Yours for the Taking

Yours for the Taking

by Robin Kaye

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ISBN-13: 9781402240102
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 11.34(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Robin Kaye is a professional writer and winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for her first novel, Romeo, Romeo. Her romantic comedies feature sexy, nurturing heroes and feisty, independent heroines. She lives with her husband and three children in Mt. Airy, Maryland.

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"Karma Kincaid, will you marry me?"

Ben Walsh sat on the weight bench in the home gym of his Columbus Avenue loft after spending the morning flipping through his not-so-little black book for the hundredth time. The pressure of a deadline was taking its toll. He had a book full of names of women he'd dated over the last ten years, none of whom he would ever consider marrying. Not that he ever wanted to marry anyone in the first place, but his grandfather had taken that decision out of his hands. He didn't have a choice-well, not one he could live with anyway. He adjusted his Bluetooth to make sure they were still connected, and picked up a twenty-pound dumbbell, working his biceps while he waited for her reply.

"Benjamin Joseph Walsh, do you have any idea what time it is?"

He smiled and counted his reps silently. "Two hours earlier than it is here in New York. Did I wake you?" Sheets rustled over the phone, feet stomped, and then if he wasn't mistaken, he heard peeing. "Do you always go to the bathroom when you're on the phone?"

"No, you're just privileged. You have some nerve calling me at seven twenty-two in the morning. I closed the bar last night and didn't get to bed until after three." The toilet flushed.

"Well, are you going to marry me or not?"

"How many times do I have to tell you I can't marry you? Not only is it illegal; it's disgusting. You're my cousin."

"I am not." Ben switched hands to work his left arm. "We're like cousins but we're not blood relatives. There's no law against marriage between two unrelated people who grew up like family. It's perfectly legal."

"Maybe, but I remember you in Spiderman underwear-"

"It was Superman."

"Whatever. I have no interest in ever seeing you in your underoos again, and even less interest in seeing you without them. Besides, even if I did marry you, which I won't, Grampa Joe would never buy it. Like he'd ever believe, after knowing each other our entire lives, we chose this highly convenient time to fall madly in love."

Ben placed the weight on the floor and lay back on the bench, curling his arm under his head. "Gramps never said anything about love. He said I had to get married and start working on producing an heir or two-"

"Can I just say one thing? Ewww! Not unless it's artificial insemination and even then, it's gross. No way. Sorry. I love you, Ben, but not that much."

"Come on. Gramps is old. Maybe he's finally losing it and going senile."

Karma snorted. "Right. Big Joe Walsh is anything but, and you know it. Besides, he just turned eighty. That's like sixty in human years. He's probably going to live to be at least one hundred and ten. Did I tell you I almost ran into him the other day on Castle Rock skiing? I swear the man acts like he owns the mountain."

Frustrated, Ben stood and picked up the dumbbell to return it to the rack. "I think he does. So, that settles it. I'm going to ask her, Karma."

"Ask who what?"

"Gina, I'm going to call her and invite her over."

"That friend of Annabelle Ronaldi's who you've met how many times? Twice?"

"It's Annabelle Flynn now, and yes, I'm going to propose to Gina."

"Then why the heck did you bother proposing to me?"

"Last-ditch effort, I guess."

"You've made up your mind?"

"It's the only logical conclusion. I have to marry someone. The only question is who. Since you have so unceremoniously rejected me, what choice do I have?"

"You can call Big Joe's bluff."

"And let him sell my ranch to the highest bidder? No way. That's my home."

Karma let out a groan that sounded wrought with frustration. "It's just land."

"It's my land, or it will be as soon as I talk Gina into marrying me."

"What makes you think you can trust her?"

"I've done my research. Gina's made no bones about never wanting to marry."

"Yeah, that's before she met you and your family's billions."

"You haven't read her dossier. She has a very interesting and impressive background."

"I don't care what her background is. Greed is not discriminatory; people from all walks of life suffer from it."

