BOOK REVIEW: Make Me, Take Me by Amanda Usen

08 January 2015

Make Me, Take Me (Hot Nights #3)
by Amanda Usen
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Date Published: December 15th, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Format Acquired: ARC from Publisher
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He's every fantasy she's ever had...

Betsy Mouton knows that easy doesn't last forever. She's working her butt off to launch the Last Call CafĂ© so her family can leave the New Orleans bar business—and its heartaches—behind forever. That is, until the hottest one-night-stand of her life shows up next door, twice as uncompromising and two million times hotter, offering to buy the bar and send the Moutons to Easy Street.

Hotelier Quinton James has never forgotten the unbelievably hot night he and Betsy shared. Never forgotten how beautifully she submitted to him, or how he found the only peace he's ever known in her arms. Now that Betsy is the only thing standing in the way of his new hotel, she's the one in control. But there's more at stake than her cafe or laying their past to rest—Quin wants a future. With her. All he has to do is convince sensual command at a time.

This is a first time for me to read an Amanda Usen book, and I haven't read the first two books of the Hot Nights series either. The first time I started reading this book, I wasn't feeling it. I had it on my currently reading list for more than a week, when usually, I could finish a book in a day or less. I'm not exactly sure why I didn't have the urge to continue it, but the moment I felt like re-reading since I wasn't exactly far in yet, so I did... And I realized it wasn't so bad after all. But I didn't love it.

Betsy Mouton is a girl with a dream -- to end her family's hardships by turning their night bar in New Orleans into a cafe. She'd even gone to school for it, just to make that dream come true someday. She's a girl who's sworn off rich men, because she knows they're bad news and would break her heart someday, just like what they did to her mother. But when she meet's Quin James, she can't resist a night of pure debauchery.

Quin James is back in New Orleans, and has huge plans in reconstructing the French Quarter to his own liking. He's set up a five star hotel branch and has bought every available lot in the whole corner, the only one left is Betsy's bar. But Betsy's not selling and even if taking his money would do her family a lot better, so he's going to have to convince her otherwise.

I found the story line quite interesting but the characters not quite enjoyable. They came off quite annoying -- too stubborn for my taste, especially with Betsy acting as if she's such a know-it-all, and Quin being such a pushover. However, I did enjoy the chemistry between them. They were adorably sweet and awesome together, but they're terrible as individuals

There was also too much going on that kind of confused the hell out of me, particularly Quin's past. It came off too vague and wasn't explained properly, which made me constantly raise an eyebrow as I read about him.

However, despite the above, this book still does good for a Brazen, because of the steamy scenes going on in this novel. Every. Sexy. Scene. Is. Just. On. Point! Definitely lives up to the "Hot Nights" series, because everything about this book is just sizzling HOT.

Lovers of dirty romances will love this very much.


  1. Oh, this one sounds right up my alley. A little sensual submission? Yes, please. :D

    1. Welp, happy reading! Thanks for stopping by Sarah! ;D


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