Take Me As I Am by Charmaine Ross

Take Me As I Am by Charmaine RossTake Me As I Am by Charmaine Ross
Published by Escape Publishing on February 25th 2016
Pages: 135
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Forget the whole billionaire tycoon thing: Kate Moore is a billionaire’s daughter, and she knows first-hand that they’re not all romance novel worthy. Her father is brilliant, inflexible, and brutal – and nothing she’s ever done has been good enough for him.  Her one chance to take over the massive Moore’s Hotel Corporation is restoring the run-down Burnham Beeches in beautiful Sassafras to its former glory. To that end, she hires David Wright, a talented landscaper with an unparalleled eye for beauty and an unparalleled talent for distracting her from her goal.
David really needs this job. He needs the contract, the Moore’s name on his portfolio, and the money to pay for his ailing father’s health. Everything he’s worked for is now within his grasp, and he’s going to reach for it with both hands. What he doesn’t need is the diversion, or the temptation, presented by his new boss.
Neither David nor Kate are free to follow their own desires, but they’re powerless to fight their growing attraction. But they come from very different places; perceptions will have to crash, misconceptions will have to collapse, and they will have to face their own personal challenges before they find their space to meet in the middle.

Slave to a father who adopted her and saved her from a hellish foster home, Kate Moore is forever indebted to him, blind to his controlling and emotionally abusive ways, until she hires a landscaper who teaches her a load of life lessons that she cannot afford to take.

‘Take Me As I Am’ is quite the unusual read that deals with expectations, class divides and what money can (and cannot) control, yet I couldn’t quite get past the caricatures that the characters shaped out to be: spittle-spewing, money-obsessed upper-class hell-bent on domination vs. warm-hearted poorer folks who get their monetary rewards in the end. David as it seemed, could do no wrong and Kate, while well-drawn out in her struggle between her father and David, ultimately came across as cowardly and fickle – missing that last injection of courage that could have made me respect her more.

For the most part, I felt that the story simply suffered because of its characters rather than the actual writing, lacking the subtle nuances of character growth and the depth of emotions that would have accompanied it.