

Aribel is the gal that has the smart mouth and quick wit, the desire to further her life and the brains to get her there. She doesn’t put up with any crap, has a very scheduled college career situated and is determined to get through college at Princeton with a 4.0 GPA.

We start out with Aribel getting dumped by her boyfriend, yet all she can think about is her homework…..and she doesn’t seem to care either. Her roommates have decided that she is having a hard time with this breakup and figure she needs to get out and shake it off. Aribel reluctantly agrees to go out with them and this is where she meets Grant; after one of his concerts for ContraBand….one she didn’t even want to go to in the first place, especially since there was studying she could be doing.

Now, the WAY Grant and Aribel meet sets the tone for the entire book. Aribel is quick witted and has a mouth on her and I absolutely loved the smart ass remarks she had!! She had me giggling from the offset. Her entire demeanor was so blas√© and her wit came into play. Grant wanted to get to know her, and she wasn’t giving him the time of day. However, Grant didn’t get put-off by her and walk away. Oh no….he liked what he saw and what he heard. She had a mouth and she used it! I smiled so much during their banter. It was fun to see him, who has never had a woman say no, and Aribel spar verbally and all it did was make him smile and spur him on!

“No really,” I said, turning back to Grant, “have you ever read anything longer than a Penthouse magazine?”
“There are articles in Penthouse?” Grant asked.

He took what she gave him and turned it right back on her!! However, after their little spat, HE was going in for the kill. She intrigued him and he was going after what he wanted….as usual.

“I’m going to kiss you now.” His hands tangled loosely in my blonde hair before I could even get a response out. His lips were soft and tender, but they had a certain authority to them that I had never experienced.  It was like being led through a waltz; we were both dancing, but he had absolute control of the situation. I found myself wanting to kiss him back. No, I was kissing him back. And just as I felt my entire body practically quiver with desire, he slowly released me, his lips lingering oh so invitingly in front of me. ~Aribel

Yeah….he just leaned in and kissed her! I honestly LOVED how they started out in this book. I laughed a good amount and was able to follow their reactions with a smile. I think that passage was one of my favorites from the book….it was simply funny. She got the better of him though….she played a mean, cruel joke on him and he had to figure it out, but he quickly did. Cruel joke, but it all worked out and it was funny!

As Aribel and Grant start to explore their relationship and it starts to grow, we get to go on some dates with them and watch their chemistry ignite. They end up getting hot and heavy quite a bit, and that was SEXAY!!! They definitely have passion between the two of them. It was sweet and thoughtful how they both went about trying to come up with date ideas, seeing how they both had next to NO experience in the dating department.

His lips touched mine and just like last time I felt myself giving in to him. I thought I’d imagined how intoxicating his kisses were, but my memory didn’t do justice to this.

Sadly, some issues arise and we start to see the weak links in their relationship and it takes its toll on them.  It was hard seeing them suffer with doubts and misunderstandings, and add the snowball effect to it; well you can see where this is going. Couple this with Grants doubts and a very deep and disturbing secret, it made for some hard times for them.

In that moment, I saw every ounce of sorrow that consumed him, but also the warmth that as directed at me. Grant McDermott was baring his soul.

The push and pull of their friendship-turned-relationship was truly one to just watch and smile. I did enjoy their relationship and their banter. I enjoyed the storyline of the book. I enjoyed watching Grant grow and change during this book….and oh boy, did he ever. Aribel learned more about herself during this book as well, and there was overall good character development during this book as well.

I just stared at him. Who was this man? When I had first met him, all I’d seen was what was on the outside. Playboy, manwhore, drunk, asshole, misogynist, rocker. But this Grant, the one he didn’t show the rest of the world, was so much more than that.

What I had questioned was how this proud proclaimed manwhore could all of the sudden go celibate for MONTHS waiting for Aribel to give in, and it was an immediate change. Was it a bad thing to read this? No way. Not at all. It was written well, with plenty of hot and heavy moments to get him through the torturous wait. It was a great storyline….and he sure showed all the signs of falling head over heels in love, but that one bit made me question things. He definitely had some redeeming qualities about him though, including his tenderness at times, but he had a crass mouth and a sexual appetite that was pretty insatiable. Grant had some swagger and sex appeal and gorgeous Aribel had some wit and determination, and combined that made this book very enjoyable to read.

“You’re mine?”
“I’m your girlfriend.”
“No, Ari, you’re fucking mine.” It wasn’t a question. And I didn’t have to respond, because nothing else was truer in that moment.

3.5-4 stars for this easy going, sexy and witty book.




K.A. Linde

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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