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Mine to Take (Futuristic Romance) Mass Market Paperback – November, 1998

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Book 3 of 6 in the Matrix of Destiny Series

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In a galaxy far, far away, beautiful Jenise will do anything to escape marriage to her late stepfather's evil brother, Karpon. When she discovers that Karpon has captured a powerful shapechanger, Gian Ren, she decides to make him an offer he can't refuse. Gian Ren has been drugged, stripped, and chained to a wall. Despite his circumstances, Jenise is wary, for even chained the shapechanger is formidable. Surprisingly, he accepts her unusual request that he deflower her in exchange for her aid in escaping. Gian passionately accomplishes his part of the bargain and within moments, the two set off on a perilous journey, fleeing from Karpon and his soldiers. Mine to Take has action, adventure, and enough steamy sensuality to light up the night sky. H-O-T!


An electrifying talent! --Romantic Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Futuristic Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; First Thus edition (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843944463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843944464
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,824,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mine to take is the third in the Matrix of Destiny series and continues the fun! The book begins with Gian Ren Guradian of the Mist and King of all Familars in a cell. (familars are those half cat/half man types who are very senusual and mate for life) He was captured after going on a quest to try to find a young familar Dariq. Now he's drugged and not at his full senses. While trying to figure out a way to escape a woman appears with a very interesting proposal.
Jenise is the next in line to rule her step fathers kingdom. She doesn't want to however she wants to be free and travel to different worlds but she will be forced to rule if she is in her maiden state. She wants Gian to fix that problem for her and she will help him escape. The plan is that they will part at the next world.
Of course we know something Jenise doesn't Gian recognizes Jenise as his mate and speaks the ancient words that make her his. The first time they make love Jenise tells Gian that she wants no pleasure and he takes none for himself because of it. As they escape we get to see far off worlds, with plenty of adventure and danger this book is fantastic. Plus plenty of steamy scenes as Jenise starts learning that maybe a little pleasure isn't so bad.
We also get more of the Matrix of Destiny characters this book. Gian ren is related to Rejar! While you can read this book alone I recommend the other Matrix books. When you read all three of them in order there are things your able to appreciate more.Plus you meet all the characters and see them develop! A story that any sci-fi or romance fan will be proud to own!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dana Shull on April 12, 2000
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This book was great! I read the 2nd of this series first (Rejar) and liked it enough to buy the other two. I have now read all three and this one is my favorite. Not only do I find Dara Joy a master of sensual writing, I also am quite taken with her vision as far as the sci-fi aspect of these tales. Familiars. Gee, I wish I'd had that idea. They sound absolutely delicious. Where else, but in a Dara Joy romance would you actually believe that there is a race of gorgeous men who would die horrid deaths rather than be untrue to their mates. I am now waiting with baited breath for Traed's story (even though he isn't Familiar). I think I would rate the four men of these three novels in this order: Traed (be still my heart), Gian Ren, Lorgin and Rejar. I do however, wonder about the poor, wounded man in Mine to Take. What of Dariq (or however you spell his name)? Will the kindly old lady nurse him back to health? Will he be physically or emotionally scarred for life? What exactly happened to him anyway? Was he beaten, drugged? What strong woman will be able to heal his heart? And will he find his way back to Aviara? Please Ms. Joy, give me Traed's and Dariq's stories. Hurry, Ms. Joy! I can't wait much longer.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tina Engler Keen on February 4, 2000
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This is the third book in the futuristic Matrix series (the follow-up to Knight of a Trillion Stars and Rejar) and I absolutely loved it. I can't wait for Traed's story.
The book's hero, Gian, escapes from captivity with the heroine's help. He takes the heroine, Jenise, with him to his home planet and the adventure they encounter en route was well written. The different cultures, peoples, and planets they encounter while journeying from A to Z were well developed and described by Dara Joy.
The only "disappointment" I had with this book is that I felt like the hero and heroine weren't well suited. The heroine sort of faded into the woodwork against the character of Gian. Joy should have written a spunkier leading lady (like the heroine in Knight of a Trillion Stars) for Gian. Other than that, this was a great read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BCBLoyd on May 18, 2002
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OK, like a cat, I was curious when another reviewer...wrote that this book's "basically the same book as Hearts Lair by Kathleen Morgan...Everything is similar." Even though Morgan's book is hard to come by these days, I bought it and read both just to see for myself. The reviewer was wrong; They are two very different books! So, to keep others from "killing the cat with curiosity..." let me set the record straight.
Admittedly, there are some similarities, but NOT "everything". Both heros are half-cat-half-human with green eye(s) and royal bloodlines. Karic, the hero in Heart's Lair, is heir to the Cat-Man throne and has shoulder-length hair and two green eyes with some gold in them; Gian Ren, in Mine to Take, is the reigning King of all Familiar, has a waste-length mane, one gold eye, and one green eye with 3 gold flecks. Both virgin heroines come to their heros while the men are chained captives, although only one is on a bed at the time; the other has all four limbs bound, forcing him to stand spread-eagle in the middle of the room. In both books the bad guys have "new secret weapons" but in one it's a drug that proves effective against Gian Ren and in the other it's a mind-controling machine that proves ineffective against Karic. And that's where the similarities end!
In Hearts Lair, Karic's first site of Liane is while she's nude, bathing in a pond, not while he's a drugged captive as in the case between Gian Ren and Jenise in Mine to Take. The methods of escape are completely different between the two books. No where does Karic make such an electrically-charged illuminated transformation from man to cat like Gian Ren, nor does Karic benefit from it's healing properties.
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