I Take You by Eliza Kennedy
The wickedly hilarious, subversive story of a charming, irrepressible woman’s last days of freedom from marital bliss
Meet Lily Wilder—New Yorker, lawyer and bride-to-be. She has a dream job, friends who adore her, a family full of charismatic and loving women and a total catch of a fiance.
Also? She has no business getting married.
Lily’s fiance, Will, is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive and fond of a good drink (or five). And she loves men—a lot. As the wedding approaches in Lily’s Key West hometown, her nights—and mornings, and afternoons--of booze, laughter and questionable decisions with her best friend, Freddy, are an ever-present reminder of what she’ll be giving up come Saturday. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? Lily’s mother, her grandmother and a bevy of stepmothers join forces to head off what they feel is a disaster in the making--but when Lily’s incorrigible, charming, philandering father turns up, the Wilders set a new bar for dysfunctional families. Meanwhile, a last-minute deposition threatens to up-end Lily’s wedding and career—and a dark secret from her past resurfaces, thanks to the appearance of an old friend and the scheming of her formidable future mother-in-law.
Joyous, brilliantly executed and endlessly funny, I Take You introduces a fabulously self-assured protagonist whose choices raise fresh question about gender politics, monogamy and the true meaning of fidelity.
Here's what #HCCFirstLook readers thought!
“I Take You was a great read. [...] I didn’t want to like Lily Wilder because she is so different from me, but I had no choice but to fall for her. I will definitely be on the lookout Eliza Kennedy’s next book!” – Sarah
“A funny debut by Eliza Kennedy... It was way different from my last two reads, and just what I needed after them. It was sultry, sexy, and down right dirty at times, but it was fun! Filled with humor, Star Wars references and a whole lot of gender politics and surrounding issues, it’s a book that will have you laughing out loud and talking about with your girlfriends. A fun summer read.” – Krystal. Read her full review here.
“This novel had me at the first chapter! I was chuckling, laughing & at a couple of places an un-lady like snort came out. It was fun, it was explicit, it was sassy but still had a bit of class with it. ...I had a good time reading this novel! I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars.” – Brenda
“I Take You is fun to read, with likable characters, which is crazy because it’s about infidelity and it’s a great first story by this author. I’m looking forward to see what else this author has in store for us. I recommend this to readers who enjoy adult fiction contemporary and YA contemporary readers. Keep in mind this book is about a woman that is unfaithful to her fiancé, so being open-minded and non-judgmental would also be good.” – Alexa. Read her full review here.
“WOW comes to my mind first. What a bunch of characters! Excuse the pun. LOL. I don’t normally read many books with erotica. By the time I got through Chapter Three of I Take You, I was thinking there should be a movie version. Lily and her family were so outrageous but loveable at the same time. ...It is Sex and the City only more hilarious. This may be Eliza Kennedy’s first novel, but I hope it won’t be her last. She certainly has a way with words! A refreshing twist on chick-lit with a bit extra on top.” – Shelly
“The premise is true – Lily Wilder has no business getting married, in the conventional sense. This book takes you on a journey of one-night stands the week before the big day as the protagonist wrestles with being true to her sexual desires in light of her upcoming wedding. I think Kennedy touches on some philosophical questions about human sexuality and monogamy that hasn’t been done before and how she concludes the story based on these discussions is surprising and interesting.” – Alison