Opposites don’t merely attract. . .they combust.
Take Me Down, an all-new, sexy contemporary standalone from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips, is available now!
Parker Knight was going through the motions… and then he met her.
Parker Knight lived and lost his dream. Now he works for his family’s business, wearing a suit and pretending to be happy. A weekend away to plan a corporate retreat turns into a revelation when he lays eyes on Emily Stevens, the sexy owner of a small inn that’s seen better days. One look at Emily and the run down bed and breakfast and suddenly Parker has a purpose. He turns his short stay into a longer one, intending to act on the intense chemistry and desire that runs hot between them. While there, he plans to give Emily and her father’s inn a much needed infusion of cash and manpower.
Coming off an emotionally abusive marriage, Emily has an immediate bias against suave, city guys … But despite the slick exterior, Emily discovers Parker is sweet, charming and eager to help. And when she caves to their incredible passion, she discovers he makes her feel just as good in bed as out. Yet no matter how hot they burn or how well they mesh, Parker’s time with her has an expiration date. And Emily has an ex who refuses to accept that their relationship is over.
Parker isn’t a man who gives up. Sweet, sexy Emily Stevens is his chance to reclaim his life. He wants to take care of this woman who makes him feel … everything. If only he could figure out how to merge his two lives, everything would be perfect. But when her ex makes his move, Parker realizes what’s important. He only hopes he isn’t too late.
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“I like the dreamy look on your face.”
“It isn’t often I’m thrown into a good memory of my mom,” he admitted.
More often than not he thought about the bitter ones of his dad and his lack of attention, his many wives, and losing the one parent who loved him unconditionally.
“Do you know the key ingredient that differentiates a Snickerdoodle from a sugar cookie?” she asked.
He shook his head. “Can’t say that I do.” That memory escaped him.
“Cream of Tartar. It’s a leavening agent that gives the cookie its signature tangy flavor and chewy texture.”
“She made them every Christmas,” he said, hearing his own wistful tone. “We left them out for Santa.”
Emily smiled at his memory. “I’ll make them for you one day if –“ She shook her head.
If you’re still here went unsaid.
“Can I take this to mean you’re not mad at me anymore?” he asked, leaning in on one arm.
She poured the brownie mix into the pan and sighed. “I was never mad at you. At first I was just scared to death. Then I was frustrated with dad and the situation. You being here, supporting his dream doesn’t help. But I’m not angry at you.”
The heaviness in his chest eased. But he was going to throw her an even more difficult question. He wasn’t sure if he expected an answer and given he didn’t know if he could answer in return, it wasn’t exactly fair.
“Okay then, good. What about before we came back? Are you still running from what we felt?”
She’d stuck a chocolate covered finger into her mouth and at the question, her eyes opened wide. The question had been bad timing on his part because his dick hardened at the sight of that finger in her mouth. He wanted her lips wrapped around his cock.
But, they had important things to discuss. “Running?” she asked on a squeak.
He pushed himself to standing and strode around the island, coming up to her and pushing her back against the counter. “Running,” he confirmed. “Not physically but emotionally.”
“I can’t let myself get too attached to you, Parker. You’re leaving. Sooner not later. Just because we don’t discuss it doesn’t make it not true. I need to protect myself.”
Her words sliced through him because they were true. Because he hated them. Because she was right and he didn’t want her to be. So he did the only thing he could do in the moment.
“But we have now.”
Meet Carly Phillips:
Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance . She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.
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Carly Phillips gave her readers all the yumminess with Parker "Switzerland" Knight's book in Take Me Down! I've wanted to know and understand Parker more from the first time we met him. For the most part, he seems to just go with the flow with is chaotic family, yet I knew there had to be more to him. When he is sent to find a location for a business retreat in Colorado, he finally starts to wake from the stupor he has been living in since his wreck that ended his professional skiing career and the loss of the young love of his life. Thanks to rental car trouble, Parker ends up needing to stay and the small rundown B&B run by Emily Stevens and her father.
First of all I loved that Parker and Emily were each attracted to one another from the moment they met, even though they didn't start off on the best footing. Emily, as we find out later, has major trust issues with "big city men", and Parker had to prove to her he wasn't like other big city men she knew in the past. I loved that Parker seemed to finally wake up once there and he finally was able to voice how much he didn't enjoy being in the family business. I loved the pacing of Emily and Parker's romance. I really did feel like they started off as new friends before finally taking that step to lovers. They chemistry was there from the beginning and I loved seeing them finally act on their attraction. There was both a heat and a sweetness to this romance.
Parker is a pretty take-charge kind of guy once he makes him mind up about something. He also was super protective of Emily and wanted to give her everything she wanted. I loved Emily was such a strong woman that not only could she take care of herself, but she wanted to work for her dreams. I loved that Parker understood Emily and loved her so much he wanted to help her follow her dream rather than taking over her dream. I won't lie, I have mad love for Parker after reading Take Me Down.
I loved getting time with the other Knight siblings in Take Me Down as well. I've adored each of the books in this series so far, and am on the edge of my seat waiting for Ethan's story. Carly Phillips once again delivers with a beautiful story that will capture reader's hearts.
Rating: 5 Stars (A)
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