His to Take

His to Take

by Shayla Black
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His to Take 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Marie1MB More than 1 year ago
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review: What can I say about His To Take by Shayla Black? First off, other than being wickedly delicious and filled with suspense and the sensual BDSM we enjoy from Miss Black's Wicked Lover books is that the characters are a bit different compared to previous characters in this series. However, I am NOT saying this is in anyway a bad thing, in fact I found the characters beyond likable and may well be my new favorites in the series. We got the sexy yet stern, Joaquin who wants to save another woman from getting tortured and killed like his friend had. He risks EVERYTHING, including his job to protect Bailey the sweet and seductive ballerina who is the next target from the horrendous bad guys that are after her for secrets she doesn't quite remember. After taking her to Club Dominion, things get heated between captor and captive and they both learn a few things about themselves that they didn't realize were inside them the whole time. I loved how intricate and well woven His To Take was. It had the perfect blend of suspense and romance. The love scenes were both sensual and deliciously erotic. I LOVED how we got not one, but TWO characters new to BDSM. Luckily we have some previous Wicked Lover characters that both guide and teach the newbies what they need to know. I was also amazed because both characters have great instincts when it comes to BDSM play but neither one has any issues taking some guidance from others to make sure everything is safe and pleasurable. I really liked Bailey. She is a wonderfully talented ballerina with a body I envy. She is also a sweet submissive. She just doesn't realize it until arriving and exploring the popular BDSM club she is being kept in. Now Joaquin is a very stern man. He also happens to be a Dom. It takes him experiencing feelings and instincts he never thought he had, until Bailey came into his life. After talking things out with the club's owner, he starts to realize himself, that he always liked the control in the bedroom but he never gave much thought to it until Bailey shows her almost bratty and fiery side. This is when things heat up and become more then a job to Joaquin.  Sex between Bailey and Joaquin are inspiring, sexy, and oh so good as they both explore the different dynamics in BDSM. Not only do we get this sinfully addicting romance, but when danger gets closer, the action intensifies and the suspense becomes edgy, just the way I enjoy these books! His To Take was SO GOOD that I had to make sure I gave it the rating it deserved. I thought this story was well written with some sexy as sin scenes and a edgy storyline that giving this story ANYTHING less than a FIVE SHOOTING STARS was impossible! His To Take was worth EVERY. SINGLE. STAR. I gave it. Bottom line. This book was sincerely good and I enjoyed reading every page! Well done Miss Black. Well done. 
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
His To Take is the ninth book in Shayla Black's Wicked Lovers series. Readers who are familiar with Black's erotic series, will find a lot to like with this one. Nearly all of the Wicked Lovers books feature either the hero or heroine with a previous BDSM background, not so with this one. In a refreshing change of pace, Black makes her latest couple only curious about the lifestyle and in a position to explore together. But things don't start out quite the way you would imagine, since our hero is a kidnapper. A great new book in a great series! Shayla Black never disappoints when it comes to her ideas about the BDSM community. Some writers over-sensationalize it others over-trivialize it, Black however, seems to have a real understanding of the kinds of people who find that this lifestyle is for them. I liked the fact that neither Joaquin nor Bailey had previous experiences with BDSM. Some might say that this is one of Black's tamer books, but I think it was very fitting for the level of intimacy of the characters. BDSM is often times dependent on trust and that has to be earned and built. I thought Black did a wonderful job with it here. Joaquin is an interesting hero. First he kidnaps the heroine... LOL! I wasn't quite sure what to think about that, he even uses a tranquilizer on her. Good grief what a way to meet someone for the first time. It was of course for her protection, but I would think that might cause Bailey to have a red flag or two about this guy. She has some deep dark emotionally scarring memories that she has basically repressed. But she isn't the only one harboring secrets, Joquin's past isn't a walk in the park either. I thought they made a fantastic couple. Both filled with a lot of pain and a lot of loss, yet together they were a force to be reckoned with. Black does such a wonderful job of making her characters realistic. I think Joaquin fits that type-A, alpha kind of personality that needs to be in control in one way or another. The fact that he is really seeking vengeance here really comes across well and readers will be able to believe that this is what it is all about for him. He just has that aura of command. That also plays into his curiosity about BDSM. Bailey is also very strong heroine. She is expected to learn and take on a different idea of what her past was really like and she takes it in stride and does the best she can with it. Both characters were well developed and surprising in a lot of ways. Bottom Line: Once again Shayla Black delivers. This is a great series and this book is one of my favorites in it. I liked the fact that the lead characters aren't pro's at the BDSM lifestyle and though Club Dominion was an important factor, all of the action was not dependent on the club. The characters were well written and very interesting. They weren't your typical Shayla Black couple and they showed the versatility that Black is capable of in her writing. A great book!
lor1104 More than 1 year ago
Shayla does it again. You will love Bailey and Joaquin. The caring and supportive way they are together is pure love in the making.
GrrrGirl More than 1 year ago
This whole series is great and this book is too. Shayla Black writes hot steamy books with interesting plots and complex characters. I enjoy her books so much I often reread previous books before I start a new one just the refresh my memory and because they are worth rereading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, even though it is number 9 in the series, Shayla Black's writing never gets boring or drags on.  I read this in one night as I couldn't put it down.  Five stars!
HCLabarre More than 1 year ago
His to Take is a suspenseful and deeply seductive journey that will have you at the edge of your seat. Thrown together under the threat of nefarious evildoers, Joaquin and Bailey grapple with the traumas of the past to secure a bright and loving future. I loved these characters! Bailey is lyrically beautiful, smoothing Joaquin’s rough edges and exposing the love waiting to embrace him. Joaquin provides the strength and security Bailey needs to uncover a life she never knew existed. This book gives you everything you need and more – laughter, tears, pulse-pounding action, nail-biting suspense, and sexy scenes of wild passion. The Wicked Lovers is a phenomenal series that gets better with every book. I can't wait for more!
