Taking Nicole

Taking Nicole

by Krystal Shannan

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BN ID: 2940149196111
Publisher: KS Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2014
Series: Vegas Mates , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 191,746
File size: 173 KB

About the Author

Krystal Shannan goes to sleep every night dreaming of mythical realms with werewolves, vampires, fae, and dragons. Occasional a fabulous, completely human story slips into the mix, but powers and abilities usually crop up without fail, twisting reality into whatever her mind can conceive.

As a child, her parents encouraged her interests in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology and all things historical and magickal. As an adult, the interests only grew. She is a child of Neverland and refuses to ever stop believing in fairies. She is guilty of indulging in and being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer groupie as well as an Angel fan. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Joss Whedon, you are missing out!

She also makes sure to watch as many action and adventure movies as possible. The more exciting the better. Yippee-Ki-Yay... If you don't know the end of that phrase, then you probably don't like the same movies.

She enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. Her favorite book is ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon. But really, if it has a 'Happily Ever After', she's on board!

Krystal writes stories full of action, snark, magick, and heart-felt emotion. If you are looking for leisurely-paced sweet romance, her books are probably not for you. However, for those looking for a magickal ride, filled with adventure, passion, and just a hint of humor. Welcome home.

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Taking Nicole (Vegas Mates Series)(#4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
118 pages. I enjoyed this series.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Taking Nicole is book four in the Vegas Mates series by Krystal Shannan. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review. I am just so glad I have stayed with this series. This one was my favorite so far. Wait, did I say that last time? This one was really intense and I loved the true mate bond that wanted to form between Nicole and Aaron. Nicole is a wolf and Aaron a leopard. Actually, that is a theme throughout this series, crossing boundaries, crossing species lines, breaking down old rules and making new ones. At the end of the previous book, we saw Nicole Demakis make a huge sacrifice for Sarah’s freedom. But she did it knowing that Aaron was her true mate. She could feel the magick between them immediately. She never thought he would follow through and turn her over to her evil grandparents. Nicole is from royalty on both sides of her family. Her grandparents want Nicole and her two younger sisters to force them to mate with another royal, one that is not her true mate. The one that she is forced to mate with is chosen by participating in an ancient sadistic mate hunt. Only one man will come out of it alive and she will be forced to bond with him. Her grandparents force Aaron and others in their employ to follow their wishes by keeping a family member of each of theirs as prisoner. If they don’t do as they are told, they will kill the family member. Aaron Katsaros just has to fight the bond that his leopard wants with the sexy wolf, Nicole. Her grandparents have his sister, the only family he has left. If he doesn’t do as they tell him, they will kill her. But the stronger the bond between he and Nicole gets, the harder it is to deny it. He didn’t want to turn her over to them. He wanted to do something very different to her. But if he didn’t his sister would have been killed, and he as well. “She had no idea what catnip smelled like, but he was hers for sure.” “He was just denying the inevitable. They were true mates, destined to spend their lives together. He just needed to accept it.” “She should be his…was his. But fate had not been kind to them.” I loved this one as everything that has been brewing throughout the series peaks. But time is against Nicole and Aaron and Nicole all but gives up on help arriving. She would rather die than allow herself to mate with anyone other than her true mate. And that is a choice she will easily make. Will Nicole be denied her chance at happiness with her true mate? As I have said in previous reviews of this series, even though each book is about a different couple, the basic core of the story follows it through so it is best if you read them in order. Everything is pretty much wrapped up at the end of this one but there is one more short book, book five, Unwrapping Tess: Christmas Encounters. I can’t wait.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
