July 29

I Take You by Nikki Gemmell

Nikki, Nikki, Nikki…..I am left wondering if you actually liked this book. I know you wrote it but I was left with this sense that you didn’t even think the characters were enough so you introduced those beautiful chapter quotes by Virginia Woolf.  I loved those.  I hated the rest.

And this made me quite sad. I really like your books generally, some I absolutely adore. They are in my Top 10.  When 50 Shades of Grey hit the shelves I thought ‘been there, done that’ because I reckon you have  done a pretty decent job on erotica.  I love your articles in The Australian, I love your book on returning home, the one on the Antarctica.  Love ’em.

But this one….It. just. left. me. lost.

How does a woman lose her freedom because of sex with one man and then, in turn, gain it because of sex with another man?   I was a bit confused by this. It reaked of Mills and Boon.

The story folks is a simple one.  Beautiful woman is trapped in a marriage with quadriplegic husband who is super-duper rich and they dapple in seriously strange sex.  It is what binds them until one particularly strange night the super-duper rich husband arranges to have beautiful wife undergo a sinister sex act in public.  Unsavoury.  Beautiful wife begins to resent super-duper rich husband and finds her way into arms of poor gardener hero who unlocks her – in a whole lotta ways. You have to read the book to find out this little twist.

I did finish the book. I owed you that Nikki because you are one of my literary heroes but simply put, I just did not like the characters one little bit.  I was so  bored by them so thank you for putting in the Virginia Woolf quotes.  They were great.

But that is just my 2 cents.