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I Take You - Nikki Gemmell

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Under her Chanel suit and designer lingerie, Connie Carven is no longer the typical banker's wife. Since Cliff's dreadful skiing accident Connie has become a willing submissive to her husband's every desire.

While at first she enjoys a perverse sense of freedom within the ever-tightening bonds of her marriage, this dark and seductive passion consumes her entirely. She finds herself surrendering to an act that will forever remind her that she belongs to her husband alone - to be unlocked only by him, whenever he pleases.

But it is this that awakens Connie from her slumber. In the communal garden of her Notting Hill home, she meets Mel and discovers the thrill of true intimacy.

As the author of the bestselling phenomenonThe Bride Stripped Bare and the exquisite With My Body, Nikki Gemmell brought erotic writing into the 21st century; she now looks back to Lady Chatterley's Lover for inspiration. D.H. Lawrence's celebrated tale of desire is retold for today and the deliciously provocative I Take You is a modern love story, both earthily passionate and wickedly tantalising.

Read Caroline Baum's Review:

Long before Fifty Shades Nikki Gemmell made a career of writing sexually explicit fiction that explored fantasy, submission, power and the forbidden as an erotic impulse. Her literary libido shows no signs of needing a dose of Viagra to keep her frisky.

This time she’s taken the liberty of updating D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover - a surprising challenge given that we live in seemingly unshockable, uncensored times when many words that used to be taboo no longer have the same impact.

Gemmell has a strong desire to celebrate women’s desire, and I welcome that. But maybe I am suffering from what I can only describe, inelegantly, as f#*k fatigue: I wish she’d direct her considerable talent to somewhere above the waist for a change.

About the Author

Nikki Gemmell is the author of four novels, including the international bestseller The Bride Stripped Bare.

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3.0

a rather ordinary effort

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    • A Bit Slow
    • Disappointing

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    • Lovers Of Erotica

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    I Take You is the third book in the Bride Trilogy by Australian author, Nikki Gemmell. Notting Hill wife Constance has known wealthy banker Clifford Carven for nine years, and been married to him for four of those, playing The Good Wife and enjoying his wealth and prestige. Cliff is not a considerate lover, but Connie has never enjoyed a fulfilling sex life, even before Cliff. All that changes when Cliff is injured in a skiing accident, two years after their wedding. His paralysis precludes physical sex between them. To help their relationship, she reveals her deepest desires. And Cliff becomes a voyeur, master, owner, pxmp, as emphasised by a certain jewel-encrusted padlock.

    Mel Jones is a gardener taking care of the private communal garden attached to their exclusive residential row. Connie finds herself attracted and intrudes into his private space, where the inevitable happens. Will the spoiled wife leave her crippled husband and her indulgent life for her working-class lover? This contemporary Lady Chatterley's Lover consists of sixty-five (mostly) short chapters, each introduced by quotes from Virginia Woolf. Readers should be prepared for certain concepts that are touched on in this novel like voyeurism and genital mutilation, as well as some fairly explicit descriptions of sex; this is erotica, after all

    There is some lovely prose "Yet increasingly she's finding there's something … all-calming … about her Sunday morning experiences at the family-crammed church of St Peter's in its high, shouting ochre on Notting's hill. It's an astonishing leak through a veneer of aspirant coolness and moneyed cynicism; a gentle drip, drip, through her restless, caged, unsettled life. Connie feels righted by these assignations, balmed, lit" and "She comes from a country of soft days, soft rain, soft light, where morning quietly clears its throat. Australia's not like that - it's a full roar into the day and how she loves the exuberance of that. Through wide windows the garden greenery tosses in the sea breeze like the heads of wild ponies and nature presses close, she can feel the great thumb of it"; however, not enough to redeem a rather ordinary effort.

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        I don't think this was Nikki's best work I was disappointed and at times bored with the contents
        I enjoyed Bride Stripped Bare and With My Body

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        4.0

        I TAKE YOU - a fine read

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        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Informative
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Written

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          Raunchy erotica (mostly voyeurism) that transitions into a tale not too dissimilar to that of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'. Gemmell's writing is very good.

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          5.0

          Another true gem from Nikki

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            • Rainy day reading
            • Travel Reading

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            A perfect read for those winter days curled up on the couch...
            If you're after contemporary reading with wit, intelligence and spice it doesn't get much better than Nikki Gemmell!

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            Nikki Gemmell

            Nikki Gemmell has written four novels, Shiver, Cleave, Lovesong, The Bride Stripped Bare and The Book Of Rapture, and one non-fiction book, Pleasure: An Almanac for the Heart. Her work has been internationally critically acclaimed and translated into many languages.

            In France she's been described as a female Jack Kerouac, in Australia as one of the most original and engaging authors of her generation and in the US as one of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time.

            The French literary review "Lire" has included her in a list of what it calls the fifty most important writers in the world - the ones it believes will have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century. The criteria for selection included a very individual voice and unmistakeable style, as well as an original choice of subject. Nikki Gemmell was selected along with such novelists as Rick Moody, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Froer, Rohinton Mistry, Tim Winton, Colum McCann, Michel Faber and Hari Kunzru among others.

            Born in Wollongong, Australia, she now lives in London.

            Visit Nikki Gemmell's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9780732297787
            ISBN-10: 0732297788
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 320
            Published: 1st June 2013
            Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 13.4  x 2.4
            Weight (kg): 0.27