Manwhore. Adrenaline junkie. Lead singer of ContraBand. What you see is what you get. I make no apologies for my actions, and by now no one expects any from me. I live my life the way I want and as long as it pushes the demons back, then I'm solid. I've never needed a chick for more than a good lay. Why would I need just one when I can have a different one every night?
Until she walks into my world.
Mouthy. Perfectionist. Princeton student. Chemistry major. Yes, that pretty much describes me. Oh, and virgin. But I'm only nineteen, and have more important things to concern myself with. What really matters is finishing my degree and getting a good job. I’ve worked hard for what I want, and do what’s expected of me. I don’t need anyone to get in my way.
Until he opens up my world.
But if I give you my world, whatever you do…don’t TAKE ME for granted.
Aribel Madison Graham is a girl with a clear plan for the future. Get the good grades, get the good job, then get a good husband. After all, her parents have made it clear that they expect nothing less. At 19 she lives and breathes her Chemistry studies at Princeton. No drinking. No slacking. And definitely no boys. That all changes when her best friends drag her kicking and screaming to a ContraBand show and she matches wits with the lead singer...
Grant McDermott has a one and done chick philosophy. He does them one time and then he's done because there are at least a dozen more groupies waiting to take their place. When Aribel not only rejects his advances but slips him a spiked drink meant for her, Grant decides he's up for this good girls challenge. He'll do what it takes to make her his even if it means putting his rock star status at risk...
What I Loved: Take Me For Granted is an incredibly addictive and exciting read. I started one night around 10 pm and finished it in one sitting. Author KA Linde maintains the perfect balance of romantic first love with the heat and excitement of the world of rock and roll. Take Me For Granted is told from both Grant and Aribel's POV's and each is given a distinct and honest voice. Grant varies between the swagger of a rock God to the self-loathing of someone who carries the weight of a childhood tragedy. Aribel goes from being the smartest person in the room to an innocent and sheltered young girl. I loved Grant and Aribel as a couple and would love to read more of them.
What I Didn't Love: This was almost a perfect read for me. The one small nitpick I have would be a plot twist pertaining to Grant's past. Just as Grant and Aribel achieve what I thought was going to be a HEA (Happily Ever After), an unexpected big bad appears creating a mini-cliffhanger.
“Let’s get this straight. I am not your darlin’ or babe or little thing. My name is Aribel, and usually when a girl walks away from you, you should get the hint and leave her alone.”
“Her eyes were fiery as if my words only fueled her, and saying no was her challenge as much as getting her to say yes was mine.”
“Yes, he cared about me. Yes, he liked me. Yes, he had done all these things with me that he had never done with anyone else before. But still, the way he’d responded to it all made me want to throat-punch him.”
“Things wouldn’t always be perfect. We were too stubborn, too strong-willed, but we could work through them if we tried, if we really wanted to. And oh, I wanted to.”
I’m a sucker for a good rock star romance and Take Me for Granted is definitely a good one. As I mentioned earlier, Take Me for Granted has a solid ending for its main couple but leaves itself open for a follow-up story. When KA Linde releases the follow-up Take Me story I will 100% be picking it up.