I first met Tristan Miles at a meeting where he was trying to take over my late husband’s company.
He was powerful, arrogant, and infuriatingly gorgeous, and I hated him with every cell in my body. In the shock of the century, he called me three days later and asked me on a date.
I would rather die than date a man like him—though I do have to admit it was good for the ego. Turning him down was the highlight of my year.
Six months later, he was the guest speaker at a conference I attended in France.
Still arrogant and infuriating—but this time, surprisingly charming and witty.
When he looked at me, I got butterflies.
But I can’t go there.
He’s just a player in a hot suit, and I’m just a widow with three unruly sons.
I just need this conference to be over.
Because everybody knows that Tristan Miles always gets what he wants…and what he wants is me.
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating between Tristan & Claire.
I made a comment on my social media that I’d never listened to a book knowing nothing & asking what ppl might rec. Author Lainey Davis said I should try The Takeover by TL Swan. I grabbed it from KU (audio included) without reading the blurb or even checking who the narrators were. Additionally, I have never read anything by Swan before.
I ended up loving this – despite it having some things that normally would have put me off. I’m generally not a fan of enemies to lovers, but this totally worked for me. I think part of it was there were some misconceptions that had Claire & Tristan at odds and when they cleared those up it was obvious how well they worked together. It’s also not in my nature to start a series in the middle (it took everything I had not to listen to book 1 first! 😂 ) – however this was written in such a way that I didn’t need to.
I am a huge fan of single parent and it’s-just-sex-to-more tropes. I also loved that it was Claire who was reluctant and Tristan worked to prove it could work. Claire is still grieving the lass of her husband five years earlier and trying to keep his memory and legacy alive. It was so heartbreaking and I really felt for her.
And the boys! While slightly over the top at times, I think Tristan’s relationships with Fletcher, Harry, and Patrick was the best part of this book. Claire’s sons are grieving their father as much as she’s dealing with the loss of her husband. Tristan has this amazing way to see past all the anger and connect with them. In turn helped Claire as well. So many tears and laughs. I adore books that make me feel all the emotions.
I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of this series.
Yay! I was so happy when I pushed play and the first thing I heard was CJ Bloom. I adore her narrations and she was such a fantastic fit for Claire especially, but her performance of all the characters was perfect. While he had fewer chapters I really enjoyed Sebastian York as Tristan. His narration of conversations with and internal thoughts about Claire’s sons was brilliant. They were both wonderful and I loved listening.
About the author:
You can connect with TL Swan here:
About the narrators:
You can connect with CJ Bloom (Carly Robins) here:
My Favorite Quotes
I hate that I’m physically attracted to someone I don’t like. – The Takeover by #TLSwan #Audiobook narrated by #CJBloom @robins_carly & #SebastianYork #Romance #SingleMomTweet
I want to go down in the history books as the woman who officially turned Tristan Miles into a motherfucker. – The Takeover by #TLSwan #Audiobook narrated by #CJBloom @robins_carly & #SebastianYork #Romance #SingleMomTweet
“Are these your underpants?” he sneers. My eyes widen . . . oh, hell on a cracker. This is the fucking twilight zone. – The Takeover by #TLSwan #Audiobook narrated by #CJBloom @robins_carly & #SebastianYork #Romance #SingleMomTweet
I’ve never needed to please a woman as much as I crave to please you … let me. – The Takeover by #TLSwan #Audiobook narrated by #CJBloom @robins_carly & #SebastianYork #Romance #SingleMomTweet
He was never mine to keep. My forever man died. Tristan Miles was just on loan. – The Takeover by #TLSwan #Audiobook narrated by #CJBloom @robins_carly & #SebastianYork #Romance #SingleMomTweet
When I’m with you, I don’t want to be anywhere else. I would rather sleep on your lounge than be alone at my apartment. – The Takeover by #TLSwan #Audiobook narrated by #CJBloom @robins_carly & #SebastianYork #Romance #SingleMomTweet