Adult Contemporary Romance
The emotional roller coaster of the USA TODAY bestselling Give & Take series by Kelli Maine continues with MJ and Maddie's story!
DECEPTION Maddie Simcoe knows the devastation that comes from keeping secrets. Now, she's desperate to move on from the heartbreak that almost destroyed her -- trading wild passion that once made her knees weak for a life of comfortable stability. But before Maddie can start over, she must return home to put the past behind her once and for all... PASSION When Maddie blows back into MJ Rocha's life, nothing will stop him from proving to her that walking away from him was the biggest mistake of her life -- not even the engagement ring she wears. Her every look, every touch tells MJ that the fire that once raged between them still burns hot, and MJ won't give up until Maddie gives in to the inferno. REDEMPTION Trapped by a hurricane roaring through Turtle Tear Island, MJ and Maddie find shelter in each others' arms. While the lightning flashes, MJ and Maddie are helpless to fight bonds of desire that tie them together. But just as they're about to surrender to the torturous longing that consumes them both, the storm unleashes violent secrets from MJ's past...secrets that could wash away all MJ and Maddie's hopes of forever...
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.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing an early copy for me. The Taken series is a must read by Kelli Maine
USA Today Bestselling author, Kelli Maine, spends humid summers and frigid winters in Ohio glued to her laptop keyboard. Taken, a USA Today Bestseller, Nook Bestseller and Indie Reader Top Ten Bestseller, is the first in the Give and Take series and Kelli's debut erotic romance. No Take Backs: A Taken Novella is Taken's follow up. Taken By Storm is next in the series, followed by Take Me Back and Given. Additional books and novellas are planned for the series.