"Good luck with that. What famous lawyer said he'd never seen a prenup he couldn't break?"

"Your brother, Trapper."

"He's not so famous, but he knows what he's talking about-usually."

"I have a team of lawyers working on it and I'm paying through the nose for the best legal advice I can buy."

"Okay, so let's say this prenup is air-tight. What's going to keep Gina from falling for you? All your women do, you know."

Ben laughed. "All but you and Annabelle."

"Quit feeling sorry for yourself. This is a big deal, Ben."

Ben moved on to the treadmill and started a mountain hike. "You think I don't know that? Gina's never had a relationship last more than a month or two, and from what I've learned, she has ample reason not to trust people enough to let them get close-especially men." He pumped up the incline and speed. "She's young and she's making a real name for herself in her field. My sources claim she has no interest in ever getting married."

"What about sex?"

Ben laughed. "Karma, I don't know what your mama told you, but you don't have to be married to have sex."

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Beth_R More than 1 year ago
I love a fun, romantic comedy, so I am trilled to have discovered Robin Kaye. Ben needs to get married in order to inherit the ranch where he grew up. Gina accepts his proposal as a business proposal, because she'll get the financial security she's always dreamed of out of the very generous prenup. They both agree this is strictly business and platonic. He'll be in Idaho most of the time. She'll stay in their newly purchased NY mansion. However, Ben's crafty grandfather may throw a wrench in to their plan, and just perhaps these two who don't do long term relationships will find something more. There are minor characters in this book whose stories are told in Romeo, Romeo, Too Hot to Handle and Breakfast in Bed. Still to come the stories of Ben's cousins in Idaho. I can't wait.
booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read of Robin Kaye's Domestic Gods series. By some accounts it's her best, other's her worst. I can't really be the judge of that since it's my first, but here are some of my thoughts after reading Yours for the Taking. Ben is a cowboy at heart, but also a Manhattan metrosexual who enjoys women...lots of women, just without any complications. His grandfather, a wily though manipulative loving relative, has given Ben a short period of time to marry, otherwise his grandfather is going to sell Ben's childhood ranch in Idaho where he holds cherished memories of his mother and father who died when he was younger. He's a driven, but caring person who is determined to have the ranch, pretty much at any cost....to the tune of many millions of dollars. Just as long as the woman he marries knows that it is a marriage of convenience only...no emotional strings attached. Gina is a survivor who grew up feeling responsible for the care and nurturing of her siblings. She's a fighter, who has learned the hard way to only rely on herself. Consequently, she is at times abrasive, off-putting and needs to have control of her own destiny so that she won't ever have to be reliant on someone else for her wellbeing again. She came from nothing, but through hard work and diligence she's made a good life for herself and her sister. So when she's offered a chance to marry a man she knows only through mutual acquaintances, for which she will be paid a substantial amount of money, she thinks not of what it will gain her, but how she can in return help those she loves the most. I didn't really know what to expect from this modern day take on a marriage of convenience. I was somewhat skeptical about what would motivate two people who barely know each other in a contemporary romance to marry, but the circumstances that the author places each character in makes it believable that they would both benefit from the arrangement. Ben is a very likeable hero, and despite his need for a wife that he has no emotional entanglements with he quickly falls in lust and love with Gina...but for the life of me I couldn't really tell you why. Because you see, Gina isn't really a likeable person...at least that is the way she comes across. She's hard and because of her situation growing up she trusts and relies on no one. She has a hard time asking anyone for help, and isolates herself and her feelings to protect herself from further hurt and disappointment. She's always looking for people to fail her, so in the end she gets exactly what she looks for because if you look hard enough you can always find fault. I never really liked Gina as a person and felt that her character never progressed from someone who needs no one, to someone who needs the man she loves in her life. I never really got why Ben loved Gina, but I certainly understood why Gina could fall in love with Ben. As a result their love story seemed very one sided and that was a big disappointment. Despite my feelings about Gina as a character I did enjoy my first Robin Kaye book. I loved Ben. I loved the cast of supporting characters, the interaction and dialogue between the characters, and the overall plot and writing style. I just wish that Gina's character would have evolved more from beginning to end because that would have made this 3 star read a definite 4+ star read. Ratings: Overall: 3.25 stars Sensuality Level: 3.25
