Book Reviews

Book Review: I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

I did not think I was going to enjoy this book after reading the first two chapters. My uncertainty had a lot to do with the fact that the MC, Lily Wilder, is immediately introduced as a lewd sexaholic drug user who repeatedly cheats (without remorse) on her seemingly perfect, unsuspecting fiancé Will. Another thing that bothered me was that Lily isn’t even sure she wants to marry Will. After all, they are polar opposites—Lily an outgoing, sharp-tongued lawyer with a wild side and Will an intellectual, laid-back archaeologist. But then, in chapter three, when I was introduced to Lily’s goofy patchwork family and found out that they were leery of the engagement because Lily has a big secret, I wanted to keep reading. And boy am I glad I did, because I Take You is laugh-out-loud funny, full of interesting characters and situations, and surprisingly thought-provoking.

Lily’s family is good for quite a few laughs. There’s her serial divorcee father (who just can’t seem to commit to anyone), her mom, two stepmothers and grandmother. Through this bunch, Kennedy provides some insight into why Lily struggles to figure out whether she really wants to marry Will. Another memorable character is Lily’s maid of honor Freddy. The conversations between Lily and Freddy are just what you’d expect from best friends—sarcastic, candid and funny.

“Do you really want my opinion? Freddy asks.

“Is it one I want to hear?”

“No,” she says.

“Then no,” I say.

“You should call off the wedding.”

“No way! We had the most incredible sex this morning.”

“Oh, then marry him, by all means,” she says lightly. “Wouldn’t want that to stop.”

I love that Kennedy made Freddy a true friend who supports Lily no matter what and without judgment. Hands down, Freddy was my favorite character.

In addition to all of the great characters (many more than the ones I’ve mentioned above), there are two very interesting subplots. One has to do with Lily’s big secret, which involves an old friend who makes several appearances. The other involves a case Freddy is working on. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the case was woven into the story. These subplots deepened Lily’s character, helping me to understand her better and making her more likeable, in my opinion.

Now onto the main storyline. Does Lily decide to marry Will? Does she confess all of her infidelities to him? Well, I can’t say because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone! But what I will divulge is that she comes to an important realization and that she is faced with a shocking discovery shortly after making that decision. I can also say that I had mixed feelings about the discovery, ranging from shock and anger to sadness and satisfaction. What a great twist!

My favorite quote from Lily:

“To say that I do not give two shits about this vastly overestimates the value I place on shits.”

If you enjoy laugh-out-loud chick lit and aren’t easily turned off by themes of sexual promiscuity and infidelity, then I recommend this book.

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Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this book via the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Love at First Flight by Tess Woods

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Love at First Flight explores the taboo topic of infidelity, but it’s far from your average clichéd story about a married woman who has a tumultuous affair. Woods digs much deeper by forcing readers to ponder all of the following questions:

  • What causes people to fall in love?
  • How long does it take to fall in love?
  • How important is it to have a passionate, can’t-get-enough-of you connection with your spouse?
  • Should you stay in an unsatisfying marriage simply because children are involved?
  • Is it wise to follow your heart even if it might mean hurting the people you love?

This story is told from the alternating perspectives of Mel (a doctor and married mother of two) and Matt (an introspective humanitarian with a fiancé). The alternating viewpoints really helped me to understand why Mel and Matt are drawn to each other. Woods did a great job of making me like both of them and an even better job of making me want them to end up together, despite the fact that they are in relationships with other people. However, Woods threw me for a loop by making Mel’s husband Adam likeable as well. As a result, part of me wanted Mel to stay faithful to Adam. I was so confused!

Not only did this book cause knots in my stomach because I was torn about what I wanted Mel to do, but it also surprised me several times. Did things end up the way I’d hoped? Yes and no. Was I satisfied with the ending? To be honest, I was a bit sad and in disbelief, but I’m okay with that because real-life situations like this rarely end with rainbows and sunshine for everyone involved. So, yes, I was 100% satisfied with the ending.

Favorite Quotes:

“…by losing everything I was introduced to myself for the first time.”

“The verb love is what counts, not the feeling of love. When you feel love, it’s selfish, it’s just for you and it affects nobody but you. But when you act love, you are committing the act of loving somebody.”

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