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Review: Take Me Down by Carly Phillips

Parker Knight was going through the motions… and then he met her.

Parker Knight lived and lost his dream. Now he works for his family’s business, wearing a suit and pretending to be happy. A weekend away to plan a corporate retreat turns into a revelation when he lays eyes on Emily Stevens, the sexy owner of a small inn that’s seen better days. One look at Emily and the run down bed and breakfast and suddenly Parker has a purpose. He turns his short stay into a longer one, intending to act on the intense chemistry and desire that runs hot between them. While there, he plans to give Emily and her father’s inn a much needed infusion of cash and manpower.

Coming off an emotionally abusive marriage, Emily has an immediate bias against suave, city guys … But despite the slick exterior, Emily discovers Parker is sweet, charming and eager to help. And when she caves to their incredible passion, she discovers he makes her feel just as good in bed as out. Yet no matter how hot they burn or how well they mesh, Parker’s time with her has an expiration date. And Emily has an ex who refuses to accept that their relationship is over.

Parker isn’t a man who gives up. Sweet, sexy Emily Stevens is his chance to reclaim his life. He wants to take care of this woman who makes him feel … everything. If only he could figure out how to merge his two lives, everything would be perfect. But when her ex makes his move, Parker realizes what’s important. He only hopes he isn’t too late.

Title:Take Me Down
Author:Carly Phillips
Series:Knight Brothers (Book 2)
Trope(s):Billionaire Romance
Fish out of Water
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Release Date:11th June, 2019
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Fast and fresh romance

I have recently started to read Carly Phillips and I’m wondering why I haven’t been doing so for longer. She writes such fun and vibrant characters and stories that are so quick and easy to read but leave you with that happy, warm feeling of a satisfying love story.

This is Parker’s story and Book 3 in the Knight Brothers series. I’ve read Book 2 (Take the Bride) but not Book 1 (Take Me Again). While the Knight siblings and their significant others from their own books do appear in this one, it’s very fleeting and this book definitely stands alone without having read the others in the series.

There’s something quite simple about this story and how Parker and Emily fall in love. And yet it works so well. Parker is a city boy who at first seems like a fish out of water in rural Colorado -and definitely seems like someone Emily has no desire to get to know better. Even if he is hot and makes her hot, too! Parker has no such qualms about getting to know Emily and he lets her know it. When they both finally allow the spark to be lit, it’s hot and heavy against that car and continues in that same, sexy way.

“…another enjoyable love story in a fresh and fast format.”

I liked both our main characters – even more so that neither were perfect and each had to admit and own up to their own mistakes and realise exactly what pushed each other’s buttons. It was nice to see characters who had that human side that everyone can relate to.

The love story is also nice in that it’s not simple but not over angsty, either. There’s enough of that ‘fear’ about whether our couple can make it work or not to keep those pages turning. And they turned pretty darn fast for me. I finished this book so quickly that I was surprised when I realised it was 300 pages. But it was such a satisfying read that I’m not complaining.

Carly Phillips gives us another enjoyable love story in a fresh and fast format. I’m really getting into her writing and the stories she tells and hoping to go back and read the first book in this series, and hopefully see Ethan get what’s coming to him – love – in the next book (Dare Me Tonight). 5 stars from me for this book.

Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at

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