Harper McFadden established herself as an investigative journalist by being both compassionate and fearless.
After tragedy strikes her family, she moves to the shores of Lake Tahoe to find some peace. But when mysterious software mogul Jacob Latimer enters her life, her thoughts turn from her own healing to an insatiable desire to get closer to him... No one knows what secrets lurk in the past of Jacob Latimer. He built his corporation from nothing, but rumors abound about his mysterious rise to power. Harper is the last person he should let into his life. She could expose the truth about his origins. But Jacob knows things about Harper’s past that draw him in. He wants nothing more than to make her his—and Jacob is a man who always gets what he wants...
Make Me was published as a serial, and I'm super excited that this is now available in book form. (*whispers* I'm not the biggest fan of serials—too impatient, I like reading stories all in one go.) I loved Beth Kery's Make Me when it first came out, and re-reading it for the “compilation” release just brought that home. The end just made me want to hug something - which is saying a lot.
There's so much that I can't discuss without spoiling the story for you—and it's the crux of everything, so it's killing me not to lay out all the wonderful, subtle, beautiful complexities of Make Me, so I hope you'll read it and come back to discuss the book with me. That being said ...
In my head, I thought of Make Me as en erotic romance, of course, but also and possibly more importantly, as a psychological thriller, of sorts. It read to me like something that could be a case study for a psychology course. Of course, an extremely entertaining study—and I think it'd make a lot more people much more interested in psychology. I definitely loved it. There's so much going on in wonderful and intricate layers that just draw you in. There isn't suspense and action in the traditional sense, but it definitely gets in your head. It makes you examine a person's psyche, how experience shapes the person one might become, and more.
Although Jacob seems to be the untouchable stalwart billionaire magnate, he's so vulnerable and unsure. In fact, pretty early on he admits the drive to make sure he isn't (once more) reduced to nothing is what drives him. While they have a shared tragic history, Harper's method of overcoming that was entirely different. There's something there, but she couldn't access it. I loved the juxtaposition of two parallel histories that were dealt with in such disparate ways. And then bringing them together in a beautiful love story.
Beyond that, I actually loved the mundanity in the books - the uncertainty, the “will s/he, or won't s/he” some of the “does s/he like me? Know me? Remember me?” While often authors are too heavy handed, or veer into “wangst” territory, I never felt that was the case in Make Me. You sympathized with Harper and Jacob. Both of them had moments where they were unsteady, unsure, but I here it made them relatable. They're both so high powered and established, but so very human. Reading about them individually was a delight, and together - pure pleasure.
While at times Jacob seems pretty heavy handed, and almost is a jerk, I felt he had a lot to work through—the hurt of being abandoned, literally ghosted despite trying for years, so I felt there was balance. There's also the fact that Harper checks him when he does get out of hand. They're perfectly matched. He's loved her his whole life, and has been waiting for her. It makes the perfect in control tycoon lose his cool, and that was just fun to see.
There are a lot of necessary flashbacks in the book, and usually I'm not a fan, but it's an integral part of the story—the development of Jacob and Harper's characters, what ties them together and yet separates them. I thought it was incredibly well done, and enjoyed them. Even as they broke my heart. They do a lot to explain why Jacob is the man he is today—why he's so adamant about looking only to the future, and so particular.
Make Me is achingly erotic, but also emotional. The moments revealed between Harper and Jacob throughout their lives—the letters. They'll rip your heart out. And this scene: “...You want to know if I love you?” he asked, stepping toward her. She resisted an urge to step back, he looked so fierce. “I worship the ground you walk on. I love you more than anything on this earth. I'd sacrifice everything for you.”
Their chemistry is incendiary. However, there are tender, sweet moments too. Beyond that, Jacob and Harper also have fun. This book just has it all. Make Me is smart, overwhelmingly sexy, and an all around delight to read. If you missed this as a serial and like erotic romance, I highly recommend this book.
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