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the other 3 books in this series and now this one. Ben is a hero I can get behind. Gina I didn't like when I first met her in book one and I don't like her now. I don't understand why she has friends and what made Ben fall for her. I'm glad I got this book just so I could finish the series but unhappy that there was no reason for me to root for Ben and Gina to be together.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Yours for the Taking by Robin Kaye Book 4 in The Domestic Gods Series Gina Reyez had a tough life. Her mom was a whore and her dad was a drug addict. She began taking care of her sister at a young age. Even now that Tina was married, Gina still wanted to protect and take care of her little sister. And she held another weight on her shoulders, something that happened when she was six and yet she blames herself. She wants to make enough money to buy a home for herself, help her sister, and solve the mystery of her childhood, where she failed. When Ben Walsh made her a business proposition, she could not refuse it. She never wanted to get married but he offered her enough money to solve all her problems. And it would be in name only and maybe for a year or three. Problem was that she thought Ben was something he was not, by the time the truth is out...the marriage was legal. Ben Walsh was a happy bachelor. He was rich and handsome and had no problems finding ladies to entertain. Then Grandpa Joe stepped in. Either Ben was to marry or Gramps would sell the ranch that had belonged to his deceased parents. All his happy memories of when his folks were alive were at the ranch, so marriage it is. He had met Gina a few times and thought she might fit the bill. She was not his type, short and dark hair rather than tall and blonde but for a temporary marriage she would do. Problem was...Ben did not expect to admire his beautiful wife so much. Grandpa Joe steps in to help his grandson and causes more problems than solutions. And the cousins don't help Ben out much either. I had read book 5 first, Wild Thing, and this book puts many pieces together but I would suggest reading this series in order as each book has a piece to help connect you to the next one. **Contains language and sexual situatons.
Urbanfan on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This was a nice easy chick lit read. I was in the mood for an adult romance that had enough tug and pull to provide some reader angst, but knowing the main characters would end up together in the end. This book did not disappoint. The beginning felt a bit rigid and it took a few chapters to settle into Gina's (MC)no nonsense Latin personality, but once I did, it was smooth sailing. I recommend this book to adult contemporary romance fans. I read this in 8-9 hours, so it definitely keeps your attention and flows smoothly.The male MC Ben is truly lovable.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing 22 days ago
My thoughts:This is the fourth book in the Domestic Gods series, but I promise you dear book-OCD people, it works wonderfully as a stand-alone.Gina is as he calls is a fiery little Latin pixie. She is sure stubborn, and she is used to taking care of herself. She doesn't need help from anyone. Ben is the perfect man, so she believes he is gay. Because he can dress (well not in Idaho she finds out), he can cook, and he is everything a man should be. He needs a wife, she doesn't want to marry, but he does offer her a lot of money and since he is gay what is the harm. That is the twist, she thinks he is gay, but will find out that he is not when certain areas of him does not behave ;)It was a sweet, dramatic and passionate romance. It starts of rocky, then it gets passionate when she realizes what is going on, and then it gets dramatic because they married for all the wrong reasons. It is not a way to build a relationship on. And she has some big issues going on with her past.I really enjoyed reading about them in the mountains at his ranch, and that was lovely. And while there she meets his extended family. Those men have some potential for sure. They kind of scream, write about us too! I hope she does. My own issues, not much really, I guess it did bother me that she went to gay at once. But hey we needed the drama, and she was a bit broken inside, but the better for him to try to fix her.Recommendation and final thoughts:A great contemporary romance. I would say give it a go, there are great men, romance, and in this one, a bit of a cowboy vibe. I do like a man in a hat. It was a good book, hard to put down, and a couple that belonged to each other, but could not see it.Reason for readingI have heard good things about the previous books
