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Exciting and heart-catching... [Taken] is on my 'What to Read after Fifty Shades' list Maryse's Book Blog (Maryse.net) This book hooked me from the very beginning and glued me to every page. MJ stole my heart and quickly became one of my new favorite leading men. Loved it Michelle Valentine, New York Times bestselling author of Rock the Heart Taken By Storm is a passionate love story that grips you by the heart from the first page and doesn't let go. MJ and Maddie's love is soul-deep. Maine has written a masterpiece! Kristen Proby, bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle series If it were even possible for another Rocha man to seduce and beguile me, MJ delivers from the very first page. With his father's DNA and dimples, he's every woman's dream in and out of the bedroom. Maine has crafted another fast-paced, passionate love story Katie Ashley, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposition Sexy, beautifully written, and just plain HOT, Taken By Storm stole me away for hours and is a read I plan to take in again and again. Sorry Hubby, MJ is officially my new book boyfriend! Emily Snow, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Devoured and Tidal

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, Kelli Maine, spends humid summers and frigid winters in Ohio glued to her laptop keyboard. TAKEN, a USA Today bestseller, Nook bestseller and Indie Reader Top Ten bestseller, is the first in the Give & Take series and Kelli's debut erotic romance. Kelli lives in northeast Ohio with her family and a crazy cat that broke into their attic and refused to leave. Kelli loves hearing from fans and giving away TAKEN swag on her blog, www.kellimaine.blogspot.com. You can learn more by following Kelli on Twitter @KelliMaine and visiting her on Facebook.com/kelli.maine

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  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (December 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AI12WZ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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USA Today Bestselling Author, Kelli Maine, spends humid summers and frigid winters in Ohio glued to her laptop keyboard. Taken, a USA Today Bestseller, #1 Nook Bestseller and Indie Reader Top Ten Bestseller, is the first in the Give & Take series followed by No Take Backs,Taken By Storm,Take Me Back, Given,and Take This Man.

Other novels and novellas include: The Submission Of Alistair Ingram, The Penance Of Black Betty, and Chains.

Kelli's first serial, Lucifer's Legion Motorcycle Club, begins with Lilith.

To be the first to hear about releases, get early cover reveals, exclusive excerpts and giveaways, sign up for Kelli's newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0v8A5

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Angelina K on August 22, 2012
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First off, let me say this: If you buy this book expecting a comparible reading experience to Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; Fifty Shades Freed or Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, as other reviewers have suggested, you will be disappointed. Other than the fact that the heros in these books are good-looking billionaires who are fairly obsessed with the heroine, the stories are not alike in any way.

Now, that being said, this story is written in 2nd Person point of view. Honestly, I had to look up what that even meant because I had not ever read a book in this perspective before. Basically, it's told from the heroine's point of view as she would talk to the Hero. She calls him "you" instead of "him." It took a little bit of getting used to, but I didn't mind it. I thought it made the first chapter especially, very easy to get immersed into.

So, the plot is about a young billionaire who kidnaps a girl he's obsessed with. The twist is that he's not really a bad guy, it was kind of a spur of the moment idea. And, while I can see the benefit of that fact being ok for the heroine's mental state of mind, it was weird. He's got her on an isolated island, but he's kinda out of a plan after that point. He totally flounders. He wants her to like him. He wants her to like the island. He wants her to take the lead romantically. It's very un-alpha male. It begs the question - how do you have a non-alpha male who kidnapps someone?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 22, 2013
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If you are ok with a guy giving a girl the date rape drug, kidnapping her, making his secretary particpate in a 3 way, this may be the book for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jasebai on October 2, 2012
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I really didn't like the way this book was written, maybe if it was in the first person or even chopped from character to character point of view.... but I didn't like how the author kept referring to 'YOU' all the time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on August 20, 2012
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Rachel has turned down a job offer from billionaire Merrick Rocha to be the restoration project manager for an old deserted hotel called Turtle Tear, on a deserted island. Rachel's mother is emotionally dependent on her and Rachel doesn't feel like she can leave her, even if it means losing the golden opportunity. Merrick Rocha refuses to allow Rachel to deny him and herself the job he knows she wants more than anything. So he stalks her, drugs her, kidnaps her and takes her to the island. Merrick wants more than just Rachel's devotion to the hotel, he wants her for himself as well. Can Rachel forgive, trust and give herself to Merrick after what he's done?

The only thing that saves this from being a Stockholm Syndrome story for me, is the fact that this is told in second person narrative and that the struggle to trust and forgive continues throughout the ENTIRE book. If this story had been written in any other way, I don't think it would have worked.

Rachel doesn't just get over what Merrick did quickly and the two ride off into the sunset and have lots of hot sex. This explores a tentative relationship between a man that takes whatever he wants, and a woman that gives what she can. But this woman won't fully give herself to Merrick until she can trust him completely. This is what leads to the sexual tension and the anticipation.

Rachel has her backbone firmly in place and she's a winner in the female heroine catagory for me. I found her to be strong and intelligent. Merrick, on the other hand, was difficult for me to like for a while. Even though he's easily recognizable as a broken/damaged person with boundary issues, I did eventually come to see him as redeemable as well.

There are some editing issues, but the writing is pretty good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crystal E Barr on December 17, 2012
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Seriously ????? People, this reads like a stenographer's account of a hypnotized person's recitation of an event currently taking place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sugar and snark on August 25, 2012
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I actually expected to like this book more then I did. The premise for it was interesting. I was definitely engaged, I read it quickly. The sex scenes were pretty steamy and I found myself smiling quite a bit. I wonder if I wouldn't have liked Taken better if it had come out PRIOR to the 50 shades obsession.

I felt like I was like reading 50, Bared to You, with a little Gabriel's Inferno and a dash of Captive in the Dark. And hey, a LOT of books are trying to ride on the popularity of 50 and those like it. That in itself doesn't make me not like a book. But this one really didn't come togeather for me.

First of all, I did not like it being written in 2nd person. It was strange. Like the h was narrating to the H. I got used to it I suppose but it was still odd.

Second, Merrick did not pull off the uber alpha male who couldn't take no for an answer. He was so whiny and had such low self esteem. I liked him as a character but I don't know that he was consistent with this kidnapper/cut throat buisness mongrel/womanizer that he was suppose to be.

Third, the back and forth and back and forth with Rachael as she battled with what she wanted was fine AT FIRST. Only logical AT FIRST. But after a while, come on! The whole book was her making a choice...then back peddling over and over. Personally, I don't like that.

And finally, the scene with Joan was super creepy for me. I'm a long far cry from being prude but there was nothing at all sexy about that scene. I felt like they were both emotionally violated by a man who for what ever reason, is incapable of empathizing with people. It was disturbing that he ever thought bringing Joan in was a good idea but then even more so that he couldn't understand why it wasn't?
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