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16 May 2013

Love Me - Review

Love Me (Take a Chance #2)
by Diane Alberts
Publication date: 13 May 2013 by Entangled Publishing
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Category: Adult Contemporary Romance
Keywords: Romance, second chances, ever after
Format: eBook
Source: e-ARC from Entangled Publishing

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Faulk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get close to her. Yet she resists his charm.

Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again.

Some things make me very happy. Getting to read a copy of a much anticipated novel before it is released is one of those things. I had read Try Me (Take a Chance #1) a few months ago and really loved it. I knew there would be another book in the series, but wasn't sure when that would be happening. And then, last week, we received an email about reviewing the e-ARC for Love Me and I think I squealed and danced some when I read that email. A couple of days later, I moved Love Me to the top of the "to-read" pile, curled up and read this in one sitting.
Here is a snippet of my conversation with my co-blogger Thuy and author, Diane Alberts after reading it:

As you can tell, I liked the book a lot.

In Love Me, we get to see more of Erica's brother Tommy (or Thomas as he prefers).  Thomas originally managed marketing accounts in Las Vegas for his company in order to see his sister regularly.  With Erica now living in California, Thomas doesn't really have any reason to be in Las Vegas - until he meets Brianna Faulk.  Thomas needs to convince Brianna to accept his marketing proposal, but by the end of lunch, it is much more than a marketing campaign that Thomas wants to propose to Brianna.

Though the book kicks off with a lot of insta-attraction between Thomas and Brianna, things end up slowing down.  Thomas and Brianna both have issues that they carry into their relationship with one another.  As the story develops, readers learn about those issues and secrets and find themselves rooting for Thomas and Brianna.  There is a lot of great chemistry between the two which translates into some really hot scenes, but also some very tender ones too.  Some I want to talk about but won't since I don't want to spoil anything.  Alberts had me teary at some parts, fanning myself at other parts, and laughing, too.

Overall, this was a great read and once you start, you won't want to put it down.  Love Me is longer than Try Me.  I would have been really okay if Alberts had made this one even longer and developed some of the story a bit more.  However, I was just as happy with it at the length it was and I will definitely be re-reading parts of the book again - just for fun.  As for Diane Alberts, she is my new favorite author and I can't wait for the third book in the Take a Chance series, Play Me.          

*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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