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"I love the banter between Rachael and Merrick throughout the book..... some steamy scenes that will not leave you disappointed."—The Indie Bookshelf
The soles of MJ's boots echoing off the concrete driveway sounded like drum beats in his head. A raging, metal death band soundtrack to his shit life. He reached his car—a black '68 Camaro convertible bought with blood money from his grandfather—and tossed his duffel bag in the backseat.
"Don't tell me you're running away again."
Her voice sparked chills up his back. MJ turned and looked, but could only see a cloud of cigarette smoke lingering under the garage light. "Stay out of my business," he said into the darkness.
Her deep, sultry chuckle sank inside his ears and made him close his eyes. That laugh. So many nights ... that laugh in the dark, under the sheets. God, how he'd ached for her when she left.
"I thought you quit smoking," he said, despite himself. Why could he never walk away from her?
Maddie slipped around the corner from the side of the garage and leaned against the door. He could just make out the faint red shine of her lips. Her dark hair loose around her shoulders. The predatory gleam in her eye. "Old habits die hard."
MJ let out a sharp laugh. "Not all of them." He opened the car door and got behind the wheel. There was no way he'd stay and get lured into her bed again. No way he'd go through that kind of torture when she took off on him.
Maddie had been his addiction, his drug, and he intended to stay clean. Clean, but not sober. The only place he wanted to be was at the bottom of a bottle of Jack Daniel's.
He fumbled with his keys, giving her one too many seconds to cross the driveway and reach his car. "The first time you ran away," she said, laying her hands on top of his car door, "you got as far as Coach's house. That time it was my fault because I spent two weeks of our summer at sleep-away camp and abandoned you here alone. Is it my fault this time too?"
Jesus, she was wearing that perfume—the one that smelled like vanilla and spice.
He remembered that summer. Two whole weeks without Maddie. She was the only bright spot in his life back then. His best friend, before she became even more.
His grandfather, Enzo Rocha, The Puppet Master, had kept MJ under his care and his thumb since he was born. MJ had been shipped from nanny to private boarding school, then another boarding school and another when he got kicked out for fighting, but he was never wanted under this roof—his grandfather's roof—this fucking mansion of a house where his grandfather would never even have had to see his face if he didn't want to. MJ's stays had been limited to short visits during summer and winter breaks.
And Maddie had always been there. The house manager's daughter. Four years older and wiser. Four years more experienced—a college girl when he was in high school. It was Maddie who had taken his virginity and his heart. It was Maddie who had destroyed his trust and ruined him for any other girl.
MJ's eyes roamed her face and down her body. The body that used to belong to him. His palms tingled with flesh memories of holding her breasts in his hands. The image of her naked was seared into his mind like it had been branded there. The way he made her sigh. The way he made her moan and whimper his name. His mouth watered, knowing exactly how she would taste, her lips, her skin, her ... he had to stop himself. She wasn't his. She'd broken her promise. She'd left him.
"Where are you going?" Maddie asked him. "Can I come along?"
"My life is none of your business." MJ shot her a stony glare. "Why are you even here?" He threw up a hand to stop her from answering. "You know what? Never mind. I don't even care."
He shoved the key into the ignition and fired up the engine. When she didn't step back from the car, he glanced up at her to find her staring down at him. He tried to look away, but couldn't. She'd always had a way of seeing inside him to the pain and hurt. She could always make it go away, and damn it, he needed her to. So he kept his eyes glued to hers like she was a fucking life-line until he felt something shift and crack inside him.
"You're not doing this to me again." He put the car in reverse knowing, it was too late, his words were a lie.
Maddie slowly strolled into the backyard. She hated hurting MJ. The hurt in his eyes, mixed with anger and something close to loathing ... it was more than she could bear.
She wrapped her arms around her stomach and took a few deep breaths to calm her nerves. She should've found somewhere else to go.
Maddie laughed silently to herself. She'd asked MJ if he was running away, but she was the one doing the running. She fingered the diamond ring under her shirt hanging on the chain around her neck and felt the familiar sting of anxiety shoot up from her stomach to her throat. Talan had been so understanding when she told him she needed time to think. She wasn't sure she deserved it.
The night he gave her the ring, the city skyline in the sunset took Maddie's breath away. Across the table from her, Talan's hazel eyes didn't leave her face. His expression held so much love and sincerity. She had a feeling she knew what the special night was about, why he brought her to Coach Insignia all the way up on the seventy-second floor of the Renaissance Center. A romantic, sunset dinner at the most expensive restaurant in town could only mean one thing.
