Review: “I Take You” by Eliza Kennedy

Comparable to that one night stand you had in college. A little fun, but nothing deep.

About the Book

Cover art: "I Take You" by Eliza Kennedy
“I Take You” by Eliza Kennedy

If there’s one thing successful NYC lawyer Lily Wilder can’t do, it’s keep it in her pants. Give Lily a few minutes alone with a man, and she’ll have her tongue down his throat. Give her just a few more minutes, and she’ll have him out of his pants and in the most biblical of ways. It doesn’t matter if it’s a partner in her firm or a strange man in a bar. Lily likes sex. The only problem is Lily is engaged to Will, and their wedding is less than a week away. While she loves her job, so much so that she’s willing to prep a client for a deposition while in Key West for her nuptials, she’s not so sure that she actually loves the man that she’s days away from marrying.

Will seems too good to be true in Lily’s eyes. He’s a good guy, a loving fiancé, and clueless when it comes to the extra-curricular sexual activities of his soon-to-be bride. He has spent his life in books while Lily spent hers on her back (and other assorted positions). He works in a museum, speaks several languages, and seems to be totally in love and devoted to his promiscuous fiancé. He doesn’t deserve what he’ll wind up with if she doesn’t tell him the truth about her lifestyle. Or does he? Maybe Will is exactly what Lily Wilder deserves.

While boozing it up with her wedding party, Lily debates whether or not she loves Will – and whether or not she should marry him. He’s too good for her, she thinks. He doesn’t know who she really is and, if he did, he might not love her at all, even if she loves him. Or does she? Maybe the answer will reveal itself if she shows up drunk to meet his parents. If she abuses the eccentric wedding planner for the sole purpose of amusing herself. If she beds her fiancé’s friends and guests in the same hotel that houses the entire wedding party, including Lily and Will. Of course, none of those things are remotely meant to lead to an answer. Yet, her search for an answer doesn’t stop her unbelievably bad behavior either.

My Review

On the surface, “I Take You” by Eliza Kennedy is a well written book that will be enjoyed by those who like a lot of promiscuity with their daily dozen cocktails. The banter between the characters is witty and natural, never contrived or stilted. You’ll feel like you’re eavesdropping on a real conversation. The dialogue is that authentic. The characters are even well defined and vivid. It’s good writing that’s entertaining in places — provided you don’t get offended by Lily’s behavior first.

But that’s just on the surface. On a deeper level, “I Take You” falls short. It attempts to shame slut-shaming once and for all by presenting a successful and intelligent, albeit quirky character, who chooses to lead a promiscuous lifestyle. Lily isn’t ashamed of what she does, and she doesn’t let others’ opinions of her lifestyle affect her, not even for a second. Or at least that’s what we’re led to believe through conversations with her family and maid of honor.

Yet, we see Lily struggle with who she is as much as she struggles to figure out if she should marry Will. She even goes as far to liken herself to her unlikeable client. While love can make you want to change for the better, it doesn’t make you dislike yourself or the person you’ve been. That’s shame. Society doesn’t need to slut-shame Lily. In her own way, she shames herself enough for all of us.

All in all, “I Take You” is a well-written book comparable to that one night stand you had in college. A little fun, but nothing deep. Good, but not the best. Nothing you regret, but probably nothing you’d do again either — unless you like that sort of thing.

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