Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
CD Reiss’s Take Me is the first book in her newest trilogy, as yet named. As is the case with many of her stories, Take Me launches you quickly into the action of the story, holds you there in its grasp, and quickly leaves you with some twist or turn, requiring the next book to release you from its thrall. Take Me follows Dario Lucari who we met in Reiss’s DiLustro Arrangement Trilogy. Set in Manhattan, Dario kidnaps Sarah, the daughter of the man in charge of Precious Blood, a cult-esque mafia family. In kidnapping Sarah, Dario’s hope is revenge for past wrongs. What he receives is a woman who tests his control. Dario is everything that Reiss has crafted him to be: dangerous, decided, and dark. His means to frighten Sarah into submission which doesn’t go very far, earning his respect. I predict that Sarah will be the most interesting character of this trilogy as she comes to Dario innocent, naive, and with very little life experience due to the captivity of her upbringing. Through Dario’s kidnapping, Sarah has been ignited which means a journey to fully embrace her power. However, the huge cliffhanger of Take Me will leave her a bit untethered. I don’t know for certain, but I imagine we will see characters from the DiLustro Arrangement in the next book.
If you’re a fan of CD Reiss, Take Me is quintessential her: incredible steam, a hero who is cruel yet becomes unwound by the heroine, a heroine who is seemingly powerless but holds all of the power, and a story with more loops and curves that you can’t help yourself at turning pages to find out how Reiss will resolve the plot twists of her story.
Take Me is but a nibble of the greater trilogy. Enter at your own risk as you will fall hard into Dario and Sarah’s story.
In love and romance,