They'd finished their dinners, and Maddie's dessert sat half-eaten on the plate in front of her. She couldn't eat one more bite.
She knew it was now or never.
Then the waiter approached their table with a bottle of chilled champagne and two flutes.
Maddie swallowed. Hard. Was this really happening?
She wasn't ready to be married. She wasn't ready to be with Talan for the rest of her life. Was she?
Purposely avoiding looking at Talan, Maddie watched the waiter walk away.
"Maddie?" Talan said.
She turned to him. He balanced a black ring box in the palm of his hand. She held her breath and studied his warm face, a sprinkle of freckles across his nose, amber flecks in his eyes, auburn hair to match the sunset outside the windows.
Talan was everything a woman wanted.
He was everything Maddie should want.
So, why was she so afraid?
He opened the box. A beautiful, platinum diamond ring sat on the cushion. "Will you do me the honor of being my wife?"
It felt like a porcupine crawled through her stomach. Yes. No. Her mind whirled. "I—I want to say yes, but I need some time to think."
Talan sat the ring box on the table and nodded, discouraged. "You don't want to be with me?"
"No! I do want to be with you." Maddie reached across and took his hand. "We haven't even been together a year yet. What's the rush?"
Talan frowned and rubbed his forehead. "No rush. It just felt like the right time."
Maddie's heart sank. How could she do this to him? She loved Talan and it wasn't like she'd never thought of marrying him over the last few months. They were clearly heading in that direction.
"This was a total surprise," she said. "I just need to think about it, that's all. Okay?"
Talan took a deep breath. "Maddie, maybe we need to take a break. Keep the ring and think about it." He opened her hand and sat the ring box on her palm.
It was heavier than she'd imagined it would be. "A break?"
She could tell he was disappointed and maybe even a little angry, but he wanted to break up?
"I love you, Maddie. Whatever you decide, it won't change that. But, I can't make you want to marry me. Take some time away from me to figure out how you feel. Do whatever you need to do to make your decision. When you're ready to be with me or let me go, tell me."
It had only been a couple days. The emotions the memory spurred in Maddie were still so strong, they knocked the breath out of her. She had no idea how to make this decision.
Maddie had wandered inside her father's apartment over the garage while reliving the night Talan proposed. Now, she paced the floor in her dad's living room. He should've been home from the big house by now. It wasn't that she was worried. She knew where he was, but she wanted him here. He was too old to be staying out so late. She wished he didn't need this job. The last person she wanted him working for was Enzo Rocha, the Old Man, as she and MJ liked to call him. But her dad had come to think of the Old Man as a good friend over the years he'd worked for him. She just hoped her dad hadn't mentioned the fact that she was back.
The Old Man had run her off a year and a half ago, but this time it was different. She was here for a good reason. A reason that had nothing to do with MJ.
Maddie sat on the end of the couch and dug her chain out from under her shirt. Her ring really was beautiful, a full carat emerald cut diamond set in a platinum band. It sparkled and shot rainbows up onto the ceiling.
She knew Talan would be at home, sitting up in bed with his electronic tablet wearing his black-framed glasses, no shirt and pajama pants. He'd have ESPN on the TV, but he wouldn't be paying any attention to it.
Contentment settled over her thinking about how warm it would be snuggled next to him. How he'd still smell faintly of cologne and play with her hair.
She'd been so lucky to meet Talan. After graduating from Michigan State and coming home to Sandy Springs for what she thought was forever, only to be run off by Enzo Roach, she was devastated when she moved back to East Lansing. She and Talan hadn't started dating right away. She told him about MJ, about how she'd had to break up with him, although she didn't dare tell Talan—or anyone—why she left Sandy Springs.
They became great friends first, then slowly, their relationship developed into more. He was perfect. Loving and loyal, caring, hard-working. She never had to worry about the ground shifting under her feet with him. He was stable and their relationship was what good marriages were based on.
Maddie curled up on the couch with her head on the armrest. She even liked Talan's family, and from what she knew from her married friends, that never happened.
Clearly, there were more pros than cons when it came to her decision. Any sane woman would jump at the chance to marry a man like Talan. So, what was she doing wasting time back in Sandy Springs, Georgia, at the Rocha Estate?
