Review: Taken (Give & Take, #1) by Kelli Maine
Wow! I really loved this novel. It was great from start to finish. The cover is really beautiful. The story very romantic and compelling.
This novel is about a young woman, Rachel DeSalvo who's kidnapped one night while clubbing with her friend. She's taken after having a drink that was drugged by a very handsome suitor. When she wakes up, she's bound to a bed on a remote island and her captor is a reclusive billionaire CEO Merrick Rocha.
He had offered her a job before but she'd declined. Merrick had been watching her in the months following her refusal, waiting for the perfect opportunity.
Merrick was no ordinary captor though. His intentions weren't to cause harm but he believed she was perfect for the job he offered her and because he just couldn't forget her.
What's a girl to do when she's attracted to a man that's kidnapped her? Drugged her and taken her away from her family, making sure that she wouldn't be missed? Rachael can't help that she finds him so attractive any more than he can hide the desire in his eyes every time he looks at her. Does she give in or has his crazy attempts to get her ruin a chance at something great?
Told from both the 1st and 2nd person, Rachael recants Merrick's part in the story by referring to him as 'you' throughout. She's telling her story to the reader, her unbelievable story where she finds her attraction growing each day for this beautiful, broken man. He'll never hurt her. He waits on her hand and foot and his patience is endless.
Having been in only two relationships, serious relationships, Rachel doesn't do sex without love or commitment. She reluctant to give in to their mutual desire until she's sure it is right. She still doesn't trust him enough, even with their growing closeness, and one can understand that as he had forcibly taken her away.
It's a romantic story about a woman who falls in love with her captor. He's a rather tame kidnapper (having never taken anyone before) who can't seem to stay away from her. He needs her and she needed him. Really very good story and story-telling. The story-line was weaved very carefully allowing the reader the chance to understand the relationship between the two characters. I thought Merrick's characterization was very well explained. I couldn't fault her for falling for him or the length he went to to be with her (it was still extreme but . . .) after understanding his past. I feel like I still wanted more from Rachael but she was a very strong heroine and her restraint and morals really got to me.
“Stockholm Syndrome. I’m falling in love with my captor, Merrick.”
“You were my captor long before I was yours.”
Taken, Kelli Maine
Next in this series:
The third installment "Given" will be released in 2013.