Elle Spencer has created another winner of a love story with Give In to Me. This is an enchanting tale with lots of romance, beautiful characters, and a touch of the author’s wicked sense of humor.
Whitney Ainsworth, a celebrated author, is almost ten years older than Gabriela (Brie) Talbot, the reviewer who is also a fan of Whitney’s. Whitney ends up having a one night stand with Brie, and finds out the next day that she was “sleeping with the enemy” since Brie had trashed Whitney’s latest novel in a review. Both the age-gap and enemies-to-lovers tropes work well together, and gives the author plenty of chances to add tension and angst to the tale, and Ms. Spencer takes full advantage of that.
The characters, both main and secondary, are multi-layered and realistic. The settings are deftly drawn and fit the tale and the people in it. The story is well-paced and keeps the reader entertained through the whole book. What I love most, though, is the banter in the dialogue between the characters…all of them. Some of Brie’s interactions with her brother and parents had me laughing out loud. The same happened with Whitney and her BFF Liz, and also with Whitney and Brie’s family. This really made the novel stand out for me.
Give In to Me is a great book to read if you like your love stories with a little tension, comedic banter, and a lot of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think you will as well.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.