Don't answer that question, she told herself. It was of the rhetorical variety that had plagued her mind on repeat for the past year and a half. Every question came down to the same, one-word, one-name answer.
He hit the door of the Third Base Lounge with both hands, making it bounce back off the wall as he stepped inside. His first priority was a drink or five, then he'd move on to a distraction. Glancing around, he didn't see the female distraction he'd been getting around to knowing better. Carnally better. Too bad. Tonight would've been a night for her to remember.
He was glad Paul was behind the bar tonight and not the new guy Coach had hired who tried to card MJ two nights ago. He settled in on a bar stool and ordered a double of Jack. This was home and Coach Harting, the owner, was as close to a father as he'd ever had. MJ had grown up eating peanuts and watching cartoons with Maddie in the bar's back office while Coach balanced his books.
Coach Harting had coached every summer Little League team MJ had ever been on and sponsored them with Third Base Lounge jerseys. He was the reason MJ made it onto the GSU baseball team at all after Maddie left.
Those first few months after she'd left, MJ had been a mess. He got drunk and passed out every night, dropped most of his classes his first semester, and started fighting with anyone who wouldn't back down. Coach wouldn't give up on him though, said MJ had too much talent to let a woman destroy his dreams. Coach met with the GSU baseball coach and personally vouched for MJ, said he'd kick MJ's ass if he didn't shape up. Somehow, the GSU coach believed him and let him on the team.
Now Coach owed MJ an ass whooping.
MJ took the shot glass from the bartender. "Keep these coming." He tossed the fiery whiskey down his throat and slammed the glass down onto the bar.
"Bad day?" Paul asked, whisking the empty away and replacing it with another.
MJ rolled his head back and forth from shoulder to shoulder. The Jack warmed his stomach and dulled his senses. "You wouldn't believe the day I've had."
Paul braced his hands against the bar. "A chick?"
MJ took a deep sip of his double shot, nodding. "Kicked me square in the balls." He swallowed and winced. No need to mention his daddy issues. That situation was too fucked up to even try to explain.
Paul dropped his hands. "Sorry, man."
"Yeah. Whatever. We haven't been together for over a year anyway."
Paul leaned in, resting his forearms on the bar. "Wait. You mean Maddie? Is she back?"
MJ exhaled sharply through his nose and downed the rest of his shot.
That was all the answer Paul needed. He gave MJ a friendly punch to the arm and shook his head before striding to the other end of the bar where he was being flagged down for a beer.
Someone ran into MJ from behind, jolting him sideways on his stool. Instantly enraged, he swung his fist around, connecting with the back of the guy's head. It was one of the idiots playing pool. "Watch yourself."
The guy grabbed the front of MJ's shirt and threw him back into his stool where he lost his balance and fell off onto his ass on the floor. "Want to try that again?"
Drunk and stumbling, it took a second for MJ to get onto his feet and start swinging. The dull, dark pounding in his head was a tribal drum beat spurring his anger. The man became every guy he'd ever imagined Maddie with in Michigan and MJ threw every punch harder than the last, determined to take back what was his. He wouldn't be denied any longer. MJ slammed his fist into the side of the man's head, making him shuffle sideways against the bar. MJ rushed forward, eager to finish this asshole.
With another punch to the man's gut, the man became MJ's father, and a surge of animosity crackled under MJ's skin. He would be heard. Seen. Acknowledged. His fists jabbed hard and fast against the man's face and abdomen. The cracks of fist against skin urged MJ on again and again. Thanks to his trusty friend, Jack Daniel's, he didn't even feel the hits he took.
A pair of hands grabbed him from behind, and as he was being dragged backward, he saw Paul had a hand on the other guy's chest pushing him back.
"You've got way to much piss and vinegar in you, Son," Coach said from behind him. "Let's get you back to the office and sobered up."
Looking up into Coach's face, etched with disappointment, MJ wished he'd make good on his promise and kick his ass. He deserved it.CHAPTER 2
Your boy's drunk off his ass, Peach. Got in a fight. Come get him."
From his spot lying in the old, battered booth inside Coach's office, MJ heard Coach's words spinning around in his head. Peach. Maddie's nickname. "I'm not her boy," he mumbled, incoherently. "I'm not her boy," he said again, to make sure it was understood.
His bottom lip throbbed, and when he swiped it with his thumb, he realized it was split open and bleeding. One punch was all he let the other guy have. Or maybe it was the only one he remembered.
