Book: Take Me Home
Series: A Belladonna Ink Novella #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: November 5, 2016
Length: 100 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Thanksgiving arrives in one week and one day. Feeling hemmed in by parental expectations? Are they disappointed by your sapphic proclivities? I can help! The only pay I want is the holiday meal!
I didn’t know what I was looking for until I saw her Craigslist ad.
I love my family. I’m lucky to have them—well, most of them. But my aunt? I’m so tired of her giving my mom crap because I happen to be a lesbian. So one pink-haired tattoo artist pretending to be my girlfriend will annoy my Christian fundamentalist aunt right back and make my Thanksgiving perfect.
Only . . . Brooke turns out to be cuter and more complicated than I expected. And before you can say “yorkiepoo,” we kiss . . . and abduct a dog together. I want to keep them both—but Brooke isn’t the kind to be kept. Lucky for me, I’m the kind to chase what I want.
I am more and more surprised every time I read a novella that is so completely developed and so well written that it never “felt” like a novella. It didn’t take days to read but the storyline was solid and the characters were given a depth that it's not always typical for novellas of this length.
The premise of hiring someone as a date is not a new one but the reasons as to why Brooke puts up the ad are heartbreaking but also speak to where she came from. The whole story is told from Keighley’s POV but I never felt that stopped me from getting to know Brooke, when she opened up that is. She is a closed of person and holds people at a distance at all times so we mainly get to see her snarky tough girl side, which is awesome, until that wall she built around her cracks.
Keighly, an accountant, decides bringing a snarky, tattooed, pink haired girl as a date to Thanksgiving is perfect way to make her aunt uncomfortable, at best. And Brooke, a tattoo artist, ends up being perfect for the job. But somehow the day ends with Keighly getting a dog and these two women starting a relationship neither is truly ready for. Each have their own baggage. Keighley falls fast and hard and doing that with someone like Brooke, who doesn’t get close to people, can only lead to heartbreak, right?
This to me is a story of opposites attracting and making it fit even with the flaws each woman has. I love Bennet, the puppy, and Keighley’s family even as “normal” as they are they really do understand her and are there for her and her life hurts. It was a sweet, fun, and sexy read watching these two women learn and grow from the short relationship they started and I will be reading the other story in this series!
About Lorelie Brown
After a seminomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she now lives north of Chicago. She writes her Pacific Blue series of hot surfers in order to channel some warmth.
Lorelie has three active sons, two yappy dogs, and a cat who cusses her out on a regular basis for not petting him enough.
In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie cowrites award-winning contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. You can find out more about the Vegas Top Guns and Command Force Alpha series at www.KatiePorterBooks.com or at @MsKatiePorter. You can also contact Lorelie on Twitter @LorelieBrown.
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