Review: Bella Andre – Love Me

Take Me Series:

Book 2:

Love Me: Luke Carson and Janica Ellis


It’s been five years since Lily and Travis fell in love in TAKE ME….now it’s finally time for Janica and Luke to get their very own happy ending.

If there’s one thing that Janica Ellis is absolutely certain of, it’s that she and Luke Carson are totally wrong for each other. She’s a wild, artistic and outspoken fashion designer. He’s a type A, workaholic trauma surgeon (who just happens to be sizzling hot and her brother-in-law!). But Janica is about to be proven wrong when opposites attract…in the sexiest possible way.

After a life-changing night in the ER, Luke is desperate for escape – and relief from his personal demons. For five years he has fought his attraction to his sister-in-law, but when he’s pushed too far, he can’t fight it another second. He needs her. Desperately. He’s spent his whole life doing the right thing. For one night, he’s going to follow desire instead. Straight into Janica’s arms.
Janica can’t believe Luke is finally at her front door…and that he’s kissing her like he’s been waiting his whole life for her. But even as their sensual connection deepens with every touch of skin on skin – and the man she always thought was such a good boy turns out to be sinfully, toe-curlingly bad between the sheets – Janica soon realizes she wants more than Luke’s body. She wants his heart too. But what will Luke do when one night of extreme passion turns into an all or nothing proposition?


This is a tale of opposites attract; Luke is a straight-laced, workaholic who since his mother passed when he was 10 has been doing everything in his power to be “good”.  Janica is a party girl designer who doesn’t care much about being good or caring about what other people think of her.  She lives her life on her terms, which is something I can get down with. For years these two have each been secretly attracted to the other, but neither would act on it. Janica knew she wasn’t the little miss perfect that Luke always dated and Luke just couldn’t see past her partying and being his sister in law. Until one night, when Luke is all but burnt out and jeopardizes a patient, he turns to Janica for everything he has been missing. From the description I really thought we were going to be teased for a while before Luke ends up ay Janica’s door, but this is not the case; we are basically drop kicked into the good stuff almost from the beginning. That is one of the things I sometimes like abut shorter stories sometime full length drags things out to fill up pages, with a short there isn’t time for that so often we get to the good stuff right from the beginning.

Luke at first was pretty a-hole ish, I’m pretty sure I didn’t like him very much, even tho when he was directing Janica, I have to admit it was pretty damn sexy.   Luke struggled a lot with his inner demons through this book, because of Janica he learned to lighten up and have some fun. He was wound so tight I thought he’d snap in half. What I did like was that even if he was being kind of a douche he never promised Janica anything, never spoke of feelings he wasn’t sure he felt. Me personally I would rather he say nothing then lie and I can’t help respect when our hero doesn’t promise what he’s not sure he can give. By the end of the story I’d have to say I liked Luke better, but I doubt he’ll ever be one of my favorite characters.

Janica, I liked her from the get go. I like a girl that lives her life for herself and not for anyone else. She didn’t seem to care what other people thought of her and was willing to go after what she wanted. She managed a successful career, took care of herself and made sure her “needs” were met. She was honest about her feelings and told Luke even though she knew he was likely to reject them. That takes some major guts. She is a closet softy and I can relate to that, which Luke seems to bring out more and more as the book moves on, but when push comes to shove, man she was made of steel. She knew what she wanted and what she deserved and was not willing to settle for anything but. I think that is something most females should strive for, so often we settle for what we think we can get, not for what we actually want and deserve. By sticking to her convictions she just may get the best prize of them all!

4 Orchids

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