Friday, September 9, 2016

Release Day Review: Take Two by Shira Anthony #Review #Giveaway

Author: Shira Anthony
Book: Take Two
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: September 9, 2016
Length: 251 pages 

Reviewed by Erin


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.

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Super cute cover for Shira Anthony's sweet and romantic new book, Take Two. Second chance love stories just get me in the feels every time and I found myself rooting for Sam and Wesley from the get go. Add in a fantastic setting with some pirate lore and this was an entertaining read from beginning to end. 

Sam Carr might be a big star, he even has a stage name, who has his pick of scripts and most anything else he wants ... except for his soon to be ex-husband Wesley Coolidge. He comes up with a plan and pulls out all the stops, some quite over the top to be sure, to try to win Wesley back, starting with ensuring that Wesley spends his summer in North Carolina consulting on a movie about pirates. A movie Sam just happens to be the star in. There's a yacht, delicious dinners, romantic walks on the beach all set in motion to try to show Wesley that they still belong to one another. 

Wesley has just barely managed to move on from Sam after three years of separation. He has a job he loves, a new boyfriend whom he's crazy about, even if their plans to spend the summer together get derailed after his boyfriend goes away to do research. When the opportunity arises to work on a movie set as an expert on pirate lore, he takes it. It doesn't take long for Wesley to discover Sam's hidden (well, it's not really so hidden since the entire cast and crew seems to know what Sam's motivations are) agenda. This was a fun book. All the pirate information was entertaining and different to read and Sam and Wesley were really quite sweet together. A bit TOO sweet and terribly sappy for my tastes. And Wesley is a bit of a whiner and extremely wishy washy, his mixed signals to Sam gave me whiplash. Even so, I found myself smiling often and enjoyed this book. Give it a go, you won't be sorry.

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