Take Me Home Tonight by Erika Kelly
Series: Rock Star Romance, #3
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Other books in the series: You Really Got Me, I Want You to Want Me
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4 TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT STARS (★★★★)
*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***
Take Me Home Tonight was the first book I read from author Erika Kelly. I fell in love with the cover and the blurb and luckily I wasn’t disappointed. In the end I also fell in love with Erika Kelly’s writing style and her very real characters Calix and Amelia (Mimi).
Calix is a troubled young man due to a family tragedy that happened three years ago. He’s still living at home, feeling guilty for everything that happened and feeling responsible for his family. He doesn’t commit to anything, he temporarily plays for Blue Fire and he doesn’t date or think about women as something other than great partners for hook-ups. Which make him seem pretty unserious, but there is a heartbreaking reason for that.
Mimi knows how to worm her way into Calix’ and his family’s lives. Breaking his armor. She has always been seeking for attention and undivided love from her father, but she’s never received it. She grew up in the kitchen and she wants nothing more than to work for her dad, but he’s not having it. She’s working as a personal chef for Blue Fire, but it’s nothing serious. Now, she’s selected to participate in a cooking competition on live tv, in the hopes that her dad would finally take her seriously. She hopes this will be the last hoop she needs to jump through for him.
They never expected to find each other, at the worst timing ever. But when is love ever going to go the way you want it. Will they be able to entirely choose each other and let down their walls? To let go of the past and the hurt?
I couldn’t help but to fall in love with Mimi, Calix and his whole family. I also really liked Mimi’s friends and Calix’ band members. Calix was just so sweet and vulnerable and he felt really real and genuine to me. I really felt for Mimi because you saw how much she just wanted her father and Calix to love her and to choose her and not other stuff. Erika Kelly really knew how to build up the sexual tension between Calix and Mimi. Them almost kissing, him pulling back. Finally leading to a steamy explosion when they finally went further than kissing.
Take Me Home Tonight told a heartbreaking story about a broken family dealing with a lot of guilt and from who every individual is grieving in their own way. It’s about love leading to bringing someone back to live, by breaking down barriers and daring to let go. It also deals with a daddy complex, which leads to searching attention and love. Take Me Home Tonight is an emotional, heart gripping and poignant novel. I’m certainly going to read the first two installments in the series and I hope that maybe there will be another one following, but I fear this was the last to finish the series.
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