Book Review – Take Us There by Louisa Masters

Joy Universe #4
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 247
Characters: Dominic/Oliver
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Dominic Hurst is a man who’s always up for a challenge. Step in as director of the world’s second-largest theme park complex? No problem. Clean up the mess the previous director left behind? Sure. Have his seventeen-year-old daughter move in with him in a last-minute custody change? Bring it on.

Face off with a town full of matchmakers? Uh… what?

Oliver Jeffries is a man more than comfortable with his life. Teach teenagers to fall in love with literature? Absolutely. Tackle mindboggling tasks as head of the English department? Pass him the whip. Placate parents convinced their perfect children can do no wrong? Pfft. Child’s play.

Agree to a friends-with-benefits arrangement with the most talked-about man in Joyville? Uhm… maybe in secret?

When Dom and Oliver meet, there’s no question that friendship won’t be enough. But the citizens of Joyville don’t know the meaning of “private,” and dating the director puts Oliver firmly in the spotlight.

With the whole town watching and laying bets, is their fledgling relationship doomed to fail?

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This series has been on my radar for a while but after reading this book, I’m now kicking myself for not having picked it up sooner. I loved the mix of wonderful characters, small town, and a plot that kept me turning pages.

I loved Dom and Oliver. They’re very much opposites, but connect immediately. I loved the way they were comfortable spending time together, without necessarily having to fill space with conversation. I liked how their initial attraction grew into friendship, great sex, and so much more. Oliver’s passion for teaching and literature drew me in immediately, and I loved the choice of story for the school’s overnight read. Dom’s caring and protective, and sometimes overly so, and I had to keep reading to make sure they got their HEA. I shook my head at their determination to stay friends with benefits, as it was obvious from the beginning that their connection was way more than that. I also liked that they were older rather than younger men in their first relationship.

The supporting cast is fabulous. Cara’s great, and often the adult in a conversation full of adults. I loved the betting pool, and the not so subtle attempts at matchmaking all round. I also liked the other residents of Joyville, so now want to read their books and find out more about them. Although the series is finished, I’m also hoping Jaiden gets his HEA. He needs one. I loved the sense of community, and how the town rally around Oliver when he needs them. I thought the author did a great job portraying the character of Edith. I’ve met people exactly like her.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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