While I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to this series, I have to say it felt a bit rushes or off from the other books. I did catch some errors in the text, no big deal, but I usually don’t notice that sort of thing. I also must confess that I was a little disappointed that the bad guys didn’t suffer more. I thought they all got off way to easy and much too mercifully in regards to how they had been treating everyone. I guess that is what the good guys do though, but still I wish Nicole could have smack her grandparents once or snapped their necks… It was interesting chemistry between Nicole and Aaron, not as strong as the others, but still interesting. I enjoyed the parts when Nicole and her wolf were playing with him, trying to get him to lose it. I understand why it was cruel, but still kinda fun. I’m glad they found each other, but still my least favorite couple of the series so far. I spent much of this book being ticked off at the royal society that Nicole’s grandparents were a part of. I could not believe how depraved and self-righteous these shifter’s attitudes and behaviors were. What asses. Hence my wish for them to suffer a bit more than they did. I thought the resolution of Sam and Nicole’s mother was good and I’m glad that the author went that way. Perhaps a tad anti-climatic after all the buildup, but satisfying. I enjoyed this series quite a lot. If the last book ever comes out for Nook I will most definitely add it to my collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting story. I really enjoyed the whole series. I think the editing could have been better, but I'm glad I read it.
jeannietone More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the Vegas Mates Series and I absolutely loved how it ended. Nicole and Aaron are mates... but they have so many obstacles to overcome especially with her traditionalist grandparents of "royal" blood. Nicole never thought her grandparents would be so ruthless in their attempt to keep their power. She is disgusted with the treatment of other weres and how they are treated as second class citizens.  Aaron fights his feeling for Nicole as her grandparents would easily kill his sister if he didn't obey. The pace of this book is great. Nicole's mother makes an appearance and finally finds peace from her wolf. The ending is great I am having a hard time not spoiling that but needless to say absolute power corrupts absolutely and those who do wrong get theirs in the end.  Another great read by Krystal Shannan I am sad that this was the last book but it did finish up the story very nicely.
nadzNR More than 1 year ago
Taking Nicole is the fourth and final book in the Vegas Mates series. It tells the story of Nicole Demakis (werewolf) and Aaron Katsaros (leopard shifter). Aaron was forced to kidnap Nicole and have her delivered to her grandparents in Greece. During the course of the kidnapping it was revealed that Nicole and Aaron were mates, which proved a challenge for Aaron as his purpose for carrying out this nefarious deed was to ensure the safety of his sister who is being held prisoner by Nicole’s grandparents. Nicole, on realizing who Aaron was tried to get him to see reason and release her, but he was not willing to risk his sister’s life even if it meant losing his mate for all eternity. Nicole feared she would end up like her mother if she were to lose Aaron. The emotional battle that these two were facing as a result was quite intense. The chemistry between these two was quite was quite intense, however, they had quite a number of obstacles to overcome before they could even think of being together. I loved Nicole, she is a brave and caring person. She was willing to risk all to protect Aaron and the other slaves. Of all the books in the series I found Taking Nicole to be quite emotional. It was filled with pain, sorrow, hatred, jealousy and humour, so when you begin to read this book be prepared to have all your emotions engaged. There were some suspenseful moments which had me on the edge of my seat. This was an enjoyable read from beginning to end. If you love paranormal stories that are short, sweet and spicy then I recommend this book as well as the others in the Vegas Mates series.
Flowergirlzmom1SW More than 1 year ago
Nicole is of a Royal Bloodline and her grandparents are determined to keep the bloodline pure. So they go to extremes to get her to them. They have mages that can trap a shifter in their animal form. They do this to make other family members serve them fearing that if they don't the Royals will kill their loved ones. Aaron is one of these people that is forced to serve. So he forces Nicole to come with him by kidnapping one of her friends and making her trade herself for her friend. He discovers that she is his true mate but he can't let that matter. He has to save his sister. Nicole goes with Aaron to save her friend. She does not want to go through with a Mate Hunt. Especially when she realizes that Aaron is her Mate. She wants to try to fight and would love for Aaron to recognize her as his mate and fight with her but she may be all alone in this battle. My opinion: Let me start by saying I love all of Krystal's books that I have read so far and The Vegas Mates series is one of my favorites. I have liked some books better then others. I feel that her books get better and better the more she writes. I was a little disappointed in the lack of sex scenes although there was a lot of sexual tension. I liked the fact that Nicole was more than willing to try to find a way to fight and try to save Aaron's sister but he was willing to let Nicole go even though he still had no way of helping his sister. I think that he led her on a lot with no intentions of following through just to make things easier on him and his sister. While this was understandable, how can you not want to protect your family, he was also putting his one chance at happiness at risk. I definitely enjoyed the book and I highly recommend reading. This whole series would make a great addition to your book library! 