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Kept

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by Jami Alden
     
 

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Ethan and Derek Taggart: they're the men of Gemini, and when it comes to sheet-scorching undercover work, nobody does it better. The only one they answer to is big brother Danny--that is, until the right women come along to grab the reins and crack the whip as hard as the Taggart men like it. . .

Security is Derek Taggart's game, and he plays it straight--no

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Ethan and Derek Taggart: they're the men of Gemini, and when it comes to sheet-scorching undercover work, nobody does it better. The only one they answer to is big brother Danny--that is, until the right women come along to grab the reins and crack the whip as hard as the Taggart men like it. . .

Security is Derek Taggart's game, and he plays it straight--no margin for error, no time to fool around. . .except with one hot little number who changes everything. He takes her home when she needs a ride--one she'll never forget. The problem is Derek can't forget her, a total about-face for a guy who keeps his enemies closer than his lovers. Then he finds out the sexy dynamo is Alyssa Miles, notorious party girl and darling of the gossip rags. It's time to walk away and never look back, which would be a hell of a lot easier if his agency didn't desperately need the high-profile gig her family's offering: a minor detail that consists mainly of Derek watching Alyssa 24/7. Keeping an eagle eye on every inch of Alyssa's nubile body isn't exactly a hardship--the problem is keeping his hands off and his brain on when things go dangerously wrong. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758225474
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in English Literature, Jami Alden's writing appeared in software marketing brochures and corporate websites. But she quickly realized writing romance was a lot more fun. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her socially well adjusted alpha male husband, her sons, and two dogs that patiently listen to dialogue and help her work out plot points. When she's not writing sexy romance and thrilling romantic suspense, she enjoys running, reading, yoga, and a borderline unhealthy love of the Food Network.

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Kept 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 41 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Gemini Security is run by the Taggert brothers with the oldest Danny in charge and his younger twins Ethan and Derek top security operatives. The firm is hired by Emma Bancroft to provide security at a major gala. At the event Derek meets ¿Miss Thing¿ Alyssa Miles and afterward takes her home with him.

Still attracted to her, he later learns affluent Alyssa the party animal is the type of worthless female he loathes and the tabloids love. He is chagrined when her family hires his agency to protect them after Alyssa¿s father and stepmother recently died in what the police believe is a murder-suicide. Danny assigns Derek with the 24/7 protection detail of Alyssa. However, as he begins to fall in love with his subject and her with her bodyguard, they begin to realize something is not right about the two deaths. Instead evidence surfaces that implicate the Van Weldt Jeweler business in illegal trafficking of ¿blood diamonds¿.

The twin sequel to CAUGHT is a fabulous romantic suspense thriller starring a caring hero hiding his heart and a seemingly flit female who proves she is his equal once he gives her the chance. The cast is fully developed especially her family like her grandmother Grace Van Weldt who¿s as cold as diamonds. Fans will enjoy the changing relationship between the lead couple as they fall in love while needing to know whether her family firm starting with her icy grandma is dealing in blood diamonds.

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GA_Girl More than 1 year ago
Alyssa Miles' character is modeled after Paris Hilton. In Alyssa's case, the money in the family is from diamonds, and after her father and stepmother die in an apparent murder-suicide, her life keeps going downhill. Bodyguard Derek Taggart, twin brother of Ethan from Alden's "Caught", is totally hot in a cool, reserved way, and wants Alyssa but doesn't like her public persona. Lots of great sex, but Derek is a bit of a jerk to Alyssa because he doesn't know what's really in her head. The Blood Diamond part of the storyline is secondary to the push-pull of the lead characters, but it all ties together in the end. Caught and Kept remind me of Shannon McKenna's books, which is a good thing.
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
I am pleasantly surprised with Jami Alden. I never think to buy her books unless I see them at the used books store I frequent. But, as I have often noticed, they are very good reads. This one I liked even though I was a little worried at first with the whole starlet role. Both were great...very much along the lines of Shannon McKenna before she got really graphic.
wolf-lover More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. I read the third one firs on accident, then went and got Caught and Kept! This series is awesome! Derek Taggert is the twin of Ethan Taggert and they have an older brother Danny. They all work in their family business of security. This is Derek's story. Derek is assigned to security of detail of a high profile client and sees Alyssa Miles......she catches his eye. Derek takes her home, and the romance starts. The plot of the story is about "blood diamond's" being bought by her families business and brought from Africa. Alyssa's family drags her into the middle of it endangering her life. Alyssa's past is used against her. Derek becomes her body guard and tries to keep her safe from her families ugly associates. As he is "guarding" her they fall in love. This story has many twist and turns and keeps the characters of Toni, Ethan and Danny in focus as well as their search for their missing mother. I love this series and hope to see more about them........It shouldn't just end with these three books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not usually read series out of order, but I picked up this one without realizing. It was a very good error on my part. Great writing and stands alone.
storm1974 More than 1 year ago
Just to sum this up in a word GREAT! Derrek is the second brother's story of the Gemini Men. Derrek is in security and Alyssa is the rich, famous party girl. Except Derrek didn't realize who she was when he gave her a ride home one night. Alyssa cherished the fact that this hot security man didn't have a clue who she was or know about her past. Derrek and Alyssa experience a night of hot sex and part ways. When her father and stepmother are killed in a murder suicide Derrek is hired into shadowing her every move by her uncle. Derreck doesn't like what he has heard about Alyssa but he is determined to do the job he was hired for. Alyssa still feels the heat around him but he always has a way of saying the wrong thing. Derrek has never been the smooth talker and even when he is trying to say the right thing it comes out wrong. Not wanting to feel close to another person he is constantly trying to push aside his feelings but being beside Alyssa 24/7 gives him insite that no one else sees and he is growing warmer for her every minute.
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Weak plot and just too much "romance."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The main characters, Derek and Alyssa, are well defined and it's fun to see how their push-pull relationship develops. The plot line has several twists and turns that keep you guessing till the end. I also enjoyed the relationship between the three brothers. Jami Alden has a relaxed, easy-to-read writing style that keeps you turning pages. I really liked that each of the books in this trilogy are complete, separate stories -- even though the characters overlap. I've already started on the next one!
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This second book in the Gemini Men Series was as good, if not even better than the first book in the series. This read is suspenseful & keeps you interested to the very end.
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urbangirl72 More than 1 year ago
liked both characters in the story. chemistry, sex, and love. bought the other two books in the series - hope they are just as good! this man is my fantasy on paper!
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