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Taken by Kelli Maine

FIRST TIME IN PRINT! Includes NEW prologue!


He steals her away to a deserted island, to the one place she's dreamed of being-the one place she can't go. He's used to buying whatever he wants, but he can't buy her.


How can she resist the magnetism of his body, the longing ache deep inside her? She wants him to take her-on her terms.


Every attempt he makes to love her only hurts her. How can they go on like this? This is the story of how she was . . .


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455598953
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Series: Give & Take Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 661,422
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author of TAKEN and its sequel, No Take Backs, Kelli Maine watches entirely too much reality TV, which led to her compulsion to write dramatic romance novels. Blessed with a unique ability to bond with difficult people, she's convinced she could win Big Brother. Her deathly fear of heights would keep her from completing half of the detours on The Amazing Race, and she's shocked nobody has ever penned The Survivor Diet Plan: Eat One Cup of Rice for Thirty-Nine Days and Lose Fifty Pounds!

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.

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Twitter @KelliMaine


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Taken 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 243 reviews.
hdough More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I'm a bit shocked by others reviews of this, especially for those that liked 50 shades - since the writing is fairly sub-par in Shades - and this a huge jump in writing quality. To clarify - TAKEN is told in 2nd person - not first person - which the fact that most people are complaining about it but have no idea what it is - may give me some insight into the negative reviews. I love the use of this perspective here! Not something I'm used to, but it worked so well in this book so that we could really get in Rachael's head to understand her thought process. Which I think was in important in understanding how she could work through the whole being "Taken" thing. Maine's writing is beautiful and descriptive, I really felt like I was there - feeling and seeing the island. Like going on a mid-work week vacation! It sure didn't hurt to go on the trip with hot Merrick, either. Speaking of Merrick - what great, tragic character. I love that she let him be so broken and making such big mistakes, so we get to see him continue to grow and change. Oh and did I mention how steamy the chemistry is between them? WHOA. I enjoyed this book (would give it 4.75 stars if I could) and have already started No Take Backs. I say give 2nd person a try, it may take a chapter or two to really get into it, but I think it's worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kelli Maine's book, Taken, was a first for me in two wonderful ways. Not only was this the first book I've ever read in 2nd person POV, but it is the first book I've ever read in the erotica genre (NO! I DID NOT READ 50 SHADES, SUE ME!). Also, I have not read an "adult" book in a long time (I read mostly YA), so it was quite refreshing to be in the head of grown-ups, dealing with grown-up issues in a very grown-up manner. As for the book itself, let me just say...WOW. I'm a huge fan. The author's use of second person POV was very different for me. It was strange for the first few pages and then I was completely hooked and couldn't imagine reading it any other way. It made the reading of this story a very intimate experience and I loved being in Rachel's (the MC) head as it allowed me to hear, taste, smell, see, and touch/feel everything right along with her. The thing I really loved about this MC was that she always questioned EVERYTHING. Nothing was easy, cut and dry, black and white for this MC. The author's ability to write a character with the level of introspection she did, is truly phenomenal and talent at it's best. Merrick, the incredibly hot and sexy LI, was very well developed with wonderfully deep, meaningful layers that were slowly peeled away, revealing a man who is everything you fantasize about on the outside while still being a broken, vulnerable person on the inside (which I love!). My emotions ran the gamut where Merrick was concerned. I despised him, liked him, hated him, loved him, hurt for him, lusted for him, cried for him, and so on. Seeing the emotional growth and journeys of both Rachel and Merrick was a very fulfilling experience. Additionally, this story had a plot! And a great one at that. It was well thought out and believable. I was blown away by the meticulous details that the author used to describe the setting, especially of the hotel and the island where most of the story takes place. It felt so authentic and her ability to describe things always gave me a perfect image of what was happening and what I was seeing. Sometimes it was like I was watching a movie rather that reading a book. LOVE. THAT. And lets not forget the smexy scenes, 'cause holy hotness was there some smexy stuff going on in there. The romantic tension, the sexual tension, the emotional tension...this book was full of tension that kept me reading late into the night. The pacing was spot on and had me flying through this book in only two sittings. Overall, I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book. It is full of masturbatory brilliance in every way imaginable. From the writing to the characters to the plot and of course, the erotic elements, this story has it all.
Cae1616 More than 1 year ago