"Paul says you been in here talkin' about her all night," Coach said, putting a hand over the receiver to talk to MJ. "I've known you both too long to fool me, kid."
MJ could only imagine what Maddie must be thinking, must be saying on the other side of that phone conversation. The last thing she wanted was for him to be her boy. She'd made that perfectly clear.
MJ grabbed the sides of his head. Jesus, why did she have to come back? Thinking about her sent a freight train loose inside his head. Off the tracks. Derailed. Combusted into a million flaming pieces. Or was it the music blaring on the other side of the wall, and the crack of billiard balls breaking his brain in half?
Fuck, he was dizzy. And his stomach hurt like hell.
"Thanks, Peach. The kid owes you one." Coach hung up the phone and loomed over him, glaring down into the booth. "Your woman will be here in ten. Get your drunk ass out of that booth."
MJ grabbed the top of the booth and pulled himself up. "You know she's not my woman."
Coach cocked a gray, hairy eyebrow. "She's back, ain't she?"
MJ couldn't help but smirk. She was back. He didn't know why that made him feel like grinning like an idiot while facing Coach. Maybe because he couldn't hide anything from the man. Maybe because he was drunk off his ass.
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Posted May 11, 2013
First, I would suggest you read No Take Backs. It's a novella that gives you the perfect segue into Taken by Storm. It's extremely hot. Moisture protection is a must. Most importantly though, you learn that Merrick has twenty year old son that he never knew about.
MJ (Merrick Junior) has been hidden away his whole life by Merrick's father, The Old Man. MJ's closest friend is Maddie. She is the daughter of the house manager that works for MJ's grandfather. They were like brother and sister until their relationship became more intimate. The Old Man forces Maddie to leave town in order to keep family secrets and keep Maddie away from MJ.
Throughout the story you know that Maddie is keeping secrets from MJ. So it was hard for me to like her character. But MJ is willing to fight for this girl that owns his heart. I loved Merrick even more in Taken by Storm. He takes MJ in to his heart and his home immediately. I just love Rachael, Merrick's girlfriend. She says what's on her mind and stands up to The Old Man, always ready to defend Merrick.
As MJ tries to adjust to being a part of a family he's never known, Maddie tries to decide between loving the man her heart most desires or Talan the man every woman should want to marry. So far Maddie has chosen to protect her father and MJ by keeping secrets for The Old Man. Then all of her efforts are wasted when someone else comes along to tell all the secrets. It's a bomb I did not see coming. I have know idea why Merrick's father would go to such extremes. He really is the devil. But what's more disappointing is that his sister was also aware of the information.
MJ is sweet and forgiving and ultimately wins his hearts desire. It gets really hot up in there once Maddie gives in to her heart as well. I love the touch of ghost story the author includes in Taken by Storm. I also really hope we get more of Beck's story in his own book maybe.
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Posted May 11, 2013
The series keeps getting better! I was blown away with all the twist and turns, and have fallin in major love with this story! I can't wait to read the next one!
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Posted May 10, 2013
Posted May 8, 2013
When I read Taken last year, it was unique and definitely intrigued me. Then, I read No Take Backs, which is a short novella between books one and two. I absolutely loved No Take Backs and it left me anxious to see what would happen with MJ and Merrick. I enjoyed Taken by Storm, but I think to fully appreciate it, you need to look at the big picture of the series.
When I first met MJ, I wasn't quite sure what to think. He's been 'hidden' his whole life and he's just learned some major life altering news. I felt that he came across as he should. He's angry, a bit confrontational, and definitely confused. He had always assumed his father wanted nothing to do with him. To make matters worse, his first love and best friend returns to town, making MJ feel even more angry and conflicted. Only...Maddie also has her own issues she's trying to work through.
Maddie has known MJ pretty much his whole life. They played together as kids and eventually started a relationship. After Maddie graduated from college she returned home to give their relationship a fair chance, but her plans quickly changed. MJ was left with no answers and a broken heart. Now, Maddie doesn't want to let MJ go. I really felt for Maddie. She carries with her secrets about MJ and her reasons for leaving him behind. It was a lot of pressure on her shoulders.
Watching Maddie and MJ go back and forth was often frustrating. I wanted Maddie to tell MJ her secrets so bad. Despite the frustrating moments, there were some really sweet moments between them too. We get to see what their friendship was like and we still see Maddie standing by MJ's side while he goes through this new life change with Merrick. Oh...and there was some serious sexual tension. In the end, I was happy to see MJ and Maddie's story come together.
