Taken (Give & Take #1) by Kelli Maine
You steal me away to a deserted island, to the one place I’ve dreamed of being—the one place I can’t go.
You’re used to buying whatever you want, but you can’t buy me…how do I resist the magnetism of your body, the longing ache deep inside me? I want you to take me—on my terms.
Every attempt you make to love me only hurts me. How can we go on like this?
This is the story of how I was TAKEN.
Rachael DeSalvo cares for those she loves with no regard for what she needs from them in return. When her father dies, her mother’s emotional dependency becomes overbearing. Unable to leave her distressed mother, Rachael turns down her dream job with Rocha Enterprises.
Billionaire real estate mogul, Merrick Rocha, knows what motivates people and what buttons to push to get what he wants. When the perfect project manager candidate turns down his job offer, it drives him mad. Three months of watching Rachael from afar has him more determined than ever to have her—for much, much more than an employee.
Merrick takes what he wants, but can he convince Rachael to give him what he needs?Review:
***This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
WOW!!!! I couldn’t put this book down.Taken by Kelli Maine is one of those rare books where I loved the plot, the characters, the setting, hell EVERYTHING about the book.
Taken is an adult novel and as such, it contains mature content and sexually explicit scenes so if that’s not your thing, then don’t read this. However, if you like a bit of spice with your romance novel, then this is DEFINITELY the book for you.
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 touch/feel everything right along with her. The thing I really loved about this MC was that she always questioned 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 experience.
I loved this book! And seriously, I am shocked about it. I stayed up late to read just because there was never a good stopping point. Every time I thought, I am going to turn my Kindle off and go to bed, that little switch just magically turned back on! I highly recommend it.