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Taken (Give & Take, #1) ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Taken (Give & Take, #1) Author Kelli Maine – ABDUCTIONHe steals her away to a deserted island to the one place she's dreamed of being the one place she can't go He's used to buying whatever he wants but he can't buy herSEDUCTIONHow can she resis ABDUCTIONHe steals her away to a deserted island to the one place she's dreamed of being the one place she can't go He's used to buying whatever he wants but he can't buy herSEDUCTIONHow can she resist the magnetism of his body the longing ache deep inside her She wants him to take her on her termsDESPERATIONEvery attempt he makes to love her only hurts her How can they go on like this This is the story of how she was TAKEN.

10 thoughts on “Taken (Give & Take, #1)

  1. ~ Becs ~ ~ Becs ~ says:

    Take Fifty Shades of Grey stir in a little Captive in the Dark add a dash of Comfort Food sprinkle liberally with Bared to You simmer gently for 300 pages Hey Presto – TAKENSadly it’s not as special as any of those books and it never uite came together for me It’s too full of contradictions and I just felt nonplussed reading it – it never seemed to uite add upI think this book is trying to ride the crest of the Fifty Shades wave and it’s not uite working at least not for me It’s written in the second person present tense POV and it’s a style often used in YA and this really does feel like YA The characters are given a distinct lack of emotional maturity by the writer and they read like teenagers despite the fact that he is a 32 year old self made billionaire and she a 25 year old contract manager There are far too many similarities to Fifty too – he’s a self made billionaire he flies his own helicopter they have argumentative email exchanges to mention just a few but it really doesn’t come anywhere near to matching the emotional intensity of Fifty It all feels just a little bit shallowSo Rachael has been offered her dream job overseeing the renovation of a new island resort for Rocha Enterprises but she lost her father to cancer a year ago and the job entails moving to another state and her mother throws a shit fit at the thought of her moving away so she declines the offer So what does Merrick Rocha the well respected 32 year old self made billionaire CEO of said corporation do when his preferred candidate turns him down? He decides that this job is exactly what she really really wants and drugs kidnaps and ties her to a bed in the derelict hotel she was supposed to renovate Perfectly normalThis all sounded very intriguing at first but Merrick’s character for the rest of the novel completely fails to match up to what I expected He’s kind of whiny feels a bit sorry for himself isn’t very alpha – it’s almost impossible to believe that he could have carried out that abduction and it’s that contradiction that causes the whole novel to fall flat for me Rachael also doesn’t behave in a way which has me believing in her character either Despite waking up bound to a bed after being drugged and abducted she almost immediately finds herself desperately attracted to him and caring for him She’s nowhere near afraid enough for long enoughI really do love the cover though The image of a man’s finger raising the woman’s chin gently with one finger to make her look at him really has me melting in a submissive puddle and I really wanted to like this book The premise called to me on so many levels and I’m really sorry that it didn’t work for me and I truly mean no offence to the author I can see by other reviews that this has worked for some people so please don't let my review put you off if you're considering reading this2 stars contemporary romance

  2. Anushka Anushka says:

    Also find this review on Don't Stop Readin'AREYOUFUCKINGKIDDINGME?SERIOUSLY?SOMEONE WROTE THIS?AND SOMEONE AGREED TO PUBLISH THIS?AND SOME PEOPLE EVEN LIKED THIS?Just imagine if Gemma in Stolen A Letter to My Captor had lost every ounce of her dignity and had forgiven her abductorIf Ty and Gemma had jacked off together in the beginning then made provocative passes on multiple occasions then Ty had oral sex with Gemma vicariously through another woman and finally sent her home because she wouldn’t agree to actually do it with himAfter a few days if Gemma had asked Ty to start over START OVER with a guy who fucking kidnapped her then fallen in love with him when he told her the “reason” why he abducted her in the first place let me remind you again – fallen in love with a guy who fucking kidnapped her and had lots of sex with him at the endAnd there That is the story of the wildly inappropriate horrendously detestable book titled TakenOne of the worst books I’ve read in my lifeNot recommended to anyoneDO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT READING THIS DO NOT MAKE THAT MISTAKE PLEASE

  3. Katie Ashley Katie Ashley says:

    Yep this sums it up As a critiue partner of the fantabulous Kelli Maine I had the distinct pleasure of reading the mastery that is Taken before it was unleashed on the world I was Team Merrick from the moment he locked eyes with Rachael in the club I'm willing to do anything to see him unleash those dimplesas well as his other assets I'm also a big fan of Rachael I feel a natural affinity with her after sacrificing for my own family Unfortunately a hot billionaire hasn't shown up to whisk me away to a romantic resort Oh where oh where is my Merrick? And I realized as one of my favorite books of the year I needed a little gif love for this one MERRICK RACHAEL'S RELATIONSHIPWILL THEY WON'T THEY Feelings towards Merrick So many many feelings

  4. Michelle Valentine Michelle Valentine says:

    Team Merrick That man does IT for me After reading this novel I feel a lot like thisMust read Merrick is so damn sexy it hurts

