“Make me, Channing. Make me fall. Push me, shove me, just make sure I get there.” I shout at him, taking a step back. His eyes clash with mine. I read the challenge there, making me take another step back. He stalks the few steps to me and grabs my arms slamming his forehead down on mine, “I’ll make you.” His lips skim against mine as he continues to speak, “And I’ll be falling right there with you.”
Paisley Vaughn grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. After finding her mother dead from an overdose, Paisley and her baby sister are shipped off to live with her maternal grandparents.
She always knew they were rich, she just didn’t realize how rich they were. Now she’s being forced to go to a prestigious high school. One where the tuition is more money then she’s ever seen.
Thinking these rich kids are going to be snobbish and rude, she’s surprised to find the Vaughn name means she is untouchable. Well unless your name is Channing Southerland.
Paisley has to navigate her new life and all the new people in it. While her mother might have lied about her grandparents, no one is lying about Channing. He’s beautiful, mean, arrogant, and turning her on.
Before long a war is fought, leaving Paisley wondering if she’ll be ruined or made. Though she might just fall irrevocably in love.
“Do you really want me to fall for you?” I whisper.
He gets up from the ground and runs his fingers through his hair. He seems frustrated but I don’t know why. “That’s what I want,” he whispers also. Looking back at me. I can’t see his eyes from here but I know what they look like. Full of fear and uncertainly. “I’m scared though. I’ve never been in a serious relationship. And I really don’t want to fuck this up.”
I’m scared too. Sometimes he consumes my thoughts and that was before I knew how he felt. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be with him and I screw up. But I know that I want to fall for him. I know deep in my soul that I will never have a love in my life like I would with Channing.
And that’s the scariest thought I’ve ever had.
“I don’t know if that’s what I want,” I tell him looking away.
He runs his fingers through his hair yet again. “Paisley, don’t fuck with my head. I’ve had enough of that in my life. I can’t do crazy bitches anymore.”
I flinch with the comparison to his mother. To my mother. “I’m not fucking with your head. Maybe we shouldn’t do this.”
I can see he’s pissed now. He’s unable to see my fear that I’m trying to push him away, like he was trying to push me away. “Stop. The. Fucking. Head. Games!” he yells, taking a deep breath after each word.
“I’m not!” I yell back. Who knows what the truth is anymore. I’ve been screwed by a lot of people, but I’m still here. I wouldn’t survive being fucked over by Channing. I wouldn’t survive him breaking my heart.
“Dammit Paisley! Open your fucking eyes! This is fucking real. You and me, that’s real. What we feel isn’t a fling. I’ve never felt this way about anyone in my life. Don’t take it from me,” his voice is pleading.
My body breaks out in a cold sweat and I wipe my palms on my leggings. My limbs shake and I don’t know if I’m mad or just plain fucked up. Maybe it’s me with the commitment issues. No, I know it is me. So I do something for myself, I let go of that fear. Though it comes out more like anger.
“Make me, Channing. Make me fall. Push me, shove me, just make sure I get there,” I shout at him, taking a step back. His eyes clash with me. I read the challenge there, making me take another step back.
He stalks the few steps to me and grabs my arms slamming his forehead down on mine. “I’ll make you.” His lips skim against mine as he continues to speak. “And I’ll be falling right there with you.”
This book was a great next book for me. I had just finished a more serious story and this one was light (there were some heavy scenes) and swoon worthy.
Make Me is about Paisley Vaughn and her Cinderella story. The beginning of the book has her living in a trailer park with her druggy mom and her baby sister she has to take care of all the while going to high school. After coming home and finding her mom has OD’d, she is shipped off to her maternal grandmother’s house. Paisley’s grandparents are loaded and she finds out that she too has more money then she knows what to do with.
I REALLY like Paisley. Some teenager characters can be very annoying but she was level headed, smart and sassy. She was the kind of girl I would want to be friends with in high school.
The hero in this book is Channing Southerland. He is best friends with Paisley’s new cousins. They are thrown together quite a bit. Channing keeps his face blank and his emotions in check. But Paisley can see all his emotions in his eyes. These two don’t like each other on first but they are explosive together. You can feel their sexual tension while they were at war with each other.
“It was like one day I hated him and then next I still hated him, but now I want to jump his bones.”
Once Channing and Paisley got it together, I was swooning all over. He took care of her when she was sick, he wrote her a poem.
“Make me Channing. Make me fall. Push me, shove me, just make sure I get there”.
“’I’ll make you’. His hips skim against mine as he continues to speak. ‘And I’ll be falling right there with you.’”
Amanda Heath also gave us great supporting characters. Paisley’s cousins Brody and Kellan are great. Her best friend Rachael and her twin brother Royal also best friend to Channing bring a level of reality to the book. The group of friends was very complete and fun. I look forward to some of their books.
As much as I liked this book and I did like it, there were two things that I struggled with. One of them being the close and complicated relation Channing and Paisley had to one another. Channing’s adopted step father was Paisley’s uncle. At times it was confusing who all was connected to whom. The Southerland Family and the Vaughn family were much intertwined making it sometime difficult. My other issue was the editing. The story held its own but there were a lot of misspelled words that became distracting at time.
Make Me by Amanda Heath is the perfect equation of angst, temptation, and a plot web so twisted it will leave you speechless. This story drew me in early and kept me hooked the entire time. I couldn’t stop reading, waiting for the next unexpected turn in this unpredictable plot.
Paisley Vaughn has grown up as plain white trash until her mother overdoses and she is forced to live with the wealthy maternal grandparents she’s never known. I love this heroine for many reasons. She fiercely loves her sister and does everything in her power to ensure her sister’s safety and wellbeing. This drastic environment change brings out Paisley’s firecracker personality, quick wit, and sarcasm. This girl is full of sass and doesn’t allow her rich peers to walk all over her.
Her intense connection with Channing Southerland is alluring yet forbidden. He’s a childhood friend of her cousins and has an air of mystery about himself. I loved reading their interactions and watching the rollercoaster connection they share.
As I mentioned earlier, this story line is anything but tame. This novel has all the dirt and family drama of a reality television show or soap opera. There isn’t a dull moment and every twist is juicier than the last. I loved it and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series! If you’re looking for a quick read that is everything but boring, one-click Make Me by Amanda Heath.
I live in southern Arkansas with my husband and young daughter. There is also an insane Boston Terrier running around. I've always been a lone wolf and find my friends in books. I started writing at a young age and I haven't stopped since. Most days you can find me either glued to my laptop or my kindle. My first novel, This Beautiful Thing was an Amazon best seller for 11 weeks and a year later I'm still tickled to see people enjoy it. I may not be a huge seller but I have the best fans ever and I thank God everyday for every single one of them.