Overall, I enjoyed Taken by Storm. As I said above, I think looking at this book from an overall series perspective, helped me to get more involved in the story. I liked the characters very much and I think they will be an asset to the overall series plan. I will say that I looked forward to reading scenes that had Merrick and Rachael in them. I didn't realize how much I had missed them. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series, Given, which is scheduled to release sometime this year. If you're looking for a great Adult series to begin that has a good dose of steam and intrigue, check this one out!
~"You don't say anything I understand, so stop talking before you piss me off again."-Loc 1920
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Posted May 13, 2013
It feels as if I waited forever for this book. I liked it a lot and I especially appreciated that the author stopped using the impersonal 'you' and the narrative is now in third person. I was also happy to see that the plot is thickening and the intrigue is heightening. But I could not give it 5 stars... Maddie, the heroine in this book, was immature and selfish and drove me nuts keeping 'the secret' grom MJ. I just could not connect with her character. Did not particularly like the new character that showed up on the island in the end, not very believable. I also miss Rachael and Merrick, which were only secondary characters in this book. I hope the next book focuses on them and brings more closure rather than dropping more characters and complicating the plot.
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Posted May 9, 2013
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Posted July 6, 2014
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
A new author is always a nice thing to find. I have found one with Kelli Maine as she writes about those hard headed Rocha Men. As much as they are hard headed, they are also very faithful to those that they love which is always a nice attribute to a very hunky and hot man. It shows a little of a softer side but just enough to leave the edge there.
Also a nice cougar type of a storyline; which starts while they were still in high school. MJ and Maddie have always been best friends. Her father has worked for MJ’s grandfather forever. As they became older things changed between them. Friends soon became lovers. MJ over time has become a very surly person. Mother has dies, dad left and grandfather (although rich) can be a real bastard. He expects everyone to bow to him. Maddie left because of MJ’s grandfather breaking MJ’s young heart which made him even angrier. Over time Maddie comes home to sort things out which cause friction. The old feelings are still there for each other. They never left but there are too many secrets.
Ms. Maine gave us real characters that we immediately are drawn to. We step right into their lives wanting to help them. At times finding we want to smack them alongside the back of the head.
Things are complicated as we delve deeper into MJ’s life. As the story unfolds we find MJ’s dad coming back into his life along with a whole group of other people to make his family just more complicated. But, if you are honest with yourself you realize that all families are complicated to some degree.
Merrick steps into the role as MJ’s father wholeheartedly, and when things come to light you almost feel sorry for everyone involved.
As we the reader travel down the twists and turns of this different story we can’t help but fall in love with the complicatedness of the realism that Ms. Maine has brought to life. She finds a way of turning what could have an ordinary story about love into a not so ordinary story been with intrigue, passion, romance and enough secrets to keep this fast paced story very real and entertaining. To say the least I am now off to read Taken and await the next story by Ms. Maine.
Posted January 20, 2014
These keep getting better and better! Beautifully written the suspense of what is to come next keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read this in a day can not wait for the nextWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2013
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Taken By Storm, by author Kelli Maine, is a passionate romance that revolves around Maddie Simcoe and MJ. They had a past; one of friendship that grew into deep desire. But Maddie broke MJ’s heart when she was forced to leave without telling him why. Although she was still in love with MJ, Maddie agreed to marry someone else. If she can’t have a marriage filled with breathtaking passion, at least she will have one filled with constancy and stability. When Maddie comes back to town, MJ is determined to show her what she missed out on and an engagement ring on her finger will not stop him. MJ has no idea of the shocking truth behind her decision to leave and stay away.
Kelli Maine knows how to make a relationship sizzle. There were sparks flying through the air between MJ and Maddie. I was so enraptured by the passion between them that I read this book in one setting. This is the second book in this series. I did not read the first one but had no trouble falling right into the storm. The author leaves the reader with an ending that hints at more books in this series. I was not familiar with the name Kelli Maine. Now that I am, her name will move to the top of my romance list. Kelli Maine is a very talented author, able to transition from past to present and back again smoothly. I liked Maddie mostly because she had spunk. She didn’t give in easily. MJ fits nicely with Maddie because he is strong enough to stand up to her and still love her with his whole heart. Well done, Kelli Maine.
