Publisher: Elizabeth Lee
Publication Date: 3/3/13
Source: Received from author for review
Here's the deal... I learned a long time ago that sometimes you have to use what you've got to make things happen. What I happen to have is a pretty smile, long legs and the ability to make men believe anything I say. Before you get on your high horse and start judging me, can you honestly say you've never batted your lashes at some guy for a free drink at the bar? That's what I thought.
Keep that in mind as I tell you my story of how I took it one step further. My story of lies, deceit, manipulation and love. Yeah, love. Believe me, it fits. Especially, when you factor in Nick and Tucker – one had my heart and the other one wanted it all for himself. Which one? Well, I can't tell you that. It would defeat the purpose of the story. If I'm going to fill you in about me, Lila Garrison, and my life as a con artist you're going to need to know all the facts, including the ones about the two guys who made me want to give up the life of fancy clothes, expensive jewelry, fast cars and easy money. Because sometimes, one person can give you something that's more valuable than all of that.
If you're still interested, stick around. Just remember, I'm pretty good at convincing people to do what I want, so if by the end of this whole thing you feel worked over, don't say I didn't warn you.
What is it about a bad girl trying to be good that intrigues me? I guess maybe it's because a lot of the books I read are about good girls who generally try to do the right thing. Give Me Something, with it's intriguing bad girl who wants to be good, but needs to go bad just one more time, really delivered on the angst and drama. I loved it.
I have so much that I want to say about Give Me Something. I could sit with you and talk your ear off about Lila, Nick and Tucker and their crazy lives all day. Author Elizabeth Lee created these characters who were so well-developed, engaging, and despite myself, I loved them when they were good, but even more so when they were being bad.
Lila is not the typical heroine, which is obvious if you read the synopsis. She is a girl who has been ruled by greed and envy. She has lived the last few years chasing down the big score, and following Nick. She is a girl that shouldn't be likable. But when you get to know Lila; the motivations that drive her, the love that she wants so desperately, and the determination to finally do the right thing, she becomes someone you want to shake sense into and then give a big hug. I loved seeing her growth throughout the story, going from a girl ruled by greed and a sense of duty to a woman who will not compromise herself for anyone.
Lila's change comes about because of her love for two guys. Yeah, there's a love triangle at play here, but before you haters run away, just know that this situation really works. Nick is the guy Lila has been in love with for years. He's been her guide in the search for wealth and the big con, but he has always taken care of her, too. I hated to see Lila blindly follow Nick, and at times I truly hated him. I even sent my best friend a text calling him some very bad words. But, though Nick seems to be even more greedy than Lila, there's more to this bad boy than there seems, and I loved that the author added to the complexity of his character and the situation.
The other guy in Give Me Something's twisted scenario is Tucker, and OH BOY, is he something. He's the son of a insanely wealthy businessman, the guy every girl on campus wants, insanely gorgeous.... the perfect mark for Lila and Nick's next scheme. With his swagger and charm, I wrote Tucker off as shallow and not too undeserving of Lila and Nick's scheme. I was so wrong! I completely fell in love with this good guy with the most generous heart and faith. As soon as I got a true feel for his character, I declared myself Team Tucker all the way!
Between the scheme to con Tucker out of thousands of dollars, and the fact that Lila quickly falls for her target, Give Me Something had me so completely on the hook. I had to know if Lila could follow through with Nick's devious scheme, if Tucker was a good and trusting as he seems, and most importantly, which guy would win Lila's heart.
Give Me Something was a blast, a story that I ripped through in a matter of a couple hours. I went into the book not really sure what to expect, but still got so much more than I'd ever hoped for. It is a book that had me captive, and left me one hundred percent satisfied.
For the past five years, Nick had been the center of my universe and more than anything, I wanted to be the center of his. ~2%
I closed my eyes as I felt his hands move back up my body and settle on my hips. "The things I'm going to do to you..." he whispered. A combination of a moan and a sigh passed my lips as I imagined all the things I wanted him to do. ~25%
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