The author is a close personal friend of mine. I love her to death. I had a VERY difficult time with the 2nd person vantage point--AT FIRST. I have read much of her writing previously to this, and could not understand why she would write with the impersonal you. But then, I kept reading, because let's be realistic, to really get hooked on a book and actually "get it," the reader must read past chapter four!!! I liked the book. I ended up digging the writing style. Just because something is DIFFERENT than what one is used to, does not make it bad. People are too critical. Books are supposed to take people away from their humdrum lives and trasport them to places of fantasy and mystery. Turtle Tear is pretty mystical to me. I say, "Wonderful Job J...KELLI!" I am proud of you and your book. Ps. People, it is very difficult to get "titilated" by a book your friend wrote, and yet I did. So, enjoy your reading... Ha!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the storyline and characters but the writing style is different. I will be reading the follow up novella but more than likely will not read anything else from this author. If you like the whole stockholm syndrome you'll like this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are reading my review. I am telling you the writing style makes it hard to read. I tell you that you should read the sample portion first. I tell you that i couldnt get past the first few chapters. It gave me a headache. This review is written in a similar fashion of the book itself. It is NOTtHING like 50shades. You click on "This review was helpful" The end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever said this book was similar to Fifty Shades definitely exaggerated. This book was one of the worst books I have ever read. I can't even remember the lead character name because she refer to him as "you" thoughout the whole book. The reviews that indicated this book was good obviously want you to waste your money like they did. Fifty shade Christian at least had a personality this "you" character was just plain nuts! Christian didn't need to kidnap anyone. Need I say more. Don't waste your money ! Read Fifty again! One star for the author effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think it was possible to enjoy more than 50 Shades buti did. The writing style takes some getting used to though.
Reading-Writing-Waiting More than 1 year ago
I loved the story line of TAKEN. The idea of a misunderstood abduction screamed must read to me. While I admit, at first I was like who is this Merrick creep and why in the heck did he kidnap her, I grew to understand him—just like the main character, Rachel did. The idea of a lonely billionaire with a closet full of emotional baggage may fit the same profile as my beloved Christian Grey, but Merrick’s skeletons were different. They were not as twisted as Christian’s, but that doesn’t mean Merrick doesn’t have major flaws. The way Ms. Maine reveals his dark, dirty secrets made me understand a little about more about Merrick and the way he ticked. I felt more of a connection with him because his love and affection for Rachel wasn’t coming from such a dark and creepy place as Christian Grey. I see some of the other reviewers hated the 2nd person tense the story was written in. I understand how it may seem a little weird, but if YOU think about it, we speak in 2nd person all the time. So, that’s how I read it. I read it as if Rachel was speaking to me like I was Merrick and she was telling me her side of the story. I rather enjoyed it after a few pages. It made me feel closer and more involved in the story. To me it was a fresh way to present a cool concept in a book. Overall, I loved this novel. It has all the makings of some of my other favorites in this genre (Thoughtless, Fifty Shades of Grey, Rock Me, Backstage Pass, and Beautiful Disaster…) of an epic love story. I just can’t get enough of these flawed bad boys. And Kelli Maine has created a new one for me to love. So, kudos Ms. Maine for an awesome novel!
mothano31 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, now the wait for book three to come out!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is wow!!!!!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad like some are saying. yes the way it is written is wierd but i think you get used to it. I mean come on if you read fifty shades you can not say that was written well either. If you are looking for something like fifty then this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Hope she writes more like it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing style is different, but I liked it. A very easy read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one afternoon, and instantly bought the second in the series. There will be a third coming out next year which I fully intend on getting! Can't wait to keep following Merrick and Rachael!
InkVamp More than 1 year ago
Read it in one night! I wasn't sure about this book when I bought it. I heard some mixed reviews, which I try not to listen to and I am so glad I didn't. I loved it! The wriitng was easy to get used to and the storyline was well written. I loved how it went straight into the plot and there wasn't a big background build up. Very good read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was amazeing and i have to say i never readed a book written in second person point view i was the first for me and not as hard as i though to read cant wait for the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. I stayed up all night reading. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great quick read if you are looking for an unusual romantic twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me some time to get used to the way it was written. It's very different from any book that i have ever read, but i absolutely loved it! In the end it's style just makes it more unique and gives you much more insight to how Rachel is feeling. I read tons of books and this is one of the better ones I read since fifty shades of gray.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE, LOVE this book. I have never read anything in 2nd person...didn't know how I would like, but it was GREAT. It made what is normally a he/she said book way more interesting. To those that keep trying to compare this book to Fifty Shades you NEED TO STOP! I read all of the Fifty Shades books and they weren't all that, she certainly wasn't the first one to write a book like that, and it was even poorly written (even E.L. James said that)....move on people. Again, really loved this book, and can't wait for the next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CANT BELEIVE THE NEGATIVE REVEIWS. I loved that it was written in 1ST person . Loved the story, characters, .... everything about it was great! Cant wait for the 3rd one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book but in some parts it can be very slow and very predictable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting used to the way the author wrote the book, but after a few chapters...i couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the perspective in which this story is told/written. The sexual tension was so hot - what more can you ask for from a romance novel? The follow on novella was satisfying with a good cliff hanger. I look forward to the third book Given. I appreciate that the author is not pushing out another book so soon as many others seem to be doing these days.