This review is of the audio format and read by Annie Green. Her voice adds just the right emotion at just the right time.
Posted October 15, 2013
Posted October 15, 2013
Posted October 3, 2013
This is MJ's and Maddie's story. Enzo, Merrick's evil father, kept MJ hidden for 20 years. This story is really good!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2013
Well written. Characters and story well developed Can't help but believe Enzo has more secrets and will continue to try to ruin them.
Posted July 25, 2013
Posted June 29, 2013
This is the first Kelli Maine book that I have read. I was impressed with the way this book was written. I have had retention issues in the past and was not able to sit down with this book for any extended periods of time. I found that the character and plot development was done in such a way that I remembered nearly every detail. I was also concerned because I hadn't read any of the Give and Take books, but this book could easily be a stand alone. I will definately be going back to read the others. The book centers around MJ and Maddie's friendship/relationship. They grew up together and were best friends. Maddie was forced to leave by MJ's grandfather after she discovered a family secret and have no further contact with MJ with a threat that something would happen to her father if she did not comply. MJ lost the love of his life without so much as a goodbye and becomes angry and destructive - both to himself and others. When Maddie comes home (out of the blue) to contemplate a major life decision, MJ doesn't know what to do with himself and attempts to walk away from Maddie but force her to come after him. There is a constant push/pull between these 2, and the strength of their emotions is clearly evident. I was pulling for their relationship to succeed and for love to prevail in the end. The big secret is eventually revealed by another party, and MJ's world as he knows it has been a total lie. Despite the fact that Maddie never told him, she is the only one he has to lean on and is able to calm his fears and tension with dealing with his new life. While there is an HEA, I suspect that there will probably be more to their story in a subsequent book. I look forward to it and would recommend this book and author to my friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2013
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By: Kelli Maine
Published By: K.M.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: Give & Take #2
"Taken By Storm" by Kelli Maine was the second in the series: 'Give & Take #2.'
As this saga continues you will find that in this novel will be filled with "mysteries, deception, secrets and much danger. This was the story of MJ Rocah. Here is a little about what this series is about....
"Book 2 in the Give & Take series follow the story of MJ Rocah. MJ has been living in a hidden world in and out of board schools being hidden away from his father. While he spent summers at the Rocah Estate he formed a friendship with Maddie Simcoe. Maddie and MJ formed a bond as children and it eventually turned into more. But like everyone in his life Maddie leaves, with no explanation and doesn't return..."
What are the circumstances that are keeping Maddie and MJ apart? Maddie had left 'Turtle Tear Island and now she was back. Will these two be able to 'share the secrets and manage to get back together again? What will happen when Merrick finds out this secret? This is where I say you must read this good read "Taken By Storm" to see what all in going on this this tale. This will be a novel that will keep you guessing but in the end... The characters were all more or less very well developed in this turbulent ride only to want the next series.
If you are in for a good read with some of it all...suspense and romance you have come to the right place for this series "Taken By Storm" would be recommended to you.
Posted June 23, 2013
Taken by Storm by Kelli Maine was at best, okay. I had been urged by a few Kelli Maine friends to read her work and was hoping to be wowed. Sadly, and this could be because I haven't read the first book in the series, Give & Take, I was not.
Maddie and MJ had a history, one that had resulted in friendship, love and joy, but led to separation, sadness and a sense of betrayal; particularly on MJ's side. He didn't realise that Maddie continued to love him, but had been sworn away from him.
It seems that the patriarch of the Rocha family, Enzo, has been deceiving his entire family for many years. MJ was the secret child of Merrick, the Hero of the first book, Taken, and Gina, his deceased girlfriend. Maddie knows a secret, that could devastate her long-time love MJ. Fiercely loyal Maddie had left MJ to keep her father safe, despite breaking two hearts in the process.
Maine successfully delivered a story that was filled with angst, passion, and tortured characters. There was also a good dose of sexual chemistry, with a dash of sizzle. I liked the way the story was told, with touching glimpses of the past. I felt compelled to continue reading, but I just didn't feel connected to the characters, and found the secrets and lies a little unbelievable, and therefore, wasn't captivated.
For those who enjoy a light romance, with sordid mysteries to unravel, tension and sexy Hero's, I would recommend this series. It didn't grab me, but that's not to say it wouldn't be another's delight.
Thank you NetGalley for the provision of Taken by Storm in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this review.
Posted June 15, 2013
Posted June 14, 2013