by Deborah Fletcher Mello

December 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-473-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

Marguerite had a hard and fast rule that she doesn't date co-workers, not even if they are from another company. If they have a business relationship, then she wants to keep things on a professional level and not turn it into something personal. She also has a problem with commitments in her personal life.

Dexter had been trying to get a date with Marguerite for months. But she has always turned him down, that is until their working relationship was over. Then he finally got a yes. Dexter soon realizes that he wants more than just dating. He realizes that Marguerite is the one for him and he wants her to realize he is the one for her as well.

Marguerite and Dexter are both good for each other. Marguerite has a habit of not letting people into her heart and doesn't really trust them. So when things start getting serious, she normally finds some way to push the man away. Dexter tries to win over her heart but she won't let him. She is in love with him, but she doesn't think it will work out, so she just gives up.

Their friends try to get them together or at least in the same room. Well, they were hoping it would be good for them to see them with other people. Did it work? I'm not saying. It does take more than that to get these two together. It takes Marguerite to learn to love and realize she is loved and she finally understands the wisdom that her grandmother had been telling her. Dexter has to realize a few things as well that not everything is always as it seems to be on the surface.

Take Me To Heart was a delightful read. It will remind you of members of your family when the Cole family all get together. There are the women in one room and the men in the other. The women all get together to gossip and just pry in the others lives and the men, well, what else, sports. Ms. Mello's descriptions in the story places the reader right in the middle of things, feeling the pain and hurt as well as the joy and love that is overflowing in Take Me To Heart.

Reviewed in May 2004 by Pam.

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