Review: Take Your Time by Julie Johnson

Posted July 11, 2017 by Shannon in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Take Your Time by Julie JohnsonTake Your Time (Boston Love, #4) by Julie Johnson
Series: Boston Love #4
five-stars
Published by JOHNSON INK on July 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Fighter, Romance
Pages: 308
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The fourth standalone in the internationally bestselling BOSTON LOVE STORY series is finally here...
Delilah Sinclair has a certain reputation.
Maybe it's the way she walks (in skyscraper designer heels) or the way she talks (in total absence of a filter) or simply the shade of her hair (strawberry blonde). Maybe it's the string of broken hearts she's left across the city of Boston. (Sorry, boys.)
For Lila, catching a man's attention is never a struggle. It's the part that comes later – the happily-ever-after part – that always seems to trip her up. All her friends may be settling down, but this fiery redhead has no intentions of ever being tamed…
Until she meets a man just as wild.
Luca "Blaze" Buchanan is the best fighter to come out of Boston in years. Men want to be him, women want to be with him, and no one smart ever bets against him. He's more savage than knight-in-shining-armor, but that suits him just fine: he has no plans to ever allow a woman to domesticate him.
That is, until a certain sultry redhead finds herself in need of salvation. In the midst of sudden danger, their slow-burning attraction sparks into something far hotter… an inferno neither of them knows how to put out.
One thing is indisputable: no one is walking away without getting singed...
** TAKE YOUR TIME is a full-length contemporary romance about a girl determined not to settle… and the alpha who tears her careful plans into pieces. It is the fourth installment of the internationally bestselling BOSTON LOVE STORY series and can be read as a complete standalone. Due to sexy scenes, a sassy, red-headed heroine, and a bossy, unbearably sexy hero, it is recommended for readers ages 17 and up. **

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Review

How is it possible for an author to absolutely annihilate every book she writes? It’s getting to the point where I shouldn’t be surprised; I love every Julie Johnson book that I’ve read. I am fickle one though, and I’ve been let down by authors in the past, but JJ holds herself to such a high standard and simply never fails.

‘If I ever decide to let someone break my heart, I want it to be you, Luca Buchanan.’

I’ve never been one to fall into the alpha book boyfriend stereotype. Often I find them overbearing, controlling, and arrogant. I think this too comes from lines being blurred quite often between an alpha and a dominant. Though with this being said, if Luca Buchanan is what we’re calling alpha, SIGN ME UP! Has a perfect book boyfriend existed before the likes of Luca Buchanan? I think not. This guy is everything. He’s the stuff that dreams are made of and you know what? I’m not even going to tell you about him. I’ll just let you discover those little nuggets of gold on your own.

“Beg to differ, babe.”
“What did I say about calling me that?”
He smiles, slow and sinful. “You want, I’ll come up with some other things to call you. Doubt you’ll like them any better.”
“Or you could just call me Lila, like everyone else on the planet.”
“Thing is, though…” He leans in an inch and I swear, the air starts humming with palpable tension. “I don’t want to be like everyone else. Not when it comes to you.”

I found that the writing and storyline definitely got stronger as the book progressed. I liked Take Your Time the entire way through, but fell head over heels in the later half of the story. And plot wise, you know what’s amazing? It’s not one thing that the characters fret over or hide for the entire novel. “I have a secret, he can’t possibly love me if he finds out.” Blah blah blah, cliche cliche cliche. No, it’s so much more. There are different issues coming from every angle, and it keeps you on your toes wondering what might be coming next. However, it’s not overwhelming. The author dives into each problem as they come so the characters have to face it head on. None of this waiting until the last 20% of the book for everything to explode and then miraculously resolve within one chapter. These are real characters working through issues like real people would. That’s why else books feel so genuine to the reader.

“Drunk Lila is a real blabbermouth. I need to have a stern word with her.”
“I like Drunk Delilah. Like all the Delilah’s I’ve seen so far.”
“You haven’t met PMS Delilah yet. She’s a gem.”

I thought the relationship between Lila and Luca was so interesting because the story starts with these two already knowing each other, but it wasn’t a friends to lovers type of romance. The chemistry and fire was instantaneous between these two, and you witness months of them dancing around the flame, trying to avoid getting burned. So what happens when suddenly gasoline drenches the flames? Not even a fire extinguisher could save these two from each other. It’s not often I look at the world with words like date or destiny, but these two were going to be together, no matter how hard they fought it, no matter what you want to call it.

“Life is a beautiful, broken mess. Closer to a Shakespearean tragedy than a Hollywood happy ending,”

At this point in my life, I can’t imagine looking a person, and thinking about what it would be like to start a family with them – mostly because I just don’t have that person – but Lila and Luca just fit into that so naturally. From Fenway to babysitting, to then even talking about their own families and what they want in the future, that’s the kind of relationship I hope to one day have. I see all my friends from high school and college getting pregnant and engaged these days, but to actually find that person, look in their eyes and think, “hey, this is the one I want it all with,” I envy that these characters not only saw this in each other, but recognized it and could act on it. Begrudgingly though, if you ask Lila. 😉

“You may want to deny it, you may not be ready to face it, but the fact is… you and me are together. And if that scares the shit out of you? Fine. Be scared. But do it here. With me.”

You get different sides to Julie’s writing depending on what book you’re reading and it’s great to see an author show their versatility. In Take Your Time, it’s essentially two people who don’t know what love feels like.
Who have been abandoned by their families.
Who have put up shields to protect themselves.
These two people recognized themselves in each other, and watching them learn how to love and hope and grow was an experience like no other. So once again, bravo Julie Johnson, for your success on another kick ass novel, and raising the bar that much higher for the future boyfriends in my life. Though I don’t know how they could ever compare at this point? Seriously y’all, JJ writes the best heroes around. Period. As I was saying, five stars here, five stars there, five stars all around the square. But really, what did I expect? A measly 4 star book? Yeah right…

“I’m sure some people looking at him saw a savage. A monster.
But me? I saw sheer beauty in that ring. In every bead of sweat, every lethal scowl, every drop of blood that oozed from his cracked knuckles by the final round, when his foe lay in a defeated heap of bruised limbs at his bare feet…
He was beautiful.”

Soundtrack: More Than You Know by Axwell /\ Ingrosso

 

*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.

five-stars

About Julie Johnson

JULIE JOHNSON is a twenty-something Boston native suffering from an extreme case of Peter Pan Syndrome and an obsession with fictional characters. When she’s not writing, Julie can most often be found daydreaming, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, or stalking Goodreads for new books to add to her ever-growing TBR list.

She published her debut novel LIKE GRAVITY in August 2013, just before her senior year of college, and she’s never looked back. Since, she has published four more novels: SAY THE WORD, ERASING FAITH, NOT YOU IT’S ME, and CROSS THE LINE. Her books have appeared on Kindle and iTunes Bestseller lists around the world.

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