July 29, 2013

Review: GIVE ME SOMETHING by Elizabeth Lee


Author: Elizabeth Lee

Source: ebook from author for review

Here's the deal... I learned a long time ago that sometimes you have to use what you've got to make things happen. What I happen to have is a pretty smile, long legs and the ability to make men believe anything I say. Before you get on your high horse and start judging me, can you honestly say you've never batted your lashes at some guy for a free drink at the bar? That's what I thought.

Keep that in mind as I tell you my story of how I took it one step further. My story of lies, deceit, manipulation and love. Yeah, love. Believe me, it fits. Especially, when you factor in Nick and Tucker – one had my heart and the other one wanted it all for himself. Which one? Well, I can't tell you that. It would defeat the purpose of the story. If I'm going to fill you in about me, Lila Garrison, and my life as a con artist you're going to need to know all the facts, including the ones about the two guys who made me want to give up the life of fancy clothes, expensive jewelry, fast cars and easy money. Because sometimes, one person can give you something that's more valuable than all of that.

If you're still interested, stick around. Just remember, I'm pretty good at convincing people to do what I want, so if by the end of this whole thing you feel worked over, don't say I didn't warn you.

My take...
Lila learned while growing up in a low income family that she never wanted to be poor. So she started doing whatever she had to in order to get the things and the lifestyle she wants: conning the rich. And she is good what she does. Just ask Nick...her partner and friend...also the guy she has been in love with for the past few years.
But now Nick is in money trouble and needs to get a large amount of cash fast. So he has Lila take on a 'mark', his roommate. This would have been an easy job if it wasn't for her pesky feelings. Darn those pesky feelings. Will she be able to walk away once this job is over? Will she want to walk away?
I just loved the idea of a woman con artist taking from the rich and giving to the poor...as in herself. Lila knows what it is like to be poor and has vowed to never know that feeling ever again if she can help it. But lately the con jobs have started taking a tow. Now she just wants to move on and hopefully move on with Nick. But since he has gotten into trouble she has to once again help him out of it. But the 'mark' that Nick suggests is different than all the others. He is young and incredibly gorgeous. Not to mention sweet and kindhearted. This job is definitely going to be rough. And soon the guilt starts piling up on Lila's shoulders.
I thought Travis was a great character and a wonderful addition to the story. I just loved him so. Even though he is filthy rich and can be a tad cocky, he is still a sweet heart. He truly cares for people and is nothing like Nick described. Most of the story I was sitting on the fence wondering who Lila would end up with. Soon it becomes glaringly clear but little things would pop up and make me second guess myself. I could have done without Lila's constant need to be there for Nick though. After all the crap he puts her through, you'd think she would have noticed and sent him packing. But nope, over and over again, she would drop what she was doing to help him out…with him never returning the favor.
I will say that the book I received (a few months back) had quite a few grammar errors. At first it was ok, but soon there was more and more, that it started weighing on me. Due to the errors I had to reread several sentences and that does not sit well with me. Makes the flow of the story off track. If it wasn't for the errors I would have rated this a full 5 stars.
There is also a buildup in the story that has potential to be something huge, but when it happens it sort of fizzles out. I really expected more when all was revealed. Even so, the story was still good and I enjoyed where it went. I would definitely read more work from this author in the future. Her romance is enchanting and her characters are real and believable. Absolutely recommend this story to you readers who love a romance with tons of swoon. This one has it!

Fav Lines...

Whoever said "absence makes the heart grow fonder" didn't have Tucker Kline to occupy the absence. 

That was the moment it hit me. The moment where I realized I actually had real feelings for Tucker Kline. 

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