Take by Silvia Ami
When FBI special agent Joss Dubois discovers that her best friend’s life is being threatened, she volunteers to be the Vegas dancer's official protection. Determined to solve the case before she loses one of the only people she loves, Joss becomes caught up in terrorism, attempted murder, and life behind-the-scenes of the seedy nightlife of Sin City.
Joss is forced to partner with the security manager at the Desert Casino, former Intel Marine, Ethan Gallagher. Despite her resistance to his charm, and her stubborn insistence on controlling the investigation, Ethan finds himself drawn to the smart, beautiful, tempting FBI agent. But Joss isn’t so eager to risk heartbreak after the tragedies of her past and her job has become the only thing she can count on.
When the threats against the people they’re protecting turn deadly, Ethan and Joss have to find a way to trust each other to track the hunter who lies in wait for the Desert’s dancers. But trust is a rare and fragile thing to Joss, and Ethan may not be up to the task despite the mutual attraction they can't deny or fight.
Will their new partnership blow up, or can it survive to take down the predator before it’s too late?
When I first started reading Take I thought oh I am not going to like this. The attraction between the main characters was too much and seemed like it would just be an insta love story with just lots of sex. You know one of those romances that love is really just physical attraction and nothing more. Thankfully this book quickly proved me wrong and was a great read.
Joss is an FBI agent on vacation visiting with her best friend Iris. When Iris' life is threatened Joss takes over the investigation in Las Vegas. Joss, Iris, and Don, Iris' boyfriend, have been best friends for a long time. They grew up together and have kept in touch ever since. Joss has had some not so good things happen in her past that make her keep people at a distance and it can be hard to get close to her, but she always tries to be there for her friend. She is also a smart female main character which is so refreshing. When Iris tries to be stupid and not tell the guys what is going on Joss is just like nope. They need to know, we need to tell them so they can help keep you safe. I was just like yes! Thank you for not being the idiot female.
Ethan is a former marine and security manager where Iris dances (and where Don is in charge). He doesn't mind Joss being in charge of the investigation into the threats against Iris, but he wants to be a part of it (which is fine with Joss). Since the moment the two of them meet there are sparks. They are attracted to each other, but they both try and hold back and not do anything about it. They have a job to do and they need to focus on trying to figure out who is responsible for the threats.
Joss also hold back because she is not sure she wants to pursue something with Ethan. She hold back a little afraid to let someone in and she doesn't know if she wants a relationship. She also doesn't know if she can do casual no-strings either. Ethan is not looking for a relationship either. He is not a player or anything, he is just a guy. If he finds someone he is interested he is not opposed to a relationship, but he is not searching it out either. Joss makes him want to get to know her better. She makes him want to see where this goes between them after they catch the bad guy.
They are very sweet together. They try to not do anything until they close the case, but they just can't help it. They are working together and hanging out together and they just really like each other. I really liked them together. Ethan is so sweet with Joss and they were just great together. My favorite thing about them? They seem like normal people. Like someone I would hang out with in real life. I really liked that. They are an FBI agent and an ex marine security guy, but they just seem really down to earth like normal people. I loved that.
So they work together and become closer and it was just really a nice story. The secondary characters, Iris and Don, I didn't like as much. They were a bit too much for me at times, but they seem to be there for comedic relief. Sometimes it was fine, but if the book was just about them, they were the main characters, I don't think I could get through it. They just weren't for me, but they were find as secondary characters.
So overall I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was going to be insta love and instead I got slow relationship building which I loved. When you find out who it is and why it is just like really? and Ethan even thinks it is a joke when Joss tells him. But it makes sense at the same time. It doesn't seem cheesy or anything, it seems realistic even if the reason is a bit ridiculous. A great read.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★