Source: ARC obtained for honest review
GrantAll of my demons are coming to head. I thought Ari could push them back. I thought I could conquer my vices with her at my side.
Grant practically bounded across the room until he was directly in front of me. Then, his hands were cupping my cheeks so tenderly that it was as if he thought I might break in half. Without a word, his mouth dropped down on mine, and the kiss was as light as a feather. It was a question, a soft and delicate question, one he had never asked before—permission. When I didn’t pull away from him, he received his answer. The kiss deepened, and he coaxed all the anger out of me. He drew it out as if sucking venom from an open wound. He kissed me so heatedly and lovingly that not even a drop remained. All that was left was a bottomless well of emotions of how much I loved and missed him. When I came back into the moment, I heard the catcalls and yells from the people around us. It was then I remembered that we were in a crowded room, surrounded by people, and Grant had kissed the breath out of me. I flushed from head to toe at the attention, but he wouldn’t let me pull away. “I’m sorry,” he whispered. “I shouldn’t have blown up on you. I shouldn’t have done anything. You’re all that matters.” I stared up at him in confusion. “Who are you, and what have you done with Grant McDermott?” He laughed that beautiful glorious laugh, and a smile lit up his whole face. It was that damn smile that had won me over in the first place. “Run away with me,” he murmured. “What?” “Run away with me. Let’s get out of here.” “Where are we going?” “Anywhere. Everywhere.”
Grant and Ari are the same mismatched couple we fell in love with in Take Me For Granted. This book picks up where the last book ended and follows Grant and Ari through the next stage of their relationship. They’ve figured out that they are “it” for each other. Now, they just have to figure out how to make it work as Grant’s music career takes off, and for the first time Ari’s perfect GPA is in trouble. In their journey to do so comes plenty of mistakes, a pinch of insecurity, and a whole lot of drama. This relationship is full of ups and downs that will keep you turning the page to find out how they are going to be able to make it all work.
One of the most refreshing things about the book is the characters. While they are still a little immature at times, there is also alot of growth to them without losing who they are. The rockstar bad boy meets good girl has been done to death (which I LOVE, and am fine with), but often times you start with a couple and end with a different couple who have changed so much they don’t even resemble the people we fell in love with, especially the hero. This is not the case with Ari and Grant. Ari is still the snarky girl with a backbone who cares about her grades and future, and Grant is still the flawed, lose tempered, reformed manwhore. I loved that he never seemed to be ashamed of his past. He owned who he was, but recognized that Ari was someone he wanted in his life and he was willing to do what he needed to be the boyfriend she deserved without losing himself in the process. Their relationship wasn’t one-sided. There was a lot of push and pull that I enjoyed.
The added and unexpected bonus of this book was the suspense. Grants dad makes more of an appearance in this book adding to the already healthy dose of drama provided. I enjoyed this intense aspect of the book.
Overall, I think this was a good follow up to Take Me To Granted. I don’t think that this will be the last we see of Grant and Ari and I look forward to more from them. I also like alot of the secondary characters, and wouldn’t like getting more from them. If you loved Take Me For Granted then you will enjoy this book too! This book could possibly be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading Take Me For Granted first to fully connect… plus you would miss out on all the angsty, swoony, fun of Take Me For Granted.