Take Me Home, by Lorelie Brown
Series: Belladonna Ink #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 7, 2016
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Thanksgiving arrives in one week and one day. Feeling hemmed in by parental expectations? Are they disappointed by your sapphic proclivities? I can help! The only pay I want is the holiday meal!
I didn’t know what I was looking for until I saw her Craigslist ad.
I love my family. I’m lucky to have them—well, most of them. But my aunt? I’m so tired of her giving my mom crap because I happen to be a lesbian. So one pink-haired tattoo artist pretending to be my girlfriend will annoy my Christian fundamentalist aunt right back and make my Thanksgiving perfect.
Only . . . Brooke turns out to be cuter and more complicated than I expected. And before you can say “yorkiepoo,” we kiss . . . and abduct a dog together. I want to keep them both—but Brooke isn’t the kind to be kept. Lucky for me, I’m the kind to chase what I want.
Cover by: L.C. Chase
I had such high hopes for Take Me Home when I first read the blurb. I adore books with fake relationships that turn into something more. They always make me wonder if we have the potential to fall for any person when proximity is forced.
Unfortunately, I was caught between reading passages that I thought were absolutely lovely:
“Just this once, I want to tell her, let it be as perfect as I’m imagining. As I dream about. Don’t show me how screwed up humans can be. Not yet, at least. Give me a little time.”
And feeling that there was a significant lack of chemistry between Keighley and Brooke:
“And the words fall like stones into a forgotten well. Plunk, plunk into an abyss of silence.”
Their relationship reads more like a hook up. They’re great in bed together but I never felt like they were making a connection on any other level. Keighley supposedly falls hard for Brooke which to me, without the emotional connection, is infatuation not love. This created a problem for me because when things go awry and a grand gesture is thrown in at the end to make everything right in the world again, I’m just not buying it.
I also wasn’t a fan of the brand names used throughout the story. This is a big pet peeve of mine, though, so it may not bother other readers at all. I think they’re completely unnecessary, and in my opinion, serve only to make the book sound like a name-dropping advertisement.
I haven’t read the first book in the Belladonna Ink series but I think this one reads really well as a standalone. At no point did I feel like I was missing something as it seems to be mostly contained to Keighley and her family. Speaking of which, I really loved Keighley’s sister Sierra. She’s such a spunky character with a good head on her shoulders so if she ever gets her own story I just may have to check it out.
In the end, I think this was just an okay read. It may not be going down as one of my favorites but since it’s just a short novella there’s no harm in giving it a look.
After a semi-nomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she’s settled north of Chicago. Because going from California warmth to northern snow seemed like the proper order of events…
Lorelie has three active sons and a tiny shih-tzu who thinks he’s son number three—not four, he’s too important to be the baby. Writing romance helps her escape a house full of testosterone.
In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie co-writes contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. You can find out more about the “Vegas Top Guns” and “Club Devant” series at www.KatiePorterBooks.com or at @MsKatiePorter.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.