  5. Rebecca A. Rogers Rebecca A. Rogers says:

    Definitely better than Fifty Shades of Grey—from the plot to the romance to the steamy scenes This book has it all and will leave you gasping for airWhen Rachael DeSalvo is drugged abducted from a night club and wakes up in an unfamiliar room she’s immediately on high alert Who could’ve done this to her? More importantly why? Her kidnapper has a motive—and it’s not what you think He previously spoke to Rachael on a business call a call where she turned down his offer as project manager at the beautiful yet dilapidated Turtle Tear HotelResort He knew how much this project meant to her but Rachael’s priorities lay with everyone but herself Can she forgive the man who kidnapped her or is this becoming a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome?The book is written in second person which completely threw me for a loop at the beginning However the author does such a great job with this tense that by the middle of the book I wasn’t even paying attention to how different second person was it’s safe to say I got sidetracked with the romance aspect Overall if you’re looking for sizzling erotica with a hot billionaire mogul and a strong heroine then I recommend you pick up this book

  6. Angela S Angela S says:

    I sent my DH a link for this book a few days ago letting him know that hey this is the book I'm reading right nowA He should have paid attentionB He should have NOT gotten mad last night because I didn't want to go shoppingc He should most definitely realize that I have just bought the short story that accompanies itHis loss if he doesn't because hey I'm a big girl and I don't need a guy to keep me entertained wink winkNeedless to say this book was HOTHOTHOT Kelli Maine weaves a story of romance and seduction from the first page to the last The love interest Merrick is a billionaire playboy whose inability to accept that he can't always get what he wants leads him to do the unthinkable kidnap prospective employeelover Rachael You would assume that such an act would instantly make the reader suirm with revulsion but such is not the case Rachael feels an attraction to Merrick that she can't uite explain and this coupled with the knowledge that he did this to please her and give her the opportunity to take on her dream job turns him from psychopath to sexy and desirable bedpartner The only obstacle to their relationship Rachael has to forgive and learn to trust him Most of the book tackles this obstacle of trust even as we're shown a number of hot sexy scenes designed to make you scream just forgive the man already and get on with it It takes a while to get there In the meantime we fall in love with the couple we fall in love with Turtle Tear Island I want a treehouselover's sanctuary too and most of all we fall in love with the idea of a chemistry that defies logic All of this meat of the story is wrapped around some hefty prose that left me sighing with envyAnd sighingAnd sighingAnd well you get the pictureIt's been a while since I've read an erotica novel and I'm glad that I picked this one up I had mentioned before that I loved the description of this book being like Lucy Christopher's Stolen Well I have to say that while some of the premise is similar it's not really like Stolen at all Stolen is a mindfuck that gets under your skin with the whole Stockholm Syndrome thing I loved it and highly recommend it Taken is just fucking hot It's a romance it's erotica and it does what it sets out to do in that respect At first I kind of wished that there had been development with idea of Merrick being a kidnapper I wanted Rachael to spend than a few chapters trying to get away from him while fighting her attraction to him I wanted to see him as a psycho but I admit that I wouldn't have loved him as much if Maine had taken this direction with his character Rachael's struggle isn't physical in the sense that she's physically trying to get away from him It's of a mental struggle that's played out in the bedroom In the end I was perfectly pleased with what I got from both characters and I have to say that I wouldn't mind having a Merrick man doll myself One final word Taken is told in a second person POV that some may not be used to I've read this POV before so it didn't bother me in the least and I thought that it gave an unusual perspective to the story It worked for me and I would encourage those who are shying away from the book because of that not to Taken is definitely worth a journey into the unfamiliar

  7. Aму Aму says:

    He wants HER to take the lead romantically?It's very UN alpha male It begs the uestion How do you have a NON alpha male who kidnaps someone? The only thing that saves this from being a Stockholm Syndrome story is the fact that this is told in '2nd person' narration and that the struggle to trust and forgive continues throughout the ENTIRE book Literally The ENTIRE book After all the fucked up ness that ' Captive in the Dark' had to offer the chick in that one trusted the guy faster then this drama ueen So he may of chlorophormed you? Get over it At least he is not selling you to be a prostituteIf this story had been written in any other way though I don't think it would have worked That said it still didn't work for me I just could not wrap my usual ' testosterone induced blushes' around it She calls him you instead of him Which took a little bit of getting used to since I would think the you was referring to me instead of me reading through her eyes Did I explain that right? Oh well Honestly I had to look up what 2nd person even meant because I have NEVER read a book in this perspective before I thought it made the first chapter very easy to get immersed into Chapter 2 however and so on? Nada I was originally going to give this book 3 ☆'s untilHe does something so completely ABSURD and OFFENSIVE to try to connect with the heroine sexually that I honestly had no idea what to think It wasn't something risue or dirty but RUDE and THOUGHTLESS It was one of the few times ever that I've thought a part of a story was degrading to the woman involved and that's saying a lot since I read plenty of smutty BDSM genere books And to make it worse he was completely oblivious I probably wouldn't feel so strongly against it if it would not of been one of his eX's but it was And that was wrong

