With the next book in Anna Zabo’s Takeover series hitting e-readers next week, I thought I’d take this opportunity to do a little book pimpin’. I reviewed this book when it first came out, and for some reason, I didn’t stick with the series. My loss, because I enjoyed Takeover; it was a great intro full-on M/M. I intend to remedy missing out by picking up with book four (review is forthcoming,) and then going back and reading books two and three. Hopefully you enjoy this Fallback Review, where I was remiss to not mention how much I love this cover. So sexy and sophisticated!
Takeover by Anna Zabo | Takeover #1
LGBTQIA, Contemporary Romance
Published on August 19th, 2014
ARC from Netgalley
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I’m going to start by admitting that Takeover is my first full-on M/M read. Had it not been for Tiffany Reisz and her The Original Sinners series, I’m not sure it’s a genre into which I’d have ventured. Having said that, I enjoyed this book very much and am a bit overwhelmed at what this is going to mean for my to be read pile!
This story, for me, immediately had two things going for it: a scorching one night stand and an office romance. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get much better than that. When Michael and Sam’s one night stand comes to an end, neither of them expect to see the other again. But fate (as she often does) has other plans, and the sizzling chemistry between them is irresistible. Michael’s already been part of an office romance that went sour, and he’s not thrilled to find that Sam, the man who won’t stop plaguing his thoughts, is his new boss. Sam is on a mission to keep his personal and professional lives from colliding. He spends his days in an office and the rest of his life in the closet. Michael and Sam were both likable characters. Michael’s heart was in the company he’d helped build from the ground up, and it was obvious the people he worked with were important to him. He knew who he was, and he wasn’t ashamed to admit it. I loved the descriptions of Michael’s personal style, especially as it was in direct contrast to Sam’s. Sam, on the other hand, was still struggling with merging his professional and personal lives. Who he was was at odds with who he felt he needed to be to maintain his intended career path. But if he wanted Michael to take a chance on him, he was going to have to conquer his inner struggle and let everyone see the man he truly was.
The pacing of this story was perfect. It held my attention from the first moment, and it didn’t let up until the last page. The chemistry between the main characters was electric, and the love scenes were detailed and sexy. I felt like the bedroom (etc.) scenes were essential to the story, as they were a huge part of Sam discovering parts of himself he didn’t know were there. The way Sam’s feelings evolved (regarding Michael and himself) were credible, and I really enjoyed how authentic it came across. There was only one thing I didn’t like about this story, and this was Sam’s constant worry about putting his career in jeopardy if he were to come out of the closet and be openly gay. I don’t doubt the validity of his thoughts, but it was so prevalent that in some parts, it was enough to interrupt the flow of the story. As a reader, I only need to be shown this a few times before I know it’s something that is a huge concern for Sam.
Takeover was a wonderful read, and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a quick, hot M/M read!
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