Review: I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

I Take You

In seven days, New York lawyer Lily Wilder will walk down the aisles, capping off her whirlwind romance with her finance, Will. The two met seven months earlier in a bar and after a passionate weekend, the threw caution to the wind and decided to get married. But the question looming over the wedding is do these two really know each other and are they the right fit?

See, Lily has a side of herself that she’s kept secret from Will. Lily enjoys living up to her last name and living wilder than many — binge drinking, sleeping with strangers, friends, really anyone who comes on her radar (she’s even carrying on an affair with her boss at her law firm). She also has a dark secret from her past that she’s hidden from everyone (or so she thought) and that if it comes to light, it could undo all her current and future happiness.

Despite warnings from family members, friends and lots of other signs saying that maybe she isn’t ready to settle down and that she and Will aren’t a good match, Lily is determined to go through the wedding.

At times, Eliza Kennedy’s I Take You can be laugh out loud hysterical. But those funny moments cover up a darker side to this story and to Lily that make me hesitant to really recommend this book. As much as Lily tries to justify her behavior to herself and readers, she keeps coming across as shallow, spoiled and completely unready to make a commitment to man she hardly knows. At several points in the story, Lily seems to be talking herself into why she should love Will instead of showing us that she really does love him. The fact that she’s seducing members of the wedding party, her boss, etc. in the days leading up to the wedding (despite having fantastic sex with her finance) makes you wonder if Lily is really ready to settle down or if she’s getting married for the right reasons.

And despite a chorus from those who care about her, she seems to determined to plunge forward and damn the consequences.

There are some interesting moments in the book like when Lily and her friend debate why women who enjoy sleeping around are perceived in a negative light and given names that shame them while men who sleep around are perceived as positive and given names like “Romeo”. It’s an interesting passage, though the it starts to lose points when Lily goes from it to trying to seduce a hot guy she’s just met at the bar. Lily lives fast, works hard and plays hard. And while you may like her a bit at first, I found myself going tired of her antics and overall selfishness as the novel careened toward their wedding day.

As much as I wanted to like this book, I could only come away from it feeling like there was some great potential here that isn’t necessarily lived up to. Kennedy does some interesting things in the final fifty or so pages, but they don’t necessarily feel earned. In the end, I found myself growing more and more impatient with Lily and wishing she’s listen to the advice of those around her and grow up already.

In the end, I’m not sure it’s a book I’d necessarily recommend. It’s good but not great.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received an ARC of this book as part of the Amazon Vine program.

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