'Read and Reviewed by LSK Sweetheart Reviews'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it however...im hoping this isn't the end of the series. In my opinion the book was to short and at times rushed. I also could have used more (lovin)! Overall loved it and can't wait for more! B!
cjlps231 More than 1 year ago
I must admit I have all the books in this series and this is the first one I've read, but rest assured after enjoying  this one so much it won't be long till I've finished them all.  I loved Nicole's character strong but sincere and kind hearted, she has been allowed to grow up along with her wolf and run free as she needs to, knowing right from wrong and not being swayed by the outward appearance of wealth or royalty but knowing that it is what is within that makes a person. Aaron knows this too, but for over a century he has been under the rule of those who abuse their power because of his love for his sister, now he has met his true mate and everything within him cries out to take her and run but he cannot desert not only his sister but all those held captive. You can feel his conflict and while you want to say just run away with Nicole you know that he can't and you feel his pain. But when there seems no way out then hope for a miracle send that is shaft they all need to overthrow the oppressive rule of the council. This is where I know I have missed out on not reading the other books first but it's not major and it certainly didn't interfere in my enjoyment of the story but I would like to get to know Nicole's sisters and family history better so it back to the start of the series for me. A shape shifter series that will certainly keep you coming back for more with characters that capture your hearts and stories that garner your attention from start to finish. I received a free copy for an honest review. 
Kelsmitt More than 1 year ago
I love this series and this is the best one yet. What do you do when the choice is between your mate and your sister. Whose life is the one you save? How can your mate forgive you for betraying her and her family? Nicole is a strong character and Aaron is a believable character. They make for great chemistry. This book is full of questions and answers them wonderfully. I did not find myself disbelieving the characters or their reactions. I think that everyone will enjoy this book. I like that the ending opened the series up to possibly more installments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Nicole Demarkis' story. Nicole is kidnapped from Utah and is being taken to Greece to her evil grandparents (Reginald and Carlotta Antipas) one of the Royals on the Council. Aaron Katsaros is a leopard mercenary who is charged by the grandparents to bring Nicole back to Greece. Amazingly they happen to be each others life mates but can't do anything about it. Aaron 's sister is being held by the grandparents as are so many others, so he has to do whatever they ask or they will kill her. The attraction is so strong between Nicole and Aaron but he fights it because of his sister. There is going to be a fight to the death with four sons of the Royals and the winner gets Nicole and the empty seat on the Council. It's almost like a Roman gladiator fight! You are going to have to read this book yourself to find out what the outcome is This story gets you so engrossed in it and it engages all your emotions, hatred, hope and happiness. There is a lot of action, suspense, drama, hot and steamy sex and even a little humor and it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. I just loved this book and love the series and can't wait for the next one.(BO)
spendingtoomuch More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series. wasn't sure about book when i first started it. You still  get background of past couples,family drama, and why the mates can't mate…But love wins out in the end …. ended up enjoy this book very much.
MerriAW More than 1 year ago
This is the last installment of the Vegas Mates series.  The book centers on the tortured, hot, almost broken alpha male Aaron and the feisty, beautiful, selfless Nicole.   What would you be willing to sacrifice to see the one person you love, your true mate, survive? Thrown together in a battle of archaic laws can true love really win?  Be prepared to be taken on an emotional journey, you will laugh, cry, cheer and melt.  Read it!! Side note it leaves room for another series to continue hint hint.