Make Me Take Me by Amanda Usen

December 19, 2014 Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Reviews 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Make Me Take Me by Amanda UsenMake Me Take Me by Amanda Usen
Published by Entangled Publishing on December 15, 2014
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 197
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
three-stars
He's every fantasy she's ever had...
Betsy Mouton knows that easy doesn't last forever. She's working her butt off to launch the Last Call Café so her family can leave the New Orleans bar business—and its heartaches—behind forever. That is, until the hottest one-night-stand of her life shows up next door, twice as uncompromising and two million times hotter, offering to buy the bar and send the Moutons to Easy Street.
Hotelier Quinton James has never forgotten the unbelievably hot night he and Betsy shared. Never forgotten how beautifully she submitted to him, or how he found the only peace he's ever known in her arms. Now that Betsy is the only thing standing in the way of his new hotel, she's the one in control. But there's more at stake than her cafe or laying their past to rest—Quin wants a future. With her. All he has to do is convince her...one sensual command at a time.

Betsy Mouton has spent her life working her butt off to provide a decent living for herself, her mom, and sister slinging drinks at her Mom’s tiny bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  Burned by the string of rich men who used and left her mom, Betsy is dead-set against falling for any of the rich, business types that occasionally pass through the Quarter.  Until she meets Quinton James.

Quinton is a rich, successful hotelier in town to survey new sites for another of his fancy hotels.  Fighting off bad memories of New Orleans, he enters the Last Call bar and encounters Betsy.  Lust flares and he is determined to take her back to the hotel with him.  But after a wild, passionate night with Betsy, he wakes to find her gone.

I struggled with this book.  I thought Quinton was incredibly shallow, arrogant, and a little self-centered.  I didn’t care for the secondary characters (particularly Betsy’s sister, Kate) and found it difficult to connect with Betsy or understand her motives.  The sex was ok, nothing terribly earth-shattering or remarkable.  It does get much better as the characters connect on a more emotional level.  But in the beginning, when it was just about lust, I thought the descriptions were lacking in sensuality – too much “this goes there and then that happens” and not enough sensory words; tell me how things sounded, tasted, felt – not a textbook description.

The book does improve as the story progresses, but getting past the initial few chapters which felt very disjointed and abrupt definitely knocked stars off for this review.  That said, Ms. Usen does a good job of sprinkling in enough detail to where the reader really gets a good sense of the look and feel of New Orleans.  And eventually Quinton and Betsy got to a point where it made sense why they were together.  For much of the book, their relationship was purely physical – animal attraction culminating in lusty release.  But as they grew closer and developed, it was easier to see why they needed each other on a more emotional level, which was very satisfying.

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