Take Me Higher by Dahlia Rose is a contemporary interracial, suspense romance featuring a journalist and a rescue worker. The story opens with Haven Daniels in deep trouble and having to reach out to Niall Owens, the man whom she left heartbroken after leaving him. At first, Haven’s actions seem callous until the plot reveals more of her past. Haven is a product of sexual abuse at the hands of her step-father. Through her ordeal she hung on to the dream of becoming a journalist. Marrying Eric would have meant giving up that dream and Haven was unprepared to do so. Niall’s character deserved sainthood because he holds on to his feelings for Haven for five years and accepts her with little reservation when she returns. It would be interesting learning more about Niall’s best friend, Eric. Eric has also expressed an interest in one of the women rescued from the corrupt politician and I see a romance budding between these two once Sara has time to heal from her ordeal. Overall, I liked that the book dealt with a heavy subject but the connection between Niall and Haven kept the story first and foremost a wonderful romance.
Haven and Niall were lovers until the day she left town without an explanation. She’s carved a new life for herself as a journalist and while her professional life is fulfilling, she’s always missed the connection she shared with Niall. A big story leads to dangerous consequences and Haven finds herself running for help, back to the very man she abandoned. Niall is settled into his new life without Haven, but she is never far from his mind. He is shocked to receive her frantic call in the middle of the night, but he can’t refuse to help the woman who still holds his heart captive. It turns out that Haven is trying to save three women who have been imprisoned by a politician who believes he is above the law. With assistance from Niall and his best friend, Eric, Haven takes down a very powerful adversary and along the way discovers what was broken in their relationship the first time around.