kherbrand on LibraryThing 22 days ago
About the book: Ben and Gina were about as different as they could be. Ben was extremely wealthy, some family money, some of his own. But he lacked the one thing he really wanted - the ranch in Idaho were he had grown up. In order to inherit this ranch, his grandfather has imposed an ultimatum - Ben must get married.Gina was street smart and successful on her own. She had grown up hard and had pretty much raised her little sister. Even though her sister was now married, she had a hard time not worrying about her. Gina was working hard to buy the house of her dreams and help her sister to do the same. The only thing missing in her life was the little brother that was given up for adoption - no - actually her father sold him to supply his habits. She has a plan for her life - and it doesn't include marriage.Never say never - Ben approaches Gina, they were only acquaintances, and made a proposal. If she were to marry him, he would make sure she was pretty much set for life, and they could end the marriage as soon as he gets the ranch. After much consideration, Gina agrees - she will get her house, will be able to make life easier for her sister, have the money she needs to find her brother - and Ben is gay, so there will be no complications - right?Only Ben is not gay - he doesn't lie to Gina, he just doesn't correct her assumption. They marry in a quick ceremony and buy a house in New York - one that Gina will live in while Ben keeps his current abode. Only grandpa in Idaho doesn't fold that easily - he wants Ben and his new bride in Idaho for a honeymoon, and takes steps to arrange it - unbeknownst to the new couple.My thoughts: This was a fun romance to read. I think you can probably figure out what happens, but the road getting there wasn't always smooth. I found myself rooting for Gina to let her skeletons out of the closet. Both Ben and Gina were easy to like, but they could both be stubborn!
guiltypleasures on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I LOVED it. I was so excited when I realized there was a 4th book coming out. Gina is tough, takes no crap off of any man, but under all of that attitude is a sweet, vunerable woman. I love that Sam her brother in law is scared of her =) Ben he was a dream, I usually really fall for the Ultra Alphas, but Ben shows that a man can show his tender, sensitive side, be metrosexual and still be DAMN SEXY when he puts on jeans and hiking boots AND in the bedroom.I LOVED how Gina found out Ben wasn't gay =)But....I also fell in love with Trapper, Hunter & Fisher (LOVE THE NAMES ROBIN) as well as Grandpa Joe, Karma,Kate and Uncle Buck. I am so PRAYING that we will see Hunter, Trapper, Fisher & Karma's stories (hmmmm will Karma's fate be with the one person the whole family is searching for?)I aboslutely love the interaction of Ben with his "cousins" and Grandpa Joe and hope if we do see their stories, we will see Ben & Gina and Jasmine interacting with with all of them. It was nice to see Mike, Annebelle,baby Maria, Rich and Rosalie.IMHO Yours For The Taking can be read as a stand alone, but I would definitely reccomend also reading Romeo, Romeo, Too Hot To Handle and Breakfast In Bed. Each story is great.I picked up Romeo,Romeo last year at B&N because on shelves overflowing with vampire & shapeshifter romances...the cover caught my eye. It was pretty, fresh, different....something I needed because I needed a break from the vampire romances(don't get me wrong I have some favorite vampire series). I stayed up late to finish Romeo,Romeo. I looked up Robin Kaye and found there were 2 more books out and bought them the next day. Robin's books have ladies that are not weak and simpering and tough guys that aren't scared to do the "girl" chores around the house and show their sensitive sides.I will impatiently be waiting for her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why oh why would Ben want this awful woman? Her character needed to be turned around to someone likeable for us readers to get behind her. Skip it.
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Did not like at all.
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Not a fan of Gina's charactor
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