Sunday, 2 October 2016

Review ~ Taking Tessa by Aria Cole

Taking Tessa
eARC received via TRSOR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 25th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Cage West has spent his entire life waiting for that one special woman to turn his world upside down. As a detective with the local PD, he fills his hours investigating criminals with little time left for much else. When a tip comes into the office about a possible kidnapping at a suspiciously familiar address, Cage is prepared to do whatever it takes to rescue the girl, but when he lays eyes on sweet, innocent Tessa, a firestorm knocks him off his feet. She needs him, and he damn sure wants her–for now, for life, forever.

Nineteen-year-old Tessa Talbot hasn't seen the outside world in two years. Her stepfather keeps her under his thumb after the tragic death of her mother, convinced she'll only succumb to all the sins the world has to offer. He's kept her wildly untouched, and after years of sheltered homeschooling, she's doubtful her life will ever look any different. That is until one tall, dark, and devilishly handsome detective knocks on her door.
Scared to let him in, even more afraid to turn him away, Tessa makes the decision of her life and decides to trust the man she's only just met and leave the only world she's ever known behind. She's just praying the past won't return to haunt her, he's just praying he can save her when it does.

Warning: Cage is a rough and growly alpha male with a fierce loyalty for the woman he loves. This story is a wild, twisty ride coated in sugary, Aria Cole sweetness with a sinfully delicious dollop of sexy times drizzled on top. Snuggle in and get swept away with Cage while he's taking Tessa!

My Opinion

I kind of expected more from this book. Based on the blurb, it sounded exactly like my kind of read, but I just struggled to buy into the story.

If you like insta-love books then this may be right for you. For me, though, I didn't believe the romance. Cage and Tessa are together hardly any time at all and Cage is already thinking about marriage and kids? And after what Tessa went through? It all moved too fast for my liking and lacked a little realism.

Tessa emotions especially didn't feel real. She's a nineteen year old who's been locked away for most of her life. Then as soon as Cage frees her she's a confident seductress. If I was her I wouldn't trust a man, let alone do the things Tessa did.

Overall, I just found it hard to buy into this book. Things move at a rapid speed and I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. The plot has potential, but for me it needed to be longer and have more of a slow build. Like I said though, insta-romance is a hit-or-miss trope for me and my issues stem from that. If you like the trope you might enjoy this.


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