Title: Love Me (Take a Chance #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Diane Alberts
Release Date: May 13, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: It had some good moments, but for the most part, it was just okay.
About the Book: 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.
Love Me is your typical fast-paced “lust turns into love” romances that are a dime a dozen nowadays. Although I enjoyed the story overall, nothing about it really stands out. Honestly, the romance felt a bit rushed and forced. True, people can fall in love in two weeks or less, but with Thomas and Brianna, it felt like it became way too serious way too fast. While I liked their banter and chemistry, the overall plot was a bit too underdeveloped and rushed for my taste.
I felt like Thomas and Brianna’s relationship had a lot of hot and cold moments. They were so quick to fall for each other, yet so hesitant to let each other in and really listen to each other. I felt like these two jumped to conclusions so many times throughout the story, it kind of grated on my nerves. I mean, can you let the other person explain before storming off in a dramatic exit?! I also felt like I barely knew these two as individuals. You kind of get glimpses of who they are, their pasts and stuff, as the story progresses, but I felt like I could’ve used a bit more, which made a little more difficult to connect with them.
One thing that I couldn’t really accept was the fact that on one of their dates, Brianna actually decides to let Thomas’ sister & brother-in-law babysit her kids when she only briefly met them that same night. Who does that?! Add on the fact that the scenes preceding that was Thomas talking about how much he wanted Brianna to meet and get to know them. That part made absolutely no sense to me and really felt so unbelievable to me.
Love Me was one of those okay reads. I think, with its characters and plot line, it could’ve done better as a full novel so we could get a more believable picture of Thomas and Brianna’s relationship and the characters as individuals. I feel like, as a novella, it didn’t serve its purpose well.