Take Two (Ele’s review)

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Title: Take Two
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 9th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Shiver me timbers! When Professor Wesley Coolidge accepts a summer job as a historical consultant to a pirate movie being filmed in North Carolina, the last person he expects to bump into is his soon-to-be-ex, movie star Sander Carson. Just like the flamboyant pirate he’s playing, Sander, aka Sam Carr, is used to getting what he wants, and he makes it clear he wants Wesley back in his life.

Sam acknowledges it’s his fault they split up. He lost Wesley when he left their life in New York City behind for a career in Hollywood. But Wesley has finally managed to put the pieces of his heart back together, and he isn’t interested in Sam and Wesley: The Sequel. Sam soon realizes that convincing Wesley to give their relationship a second chance will take much more than apologies and reminders of good times past. If he wants Wesley back, Sam will have to show Wesley that they really can sail into the sunset together—a real-life happily-ever-after that won’t end once the final credits roll.

I have mixed feelings about this book, and I went back and forth on my rating a lot of times. It was a good book, and I liked some things a lot, but others didn’t worked all that well for me.

What I liked:

-I really like Mrs Anthony’s writing style. It’s so smooth and…romantic. Yes, I knowt that “romantic” doesn’t describe someone’s writing, but it’s the first one that comes to mind when I’m thinking about this author.

-I love, love, LOVE second chance stories.

-The setting of the story was pretty amazing.

-I liked that above all else the MCs were friends. Even when Sam’s intentions became clear, even when there was seemingly no hope for the two of them, they tried for friendship.

-In the end, no matter how frustrating the journey was, the characters reached that point, where they talked with honesty, understood what went wrong without blaming each other, and started changing the things that broke them. And this is important.

What didn’t work:

-Wesley. Wesley didn’t work. Not because of

his reluctance to get back with Sam
. This, I really appreciated and his explanation as to why resonated with me a lot. But I feel that he was sending mixed signals, or even leading Sam on sometimes. His back and forth got irritating. Maybe that is why I felt that the story was a bit repetitive. Had it been shorter, it might have worked better for me.

-This is low on steam. I’m not complaining because I’m a perv. Well, I am but that’s not the point. I just expected more passion and fire between these two, considering they still love each other and have been apart for the last three years. The couple of sex scenes are very hot, though.

-This is more like a personal niggle, so it might not bother others, but I felt like some plot points were not the MC’s choices, but external causes (or even excuses) that brought them together, like

the storm in the end that worked like a catalyst, or Carl, Wesley’s evil boyfriend that you could tell from a mile apart was a scumbag
. But, again, this is MY personal preference, not the author’s wrong.

Overall, this was a good story, light but with a lot of depth. While I didn’t love it, I certainly liked it.

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Galley Copy of Take Two was kindly provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.


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