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Monday, July 13, 2009

Take Me by Lucy Monroe

Take Me by Lucy Monroe
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (321 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Jared, Viscount Ravenswood, has no choice but to honor the deathbed wish of his ailing servant. All she asks is that Jared introduce her soon-to-be orphaned daughter to the notorious and reclusive Calantha, Duchess of Clairborne. No ordinary request, for this is no ordinary child. She is, in fact, the key to the Duchess's most private secrets, and to Jared's own past-one that has branded him Lord Beast among the ton.

But when the Viscount meets the Duchess, he finds not the pitiless dowager he expected, but a lovely and wary angel-survivor of a brutal marriage left now with only her roses and the breathtaking mystery that is her life. For Jared, to solve it is to fall in love, to make her believe in the impossible, and to follow the promise that comes with the most intimate whisper of all... Take me...

He’s the Lord Beast because of his scars and brutish attitude. She’s the Angel of the ton because of her ethereal beauty. What happens when the Beast and the Angel meet? Read Take Me and find out.

Ms Monroe writes sexy novels. Her characters are intelligent, original, and memorable. Calantha and Jared are no exception. The details of this historical are rich, making the reader feel like he or she is truly in the novel, not just watching on the sidelines. You experience the characters glories and strife along with them.

The novel starts under the guise of sweet romance and leads right into intrigue. Once I picked up the book, I couldn’t put it down. Calantha, Duchess of Clairborne suffered in a loveless marriage as a toy for her husband. Once he died, she couldn’t shake the nickname of The Angel, though she felt nothing like an angel when she saw Jared. He’s the Lord Beast and her total opposite, cranky at times, overpowering, and scary to look at. When they meet and begin to love, it’s beautiful. Her strength buoys him. She smoothes out his rough edges. He’s her champion. Their opposites truly do attract.

I liked how Ms. Monroe tackled the concept of the blended family in a historical setting. Many readers can identify with members of blended families and the strife that can take place in such a situation. Although a bit of animosity existed between Hannah and Calantha, both characters grew through the story which made them more endearing to the reader.

If you want a fun novel with a sexy hero and a unique heroine, then Take Me is the novel for you. I give this work 5 books.