  8. Melanie Melanie says:

    Kelli Maine's book Taken was a first for me in two wonderful ways Not only was this the first book I've ever read in 2nd person POV but it is the first book I've ever read in the erotica genre NO I DID NOT READ 50 SHADES SUE MEAlso I have not read an adult book in a long time I read mostly YA so it was uite refreshing to be in the head of grown ups dealing with grown up issues in a very grown up manner As for the book itself let me just sayWOW I'm a huge fan The author's use of second person POV was very different for me It was strange for the first few pages and then I was completely hooked and couldn't imagine reading it any other way It made the reading of this story a very intimate experience and I loved being in Rachel's the MC head as it allowed me to hear taste smell see and touchfeel everything right along with her The thing I really loved about this MC was that she always uestioned EVERYTHING Nothing was easy cut and dry black and white for this MC The author's ability to write a character with the level of introspection she did is truly phenomenal and talent at it's best Merrick the incredibly hot and sexy LI was very well developed with wonderfully deep meaningful layers that were slowly peeled away revealing a man who is everything you fantasize about on the outside while still being a broken vulnerable person on the inside which I love My emotions ran the gamut where Merrick was concerned I despised him liked him hated him loved him hurt for him lusted for him cried for him and so on Seeing the emotional growth and journeys of both Rachel and Merrick was a very fulfilling experienceAdditionally this story had a plot And a great one at that It was well thought out and believable I was blown away by the meticulous details that the author used to describe the setting especially of the hotel and the island where most of the story takes place It felt so authentic and her ability to describe things always gave me a perfect image of what was happening and what I was seeing Sometimes it was like I was watching a movie rather that reading a book LOVE THATAnd lets not forget the smexy scenes 'cause holy hotness was there some smexy stuff going on in there The romantic tension the sexual tension the emotional tensionthis book was full of tension that kept me reading late into the night The pacing was spot on and had me flying through this book in only two sittingsOverall I highly HIGHLY recommend this book It is full of masturbatory brilliance in every way imaginable From the writing to the characters to the plot and of course the erotic elements this story has it all It's a finger worthy read ;

  9. Michael Dunellen Michael Dunellen says:

    So back in the 1920s when Florida used to host super wealthy people who would come down and spend the winter months there was this one really nice hotel kind of isolated on an island Sadly it was pretty much destroyed in the 1928 Hurricane and never rebuiltUntil now Merritt Rocha Billionaire Real Estate Developer has bought the place and wants it restored So he interviews some candidates and settles on Rachael DeSalvo He offers her the job and she turns him down She just wasn't ready to relocate from Cleveland to Florida so soon after her Mother was widowedSo Merritt could settle for his second choice or he could spend the next 3 months stalking Rachael and when the opportunity comes along he buys some stuff off a guy in the bathroom drugs her so thoroughly that she doesn't wake up until after he has flown her to the wreck of the hotel and has her tied up in the bedroomSuch a romanticSo it turns out that Merritt wasn't born rich but has this incredible ability to read people that enabled him to make his fortune Except that his employees pretty much hate him he treats his personal assistant with the same regard he would a stapler and somehow enthralls Rachael under the weirdest and uickest form of Stockholm Syndrome I have seen yetI almost stopped reading at the thirty percent but I was curious to see where the story was headed I give Rachael major props for leaving after that one scene which was oddly reminiscent of Woman in Chains which is actually pretty similar to this a hero who becomes less heroic the further you get into the bookAnd while I actually am a big fan of first person all the you got to me after a whileIt kind of had a happy ending but apparently there is a lot turmoil ahead

  10. Kim Person Kim Person says:

    Oh how I adored this book Kelli Maine's first book in the Give Take series is one hell of a ride and boy is it HOTRachael is out with her best friend Shannon for a girls night out when you catch my eye He's watching her with those dark eyes and kick ass body Rachel accepts the offer for a drink and thus begins her introduction so to speak to Merrick RochaRachael is with Merrick at the secluded Turtle Tear Hotel and fighting the the attraction she feels towards him is not going to be easy Hell if was me I would've given into Merrick that first night I find out who he is but then what does that say about me LOLMerrick is a complicated man with the need to be loved for who he is not what he made of himself Rachael is one of those people who has a big heart and forgiving nature The time the two spend together the things heat up I was frustrated but ah Kelli is very good giving us what we want without the two touching ; and then later well we get to experience all of MerrickThere is a Novella that follows the story of Rachael and Merrick and then onto the next book This is a series I cannot wait to read and see where everything ends up Will we see Merrick grow and resolve his personal issues? Will Rachael hold to trusting him and teaching him how to give and love? Well I guess we soon shall see If you haven't had the opportunity to read this one I do recommend you hop on the bandwagon of Kelli Maine you will not be disappointed in this sexy book

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