January 3. 2014
Give Me Love
by: Kate McCarthy
4.5 Stars ★★★★☆
Blurb ~ Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet, she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves relocating her band, including her two best friends guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time.
Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie's best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his. They strike up a long distance friendship which suits Evie because she's determined to avoid the distraction of love, not only because it doesn't fit in with her plan but because twice in the past it has left her for dead. Moving to Sydney however, has put her directly in Jared's path and he has decided it's the perfect opportunity to make his play.
Unfortunately Jared, co-owner in a business that 'consults' in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations, makes an enemy who's determined to enact revenge. When this enemy puts Evie in his sights, Jared not only has a fight on his hands to make her his own, but also to keep her alive.
Is accepting the love he's so desperate to give worth the risk to both her heart...and her life?
I read Give Me Love last year and somehow missed writing the review. Considering I loved it so much I figured why not re-read. It’s a new year. Sometimes some books are just so good no matter how much you read them or how much you remember they still surprise you. Give Me Love was just as good the second time around.
Evie is a rockstar. Well maybe not a worldwide sensation but her band is certainly on the rise and well known throughout Australia. With a rise in fame, Evie and her BFF slash manager Mac and the band make a move closer to their roots and the demands of fame. However, moving home brings Evie straight into Jared’s path. Jared is one of Mac’s brothers whose had his eye on Evie since their first embarrassing meeting. Since Evie met Mac and became roommates the two form a strong friendship leading Mac to the position of band manager. Mac has a dream of Evie and Jared getting together and having a once in a lifetime live, so no one is happier for their move than her. Jared doesn’t hide his attraction to Evie but whenever he’s around she runs away. Distance from him is exactly what she tells herself she wants. But in reality it’s the farthest thing from the truth.
With two heartbreaking relationships and douche-bag men in her past, Evie is determined to date only nerds and boring safe guys. Thus she can remain shielded from heartbreak and emotional pain. Jared is neither nerdy nor boring so Evie feels safe. But Jared refuses to back down and he slowly crumbles Evie’s walls. I really liked Evie as a character. Sure she was in the worst case of denial when it came to Jared but she was strong and determined when it counted. She gives her band her all and never lets anyone down. Not to mention she has her funny moments, particularly those involving the special renaming of Jared’s security company.
As Evie and Jared grow closer a threat looms in Evie’s life. Luckily for Evie Jared’s work deals with dangerous situations so he is able to be the one to stand and protect his girl. But Jared has a lot to deal with and that includes feeling responsible when Evie is only in danger because of a recent enemy who recently decided to ruin Jared’s life.
Overall I enjoyed this story both times I read it. Evie’s reluctance to date or even be around Jared is often funny and endearing since she instinctively knows she can’t resist him. Jared is badass with nothing to prove expect his devotion and bad-assness that keeps Evie and her band safe. The whole rockstar aspect was also great because there are not many lead female singers out there and Evie makes sure she lives it up. The supporting characters including her band were great and I can’t wait to see their stories. But I think Evie and Jared will always have a place in my heart, well, until Mac and Jake’s story that is. The sexual tension and pure angst between these two is strong enough to feel and waiting too long for their story could be detrimental for both their sake and readers.