Joeygirl More than 1 year ago
His to take was a wonderful read. I really loved this book. Joaquin was a man on a mission and there was no stopping him. I really enjoyed his character. Even though he has closed his self of from family and friends because of a death a long time ago. I think it makes his character better. Especially when the light bulb goes off in his head and he opens up. Men always hardheaded. Bailey she was great. I just loved her. I loved her attitude, dancing and just her personality. I really enjoyed them together. I do wish we could have seen what happens with them a couple months later. So many things I question. Did they find what her dad left her on that disc after the place blew up. I am hoping it made it past the blast somehow. Lol . I wonder if there was a message on it from her dad? Do we have a baby? I am sure we will see them in the next book so maybe we will find more things out with them. This was a great read. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for more. As always Shayla Black does a kick ass job. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shayla is amazing! I love that you're able to catch up with previous characters!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--HIS TO TAKE is the ninth full length installment in Shayla Black’s adult, contemporary Wicked Lovers erotic, romance series focusing on a close knit group of friends, family and formers SEALs, FBI and NSA agents who partake in the BDSM life style. This is NSA Agent Joaquin Munoz and ballet dancer Bailey Benson’s storyline. Although HIS TO TAKE is the ninth book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty as can most of the books in this series. Told from alternating third person points of view the storyline focuses on the search for a missing woman who disappeared twenty years earlier and is presumed dead at the hands of a terrorist cell searching for information into DNA manipulation. With what appears to be a serial killer on the hunt for all women who fit the missing female’s description, NSA Agent Joaquin Munoz disobeys the direct orders of his superiors and sets out on his own to save a woman the others believe holds the secrets to a two decades old mystery. When Bailey Benson’s profile matches all of the previous victim’s profiles, Joaquin easily locates and abducts Bailey then hides her away at Club Dominion-the BDSM club owned by Mitchell Thorpe (Theirs to Cherish #8). The premise finds Joaquin immediately attracted to Bailey but our hero is a man who does not do relationships; does not fall in love; and has had very little contact with anyone in years. His reaction to Bailey is visceral but I didn’t quite buy into Joaquin’s growing love. He is an NSA agent whose life has been spent rescuing others and hunting terrorists. Their time spent at Club Dominion finds our hero needing to ‘spank’ Bailey for her lack of self preservation and in this the storyline takes a rather unwelcome turn for this reader. Neither Bailey nor Joaquin had ever considered the BDSM lifestyle but in the presence of the others, both have a need to partake of the action. This particular aspect of the storyline felt awkward, contrived and unnecessary, and frankly not believable. It was short lived and not without some cringe worthy moments especially when both were acting on the advice from the professional BDSM members. Joaquin’s need to punish Bailey does not sit well with the others-there is no role playing or Dom/sub action, it is purely punishment for disobeying orders. Most, if not all, of the previous storyline couples and lovers play a secondary or supporting role as many favors are called in to help with the investigation into the number of deaths and the people hunting for Bailey Benson. Callie, Sean and Thorpe (Theirs to Cherish) prepare for their upcoming wedding and by way of a storyline role or mention, the extended and ensemble cast of characters makes for an interesting few days in isolation for Baily and Joaquin. It was nice revisiting with previous couples, lovers and their growing extended families. The sexual situations include some BDSM, some spanking and punishment-not only for our leading couple but as part of Club Dominion’s available assets. Most of the BDSM content is voyeuristic as we are pulled into the needs of the heroes, from the previous storylines, to punish their lovers for a perceived act of betrayal or disobedience-again, these actions felt a little gratuitous and unnecessary to the overall plot. I understand that WICKED LOVERS is a series whereby all of our heroes and heroines partake in the BDSM lifestyle, but Bailey and Joaquin were completely out of their element and uncomfortable with what needed to be done. HIS TO TAKE is a fast paced, intense and intriguing storyline. Shayla Black combines mystery and suspense, with a little bit of erotic imagery to stimulate the senses and need to read on. Revisiting old friends and previous storyline characters was a welcome addition to HIS TO TAKE. I am looking forward to many more storylines in the Wicked Lovers series.
glyndad17 More than 1 year ago
Some how, some way, Shayla Black has done it again!  From the very first page of this book, Mrs. Black pulls you in with action, mystery, and ultimately a love story.  We have not seen much of Joaquin in the previous books and the reason is revealed in this book!  If you can feel everything for one character- from dislike to adoration- you will feel them for Joaquin.  To be honest, I was not a fan of Joaquin throughout most of the book.  He is selfish and hard.  However, if ever there was a character to redeem himself, Joaquin is it.   As if you needed more emotion, Bailey's story will make you rage with anger and cry tears of anguish.  The two of them are frustrating and endearing.  Don't worry- as with the other Wicked Lovers books- there is some steamy hot romance and BDSM is definitely involved!   I love that we get to visit our Wicked Lover's friends in this book.  I do recommend reading the other Wicked Lover's books before reading  this one.  It's not a requirement, but I feel like the reader will be more connected to the story if he/she has read the other Wicked Lover's books first.  I encourage you to run- not walk- to read this book.  I devoured the book in about 2 days because it was just THAT GOOD!   You will not be disappointed!
darleenee More than 1 year ago
Book just wasn't up to her usual standards in my opinion.....I skimmed a lot and who does that with a Shayla Black book. Also calling her "baby girl" all the time just didn't sound right.